Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rick Raemisch to Speak On Changes he Made to CO Solitary

Subject: Solitary Confinement Forum with former DOC Secretary Rick Raemisch Sept. 23 - please come!
 
Former Wisconsin DOC Secretary Rick Raemisch is now head of the Colorado Department of Corrections and is a leading advocate for solitary confinement reform. You are invited to join me for this documentary and discussion.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Jordan cosby , hunger striker, makes statement


Jordan Cosby  501015, WCI

From letter 7 4 16

Today I write you to inform you that there are more inmates here at WCI joining the hunger strike. There are also more motives to why we are striking which are
1) Poor programming the is offered to us for rehabilitation inside the prison and outside for those who are being released.
2)Poor health and psychological services being house in restrictive housing.
3)Inadequate mental health treatment for inmates with a serious mental health illness. 
 I have been on strike since 6-16-16 Thursday the day I got transferred to WCI for WRC.
 I have not dranked or ate since. The reason I am striking is because I have a mental health illness and as a result of my illness I engage in self harm and suicide attempts> I currently have real bad cu marks on my arms as we speak from cutting myself very badly. I got 12 stitches in my arm right now because I cut tendons in my forearm. I over dosed on 29pills and try to commit suicide and was in a coma for 4 days. I am striking because WCI is very corrupt form PSU fabricating documentation because inmates swear at them because PSU use observation as punishing or because some inmates are exhibitors.
I am striking because security staff are corrupt because if their negligence knowing inmates are about to harm themselves and instead of stopping them they neglect them until supervisors come. I am on strike because WCI is mistreating me just because my (MH code) mental health code is a 2B which means I have a serious mental health illness. .They are mistreating me because instead of housing me around inmates with the same MH code they house me in restrictive housing > they have what they call BHU (behavior Housing unit) where they house mentally ill inmates>I am striking because WCI is corrupt with the ICE complaint system.
I got assaulted by two guards on December 10 , 2015 just like the inmate Shaidon Blake in Baltimore. The guards Trevor Klemmer and Gres Peterson slammed me on my face knocking my teeth out having to go to the hospital the same day still work here, still work around me, they harrass me and when I complain nothing gets done about it. This situation is the same as Mr Blake’s case: I was in full restraints , hand cuffed behind my back, shackles on my ankles, tethered to the door>I fear for my life here at WCI an have a plan to actually commit suicide.
I constantly write Dodge county court house about getting a restraining order against them-nothing but a run around; I write Madison, Lena Taylor, Cathy Jess, inform the Warden here at WCI and nothing is getting done. I even take it to the FBI and Washington DC. I a losing hope and  I don’t see light at the end of the tunnel> ny the time you write back I hope to see some changes about WCI whether its them having these body cameras and audio systems they  had in 2014 for all the abuse that as happening in WCITHU to people with serious mental health illnesses like myself get proper mental health treatment that not in WCI segregation.
Being house at CI messed me up for life and I will never be the same. Right now I am the only inmate in the THU that they purposely  choose to put me in the most restrictive observation placement when I engage in self harm which is strapping me down to a bed for hours. Just on 6-27-16 I cut my arm in front of a PSU staff member Dr Van Buren and she walked off. Before I cut my arm I informed her can you please put me in the safety suit she said no because you destroy them . I ask her can you place me in bed restraints because I do not feel safe >She said no because you di d not do nothing>
once I cut my arm open to where I can stick my finger tip in the wounds he walked off. Then almost30 minutes later they strapped me down for 36 hours without giving me stitches and by me already already cut 2 tendons the day before where I got order from the doctor to move my arm around because if I don’t it will stiffen up < and I was in bed restraints for 16 hours. Another inmate named Joshua Berrios 577319  has been on strike as well and has been holding strong> I was just hospitalized for engaging in self harm.
 I  am a cutter and was told I a dying slow, I need to eat> at this point I have not got a court order to be force fed but I am told by nurses that it is coming soon. To be honest I am at the point where I want to end my life> Joshua Berrios 577319 keeps me strong sometimes> he also is on strike about low wages for work and schooling for the indigent inmates that have no source of income.

 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Phone Zap Governor Walker

Please take 2 minutes to call Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and request that he make the DOC give the hunger strikers at Waupun access to bottled water.

