Prison Justice Network updates Spring 2020

Click here to read – inside: resources, calls to action, news, and inspiration in these covid19 times by, for, & with prisoners/detainees!
Table Of Contents
calls to action
number for people in Alouette to call, 1
info@spartacusbooks.net
Solidarity and Resource Exchange on the Coast Salish Lands, 1
https://coda.io/@awsamuel/vancouver-mutual-aid
Downtown Eastside and COVID-19, 1
https://fb.me/DTESCOVID
WISH Drop In Centre, 1
https://twitter.com/WISHvancouver
STAND for Prison Justice: Students Taking A New Direction For Prison Justice, 1
https://fb.me/PrisonJusticeUBC
Criminalizing the Marginalized can Worsen the Crisis, 2
https://halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/we-face-a-public-health-emergency-and-criminalizing-the-marginalized-can-worsen-the-crisis
Demand PM, MP, MLA de-carcerate
https://cp-ep.org/nooneisdisposable
Land defenders continue, 3
https://twitter.com/Gidimten
Demand CBSA release detainees, 3
https://solidarityacrossborders.org/en/release-remaining-detainees
Stop the spread of racism, 3
https://stopthespread.ca
Ask PM to add aid for vulnerable, 4
https://www.cjpme.org/dont_forget
Denounce Colombian massacre, 4
https://afgj.salsalabs.org/nomoremassacresnomorecoronavirusincolombianprisons
Urge Turkey to release prisoners, 4
https://amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/turkey-covid-19-prisoners-release
Release Palestinian child detainees, 4
https://nwttac.dci-palestine.org/petition_israel_must_release_all_palestinian_child_detainees_amid_covid_19_pandemic
Sign letter on prison imperialism, 4
https://afgj.salsalabs.org/endorseopenletteroncoronavirusandusprisonimperialism
inspiration
Phone line for prisoners in Barton, 5
https://facebook.com/bartonsolidarityproject
news
Map of covid19 behind bars, 5
https://covid19behindbars.com
Lockdown at FVI, 5 & Mission, 19
https://globalnews.ca/news/6779699/coronavirus-mission-institution-cases
BC assessing early release, 6
https://vancouversun.com/news/covid-19-tensions-rising-in-crowded-b-c-jails
Okanagan prisoner has covid19, 6
https://castanet.net/news/Penticton/296249/Okanagan-Correctional-Centre-inmates-claim-COVID-19-case
Kent in virtual lockdown, 7
https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/the-dark-side-of-canadas-coronavirus-response
UBCIC demands release, 7
https://www.ubcic.bc.ca/open_letter_ubcic_demands_immediate_release_of_all_non_violent_offenders_as_part_of_covid_19
news (continued)
Bowden lockdown, 8
https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/03/20/covid-19-enters-the-canadian-prison-system
Prince Albert IWC organizing, 8
https://vice.com/en_ca/article/jge4yy/canadas-prisons-are-a-coronavirus-time-bomb-say-guards-and-inmates
Burnside prisoner interview, 8
https://halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/el-jones-interviews-a-prisoner-at-burnside-about-what-its-like-to-be-in-jail-during-a-pandemic
CSC considering early release, 9
https://cbc.ca/amp/1.5516664
Calls for urgent decarceration, 9
https://aptnnews.ca/2020/03/23/covid-19-pandemic-plan-needed-for-canadas-jails-and-prisons
Contain covid, not people video, 10
https://facebook.com/CSSDPRyerson/videos/691115248363665
From Burnside to Laval, 10
https://kersplebedeb.com/posts/from-burnside-to-laval-solidarity
https://nsadvocate.org/2020/03/28/press-release-coast-to-coast-support-for-migrant-detainees-on-hunger-strike-in-quebec-due-to-risks-of-covid-19-hungerstrikelaval
https://liguedesdroits.ca
Former detainee on Laval strike, 11
https://freecityradio.org/post/614149302725541888/mohammed-barry-on-lavalhungerstrike-during
Canada shuts out refugees, 12
https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/03/23/Shutting-Out-Refugees-Wrong-Wont-Make-Us-Safer
Can’t police way out of pandemic, 12
https://nowtoronto.com/news/coronavirus-we-cant-police-our-way-out-of-pandemic
Detainees’ hunger strike in WA, 13-14
http://laresistencianw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Hunger-Strike-Press-Release.pdf
resistenciasolidarity@gmail.com
5 demands for federal prisons, 15
https://kersplebedeb.com/posts/covid-19-5-demands-for-federal-prisons
Prison strikes, 15
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZV_AkDIPHW7iYqQouIdfpEZsZ9w9zD_lr3Q6YB9LkT8
US federal prisons lockdown, 16
https://democracynow.org/2020/4/2/cruel_and_unusual_punishment_the_us
Nigeria groups demand release, 16
https://roape.net/2020/03/26/out-of-control-crisis-covid-19-and-capitalism-in-africa
Iran release prompts analysis, 16
https://jadaliyya.com/Details/40865
Contain covid19, not people, 17-18

