What is happening at Ventress CF ??

Hey, I had to send this kite to make thou all aware that at ventress correctional facility in Clayton, Alabama a inmate was stabbed to death two weeks ago and there was no mention of it on the news. Yesterday October 11, a inmate neck was slit ,by another inmate, he was rushed to a free world hospital and received 11stitches. Also the inmate who slit the guys throat he was jumped on by multiple inmates and guards once he was handcuffed.

The reason for all these incidents is overcrowding you have 1 officer for 110 to 125 inmates per dorm….

There is no way one officer can properly maintain safety and order when they are outnumbered as such.

I am begging that you look into these incidents and would you please push for the Feds to take over. None of our lives are safe….

Sincerely, 
Anonymous

Is the Alabama Department of Corrections head leaders panicking?

October 12,2016

At 6:00 am early this morning at Elmore Correctional Facility two shifts if correctional officers join together and perform a major shakedown in the notorious “thunder domes”at Elmore.

  For the past few years, two murders have occurred in what is widely known as the worst dorm at Elmore,A2.

 Until today the Department of Corrections administration at Elmore has shown no interest in stopping the violence at this facility. Matter of fact their neglect, and actions of ignoring the violence is overwhelming.

  However now the leaders of ADOC take action in cleaning up, why? It’s obvious from the fact that Regional director Cheryl Price making an appearance during the major “shakedown”,(which has not occurred before today) that the leaders in Montgomery, Alabama are feeling the heat from the Department of Justice announcing their investigation.

  It’s obvious that the leaders in Alabama are making a desperate attempt to cover themselves from years of neglect. Should they be notified that is too late to make a move now?

   This action requires the one question to be raised however. How many knives were removed from these violent cages? This is something that needs to be answered. 

  If you can provide more information to this question please contact The Free Alabama Movement and/or UNHEARD VOICES.

       The Free Alabama Movement and UNHEARD VOICES.

Alabama Department of Corrections feeling threatened by mere “uneducated”black men?

October 11,2016

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding thefree exercise of religion, abridging thefreedom of speech, infringing on thefreedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights was originally proposed to assuage Anti-Federalistopposition to Constitutional ratification. Initially, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by the Congress, and many of its provisions were interpreted more narrowly than they are today. Beginning with Gitlow v. New York(1925), the Supreme Court applied the First Amendment to states—a process known as incorporation—through theDue Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), the Court drew on Thomas Jefferson‘s correspondence to call for “a wall of separation between church and State”, though the precise boundary of this separation remains in dispute. Speech rights were expanded significantly in a series of 20th and 21st-century court decisions which protected various forms of political speech, anonymous speech, campaign financing,pornography, and school speech; these rulings also defined a series ofexceptions to First Amendment protections. The Supreme Court overturned English common lawprecedent to increase the burden of proof for defamation and libel suits, most notably in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964). Commercial speech, however, is less protected by the First Amendment than political speech, and is therefore subject to greater regulation.

The Free Press Clause protects publication of information and opinions, and applies to a wide variety of media. In Near v. Minnesota (1931) and New York Times v. United States (1971), the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected against prior restraint—pre-publication censorship—in almost all cases. The Petition Clause protects the right to petition all branches and agencies of government for action. In addition to the right of assembly guaranteed by this clause, the Court has also ruled that the amendment implicitly protects freedom of association.

   With that said it’s been reported today that the founders of The Free Alabama Movement have once again become targets by the Department of Corrections by way of harassment, threats of violence, and destruction of property.

  It was reported that officers are repeatedly visiting Robert Earl Council, and Melvin Ray entering there cells under the guise of routine shake downs, in the process administering threats of violence, and destroying their property including but not limited to personal items, and legal work.

WHY? Is the question. To answer that in simple form, the State is threatened of there long time monopoly by what these men are exposing. Thus they retaliate.

The state says they welcome the Department of Justice but their actions show otherwise. If they did why would they infringe on these men’s 1st amendment rights of the United States Constitution?

 It’s been common practice in history that organized crime families will silence witnesses against them. The State of Alabama at this time is nothing less than an organized crime group that should be prosecuted under the Rico Act.

 Please continue to support these men and contact the Department of Justice and voice your concern about the Department of Corrections harming these men further.

         Unheard voices

Update from Holman Correctional Facility and the latest suicide.

 October 11,2016

Sadly to say it’s been confirmed that Robert Deangelo Carter, who suffered from a long history of mental illness ended his own life on October 9,2016, in Alabama’s most secure dungeon at Holman.

 It’s also been reported by witness’s that Carter has made a deal to start back taking is medications used for his mental disorders in exchange to be released back into population with the warden of Holman.

 However Carter was not released, and had requested to see the warden and mental health specialist. After officers ignored Carter’s request Carter then told the same officers if they did not let him out he would kill himself, reported by eye witnesses’s.

 This is the second successful suicide within six months inside Holman Correctional Facility lockup. Inmate Tripplett ended his life in April of this year under similar circumstances.

There is no doubt a pattern of neglect in these situations relating to the Alabama Department of Corrections standard operating procedures and it’s staff exist. There’s been numerous reports from the men at Holman that there is no security, no way to communicate to staff, and intentional ignoring of complaints in relation to conditions, and medical issues. Reports of inmates necessity  to bang on doors in order to irritate officers enough to go and check on these men.

These conditions are beyond a violation of the Eighth amendment of the United States constitution. It’s a violation of human morals and dignity.

The question has arose and should be answered today by the United States Justice Department…..”how many bodies do you need?”

   Published by: UNHEARD VOICES & the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT!

Alabama Department of Corrections failed!

Above caption depicts just a few of the men killed within the walls of Alabama’s prison in the past months.

 Today we publish this article pointing out that Alabama has failed in its duties. The faces above are men who have lost their lives due to neglect on the behalf of their guardians. 

  We come together as a collective whole, inside and out side the fences and demand this stops!

               Unheard voices

Alabama Department of Corrections, allows another life to be lost at Holman Correctional Facility, today.

October 9,2016

 Today it was reported that in Holman’s super max lockup in Atmore, Alabama another fatality has indeed occurred. There’s no doubt that this facility is under staffed and operating on nearly no officers on the facilities floor.

 Administration at Holman has refused to answer any questions in regards to this new tragedy, today. At this time the only thing known is the inmate was known as “Swole”, and he hung himself in the lockup at Holman earlier today where no officers monitor the inmates.

If you have information in regards to this incident please contact FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, and/or UNHEARD VOICES.

Police brutality in the streets vs. Police brutality behind closed doors.

Today we are faced with the brutal facts that we suffer still from injustices that have been going on for decades. 

  •  The media is swamped with coverage of police shootings, and beatings in our streets, and neighbourhoods, thanks to technology, and the quick thinking of citizens.This provides a platform to expose the brutality of the very ones the citizens employ to “serve, and protect” those that are on the receiving end of the very opposite action.
  •     But today we’re not only facing a crisis in the streets. Recently a platform for the men and women in prison and the jails across the country have been raised. These men and women have been victims of the same abuse as we see in our streets. The only difference in the two is one has the publicity exposure and the other is done behind the cloak of closed doors.
  •  All officers in the United States no matter if they’re beat officers in the police department or correctional officers take an oath before being released to carry out their duties. It states “On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.”

So with that said this article is being published to make one point . There is no difference in the street police brutality and police  brutality behind closed doors. An injustice is an injustice.

   

Department of Justice announces it’s plan to come into Alabama prisons, “Alabama Department of Corrections will do all to cover up”.

October 7,2016

Now that Alabama is feeling the pressure from the Federal government, you can bet they’re giving orders to facility Wardens to correct all things that are below acceptable.

 Just today there were reports from Elmore Correctional Facility that the maintenance employees were running around attempting to locate and address long overdue issues in the prison.

However the inmates there at the facility demanded that the maintenance employees leave things alone. One inmate stated, “…they been leaving this shit like this, ain’t no need in trying to fix it now that the folks coming in!”

It’s widely anticipated that this will happen all over the state of Alabama in the days to come before DOJ makes its first initial visit in the facilities. This cover-up has been going on for decades when inspectors visit the facilities,because they’re forewarned before hand that inspectors are coming. 

The Free Alabama Movement, and UNHEARD VOICES groups have supported the fact that the inmates are rubbed wrong by the administration’s sudden concern to fix things all of a sudden, and ask the inmates in these facilities not to aid in the clean-up mission. Shaun the founder of UNHEARD VOICES addressed the issue by saying,”These actions don’t come as a surprise at all. It’s like a criminal that knows the police is coming to catch you in an act. That criminal is going to try and get rid of all evidence before they get there.All I can say to the guys here and in the other camps, is don’t let them do it, and if they do, record it , record it, record it!”

This is not a shock, but it is an admittance of guilt!

The Next Step for Free Alabama Movement: Legal Clinic Network

THE NEXT STEP FOR FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT (F.A.M)

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
13th Amendment, US Constitution

There are several fronts that F.A.M. is currently working on to continue the fight against mass incarceration and prison slavery. With the growth and continued exposure of F.A.M. also comes the need to organize more soundly on a structural and foundational level. In this respect, we are working to structure our legal department and Legal Clinic Network:

STAFF ATTORNEY

1) We need to recruit a volunteer to serve in the capacity of a staff attorney and to develop a fundraising plan to provide compensation when available. This office will help to advise F.A.M. on legal issues and represent F.A.M. in legal matters.

LEGAL CLINIC NETWORK

2) We would like to structure a F.A.M. Legal Clinic Network.

We already have a commitment from several law students, one attorney, and we are exploring opportunities with a law professor and another attorney that we are already in contact with. We anticipate the Legal Clinic Network to start out working in the following capacity:

ASSISTANCE WITH CRIMINAL CASES

a) Handling at least one criminal conviction and/or civil suit per year. In addition, we would like to build a network of volunteers composed of law students, paralegals and researchers to assist with legal research, editing and typing, copying, and filing and collecting public records.

FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES

b) Filing litigation concerning First Amendment rights as they relate to the right of people incarcerated to peacefully assembly in protest of ongoing civil and human rights violations, and to establish and declare free speech zones at Alabama prisons for Freeworld supporters without interference from state officials when conducting demonstrations or protesting on prison grounds.

(i) First Amendment peaceful assembly rights will also address state retaliation for non-violent and peaceful activity inside of prison, and establish precedent that will be backed by TRO’s to prevent arbitrary detention in solitary confinement and retaliation by prison officials for the exercise of constitutionally protected rights. In California, several recent decisions were issued stating that people in prison could not be punished for hunger strikes because this activity was not violent and did not pose a threat to security.

(ii) First Amendment free speech zones will declare the rights of the public to access public prison facilities and to communicate with visitors on visitation days at these prisons and pass out information concerning public safety, mass incarceration, and civil and human rights issues taking place in Alabama prisons.

https://t.co/65lbuXcM2K

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

3) The Legal Clinic Network will address the violations of women’s rights at Tutwiler as outlined in the U.S. Dept of Justice report in January 2014, and seek compensation and assistance for all children who were born as a result of these sex crimes.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-releases-findings-showing-alabama-department-corrections-fails-protect

LABOR RIGHTS

4) The Legal Clinic Network would also like to build a network of labor attorneys and experts to address labor issues within the prisons.

Contact:

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
P.O. BOX 186
New Market, AL 35761
Freealabamamovement@ Gmail.com

Alabama Department of Corrections to be investigated for civil rights violations, by the Department of Justice


Above you see pictures taken by incarcerated men throughout multiple prisons in Alabama.These pictures depict only a few of the many inhumane conditions including but not limited to improper ventilation, smoke infested state buildings, improper plumbing, accessibility to homemade and real weapons, lack of security and in sanitary kitchens.

 These are only a few pictures that have been accumulated over the years. But most shockingly above you will see an inmate in a lockup cell at at Ventress Correctional Facility, that is hanging from a makeshift rope. Notably there is no correctional officer any where around and inmates were able to photograph this horrific scene.Thus giving credence to the claims of “no security”inside the prisons in Alabama. 

 The other alarming sight is the accessibility to obtain dangerous weapons. In a picture above you see knives that are in the possession of an inmate that bought them to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

You also see urinals that are overflowing with urin on an everyday basis, as well as unsanitary kitchen’s. These are contributing reasons to a high rate if disease within Alabama’s prison system.

You also can see evidence of improper exhaust systems, as well as the illegal act of smoking by inmates and officers…if you look closely in the picture of the officer sitting on the stairwell you’ll see a cigarette in his hand.

Four years civil complaints have been filed with these affirmative allegations and the Alabama Department of Corrections deny that these things occur. 

Now that the Department of Justice is intervening will they themselves ignore the overwhelming evidence? 

                               Unheard voices.

URGENT UPDATE FROM HOLMAN

October 7, 2016

  Holman prison back on lockdown after another violent incident. Reports state that officers refused to enter the dorm and try to stop the stabbings, and then officers refused to open the door to allows the injured to escape.

   FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT urges all to contact Governor Bentley and the Commissioner’s Officer and demand that the media bad public representatives from Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies be allowed immediate entry into this prison along with DOJ investigators. 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT RESPONDS TO DOJ INVESTIGATION 

​FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT (F.A.M.) RESPONDS  TO NEW D.O.J. INVESTIGATION: CALLS FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact info:
Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies 

P.O. BOX 186

New Market, Al 35761
freealabamamovement@gmail.com

  FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT (F.A.M.) is pleased with the news that the U.S. Department of Justice (D.O.J.) will be conducting a statewide investigation into the issues of abuse, violence and safe, secure and sanitary conditions in Alabama’s men’s prisons, even though we believe that the women’s prison should also be revisited. We would like to emphasize that we are looking for an open, transparent and inclusive investigation that will keep the public updated, informed and INVOLVED throughout this process. Alabama prisons are unique in that they are the most overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed prisons in America. Therefore, any solutions to the existing problems will need to be unique and require “outside-of-the-box” thinking as well.

We would also like to see accountability result from this investigation. In 2014, the U.S. D.O.J. released a report on its year long investigation at Tutwiler. In this report, D.O.J. investigators found that the civil rights of these women had been violated for over a 20-year period, and that at least one-third of all of the correctional staff at Tutwiler had engaged in some form of sexual misconduct with the women incarcerated there. Yet, despite these conclusive findings, which included child births and unauthorized abortions by complicit medical staff, not a single person was prosecuted for the violation of a single federal crime. 
Some of the questions we have to ask are, what is the purpose of this investigation? Are there federal criminal or civil statutes available where A.D.O.C. officials can be prosecuted and required to pay damages as a result of this investigation if they are found guilty of wrongdoing? Will the D.O.J. prosecute any findings of corruption? Will federal charges be brought against officers who are found to be using excessive force? In instances of death, will negligent D.O.C. officials be prosecuted?
 Other questions that have to be asked are, in the ultimate finding of unsanitary and unsafe conditions, what are the proposed solutions? Will the D.O.J. seek to alleviate overcrowding through release programs or more prisons? Will the people incarcerated have a voice and seat at the table towards fashioning solutions (as was done in California in the Askher settlement)? Will family members be allowed to be part of the investigation? Will there be briefing sessions for the public? Will there be on-site inspections where family members, interested organizations and the media will be allowed to attend? Will the investigation into sanitation include water testing, since officers at most prisons are warned to not drink it under any circumstance? 

When speaking of transparency, will the D.O.J. move for policy changes that will afford the media open access to Alabama prisons? Finally, will public organizations be factored into the role of oversight and implementation of solutions, such as educational and rehab programs?  
We cannot just go into an investigation without some clear understanding of what a solution will look like. We have learned from Tutwiler and all of the frivolous lawsuits filed by Southern Poverty Law Center and Southern Center For Human Rights, that oversight is just as important as the settlement itself, and oversight can not be left to the A.D.O.C. under any circumstance.

  Governor Bentley has stated that he welcomes the investigation and looks forward to working with the D.O.J. Well, why should the federal government have to come in and investigate matters that fall within his responsibility? If Governor Bentley does not have a Commissioner’s Office that is capable of assessing the rising violence, murders, drugs overdoses, etc. and understands that those issues need investigating and solving, then what is the purpose of having investigators on taxpayer payrolls?  
Governor Bentley is looking for a political bailout; he ignored dead bodies and waited for federal intervention so that he can maintain his “tough on crime” stance, while “blaming” the federal government for the needed and costly changes to Alabama’s prison system. But now that the ‘feds’ are here, F.A.M. and the family members of those incarcerated have an opportunity to seek real changes if, indeed, that is what the D.O.J. is here for. 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
Freealabamamovement@ Gmail.com

Is The corruption in the Alabama Department of Corrections on the verge of being exposed?

(Governor Robert Bentley)

 This morning after breaking news from the Department of Justice in Washington that there will be an investigation in relations to the civil rights violations of thousands of incarcerated men and women, Robert Bentley, commissioner Jeffery Dunn, Grantt Gulliver, and so many more involved sweat bullets.

 During yesterday’s breaking news inmates across the state in facility dorms, and t.v.day rooms you could hear a pen drop. At the conclusion of the news you heard sighs of relief, sniffles and a few sobs, but big smiles grew as a sign of victory in a battle fought. 

 Convicts and officers across the state are now starting to see hope and anticipating the soon to come investigation and expecting results and positive change for the first time in the history of Alabama.

Today two of the most listened to voices sit in solitary confinement for starting this movement in Alabama.A movement that has grown and spread throughout this nation. These men were placed in solitary for exercising there 1st amendment rights of freedom of speech, and now are huge threats to the Alabama Department of Corrections in exposing the injustices. 

  The convicts and many correctional officers of Alabama are now calling upon the leaders of Alabama to release these political prisoners from solitary confinement at Holman prison and Donaldson prison.(Melvin Ray, and Robert Earl Council).

 This morning the prison activist groups Free Alabama Movement and UNHEARD VOICES chant we won’t be silenced, we will be heard!

