Detaining the Poor: How money bail perpetuates an endless cycle of poverty and jail time | Prison Policy Initiative

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#Uaptsd #SaveALife #CopWatch #StayEngaged #ProtectUrNeighborhood #SafeALife #AccomplicesNOTAllies #ThisISWhatSelfDeterminationLooksLike #TheRevolutionStartsAtHOME

​ has been committed to providing community support to the area of #EastSanDiego also known as #CityHeights by #CopWatching. Due to the recent election and increase of #HateCrimes from #OvertWhiteSupremacy, we must protect our OWN community, our OWN Neighborhood, our extended family as a FIRST PRIORITY #Uaptsd #CopWatch #StayEngaged #ProtectUrNeighborhood #SafeALife #AccomplicesNOTAllies #ThisISWhatSelfDeterminationLooksLike #TheRevolutionStartsAtHOME

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Criminalizing Poverty Directly: How debt fuels mass incarceration

Walter Scott’s tragic death in South Carolina this last week has brought attention to a troubling reality: in South Carolina, 1 in 8 people in jail are there because they couldn’t meet …

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Abolition, Seriously

Abolish Prisons

Prison abolitionists get a lot of blank looks. Get rid of prisons? But – the bad guys! Didn’t you watch True Detective? To which I have three responses:

1)Remember that most people in prison are more like this guy:

Than this guy:

2)Incarceration rates have almost no relationship to crime rates. I know that’s difficult to accept if you believe that prisons are about preventing crime (and if you think that, read The New Jim Crow), but trust me on this: our prison population is the result of a series of choices, not a result of bad behavior.

  • Politicians make choices about what to criminalize.
  • Police make choices about where to hang out and who to search, arrest, etc.
  • Prosecutors make choices about what (and whether) to charge and how many years to demand.
  • Parole commissioners make choices about who to release.

All of these…

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#SaveaLife #CopWatch #JusticeCantWait 

#CopWatching empowers and increases safety in our communities by…
-Demonstrating that the community is organized and watching

-Building  with, educating  and mobilizing our communities, team members hand out know your rights information, discuss the systemic problem of police violence with community members and encourage them to get involved in the broader movement.

-Monitoring the police (whether on teams or in our daily lives), holding the police accountable and looking out for one another, valuing and promoting the self-determination, strength and safety of our communities as well as preventing and de-escalating potentially abusive policing. 

-Shifting  power into the hands of our communities and out of the hands of the system. #Justice4SDStolenLives #JusticeCantWait

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Krip-Hop Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities Slideshow

Krip-Hop 1st Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities Slideshow

This is a slideshow of images of police brutality against people with disabilities from Krip-Hop Nation image library. Some images came from news stories others are artwork on the issue or Krip-Hop logos, paintings and CD and artists like DJ Quad who co/produced Krip-Hop CD on this issue & Keith Jones who teamed up with Leroy Moore on the track, Disabled Profiled. We noticed that we are lacking images of disabled women victims and the net video will contain our sister’s images.

Back in the day On October 22nd I would be in the streets protesting the day of stoping police brutality now my contributions are my cultural activism.
Please share! Krip-Hop Nation, Leroy F. Moore Jr.

Krip-Hop 2nd Slideshow on Police Brutality Against Black Trans/Non-Trans Disabled Women & Girls

Krip-Hop Nation’s 2nd Slideshow on Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities focusing on Black Disabled Women & Girls from Elders to Youngsters

Eleanor Bumpurs
Deborah Danner
Kayla Moore
Tanesha Anderson
Michelle Lee Shirley
Lashonn White
Korryn Gaines
Margaret L Mitchell
A woman in Spain
Fannie Mae Hamer
A young autistic girl

With Krip-Hop Nation’s logo and friend/supporter Kerima Ceviki, Black woman with braids and eyeglasses holding the 2012 Krip-Hop CD on police brutality against people with disabilities.

Krip-Hop Nation 3rd Slideshow on Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities



A lot of us, people, mainstream media, activists and so on think when there are cases of police brutality and people with disabilities it’s only people with mental health disability and are ambulatory, NOT TURE!