Prison Justice Network newsletter 2020 Winter

Click here for the PJN newsletter 2020 Winter – PDF file (19 pages)

Table Of Contents
Events, page 1
Calls, pages 2-6
News, pp. 7-14
Publications, 14-17
Rest In Power – R.I.P., 18
Inspiration, 18-19
Events
March 15 (Sunday) Surrey (Central City) 2pm March and Rally Against Police Brutality, 1
https://facebook.com/events/230795217960519
March 15 (Sunday) Vancouver concert fundraiser for Chilean victims of police violence, 1
https://facebook.com/events/654751498598666
March 20 Edmonton “prison-related advocacy” by AB Prison Justice Society, 1
https://twitter.com/PrisonApjs
April 4, May 2, June 6 Vancouver prisoner letter writing event Spartacus Books, 1
https://spartacusbooks.net/events
April 6, May 4, June 8 Stark Raven radio 7-8pm Co-op Radio 100.5 FM, 1
http://prisonjustice.ca/stark-raven
Every Thursday “demand the release of Vaughn Prisoners into General Population!”, 1
https://facebook.com/thepeacehousedc
Calls
Aug 21-Sep 9 organize to promote prisoners’ human rights, 2
https://jailhouselawyerspeak.wordpress.com
write city council to stop facial recognition surveillance, 2
https://openmedia.org/NoFacialRecognition
support land defenders, 3
https://unistoten.camp
prisoners’ free phone access, 3
https://change.org/p/bell-give-prisoners-access-to-free-phones-now
justice for Kyaw Din, 3
https://redbraid.org/2019/10/15/justice-for-kyaw-petition
support Santina Rao, 4
https://change.org/p/nova-scotia-public-prosecution-services-justice-for-santina-rao
stop deportation of Celina Urbanowicz, 4
https://change.org/p/marco-mendicino-justin-trudeau-bill-blair-stop-deportation-of-roma-family-from-canada-save-celina-roksana-and-camila
free Yasser Albaz, 4
https://change.org/p/justin-trudeau-free-yasser-albaz-from-arbitrary-detention-in-egypt
solidarity with Haiti, 4
https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2448
write Ramsey Orta, 4
https://facebook.com/SupportRamseyOrta
support Dawna Brown, 5
http://FreeDawnaBrown.com
intl solidarity with women and trans people against carceral system, 5
https://womenprisoners.org/firestorm-international-solidarity
release jailed survivors of police torture, 5
https://caarpr.org/cfistpetitiontogov
overcome a challenge lately?, 6
https://selfadvocatenet.com/submit-your-story2
News
Joint Effort film clips fundraiser by IWW, 7
https://sub.media/video/trouble-20-inside-out
future immigration prison in Surrey, 6
https://facebook.com/prisonjusticevan
water protectors on Mi’kmaq territory, 6
https://twitter.com/StopAltonGas
women’s memorial march, 7
https://facebook.com/groups/womensmemorialmarch
Moka Dawkins’ release from prison, 7
https://facebook.com/justiceformoka
Secwepemc land defenders, 8
https://facebook.com/tinyhousewarriors
against Muskrat Falls dam on Inuit lands, 8
https://facebook.com/OntarioMuskrat
prisoners strike Clallam Bay prison in WA, 8
https://abolishcages.wordpress.com
CPP divests from US detention corp.s, 8
https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/07/08/CPP-Sells-Shares-US-Prison-Companies
onus on govt to justify migrant detention, 9
https://scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/cb/2019/37770-eng.aspx
against new $242m Seattle youth jail, 9
https://facebook.com/NoNewYouthJailSeattle