 

“Peta seeks to free “Joe”from a cage due to distress”….However you look at it this fact is speaking volumes of humanities thought of human life.

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2016/01/peta_lawsuit_seeks_to_spring_c.html

 This is a perfect example of what cages do to life in general. This article above makes me question what is wrong with the way we see the men and women that are incarcerated throughout our nation.

It’s time to be held accountable for what we have created in our world. We’ve created an illusion that animals deserve better and more humane treatment than humans.

  Again I ask the question,”WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?”

US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OPEN STATEWIDE INVESTIGATION INTO ALABAMA PRISONS

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE INVESTIGATION INTO

CONDITIONS IN ALABAMA’S PRISONS FOR MEN

 

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in Alabama’s prisons for men.  The investigation will focus on whether prisoners are adequately protected from physical harm and sexual abuse at the hands of other prisoners; whether prisoners are adequately protected from use of excessive force and staff sexual abuse by correctional officers; and whether the prisons provide sanitary, secure and safe living conditions.

 

“The Constitution requires that prisons provide humane conditions of confinement,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  “We hope to work cooperatively with the state of Alabama in conducting our inquiry and ensuring that the state’s facilities keep prisoners safe from harm.”

 

“Our obligation is to protect the civil rights of all citizens, including those who are incarcerated,” said U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama.  “This investigation provides us with an opportunity to work collaboratively with the state of Alabama to assess current conditions and ensure constitutionally sufficient conditions exist for all prisoners.”

 

“The vulnerability of a prisoner makes it even more important that basic hygiene and safe accommodations are afforded the inmates,” said U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. of the Middle District of Alabama. 

 

“I am very pleased to have my office join the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama as well as the Civil Rights Division in opening an investigation into the Alabama prison system,” said U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama.  “All citizens, even those who are incarcerated, should expect sanitary conditions of habitation that are free of physical harm and sexual abuse.”

 

The department has not reached any conclusions regarding the allegations in this matter.  The investigation will be conducted under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).  Under CRIPA, the department has the authority to investigate violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights that result from a “pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of such rights.”  The department has conducted CRIPA investigations of many correctional systems, and where violations have been found, the resulting settlement agreements have led to important reforms. 

 

The Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama are conducting this investigation.  Individuals with relevant information are encouraged to contact the department via phone at (205) 244-2001 or by email at usaaln.civilrights@usdoj.gov.

 

Is Alabama’s prison safe to work in? 

This picture depicts a lock blade knife in one of the most violent prisons in Alabama. With that said it raises a logical question,”are the prisons safe to work in?”, and if the answer is no is it safe to live in?

  Facts like these support the accusations made by officers at Holman ,recently made during a work strike. But nonetheless it also supports what the men within the walls of the numerous prisons have been screaming for years, and begging to see changed.

   It’s plain to see that the top issues here are very serious, and have gone ignored for way to long! 

    It’s time for a change! Let’s start today!

PREPARATION FOR FREEDOM 02/12 by 63945 | Social Networking Podcasts

[PREPARATION FOR FREEDOM 02/12 by 63945 | Social Networking Podcasts] is good,have a look at it! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freealabamamovement/2015/02/13/preparation-for-freedom#
  FREEDOM FIGHTERS on the inside demanding and end to the 462 year enslavement of Black men in America. 

F.A.M. LEGAL CLINIC NETWORK 

​THE NEXT STEP FOR FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT(F.A.M)
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

13th Amendment, US Constitution 
There are several fronts that F.A.M. is currently working on to continue the fight against mass incarceration and prison slavery. With the growth and continued exposure of F.A.M. also comes the need to organize more soundly on a structural and foundational level. In this respect, we are working to structure our legal department and Legal Clinic Network: 
STAFF ATTORNEY
1) We need to recruit a volunteer to serve in the capacity of a staff attorney and to develop a fundraising plan to provide compensation when available. This office will help to advise F.A.M. on legal issues and represent F.A.M. in legal matters. 
LEGAL CLINIC NETWORK 
2) We would like to structure a F.A.M. Legal Clinic Network.
We already have a commitment from several law students, one attorney, and we are exploring opportunities with a law professor and another attorney that we are already in contact with. We anticipate the Legal Clinic Network to start out working in the following capacity:
ASSISTANCE WITH CRIMINAL CASES 
a) Handling at least one criminal conviction and/or civil suit per year. In addition, we would like to build a network of volunteers composed of law students, paralegals and researchers to assist with legal research, editing and typing, copying, and filing and collecting public records.
FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES
b) Filing litigation concerning First Amendment rights as they relate to the right of people incarcerated to peacefully assembly in protest of ongoing civil and human rights violations, and to establish and declare free speech zones at Alabama prisons for Freeworld supporters without interference from state officials when conducting demonstrations or protesting on prison grounds.
  (i)  First Amendment peaceful assembly rights will also address state retaliation for non-violent and peaceful activity inside of prison, and establish precedent that will be backed by TRO’s to prevent arbitrary detention in solitary confinement and retaliation by prison officials for the exercise of constitutionally protected rights. In California, several recent decisions were issued stating that people in prison could not be punished for hunger strikes because this activity was not violent and did not pose a threat to security.
 (ii) First Amendment free speech zones will declare the rights of the public to access public prison facilities and to communicate with visitors on visitation days at these prisons and pass out information concerning public safety, mass incarceration, and civil and human rights issues taking place in Alabama prisons. 
https://t.co/65lbuXcM2K
WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
3) The Legal Clinic Network will address the violations of women’s rights at Tutwiler as outlined in the U.S. Dept of Justice report in January 2014, and seek compensation and assistance for all children who were born as a result of these sex crimes. 
https://t.co/wlRDsciwmL
LABOR RIGHTS
 4) The Legal Clinic Network would also like to build a network of labor attorneys and experts to address labor issues within the prisons.

If you would like to assist in this project, please contact us at:
Freealabamamovement@Gmail.com

PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS !                                                        Ricky Gervais reduced to tears at Animal Hero Awards by stories of heroic pets and cruelty to creatures – Mirror Online

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/ricky-gervais-reduced-tears-animal-6686832

Please review this, then explain to me why animals reduce humans to tears, but yet the abuse to humans incarcerated throughout America barely gets noticed.

Alabama inmates have voices, but why are aren’t they being listened to?

The past few years inmates around Alabama’s prison system have come together and formed prison activist groups to expose and speak out about what’s going on in the system. Groups such as FAM (Free Alabama Movement) and UNHEARD VOICES. These groups have relentlessly published and exposed true injustices that actually occur behind the walls of the prisons that sit in our communities leaving the question on ,how have we ignored this for so long?

The truth to that question is that men and women such as Mr.Thornton (Alabama Department of Corrections spokesperson in Montgomery) has done a great job in covering up for the governor and ADOC for years.

Up until recently these men and women have been able to successfully temporarily discredit the accusations before them.For example, when Robert Earl Council reported that officers unified at Holman prison and did not show up for work, Mr.Thornton went on public record and intentionally lied by saying this is untrue and merely propaganda put out by inmate activist.

But today it’s confirmed by ADOC that it’s fact.

That leads to the next question. If there are men behind our prison walls making accusations of injustices that are turning out to be true, why are we not listening to them? There are men that are standing up to try and make positive changes for Alabama, and not once has a platform been set to allow these men’s voices to be heard by the tax payers of Alabama. Why? Because the governor of Alabama, and Commissioner of ADOC can’t afford that to happen thus these men must be silenced and treated as enemies.

It’s time we make a platform in Alabama and allow these men to speak in a public forum openly and without retaliation by ADOC or the Alabama government, and address the issues that cost the tax payers of Alabama. 

 

San Francisco Bay View » Free Alabama Movement Peace Summit turns chaos into community

San Francisco Bay View » Free Alabama Movement Peace Summit turns chaos into community http://sfbayview.com/2016/10/free-alabama-movement-peace-summit-turns-chaos-into-community/ — shared by UC Mini

A Little HOLMAN C. F. History 

The William C. Holman Correctional Facility was constructed in 1968 and 1969. The facility was officially open in December, 1969, at a cost of five million dollars. 
The first prisoner was received on December 15, 1969. The Holman Correctional Facility houses Death Row inmates and is the only facility in the state that carries out executions. 
The present population of Holman C. F. consists of minimum through closed custody inmates, including life without parole and Death Row inmates. 
The living quarters have a total capacity of 998 available beds. There are 630 population beds with Housing Units A-D having a capacity of 114 each and Housing Unit E with a capacity of 174

There are 7 infirmary beds. There are 200 segregation unit beds and Death Row has a capacity of 194 for a total of 1031 beds.

Holman is located ten miles north of Atmore, Alabama, just east of Highway 21 on Ross Road. The perimeter of the security compound is surrounded by two fences. The inner fence is taut wire fence with the outer fence being chain link. The compound has six towers and two perimeter vehicles, which operate twenty four hours a day. 

(WHATTTTTT?)

During the hours of darkness, the perimeter is fully lighted. Thecountryside in the vicinity of Holman prison is farm and timberland. The main crops are cotton and peanuts. 
Located directly behind the facility within the security compound is an industrial area consisting of a Tag Plant where all of the State’s motor vehicle tags are manufactured and a Sewing Factory which makes sheets and pillow cases that are distributed to other state prisons. 

In 1991 a new Administrative building was built onto the front of the main prison within the security compound to provide needed Administrative Offices. 
In the latterpart of 1995, the entire kitchen and dining area was remodeled and updated. In 2000 a newly constructed, 200 bed single cell segregation unit was put online. *In 2007 the housing units in general population were remodeled with single beds and an updated bath room area.

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*The 2007 renovation was the result of a 4 day Work and Hunger Strike,  which included all men in HOLMAN prison. (Kinetik Justice was the Spokesperson for the Prisoners during the negotiations and was ultimately “declared a threat to security “and  when,  then Warden Grant Culliver  attempted to place Kinetik in Solitary Confinement Indefinitely,  Attorney Tiffany Johnson Cole intervened and Kinetik was transferred to St.  Clair C. F. )

THEY DID IT… ALL OF THEM DIDN’T SHOW UP

At shift change tonight,  On October 2, 2016, NONE OF THE REGULAR SHIFT reported to work at HOLMAN CF and a handful of CERT TEAM OFFICERS are manning their post.  However,  there isn’t enough to adequately run the Facility,  as no Officers are in the SEGREGATION UNIT to do Showers nor have they did Pill Call.  ITS OFFICIAL, that true to their word,  the entire shift has walked out on the Administration. 

Maybe now they will RELEASE the people that are eligible to be RELEASED and CLOSE THIS HELLHOLE DOWN. 

Can you imagine the look on BENTLEY , WARD,  DUNN AND CULLIVERS FACE ?

ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE

​Prison Activist Support Coalition, and immediate action campaign on behalf of the Free Alabama Movement.

A mass prisoner strike wave is coming in state and federal prisons all over the country.

We need to build a national activist movement against prison slavery, but in support of the Free Alabama Movement, we propose the following immediate action campaign:

1. We need to create a “Free Alabama” speakers’ tour to send activists all over Alabama to spread the message about the conditions in Alabama’s prison system.

This is the first step to a regional and national campaign, but we need to win the people in Alabama over, and not just activist organizations or so-called leaders.

2. We need to have a series of mass meetings in Birmingham, Huntsville and other major cities in Alabama to expose the conditions in Alabama state prisons, to target communities of color especially, as well as all those opposed to structural racism represented by this system.

3. We need to call for a mass international email campaign about conditions in Alabama prisons.

4. Contact university and legal groups about filing a series of class action lawsuits against conditions in Alabama prisons.

5. Go to the United Nations Human Rights Council with a human rights complaint about Alabama prisons being a violation of international human rights covenants.

6. A national protest march in Montgomery against Alabama state prison slavery, as well as continuing picket lines at the Alabama Department of Corrections.

7. Southern Regional [or national] Prison Activist Conference, about not only conditions in Alabama, but all over the country.

8. An Emergency Response Network to be able to respond in support of prison strikes in Alabama or anywhere in the country, and prevent mass repression by prison officials.

9. We need to recruit students, youth, and community activists as volunteers from all over the country.

10. We need to have a massive fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to obtain the funds to make this happen. We should create a joint fundraising committee to handle the funds and make an accounting of all funds raised.

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This is a 2015 Proposal from the Black Autonomy Prison Federation and the Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality.

WHAT’S NEXT? 

​Prison Activist Support Coalition, and immediate action campaign on behalf of the Free Alabama Movement.A mass prisoner strike wave is coming in state and federal prisons all over the country.We need to build a national activist movement against prison slavery, but in support of the Free Alabama Movement, we propose the following immediate action campaign:


1. We need to create a “Free Alabama” speakers’ tour to send activists all over Alabama to spread the message about the conditions in Alabama’s prison system.This is the first step to a regional and national campaign, but we need to win the people in Alabama over, and not just activist organizations or so-called leaders.


2. We need to have a series of mass meetings in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery ,  Mobile, throughout the Black Belt, HBCU campuses, and other major cities in Alabama to expose the conditions in Alabama state prisons, to target communities of color especially, as well as all those opposed to structural racism represented by this system.
3. We need to call for a mass international email campaign about conditions in Alabama prisons.


4. Contact university and legal groups about filing a series of class action lawsuits against conditions in Alabama prisons.


5. Go to the United Nations Human Rights Council with a human rights complaint about Alabama prisons being a violation of international human rights covenants.
6. A national protest march in Montgomery against Alabama state prison slavery, as well as continuing picket lines at the Alabama Department of Corrections.

7. Southern Regional [or national] Prison Activist Conference, about not only conditions in Alabama,but all over the country.
8. An Emergency Response Network to be able to respond in support of prison strikes in Alabama oranywhere in the country, and prevent mass repression by prison officials.

9. We need to recruit students, youth, and community activists as volunteers from all over the country.

10. We need to have a massive fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to obtain the funds to make this happen. We should create a joint fundraising committee to handle the funds and make an accounting of all funds raised.
###This is a Proposal from the Black Autonomy Prison Federation and the Ida B. Wells Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality

ADOC has effectively ran their workforce off – September 30th, 2016

Only 7 cars in the HOLMAN parking lot, only 3 officers for Death Row and Segregation, Officer just confirmed that it’s over, as all CO’s are quitting this coming week ~”We’re tired of them playing games with y’all and our lives. It doesn’t make any sense. You be safe Lil Brother.”

Well they told me they had something planned,  now I see what it is.

The Administration has effectively ran their workforce off. Smh

LET’S BE REAL 


Lets be real with ourselves and our children. History books are filled with lies about who did what and why. The information age has brought to light a lot of those lies. However, just exposing the falsehoods and half truths is not good enough, we must correct them through direct action.
The biggest and most pressing one is in regards to the Institution of Slavery.

For over 150 years, we have promoted a lie- “The 13th Amendment ABOLISHED SLAVERY”.
The 13th Amendment, in laymans terms, took control of Slavery from the Southern Planters and Codified it for the Government to regulate it. The Government/State became the de facto “MASSA”

Now all the State had to do is create a sham criminal justice system and Slavery could continue to thrive on- and thats exactly what it has done- thrive on under the guise of the criminal justice system. 

All this has been verified and documented, therefore, the question begs — ARE WE A NATION OF ENSLAVERS? OR ARE WE, AS A NATION, PREPARED TO BECOME ABOLITIONIST?
And just striking the exception/criminal punishment clause will not be enough. The entire Amendment and its historical underpinnings must be identified, exposed and uprooted. This way we not only Abolish Slavery, but we correct the White Supremist narrative. No longer will we promote the lie that in 1865 the UNITED STATES abolished Slavery and began Reconciliation with its former “Chattel Slaves”

Today, 2016, is the time to END SLAVERY under all forms and names-be it Convict Leasing, Feudalism, Prison Labor, etc- and create and Amendment with NO EXCEPTION.

#WeStandWithOurWomen, #WhereAreTheChildren

The Women at Tutwiler Women’s Prison have reached out to Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies and F.A.M. and are requesting assistance. In resoonsr, we are planning to conduct more demonstrations at Tutwiler prison as part of the FREEDOM TOUR 2016.

Additionally, we are asking that organizers and supporters around the country locate a women’s prison, jail, or detention facility in your city or state and conduct protests there also on the same day.


While the overwhelming majority of people who are incarcerates in this country are men, the women in prison are being subjected to the same abuses and more by sexual predator guards.


In Alabama at Tutwiler, we saw where the women were being raped and abused by officers like Carter Davenport when he was a captain at Tutwiler, who was then promoted to Warden and went on to cause more hell in ADOC. Before being forced to resign, Davenport was promoted repeatedly and protected by Asst. Commissioner Grantt Culliver, who has also been involved in sexual misconduct while on the tax-payers payroll.

BEWARE: Sexual predators and enablers on the loose in Alabama. 

When the women are being raped and  Commissioner Culliver is off rendezvousing with his tax-payer paid secretary/mistress, then we cannot expect our women to be protected if they are left standing alone. Therefore, we are calling on organizers nationwide to help us increase the exposure being given to the plight and struggle of our #WomenBehindTheWall.

 Was Asst. Commissioner Grantt Culliver out having sex with the secretary while Monica was being raped ?

Monica Washington is just one of the many women who have been raped and impregnated by a correctional officer. When the US Dept. Justice completed their report and found widespread sexual abuse at Tutwiler, they never once stated how many children were born, how many women told them that they were forced to have abortions, or who all amongst the medical staff were complicit in covering up these crimes. It’s time for the ADOC to tell us where those babies are and how many there are.

When “The People’s Platform ” hosted the Scott Sisters from Mississippi, they told us of how they knew of women who had given birth to four and five children. This is a national issue, supported by medical professionals who work at prisons, and the children are unaccounted for and have no parents at home. Where do the children go when the mother has no family while the father has a family at home that doesn’t know about his criminal sexual behavior at work?


Its time to Stand up and demand that the children be accounted for and provided for too, and that all responsible be held accountable.