Krip-Hop Nation’s 3rd Slideshow on Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities focusing on People who are wheelchair users Internationally Black, White, Brown…. List of people who were/are wheelchair users and was profiled, abused or killed by police.

Nicholas Kincade
Jermey McDole
Anthony Jackson
Gregory Williams,
Christopher Zareck

Dwight Harris
Devaugh (Bo) Frierson
Benny Warr
Zimbabwean disabled man
Brian Claunch
A woman who is a wheelchair user fights off a bunch of bad Nairobi city cops (askaris).
Physically disabled protesters clash with riot police in Bolivia
Randal Dunklin

Krip-Hop Nation’s 4th slideshow on Police Brutality Focusing On Autistic People

Krip-Hop Nation’s 4th slideshow on Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities Focusing On Autistic People from adults to youth. Black, White, Brown, Transgender,…. List of people who were/are autistic and was profiled, abused or killed by police (Below). Most are Black/Brown youth.

No, mainstream media and some activists, autism is not a mental health disability yes any individual can have multiple disabilities however we must correct people when they erase and mislabel us & that includes the media. When people recognized police brutality only happens to people with mental health disabilities, they are not looking at many types of disabilities at our whole community. Our, Krip-Hop Nation’s slideshows so far helps to open up our view of men, women, youth and transgender who are wheelchair users, have mental health disabilities and now autistic people. Next up are Deaf people. List of people with their age when the incident happened below…..

Latino youth, 10, year old
Tario Anderson, Black, 34 year old
Miguel Torruella, Black, 24 yrs old
Kayden Clark, White, Transgender Man 24 yer old
Troy Canales, Black, 17 year old youth
Marcus Abrams, Black, 17 year old youth
Christopher Perez, Latino, 16 year old youth
Kayleb Moon-Robinson, Black ,11 year old youth
Reginald “Neli” Latson, Black, 18 year old youth
Oscar Guzman, Latino, 16 year old youth
Stephon Watts, Black, 15 Year old youth
Paul Childs , Black, 15 year old youth
Tawnya Nevarez. Latino, 16 year old youth

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#FamilyTestimonies at #O22 in #SanDiego

October 22, the 21th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. 

Synopsis by Rob Camacho of Step Off Magazine

The date is Saturday October 22nd. While many cities across the country are setting up in preparation for October Fest’s and Fall Festivals, in the San Diego community of City Heights, a movement is growing. The organizers of United Against Police Terror San Diego along with a coalition of other local activist are preparing for a much somber event of dire importance. That event is October 22, the 21th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. 

October 22nd is widely regarded as the national day of protest against police brutality in the United States established in 1996. The October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation began as collaboration through a variety of groups and organizations centered on the need to meet the intensifying nationwide epidemic of police brutality with resistance on the national level. The date of October 22nd was declared  the National Day of Protest by the Coalition of groups and organizations involved in the formation because students would be back in school and right before the elections, so that people could have a way to express themselves in the streets. The event however did not have a numerical significance in its own right. Because the first year in ‘96 was so successful people said: let’s do it again! and thus October 22nd became significant as the date on which people nationally protest police brutality in the United States. Since then, the National Day of Protest has provided a powerful platform for families who have been victimized by police brutality and murder. Over the past 20 years October 22nd protests have spread to numerous cities and have continually attracted larger turnouts in the wake of recent highly publicized killings at the hands of police.

This year  in City Heights, the protest was not centered around the police but the families of those who have lost their lives at the hands of police violence in San Diego. Family members from all over the county and even some from out of state have flown in to tell another side of the story; a side always demonized by police and conveniently ignored by the media. Family members of Victor Ortega, Angel Lopez, Marc Carrasco, Simon Hubble, Sergio Weick, Lamontez Jones, Luis Guzman, Francisco Cecena, as well as those kept in our hearts; Valeria Munique Tachiquin, Thongsoune Vilaysane and Alfred Olango and others who have been wrongfully arrested and targeted by the police have all been invited to share memories of their loved ones lost to police violence and bring awareness to the epidemic of police violence in San Diego and throughout the country.  