Who to Call:
Governor Scott Walker (608) 266-1212 govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Sample Script: "LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon are on hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun They are not being given clean water which is putting their lives at risk. The department of corrections needs to provide them both with bottled water. You should also end this hunger strike by meeting their core demand, capping solitary confinement at one year."

When to Call: Anytime you can, maximum impact 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM central time. For maximum impact, call daily August 29--Sep 2, Monday-Friday to put on continuous pressure. Please call for as many days as you are able, every bit helps.

Background:

Hunger Strike at Critical Point /calls, letters, emails NEEDED to Pressure DOC

8 30 16:UPDATE: CALLS TO GOVERNOR AND SECRETARY LITSCHER NEEDED

 NOW is the time to call and email the governor and Litscher. The governor is Secretary Litscher's boss.
  608-240-5000(Litscher)
  608-266-1212(Walker)As stated below, the prison is now waiting 72 hours before force feeding. The trouble is that the prisoners cannot drink the water, which is lead laden and wreaks havoc on an empty stomach. Cesar tried to drink it and just vomited.
 
August letters: more letters in pdf form coming. This on is from LaRon McKinleyon the 24th.
 


thanks
 A FEW DAYS AGO-
CALLS EMAILS LETTERS NEEDED!!

The DOC is now force feeding the LaRon McKinley and Cesar Deleon after 72 hours , when they are at brink of death from dehydration. The sporadic force feeding in itself is dangerous and can lead to a condition called "refeeding syndrome", ""the shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance increases cardiac workload and heart rate. This can lead to acute heart failure. Oxygen consumption is also decreased which strains the respiratory system" which can cause sever damage or death. The water in WCI is polluted with high lead levels . This is impossible to drink on an empty stomach. When Cesar tried to drink it , he vomited. We have asked that he and LaRon be given bottled water with no response. full press release here and below-(scroll down)

Read LaRon's letter original
Read LaRon's letter typed and Read Cesar's letter typed

MOST EFFECTIVE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE:
 Now please email call and/write the warden, the DOC secretary and demanding that they: 

1.Let Cesar DeLeon and LaRon McKinley have bottled water, let them buy as much as they want from the commissary.
2. Put a 1 year limit on Administrative Confinement for all WI prisoners


calls, letters, emails to

WCI Warden Brian Foster: 920-324-5571; PO Box351, Waupun WI 53963;brian.foster@wisconsin.gov

DOC secretary Jon Litscher: 608-240-5000, Po Box 7925, Madison, WI 53707:jon.litscher@wisconsin.gov


 
Your legislators:Finding your legislators and suggestions: Remember one of the most effective things you can do is get to know the aides of your aides of your legislators and let them know your personal stories- on whatever the subject. These are powerful people and CAN and DO help. Below are letter but phone calls are also effective-both is best.
WHO REPRESENTS ME?


Here is the website to find out your legislators’ contact information:


http://legis.wisconsin.gov/-you or just google "who are my legislators in Wisconsin"
give your zipcode and they will give you your legislators and their emails and phones
phone number to get contact info on legislators is: 800 362-9472 (state switchboard)
address for senators: PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707
address for representatives by last name
a-l : PO Box 8952, Madison 53708;
m-z : PO box 8953; Madison 53708
 Here is full press release:
Dying to Live Hunger Strikers Kept on the Brink of Death by Retaliatory DOC
Waupun WI- According to a letter from hunger striker LaRon McKinley, the Dying to Live hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) has become a serious health crisis after seventy-six days.

On August 15, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) decided to suspend the force feeding they have subjected the prisoners to since June 17. They allowed McKinley and Cesar DeLeon, the two most committed hunger strikers, to go without food or water for 72 hours, until they were severely dehydrated. Then they tube fed them again on Thursday August 18.
“Presently, and for most of this week, we have been under retaliatory attack by our warden as a direct consequence of our political efforts... to force an end to prolonged Administrative Confinement,” the letter from McKinley reads.
On Saturday August 13, a coalition of prisoner supporters from across the state gathered in Waupun to protest DOC practices and show solidarity with the hunger strike. They were greeted by offensive gestures, threats and insults by local residents, some of whom likely work at the prison.

“We believe Warden Foster has changed the force feeding regimen in response to our protest, unfortunately, the changes are retaliatory: increasing the pain, harm and danger these men are experiencing in an effort to break their will,” says Chance Zombor, who led the march on August 13.

