[Pnews] Menard hunger strikers cheered by protesters, threatened by staff
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Fri Feb 7 10:43:24 EST 2014
Menard hunger strikers cheered by protesters, threatened by staff
February 6, 2014
/The following information is drawn from letters received from prisoners
in Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center in Menard,
Illinois, and compiled on Feb. 2 by Attorney Alice Lynd./
"Today is Day 14 and these are trying times for all of us prisoners.
There are about a dozen prisoners still on strike and feeling the effects."
The prisoners have not heard anything about Armando Velasquez. Officers
have told the prisoners that an independent review is being conducted,
but no one has talked to the inmates. "They keep telling us inmates he's
in Health Care."
Demonstration by supporters
"Yesterday, on Monday, Jan. 27, there were hunger strike supporters
outside of the prison banging on homemade drums singing, 'We support the
hunger strike.' Us prisoners in the HSU [high security unit] were able
to hear and see them out our windows. We opened our windows and screamed
'Hunger Strike!' 'No due process, no peace,' and 'We Love You!'"
"There were about 20 supporters outside and they also held signs that
read. 'We Support the Hunger Strike' .... They were out there in 12
degree weather from about 2:45 p.m. until 3 p.m. Some majors and
correctional officers were harassing the protesters until the (county)
police came and the supporters dispersed."
"I do not know who those supporters were, but if you can find out please
let them know we deeply appreciate their support. Seeing them protest on
our behalf was definitely a confidence booster. The psychological effect
on the prisoners is beyond explanation."
Proposal by hunger strikers to the warden
1. "Starting this week, give the inmates in A.D. [Administrative
Detention] status who are up for their 90-day reviews informal,
face to face hearings and issue them a written disposition stating
the basis for whatever decision is reached.
2. "Give us your word that an orientation manual/rule book,
specifically for inmates who are in A.D. status, or seg.
(segregation) status and are housed in the High Security Unit
(N-II B and C wings and the front of 7-gallery), will be passed
out within the next 30 days.
3. "Give us your word that a Behavior Incentive Program that allows
inmates who have long term seg. and are housed in the High
Security Unit the opportunity to earn the privilege of buying
limited food items and coffee through good behavior will be
implemented within the next 30 days.
4. "Continue to work on addressing and resolving the meritorious
complaints included in our Jan. 15, 2014, grievances and any
grievances thereafter. This includes weekly rounds by the major
and/or warden to prevent our issues from piling up like they did
"The funny thing is while the protesters were outside protesting, ...
(Assistant Warden Jones) came to the HSU to say, 'We're working on your
hearings and an orientation manual. The head warden is having a meeting
"So far, the prison administration has been sweeping, mopping and even
laid wax on the gallery floors. Every Saturday prisoners are given
disinfect[ant] for cleaning their cells along with a mop and broom. We
were given coats and Mental Health has been making rounds once a week.
However, we still don't know why we are here or what the rules are in
the HSU. Plus, medical staff has been talking crazy to prisoners and how
they're going to torture us when we go to the Health Care Unit to be
"The police and medical staff are pissed about this hunger strike and
are writing bogus tickets in retaliation for this hunger strike. There
are several prisoners who have received bogus tickets since Jan. 15.
Please let our supporters know the injustice system has been retaliating
against us by writing us bogus tickets and putting us in Administrative
Detention Seg[regation] status. Thank you for your support."
Please call or email:
* Warden Rick Harrington, (618) 826-5071, P.O. Box 711, Menard IL 62259
* Illinois Department of Corrections Director Salvador Godinez,
(217) 558-2200, ext. 2008, P.O. Box 19277, Springfield IL 62794-9277
* Gov. Pat Quinn, (217) 782-0244,
State House, Springfield IL 62706
/Attorney Alice Lynd can be reached at salynd at aol.com
<mailto:salynd at aol.com>./
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