Some of the cases date back to mid 1980’s while others are as recent as this past September.  To families the pain is just as potent and palpable as the day it happened, destroying lives and tearing families forever apart. The organization is largely done by United Against Police Terror – San Diego (UAPTSD) a local cop watch group founded by Catherine Mendonca and Aaron Leaf, who have been organizing in San Diego for the past several years. On top of orchestrating marches, prayers, vigils and other protests the organization provides local cop watch training, live police scanner reports, a San Diego Law Enforcement Database as well a database specifically cataloging killer cops throughout the county. The organization also catalogs the number and names of people killed by Law enforcement in San Diego. UAPTSD cites the importance of this by stating in their mission statement that “governments in San Diego County, have no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement [and] this lack of basic data has been glaring amid the protests, riots and worldwide debate set in motion by many dissenting voices for those who have been murdered by every branch of law enforcement”. UAPTSD accomplishes this through a combination of traditional reporting techniques such as witness statements, monitoring regional news outlets, research groups, police scanner info and other open source reporting projects to represent the data as accurately as possible.

Along with the organizers; The Movement Productions San Diego and La Flor De La Resistencia,  a multitude of photographers, journalists and local cop watchers can be seen intermingling with the crowd. Not far off from the main stage, close to a dozen SDPD officers can be seen present at the park, but they are not there offer protection. Instead, they are there to protect a sign surrounding it like sharks drawn to blood. Originally named Rosa Parks Park, the sign now bares the park’s name, Officer Jeremy Henwood Park. It was re-named after a SDPD officer killed some years back. Ever since the sign was covered by protestors with a removable Michael Brown banner back in 2014, SDPD has without fail watched the sign like a hawk in every protest since, even during protest and gatherings numbering no more than 10 people. Indeed, it can be felt that the police care more about this inanimate sign than the public they are paid to supposedly protect which only adds to the tension. In the background, the Brown Berets De Aztlan can be seen running security detail around the park while Grupo Quetzalhuitzilin de San Diego dancers perform a prayer ceremony blessing the families of the victims and protesters present for the march. Among this hodgepodge of organizers, protesters, cop watchers, journalists and reporters, we spoke to several cop watchers and demonstrators to get their take on the march and the importance of civilian oversight of the police.

Edward and Michaela Glover, a married couple who  run the cop watch group,The Movement Productions San Diego in City Heights for the past several years locally patrol in the neighborhood and briefly spoke on the importance of cop watching and the responsibility communities have in policing the police. Michaela explained “We pretty much go out to every traffic stop, every site where there’s a call especially when it’s a hot call and we document the police activity in case if they do get out of hand so we have clear footage of them to prove they were…we’re out here pretty much for everyone’s safety.” Edward Glover also elaborated on the importance of community oversight on local law enforcement in the neighborhood stating “we just document them and put them in check…somebody has to have your back because you know your own police department doesn’t”. Michaela interjected stating “you can say they’re out here to serve but the only people they’re serving are the rich”. Looking back towards the cops surrounding the park’s sign Edward exclaimed in a mixed sense of bewilderment and disappointment, “Well look right now, all they’re serving right now is a piece of stone. That’s all they care about at the end of the day”. On top of providing cop watch services at nearly every protest and rally the Glovers are out almost nightly patrolling the community and give updates via social media alerting followers of any police presence in the nearby area.

We also spoke with Alix Polvorosa, another cop watcher and photographer tasked with the responsibility of documenting and monitoring the event who also stressed the importance of documenting police interactions. He stated, “I’m in charge of taking photographs and video of the surrounding areas; mainly of police presence. That’s what we try to do: is stay on that line and film everything”. Polvorosa as well, stressed the importance of citizen oversight in regards to police activity in communities and why the public can never get complacent. “Accountability!” he exclaimed. “You don’t want to be your own boss” in regards to police and community oversight, “but it seems like in this society [with] all the filming we do and getting footage [the police] still seem to win, so it’s a never ending battle”. As of late Polvorosa has also extended his photography and cop watching services to the Alfred Olango protests which have been taking place in El Cajon, a suburb, of East County San Diego since late September.