A sudden intake of calories by a starved and dehydrated person causes violent metabolic shifts, leading to a potentially fatal condition called refeeding syndrome. WI DOC has begun a regimen that is very likely to cause refeeding syndrome. According to wikipedia, “the shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance increases cardiac workload and heart rate. This can lead to acute heart failure. Oxygen consumption is also decreased which strains the respiratory system.”
When the United States Military was force-feeding suspected terrorists on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, they took care to first intravenously re-hydrate the starving people to prevent refeeding syndrome. In Waupun, the DOC only allows the prisoners to drink lead-polluted water from the 165 year old institution, which causes diarrhea and exacerbates their dehydration.
McKinley suspects the DOC is intentionally keeping them on the brink of death. According to his letter, after 42 hours without food or water—because they refused to drink Waupun's polluted water, he and Cesar DeLeon, “were diagnosed as seriously dehydrated, and the tube feeding was then recommended, but this time they made us both go exactly 30 more hours, to exactly 72 hours each. Seventy Two hours without water is a well known and medically held time limit that would and is generally believed to kill most people.”

The hunger strikers believe Waupun staff will continue force feeding them every 72 hours in an effort to make the hunger strike as unbearable as possible. McKinley's letter goes on to describe his body's response, which mirrors the symptoms of refeeding syndrome: “due to the stress and ordeal that our bodies had gone through, they kind of reacted as if they had been poisoned when said fluids were eventually forced into the stomach.”

Outside supporters are demanding that the DOC allow LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon to drink bottled water, and that Wisconsin meet the striker's central demand: a one-year cap on any form of solitary confinement. They are asking people to contact Warden Foster, DOC Secretary Jon Litscher, and Governor Scott Walker. More information, including phone numbers and email addresses can be found at SolitaryTorture.blogspot.com.





 

Ladell Evans and Joshua berrios latest strikers




LaDell Evans


Joshua Berrios 577319



         
LaDell Evans 533468 and Joshua Berrios 577319 , (WCI PO Box 351, Waupun WI 53963)started their strike on August 22, 2016

Mr LaDell A Evans 533468;
WCI, PO box351
Waupun. WI 53963

August 23, 2016 

My name is LaDell, but I go by Prometheus .I am 22 years old and 4years into a 13 year conviction. I am on hunger strike because I want the world to take notice of the grievance of:

The Prisoners of Waupun Corr. Inst

I have started my hunger strike on August 22nd,2016 and will not stop until my demands of justice are met.

                                                                            Demands of Justice:

1# Officers be held accountable for their unprofessional behavior (e.g. sexual assault of inmates, battery to inmates, psychological torture of inmates)

2#Inmates receive equal pay for equal work and the prison disbands the slave wage system. Inmates currently are paid between 12cents and39 cents average.

3#Psychological service helps inmates who really have mental health problems.

4# The prison lives up to its mission statement to: Rehabilitate the reintegrate.

5#HSUprovides service to inmates before serious harm comes to the inmate.

6#The unbanning of publications restricted by the prison that are NOT against US or state law.

7#Permission for inmates to start legit businesses while in prison without getting charged for enterprising and fraud.

8#Access to the internet and media as is the 1stamendment of the US Constitution.

9# More religious services and services provided to inmates in segregation.

10#Un crowd Prisons in Wisconsin. Until these demands are met I shall not be deterred.

 

An insult to one person is an insult to all people and we shall not stand for this insult

Respectfully submitted:
Prometheus
LaDell A Evans 

Note from LaDell on Joshua Berrios 577319; WCI PO Box 351; Waupun, WI 53963

“Joshua Berrios was taken off Hunger strike but is going back on it with me, They had refused to court order tube feeding and is skin turned bright yellow-like the Simpsons!”
 
https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/ladell-evans-seg-description-1.pdf


LaDell A Evans 533468 WCI

Nov 29th

In regards to previous letters, I am filing suit against 4 correctional officers of the DCO for violating my 8th amendment rights. On February 22, 2014 at approximately 9:45 a.m. I told an officer I was not in a right state of mind>This officer took me as a joke and left me to deal with my problems alone> After one more attempt at relieving help I began to smash my head into the wall and the window of my door for about 20 minutes. Correction officers finally came and removed me from my segregation cell and placed me in a strip cell where I spoke to a supervisor about how I was feeling and asked to speak to PSU or psychological service unit. The supervisor left and after about 30 minutes I was told by correctional offers that I was being taken back to my seg cell. I told the officers I can’t go back to t hat cell. I can’t stop thinking of ways to hurt myself and if they take me back in there I would self harm in any way I could achieve. They ignored my plea and escorted me back to my cell in segregation. I broke my glasses and made a sharp point out of a bow. I began to dig in the wound I made to my forehead when I smashed it against the wall and door window. To say less, I was pulled from my cell twice, not allowed to speak to PSU or PSU and wasn’t placed in obs, observation status until 2:15 pm. That’s 4 hours and 30 minutes from when this all began.

