Greetings and Solidarity IWOC,
All in All, The IWW is not a clandestine movement nor are our activities and purpose a secret. The IWOC is something that’s needed and is going to take on a life of its own once every one involved grasp hold of what is needed from us incarcerated, in order for your guys on the out side to be able to advocate for our rights and needs effectively.
I be totally straight up with you (like I always am) I’m a prisoner activist! I strive to organize and mobilize the prisoners to shut this Mutha Down! Just like prisoners did in Georgia a few years back. And the prisoners in Alabama and Mississippi are organizing to shut down their prison industries as well. Once these joints start losing money they’ll get some act right and start doing what is necessary to meet our needs and rights to be treated like human beings and not property. They’ll provide us real programs Education and treatment that’ll bring about real rehabilitation. We can change the way the law makers pass laws. All it takes is real dedication, information, organization, mobilization, and NO hesitation to sacrifice and endure the hell that is sure to in order to reach our destination. And that’s Liberation!!
Them guys down in Alabama started The Free Alabama movement, and we are studying their movement here in the State of Missouri. Go to www.FreeAlabamamovement.com. We need a movement like this and with the help of the IWW. I’m sure that we can build one and I’m going to put my full energy behind it, because these prisoners need a full understanding of what the IWW is and the purpose of the IWOC.
I’m like this, if a person is right and they are being done wrong then they have solid ground to stand on. But if they are wrong then they’re building a castle on sand and when a strong wind comes it’ll blow their castle foundation away. Not only that, they’ll be stretching you all thin.
Look, a lot of these guys don’t even take the time out to learn about their rights therefore they don’t know when their rights are being violated. They really don’t file (I.R.R.) Informal resolution request forms, which is the first step of filing a grievance.
Most say that they’ll rather be violent. Well I tell the ones with views like this. If your problems are not in black and white then your problems don’t exist. Being violent will only justify them using even more controlling procedures. and they’ll play on that to the media. But if we leave a paper trail then we can show that they created a hostile environment and they get in trouble as well. I have NO faith in this bogus grievance system however I must file in order to exhaust my administrative remedies in order to file a lawsuit in the courts. This is necessary, because if we are not documenting the on going events of abuse and mistreatments we will have nothing to stand on if a situation gets violent. NOW! these prisoncrats know that the prisoners out number staff 10 to one. Therefore they are well aware of the physical threat we hold. However they must use all types of behavior modification techniques to control and divide the prisoners at all cost. Solitary confinement is one of their biggest tools. But it to has it’s weakness.
You see prisons are so overcrowded they can’t put everyone in G.P. (General Population) so they got to keep a few hundred locked in the hole or rotate them with G.P. prisoners. You see dis-seg (disciplinary segregation) and ad-seg (administrative segregation) are two different entities. Dis-seg is punitive and Ad-seg is not. Prisoners should be placed in the hole only for serious violations or when there is a safety and security issue, the prisoner is a threat to himself or others or he can’t control himself. Other all minor infractions should receive some form of sanctions. That can be carried out in General Population.
The officials throughout Missouri have created Policies that are not in conjunction with the RSMO 217. Which derive its Authority from the Missouri Constitution which is in alinement with the U.S. Constitution. I believe the general counsel are not aware of what they are doing. They are keeping guys in Ad-seg for long periods for minor infractions.
And they got guys (staff) writing up bogus C.D.V’s (conduct violations) which in turn have guys on Dis-seg for years on in. When dis-seg should not extend 10 days. They created a bogus policy that place guys in dis-seg for like 20 to 30 days or more. We are suppose to get recreation for 1 hour 5 days a week, but they only give guys 3 days out of a week, and when they do 30 days we suppose to get 5 day (TASC), temporarly ad-seg confinement. But they only give us 3 days out of that because they only do rec on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If your tasc don’t fall on these days you’re just beat. It’s all at the whim of the C.O.’s so what ever is a convenience to us is an inconvenience to them, and what is a convenience to them often times is an inconvenience to us. Our rights are being violated big time and we must fight to change this.
So that should be one of many issues on the IWOC agenda. Look, they got a whole housing unit double celling in H.U. 2. Now that’s a violation as well, because prisoners should have so many square feet per prisoner. They are to have shelve space as well. They are not suppose to have us in box car like doors, but they do. Now its 36 cell in each wing multiply that by 4 and you’ll get 144 cells and multiply that by 2 and you’ll come out with a total (estimate) of 288 people. Now, if half of the guys in them 2 man cell check out of their cells or refuse to accept cellies where are they going to put the rest of the 144 people? They will have to start release dude to G.P. Which is already crowded, so they have to transfer guys. Now if every prisoner across the state do this it’ll become one Big Cluster fuck! (excuse my “French”) for lack of a better word.
Check this out a lot of guys across the state are afraid of doing this because they fear the so called consequence, (There will not be any consequence because it’ll be too many people and therefore they’ll have to compromise and make some changes.)
This will solve alot of our problems in which we all share. And then you got the disclaimers. Always talking about “Man these dudes ain’t going to do nothing.” When in all actuality they should worry about what are they going to do. They have pessimistic views and in the end nothing gets done. Look we here in Missouri need to follow the example of those prisoners locked in the SHU out there in Cali and Georgia. Cali prisoners went on a hunger strike and over 30 thousand answer their call and a lot of grass roots lended their support and people all over the world protested.
That was a peaceful protest and they laid down the paperwork to show and prove that there’s a long history of abuse and authority, medical neglect, and staff abuse to prisoners. Like the brother who founded Alabama Movement Melvin Ray stated “By this time, I had learned that the law was not practiced as it was written and that the criminal justice system did not really care about the justice at all.”
Once guys refused to go to work or refuse cellmates in Ad-Seg they will lose a lot of money. This place will not be able to function without our help.
Please print this letter, sorry for the incorrect words, I’m writing in the dark (only light is moon light). I’m trying to get this out in the morning. Copy this letter once its typed up and send it to everyone so it’ll at least put us on the same page to start talking about how we can shut this shit down across the State. This should be a constant discussion amongst us, as we proceed to organize and mobilize. You all stay consistant in the struggle.
You all take care and I’ll keep you all posted life behind enemy lines. We have nothing to lose, but our chains, we have everything to gain. The solution to all our problems can be resolved through our unity. So fear not and believe that victory is asure. We will have the support of outside grass root movements but first we got to show and prove that we are ready and willing to save ourselves.
P.S. The money they are making (prison industry complex) off our labor is the money they are using to fund their prison budgets totally. Nationwide, Prison budgets total 86 Bilion, so where is the remaining $ 414 Billion? If they’re making $500 Billion Annually. Ask the politicians.- as Melvin Ray states.
P.S. If you will please put some minutes on your phone so that these of us in here can call you all. I’m unable to purchase minutes due to the fact I’m indigent and the $5.00 I get a month goes on hygiene products. I’ll try to call soon. Oh yeah the Board of Nursing sent me some complaint forms, too. I’m researching a lot of stuff in regards of Ad-seg in Missouri, we suppose to have most of our property if we’re not in Dis-seg, however, we don’t have anything it’s like we are on Dis-seg.