Over the course of the next several hours, dozens of friends and family members proceeded to speak to the crowd, detailing heartbreaking stories of their family’s losses and the never ending nightmare of losing a loved one to state violence. One of the most recent cases where friends came up to speak was that of aforementioned Alfred Olango. Olango was killed on September 28th by officer Richard Gonsalves, a 21-year veteran with a documented history of trouble within the El Cajon PD who had previously been sued and demoted for sexually harassing a fellow female officer on the force the year prior. Olango’s sister Lucy Peterson, had called police three times over the course of 50 minutes requesting help for her brother who was in the midst of mental breakdown. Hardly more than a minute after arriving on the scene, police shot and killed Olango after he ‘pointed’ a nondescript object later determined to be harmless e-cigarette in the general direction of the officers. Another officer on the scene shot Olango with a taser the same moment that Gonsalves fired the 4 shots that killed him. As of this publication the shooting remains under investigation by the city, District Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

Shakina Ortega, the widow of Victor Ortega, a 31year old father of two, who was shot twice and killed by SDPD officer Jonathan McCarthy in a Mira Mesa alleyway on June 4th 2012. There was no video or eyewitnesses to the shooting and McCarthy was cleared in the shooting by the D.A. after claiming Ortega allegedly grabbed for the officer’s gun. However, with there being many, many inconsistencies in McCarthy’s statements and reports regarding the details of that day’s shooting Mrs. Ortega has waged a four year battle trying to get justice for her husband and her children’s father. At the march Mrs. Ortega went on to inform the crowd that the City of San Diego’s appeal to throw out a civil lawsuit she had filed against the city was denied by the Ninth Court of Appeals in Pasadena. She said, “even though I feel like I didn’t have the world’s support, I was still going to get out here and fight which I’ve been doing…it’s not easy to go against police officers because so many people just feel like whatever the police say is true, it’s hard especially when there’s no camera footage”. Mrs. Ortega also showed her relief that the judges also agreed there were far too many inconsistencies with McCarthy’s account regarding details of her husband’s shooting stating “thank God they were able to see there were too many inconsistencies for the officer to be telling the truth about anything”. Mrs. Ortega also expressed her gratitude for all who turned out in support saying “it means a lot to all the families, especially those where it was just our word against the police and we had to piece everything together because we didn’t have footage, and you know what the police do when there’s no footage, and we know what the police do when there is footage”. Mrs. Ortega ended by once again thanking the crowd stating “I want to thank everybody for being out here and we’re going to continue the fight. Don’t ever ever give up, continue fighting”. Regarding Ortega v. San Diego Police and Jonathan McCarthy, the appellate court is returning the case to San Diego Federal Court and Judge Larry Burns for trial, as of now the trial start date is still unknown at this time.

Many of the testimonies have been transcribed from the video below

Oct 22nd Nat’l Day of Protest Against Police Brutality San Diego 2016

Transcription by Andrew J. Mackay, of Unspoken Politics

Victoria Jones, (mother of Lamontez)  

Hello everyone. I thank you all for coming out, this is my first time coming to one of these events, it won’t be the last time. I’d like to tell you a little bit about my son LaMontez. When the story first came out a lot of people wondered why I didn’t expose myself, why I didn’t get on the news . . . why I didn’t break down and cry and everything. It was at that time I was doing my own investigation. I was watching the police, I was listening to the police. I had to hear them paint a story of my son, and the canopy that they used, the painting that they used, I’m here to tell you it wasn’t a real picture. What I’m here to tell you is that my son was a brilliant man, a very smart, courageous man. “

“When he stood there on that street, in the middle of the street, he wasn’t just standing there for me, he wasn’t just standing there for you, but he was also standing for himself. Cause justice may not be what you think it should be, because he used a replica gun. The fact was he wasn’t going to be taken down by the police anymore. “

