Greek prisoners announce mass hunger strike

From June 18th, 2014, prisoners in all Greek prisons have abstained from prison meals as a way of protest against the fascist bill for type C prisons, and in defense of the right to furlough and release on parole.

However the minister of Justice and the government insist on ignoring our protest. They have not responded in any way to our just demands, and provocatively aim to pass the bill in summer sessions of the parliament, in their attempt to prevent people’s reaction.

Against this bill which condemns us to remain prisoners for life without rights or hope, we put our bodies and souls as a shield. This is the only thing we have left.

From Monday, June 23rd, 2014 we start a mass hunger strike in all prisons across Greece. We claim our rights, and we fight to remain humans, instead of human shadows locked up and forgotten into despair.

We demand:

1) The withdrawal of the fascist bill for type C prisons. We say no to the Greek Guantanamo, a prison within a prison, without furloughs, without visitations, without tomorrow…

2) Furlough and parole should be an undeniable right of all prisoners. Greece is the only country where the inmate undergoes trial and punishment every single day. While the law dictates that anyone who has served 1/5 and 3/5 of his/her sentence can be granted days of leave from prison and provisional release, respectively, prisoners are obliged to pass again and again from the holy inquisition of prison prosecutors, who deny the requests one after the other without any grounds or pending disciplinary action. This is how they create desperate prisoners and reproduce criminality.

3) To apply equity before the law for all. All prisoners sentenced to life in prison for drugs according to the old law 3459/2006 (because the police made sure they are portrayed as alleged drug lords, instead of addicted users) should have the right to get a retrial in accordance with the new law and its beneficiary provisions for drug users (4139/2013).

4) To apply the right of conjugal visits. In prison they deprive you of your freedom. But in Greek prisons they deprive you even of the smile of human communication and direct contact with your loved ones. Conjugal visits are permitted in prisons of all European countries; an inmate is being deprived of human communication only in Greece.

5) To end, now, the continuous captivity of those facing deportation. Hundreds of imprisoned migrants remain locked up due to bureaucracy of embassies, even though they have served their full sentence. We demand the immediate release of these prisoners.

We demand that the ministry of Justice deal with the real problems in prisons and immediately withdraw the fascist bill for the Greek Guantanamo of Domokos prison.

The minister of Justice is to be held responsible for every day of hunger strike and every prisoner whose life is in danger.

WE THE PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE WILL WIN.

STRUGGLE – DIGNITY – SOLIDARITY

Prison Struggle Committee

 

July 25 Day of Solidarity With Antifascist Prisoner Jock Palfreeman

Who is Jock Palfreeman?

Jock Palfreeman is an Australian serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria. In 2007 he was travelling in Bulgaria when he defended two Roma men being attacked by soccer hooligans; in the ensuing fight, one of the attackers was killed under unclear circumstances. After a biased trial, Jock was convicted of murder, and the Bulgarian authorities refuse to transfer him from the notoriously run-down prison he is held in to Australia, without paying a huge fine. While in prison, Jock helped form the Bulgarian Prisoners Union, and has been beaten by guards in retaliation for his activism.

Take Action!

Palfreeman’s supporters are trying to have him moved to Australia to serve his sentence out closer to his family. Despite international agreements, the Bulgarian government has refused to transfer him until his family pays hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has asked supporters to pressure the head prosecutor to allow his transfer to Australia under the theme: ‘Head prosecutor Tsatsarov, stop following orders from corrupt politicians and do your job!’

Sotir Tsatsarov 2 Vitosha Boulevard Sofia, 1061
press@prb.bg

Bulgaria’s Embassy and consulates are located in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC:
http://www.bulgaria-embassy.org/webpage/ConsularInformation/procedur.htm

Donations!

Palfreeman has asked that if money is raised, that it be sent to the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Association, which he is the chairman of: www.bulgarianprisonersassociation.wordpress.com. Donation will be used for a legal aid defense fund and for lawyers to protect prisoners against punishments of the prison (for example appealable isolation punishments). Money can be sent via a wire transfer:

IBAN: BG29TEXI95451003928100 BIC: TEXIBGSF Texim Bank.

If it is easier to donate money via check or paypal, contact jockpalfreemanjuly25@gmail.com to make arrangements

Write to Jock!

Jock Palfreeman, Sofia Central Prison, 21 General Stoletov Boulevard, Sofia 1309, BULGARIA
(Please do not send books; for details on what to see, http://www.freejock.com/writejock.html).

For more information:
freejock.com
facebook.com/WhoIsJockPalfreeman
http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html

 

Defend and Free Political Prisoners in North America

Dear friends and comrades!