To all who are concerned with what goes on in Waupun and maybe other prisons in the state of Wisconsin: Justin w , Bobby C., Glenn C., Kevin L-these are just a few inmates I know who have mental illnesses and are not receiving proper help that they need. I , myself am a MH-2B which means I have serious mental illness and instead of helping us they stick u s in segregation with outrageous out dates. At the time of this writing ( Nov 29th) I have been incarcerated for 852 days. Out of that I’ve been in seg for 550 days,  that is like 64-65% of my prison time. Only one of the charges was serious, a fight. Each day we sit here in segregation, the more we are mentally tortured, verbally provoked and physically assaulted>sometimes I hear Justin speak about how this seg stuff is BS and he even told me he is seriously contemplating going back to cutting again. Bobby C just cut his inner elbow open and a sergeant named “sanke”---told him he didn’t care. He left Bobby C in his cell bleeding slowly all night. Kevin L just over dozed on “trazadone” pills yesterday and instead of helping him they left him nearly unconscious on the floor of his cell for more than 2 hours. Segregation is to be used for punishment and a  place for inmates to think of their wrong behavior. As I am writing this a correctional officer is antagonizing Bobby C by smacking his keys on his door and continuously calling his name. I just got up and told him to leave Bobby alone and he came to my door and said “this has nothing to do with you.” before leaving the unit

I was told to write you and ask if I can become a part of the class action you are doing for “misused of segregation for mentally ill inmates>Until next we write, thank you for your help!



 


List of Hunger Strikers


Please consider writing letters to these prisoners who have been engaged in direct action and food refusals against the WI DOC solitary confinement and control unit practices.


Dying to Live Hunger Strike
Currently on strike and have been since 6/7. Being force fed regularly:
LaRon McKinley 42642
Cesar DeLeon 322800 
Waupun CI P.O Box 351 Waupun WI 53963-0351


Was on strike starting in June:

Joshua Scolman 422508
Ronald Lane 469083
Waupun CI P.O Box 351 Waupun WI 53963-0351

Joshua has a deviated septum and was hospitalized during force feeding. Ronald is still refusing food, but also refuses to be force-fed, so he is drinking his meals (given 30 minutes to drink 3 cans of Ensure once per day).

Uhuru Mutawakkil (chosen name)
N. Green 228971 
Columbia CI P. O. Box 900 Portage WI 53901-0909


Joined Dying to Live Hunger strike on Mon Aug 15: 
Antonio Smith 275561
Aaron Scott 461771
Waupun CI P.O. Box 351, Waupun WI 53963-0351


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Graphic look at segregation by Thomas Deering and Robert Ward

This essay is difficult to read but gives one of the most gripping descriptions of seg I have some across. This will be typed, right now here it is in pdf form, hand written.

Thomas Deering 282624
CCI PO Box 900,Portage, Wi 53901








Below is Another view of same situation.
Robert Ward 515599; CCCI, PO 900; Portage, WI  25 years old

https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/r-ward-wounds-color-pdf.pdf