BC CivilLibertiesAssn hires Harsha Walia, 10
https://bccla.org
Improve parole: ‘Bring Them All Home’, 10
http://rappcampaign.com
Hong Kong prisoners make facemasks, 10
https://lausan.hk/2020/three-reports-from-female-inmates-at-hong-kongs-prison-mask-factory
prisoners strike Santa Rita jail, 11
https://iwocoakland.wordpress.com
#CloseRikers turns No New Jails in NYC, 12
https://nonewjails.nyc
N. Carolina prisoners win better care, 12
https://incarceratedworkers.org
Alabama prisoners against retaliations, 13
https://unheardvoicesotcj.wordpress.com
Florida: Juneteenth, lock-down GEO, 13
https://fighttoxicprisons.wordpress.com
Mississippi: Freedom Letters, conf., 14
https://facebook.com/UMsolidarity
Publications
“community alternative to drug war”, 14
https://straight.com/news/1332066/nathan-crompton-vpd-budget-spirals-out-control-defunding-police-our-community
new migrant detention centre in Laval, 14
https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/this-is-a-prison-no-matter-what-you-call-it
“Immigration Detention…Reality Check”, 14
https://migrantrights.ca/resources/realitycheck5
Mexico “integrates” migrants, maquilas, 14
https://nacla.org/news/2019/10/03/maquiladores-exploitation-migrants-border
“Lessons from Prison” by Rita Wong, 15
https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/09/24/Lessons-From-Prison-Pipeline-Protester-Reflects
Joint Effort on women in prisons, 15
https://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/talking-radical-radio/2019/12/forty-years-solidarity-women-prisoners
Organizing Abolitionist Study in prison, 15
https://rustbeltradio.org/2019/11/20/ep33
“How to abolish the Hong Kong police”, 16
https://lausan.hk/?s=police
against violence against women, Chile, 16
https://facebook.com/coordinadorafeminista8M
Jason Renard Walker’s Prison Journal, 16
https://jasonsprisonjournal.com
“Invisible Chess” movie on J. Goudlock, 16
https://freejasongoudlock.org
“Youth Experiences with Incarceration”, 16
https://abolitionjournal.org/building-a-kinder-justice-system-youth-experiences-with-incarceration
Surveillance and Society special issue, 16
https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/surveillance-and-society/issue/view/804
Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons, 17
https://claritypress.com/product/these-chains-will-be-broken-palestinian-stories-of-struggle-and-defiance-in-israeli-prisons
Palestinian political prisoners’ education,17
https://addameer.org/publications/cultural-and-educational-life-palestinin-political-prisoners-occupation-prisons
“Imprisoned Body…Free Soul” student, 17
https://samidoun.net/2020/02/imprisoned-body-free-soul-samah-jaradat
Palestinian stories behind the numbers, 17
https://wearenotnumbers.org
R.I.P. – Rest In Power
Tom Manning, 18
https://kersplebedeb.com/posts/revolution-is-never-begun-anew
Michele M, 18
https://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/11/act-institutional-femicide-remembering-life-michele-m
Robert Seth Hayes, 18
https://certaindays.org/uncategorized/rest-in-power-robert-seth-hayes
Lina Ben Mhenni, 18
https://middleeasteye.net/features/love-letter-my-father-gift-reading-tunisias-prisoners
Inspiration
Jail Release Support Nights, 18-19
https://iwocoakland.wordpress.com/jail-release-support-nights