Contact:
Mother’s and F.A.M.ilies
P.O. Box 186
New Market, AL 35761
Tel. 256.203.4371

freealabamamovement@gmail.com

#WeSTandWithOurWomen

#WhereAreTheChildren

Officers from other prisons are waking up in Alabama!

​Just recently officers from Elmore correctional facility and other prisons had to go to Holman correctional facility in Atmore Alabama to cover duty so Holman officers could attend officer Kenneth Bettis’ funeral. Upon return to their own facilities these officers face testimony that they actually see where the Free Alabama movement (Fam), and UNHEARD VOICES are coming from. “Officers are now speaking out”, said one Elmore correctional officer. He also said “I see why!” 

   This officer also went on to explain his thoughts to the recent stabbing of officer Bettis and how from what he heard and witnessed to be hard to believe that it happened the way Alabama Department of Corrections public relations painted the picture. 

   I myself hope more officers realize that it is important they also speak up now. Time will tell.via UNHEARD VOICES!

PRESS RELEASE: Inhumane Conditions in Alabama Prisons Leads to Strikes by Incarcerated Men and Now Guards

URGENT EMERGENCY ALERT: As Incarcerated Men Strike for Rights, Guards Follow: Officers Stage Historic Work Strike at Holman Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT PRESS RELEASE CONCERNING HOLMAN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Mothers and F.A.M.ilies
P.O. BOX 186
New Market, AL 35761
Tel. 256.203.4371

F.A.M. Leads Work Strikes in Alabama Prisons, Now Officers Stage Historic Work Strike at Holman Prison

Contact: freealabamamovement@gmail.com

Holman CF, Atmore, Al. September 24, 2016.

Last night at Holman prison an emergency situation developed as ALL of the officers assigned to the second shift waged a historic work strike for the first time in the history of the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Assistant Commissioner Grantt Culliver was dispatched to the prison, where he then had to order supervisors from another prison, Atmore CF, to report to Holman prison just to be able to serve meals. The officers at Holman, who have been defying ADOC policy and speaking publicly to the media, had communicated their plans to F.A.M. members, and expressed their support for non-violent and peaceful demonstrations against the human rights conditions existent at Holman.

Officers have also complained about overcrowding and the need for a mass release, more education and rehabilitation programs, as well as issues with disease and filth. Officers reserved their harshest criticism towards the Commissioner’s officer and what they perceive as a lack leadership from Commissioner Dunno and Culliver.

First hand audio account available here.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

______________________________

STOP PLAYIN’ WITH THE CONCEPT

by KINETIK JUSTICE AMUN
Its time to put the radical rhetoric aside and get to a concrete and definitive plan of action. A plan of action that sets out the methods and means necessary to accomplish our mission. And make no mistake about it, this is a Mission. September 9th was only a step- a GIGANTIC STEP, but only a step on our ROAD TO REDEMPTION, RECONCILIATION AND ULTIMATELY OUR FREEDOM.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT IS COMMITTED TO THE PROCESS AND DUG IN FOR THE LONG HAUL.

SLAVERY MUST DIE AND THE 151 YEAR LIE…

OVER 50,000: LATEST ESTIMATES ON Sept. 9, 2016 NATIONWIDE STRIKE, BOYCOTT & PROTEST

  Our latest updates as we know, with more info expected in the coming days and weeks.

As of 9/21 we have tracked 46 prisons and jails that experienced some kind of disruption between September 8 and 21st. This total includes both lockdowns reported by officials (some of whom deny that the lockdown was protest related) and reports of protests from prisoners and supporters (some of which did not lead to lockdowns or full strikes).

Of these, 31 facilities experienced a lock-down, suspension or full strike for at least 24 hours. Those 31 facilities house approximately 57,000 people. That is a guess at the minimum number of prisoners affected by the nationally coordinated strike.

There is likely much more going on behind the prison gates that we do not yet know about. We receive new information on a daily basis. In some places the strike lasted a day or a weekend, but in some, it seems to be going strong 12 days in.

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Phone: (614) 704-4699

LucasvilleAmnesty.org
InsurgentTheatre.org

Elmore prison sees spike in homicides

 

ADOC CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS BREAK RANK WITH COMMISSIONER DUNN, SPEAK OUT AGAINST PRISON CONDITIONS
Correctional officers at Holman Prison have staged a mutiny on the battleship and are beginning to speak out publicly about the humanitarian crisis that F.A.M. first reported two days ago.

[Corrections Officers Quietly Speak-Out on Unsafe Prison Conditions Following CO Death] is good,have a look at it! http://wkrg.com/2016/09/18/corrections-officers-quietly-speak-out-on-unsafe-prison-conditions-following-co-death/
Federal authorities visited Holman prison today, as Commissioner Dunn and Grantt Culliver remain silent on the mounting death toll in ADOC.

Additional deaths are also being reported at Elmore prison in Montgomery:
“Kelsey Davis | Montgomery Advertiser

5 days ago

Three inmate homicides at Elmore County Correctional Facility in the past 18 months should signal a crisis within Alabama’s overcrowded prison system, a reform advocate said.

From 2010 to 2014, one inmate homicide occurred at Elmore, despite a relatively stagnant occupancy rate at about 196 percent. The recent Elmore deaths account for one-third of all Alabama Department of Corrections inmate homicides in the past 18 months.

“That should be setting off alarm bells that the (ADOC) is a system in crisis at all levels, and needs to be treated as such,” said Charlotte Morrison, an attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative.

[Elmore prison sees spike in homicides] is good,have a look at it! http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2016/09/14/elmore-prison-sees-spike-homicides/90066832/

Yet, the Commissioner and his lieutenants are chasing dollars in Montgomery for new “houses of horror”,  inatead of taking action to save lives within ADOC.
Free Alabama Movement leaders continue to be targeted and retaliated against for speaking out and exposing the crisis. . . while the death toll continues to climb.

 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT STEPS UP

​On Saturday September 17, 2016, the men at HOLMAN CF held the 1st UNIVERSAL PEACE & UNITY SUMMIT in which it was established that there would be a “NO STAND OFF POLICY”. All street organizations (Bloods, Crips, Growth n Development and SB’s) have vowed to respect the policy for the sake of all men housed at Holman. Since then there has been No Violence.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT has taken on the responsibilty to provided protection for one another and to resolve all disagreements-as the ADOC has abandoned their duty and responsibilty.

So if you have a loved one at Holman prison, you should be demanding answers from Commissioner Jeff Dunn and his staff.

334-353-3883

A THREAT TO VIOLENCE

​For almost 3 years, I’ve sat here and watch the ADOC meticulously create an environment of hostility and chaos. They have not only been painting a picture, but coloring the perception of society. — INCARCERATED MEN ARE ANIMALS AND MUST BE WORKED OR CAGED. SO WE CAN’T LET THEM GO, WE MUST BUILD BIGGER CAGES.$1.5 BILLION IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY IN COMPARISON TO RELEASING THEM BACK INTO SOCIETY.
However, the people of Alabama were sick and tiredof the rhetoric. So the ADOC had to prove their point-in Blood


THE HOLMAN PROJECT was implemented- A period of a mass influx of drugs, abandoning of #403 Regulations, withdrawal of security from Dormitories and encouragement toget you something to protect yourself“.
For the past 6 months, I’ve witnessed a deliberate releasing from Segregation of mortal enemies, assault victims with unknown enemies, mental patients, sociopathic homosexual predators and anyone else that wanted to go to population. Yet, they have adamantly refused to even discuss or consider releasing me (KINETIK). To this day- 33 months- I have been  been in solitary confinement for organizing a Peaceful Protest against the inhumanities inflicted by the ADOC upon all those incarcerated in the State of Alabama, and labeled “A THREAT TO THE SECURITY OF THE ADOC” and sentenced to INDEFINITE SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. 

But once you understand the Motive, Intent and Purpose of THE HOLMAN PROJECT, then it becomes clear why using Non Violent and Peaceful means to highlight and exposed the inhumanities being suffered by the men here at Holman warranted me being labeled a threat to the ADOC— For clarity sake and lack of a better word, I’M FUCKIN UP THEIR PLANS WITH ALL THE NON -VIOLENT PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS. AS THEY NEED VIOLENCE NOT PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS.

Now it all adds up and makes sense, I’m not violent enough for THE HOLMAN PROJECT.

THE HOLMAN PROJECT… UPDATE

​ATT::: THE HOLMAN PROJECT HAS RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
Alabama Corrections Officer dies of injuries – FOX10 News | WALAhttp://www.fox10tv.com/story/33115450/alabama-corrections-officer-dies-of-injuries– shared by UC Mini
WHO IS NEXT?? COULD IT BE YOUR LOVED ONE??WILL YOU SIT BACK AND WAIT OR WILL YOU JOINFAM IN CALLING FOR A TASK FORCE TO END THEHOLMAN PROJECT ???

THE HOLMAN PROJECT

FAM CHARGES CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER FOR POLITICAL GAIN
—-On behalf of the Men at HOLMAN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, we allege that Comm.Jeff Dunn, Ass. Comm. Grant Culliver, Ass. Comm. Gwendolyn Mosley, Ass. Comm. Sheryl Price and Warden Terry Raybon have INTENTIONALLY AND DELIBERATELY created the ” HOLMAN PROJECT” in order to secure funding for Governor Robert Bentley’s Prison Transformation Bill(4 Mega Prisons).

(CONSPIRATORS[*Gwendolyn Mosley not pictured])

More specifically, for the past several months a”swap out” transfer program has been implemented, in which older, mature and responsible influential and respected prisoners have been sent away from Homan, only to be replaced with a younger, wilder and misguided youth. While simultaneously removing Officers from the Dormitories. Therefore, Dormitories, have become “WAR ZONES” where there is no security. As a result, many of these children have banded together in groups in order to protect one another from one another- with bloody and tragic results. As Violent Assaults has QUADRUPLED in the last 6 months(CHECK THE ADOC STATS).
Many Officers are helpless to do anything as the Administrative Directive is to “LEAVE THEM ALONE”, however, this violence has backfired and spilled over unto the Officers.

 Now they are seeing that the ADOC is intentionally placing, not only the prisoners lives in danger, but their lives are being sacrificed for Political Capital—this revelation has resulted in Officers walking off the compound in double digit numbers(CHECK THE ADOC STATS)
Wherefore, WE PLEAD TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ALABAMA TO CONTACT F.A.M. NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON, Pas. KENNY GLASGOW IN ORDER TO CREATE A TASK FORCETO COME INSIDE HOLMAN ON A FACT FINDING MISSION, to verify or refute the existence of the”HOLMAN PROJECT”

*Pas. Kenny Glasgow

334 791 2433
Sincerely,
F.AM. and all Alabama’s Confined CitizensHoused at Holman CF.

PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Alert: F.A.M. Press Release for Holman Prison

EMERGENCY ALERT: F.A.M. PRESS RELEASE FOR HOLMAN PRISON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SERIOUS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS DEVELOPING AT HOLMAN PRISON

Contact Information:
National Representative
Pas. Kenneth S. Glasgow
The Ordinary People’s Society
334.791.2433
or
Freealabamamovement@gmail.com

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

Atmore, Alabama. September 16, 2016

A serious humanitarian crisis is developing at Holman prison as correctional officers continue to walk off of the job amid concerns about safety and apathy from Warden Terry Raybon and the office of ADOC Commissioner Jefferson S Dunn, as violence, including deadly stabbings and assaults continue to mount.

Several officers expressed dismay and fear after learning that two of their fellow officers, Officer Brian Ezell and another officer, reported to Warden Raybon that they had knives drawn on them and their lives threatened, and that neither Warden Raybon, nor Commissioners Jeff Dunn and Grantt Culliver would take any action to ensure their safety. Both of these officers then quit.

Several other officers have also quit in the past three weeks after witnessing a stabbing of a fellow officer in the temple and who had remained hospitalized with life threatening injuries until he was pronounced dead earlier today. This after a former warden, Carter Davenport, was stabbed in March amidst back to back riots and other violence at Holman.

Now, after seeing Warden Raybon release approximately 20 people from segregation on September 13, 2016, most of whom were all in segregation for violent incidents (only to see several stabbing take place, including one critically injured and another losing an eye), a total of eight more officers have either quit or turned in their two week notices. Officers are expressing concern that the Commissioners of the ADOC are intentionally exacerbating violence at the expense of human life in efforts to push forward their plan to extort the public for 1.5 billion to build new prisons in next years Legislative Session.

Officers have began to express support for the Non-Violent stance of FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT and their efforts to expose corruption, violence and other issues plaguing Holman and other Alabama prisons, and have went so far as to make repeated requests to Warden Raybon for the release of F.A.M. co-founder and organizer Kinetik Justice from solitary confinement, because officers now feel that he is being wrongfully detained and because he has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to conduct peaceful demonstrations at Holman prison to bring attention to issues within the ADOC and Holman prison.

We are asking that everyone call Commissioner Dunn and Warden Raybon and demand that they post daily reports of the staffing levels and incidents of violence taking place at Holman as a matter of public safety.

We are further requesting assistance in finding a Human Rights attorney and human rights observers to report to Holman immediately, as the level of violence is skyrocketing, and the men at Holman are left in a virtual war zone to fend for themselves, while officers continue to walk off the job in what is already the most understaffed prison in America. Officers are so afraid to enter the dorms that routine security functions like conducting count are being done by the incarcerated men themselves, and video footage attesting to this fact are widely available online and across social media.

Family members of those incarcerated at Holman are requested to call Commissioner Dunn and Culliver continuously, and demand that their loved ones be immediately removed from Holman, as there are insufficient officers to secure the prison.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

Warden Terry Raybon
Holman Correctional Facility
251-368-8173
Commissioner Jefferson Dunn
Commissioner Grantt Culliver
334-353-3883 (switchboard operator)

 

WORLD WIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR MOVEMENT 

When Free Alabama Movement began planning to end prison slavery a couple of years ago, their emphasis was on shaming McDonald’s, which uses prison slave labor extensively. This graffiti appeared in Barcelona, Spain.

U.S. Embassy protests occurred in England, Australia, Sweden and Germany. From Oregon to Florida and in between, companies profiting off prison were targeted by outside protesters, including Bank of America, McDonalds, Aramark, AT&T and Starbucks.In Lansing, Michigan, protesters blocked a downtown intersection for hours with a large U-Haul truck. In New York City and Durham, North Carolina, they blocked freeways.In Portland, Oregon, protesters disrupted an AT&T and McDonalds, both corporations which use prison labor, as well as held a noise demonstration outside a local jail; then they shut down traffic. There were arrests in Oakland, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia. Most were quickly released, but at least three protesters in Georgia are facing multiple felonies.

PRESS STATEMENT: Sept 9 NATIONWIDE PROTEST, WORKSTRIKE, BOYCOTT, AND DEMONSTRATIONS 

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

National Freedom Movement Against Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Information:

For Media Requests:

Mothers and F.A.M.ilies, Inc
P.O. BOX 186,
New Market, AL 35761

Exec. Board Members Ms. Antonia Brooks, Ms. Dara Folden, Ms. LaTosha Scott

Phone: 256.203.4371

Freealabamamovement@gmail.com

For Movement updates and all other inquiries:

National Representative

Pas. Kenneth S. Glasgow

The Ordinary People’s Society
334.791.2433

September 9, 1971 ATTICA Rebellion 45th Anniversary

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT kicks off Sept. 9, 2016 National Non-Violent and Peaceful Prison Shutdown for Civil and Human Rights at Holman prison in Atmore, AL.

After launching its Movement in 2014 with the first coordinated work stoppages and shutdowns in Alabama prison history, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, building on its success with subsequent strikes, issued a call in 2015 with its document titled F.A.M.’s 6-Step Plan of Action 2015 (see our WordPress blog) for the first coordinated Nationwide Prison Work Strike in US History. This plan, along with its publication, “Let The Crops Rot In The Field” were then circulated throughout F.A.M.’s nascent network of supporters for its National Freedom Movement Against Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery.

With assistance from other organizations and people, including Bro. Lorenzo “Kim’Boa” and Sis. JoNina Irvin of the Ida B. Wells Coalition against Police Brutality, Brianna Peril and David Boehnke of IWW/IWOC, Annabelle Parker, Mary Ratcliff of San Francisco Bay View, FREE MISSISSIPPI MOVEMENT and FREE MISSISSIPPI MOVEMENT UNITED, Queen T of SignofTheTimes/ FREE OHIO MOVEMENT, Anthony Robinson/The New Underground Railroad, Mississippi Southern Belles, Anarchist Black Cross and many others, F.A.M. began organizing, leading and directing this National call.

Today, September 9, 2016, at appx 12:01 am, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT has kicked off the Sept. 9, Nationwide Prison Workstrikes, Boycotts and International Protests from Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama, in solidarity with confirmed strikes underway in Florida, South Carolina, and Texas.

F.A.M. has reiterated its call, first made January 1, 2014 with its first coordinated Workstrikes, for Non-Violence and Peaceful demonstrations both inside and outside of prisons as the solution to the exploitation and other forms of abuse that take place in Americas prisons, including forced prison slavery.

F.A.M. has often stated that the solution to mass incarceration and prison slavery must be lead by the men, women and children who are incarcerated and who are contributing to prison slavery and our own oppression by continuing to produce goods and provide services and purchase products that generate billions of dollars in revenue each year to support prison slavery. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution continues to permit slavery to exist in this country “as Punishment of crime, whereof the person has been duly convicted,” and the institution and enterprise of slavery was legally transferred to the State government’s prison systems.

These Non-Violent and Peaceful protests  are designed to expose the nefarious economic motives of individuals, State and Federal government, and corporations like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Starbucks, John Deer, the ALEC corporation, Victoria Secret, US military, Whole Foods, Wal Mart, Keefe, AT&T and Verizon call centers, and many others behind laws like mandatory minimums, three strikes laws, juvenile prosecution as adults, etc. that are used to incarcerate people under oppressive, inhumane conditions for extended periods of time, solely for the use of free prison labor for profit — yet in the name of crime and punishment.

