Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners

The following guide, published by the Human Rights Coalition, offers guidelines for prisoners on reporting human rights violations. The method described is simple, requiring documentation, intervention, and movement-building: [W]e learn the truth by gathering evidence (documentation); we take action according to the urgency of the situation and our capacity to move people (intervention); and we bring others…

Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners

The following guide, published by the Human Rights Coalition, offers guidelines for prisoners on reporting human rights violations. The method described is simple, requiring documentation, intervention, and movement-building: [W]e learn the truth by gathering evidence (documentation); we take action according to the urgency of the situation and our capacity to move people (intervention); and we bring others…

A Call to Prisoners’ Rights Warriors: Fighting the Burnout

A Call to Prisoner Activists: Fighting the Burnout

Engaging in work that seeks to improve some aspect of the lives of others, society or a particular area of society is healthy on many levels. Aside from lending yourself to a particular cause, this type of work enable individuals to get out of their own heads, the benefits of which are countless. Despite this, avoiding burnout is no small feat after going at the daily grind for months or years.

Emergency Response Network

Action Alert: Emergency Response Network Alert: Help Stop Censorship in California Prisons by the CDCR

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) – @CACorrections on Twitter – has proposed extensive new censorship regulations for both incoming and outgoing prison mail. According to the CDCR’s notice: You are receiving this Notice because you provided comments or expressed an interest in receiving notice of changes to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation amendments…

Mental illness and prisons

A Psychotic Episode Shouldn’t End in a Jail Cell

The following blog post, entitled “A Psychotic Episode Shouldn’t End in a Jail Cell,” on mental health services in this country comes from the ACLU. The post underscores that the state of mental health care in this country has failed on all fronts, noting that we use prisons and jails in place of treatment facilities…

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Corcoran SHU Prisoners Start Hunger Strike for Decent Healthcare

From Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: Corcoran Hunger Strike On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, three men locked inside unit 4B-1L of the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) of California State Prison-Corcoran started a hunger strike: Heshima Denham (J-38283), followed on Sept. 27 by Michael Zaharibu Dorrough (D-83611). Kambui Robinson (C-82830) will join them the following day for…

Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners

Reporting Human Rights Violations: A How-to Guide for Prisoners

The following guide, published by the Human Rights Coalition, offers guidelines for prisoners on reporting human rights violations. The method described is simple, requiring documentation, intervention, and movement-building: [W]e learn the truth by gathering evidence (documentation); we take action according to the urgency of the situation and our capacity to move people (intervention); and we bring others…

Decarcerate PA

Tomorrow: Rally in Harrisburg, PA, to demand a meaningful commutation process for people in prison

The following comes from an email update sent out today by Decarcerate PA: Join us tomorrow at the Capitol in Harrisburg at 12:00pm to demand a better commutation process for people serving life in prison. On Thursday, August 28th, the Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee and Decarcerate PA will hold a press conference on…

A Beginning Resource Packet for California Prisoners’ Advocates

This resource packet for California prisoners’ advocates (researched and edited by members of the Pledge of Resistance and Human Rights Pen Pal Programs, projects of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition) comes from the website of Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. According to PHSS: This packet is intended to be a resource to help folks involved in…

Action Alert: Stop retaliation in the Corcoran SHU

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity (PHSS) and Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) are calling for solidarity activists to call and email California State Prison, Corcoran (Corcoran Prison) and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) authorities to demand the end to destructive and retaliatory cell searches. View the Emergency Response Alert by CURB here.

Prison cell window

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Second Hearing on Solitary Confinement

The following comes from an email I recently received an email regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s second hearing concerning the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, “Reassessing Solitary Confinement II: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences.” (Information regarding the last hearing can be found here and here.) The hearing, to be chaired by Sen. Dick…

Action Alert: California Prison Hunger Strike

The following action alert comes from Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: Greetings to all Pledge signers, Thank you for your support of the hunger strikers. As you may have heard, the hunger strike began in California on July 8 with 30,000 imprisoned people refusing to eat. Hundreds of media outlets have been covering this historic event.…

Action Alert: Support California Prison Hunger Strikers

The The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is calling for a day of support for the California prison hunger strikers on Friday, July 19. Details follow. Stop Prison Torture! Tens of thousands people held in horrible conditions in U.S. prisons have gone on hunger strike to say NO MORE to torture.  These prisoners have put their health and lives…

ACTION ALERT: William Van Poyck: Sentenced under false pretenses, yet scheduled to be executed in MINUTES

Sentenced under false pretenses, William Van Poyck has spent the last 26 years held in solitary on Florida’s death row for a murder he did not commit. Poyck is scheduled to be executed in minutes.  SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: TAKE ACTION! 1) Contact Florida Governor Rick Scott and tell him what you think. (850) 488-7146 (Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com) 2) Sign the petition…

ACTION ALERT: Message from Lynne Stewart: Call for Compassionate Release Thursday, May 30th

May 29, 2013 | Lisa Dawson Human rights attorney Lynne Stewart remains imprisoned with terminal cancer. The following action alert was posted on her website yesterday. Please take action on Lynne’s behalf! May 28, 2013 | Justice for Lynne Stewart Dear Friends and Supporters: One month ago I made a request for compassionate release which…

NRCAT Action Alert: Please ask your Representative TODAY to attend Friday briefing on Guantanamo

Dear Friends, Congressman Jim Moran is hosting an important congressional briefing on Guantanamo this Friday at 10 AM in room B-354 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  Please call your Representative and ask him/her to attend the briefing. The hunger strike and President Obama’s recent remarks on Guantanamo present the first opportunity in years to bring attention to the…

Lynn Stewart: Will a Legal Defender of Terror Suspects Die of Cancer in Prison?

Originally posted on Dogma and Geopolitics:
Lynne Stewart‘s “Crime?” Steadfastly fighting for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state. April 22, 2013  |   Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent…

Will a Legal Defender of Terror Suspects Die of Cancer in Prison?

Originally posted on Dogma and Geopolitics:
Lynne Stewart‘s “Crime?” Steadfastly fighting for justice in courts that have surrendered their independence to serve the security and surveillance state. April 22, 2013  |   Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent…

Four Score and One Too Many Years: Free all of the Angola 3 from solitary confinement

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:
  (Artwork by Emory Douglas) Today, April 17, 2013, marks 41 years that Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace have been unjustly incarcerated in solitary confinement in Louisiana. This is 41 years of living in concrete and metal cages of 6 x 9 feet; 41 years of being separated from…