“He had been unjustifiably behind him during a case earlier because he had to kill somebody in self-defense. If the police is sent to your house, if he’s calling you to tell you to come to my house because my life is in jeopardy and all you could do because of the race of that purpose, is slap him on the hand, and listen to him tell you that he’s going to come back and finish the job. You left no choice for my son but to defend himself. “

“I’d like to save his life, but I’m standing here proud as a mother to say that he was man enough to protect his life. So when he came to San Diego, he came just to visit. He was getting back on his feet. He had a new job. They came to my house, they let me know that he wasn’t working there. When I found out, when I called them to find out if my son was still working for them, yes it was. So you knock on my door, they knocked on my door, and they wanted to build this picture of he was wanted for armed robbery. That was supposed to have happened in May, my son was killed in October. Why am I hearing about this on the day of his death? That didn’t make sense, that was another flaw. And then to sit and watch my son fall in the middle streets far far away from here, and see him dying in your streets far far away from here.”

“It made me think, what did you do to approach him? Because he’s not that type of person. He’s a very mellow down laid-back person. He never was in a gang, he didn’t do drugs, he didn’t have tattoos. He was raised in a Christian house, he was brought up to know the Bible from front to back. he was man enough to cook his mom dinner at fourteen years old. I mean a din-ner. This was the house he was raised in. So for you to come and shoot him, and then turn around and go into assassination mode. It just makes me wonder, who are you? I look at this- we all are mothers, we gave birth to you boys, to you sons, to you men.”

“Even some that standing out there that’s not standing in justice, your mother gave birth to you. You are a man. But yet you still want to take down our men. For what? To show that you are proud in your uniform? That’s not a man. So I’m here to stand for you, in front of you, to let you know. LaMontez didn’t come from trash. He wasn’t nothing dumb. He was a very very smart man. And this is not the end of my voice for him. I’m going to fight, if I win in this court, or I lose in this court on this ground, there’s a court upstairs that every police that took a life unjustified is going to have to stand up and be held accountable for it.“

“So, don’t think you’re getting away with it, because the laws on paper say you’re justified in killing a person. Because there’s a higher judge that you got to stand before, and ask, and when we say you killed LaMontez, he’s gonna want to know why, when he say you kill Philando, Olango, or all the other ones, he gonna want to know why.  So I’m just standing here to say, don’t think this is the end of it, it’s only just the beginning. Thank you.”

Family of Sergio Weick:

Maria Hoyt (aunt of Sergio)

“Hi Im Maria , Sergio’s Aunt, his mom is coming up right now and his widow, his son, his daughter, his little cousin…”

“Sergio was killed by the Sheriff’s, there’s a lot of inconsistencies… there was no cameras, every report they gave, there was a lot of  inconsistencies, so I started recording, I started taking pictures of everything and keeping track of everything,  they tell us one story, the tell the news another story and everything, as it turned out the medical examiner ruled it a homicide,  but of course the officers are out and about, claims have been filed and everything so we don’t really know it’s too early to tell…they won’t tell us until November if they’re going to file charges against the police officers, so we hope and pray that they do….”

“Sergio was unarmed, but they tell us that he came out shooting at them, but yet his right was pretty much shot off, I don’t know how he could’ve been holding a gun, he was shot literally from his head to his toes, and all of the left side, his back and in the front, but again they claim he came out shooting….yet they didn’t find any weapons…a week later, when they executed a search warrant, somehow or other it magically appeared that there was weapons, shotguns, drugs, knives, swords….in this car So I don’t know how they’re going to make those stick…it was literally 10 days after he had passed, so I hope and pray you know… that they do press charges, hopefully with everybody’s prayers, they will,  In the meantime we just have to sit and wait… it’s too early for us…but that’s where we’re at…I don’t know what to say…the only thing I hold onto is the fact I held on to every single report, every single statement they made…every single thing and everything.. is different…every statement they made is different…so I don’t know how they’re going to get out of that one”  