F.A.M. has issued a “FREEDOM BILL“, which contains the demands that they are imposing upon the Alabama legislature to correct the problem of mass incarceration and prison slavery in Alabama.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT
To assist FAM and their National Freedom Movement and to support the people on the inside who are making these sacrifices, please donate to famfamalabama@Gmail.com today.

Malik Washington speaks: End Prison Slavery in Texas!

From: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington – Spokespersyn for – End Prison Slavery in Texas!

Peace and Blessings sisters and brothers! I hope this communication finds all of you doing well! Within the next few weeks many Free World Folks will be wondering why all these prisoners are refusing to work. I’d like you to read this message on any Radio Station that will allow you – focusing hard on the large metropolis cities of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso, Texas.If someone could post the message on you tube via social media that will help a lot.

Message: – Radio/Internet etc.

Peace and Blessings to all – my name is: Keith ‘Malik’ Washington. I am one of the key spokespersyns for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement. I am from Houston, Texas, specifically the 3rd Ward. There are many Prison Authorities and Law Enforcement Officials who will attempt to characterize our movement as violent.
I have never endorsed or promoted violence in this Movement simply because it plays right into the hands of the individuals and Agencies who oppress us.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, F.B.I., D.H.S., and numerous Federal and State Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies are fully equipped to deal with violence.

However as prisoners finally become visible in the media we must use this opportunity to convey our thoughts and demands in an intelligent, pragmatic, and respectful manner.

What scares T.D.C.J. about this movement is not the violence – it is the prospect of two things:

1.) The threat of losing money from having to stop or slow operations of the numerous Texas Correctional Industry Factories which generate millions of Dollars.

2.) Being exposed in the main-stream media as an Agency which exploits, oppresses, and abuses human beings in their care.

On top of being a spokespersyn for our movement I am also a proud member of the Industrial Workers of the World and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. Before I leave you I want to briefly state our Demands:
1.) On a National Level we want Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein to craft Legislation that will Abolish Prison Slavery by Amending the 13th Amendment.
2.) In Texas we want the Following:
A.) Good Time & Work Time credits which actually reduce our prison terms – All of us, not some!
B.) An Oversight Committee for T.D.C.J.
C.) Right to an Attorney on Habeas Filings
D.) Abolish the $100 Medical Co-pay System
E.) Humane Living Conditions & Treatment

There are no Racial issues we have – it is well understood that there are Black, White, Latino – Asian and Arab human beings who SUFFER inside Texas Prisons.
We are pleading with the World to hear our cries for Freedom and Humane Conditions. I leave you all as I came in Peace.
In Solidarity – Malik

Read also Malik’s articles in the SF Bay View:

Hard lessons in the struggle to end prison slavery (Sept 1, 2016)
The movement inside Texas prisons will not be complete until the sisters join (April 1st, 2016)
Prisoners file federal lawsuit to end prison slavery in Texas (March 26, 2016)
End prison slavery in Texas now! (Feb. 11, 2016)

 

FREEDOM TOUR 2016 Donaldson CF

Support Free Alabama Movement and the Freedom Tour 2016 as we engage in more protests against #blackgenocide and #endprisonslavery2016.

We will be in Dothan on September 7 and Donaldson on September 10th. Confirm your attendance on FB.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1187755704599243/?ti=cl

When will the Alabama Media start questioning the Narrative before Publishing a Story?

First of all, I want to correct this article and say that we were only on lockdown for a couple of hours. Security is still just as lax as the afternoon it occurred.

His name in here was Manny.  He and the other inmate had gotten into an altercation earlier that morning. The prison knew about this altercation and got the two inmates to sign a living agreement stating that they would not harm one or the other again.

The prison then placed both inmates back into the same dorm that they were living in before this occurred. So what do you expect?
The guy murdered Manny in his sleep. Because he could.

Because the Department of Corruption let him by placing both of these guys back in the same dorm after they had already fought. Manny’s blood is on their hands. And so is anyone who refuses to do nothing about the overcrowding our prison system faces.

Anthony Robinson: A Look Inside the Prison-Industrial Complex and Where Movements Should Go from Here

Words of wisdom for Sept. 9

Posted on August 31, 2016August 30, 2016
by Anthony Robinson

Published originally in the SF BayView: http://sfbayview.com/2016/08/the-key-or-the-peephole-a-look-inside-the-prison-industrial-complex-and-where-movements-should-go-from-here/

“Therefore my people have gone into captivity. Because they have no knowledge; their honorable men are famished. And their multitude dried up with thirst.” – Isaiah 5:13

To the prisoner or the man in prison, what is being free? For the man behind bars attempting to fight off conditions and circumstances meant to chain his mind and spirit, if he has not defined for himself what freedom means and what value it has, determined by the price he is willing to pay for it, then the circumstances of his chains have a self-efficacy so inherently designed that his causes and solutions will be written on the locked door of his plight and his prayer for relief will result in asking for a tiny peephole wherein he might peek out to view his brother’s steel cage rather than demanding a key to open his own.

“The great enemy of the truth is often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and realistic.” – John F. Kennedy

I define the term “mythical reality” as a situation where one class of people, usually the down-trodden (prisoner class), know a reality – usually violence, racism, prejudice etc., to be true by experience – while another class, usually bureaucratic oppressors (prison officials), tries to control the perception and narrative of the other class by forms of exploitation offered by their resources and privilege.

Your confliction will direct your influence: If you are not careful to come up for air and take a moment to clear your head as you face the dynamics of “sink or swim” situations that have become the routine patterns of your existence, could it be that the California Prisoners Movement has become so bunkered down in combatting the infantry effects of the prison industrial complex that we have not considered routing our forces at the cause and finally ending or at least gaining an advantage in the conflict?

Don’t get me wrong; there have been victories in the prison movement, not just in California, but other states as well. But I often wonder, has the prison industrial complex had a hand in dictating our causes by controlling our conflictions?

The Ashker decision was great, the five core demands are all good, but how come we are not writing our own regulations and attacking the “STG” scheme in totality? We know from its inception it was designed to isolate and entrap prisoners with the God given talent to awaken the prisoner class to the exploits of the system and provide those willing to organize for change with practical alternatives to prison enslavement.

How come we are not demanding that California Prisoners serving 85 percent be given an opportunity, through practical application of rehabilitative programs, to earn milestones and early parole eligibility the same as other similarly situated classes of prisoners serving time? Why allow the 85 percent prisoners to be discriminated against and denied equal protection?

The old argument made every time violent offenders are put on the ballot for early release and time reduction opportunities, the prison industrial complex runs the same old ads about soft on crime legislators letting criminals loose to rape and pillage communities. This argument has become so cemented in the minds of prison advocates that they think they are doing the Prisoner Human Rights Movement a favor by not introducing legislation for violent offenders, once again allowing our causes to be dictated by the control of our conflictions.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the moving force that privatizes criminal statutes for financial gain and profit, and they receive their funding from major corporations. If they can legislate for profit, why can’t we legislate for freedom?

The prison industrial complex is built upon and operates via a commercial framework. When a prisoner does any “work” or “labor” in the system, he reinforces and substantiates the prison system’s position over him. When friends, families and outside advocates do business with corporations and banks that have their hand in the American cookie jar of exploitative prison profiteering and labor, they are investing in more prisons, harsher sentences, Jim Crow laws, and tactical militarized training aimed at prisoners and urban communities.

For those of us who claim to want a solution to the problem, we have to seriously look into the mirror of reality and remove our own actions from reinforcing the problem. And if we think that the U.S. courts are not functioning to reinforce this system and cut themselves a slice of this industrial pie, then our naiveté has been one of our biggest crimes. Pay careful attention to the following excepts from a Jean Keating seminar on prisons:

“A condensed version of what is going on is that CCA as a corporation creates or issues stock certificates based on prison population – goods or chattel as they are called in commercial law. The underwriter is the one who buys the stock from the issuer, the CCA, with intent to resell it to the public or an entity or person – usually an investment banker. The investment banker purchases all or part of the shares of the stock for resale to the public in the form of newly issued investment securities based on the shares of stock. Brokerage houses and insurance companies bid on the investment securities with a bid bond issued by the GSA. The bid bond is then indemnified by a surety company through performance and payment bonds. The bid, performance and payment bonds are then underwritten by the banks as investment securities for resale to the public. …

“This system permeates the fabric of our society.

“Go to a search engine and type in U.S. courts. Go to the court links and click to see a map of the circuit courts. Click on 7th Circuit, and a list of the 7th and 8th Circuit Courts will appear. Click on Illinois Northern District Court, then click on Clerk’s Office, then go to Administrative Services, then to Financial Department. You will see Criminal Justice Act, Post Judgment Interest Rates and a list of sureties. Click on Sureties; it will take you to fms.treas.gov. There on the left side you will see the sureties listing, admitted reinsurers and forms. Click on forms and you will see Reinsurance Agreement for a Miller Act Performance Bond SF 273, and a SF 274 Payment Bond and a Reinsurance Agreement in favor of the United States SF 275 and a list of admitted reinsurers, pools and associates. You will also see a list of the Department of the Treasury’s listing of approved sureties.

“U.S. District Courts are buying up the state courts’ default judgments, where you refuse to pay or dishonor the debt. …

“(P)risons are repository institutions or facilities for securities (prisoners) as collateral for the public and national debt. The prisoners represent asset or repository money for the bid, performance, and payment bonds. The prisons are referred to as credit facilities, institutions or repositories. They function essentially the same way that a depository bank does under 17 CFR Sec 450. The prisons are acting in the capacity of a fiduciary or custodian over government securities. …

“(I)n addition to being a repository bank with prisoners being the assets, collateral or securities of the bid, performance and payment bonds, the prisoners are the actual reinsurance or surety and their sentence represents the valued and marketable risk involved with the materials, supplies and cost factors involved with the guaranteed performance and payment relative to the bonds. This is termed ‘assumed risk’ in insurance and represents a present peril, hazard or danger of loss, due to their dishonor and default judgment in court. That is why there is penal sum or clause attached to each bond for non-performance and payment of the bonds. …

“By legal definition all of your federal and state ‘statutes’ are bonds or obligations of record and are represented in the courtroom by the recognizance bond, which is a bond of record or obligation for the payment of debt.” (SeeJean Keating’s “Prison Treatise.”)

And here we are as a prisoner class investing our energy and intellectual capital in studying and researching their copyrighted federal statutes/bonds to petition the courts to overturn intentionally exploitative sentences. Remember, a prisoner’s “sentence represent the valued and marketable risk involved with the materials, supplies and cost factors involved with the guaranteed performance and payment relative to the bonds.” Why would they willingly let you go when your sentence represents “valued” and “marketable” risk? Marketable means they are still utilizing it for sale, trade and exploitation. Why would they let you go?

While it is true that a small fraction of prisoner petitions are granted relief, that is nothing more than a ploy manufactured to convince the masses to put their faith and credit in the “justice” of the system. Even the majority of prisoners seem to have fallen for this tactic. For every 10 petitions that get granted, 10,000 get denied.

My own case provides a perfect example. Locked up at the age of 18, too indigent to afford my own counsel, I was exploited by a public defender, Keith Arthur, who signed my plea two months before I did, and rabid dog Deputy District Attorney Victoria Rose. I was coerced to sign a plea that waived Penal Code 654.5 Multiple Punishment/Double Jeopardy Prohibition in order to be punished for both robbery and carjacking and given an enhancement (use of firearm) for both, even though by the penal codes, statutes, and legislature’s intent, this is fundamentally against the law. What type of counsel coerces a client to waive a penal code in order for them to be punished for more time on their sentence and be given two strikes when they had none?

I’ve put in six petitions or writs with sound, on-point arguments showing a prima facie cause for “relief.” All have been denied. I even challenged the plea as an invalid contract because “The Declaration in Support of Plea” was never signed by the judge. The judge never signed the contract to substantiate the “Court’s Findings” which reads: “The Court having reviewed this declaration and questioned the defendant in open court, finds that the defendant has voluntarily and intelligently waived his constitutional rights, that these pleas and admissions are freely and voluntarily made, and that the defendant understands the nature of the charges and the consequences of these pleas and admissions. The Court finds a factual basis for the pleas and admissions, accepts them, and the defendant is hereby convicted on his plea.”

If there was a “factual basis” for the plea, why would a Judge not sign the declaration of the court’s findings? He didn’t sign it because he didn’t want the bond liability on the waiver of Penal Code 654, which is illegal. This type of exploitation by those who are supposed to be the “custodians” of justice is all too common in their system on a daily basis. They have the whole country fooled into thinking it’s about crime prevention, law and order, when in fact it’s about exploiting an “underclass” and sending them to their repository warehouse facilities where we can be investment securities to finance public debt!

Now we understand why prison officials are allowed to add time to our sentences just by writing “rules violation reports” with no preponderance of evidence substantiating the charge other than the “report” itself. Any “hearing” procedure empowered with the ability to add time to your sentence should be upheld by exercising judicial standards, but we know from experience that these kangaroo “hearings” have no standards close to judicial. You are already found guilty based on the “report” before stepping into the hearing. Just like on the streets, you are found guilty when the indictment (commercial investment) is signed. Remember, the more time they give you in any of their courts, tribunals or hearings, the more they can value and market the investment securities.

In light of gaining some insight on what kind of system we are dealing with, where do we go from here, in terms of a practical strategy of shutting down the prison industrial complex? When presenting demands, rights, propositions etc. to an industrial juggernaut, the only way that you are going to make it truly pay attention is to stop his industries. Thus, when he looks out into the landscape of his empire and doesn’t see the polluted smoke clouds which indicate to him that his industries are producing comprehensively, then he will be concerned enough to climb down from his ivory tower and see about the problem. We must leave the crops in the field and let them rot!

The New Underground Railroad Movement supports the Free Alabama Movement and those states – Texas, Mississippi, Ohio etc. – that are organizing for the work strike and boycott starting Sept. 9, 2016. I pray that California inmates and those leaders taking responsibility to organize on behalf of the struggle do not miss an opportunity to participate in this historic labor strike.

I don’t want my energy used for paving the way to live comfortably in prison and call that victory. We have an opportunity to demand freedom from prison and institute policies that will pave the way for a restructuring of the system, but only organized, disciplined, drawn out labor strikes and boycotts will achieve this. Anything else is a pipe dream dictated by our afflictions.

I don’t want my energy used for paving the way to live comfortably in prison and call that victory.

For those seeking more information on any part of this article or how you can support the New Underground Railroad Movement, contact Mr. Anthony C. Robinson, Jr., Coordinating Founder.

Note: To those brothas and sistas of true merit, who have written me from your facilities, know that I never abandoned you in practice or in spirit. The corporate dog who is trying to trump up “BGF activity” confiscated the letters before they reached or were delivered to me. They can’t stop those letters if they come from friends and family to me.

Chino

Poem by Anthony Robinson Jr.

“What quality of will must a Negro possess to live and die with dignity in a country that denies his humanity?” – Richard Wright

There is a psychosis lurking in the understanding
that prison is a culture and not a civilization.
It seems that poor oppressed people
cling to things that are for them emotionally true,
because they so desperately need a truth to protect
them from their harsh reality.
We measure lies, not by fact or fiction,
but by how conveniently they secure our
relationship to our environment.
There is a process in life where
somewhere along the way you have to
invent yourself and try to reach a compatible
identity to your vision of life and where you fit in it.
A vision molded by a trail of tears that leads
you to an expectation of yourself not necessarily
of your own making.
I stare out through these bars
into dreams unfulfilled, and I wonder
if it was ever considered as the juncture
of their design what aspects of humanity
would be confined as well with the person.
Keep from the world like a secret
that can never be revealed because it was
spoken in a language that cannot be translated
by the ears that received it.

Anthony has finally won his way back to California after years in private prisons, used by CDCr to alleviate overcrowding in California prisons without freeing anyone. Send our brother some love and light: Anthony Robinson Jr., P-67144, CMC E6-28L, P.O. Box 8101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93409.

Juvenile Justice: How 6 black children were set up for failure in Gadsden, Ala

On March 24, 1988, six black (6) teens (Roland Martin, Fred Brown, Steve Stewart, Melvin Ray, Archie Hamlet, and Curtis Richardson) were arrested in the early morning hours after an attempted burglary of a department store in Gadsden, Alabama.

After being arrested, the youth were all taken to a police station where they were interrogated by several officers (all white) for several hours. By the time the interrogations ended, well after 3:00 am, the youth were charged collectively  with over 30 counts (appx. 5 to 6 counts each ) for many other unsolved burglaries in Gadsden. These children did not have any attorney present during these interrogations and no attempt was made to contact any of their parents until after the interrogations had ended.image

Some parents were reached, some weren’t.

    Later that same morning, these 6 children were taken before a judge for a “probable cause hearing.”  None of the parents attended this impromptu hearing. And, none of the youth were represented by counsel. Somehow, with no opportunity to be heard, without any counsel, and with little to no evidence beyond the word of the police officers, the judge allowed for probable cause to be stipulated to for all 6 youth. image
It is not known who the court allowed to stipulate to anything in behalf of the Gadsden 6 youth, but the record clearly shows that this is what occurred. We know that children could not stipulate to probable cause or anything else for themselves, and we know that no lawyers were appointed in the case until weeks later, in April; so the stipulation was not made by an attorney.

As a result of this stipulation, all 6 children were ordered to be detained in detention facilities pending further proceedings.

The next event to take place in these proceedings took place on April 6, 1988, when attorney J.B. Lofton was appointed. 

This appointment of counsel came after these children had already been before a judge and after the court had already authorized custody to be taken from the parents.
Finally, with counsel now appointed, the judge set a hearing for April 28, 1988, and for the first time, issued notice and summons’ to the parents. image
However, on April 27, 1988, just one day before the hearing was scheduled, the prosecutor filed a motion to transfer all of the cases of the children to the circuit court for prosecution as adults (for all non-violent property offenses). The juvenile judge granted pprosecutor’s motion that same day that it was filed !!!

