[Ppnews] Indiana: Solidarity with Wabash Valley SHU Protests. Emergency call-in days August 1 and 2!

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Indiana:  Solidarity with Wabash Valley SHU 
Protests.  Emergency call-in days August 1 and 2!

The call-in days are Monday, August 1 and 
Tuesday, August 2nd.  Wabash Valley 
administration can be reached at 
<tel:%28812%29%20398-5050>(812) 398-5050.   The 
Indiana Department of Corrections commissioner 
can be reached at <tel:%28317%29%20232-5711>(317) 232-5711

On the morning of 7/16, a member of the Aryan 
Brotherhood was stabbed by other prisoners.  The 
attack took place at Pendleton Correctional 
Facility in the Maximum Security area of the 
prison.  The administration used the stabbing as 
a justification for putting every prison in the 
state on lockdown and conducting system-wide 
searches, raids, and beatings.  Since the 
lockdown began, inmates at the Secure Housing 
Unit at Wabash Valley had been denied access to 
water for bathing, sanitation, and cleaning their cells.

In response, a protest took place at the SHU last 
week.  Inmates initiated a response to the 
administration's refusal of basic sanitation 
needs. The inmates flooded the range and have 
begun a campaign of noise disturbance.  In 
response, the guards cut off all water and electricity to the SHU...

Inmates threw a t-shirt over the security camera 
on the range and bombarded the guard pod with 
feces and piss thrown from their cells:
“If we have to live in filth, so do 
you.”  Electricity and water were turned back on 
at 4 am, after many hours without either. Their 
demands for sanitation and clean water were 
finally addressed later that evening.

As a condition of coming off this brutal 
lockdown, the prisoncrats have instituted an 
intervention by the Internal Affairs Security 
Threat Group officers to subject the entire 
prison to interrogations and forced debriefing, 
including photographing of tattoos and forced 
declarations of organizational allegiances. The 
prison officials have said that they won't come 
off lockdown until everyone has been subjected to these measures.

Struggles in prison can't sustain themselves if, 
on the outside, they only encounter the deadening 
silence of social submission.  By remaining 
passive on the outside, we give the prison system 
more room to do whatever it wants to the 
prisoners in struggle.  The inmates at Wabash 
Valley are protesting to end the system-wide 
lockdown, to defend their access to basic needs 
and their dignity.  Without solidarity, this 
protest could be drowned in beatings and blood, 
so let's break the social silence that allows the 
Secure Housing (isolation) Units and prison to 
play their normal, murderous role.  Indeed, raids 
against the rebellious blocks are ongoing right now.

Close the Secure Housing Units and isolation 
regimes – Isolation is always torture!

Solidarity with the hunger strikers in California 
prisons and the protests spreading in the Indiana prison system!

Down with prison-society!

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In support of the prisoners' struggle, an 
Anarchist Solidarity Initiative in Bloomington is making the following call:

For active and subversive solidarity with the 
prisoners, to be practiced by whoever feels affinity with their struggles.

For specific call-in days on Monday, August 1 and 
Tuesday, August 2nd. Wabash Valley administration 
can be reached at <tel:%28812%29%20398-5050>(812) 
398-5050.   The Indiana Department of Corrections 
commissioner can be reached at (317) 232-5711

We demand, in solidarity with the prisoners:
-A restoration of access to water and sanitation.
-An end to the system-wide lockdown and brutal searches.
-An end to forced debriefing and interrogation.
-That no prisoner faces repercussions for their participation in protests.

The Department of Corrections is constantly 
planning to expand the prison system.  Last year, 
it contracted with GEO Group to build a new private prison.



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