Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz is one of 14 men who were exonerated of charges related the the uprising at James T Vaughn Correctional Institution on February 1, 2017. Many of these men are still being subjected to various forms of retaliation, including arbitrary solitary confinement.
Alejandro was transferred from SCI Camp Hill to SCI Mahanoy in August 2019, and Pennsylvania DOC has refused to transfer his commissary.
He needs us to call Deputy Cronhauer of PRC at 570-773-2158 ext. 8102.
I am calling to urge you to make sure that Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz, inmate number NW2883, gets his commissary money from Camp Hill. His funds have been denied to him since his transfer to SCI Mahanoy. He has $133.22 still being held at Camp Hill in 3 bags: Cam-038419 for $57.97, Cam-038472 for $2.02, and Cam-038536 for $78.23.
Then visit Vaughn17.com to learn how else to take action!
Comrade Pitt has been in solitary confinement at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia since July 2019 as retaliation for his involvement in collective legal action. He needs our help to get out of the hole.
Starting on Tuesday morning (January 21st) at 8:00am, call 540-561-7050 & 804-887-8081 to demand that Regional Operations Chief Henry Ponton grant Peter Mukuria’s appeal.
Keep calling all week!
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I am calling in regard to Peter Mukuria (ID #1197165), an inmate at Red Onion Prison. Mr. Mukuria has been in solitary since July 30, 2019 when officers alleged that he incited a group demonstration at the end of in-pod recreation. Mr. Mukuria submitted an appeal on September 3, 2019. The regional Operations Office has failed to review the appeal for over 130 days, in violation of VA DOC operating policy 861.1. I demand that Chief Henry Ponton grant Peter Mukuria’s appeal. If he reviews the five-months-old evidence, he will see there was no group demonstration at the end of in-pod rec. If the Department of Corrections cannot follow its own rules, it should be subject to a review by the governor.
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On May 6, 2019, the ACLU and attorneys from White & Case LLP, on behalf of 12 prisoners at Red Onion and Wallen's Ridge, filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) seeking to end those prisons' practice of arbitrary, retaliatory solitary confinement.
On 7/30, Peter Kamau Mukuria (Comrade Pitt) was put in solitary confinement at Red Onion as retaliation for his involvement in the lawsuit and for filing numerous complaints. He was at first charged with inciting a riot at the end of in-pod recreation that morning. There was no riot. Comrade Pitt appealed, and rather than dropping the charge, the warden reduced it to inciting a "group demonstration". This did not happen either. Video footage of the pod shows that Correction Officer T. O'Quinn's account of what happened is false. Neither the warden nor the hearing officer mentioned video evidence.
Comrade Pitt appealed his case to regional operations office on September 3rd 2019. VADOC operating policy 861.1 mandates that appeals are reviewed within 60 days. Over 130 days have passed.
On October 28th, when he was making rounds, regional administrator Henry Ponton told Comrade Pitt he would personally review his case. Over two months later, there is no sign of progress. Comrade Pitt needs us to call and email to demand that the regional operations chief grant his appeal immediately.
Come out to this panel discussion for our IWW co-sponsored event with the Hopkins Coalition Against ICE, and remind Baltimore just what's at stake when one of our universities engages in multi-million dollar contracts with ICE!
Standing Up for Immigrants’ Lives. Wednesday, January 30th, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bloomberg Building, Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, Room 272.
The public discussion will feature two phenomenal speakers. Lydia Gonzales, lead organizer for CASA de Maryland, will be discussing the struggle for migrant justice in Maryland. Khury Petersen-Smith, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, will be talking about his research on the crisis at the border, migration, and empire.
Click here to visit the Facebook event page.
Protest is not a crime.
Join Defend J20 Resistance, the DC IWW, the Midatlantic GDC, and organizers around the world in demanding that the US Attorneys Office in D.C. drop the charges against J20 inauguration protesters. Picket from 9am--11am Monday, June 25 at Judiciary Square, 555 4th st NW.
Many of us took to the streets on January 20th, 2017. Let's gather again to send love and solidarity to the folks who were arrested on that same day in D.C. and send a message loud and clear: "drop the charges!"
About Defend J20 Resistance
On January 20th, 2017, over 200 people were arrested in Washington, DC for protesting the Inauguration of Donald Trump. In a shocking display of state repression, prosecutors charged all the protesters with multiple felonies, including “rioting” and “conspiracy to riot”.
By standing together and refusing plea deals, J20 defendants have been pushing back. The government’s case has fallen apart: since the first trial, more than 150 people have been acquitted or seen their charges dropped. But the fight is not over: 39 people still face 60 years in prison.
About the IWW and GDC
The Industrial Workers of the World is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.
The General Defense Committee is our affiliated community defense and legal support body. We have created picket trainings, organized actions against white supremacists, and engaged in the organization and execution of community defense across the mid-Atlantic.
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