Monday, April 15, 2019

Hunger Strike Update


Racine CI
On March 26 nine prisoners at Racine Correctional and Columbia Correctional began a hunger strike. FFUP recently got word that the strike was over, in a letter received April 14, Cesar DeLeon writes: 

“sorry I couldn’t communicate sooner I was completely out of stamps. The hunger strike did not last long. But we did manage to get some publicity. I’m still trying to have Rep Zamarripa (D) come see me along with some congressman to see if they can persuade the governor to issue an “executive Order” reforming seg (like Obama did for the fed system)"
Cesar then announced that he's restarted his hunger strike, in anticipation of an Administrative Control (AC) hearing that he expects will result in him getting a higher security level because of his organizing. 

On Monday I have another AC hearing , They’ll keep me on AC and transfer me to Waupun or GBCI. So I started another hunger strike today to request that I be allowed to speak with the new DOC secretary about the mind control program I was subjected to in 2014 and largely contributed to doing what I did.

As of this writing, Cesar is still at Racine Correctional. Write him here:
Cesar DeLeon
322800
Racine Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 900
Sturtevant, WI 53177-0900
Please also contact State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa encouraging her to follow up with Cesar and help pursue the executive order on solitary from Governor Evers. 

Email: rep.zama@legis.wi.gov
Phone:
(608) 267-7669
Street:
State Capitol: P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708-8953
People can also contact Governor Evers directly at:

Email: eversinfo@wisconsin.gov
Twitter: @GovEvers 
Phone: 608-266-1212
Street:
Governor Tony Evers, 115 East, State Capitol, Madison WI 53702
At the same time, Ras AtumRa Uhuru Mutawakkil (state name Norman Green), another organizer in Wisconsin prisons, announced that he is also going on hunger strike. Uhuru has served 22 years in solitary confinement, currently the longest consecutive isolation by a Wisconsin prisoner. When he was force fed with the Dying to Live hunger strike in 2016 he experienced more pain and discomfort than other prisoners, gave up his strike, and focused on legal fight against force feeding and against solitary confinement. FFUP has supported that lawsuit and is actively seeking legal representation to file and bring it to court. 

Prior to his new hunger strike, Uhuru wrote and FFUP typed up and filed two legal motions:

1)      Request for restraining order requiring that he not be force fed before his due process rights are followed. In his request, Uhuru emphasizes that he has always resisted solitary confinement non-violently. An excerpt:
 



 “In addition, plaintiff requests that the court take judicial note, that plaintiff is not a violent or disruptive person. It is an undisputed fact that throughout the 22 years WIDOC has suspiciously held him in administrative/solitary confinement, they have not logged one single violent charge or allegation against  him even in the face of them using and committing violent offenses upon his person."

2)      A motion requesting protection during depositions-this is ongoing case proving, we believe, collusion between courts and DOC in his case- he describes the DOC’s policies during deposition by a prisoner of DOC staff (which privilege he won thru lawsuit). I have heard of this during other prisoner video proceeding- physically impossible to carrying effectively.

Documents and scans of letters available upon request. Contact Peg Swan pgswan3@aol.com.
Uhuru has always proclaimed his innocence and in our view is a political prisoner and visionary- He needs out of Solitary and we ask all to help form a coalition around this goal. Please consider volunteering to help with typing up his writings (see linked examples in this post) and sending them to the media.

Write to Uhuru here: 

Ras AtumRa Uhuru Mutawakkil
228971 (Norman Green)
Waupun Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 351
Waupun, WI 53963-0351
  

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