The children were all transferred to adult without a hearing, without a lawyer being present, and without any of the children or their parents being present. In fact, apparently  no one but the judge and the prosecutor ( the same two parties from the March 24 probable cause “stipulation” hearing) were even aware that such motion had even been filed. Proof that the attorney did not perform any services throughout these proceedings can be gleamed from the fact that his declaration for fees was voided right after it was filed.image
In the end, these children suffered convictions in adult court for offenses that they never had legal representation on at critical stages of the proceedings , namely, during the interrogations and initial arrest, at the probable cause hearing when someone was allowed to stipulate to probable cause in behalf of the children, and when judge granted the prosecutor’s motion to transfer the cases to adult court. Of course, all of this was/is illegal.image

All or most of these children suffered collateral consequences as a result of the actions taken in the juvenile court, including having these illegal prior convictions used against them both in and out of court, including two of whom who have had these illegal non- violent prior convictions  used to enhance future sentences to Life Without Parole under Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act.

We are asking that you support the Gadsden 6 as they fight for Juvenile Justice in Alabama.
WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ALABAMA

MAKE YOUR DONATION IN SUPPORT OF FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT 


Dear Supporters,

Greetings from Free Alabama Movement (FAM). We are reaching out to you, our supporters, to help us further our objective of ending mass incarceration in Alabama. As you know, F.A.M.    was established in 2013, from inside the Alabama Department of Corrections by people who are incarcerated. We are determined to get involved and have our voices heard from the inside in the fight for change to Alabama’s prison woes and bring an end to mass incarceration and prison slavery.   

We are currently planning activities for our FREEDOM TOUR 2016, where we plan to stage protests at EVERY prison in the State of Alabama to promote our Three-Point Plan of Action for the remainder of 2016, to address the follows factors that are contributing to mass incarceration in Alabama:

1) Excessive overcrowding and the need for an immediate mass release.  Alabama’s prison population must be reduced down to design capacity

2) Revisions and fundamental changes to Alabama’s habitual felony offender act

3) Establishing “automatic” or mandatory parole criteria that will remove discretion from the parole board  in decisions for qualified individuals

Our goal is to raise Donations to fund our FREEDOM TOUR 2016 and resources to assist while on the journey.   If you are interested in giving a financial contribution, there is an PayPal link on the Free Alabama Movement website, our WordPress blog, and our Facebook page. You can mail in a check payable to Mothers and Families, P.O. Box 186, New Market, AL 35761, via GoFundMe or you can donate via PayPal.  If you would like to contribute a non-monetary contribution, please call MAF at 256-203-4371.

We know that you value human rights as we do, we know that you will support our fight for the rights of our incarcerated love ones; who are human as well, but who are being deprived of basic civil and human rights. In times that demand action to bring about change, it is all about continuing and even increasing your support for FAM, a movement that continues to demonstrate non-violent and peaceful protest for civil and human rights behind incarcerated walls.  Additionally, you can help by joining the Freedom Tour helping to organize and conduct protests at a designated prison. FAM has formed coalitions with outside groups, including Mothers and Families, Inc., which now serves as our main support group and works on the outside organizing families and coordinating demonstrations for F.A.M. at prisons, ADOC offices, and at companies that use prison labor for profit. 

If you have any questions regarding FAM, MAF, or the Freedom Tour 2016, please feel free to email us at mothersandfamily3@gmail.com or freealabamamovement@Gmail.com. You can also reach us via telephone at 256-203-4371.  

We sincerely thank you in advance for your much needed support.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

“The Movement Against Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery must be lead from the inside.”

Corruption and Misuse of Government Funds

This picture depicts the kitchen at Draper Correctional Facility in Alabama. What you see is pure filth and about 20 health code violations from mops in the cooking area, chemicals next to cooking pots, broken tile, and a cooking pot placed on a nasty floor to be filled with water to prepare food…

Photo of the kitchen of Draper CF

Kitchen at Draper CF, Alabama (ADOC) dirty and unprofessional conditions


Join Mothers and F.A.M.ilies Today

Mothers and Families
P.O Box 186
New Market, AL 35761
(256)203-4371
mothersandfamily3@gmail.com

Look for MAF on Facebook @ Maf Fam

Greeting from Mothers and F.A.M.lilies:

May this letter find you in the best of spirit and health in spite of your circumstance of being incarcerated in Alabama. We hope to lift your spirit by letting you know that we are in this fight with you for freedom, justice and civil and human rights until the end. Over the past 3 years, we have been fighting relentlessly alongside FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT and all others for justice in Alabama. Among our many activities have been:

1) Conducting protests at numerous prisons and in Montgomery to help bring awareness to the problems with ADOC, including the need for a mass release;

2) Promoting the Alabama FREEDOM BILL and demanding its passage by the Alabama Legislature;

3) Hosting rallies and workshops under the banner of INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama;

4) Meeting with local, state and federal official to address police brutality and other forms of corruption in ADOC;

5) Fighting for real wages for labor in ADOC so that working men and women can send money home to their families and children instead of enriching politicians in Montgomery;

6) Demanding changes to the Alabama parole board to provide for more paroles and more clearly defined criteria for mandatory parole;

7) Transparency and media access inside of ADOC; and more.

For the remainder of 2016, M.A.F. will be coordinating and conducting a Freedom Tour 2016 to canvas all of the prisons in the State of Alabama to garner support from more mothers and family members for our Movement to end Mass Incarceration in Alabama and throughout the Nation. If you are interested in becoming a part of this Movement or if you have any information that may be of use to us, please contact us.

Lastly, we want to remind everyone that the fight against Governor Bentley’s Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act and the construction of new prisons spending millions of dollars in Alabama is not over.   The bill will now head to the Senate floor for debate and a vote in the next regular session of the Alabama Legislature.   Be sure to contact your State Representatives to let them know that we oppose this plan. We want Education, Rehabilitation and Re- Entry Programs, not more economic exploitation and abuse.

Thank You,
Mothers and F.A.M.ilies

THREE-POINT PLAN OF ACTION

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Free Alabama Movement is planning activities around our Three-Point Plan of Action for the remainder of 2016. We will be promoting this plan in conjunction with preparations for the September 9 Attica Anniversary Protest events around the country.

The three points derive from some of the main issues that are contributing factors to mass incarceration and the Industrialized Prison Complex that promotes neo-slavery in America. In Alabama, we are seeking action on these three issues:

1) Excessive overcrowding and the need for an immediate mass release. Alabama’s prison population must be reduced down to design capacity ;

2) Revisions and fundamental changes to Alabama’s habitual felony offender act;

3) Establishing “automatic” or mandatory parole criteria that will remove discretion from the parole board in parole decisions for  qualified individuals.

It is essential to the effective  implemention of these objectives that we step up our organizing and activism, esp. around the State of Alabama. This will include participation in the FREEDOM TOUR 2016 protests that are being scheduled and lead by Mothers And F.A.M.ilies, Inc., as well as the event being scheduled in Dothan, Alabama on August 27, 2016, by The Ordinary People Society.

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The FREEDOM TOUR 2016 will be conducting protests statewide and conducting at least one demonstration at EVERY prison in the state of Alabama, to organize and then mobilize families and to bring awareness to the problems plaguing the Alabama prison system and the solution to these problems.

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Join us today in this struggle for freedom and justice mobilize Alabama and join the National Freedom Movement to End Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery.

Another Man Dead In Alabama Prison

Unheard Voices

Update in relations to the Alabama department of Corrections, at the Elmore facility in Elmore county.
A white middle aged man was found collapsed inside of DORM A-1 just a few moments ago. The officer that eventually responded was C.O. 1 Scroggins, failed to administer CPR. The man was unresponsive and had turned blue. The shift leader Sgt. Richardson was called to the scene and he responded nonchalantly, taking his time, and without being prepared with an emergency CPR to attempt a life saving maneuver in which each Correctional officer has training in. Officer Woodget pushed the unresponsive inmate slowly to the back gate of Elmore where the inmate has to be taken to another facility in order to receive medical attention. WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE THERE IS NO MEDICAL PERSONNEL AT ELMORE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. THIS ALONE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!! Note the man died and now Elmore is in lockdown due to the administration. Please CONTACT media and state representatives about this. I’ll update with the man’s name!

Confirmation in inmates name…a one, Walter Lemons, confirmed also he died during being taken from the dorm to the back gate of Elmore, and no CPR administered, nor any other attempt to save his life.

HUNGER STRIKE UPDATE

  One of the hunger striking members, LaQuientia McDuffie, 282760, is experiencing extreme distress. He had been removed from the ” behavior modification” dorm and placed into solitary confinement in W-38. McDuffie is 24 year old young man and we believe that both of his parents are deceased. If anyone can assist us in this matter to help protect his human rights from further violations, please email is your contact info.

Alabama prison carrying our racist psychological experimental program at Donaldson prison predominately against African American men

The experiment with the “behavior modification” dorm at Donaldson CF in Alabama continues. Hearkening back to the Tuskegee Experiment and other forms of medical torture that have taken place in Alabama against predominately African Americans, the Alabama prison system is again violating basic civil and human rights in the name of corrections by conducting a “behavior modification” experimental program and using over 80% African American men, including many who don’t have any behavior problems.

Over the past two weeks, the Alabama Department of Corrections has been going to other lower level prisons around the State and snatching up African American men and transferring them to Donaldson CF and placing them into a new experimental program called the “behavior modification” program. The first problem is, most — if not all — of these African American men came from general population at other prisons with no behavior records warranting their transfer.

Once in this program, all of their rights and privileges are curtailed. Among the most egregious violations has been the denial of showers for six consecutive days and counting, no personal or legal property, denial of all mail, books, and reading material, no visitation with family, and no paperwork or written explanation explaining why they are being placed into a “behavior modification” program; all while housed two to a cell.

Many of these men have such exemplary records that they qualified for an incentive package at their former prison, only to arrive at Donaldson to have their packages taken from them. In order to qualify for an incentive package, one must have 6 months disciplinary free records for non-violent rules violations and 1 year disciplinary free for violent disciplinary. Some of these men have multiple years of disciplinary free records, while others have never have any prior violent records.

They are forced to eat, sleep, defecate, and urinate with another person in the cell at all times. These cells don’t have a table to eat on, and if one or the other cellmates is defecating when a meal is being served, both of their trays are passed into the cell anyway. And, because they are being denied recreation time, they are locked down 24 hours every day in a two-man cell. Also of note is that the ADOC elected to start this experimental program in the heat of the Summer.

Again, the majority of these men, came from the general population at other prisons. Most of them have disciplinary free files, yet they are being placed into a behavior modification program. Some of them have level 4 custody for a medium security prison, yet they were transferred to a level 6 maximum security prison, which is the highest level prison in Alabama, and placed on total lockdown.

In fact, these men were placed into this experimental program before a S.O.P. manual was complete on how this program would be ran or what the criteria would be to place someone in this program.

If the majority of these African American men don’t have any disciplinary records to justify their placement into this program, and all of them came from general population at other lower level prisons and have lower custody classification status, why are they being placed into this experimental  “behavior modification” program? The answer seems quite simple: because this racist experimental programs was designed to be tested on and carried out disproportionately against African American men.

This is the same model that was used in the Georgia prison system.

The Georgia Department of Corrections hired a retired military officer to run their prison system, and he began a “behavior modification ” program that employs these same enhanced torture tactics that were first tested and used by the US military in Abu Gharib prison in Iraq. Alabama has now followed suit by hiring a retired military officer to run the Alabama Department of Corrections, and the new Commissioner is now implementing the exact same “behavior modification” program in Alabama. Georgia tested their program on mostly African American men also.

Please help us bring awareness to this racist and illegal experimental program at Donaldson CF and protest against its continuous by doing the following:

1) Join our media campaign to help expose this program and the fact that African Amwrican men in Alabama prisons are being targeted and placed into an experimental psychological torture “behavior program” even though the vast majority of them don’t have any behavior citations.

2) Contact Commissioner Jeff Dunn, Sen. Cam Ward, Governor Robert Bentley and the Civil Rights Division of the US Dept of Justice, and file a complaint and demand to know why this experimental program is being carried out exclusively against African American men.

3) Join FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT,  MOTHERS AND FAMILIES,  THE ORDINARY PEOPLE SOCIETY, and IWOC as we plan to organize protests at Donaldson CF against this racist and illegal experimental program.

4) Contact the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and file a complaint against any medical/psychology professional for engaging in experimental psychological practices and mental torture against African American men incarcerated at Donaldson prison.

ALA. D.O.C. DEVISES VIOLENT PLAN TO SECURE FUNDING FOR NEW PRISONS: HUNGER STRIKE UNDER WAY AT DONALDSON, CF

  Commissioner Jeff Dunn and the ADOC have resorted to state-sanctioned violence in efforts to contain the Movement for Human and Civil Rights that is being led by the men incarcerated in Alabama prisons.
 
  In response to the violence that was provoked at Holman prison on March 11, 2016,  by former warden Carter Davenport that lead to his forced resignation after he was also stabbed, the ADOC transferred five (5) men ( Antonio Spencer, Amir Davis, Kevin Eldridge, and two others ) from Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama to Donaldson CF in Bessemer, Al. Donaldson CF serves as the headquarters for the CERT Team for ADOC.

Upon entry to the back-gate receiving area at Donaldson CF, one by one, all five of these men were taken into a secluded area and then brutally beaten while handcuffed. These assaults was lead by Officer Gunn, while several supervisors and other officers either stood by and watched or participated in the assault. At least two of the assault victims, Amir Davis and Kevin Eldridge, reported that during the beatings they were stomped in their testicles and told that this was being done so they wouldn’t ever have children. All of these assaults have been verified through medical files, statements, and eyewitness accounts. Several officers were suspended and/or remain under investigation, yet not a single officer has been fired or charged with any crime.

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Statement of K. Aldridge

The excessive levels of correctional officers abusing their authority, officer beatings and beatings deaths, and use of chemical agents and excessive for force is already documented in a 2012 class-action lawsuit settlement against Donaldson CF. Sammie Duncan is one of the people who was also beaten and stomped in his testicles at Donaldson prison in the past. The sadistic nature of his beating required him to have one of his testicles removed after it was stomped from his body during the attack by officers. Others, like Mr. Agee (first name not known) , was beaten to death by Donaldson correctional officers.

  There are lawsuits currently pending against multiple officers at Donaldson CF for excessive force, rape, planting evidence and creating false documents, and more. This violence, including the stomping of testicles is a routine state-sanctioned and preferred tactic at Donaldson CF. Commissioner Dunn is sanctioning this violence at Donaldson in efforts to silence the internal complaints about the Civil and Human rights violation that are taking place on a day to day basis in Alabama prisona, which are being made by the many people incarcerated in Alabama prisons, including those who are a part of Free Alabama Movement.

DONALDSON RESORTS “HOT BAY” SO-CALLED BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION DORMS TO IMPOSE PHYSICAL AND   PSYCHOLOGICAL OPPRESSION “

  Beginning on Friday, June 10, 2016, Donaldson CF started psychological oppression and provocation tactics by implementing  a “hot bay” behavior modification dorm. Commissioner Dunn started their lateest “hot bay” by transferring men from St. Clair CF at the beginning of Summer. All of these men were taken from general population at St. Clair prison and then placed into this program without any form of due process. No paperwork was served explaining why they were being placed in the dorm or how long they would be there. All of their personal property was taken away, including legal work, canteen supplies, and personal mail, etc.

Additionally, they are behind denied access to visitation, religious services, recreation, and social services. In fact, some of these men have disciplinary free files for several years, yet they are being forcibly placed in this restrictive dorm. Several of the men who arrived from St. Clair report being assaulted handcuffed. Many of these men had received incentive packages while at St. Clair, only to arrive at Donaldson prison where it was then all taken away from them without explanation.

“HOT BAY” OCCUPANTS ORGANIZE HUNGER STRIKES TO PROTEST DUE PROCESS DEPRAVATIONS AND INHUMAN TREATMENT

  On Thursday, June 16, 2016, all of the residents assigned to X dorm launch hunger strike to protest conditions. The hunger strike is in response to the Civil and Human rights violations, DEPRAVATIONS, inhumane conditions that include 24 hour lockdown in scorching hot two-man cells, a denial of basic hygiene and cleaning supplies, and the continued police assaults that kept taking place upon new arrivals from St. Clair.

  One officer,(Godson) has assaulted atleast three people who were transferred to Donaldson from St. Clair or Holman prison, Zach Wilson, XaBrian, Jeremy Taylor, and during these incidents several witnesses heard the officer making statements like, ” You are with that Free Alabama Movement. Fuck Free Alabama Movement.”

BIBB CO. “HOT BAY” RIOTS, REBELLION, AND DESTRUCTION PROVE THE THESE TYPE OF LIVING ENVIRONMENTS DON’T WORK AND ARE WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS

  As many Alabama citizens know, the use of “hot bay” behavior modification dorms in Alabama have already proven themselves to be tinder boxes. Bibb Co CF has already had a major disturbances in their hotbay dorms and several minor ones in less than a year. The first one, in July 2015 resulted in an entire dorm being destroyed. These type of dorms have always had problems and always will have problems.

  Yet, in spite of the clear examples that these types oppressive living environments always end in mayhem, Commissioner Dunn presses forward with the plans to install a “hot bay” dorm at Donaldson CF. These dorms, which seem to place lives in danger,  appear to be being used by the ADOC to create more headlines and violent conditions that so that the 1.5 billion dollar plan for new prisons can be revived.

     “INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER “ Join the Movement and attend the event on June 25, 2016

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  While the material costs of the prison building plan is known, the question that remains opens is, what will be the final human cost and how many more lives and property will be lost in pursuit of more prisoners in Alabama with a plan that has already been proven to not work ?