The 2014 North American Anarchist Black Cross conference is a mere three months away and we have a long way to go before reaching our fundraising goal! In an effort to really kickstart the final fundraising push, we are asking for your help in raising $2000 by midnight on June 22nd! This money will help us cover the cost of the space for the conference. OR it will help us cover airfare to fly in comrades from across the continent to join us in Denver. OR it will help us cover the cost of food for the weekend. You get the picture…

For the last three years, our international conference has brought together dozens of people from all over North America who are involved in the struggle to support, act in solidarity with, and free our comrades. Rarely is there a time when we are all in the same space—sharing our ideas and energy, strategizing, building networks, and creating new projects to strengthen our struggles and movements. The conference has also been a time for intergenerational, cross-movement dialogue—a time to learn from the past and look to the future.

When you donate to the conference, your money is essentially seed money for the beginning stages of exciting new projects and the revitalization of old ones. It is a contribution to the future of our movements and to the freedom of our imprisoned comrades.

But just in case you need more of an incentive… we would like to offer gifts for money donated!

A donation of $10: 2 Political Prisoner Support stickers*
A donation of $25: 1 Political Prisoner Support t-shirt** and 2 stickers
A donation of $40: 1 t-shirt, 2 stickers, and a book***
A donation of $60: 2 t-shirts, 2 stickers and a book
A donation of $60+: the gifts for the $60 donation plus our undying love and devotion

If you would like to make a donation but not receive the gifts, please make note of that. Once you donate using the link below, we will contact you about your gifts. If you would like to send a check or money order, rather than using the link below, contact us at naabcconference[at]riseup[dot]net to find out where to send it.

Please visit: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/ek5vc/ab/f3E260 to make a donation now.

Again, we are pushing to raise $2000 by midnight on June 22nd. With your help, we can do it!

Yours in solidarity,

Until all are free!

The NAABC Organizing Crew

*stickers for Marie Mason and Eric McDavid
**t-shirts for Eric McDavid, Tinley Park 5
***Books: Government Repression, Prisoner Support by Sacramento Prisoner
Support; Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism by the RNC 8

 

Sekou Kambui Parole Hearing – Support Needed

Sekou Kambui's’s long-delayed parole hearing has finally been scheduled
for the 18th of June! We are making one last push for letters of support,
petition signatures, and funds to get supporters down to Alabama for the
hearing. In the state of Alabama, parole hearings are held outside of the
prison, and prisoners cannot attend. Supporters, however, can pack these
hearings, and it would be of great help to Sekou to have vocal support
there.

Here is the link to an EverRibbon page set up by a fellow Sekou supporter
in Colorado.
://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/16973
And again, please continue to send in letters of support for Sekou’s
release, addressed to:

Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, Al 36130-2405
Chairman Clifford Walker
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and William W. Wynne Jr.

Please send copies (and/or originals) of all letters to:
Aaron Schaefer
C/O DABC
P.O. Box 11236
Denver, CO 80211

There is also an online petition for Sekou’s release, found here.
http://www.change.org/petitions/alabama-board-of-pardons-and-paroles-free-political-prisoner-sekou-cinque-t-m-kambui-aka-william-j-turk-113058a

More info and a letter template can be found here:
http://prisonbooks.info/2014/05/23/4800

 

Stories from south central, west virginia

This site amplifies the voices of prisoners in South Central Regional Jail by sharing their stories & publishing their letters about the jail’s mishandling of the January 2014 chemical spill, and about the general conditions of life in the jail. This project also provides direct support for prisoners and their friends & families.

Prisoner Hunger Strike Hits Polk Correctional (North Carolina)

On Monday, May 19th, 7 prisoners at Polk Correctional Institution in Butner, NC began a hunger strike in protest of a range of indignities and grievances. According to prisoners in the facility, additional men have been joining the strike since that first day. The strike was initiated in part by prisoners who were transferred out of Central Prison, following a class action lawsuit against the facility for abuse by guards in various “blind spots” around Unit One. That lawsuit has already forced the administration’s hand in videotaping any cell extractions by guards.

A demands and grievances list was sent by the prisoners to comrades on the outside. It reads as follows:

 

1. We are not given brooms to sweep our cells. Provide them.

2. We are denied the ability to exercise proper hygiene by clipping our nails. Provide necessary items.

3. We have to buy a whole new radio just to get headphones. Allow us to buy headphones separately.

4. Our property is not inventoried by staff when they take it. By the time is is, things are missing. Follow proper procedure and let us sign property sheets to verify accuracy of it.

5. Our food trays are melted, peeling, and/or cracked. Plastic from them is regularly found in our food. We need new trays.

