[Pnews] Stand with prisoners at Coal Township in the fight for human rights

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu Jul 10 10:34:50 EDT 2014


Greetings all,
Yesterday we released a petition from the prisoners at Coal Township 
<http://blogspot.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=af161ec31abb2cddac84b1f12&id=c725b6dafe&e=d7fa16b460> that 
includes 22 demands seeking the restoration of human rights and dignity 
for the people being held in Pennsylvania prisons.

In late June, *in response to dramatic food cutbacks at the State 
Correctional Institute at Coal Township, over 1300 men staged a 
week-long boycott of the prison dining hall*. At the end of a week of 
peaceful protest, with still no commitment to change forthcoming from 
the prison administration, participants released a list of 22 
requests/demands. *The prisoners are asking that prison officials at SCI 
Coal Township, and across the PA Department of Corrections, honor the 
basic human rights of people in prison. *Among other things, these men 
are petitioning for: access to adequate food, the ability to hold 
cultural events, an effective grievance process, respectful medical 
care, and an end to policies that dehumanize and punish prisoners and 
their families.

Please take a moment to sign this petition personally and then to 
forward it widely among your networks. Given the fact that more than 
1,300 prisoners at Coal Township were able to stand and act in 
solidarity with one another in the name of changing current prison 
conditions, at great risk to their personal livelihood, we on the 
outside should be aiming not only to match but to massively amplify 
those numbers in our own displays of support.

*Take action 
now at https://www.change.org/petitions/pa-department-of-corrections-support-the-22-demands-of-prisoners-at-coal-township-pa 

Looking for other ways to support? We are also asking people to continue 
to call DOC Secretary Wetzel and Superintendent Mooney to demand they 
make immediate changes to address the prisoners' concerns as well. The 
more we can continue to inundate the prison administration with calls, 
letters, faxes, petitions and emails of all forms, the better.

DOC Secretary John Wetzel – 717-728-4109

SCI Coal Township Superintendent Vincent Mooney – 570-644-7890

You can also help spread the word on Twitter 
<http://blogspot.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=af161ec31abb2cddac84b1f12&id=eb15e34404&e=d7fa16b460> and 
and keep up with breaking news and information from participants on the 
inside at http://decarceratepa.info/22demands 

In struggle and solidarity,

Decarcerate PA

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org

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