  Times have changed around the country with respect to mass incarceration, and a conscious awakening to the reality that “INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER “, is taking place. The time for change is NOW !!

MISUNDERSTOOD (inmates)

For too long the eyes of the people have been blinded by our Alabama government. They have allowed  themselves to be tricked and fooled by our government into believing that the whole of the Alabama prison system is not culpable, is untrustworthy,  or just not deserving of having a given opportunity at freedom. They call us animals and often times depict us as being monsters, to serve the social public eye; to make them believe that we should not be released back into society, neither soon or at all.

And for years, it has been allowed for the people to see it that way but that can no longer be allowed. The eyes of the people must be enlightened to see that they are being played for pawns in a chess game that they have no idea that they are involved in. They are being used as financial and systematic puppets by a government whose only concern is keeping them blind from the truth, and keeping them issuing funds that they say are allocated for all these corrections programs for our betterment and rehabilitation. But the truth is these programs that do exist, the state has no part in creating, as they come from the fee people in society [or prison] who are not blind, and who see that although we are incarcerated, we should have the opportunity to be exposed to something that can help us become better people who can once again fit into society.

Alabama truthfully does not care about our corrections, and that is an inappropriate and quite void expression that has been given to define our government prison system, and the people of society have been paying tax dollars not in the name of corrections, but big business.

Alabama has no desire to rehabilitate us because now we are the new business investment. Marking the politicians as crooks who make investment out of criminal activity. They discovered a way of making it legally acceptable, and we are no longer a responsibility, but a profit margin.

But we ask you a question, Society? Why is there a need for such market trading and share buying into private prisons? And prisons in general? This is not supposed to be a way of creating income for our government; it’s suppose to be a place where we are placed into to go through a strong and structural level of rehabilitation until we are deemed fit for social re-emergencr. But, the truth is, our government has no corrections going on for us, and the only programs that we do have that assistance is in corrections, our government has nothing to do with them.

We are not humans to them, but property. So why would I want to give my cow away, that I raised to eventually bring me a profit at the cost of its life, any kind of intelligence? Because then it will learn how to get away from me and I will lose money? So I have to do what? Keep them stupid and uncoordinated so I can control them. But the thing about it is this: even cows get mad!

So, what do you do when you have nothing conducive to your growth that helps you desire to be better and different? That gives you hope of seeing freedom and family again? You fill that void with drugs and violence. Which is what has happened. We get high and kill each other. Which is a fate for us that the ADOC is well satisfied with; that keeps them from having to worry about ever releasing us. That is their answer to our mass release, which is keeping us under oppressive circumstances, which only creates a recipe for internal inmate homicide.

They are so quick to show you all of the negative things about us on TV, but what about the good things,  like guys who graduate or participate in the social, not government, but socially instituted programs on classes that really make an effort to rehabilitate ourselves?  Why do you, the people of society,  continue to support a system that does not work because its intentionally designed not to? Do you think we are overcrowded for nothing? Its not by chance, but carefully crafted. This is why you have laws like the habitual offender act that is designed to keep the so-called scary criminal off the streets forever.  But what about the criminals that has reformed themselves? Do they not deserve an opportunity? Should there not be a measuring stick for them? You are being controlled by the media and manipulated into contributing your hard earned money and votes to support a system built on human, racial, and social hatred. Not to mention greed. Is this how you, the People of society, view yourselves?

I’m sure you don’t, however, every time you allow them to hold on to these inhumane laws, this is the portrait you paint and present of yourselves.  It’s funny they made and hold dear to this habitual offender law for us, yet they habitually offend us every day when they beat on its because they feel they can; and get away with it. They feed us food not fit for human consumption that literally says this on the package box, and every time they convict us with these illegal sentences, trying to use a law that is supposed to go against double jeopardy. Yet, I end up doing more time for a crime that I’ve already done time for !!

Are we not human beings too? Does our rights stop because we face so-called lawful punishment? ! They are killing our bodies, soul and spirit in here, and taking us away from our lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness; not to rehabilitate us toward change and self betterment, but profit. There is no longer the law anymore. Its just a loosely. . . allocated. . . word.

People can truly change even if they are in prison. You can’t blame all of the apples and call them rotten because you found a few or one that was. You must give them all a tested chance because any other method is unjust in the eyes of God and human rationality.

If we seem animalistic, you should thank your government for that; for not making your family members better potential citizens, but mentally dysfunctional sales items, and our AIS No. is merely our bar codes.

And to end my article, I will give you a deeper thought to ponder on:  If they are not instituting your tax money to create a true system of corrections, then what effect does that have on the level of crime rising around you in the street? After all, you cannot fill a prison without criminals, correct? And what happens when the crime isn’t being committed fast enough or at a desired capacity? Well, I guess in those moments you might have to instigate a little in order to get things moving, huh?

All this talk of changing laws to make things better, but all they did was tweak a few things and remodeled the same laws they already had that needed to go, just so they can keep the same system they’ve always had and, meanwhile, no doors of change or chance has truly come. And we still sit here crowded on each other like sardines.

Wake up, Society!! Prisoners are People too, and God is not asleep. Alabama will never truly be free until its people in society open their eyes and free their minds and begin to see.

Support a true cause for a free and rehabilitated Alabama.

Article by aspiring writer Mr. Mark Giles, aka the Gifted #1
For opinions and comment, contact Mr. Giles at:

Mark Giles
AIS No 230243
Donaldson CF
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100 Warrior Lane
Bessemer, Alabama 35203

#INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER event June 25, 2016

  Greeting from FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

  Join us on June 25. 2016 , beginning at 2 pm for our “INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER ” event at Kelly Ingram Park, in Birmingham , Alabama.
 
We will be discussing issues that affect

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the lives of those incarcerated in the Alabama Department of Corrections and devising solutions to the problems that we are experiencing with mass incarceration.  Topics of discussion will include:

1) Developing plans for a mass release and improved conditions of confinement that will be coordinated through class-civil litigation, calls for intervention by the US Dept of Justice, the United Nation, and other affiliate organizations, including the National Movement Against Mass Incarceration and PrisonSlavery, The Ordinary Peoples Society, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, and others;

2) Overhauling Alabama’s Parole Board to include demands for an “automatic”  parole eligibilty criteria;

3) Revising Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender Act and abolishing sentences of LWOP and the death penalty; solitary confinement; mental health treatments and release of the mentally ill; protecting the rights of women; expansion of rights to children who have a patent incarcerated ;

4) Changing laws that allow for children to be prosecuted as adults and substantially amending Alabama’s First Offender and Youthful Offender laws;

5)  Promoting Free Alabama Movement’s “FREEDOM BILL”  for Education, Rehabilitation, and Re-Entry Preparadness;

6) Ending free labor and other economic exploitations in Alabama prisons;

and more.

  Please contact:

freealabamamovement@Gmail.com, mothersandfamilies3@Gmail.com, or call 256-203-4371.

Free food and refreshments, and limited free transportation will be available.

Free Alabama Movement talks on Democracy Now about the deplorable state of Alabama’s overcrowded prisons

Photo from Democracy Now show of May 13 2016

Still from Democracy Now show of May 13 2016

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Kinetik Justice, a prison strike organizer and co-founder of the Free Alabama Movement, spoke with Democracy Now! from solitary confinement at Holman Correctional Facility: “These strikes are our methods of challenging mass incarceration, as we understand the prison system is a continuation of the slave system.”

This interview was conducted on DemocracyNow on May 13th, 2016. You can also listen to, see, read the interview with Kinetic Justice via this link.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT calls for federal investigation into allegations of Human Rights violations at Holman Prison

After receiving numerous phone calls from family members and photographs from conditions inside Holman prison, FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT and other representatives are calling for federal authorities and Human Rights attorneys to investigate allegations of Human Rights violations taking place at Holman to punish peaceful protests.

Reports indicate that officers are leaving dorms in filth, not taking out trash, leaving showers and soiled laundry unclean, in efforts to punish peaceful demonstrations.

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  The men in Holman prison also allege that officers are violating their Human Rights by serving inadequate meals and attempting to use starvation tactics in violation of Federal and International law and treatise against Torture through food.

Basic nutritional calories and food portions are not being met.

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The men confined at Holman prison are asking supporters to contact the Human Rights Watch, all media, and Human Rights attorneys and request that they come to the prison and begin taking complaints. Living conditions include leaky ceiling with Black mole and other harmful conditions in the showers that are causing infections.

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Showers filled with mole and bacteria.

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Tarps being used to contain leaks in roof.

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Freealabamamovement@gmail.com

  Contact info:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Toll Free Call Center: 1-877-696-6775

Center For Disease Control and Prevention
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636),TTY: 888-232-6348

Alabama Department of Public Health  |  Montgomery, AL  |  1-800-252-1818  |

Mass Warehousing

Today, May 3, 2016, there sits over 2.5 million people in the prisons, jails, and immigration detention facilities throughout u.s.a.

In one form of another, most of us are “subjects” to a government program called mass incarceration. The people who have been the targets and victims of this program are mostly poor, black and brown, but also include every nationality and race in u.s.a.

Some are collateral consequences, while others are mentally ill. The thing that all have in common is that we are being oppressed by our own government for the service of a for-profit business model that has taken over America’s prisons.

For addicts, there is no rehabilitation. For the mentally ill, there are no services. For those who committed “crimes”, there is no educational or job training. There is only a profit motive for ALL. There is no doubt that there are also many innocent, overcharged, self-rehabilitated, and simply underserving people still trapped with no way out.

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MAY DAY MAY DAY. ..

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WE, the Prisoners of Alabama Department of Corrections, as a collective reach out to Rev. Kenneth Glasgow, Founder of The Ordinary People Society, Prodigal Child Project and Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People Families Movement asking that Rev. Glasgow mediate and speak on our behalf, in making the following statement to the Legislators of the state of Alabama.

At 12:01 May 1, 2016 We, Alabama Prisoners will begin a Peaceful and Nonviolent Protest for Our Human Rights in the form of a Work Stoppage. This is in fact a means to Peacefully Petition the Alabama Government for Redress of Grievances as We have suffered under Cruel and Inhumane Conditions over the past two decades.

Let us be clear,  this is not just about the Deplorable Conditions of Confinement,  but more so about the 13th Amendment,  the Alabama Constitution of 1901 and the Statutory Laws discriminatoryly enacted from both. The laws that created and maintains the denial of our Human Rights and perpetuation of our Economical Exploitation.

From Wrongful Convictions,  Exceedingly Excessive and Mandatory LWOP sentences, Alabama’s prisons are literally Warehouses of Men stacked on top of one another, and due to an Arbitrary and Biased Parole Board System, thousands of Men eligible to be released are stopped up in a broken and dangerous system.

*It has been stated and acknowledged that there are over 3, 000 people that are eligible to be released.  However,  due to budgetary concerns (parole and probation officers, supervision,  etc) they remain trapped in an excessively overcrowded system;  exposed to unnecessary threat to their  safety and well being. To address this issue would contribute greatly to relieving the pressure of prison overcrowding.

A lot of the pressure could be released by  Revising and Modifying the Laws and Policies that Created and Perpetuates these Cruel and Inhumane Conditions; not by building bigger more expensive prisons.

*Over 8000 people are serving enhanced mandatory sentences under Alabama’s Habitual Offenders Statute. More than 2000 are serving Mandatory LWOP sentence, some for petty theft cases.
To Repeal the Habitual Offenders Statute would create the opportunity for over 8000 people to be eligible to return to their families and communities after decades due to the application of the Habitual Offenders Statute while reducing the inhumane and dangerous overcrowding which contributes to the spread of diseases and increases the level of violence.  Overall it would contribute to a more sanitary and humane living environment.

*From exposure through exonerations it is clear that the Prosecutors of the State of Alabama are more concerned with convictions than truth and innocence.  Most of the attention has been focused on the Wrongful Convictions of those sentenced to Death. As a result a demand for oversight was  expressed in Senate Bill 237. However, through political maneuvering this Bill was tailored to only apply to those sentenced to death.

We assert that The Alabama Innocence Inquiry Commission created by Senate Bill 237 shall apply to all Wrongfully Convicted prisoners not just Death Penalty cases. To be Wrongfully Convicted is to be Wrongfully Convicted no matter the sentence. No innocent person should suffer the loss of his freedom unjustly and remain confined due to procedural limitations or judicial misconduct. Therefore, this Bill shall apply to all prisoners with credible claims of innocence, as this is what justice requires.

*Earlier this year,  the U.S. Supreme rightly declared that mandatory Life without Parole sentences for juveniles was unconstitutional.  It is time that Alabama go a step further and abolish mandatory Life without Parole sentences for First Time Offenders,  many who were barely beyond the juvenile age limit.
This would make hundreds of prisoners eligible to earn their freedom after being provided Education,  Rehabilitation and ReEntry Preparedness.  Thus also relieving some of the pressure and strain created by the excessive overcrowding.

*We further state that the A.D.O.C’s Economical policies and practices of compelling Incarcerated Citizens to provide labor with no compensation, while imposing various fines and fees upon them, is hyper-exploitative, unjust and amounts to PRISON SLAVERY.—–It is discriminatory and exploitative to force Incarcerated people to work while prohibiting them from being compensated; yet imposing arbitrary fines and fees upon them. To work is an essential part of rehabilitation and learning to be responsible for self, as from the compensation one is able to provide for their needs and ease the financial burden on their  families. Therefore, A.D.O.C’s Economical policy of Free Labor is counterproductive to rehabilitation and is exploitative and demeaning. Therefore, a more equitable Economic Policy shall be established between Alabama Prisoners and the ADOC.

*The Alabama Parole Board is arbitrary and biased therefore it must be overhauled to establish a criteria for those eligible for Parole.
The members of the Alabama parole board are receiving these appointments with an agenda that says that rewards them with long-term employment and other incentives to deny parole. These members refuse to set criteria for parole eligibility because this would make parole mandatory, instead of discretionary, for those who qualify.

In theory, the 13th Amendment put an end to and forever abolished slavery, at least that is what we’ve been taught in schools. However, in actual practice, the 13th Amendment merely changed the name, method and rationale for keeping African Americans in a state of perpetual servitude. As the 13th Amendment explicitly permits ” Involuntary Servitude”– an euphemism for Slavery– as punishment for “duly convicted criminals.”

In direct response to this Constitutional mandate, the Alabama Judicial System was structured to keep white land owners in a position of power and Africans in their place– Servitude. In fact, the State of Alabama used the 13th Amendment as their foundation in drafting the *ALABAMA CONSTITUTION OF 1901. As the Alabama Legislature used their authority to set up court systems, appointed only white people as Judges and District Attorneys, pre arranged elections for those positions that had to be voted on, then expanded the criminal code as its effective means of carrying out their objective. By their own admission, the State of Alabama’s sole purpose in drafting the Constitution of 1901 was to establish “White Supremacy”- by law. As the delegates to the all-white Constitutional Convention, were not secretive about their purpose and aims. In the opening address, President of the Convention, John B. Knox stated:
“And what is it that we want to do? Why is it within the limits imposed by the federal constitution to establish white supremacy in this state.” … “but if we would have white supremacy, we must establish it by law…”

In keeping with the sentiments of John B. Knox, the State of Alabama has used the Constitution of 1901 to construct a solid foundation, in which to discriminate from.
Even to this day, Alabama openly applies its laws discriminately, first –based upon race, then upon financial status.

Alabama’s “good old boy”-style of justice is maintained and perpetuated by police officers “overreaching”, district attorney’s ” overcharging” and judges “over sentencing.” All of this is made possible by the Alabama Constitution of 1901 and the Alabama Legislature, as it is the Alabama Legislature that enact these laws that specifically target young African-American males, particularly and African-Americans in general.

*One glaring example, is the racially motivated amending of the Capital Murder statute to include Section 16, 17 and 18- or commonly called the “drive-by shooting laws”. According to the Alabama Legislature, in the early 1990’s there was a massive public outcry against”gangs”, so in 1992 the Legislature passed Act 92-601; which made a murder committed by the use of a deadly weapon fired from or into a vehicle, a Capital Offense–punishable by death or life without parole. Act 92-601 became codified in Title 13A-5-40(a)(16),(17) and (18). From a plain reading of the statute, in order to be charged and found guilty of the Capital Offense, all that’s required is that the shooter or victim be in a vehicle or house at the time of the murder. Prior to this amendment, all Capital Offenses required an aggravating circumstance in order to elevate the murder to a death penalty offense. However, the “drive-by shooting laws” are simply based upon location of the shooter or victim.

