Our “Solitary 101″ PowerPoint, developed for the recent Midwest Coalition for Human Rights conference on Solitary Confinement and Human Rights, is now available online. The 60-slide PowerPoint includes sections on the history of solitary confinement, solitary as it is practiced in the United States today, and the growing movement against solitary confinement.
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November 8, 2012 by Solitary Watch Guest Author Lance Tapley
In 1986 Ojore Lutalo, a black revolutionary in the Trenton State Prison — now the New Jersey State Prison — wrote to Bonnie Kerness’s American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) office in Newark. His letter described the extreme isolation and other brutalities in the prison’s Management Control Unit, which he called a “prison within a prison.”
“I could not believe what he was telling me” about the MCU, she says. She reacted by becoming “this lunatic white lady” calling New Jersey corrections officials about Lutalo.
Kerness immediately went to work trying to stop MCU guards from harassing prisoners by waking them at 1 a.m. to make them strip in front of snarling dogs leaping for their genitals — to arbitrarily have them switch cells. She got this practice stopped.
Lutalo’s letter also began to open her eyes to the torture of solitary confinement, which in the mid-1980s was just starting to spread across the country as a mass penological practice. Coordinator of the AFSC’s national Prison Watch Project, Kerness had worked on prison issues since the mid-1970s. Now she became an anti-solitary-confinement activist. In 2012, she has been one longer and more consistently than, possibly, anyone else.
by Paul Boden Nov 18, 2010
Organizing Director, Western Regional Advocacy Project
This is the third article in a series we're writing on Quality of Life ordinances, our contemporary version of the vagrancy laws that have been with us for centuries. In the South, they were used to force freed slaves back to the plantation. In the North, they were used to instill a Protestant work ethic in indigent whites. This compulsion to control labor and separate the "worthy" from the "unworthy" is deeply ingrained in our culture and institutions.
"The global elite have repeatedly demonstrated their animosity toward the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Taking down the First Amendment – in addition to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and most importantly the Second – under the bogus and contrived aegis of a manufactured war on terror amply reveals what they have in mind: a gulag panopticon where resistance is not only futile, but illegal, and where the slaves are disarmed and powerless to effectuate change."
A reader emailed me the other day, concerned about some of the changes he’s seen in law enforcement since he retired four years ago as a county constable in Mississippi. His letter appears below.
How would you respond to the observations and questions he poses?
Most immigration reform bills before Congress have an built-in bias and nativist prejudice toward immigrants, both documented and undocumented. These immigrants are presumed guilty until proved innocent.
Many of us believe that a new approach toward immigration reform is urgently needed. Thats why we are joining the Dignity Campaign. Hopefully, more individuals and groups will join in with this campaign.
Hasta La Victoria!
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: How To Handle Encounters with Police
hosted by Redwood Curtain CopWatch and Del Norte Watch Dogs
Saturday, Nov 27th
1:30pm - 5:30pm
All Ages Welcome
The workshop will be at 1401 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City
For Immediate Release: contact Paul 707.923.4488 Oct 27, 2010
STAND UP GET UP
Once again, the rain is a sign for police action against the poor. Wed, Oct 27, camps have been raided here in SoHum. Shamefully, deputies and chp have set up checkpoints in Redway and street sweeps in Garberville as well. Those without I.D.s showing local addresses are warned to leave the area or face arrest.
Numbers of people were arrested and others issued tickets. Reportedly the police are promising 20 or more officers for Thursday, Oct. 28.
Opposed to a police state for the poor who don't have the proper papers? Fed up with a County where the police and some hardline merchants and some hippy gentry make policy and NOT elected officials and their administrators?
The Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a man last month in Santa Rosa has been involved in three of the 11 officer-involved shootings that the sheriff's office has recorded this decade.
Sgt. Mark Fuston, who on June 1 killed Albert Mike Leday Jr., 49, after a high speed chase, was one of two deputies who fatally shot a Windsor woman in 2000 after she pointed a toy gun at them. In 2003, he shot and injured a fleeing gang member.
Attorney General, Eric Holder will be in Philadelphia on July 4th.
DEMAND that Holder do a Civil Rights Investigation into Mumia's case!
*July 4th, 2010
There has been a civil lawsuit SETTLEMENT for Tatiana Grant, Oscar's 5 year old daughter. Oscar's Mother still has a lawsuit against the Oakland BART cops, as do the 5 young men, close friends, who were with Oscar when he was murdered. The young men recieved abuse themselves and witnessed the cops execute their friend who was laying on his stomach in handcuffs.
Detroit Imam Assassinated by FBI Agents
By Abayomi Azikiwe Pan-African News Wire, Detroit Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday March 29, 2008
1:30pm - 5:30pm
hosted by Redwood Curtain CopWatch
at the P.A.R.C.
Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community
Old Town Eureka
* how to handle encounters with cops*
Saturday, June 14th
at the P.A.R.C. office [Peoples' Action for Rights and Community]
320 2nd Street, wooden building
between D and E, upstairs
Old Town Eureka