Families of Simon Hubble and Marc Carrasco,
Jenny (Aunt of Simon):

“Thank you. It’s been a year since my nephew was murdered by the Sheriff’s deputies…he had schizoaffective disorder, so he had a mental disability. His social worker called the police, called the Sheriff’s because he was suicidal…and they came out and they killed him. Well, then my sister tried to her dying son, and the police threatened to arrest her if she would to dying son. Then they searched her house and took away computers, phones, things she’s never even gotten back yet, and they did not officially tell her her son was dead, she found he was dead on the 11 O’Clock News.”

“Simon was 33 years old, this was the kind of kid Simon was. He was at Dog Beach one day, he saw a man having a seizure. He called 911, and while the man was in the hospital, my nephew took care of his dog until he recovered. My nephew’s a good kid, he was no angel, he had problems. he had a mental disability, and a mental disability is not a crime punishable by death. He was shot five times in the chest. Now my family has been affected now twice, the Sheriff’s deputies took my nephew Simon last year, in 2011 on March 5th, my granddaughter Jasmine Carrasco lost her father, who was shot nine times in his bed. Marc Carrasco, and he was a hard worker [•), a good father to his two daughters, and a good friend to those who knew him. I’m going to let Jasmine say a little bit about her father.”

Jasmine Gonzalez (daughter of Marc):

“I’m sorry, sometimes I laugh to keep myself from crying. I’m glad to see that all of us are here to support a good cause from all these tragic losses and, it’s terrible. It’s sad to see that everyone else is suffering just like my family suffered because of my father’s death, my family is completely broken apart, and it’s left myself and plenty of other people with terrible depression. And I’m glad to see all of you guys here, it really makes me happy to see that there are good people in this world, and to not let the negative overcome the positive. Sorry. So, yeah.”


“Marc Carrasco, unfortunately the police had the scene and there was no one else there. His aunt had called the police on him and said that he had a knife. He had no knife, he was in bed. He bled out into his mattress because he hadn’t even gotten out of his bed, shot nine times. And there has been no justice for Marc, and there has been no justice for my nephew Simon, so our family has lost two people to San Diego PD and Sheriff’s and there still hasn’t been any justice. And so today I’ll let my daughter speak. We come together to try and end this.”

Alexis Gonzalez (wife of Marc):

“I just want to say really quick, Marc’s mother Elisa Rodriguez couldn’t be here today. Simon’s mother Sheri couldn’t be here today, and I just want to tell them both I love them tremendously. And to keeping strong that we’re all here to support one another.”

Lara Guzman, Daughter of Luis Guzman (Pictured below)


Her speech shared on the 22nd “Dear Chalk Outline” can be found here 

Cat Mendonca:

“October 20th is also the birthday of Thongsoune and his sister Eanoy, and we want to celebrate them here too, because I know it really devastated them the minute it happened, and let’s just all get together and sing Happy Birthday to Thongsoune and Eanoy. On the count of three, we’re going to start. 1, 2, 3”

“Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Thongsoune and Eanoy
Happy birthday to you
Justice for Thongsoune!
Justice for Thongsoune!”

“For all y’all, and I should have mentioned this at the very beginning. Thongsoune of SouthEast San Diego part of the Laotian community was shot 40 times by police. Where is the outrage, where is the outrage here in San Diego? He was just backing up a car, he was backing up his car, they weren’t even suspicious of the car they were suspicious of the house. And he was shot forty fucking times. Unbelievable, man, like it’s…this is hard. It’s hard for the families to come out and that’s why they need as much support as possible. For the families! Families first! Events like this are about them and always will be and should.”

