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Local groups hold solidarity demonstration as national prison strike enters it's third week

The Mockingbird has previously reported on a nationwide campaign of work stoppages, labor strikes and hunger strikes began on August 21 in dozens of prisons. As the campaign was about enter it's third week local organizers from Black Queer Intersectional Columbus and the Incarcerated Workers Committee of the Industrial Workers World held a demonstration on September 4th outside the Franklin County Court and Jail complex on High Street.

 

Waste deep in poison with nothing to drink: Federal Prison after Harvey

Today is the 8th of September. The conditions reported below were still happening as of the 5th of September. No word has come out of the Federal Prisons in Beaumont Texas since as mail, phone and visits are cut off or severely restricted. Hurricane Harvey has turned the Federal Prison Complex in Beaumont into a slow motion death camp. Other Prisons run by the state of Texas may also be facing similar constructed circumstances.

 

Prison officials retaliate against organizing with fake charges of Islamic terrorism

There are forgeries and there are fakes. In the Art world, the difference is quality. Extending that metaphor, the Ohio Department of Corrections just made a Mona Lisa knockoff using finger paint on a paper bag. One might laugh, pat them on the head and blood test them for lead poisoning, but this is not art, this is retaliatory discipline. Their fake charges have placed one man in isolation without contact with his family, lawyer and access to phones. Other prisoners are on hunger strike in support of him.

 

Prison Rights Activists to Hold Conference in Support of Upcoming Nationwide Prison Labor Strike

On August 26th hundreds of activists from Columbus and around the country will gather at the Barak Recreation Center to set the ground work for supporting a national prison work stoppage both in Ohio and in their local communities. Over 100 conference attendees have registered for the three day event from out of town alone. Local organizers from the Red Bird Books and other groups formed an adhoc committee to put together the event which is called Bend the Bars.

 

Abolishing Private Prisons is the biggest lie since Economic Recovery

The Department of Justice recently announced that it would examine and not renew it's contracts for privately built and operated prisons. This was hailed by some reformers as a major victory for human rights, the federal budget and the Democratic Party's election efforts. Hillary Clinton is attempting to shore up her flagging support from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

 

Incarcerated Prisoner Rights Activist Given Midnight Transfer to Worse Jail, and is now missing. Activists Increase Pressure.

Since we first reported on the case of Angela Antoine two days ago, she has been moved to a new facility in the middle of the night. Despite Angela's multiple life threatening illnesses, she has not yet received proper treatment. Jail officials have attempted to conceal her location and she has not had access to her commissary in order to buy phone time. The details of why she may have been railroaded have started to come to light.

 

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