6. We do not get outside recreation. Give it to us.

7. Sick calls are done at our cell, eliminating confidentiality. Give them to us in the nurse station.

8. The ventilation system is filthy. Clean it.

9. Our laundry is filthy and rancid, and on top of that we are not issued the proper amount of clothes.

10. Our property box is not 2 cubic feet, but we are still forced to mail anything that does not fit in it home. Allow us what policy states we can have: 2 cubic feet of property. 

11. Staff routinely pop doors with no camera or protective gear. They slam our hands in the [food] trap and don’t report uses of force. End excessive force.

12. Mattresses and religious items are taken to punish us. Do not take these items.

13. Provide us with pens, forms, hygiene items upon request.

14. SIB (seg) cells are dirty and blood-stained. We are placed in there naked, then only given four squares of tissue to use the bathroom, then nothing to wash our hands, then forced to eat with filthy hands. Clean the cells, and provide enough tissue and soap to properly clean ourselves. 

15. The hygiene supplies are insufficient. Provide more when it runs out, or let us buy our own.

16. Toilets only flush twice. At least three are required.

17. The blue razors supplied do not shave properly; we need the black ones.

18. A lot of cells have no stools to sit on at the desk. Give us chairs or something to sit on.

19. STG watch label is given out, then we get treated as if we are actually in a gang. Stop stamping out going mail as STG if we are not in a gang. 

20. Our cells are not properly cleaned before we come into them. Mold and mildew in the showers as well.

21. More time than 90 days to write a grievance. 

22. A law library.

23. Staff routinely open our trays. Stop picking over our food.

24. We are left in restraints  without bathroom breaks or breaks to eat. 

25. Stop holding us here (in segregation) for years without write-ups.

26. We need emergency call buttons in the cells.

27. Stop using nutraloaf as punishment. [ed. note: Nutraloaf is an inedible vitamin based, stale brick given out to prisoners instead of real food, often for being rebellious or troublesome. The Supreme Court supposedly prohibits the use of food as punishment in prisons…]

28. Inadequate mental health services for people with mental problems that are worsening.

29. OIC needs to make daily rounds on every block. 

30. Superintendant needs to make monthly rounds.

31. Our kosher religious diet is denied here but allowed at other camps. Provide it.

32. Allow us to order religious books that have previously been approved. 

 

The prisoners are encouraging supporters to send mail and make phone calls to:

Frank Perry, Secretary of the Division of Prisons

4201 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699

or Call at

(919) 838-4000

 

Immigrants in three Canadian prisons begin coordinated ‘Detention Review’ boycott

From No One Is Illegal:

Over 100 immigrants started a historical month-long boycott of their detention reviews this morning, insisting the process is biased, unfair and stacked against them. The boycott was coordinated between detainees caged in three separate maximum security prisons across Ontario – the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene and Toronto’s Metro West Detention Centre.

Detention Reviews (DR) are the primary means through which border authorities insist that the entire immigration system is fair. They are a unique bail-like process that takes places 48 hours, 7 days, and then every 30 days after arrest. Detainees plead their case in front of an appointed ‘member’ who single-handedly decides on their release or terms and conditions. By refusing to participate, detainees are courageously insisting that the very fabric of the immigration detention system is unjust.

Every time I go there it’s like they have already made up their minds before we even start the session. It doesn’t matter what I say, I am there only for a few minutes before they state that I a flight risk and to come back in 30 days. I’ve been in front of them 12 times and nothing is changing and I am tired of it.” — A.K., jailed at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay.

They pretend like I just came from the airport yesterday but I’ve been in this country for 23 years and that’s not right to treat someone like that. I don’t have a country to go back to, and I grew up here and they’re holding me because I don’t have any money to get out.” — S.M., jailed at Central East Correctional Centre.

This action is part of the ongoing #MigrantStrike that started in September 2013, when 191 detainees began a non-cooperation protest. They went on hunger strike, 2 of them for over 60 days, boycotted their detention reviews, and refused to enter their cells. In retaliation, immigration enforcement has deported some key strike organizers, released a few, moved others into prisons across Ontario, and locked up hunger strikers in segregation. Yet, strike actions are continuing. See more here: http://endimmigrationdetention.com/faq/

Background on immigration detention: https://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=5854
TAKE ACTION

* Call / Write / Tweet your support: http://endimmigrationdetention.com/take-action/

* Sign the petition: www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/harper-end-indefinite-immigration-detention

* Join us in Ottawa as we protest at the National Headquarters of Immigration Enforcement:www.endimmigrationdetention.com/2014/05/23/ottawa-convergence-to-end-immigration-detention

* If you’re an organization, become an endorser: www.endimmigrationdetention.com/demands/