Testimonies by Spanish speaking families can be found on Reporting San Diego‘s article covering the same day National Day of Action Against Police Brutality: Family Testimonials

After the family members of those lost as well as others who had been wrongly arrested or targeted by the police concluded speaking, the crowd proceeded to march down Fairmount Ave. and circle around the San Diego Police department. Saturday’s October 22nd march was considerably shorter than others done in the years prior, partially due to the higher amount of children, as well as disabled and elderly present from families who had come to speak. Though some protesters urged for a longer march route throughout City Heights the safety and well-being of the families present was the number one priority. Nonetheless, an important statement was made: that the community stands with the families of those affected by police violence. As long as police violence and misconduct is allowed to continue in San Diego, UAPTSD and the community will be there to support the families, uplift their voices and give them a platform to seek justice.

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Officer Involved Shooting in City Heights

Photos: Tom and Nadin Abbott Video: Tom Abbott Video Editing: Nadin Abbott Nov 14, 2016 (San Diego) According to San Diego Police Captain Brian Ahearn, attached to Investigations, “it was a little …

Source: Officer Involved Shooting in City Heights

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#PrisonerHungerStrike #PrisonHungerStrike #PrisonStrike #OLB #Uaptsd #September9th #Solidarity #StrikeAgainstPoliceTerror



Announcement of Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage for Sept 9, 2016

Live Updates from the Prisoner Strike

“The organizing coalition includes The Ordinary People Society (TOPS), Free Alabama Movement (FAM), Free Virginia Movement, Free Ohio Movement, Free Mississippi Movement, New Underground Railroad Movement (CA), Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People, and Families Movement (FICPFM), and IWOC—which has chapters across the country and with which I’ve been involved for several years.”

“To achieve this goal, we need support from people on the outside. A prison is an easy-lockdown environment, a place of control and confinement where repression is built into every stone wall and chain link, every gesture and routine. When we stand up to these authorities, they come down on us, and the only protection we have is solidarity from the outside … When we stand up and refuse on September 9th, 2016, we need to know our friends, families and allies on the outside will have our backs. This spring and summer will be seasons of organizing, of spreading the word, building the networks of solidarity and showing that we’re serious and what we’re capable of.”

Prisoners Call for a National Strike on Anniversary of Attica

Legacy of Attica: Prisoners plan labor strike for rebellions anniversary

Strike Against Prison Slavery, Strike Against White Supremacy

Support the Nationwide Prisoner Strike on September 9th
SEP 9!

“This is a call to action against slavery in America,” organizers wrote in an announcement that for weeks circulated inside and outside prisons nationwide, and that sums up the strikers’ primary demand: an end to free prison labor. “Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the American prison system cannot ignore or withstand.
for more information, updates and organizing materials: | |”]

Happening Now:

Holman Shut Down

Hundreds of Prisoners Riot in Florida (09/07-09/08)

Support Prisoner Resistance

Free Alabama Movement

Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Black and Pink: LGBTQ for Prison Abolition

CA Coalition for Women Prisoners

Call for Vigil Oct. 1st at CA Institution for Women

CA Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity

Announcement of Hunger Strike in Santa Clara County Jail (begins midnight October 17, 2016)

(July 2013) CA Prison Hunger Strikers

The Attica Liberation Faction Manifesto of Demands

Attica Prison Rebellion and Massacre (Documentary Part 1 of 3)

August Rebellion: New York’s Forgotten Female Prison Riot

Attica Prison Uprising 101: A Short Primer

Solidarity Strike Actions Across North America

Writings of Incarcerated People Resisting Prisons:

Interview with Michael Kimble “A proud black gay anarchist”

Michael Kimble on Nonviolence in Prison Movements

Continuous Rebellion at Holman Prison (Michael’s blog)

Queer Resistance: Untold Story of Queer Prison Resistance

Interview with Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, on the 1993 Lucasville Uprising and Follow Up/Repression (May 2016)

Siddique Hasan Accuses Ohio Supermax Prison of Retaliation for Involvement in Planned Strike

More on Hasan’s case

Statement in Support of September 9th- Sean Swain

Lucasville Rebellion Survivor Greg Curry Speaks on Sept 9 National Prison Strike

Free Ky Peterson: A Black Trans Man Imprisoned After Defending Himself

Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance

Tenacious: A Zine of Writings from Women Prisoners

Comrade Malik: Blog

Message from Keith ‘Malik’ Washington Spokesperson for End Prison Slavery in Texas

Back from Hell: Black Power and Treason to Whiteness Inside Prison Walls

Who is Mumia Abu-Jamal

Free Bresha Meadows (14 yr old incarcerated for self/family defense)

Supporting Incarcerated Peoples (against repression):

Writing to Prisoners: FAQ

Rebellion and Reprisals: How outside support can impact the outcome of prison struggle

Some Concrete Anti Repression Tools to Share

Supporting Prison Rebellion:

What is the PIC? What is Abolition?