My name is Robert Ward Doc #515599. The public needs to be aware of what is happening to fellow human beings right here in the Wisconsin DOC. I understand a lot of us deserve to be in prison. But we all deserve the 2nd chance to get help, don’t we? Or to be treated like a human being at least?  Even though we made mistakes, we are still born and die as human. Well. We are not being treated as that. Even the courts are finding ways to hinder us from making changes. We all have seen or heard of corrupted government. Why is it okay for them to do wrong things? I’m in a max prison for getting conduct reports in the county jail. Minor as they were they still put me in a max prison with violent lifers who are never going home. Is my safety really important to them? No. It’s not.  They are throwing us in maxes so fast cause there’s no room in mediums. Our food portions are being slowly and surely cut back. A 6 ounce serving of fruit is 5 or 6 pieces of canned fruit for them. You would have money to feed us if you would stop breaking constitutional law and being sued. This is what tax money is going to. Build monsters, alot of us are going home more angry and filled with hatred and bad mental  health issues. In CCI they tell you they have groups and the help people, but come here and find out for yourself. Asking for help is like asking to have it snow in summer. I’m 26 years old and I have never thought about taking my own life until now. DOC is built to break you down mentally into submission. Try to be a prison lawyer…hah- you go through hell:”AC here, you come.“  You’re a threat to the “security of the prison.” Our health care is greatly denied and put on the side. We have to act like monkeys to be treated like humans. I tried to kill myself on 4 -18-16.Just couldn’t deal with this life any more. I was Let cut myself from 8:15 to 10 pm- Where my room was a blood lake and I could barely walk , staff  decided to gas my room and get me. At 8 pm staff were informed of my mental state. But stated: “Mr Ward, you will be okay in an hour. “I’m currently suing for this.  7 inch cut 1 inch deep. And after that no PSU came seen COs his chest hurt and it was hard to breathe. CO told him to lay down and drink water. He died that night at the age of 40-45 years old. I was given 150days in the hole without half time for not celling up with a homosexual. The max for refusing an order is 90 days. So why did they give me 150 days? It’s because they don’t c are. People are not people in prison. They talk and treat us like nothing> Dane Kirk threw something in my eye out of anger and cut my eye.5 27 16. He was gone 2 weeks later. But I didn’t see the doctor til 8 12 16> damage done. The Doctor tries to hide or say things are not this bad, ha, Come and find out- when visitors do come the DOC shows them parts they want them to see-you’ll  never see what it’s really like. I’m in fear of my safety, not by inmates, but by COS: new BEES are training new bees-very dangerous. Most of us are sleeping on the floor.

my legal mail is being messed with. They are not letting us get proper library time. We don’t get enough rec time. Please help as much as you can. People need to know what is going on. Our streets will become more dangerous very soon if the DOC and our government  are not held responsible. Do not sit back and let that happen. All lives matter! Help us get our stories out and be heard- even write us. Keep in touch. Together we can change the world.

Robert Ward 515599; CCI , PO Box 900,Portage, WI 53901

https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/r-ward-wounds-color-pdf.pdf

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hunger strikers LaRon McKinley, Cesar Deleon latest letters 8 16

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dear Babette,

I write this emergency letter in a weakened state for me and DeLeon. Presently, and for most of this week, we have been under retaliating attacks by our wardens as a direct consequence of our political effort to hunger strike (which we continue to do) to force an end to prolonged administrative confinement, and by extension all forms of solitary confinement that is excessive.

The actions (described below) of the officials, now that they know that the public is somewhat distracted from our struggle in terms of the energy level in which it initially engaged in in June and July, have now taken a dangerous turn to push us to within inches of our own life and/or health in effort to break our strike. What follows is the most egregious of several tactics they have unleashed in aim to break our lawful strike. We are weakened and unable to do a lot of writing and, thus, are relying exclusively upon you to not only get the work out among your radio listenership, but also to pass the word on the relevant social media sites to our friends as well as contact the folks at IWW, IWOC, Wisdom, Peg Swan, Bernie Gonzales, and all other concerned persons and groups. We are requesting that a phone zap, email zap, letters, etc…be organized to bombard the individual DOC officials referred to below about their nefarious and insidious actions with regard to our health. First, I will prep what I’m about to explain by saying that at this very moment those officials have stood by while me and De Leon have gone 71 continuous hours without any fluids, and they were well aware of this, and of the fact of our commitment to legally do what we are peacefully doing, i.e. demonstrate our conditions of confinement. Thousands of people in Wisconsin and throughout the country are aware of our commitment, i.e. the conviction at which we are committed to this fight. Thus, does also all persons concerned, including the court and the DOC officials. DeLeon and I have demonstrated more than once that we are serious; we have endured the crucible of validation.

