Please make calls to the wardens at these facilities, over 100 men starving
themselves and willing to die to get basic human rights met. Your call
At the end you will find prison books statement of support. If your group
would like to sign on, please let us know.
Prisoners at Three Facilities Begin Hunger Strike
On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in Windsor,
Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh. Targeting a wide
range of conditions related but not exclusive to solitary confinement, the
prisoners have vowed not to eat until their demands are met.
Prisoners have encouraged supporters to call or fax the administrations of
these different facilities as well as Director Robert Lewis (see information
below), to “march or protest in front of Central Prison and others,”
“boycott all products being sold in these prisons,” and to “contact media
outlets and let them know what we are doing.”
The prisoners have listed the following demands (listed at the bottom),
they are also encouraging others to include any other grievances specific to
their conditions. It is still unclear how many prisoners are currently
participating, but correspondence with those on the inside has made it clear
that the strike has spread to three at least three different facilities.
Constant attention and pressure on administrations can help make this
success, and protect those who are putting their lives on the line. Prisoners
have asked folks on the outside to call everyday to check on fasting
and pressure administration. You can contact officials at:
Robert C. Lewis, Director of Prisons
Central Prison Warden Ken Lassiter
Bertie CI Warden Renoice Stancil
Scotland CI Warden Sorrell Saunders
1.Law Libraries. We are tired of being railroaded by the courts, and
having our rights violated by prison staff and officers. NC Prison Legal
Services are inadequate and oftentimes do not help us at all. A law
library is needed to enable us to legally defend ourselves.
2.An immediate end to the physical and mental abuse inflicted by officers.
3.Improve food, in terms of quality and quantity.
4.A better way to communicate emergencies from cells; many emergency call
buttons are broken and never replaced, and guards often do not show up for
over an hour. At least one prisoner has died this way.
5.The canteens that serve lock up units need to make available vitamins and
personal hygiene items. (more…)