In March of 2006, Representatives Marcel Black and John Robinson authored a Bill and presented it to the House of Representatives, which addressed the application of subdivisions 16, 17 and 18 of Title 13A-5-40, I.e., the Capital Murder statute. In session it was stated:
“Whereas, the legislature is aware of the case of State of Alabama v. Fondren (Calhoun County CC 02-600) in which Fondren was convicted of Capital Murder for violating Section 14A-5-40(a)(18)…”

HJR 575
On March 28, 2006, this Bill was adopted by the House of Representatives. On April 17, 2006, this Bill Was adopted and signed by the Senate. Upon both Houses adopting this Bill, it became House Joint Resolution 575. In accordance with the procedure for passing a Bill into Law, the House Joint Resolution was delivered to the Governor. On April 27, 2006 at 1:09 p.m. Governor Bob Riley signed the Bill.
It became Act No. 2006-642, which stated in pertinent part: ” … in passing Act 92-601, it was the intent of the legislature in adding sub division (18) to address”drive-by shooting”, that is murder committed through the use of a deadly weapon …used within or from a vehicle which murders were gang related or intended to incite public terror or alarm.”
In HJR 575 (Act No. 2006-642) the legislature recognized that Section 13A-5-40(a)(17),(18) has been misinterpreted by prosecutors and courts to apply to any murder committed by or through the use of a deadly weapon, fired or otherwise used within or from a vehicle, even if it was not gang related.
Being that this interpretation was contrary to the legislature’s intent, the Legislature urged the Attorney General and District Attorneys to charge only those individuals who commit murder by or through the use of a deadly weapon fired or otherwise within or from a vehicle, when the vehicle was involved in the shooting or that the shooting was gang related. This clarification by the legislature should have changed the sentences for countless individuals serving Life Without Parole behind the prosecutors and judges misapplication of the law.
Therefore,  the Legislature shall amend the “drive-by shooting” statutes, so that the plain language of the statute will effectuate the legislature’s intent as expressed in House Joint Resolution 575(Act No. 2006-642). And to make such Amendment Retroactive.
*The A.D.O.C’s policy and practice of not affording those Incarcerated with meaningful Educational and Rehabilitation opportunities falls below the standards of human decency, as it perpetuates ignorance and exploitation. It has been empirically proven that the lack of Education is a primary driver for incarceration, therefore, Rehabilitation has to include a meaningful opportunity for Education programs.
More specifically,  we want the EDUCATION,  REHABILITATION AND REENTRY PREPAREDNESS BILL IMPLEMENTED THROUGHOUT THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
(hyperlink freealabamamovement for copy of FREEDOM BILL)

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ANOTHER DAY OF VIOLENCE AT HOLMAN

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On April 27, 2016 the realities of Overcrowding continues to translate into violence. As yet again, 2 Officers were assaulted in the Segregation Unit in 2 separate incidents.
Due to such a shortage of Staff and surplus of prisoners, Officers result to being over aggressive in order to emphasize their control, which in turn causes an influx of violent altercations between the two.

Since the Riots of March 11th & 14th, where an Officer and the Warden were assaulted, a Lt and 3 CO’s have been assaulted in the Segregation Unit alone as prisoners fight back against the repressive treatment.

How long will the ADOC allow this Overcrowding and associated violence continue before they realize that the money is not worth the cost of keeping so many people incarcerated in its dilapidated system?

Once again, the ADOC CERT TEAM is expected to arrive at Holman Correctional Facility to reassert control and instill fear as a means of addressing the deteriorating conditions.
After 4 attempts in the past 45 days, seems like it would be clear that this is not the most effective method.

As until Overcrowding is properly addressed the violence will persist.

“INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER” PRISON SLAVERY MUST END

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PEACE AND POWER!

In 7 days- Saturday night @ 12:01 May 1st- We will begin the process using our Economic Power to Peacefully bring about a true and transparent reform to the Alabama Judicial and Penal System. MAY DAY MAY DAY is not just about the Conditions of Confinement. This is more so about the cause of those Conditions – THE13th AMENDMENT, THE ALABAMA CONSTITUTION OF 1901 and the STATUTORY LAWS that have been created from both – Laws that drive and maintains this Mass Warehousing of men and women for extended periods of time in the name of profits.

All that is required of each of us is to STAND AND SPEAK AS ONE- With the Economic Voice of “WE WILL NO LONGER VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATE IN THIS SLAVE SYSTEM WHERE ECONOMICS ARE PLACED OVER OUR HUMANITY. All is required is for INDUSTRY WORKERS, KITCHEN WORKERS, & HALL RUNNERS TO SIT DOWN. SIT DOWN and instead of saving and making the ADOC money, force them to pay to operate their Prisons. This will greatly diminish their incentives to Warehouse thousands of us for decades with no true efforts at Rehabilitation. There is no need for us to say a word, as everything is in writing- and there are people in place to communicate on our behalf to the people who have the power to make the changes.

For Ourselves, For Our Brothers/Sisters and For Our Families – WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS A COLLECTIVE AND SHUT DOWN THIS ECONOMIC SYSTEM. MAY 1ST @ 12:01 CHANGE BEGINS.

INCARCERATED LIVES MATTER

MAY DAY. MAY DAY !!! TIME TO SHUTDOWN

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“As incarceration rates increase, parole has become a critical mechanism for controlling Alabama’s bulging prison population. In the early 1990s, a significant portion of Alabama’s prisoners were paroled, but in the past two decades parole grants plummeted even as prison overcrowding reached crisis proportions.The Attorney General’s Office opposes nearly all parole grants and has even pressured Parole Board members into rescinding parole determinations.” – EJI

This is why we must DEMAND that Alabama overhaul its Parole Process by creating a criteria for those incarcerated and once that criteria is met Parole is MANDATORY rather than based on the feelings of a Board that doesn’t even know the people being considered.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

SLAVERY AND SLAVE-LIKE PRACTICES

Slavery and slave like practices must end in Alabama. When people who work for free are still charged a medical co-pay, charged to use the phone, charged court costs and filing fees to challenge their convictions, and continue to accruechild support arrears, all while working 12-14 hours for free, then something isn’t right. Especially when their labor is generating billions of dollars in goods and services, all of which is flowing to Montgomery, Alabama, and unaccounted for. These industries must STOP $$$Its time to FREE ALABAMA.

Word Of The Devils Plans

I was talking to my investigator last week. He said they had just left a seminar were they were pitching ideas about the building of the New prisons to the State. He said the one thing that they all were in agreement on was this: The LWOP and Death row will have their own part of the prison. They will not have any jobs other than waiting to die bro. He said they will have levels 2,3,4,  there so they will be the only ones with all the job in and outside the prison. Not even a kitchen job for LWOP, hall runners job, or Nothing. All these old niggas that have this industry job bro can’t even work at this New shit there trying to build. He said LWOP an Death row will dam near be the same other then we get more time out just where they have us housed. He said other then our outside time, we lock down. He said in other words they are  building a Nice clean prison for u to die in. He said there building y’all a Billion Dollar Casket. He words not mines. Smfh. b
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RECOMMENDED READING LIST

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT, by Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun (sn Melvin Ray) (download for free from our website www.freealabamamovement.com)

Dark Alliance, by Gary Webb

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

Slavery By Another Name, by Douglas Blackmon

Worse Than Slavery, by David M. Oshinsky

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, by Manning Marable

An Updated History of The New African Prison Struggle, by Sundiata Acoli

Liberation or Gangsterism, by Russell “Maroon” Shoats

Prison Profiteers, by Prison Legal News and Paul Wright

Wages Of Rebellion, (and articles) by Chris Hedges

Black Labor, White Wealth, by Claude Anderson

We Will Shoot Back, by Akinyele Omowale Umoja

Last Man Standing, by Geronimo ji jiga Pratt

Ready For Revolution, by Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)

Black Revolution,  by Lorenzo Kom’boa Irvin

The Institutionalization of Society, by Ivan Kilgore

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time, by James Kilgore, Research Scholar Center for African Studies University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign

Newspapers:

San Francisco Bay View

The Five Percenter newspaper, by Nation of Gods and Earths

Prison Legal News

Burning Spear

The Birmingham News

Final Call

IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE – A new Educational Curriculum is what we can build

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The vast majority of people that are charged with a crime have no knowledge of the law or the court procedures,  therefore they are appointed an attorney- paid for by the same people seeking to convict you.  In most instances,  these court appointed attorneys are given a flat rate payment,  have a case load of paying clients and no incentive to fight for their court appointed clients.  In fact they persuade most clients to plead guilty regardless of the evidence.

However,  that is not the worst part, as once a person is convicted and sent to prison, they have absolutely no counsel.  You become your own attorney and you are expected to know the law,  court procedures,  time limitations and the protocol for writing legal documents.
It is documented that a person’s lack of knowledge and skills in Court Proceedings is no excuse.

It’s odd that these people really expect a common person to know and understand the law when it takes lawyers, judges, district attorneys, and etc. 6 to 8 years of school to learn the basics of the law. As, even after they complete school many still don’t know enough to be successful in their practice- it takes experience in the court room to actually be competent enough to be labeled successful at it.

So how in the Hell can it logically be expected of everyday Men, Women and Children – many without a high school education – know what it takes to win in a court room?
By the time he/she learns enough to defend themself and understand the level of comprehension it takes to be successful in most cases,  it’s too late due to deadlines to file a proper petition.

A lawyer is supposedly appointed to represent you in order to defend or protect your rights but really they are appointed to keep you in the blind to the evil plot the judicial system is laying out against you and your life. I speak from first hand observations and experience,  as I’m a living witness to how it works.

The actions or lack of proper actions by my -and thousands of others- Court Appointed Attorney contributed to my Wrongful Conviction. Then continued improper actions lead to myself-and thousands of others- being Procedurally Barred from adequate Appellate Reviews.
This is a sad and tragic reality for far to many people- Tricked into a Slave System then expected to know how to correct it, in a set limit of time.

It’s a Set-up …by design and scheme. …

We can sit back and allow it to continue or We can Organize then create OUTREACH STREET LAW / LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMS in our Communities. With an Educational Curriculum that teaches Our Children the laws and procedures before they come into contact with the Legal System-As statistics verify that millions of them will in their lifetime.

A Curriculum that informs and teaches about:

1. History of the US Constitution

2. What is the Law?

a. United State Code Service

b. Code of 1975

c. Procedural Law

3. Rules of Court:

a. Criminal Procedures

b. Evidence

c. Appellate Procedure

d. Post Conviction Procedure

e. Civil Procedures

4. Habeas Corpus/ 2254 U.S.C.S Petition

5. Certificate of Appealability (COA )

6. Writ of Certiorari/ US SUPREME COURT

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This is just a suggested curriculum,  based on HALIFAX COUNTY (Where I learned and observed the results). If you choose to accept or follow this curriculum or not– we NEED Men and Women, in our Community, with the knowledge and skills to create some kind of programs that counter the IGNORANCE OF THE LAW Set Up.

KNOWLEDGE is the only remedy to this Systems IGNORANCE OF THE LAW. .IS NO EXCUSE sickness.

CHANGE LAWS AND POLICIES – NOT BUILD BIGGER PRISONS

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT AVERS…

The ADOC’s practice of Housing men and women in a system that is over 190% its designed capacity is a willful disregard for the health, safety and security of over 25,000 Incarcerated Citizens. This practice is a violation of Humane and Constitutional standards. —– To properly reduce Overcrowding down to Constitutional standards would afford thousands of Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters an opportunity to rebuild their lives. And for those still in the prison system, it would reduce the congestion inside the dormitories, reduce the level of violence and spread of diseases. Overall it would contribute to a more sanitary and humane living environment.

The ADOC’s Economical policies and practices of compelling Incarcerated Citizens to provide labor with no compensation, while imposing various fines and fees upon them, is hyper-exploitative, unjust and amounts to prison slavery.—–It is discriminatory and exploitative to force Incarcerated people to work while prohibiting them from being compensated; yet imposing arbitrary fines and fees upon them. To work is an essential part of rehabilitation and learning to be responsible for self, as from the compensation one is able to provide for their needs. Therefore, ADOC’s Economical policy of Free Labor is counter productive to rehabilitation and is exploitative and demeaning.

The ADOC’s policy and practice of not affording those Incarcerated with meaningful Educational and Rehabilitation opportunities falls below the standards of human decency, as it perpetuates ignorance and exploitation. It has been empirically proven that the lack of Education is a primary driver for incarceration, therefore, Rehabilitation has to include a meaningful opportunity for Education programs.

WARDEN CARTER DAVENPORT MUST GO !!

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No !!! We are not going anywhere!  No, we are not backing down ! No, we will not retreat !  On May 7. 2016, Mothers and Families, Inc., will be returning to Holman prison again in Atmore, Al to DEMAND THE RESIGNATION OR FIRING OF WARDEN CARTER DAVENPORT! !!

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From the sexual violence and rapes at Tutwilet prison, to the violence and deaths at St. Clair, now to riots and suicides at Holman, as public citizens we no longer consent to his authority to govern. Therefore, we will be returning to Holman prison and we will continue to return all FREEDOM SUMMER long, until Warden Carter Davenport is gone.

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WE DECLARE WAR

WE DECLARE WAR !!!

When the trans-Atlantic slave trade began, Europe and her partners in crime declared war on Africa. When the Southern Confederacy ceded from the North, they declared a civil war to maintain the institution of slavery. After the Civil War, the 13th Amendment was ratified to maintain the institution of slavery under the control of the government.  In other works, the institution of slavery was never abolished, instead, it was Nationalized and turned into an institution that would be controlled by the State,  Federal and local governments.

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Under the 13th Amendment, the criminal justice system and the courtroom would become the auction block. “Neither slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime  whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. . . ” Since that time, it has been the jails and prison systems that have served the functions of running the enterprise and institution of slavery in America. And, the complexity of the slave has not change: Black, Brown, and poor. The practice has not changed: free labor that exploits the oppressed and enriches the rulers of the system.

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In 1878, just 13 years after ratification of the 13th Amendment,  over 73% of the entire Alabama state budget was generated from prison labor and convict leasing. Now, in 2016, over 1.5 billion dollars per year is generated from Alabama prison labor in ACID industries,  work release deductions ( up to 60% of wages can be taken), medical co-pays, filing fees, usury prices and kickback contracts from canteen, phone calls and more.

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As fate would have it, the same Southern states that declared war on the North to preserve the institution of slavery in 1861, are now the same States that lead the Nation and world in incarceration rates. They have done this by declaring war on crime, war on poverty, war of this and war on that. Their last war is the “war on drugs.”

Well, it is time that the victims and intended targets of this war (the name of the war changes but the game hasn’t)  — it is time that we declare war on mass incarceration, we declare war on prison slavery, and we declare war on the 13th Amendment.

Governor Bentley has recently proposed the construction of a new 1.5 billion (not 800 million) slave plantation. We must not sit by and accept this new above ground work-till-death camp and cemetary that will be used to continue to fund a government for the elite and rich, who choose to continue the institution and enterprise of Slavery in Alabama.

WE DECLARE WAR. !!!

Why Should Alabama Tax Payers spend 800 million dollars for more of this?

‎WHY ALABAMA’S HABITUAL OFFENDERS LAW SHOULD BE REPEALED

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Willie Simmons

In the spring of 1982, 22 year old Willie Simmons hadn’t been out of prison long and still hadn’t found a job. Bills had to be paid and Willie needed money. In this state of mind Willie saw a man standing in his yard as he walked down Daleville Avenue. Desperate, Willie accosted the man and after a brief conversation, Willie wrestled the man to the ground then took his wallet escaping with $9.

Willie was ultimately arrested and charged with Robbery 1st degree. Once Willie was convicted for taking the wallet, due to having 3 prior Theft convictions, Willie was sentenced to a Mandatory Life without Parole Sentence under Alabama’s newly enacted Habitual Offenders Statute. Thirty four (34 !!!!) years later, Willie Simmons is still languishing away in Alabama’s Department of Corrections.

Unconstitutional conditions at Staton Corr. Facility

Something has got to be done. This place is a war zone. We have been under quarantine for months for a TB outbreak and being no one can come or go it has been crazy.

The children that they have here are daily robbing and fighting, and because there is no segregation unit here the administration are being forced to use makeshift areas to house the trouble makers: the barber shop the law library class rooms etc.

Yesterday there was a fight and they put the two inmates back in the same dorm which led to more problems. Then there’s the heat: it’s so hot in these small overcrowded dorms with only two showers for 68 inmates. There are no screens in the windows, so not only do we have to deal with the heat but the flies and other insects as well.

The kitchen is the worst I’ve seen: no ventilation when we go in to eat. It’s so hot it makes you sick to try to eat and then there’s the flies and nats and dirty tables something has got to be done.

The Warden here should have been fired years ago he don’t care. You have officers here that are just as dangerous but I’m glad they are because if they wasn’t this place would have long ago exploded with uncontrollable violence.

I have been gone for almost 29 years and with what I see here it scares me to know that in society you all are having to deal with these mentalities of youths with guns. I saw my classification specialist today and I had already been told that she don’t do nothing. Well because I am a voice that’s not afraid to speak out I was told that I wouldn’t be put back in for my custody and transfer I Until October, yet others are told 90 days for me it’s 6 months.

I was suppose to go to court on August 3 on the actions of Childetsburg CC but due to the quarantine being extended that will be postponed. I was just informed that they have an inmate housed in the backwater shake down area somebody needs to do something!

DASTORY TELLER7

Note: Staton CF is at 2690 Marion Spillway Road, Elmore , AL 36025

Harriet Tubman on Freedom: An Offer You Couldn’t Refuse

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“If he was weak enough to give out, he’d be weak enough to betray us all, and all who had helped us; and do you think I’d let so many die just for one coward man.” – Harriet Tubman

Ausur Heru‎:

The Youth Summi

Take heed Freedom Fighters

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun:

She uses the masculine pronoun twice: “he’d” and “man.”

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun:

Three times…

Ausur Heru:

She didn’t stutter

Ausur Heru:

We must stay mindful that the majority of the cruelty, the training, the stripping of humanity, emasculating and the psychological terror was directed at the Black Man. He was and is severely damaged. The denial of this reality and the false bravado many use to cover it up, are 2 of the core reasons we can’t heal then re build ourselves.

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun:

That needs to be a segment on the show

Same Ol’ Song: Alabama Prisons Refuse to Change

“It’s Time for a New Beginning.” proclaims a campaign billboard for Alabama’s new governor-elect, Fob James. With Wallace gone and anyone new coming in, many Alabamans have responded to that slogan with a new sense of hope for their state.

Yet only 15 minutes from that billboard, a few miles from the 1-65 interstate in southern Alabama, stands a grim reminder that the old Alabama is institutionalized in too many concrete forms to be transformed with one campaign slogan.

Stretching for hundreds of acres in Escambia County is a vast plantation owned by the state. There are no stately mansions with white columns and verandas. There are, however, slave laborers. But the slave gangs, while mostly Black, are integrated. In the foggy dawn light they doubletime out to vegetable and cane fields, where they labor from “can-see to can’t-see” under the watchful eyes of shotgun-toting guards on horseback. If a slave should run, haying hounds will chase him down, and whether he returns dead or alive depends on the whim of his captor.