On June 7, 2016, we began the hunger strike. On June 17, 2016, we were both diagnosed with moderate to severe dehydration and malnutrition. The officials of their own accord (not ours) chose to seek and did obtain court orders to temporarily force feed us. On June 22, 2016, 5 days later, the doctor suspended the force feeding of me and DeLeon at which he and I commenced our no food and no water intake. Within 48 hours, 42 hours later to be exact, we were again diagnosed with serious dehydration due to no water intake. Thus, on June 24, 2016, the force feeding and hydration recommenced until Monday, August 15, 2016, where several Waupun (WCI) and DOC medical officials decided "to have a meeting" concerning me and DeLeon. The following is what was written by Dr. Manlove, the WCI attending physician, in my medical "Progress Notes" about the meeting:

"8/15/16…

A. Ongoing hunger strike

B. After meeting with BHS & Medical director as well as Warden Brian Foster] and HSU manager [her name is Emily Staudmeier], it was decided to suspend tube feeding for now. They are free to continue HS.

—Will monitor closely

Manlove [Director of WCI]"

Babette, the following described the actions taken and best reveals the contents, and the results of said meeting: As mentioned above the tube force feeding an hydration of DeLeon and I was suspended on 8/15/16 at 4:30 p.m., which was the last feeding we received at that point. Again, the officials have known that DeLeon and I are committed to no food & water intake. About 42 hours later on Wednesday 8/17/16, at about 9am, a nurse examined us and it was noted then and we both had de facto signs of dehydration (Note: previously (as stated on p.s. herein) we were diagnosed as seriously dehydrated, and the tube feeding was then recommended but this time they made us both go exactly 30 more hours (42 + 30)to exactly 72 hours each! 72 hours without water is a well known and medically held time limit that would and is generally believed to kill most people. This morning (the 3rd day at about the 61st hour) they took our blood and urine (labs) and we saw the doctor at around 2 a.m. after which he ordered reinstatement of the force feeding and hydration. At the exact time they inserted the nasal tube into my nose (4:30 p.m.) is the exact time I was force fed and hydrated 3 days earlier. And up to 3 days earlier, and for several weeks before that time, me and DeLeon were receiving 3 cans of Ensure and 3 cans of water with each feeding.

Beginning today (at the 72 hour marker) the doctor had taken one can Ensure and one can of water, so that now we only receive 2 and 2. The point is that they did all of this to retaliate and to punish us. They also intentionally withheld nutrients from us to within inches of our health or life—figuratively speaking. And that said force feeding tore up both of our stomachs, i.e. gave us the runs due to the stress and ordeal that our bodies had gone through, they kind of reacted as if they had been poisoned when said fluids were eventually forced into the stomach. Note: they are trying to responded by saying that they were within the court order, but this has to be rejected.

I received both cards you sent me. Please see if you can get our supporters to respond to this abuse, or they will be doing this frequently. They should not be allowed to play with the stability of our health since the State/DOC won’t let us starve to death (being against the law), and they claim to be protecting our health and have assured the public that that’s what they are doing.

This is the 3rd time that we have had to be baptized with fire so to speak, and have had to prove via ordeal that we are serious about our strike and our right, protected right, to do it. They have tried to torture us into submission—twice—after we have prior to that established that we were determined. We need a rapid and organized response from the supporters out there, or they will devise another diabolical trick soon. Please see what you can do…

 

It would have been nice to hear your voice when I was on the phone with Gary but you were asleep. I’ll write more soon. Spread this word for because we are recovering and are not able to do a lot of writing for a while.

 

With Love & Peace,

Always-LaRon

p.s. will write again soon. Thanks for the 2 cards.

Jacob 8/15/16

 

Hi,

 

I write to you to give you an update on the Hunger Strike to protest long term solitary confinement. The prison doctor and administrations decided to stop the force feeding starting tomorrow. They hope that once I begin to stave myself again the "hunger pains" will compel me to eat on my own.

The proof that they’re using their court order (to force feed me) to cause me pain… Once I’m in danger of damaging my organs they’ll force feed me again, then stop hoping the "hunger pains" will work as adverse conditioning. This is almost capital punishment.

Regardless of what they do I will continue not to eat nor drink any fluids. If my kidneys get damage so be it. We will file a lawsuit on them afterwards.

Anyhow now that I can prove that they are using the force feeding to cause me pain perhaps you can talk to Attorney Gary Grass to represent me on this matter so I can get back in court and stop the court order to feed me altogether, or like I said the D.O.C. will use it to cause me "hunger pains" all the time, a violation of the 8th Amendment (cruel & unusual punishment.

