[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!
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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