Some historians claim that Escambia County, Alabama, was the last county in the Confederacy to free its slaves. But it is now 1979, and “slave labor” administered by the state Department of Corrections is still the dominant form of labor relations in Escambia County, Alabama.

The name of the “slave quarters” was changed to G.K Fountain Correctional Center when the citizens of nearby Atmore demanded in 1974 that the name be changed to disassociate their town from the notorious Atmore prison. It was Atmore prison that Heywood Patterson in his autobiographical Scottsboro Boydescribed as “The Southernmost part of Hell.” Many say it still is, despite the name change.

Across the highway is the newer, but no more humane, maximum security Holman state prison. Deep in the rear corner of Holman prison is a chair. It was brought there from the old Kilby prison near Montgomery. With a new coat of yellow paint, it resembles that new plastic furniture with the modern square look. But it’s different – it kills people. Its last victim was a woman in 1965.

In the cells adjacent to that chair are 42 prisoners, all on death row, all scheduled to die by that faceless yellow executioner.

How one of Alabama’s death row inmates got there is a story which, in itself, raises serious questions about the competence of the Alabama judicial system to impose such

Johnny ‘Imani’ Harris

The facts in the case of Johnny ‘Imani’ Harris are unique in some respects. But in several others his case reveals fundamental flaws in the judicial and corrections systems of Alabama; flaws that any serious “new beginning” in Alabama must correct as its first order of business.

Johnny ‘Imani’ Harris is a 33-year-old Black man who is on Alabama’s death row after a chain of judicial atrocities. He was convicted in February 1975 of first degree murder for participating in a protest in which an Atmore prison guard died. The guard was killed during the violent suppression of the prisoners’ protest in Atmore’s segregation unit on January 18, 1974.

The state did not prove that the inmate, Johnny Harris, killed Luell Barrow, the guard who died. At a July 1975 pre-trial hearing. Assistant Attorney General George Van Tassel stated, “It is not our position that this defendant (Johnny Harris) was actually holding the knife or anything else. We don’t contend that this defendant stabbed the guard.”

It was merely for his alleged participation in protesting conditions later described by Federal Judge Frank M. Johnson as “barbaric, cruel and unusual” and “unconstitutional” that Johnny Harris was sentenced to death.

William Baxley, then Attorney General of Alabama, personally prosecuted Johnny Harris. Apparently aware that he had not proved Harris’ supposed connection to the. death of the guard, Baxley told thejury, “If you don’t want to believe that this defendant is guilty on circumstantial

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evidence, then put it out of your mind and look at the la on aiding and abetting. If you are convinced that any of these people (other prisoners) committed first-degree murder,” Baxley reasoned for the jury, “then Harris is guilty as well.”

The all-White, male Baldwin county jury from which Basley had systematically struck the few Blacks and women in the prospective jury pool, returned a verdict of first-degree murder.

Baxley’s dramatic prosecution of Harris may have been a bid for white “law ‘n’ order” votes in the anticipated governor’s race. But his reenactment of the death sentence brought a memory of horror to many Black Alabamans. To them the death sentence translates into legal lynching as in the case of the “Scottsboro Boys” and many others who were not saved. A definite pattern of racial discrimination in applying the death sentence was documented by Bill Bowers, a nationally recognized expert on capital punishment, at a recent appeal hearing for Johnny Harris. He testified that between 1927 and 1965, 82 percent of all executions in Alabama were of Black people. Bowers also testified that the death sentence is far more likely to be imposed if the victim is White and the defendant Black than if the situation is reversed. In fact there is no White on death row in Alabama for the murder of a Black victim.

Yet, Baxley appealed to Harris’ White jury that, “If we can apply it (the death sentence) here, it will be a start toward bringing it back.” A local NAACP official said, “After seeing Baxley send this young man to the chair I don’t see how Black people could ever vote for him again.”

Baxley dug up an 1862 law used only seven times in Alabama’s history to use against Johnny Harris. The civil war era law mandates an automatic death sentence for anyone convicted of first degree murder while serving a life sentence.

The law assumes that the life sentence itself was received fairly, with all the constitutional protections of due process and effective assistance of counsel. In many cases, particularly those involving Black and poor defendants, that may not be a safe assumption, as we shall see in the case of Johnny Harris.

Railroaded For Desegregation?

In 1970, Johnny Harris moved with his family into an all-White neighborhood in Birmingham. They were met with garbage on their doorsteps, paint and acid on their car, and Ku Klux Klan literature slipped under their doors. The Klan activity in the neighborhood was so strong that members of the Black community on the other side of Border Street, which divides the Black and White areas, were forced to form a protective association.

The Harris family refused to he intimidated. But according to an investigator for the Harris defense team, “This is where the police came in.”

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There were five Birmingham police officers living on the same street as the Harris family. Gary Thomas Rowe, a former FBI informant, testified to a Senate Committee in 1975 that the Birmingham police department worked closely with the Klan in resisting integration. The arrest of Johnny Harris could well have been a result of that close cooperation.

One of the senior arresting officers in the case was Lt. Cook, who, according to Rowe’s Senate testimony, made the arrangements with the Klan for the police to look the other way for 15 minutes while Freedom Riders were beaten severely on May 14, 1961, in the Birmingham Trailways Terminal.

On August 19, 1970, Johnny Harris was arrested on his way to work. According to Harris, his picture was taken, he was forced into a line-up (after his accuser may have been shown his photo), and then he was told that if he didn’t confess to a robbery and a rape charge more cases would be put on him.

The alleged rape victim was a young White teenager with relatives on the police force. Harris was eventually charged with four robberies – of $11, $67, $90, and $205 – and the supposed rape.

Harris gave one of his court-appointed lawyers a list of alibi witnesses who were with him in bars on the other side of town when the crimes were supposed to have occurred. But the witnesses, including bartenders who supported his alibi, were never subpoenaed to appear in court.

The attorney appointed to represent Harris on the rape charge, Louis School, according to jail records, never once visited Harris before his trial date. And he didn’t bother to investigate the alleged rape victim’s medical report.

According to their own testimony in a hearing last April that challenged the five life sentences, Harris’ appointed lawyers waived a preliminary hearing, made no motion I’m hail, failed to question the line-up procedure, neither interviewed the supposed rape victim nor looked at a medical report on the alleged rape, never questioned Harris’ illegal arrest or the warrantless search of his house, made no pretrial motions, and filed no challenge to a jury pool in ss hich Blacks were greatly underrepresented. At the recent hearing, one attorney, School, produced his file folder on the Harris case, with only seven pages of notes in it. In other words, his attorneys prepared no defense at all. And in 1970, Harris could have received the death sentence for a conviction on any of the five charges.

Testifying on his own behalf on those charges for the first time in eight years, Harris explained at the recent

representation, particularly in capital felony cases.

The decision of the lower court was upheld by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and is now on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.

In Prison – A Struggle For Survival

The rest of Johnny Harris’ story is bound up with the desperate lives of thousands of Alabama’s prison inmates.

Faced with inhuman conditions, Alabama’s prisoners took that action which Frederick Douglas said separated the slave from a beast of burden – they rebelled.

In 1972, the prisoners, tired of ignored petitions to the public and the courts, staged a 100 percent effective workstoppage. While sugar cane rotted in the fields, the administration tried to defeat the strike with every tool at their disposal.

They threatened mass punishment with guns pointed at the prisoners sitting down in the yard. The prisoners held firm. They tried to divide the White prisoners from the Black – the prisoners remained unified. Finally, they beat, transferred and isolated over 300 prisoners, hoping to disperse the “ringleaders.”

The partially successful strike ended from a combination of repression and promised reforms. But the administration swore to destroy the prisoners’ organization, the Inmates for Action (I FA). All of the officers of the I FA were placed in Atmore’s segregation unit.

Johnny Harris, like many other prisoners, protested the conditions. In 1973 he was charged with attempted escape and placed in the segregation unit. Here he took the name Imani, which means Faith.

Even in the dark recesses of Atmore’s segregation unit, the IFA continued to conduct meetings by shouting down the hall from cell to cell. They conducted daily classes in reading and writing, political education, history, and legal and physical survival in a “lecture hail” of cells where, as Imani later write, their classmates were “familiar to them only by voice, not by sight.”

On January 18, 1974, guards entered the segregation unit with bloody uniforms, after beating an IFA member at Holman Prison across the street. According to prisoners, they said, “We ought to kill these revolutionary niggers, the way we killed Clanzy,” as they started to reach for bats and ax-handles.

Fearing that an attack was imminent, two prisoners who were out of their cells grabbed two guards hostage and freed the other prisoners from their cells within the segregation unit.

When the warden arrived he was informed by IFA Chairman George “Chagina” Dobbins that the prisoners’ sole demand was to see certain named members of the press, clergy, legislature, and prison administration in order to expose the beatings and conditions to the public.

The warden, Marion Harding, according to prisoner witnesses, told Chagina, “You’re a walking dead man.” Harding, a few minutes later, led a shooting attack by prison guards on the prisoners. The warden ordered one of the guards to shoot Chagina Dobbins. Dobbins was incapacitated by the ensuing shotgun blast of birdshot in the side.

Harold E. Martin, editor and publisher of The Advertiser Montgomeryand Alabama Journal, investigated the incident immediately. On February 15. 1974. he wrote in The Advertiser:

The Board of Corrections released a statement from a “fact-finding board” that Dobbins was killed by gunshot during the riot.

But State Toxicologist Nelson Gruhhs. who viewed Dobbins’ body at Mobile General Hospital, said that Dobbins died from nine stab sounds in his head caused by a heavy.sharp instrument wielded with enough force to penetrate the frontal bone in to places.

Who stabbed Dohbins and when is a mystery!

That “mystery” never resulted in any criminal indictments b the state of Alabama. even though Dobbins was apparently murdered after being shot and while in the custody of state officials.

One of the prisoners charged with the killing of the guard-hostage was Frank X. Moore. Moore was released from prison shortly after the incident, but was re-arrested at the gate on the murder charge and held on an impossible S250,000 bail in Escambia County Jail. While awaiting trial. Frank X. Moore, an IFA member, was “found” hanging in his cell. Sheriff Scotty Byrnes said it was “suicide.” But autopsy photos indicate a struggle.

Two months after the incident in Atmore, another IFA member at Holman Prison was beaten to death. Tommy “Yukeena” Dotson had smuggled out to a visitor a “death

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list” of IFA members allegedly found on the warden’s desk by a trustee. According to the Mobile Press Register, the warden denied the existence of such a list. But on March 12. 1974, Tommy “Yukeena” Dotson, said to be next on the list after Chagina Dobbins, was killed. He was removed, naked and handcuffed, from his cell, and, according to testimony, on the order of a captain, was beaten with ax-handles until his skull was caved in. Undisputed inmate witnesses said a second group of guards then came along, beat him some more, and threw his limp body down a flight of stairs.

,An attempt by the state to cover up this murder by prosecuting other IFA members for an alleged escape attempt supposedly planned with Dotson, fell on its face. The state’s witnesses so contradicted each other’s testimony that Escambia County Judge Douglas Webb directed a verdict of “Not Guilty” for the accused inmates. But when this reporter asked Attorney General Bill BaxIcy 1 the state would prosecute any guards for the murder of Dotson, he replied, “There was no criminal negligence: they were doing their job.”

The guards were also “doing their job” during the January 18 Atmore rebellion. At the murder trial of IFA member Gamba Mani (Oscar Johnson), Paul Echols, a White inmate from Georgia, testified:

When the guards came in shooting, some of us got in cells… They told us to come out with our hands behind our head or we would get shot … As we got to the lobby, they beat us while they made us strip … They took all of our a itches, rings, and money . . . and stomped on them. Then the made us crawl on our hands and knees putting our hands and heads on the next man’s ass while they heat us. I Iic made us hark that day. I guess to low grade us and iiov, us the were superior.

Another inmate, Claude Harris, testified,

The guards lined up on both sides of the wall and beat us as we crawled through their gauntlet. We crawled up to the visiting room. There were two tables there, one for signing a statement, and the other for medical treatment We had to make and sign a statement before even getting patched up.

Instead of either indictment or reprimand for this barbaric group torture. Warden Marion Harding was praised by the Attorney General. Baxley said at the Harris trial, “The State of Alabama can be proud to have men like Warden Harding in charge of its institutions.” With the “mystery” of Chagina Dobbins’ death still hanging over him, Marion Harding left the Alabama prison system to take an administrative job with the federally-funded Law Enforcement Protection Agency, and has since become Auburn, Alabama’s police chief.

Meanwhile, Johnny “Imani” Harris sits on death row fighting against an execution for a crime he didn’t commit in a place where he should never have been. With a dedicated team of lawyers, and growing national and international support, Imani and his hard working defense committee are hopeful that his execution can be stopped. But such a triumph for justice, however important, is only the beginning.

Imani wrote in a recent letter,

Before the U.S. government goes degrading other countries about the way they treat theirs and American prisoners, why don’t they look at the way American prisoners are being treated here in this country. Where they and we are still citizens. Yes, stop and look at the way these prisons are run and the way we are treated.

 

ONLY A SLAVE NEEDS TIME TO GET READY FOR FREEDOM

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Ausur Heru‎

The Youth Summit

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT AVERS…

The ADOC’s practice of Housing men and women in a system that is over 200% its designed capacity is a willful disregard for the health, safety and security of over 30,000 Incarcerated Citizens. This practice is a violation of Humane and Constitutional standards. —– To properly reduce Overcrowding down to Constitutional standards would afford thousands of Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters an opportunity to rebuild their lives. And for those still in the prison system, it would reduce the congestion inside the dormitories, reduce the level of violence and spread of diseases. Overall it would contribute to a more sanitary and humane living environment.

The ADOC’s Economical policies and practices of compelling Incarcerated Citizens to provide labor with no compensation, while imposing various fines and fees upon them, is hyper-exploitative, unjust and amounts to prison slavery.—–It is discriminatory and exploitative to force Incarcerated people to work while prohibiting them from being compensated; yet imposing arbitrary fines and fees upon them. To work is an essential part of rehabilitation and learning to be responsible for self, as from the compensation one is able to provide for their needs. Therefore, ADOC’s Economical policy of Free Labor is counter productive to rehabilitation and is exploitative and demeaning.

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The ADOC’s policy and practice of not affording those Incarcerated with meaningful Educational and Rehabilitation opportunities falls below the standards of human decency, as it perpetuates ignorance and exploitation. It has been empirically proven that the lack of Education is a primary driver for incarceration, therefore, Rehabilitation has to include a meaningful opportunity for Education programs.

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“There are many Negros who will never fight for freedom, but they will gladly accept it when it comes” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

“We can’t keep stepping back, but then wondering why we aren’t moving forward. At some point, a decision has to be made about ones freedom. When one really wants to be free, one doesn’t need time to prepare. The mind of one who truly wants freedom is already ready for that freedom. Being “ready” is more of a state of mind than it is a state of existence. When one is”ready” their every thought, action and planincorporates thoughts of freedom. When the whip is on your back and the foot is on your neck, if you still need to get ready, then you won’t ever get there.The slave has had their say, they have ruled their days, they have went into the fields and harvested the Masters crops. Now is the time for the Men to stand up and Speak. Time to put the slave in their place. Time to go into the doghouse forreal!!!FREEDOM OR DEATH !!!FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT”

-M. RAY

We, FAM, as Men and Women , Stand up in Non Violent & Peaceful Protest of the Department of Corrections Inhumane Treatment, their Unsanitary Living Conditions, their Economical Exploitation, their lack of meaningful Educational Opportunities, their lack of Rehabilitation and ReEntry Preparedness.

We, as FAM, have acknowledged the problem inherent within the Department of Corrections is rooted in its history of Slave Labor.

Based upon this understanding, We have developed a Plan, a Strategy, a Tactic and Method to confront and address the inequalities and injustices.

We vow to work diligently to dismantle the System of Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery, in Alabama and across the Nation.

Join us in the Struggle for Human and Civil Rights of the Millions of Men and Women Incarcerated.

A CALL TO WAR, by Bennu Hannibal

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(This happened Thursday, May 21, 2015)

Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun‎ FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT

May 14 at 3:44pm ·

Just want to remind everyone that the governmental power brokers use these prisons to continue to divide the black family and dilute our strength as a Nation of people here in America. On the auction block, mothers were separated from fathers. Children separated from families. These same processes continue today in courtrooms across America.

Many of us are unaware of the origins of Visitation days as a relic of the slave plantations, when slaves were allowed to “visit” family members on other plantations on the designated days prescribed by the plantation owners. Only when we decide to give up these slave traditions and commit ourselves to destroying the institution of slavery will we be able to unite our Nation again.

Why accept permission to temporarily visit a loved one when, through unity, it is within our power unite our family once again for eternity for permanent visitation.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT is fighting for more than just physical freedom. We are also fighting against traditions that are in place to keep our Black Nation divided. But we are fighting for more than just these two things also. . . We are asking everyone who is impacted by this current version of slavery to join the fight in the way that you are unknowingly upholding slave traditions of the past which only serves to keep the institution of slavery alive in the psychology of the People.

In African tradition, there are cultures which dictate that to disrobe the woman in public is shame upon the Village. When the women would want the men to Rise up, they would threaten to disrobe in public. This threat would force the men to act, because the men from other villages would consider the men from that village as weak if the women from their villages were exposed for the public to see. In the prisons today, especially in Alabama, the women and daughters are required to pull out their breast, show their panties, remove their jewelry, etc just to visit.
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When we kicked off the shutdowns in 2014, we made a conscious decision to give up visits, among many other things, in the degrading form that it existed in, to stand up for our Villages and the Honor of our women.

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Somehow, somewhere along the way, we find ourselves having given up too much of our scared customs again for the traditions of slavery that are enforced by the plantation masters.

To take back the Freedom that has been taken from us, we will have to give up something again. Make some sacrifices to send the message that we will not accept any form of slavery, including the practice of free labor, that is destroying our families and our communities.

Give up slavery for freedom.

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