Petitions & Campaigns
On August 21st, prisoners across the United States and beyond began a strike against prison slavery. This strike comes hot on the heels of years of previous prison strikes, call-in campaigns, and full fledged uprisings, as well as inspiring actions against ICE and massive anti-fascist mobilizations throughout August. Not only are all of these struggles connected, but our best chances of succeeding in any of them lies in building momentum across these different movements and beyond.
Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.
These are the NATIONAL DEMANDS of the men and women in federal, immigration, and state prisons:
1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count!
More Info and How You Can Help here: https://incarceratedworkers.org/campaigns/prison-strike-2018
Donate to the strike's official fundraising page: https://fundly.com/2018-prisoner-strike
Free Dontae Sharpe NOW!
Local organizers in North Carolina have recently filed a motion that introduces new evidence into the case of Dontae Sharpe - a Black man that has been incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Dontae Sharpe was incarcerated at 19-years-old in North Carolina and has spent 24 years in prison. Dontae’s case is a tragic example of the deep-rooted moral corruption of our criminal justice system where prosecutors and police can exploit racism and inequality to try and extract guilt from innocent people.
"Stand Your Ground" laws prove once again that they do not protect Black people. In Alabama, a young 38-year old Black woman Jacqueline Dixon was arrested and charged with murder for killing her husband Carl Omar Dixon on the morning of July 31st after an argument in which her husband attempted to attack her. But this is not the full picture. Jacqueline is a survivor of domestic violence. She endured years of abuse at the hands of her husband. In 2016, the courts rightfully granted Jacqueline an order of protection from abuse against her husband and received tempory custody of their two young children. She clearly still lived in fear and suffered tremendous harm from her husband.
If the law is supposed to be about self-defense, then Jacqueline Dixon should not be prosecuted. This should be a moment to focus on her and her children's safety and well-being. Dallas County District Attorney, of Selma, AL, Michael Jackson must consider the full picture of the pain and trauma Jacqueline Dixon has experienced. Jacqueline does not deserve prison. She deserves a community and support network that will help her and her family heal from this tragic ordeal.
All charges must be dropped now. Jacqueline must come home.
The Supreme Court just voted to uphold Trump’s racist Muslim travel ban. However, Congress has the power to pass legislation that could stop the ban entirely.
So far, the fight against the Muslim ban has been mostly a legal one caught up in the courts--and it’s allowed Congress to stay quiet. But Congress can not stay quiet anymore, we must demand that they pass legislation to stop Trump’s Muslim ban.
Last month, Crystal Mason, a Black mother, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for voting while on probation. Like 96% of Black women in this country, she thought it was imperative to vote in the 2016 Presidential election given all that was at stake for Black women. Crystal was denied her freedom to vote because she is a formerly incarcerated person with a non-violent felony. A year later she was charged with voter fraud by Tarrant County Deputy District Attorney Matthew Smid. Crystal does not deserve to be in jail. She tried to vote believing it was the right thing to do.
I am confident that if we can get a resentencing hearing for Crystal. We can help restore her faith in her personal power and the power of community. Please, stand with me to ensure Crystal is not sent back to prison!
Around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 4th, Saheed Vassell a 34-year-old Black man was murdered by the New York Police Department in Brooklyn.
We need to demand that New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio:
Immediately release the names of all officers involved in Saheed's murder as well as any previous misconduct claims filed against those officers
Release of all unedited audio and video footage of officers before, during, and after the killing of Saheed
End the over-deployment of the hyper-militarized Strategic Response Group in communities, who's officers responded to police calls about Saheed
Adopt a common-sense approach of releasing elder inmates, who are aging in prison, have already served considerable time, and pose little or no threat to the public.
We aim to stop the lobbying power of the private prison industry as a step towards abolishing cages in criminal and immigration policy.
The National Prison Divestment Campaign targets the investors of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group (GEO), the two largest private prison companies in the United States. Profiting from the separations of families, violations of human rights, and general pain caused by these prisons is inhumane and unacceptable.
On Sunday, April 22, 2018, 25-year-old Chikesia “Kesia” Clemons was wrongfully arrested and dragged out of a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama by three police officers.
Charging exploitative phone rates to incarcerated people and their families is wrong.But prisons get a percentage of companies' profits as a kickback, so they have no incentive to act. If states won't step in to protect against these predatory practices, then Congress must.