Today I received a letter from you with support messages from a lot of IWW members. Y’all give me so much strength you can’t imagine. I appreciate it a lot. Please send me regards to everyone.



 

— In Struggle —
Ceśar


 
 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dying to Live Hunger Strikers Kept on the Brink of Death by Retaliatory DOC


Waupun WI- According to a letter from hunger striker LaRon McKinley, the Dying to Live hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) has become a serious health crisis after seventy-six days.

On August 15, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) decided to suspend the force feeding they have subjected the prisoners to since June 17. They allowed McKinley and Cesar DeLeon, the two most committed hunger strikers, to go without food or water for 72 hours, until they were severely dehydrated. Then they tube fed them again on Thursday August 18.

“Presently, and for most of this week, we have been under retaliatory attack by our warden as a direct consequence of our political efforts... to force an end to prolonged Administrative Confinement,” the letter from McKinley reads.

On Saturday August 13, a coalition of prisoner supporters from across the state gathered in Waupun to protest DOC practices and show solidarity with the hunger strike. They were greeted by offensive gestures, threats and insults by local residents, some of whom likely work at the prison.

“We believe Warden Foster has changed the force feeding regimen in response to our protest, unfortunately, the changes are retaliatory: increasing the pain, harm and danger these men are experiencing in an effort to break their will,” says Chance Zombor, who led the march on August 13.

A sudden intake of calories by a starved and dehydrated person causes violent metabolic shifts, leading to a potentially fatal condition called refeeding syndrome. WI DOC has begun a regimen that is very likely to cause refeeding syndrome. According to wikipedia, “the shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance increases cardiac workload and heart rate. This can lead to acute heart failure. Oxygen consumption is also decreased which strains the respiratory system.”

When the United States Military was force-feeding suspected terrorists on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, they took care to first intravenously re-hydrate the starving people to prevent refeeding syndrome. In Waupun, the DOC only allows the prisoners to drink lead-polluted water from the 165 year old institution, which causes diarrhea and exacerbates their dehydration.

McKinley suspects the DOC is intentionally keeping them on the brink of death. According to his letter, after 42 hours without food or water—because they refused to drink Waupun's polluted water, he and Cesar DeLeon, “were diagnosed as seriously dehydrated, and the tube feeding was then recommended, but this time they made us both go exactly 30 more hours, to exactly 72 hours each. Seventy Two hours without water is a well known and medically held time limit that would and is generally believed to kill most people.”

The hunger strikers believe Waupun staff will continue force feeding them every 72 hours in an effort to make the hunger strike as unbearable as possible. McKinley's letter goes on to describe his body's response, which mirrors the symptoms of refeeding syndrome: “due to the stress and ordeal that our bodies had gone through, they kind of reacted as if they had been poisoned when said fluids were eventually forced into the stomach.”

Outside supporters are demanding that the DOC allow LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon to drink bottled water, and that Wisconsin meet the striker's central demand: a one-year cap on any form of solitary confinement. They are asking people to contact Warden Brian Foster, DOC Secretary Jon Litscher, and Governor Scott Walker. More information, including phone numbers and email addresses can be found at SolitaryTorture.blogspot.com.

More information about the Aug 13th protest can be found here on ItsGoingDown.org

More about refeeding syndrome, comparisons to proceedures at gitmo, and force feeding in general can be found here

Monday, August 15, 2016

Phone Zap: Fight WI Prison Torture

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To support the prisoner hunger strike happening now in Wisconsin, please take a couple of minutes to call:

DOC Central office- 608-240-5000, docweb@wi.gov Ask to speak with Jon Litscher's office, sample script: "I am calling in support of Cesar DeLeon, LaRon McKinley, Antonio Smith, Aaron Scott and anyone else who is protesting Administrative Confinement at Waupun CI, or any other facility. Please meet these men's demand that a one year cap be placed on Administrative Confinement. Also please oversee, investigate and protect the prisoners from reprisals from your staff."

WCI Warden Brian Foster- (920) 324-5571 Ask to speak with the Warden's office, sample script: "I am calling out of concern for the hunger striking prisoners in your facility, including Cesar De Leon, LaRon McKingley, as well as Antonio Smith and Aaron Scott who have recently joined the hunger strike. Please stop force feeding all hunger strikers, and please separate them from officers Beahm and Maungey who have a well established record of mistreating prisoners, including these men."