#50: The History and Future of Prison Strikes and Solidarity

The Prison and the University

3 Positions Against Prisons

Atlanta Report Back: Prisoner Solidarity Action

Burn Down the Plantation: Sediton of Stimulator TV

Breaking the Bars After Attica

Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity Zine

There is no such thing as Prison Reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

Interview with Joshua Allen: Bending Towards Freedom: Queer Abolitionist Histories and Black Femmehood

A World Without Cages: Joshua Allen

Bodies through Bars: Deconstructing Ableism, Abolishing Prisons

Undoing Borders: A Queer Manifesto

Dismantle & Transform: On Abolition, Decolonization and Insurgent Politics

Why Our Punitive Justice System Doesn’t Work – And Three Alternatives to Prison

Resources Thinking Through the End of Police

What to Do Instead of Calling the Police

The Battles Ahead

Solidarity statements:

The Abolition Collective Solidarity Statement with Sept. 9 National Prisoners Strike

UAW 2865 Endorsement of Sept. 9th Strike Call and Prison Organizing

Fernando Barcenas, Mexican Anarchist Prisoner, Calls for Solidarity with Prison Strike

Prison Strike Press Release- IWOC

Communique for Prison Solidarity Action- StrAPT urges to you to demand justice for #SDSTOLENLIVES killed while in custody at the detention centers and jails owned and/or managed by CCA and GEO Group as well as the County of San Diego.


Prison Strike Having Major Financial Impact On California


Santa Clara Co. Jail Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary! Hunger Strike Suspended Pending Sheriff’s Fulfillment of Demands


Hunger Strikers have been released from solitary with handshakes and hugs. In 90 days, Strikers will be able to downclass in to general population. Additional clothing has been ordered. The sheriff’s department has agreed to subsidize lowering Commissary prices through the Welfare Fund. The Hunger Strike will continue its suspension until lasting changes are met.

The community can still put pressure in the form of a petition to insure lasting change in classification, administration, and Gang Intel both in policy and practice.

Be a part of the process to have lasting change!

Share & Sign the Petition:

PRESS ALERT Prison Strike Organizer Kinetik Justice is in Danger for his Life

IWW IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

On October 21, 2016 Robert Earl Council (aka Kinetik Justice Amun) went on a Hunger Strike based on threats against his life from the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) administration and staff. He was transferred to a supermax facility, and water was shut off in his cell in an effort to force him out of his hunger strike. His transfers happened after the media exposed the ADOC during a nationwide prison strike to demand changes to prison conditions and unpaid labor.

As of November 8, 2016, Kinetik Justice is in danger for his life, and organizers are calling for action.

Kinetik has been inside for over 22 years and is a co-founder of the Free Alabama Movement which has organized successful work stoppages to demand basic human rights and has provided education and legal support to hundreds of incarcerated people.

CALL WITH DEMANDS TODAY: Call the Alabama Department of Corrections and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office demanding 1) that Kinetik Justice be transferred from Limestone Correctional Facility; and 2) that Pastor Kenneth Glasgow of The Ordinary People’s Society be allowed to visit him and assess his condition immediately.

Alabama Department of Corrections
Montgomery, Alabama
(334) 353-3883

Governor Robert Bentley
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7100


Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, Founder, National President

The Ordinary People Society (TOPS)Phone: 334-671-2882 Office, 334-791-2433 cell
West Powell St. Dothan, AL 36303

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Reentry After Prison, and CCA in San Diego

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