Prison Justice Network resources 2019 Spring

TABLE OF CONTENTS

prisoner committees/support groups, 3-11
prisoner committees/support groups’ education, 11
prisoner committees/support groups’ publications, 12-16
prisoner letter writing, 16
books and librarians for prisoners, 16-19
de-criminalization, 19-20
alternatives to incarceration/apprehension, 20-22
release, 23-24
re-integration, 24
families/friends of prisoners/detainees, 24-25
justice for survivors/lives lost, 26-28
organizing by other groups, 28-42
radio/podcasts, 43-44
publications (not by prisoners’ committees/support groups) 44-48
resistance camps/caravans, 48
immigrant/migrant/refugee detainees/support groups, 48-52
education (not by prisoners’ committees/support groups), 52-53
food, 53-54
health, 54-56
youth, 57-59
counter-violence, 58-60
legal, 60-64
index, 65-68

(note: below are only geographically closest to us and in “canada” – please open PDF file for full 68-page listing)

PRISONER COMMITEES/SUPPORT GROUPS
Joint Effort
http://prisonjustice.ca/joint-effort
Prison Justice Day Committee Vancouver
http://prisonjustice.ca/pjd-committee
WHoS William Head On Stage
https://whonstage.weebly.com
Black Prisoners’ Caucus
http://blackprisonerscaucus.org
Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee Seattle
https://seattleiwoc.net
Millhaven Lifers Liaison Group
https://opirgcarleton.org/millhaven-lifers-liaison-group
St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre
https://sjwomenscentre.ca/tag/incarcerated-women
EDUCATION BY PRISONER COMMITEES/SUPPORT GROUPS
Walls to Bridges
http://wallstobridges.ca
T.E.A.C.H.
http://blackprisonerscaucus.org/teach
PUBLICATIONS BY PRISONER COMMITEES/SUPPORT GROUPS
Out of Bounds
http://penalpress.com/en/name/out-of-bounds
Ad Astra Comix
https://adastracomix.com
Cell Count
http://pasan.org/cell-count.html
Certain Days
http://certaindays.org
Class Action News
http://classactionnews.org
Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
http://jpp.org
Kersplebedeb
https://leftwingbooks.net
Penal Press
http://penalpress.com
Women’s Prison Network
http://womensprisonnetwork.org
PRISONER LETTER WRITING
Prisoner Letter Writing
http://spartacusbooks.net/events
Prisoner Correspondence Project
https://prisonercorrespondenceproject.com
BOOKS AND LIBRARIANS FOR PRISONERS
Books 2 Prisoners
http://prisonjustice.ca/books-2-prisoners
Prison Project of Greater Edmonton Library Association
http://gela.ca/gela-prison-project
Prison Libraries Committee
http://mla.mb.ca/content/prison-libraries-committee
Books to Prisoners Ottawa
https://opirgcarleton.org/working-groups/books-2-prisoners
Open Door Books
https://opendoorbooks.wordpress.com
Books Beyond Bars
https://booksbeyondbars.wordpress.com
DE-CRIMINALIZATION
Communities Against Criminalization
https://facebook.com/againstcrimyyj
Anti-69
https://facebook.com/Anti69ers
Criminal Law and HIV Exposure Ontario Working Group
http://clhe.ca
ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION/APPREHENSION
Centre for Restorative Justice
http://sfu.ca/crj.html
Circle of Eagles
http://circleofeagles.com
Justice Program of Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Services
http://vatjss.com
Fearless R2W Circle of Support: MB Child Welfare Education and Advocacy
https://facebook.com/FearlessR2W
Church Council on Justice and Corrections
https://ccjc.ca
RELEASE
Stride
https://cjiwr.com/stride
RE-INTEGRATION
Unlocking the Gates
http://ccphe.ubc.ca/peer-health-mentoring
FAMILIES/FRIENDS OF PRISONERS/DETAINEES
Canadian Families and Corrections Network
https://cfcn-rcafd.org
Mothers Offering Mutual Support Ottawa
http://momsottawa.com
JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS/LIVES LOST
Red Women Rising
http://dewc.ca/resources/redwomenrising
Canadian Femicide Observatory
https://femicideincanada.ca
Deathscapes
https://deathscapes.org
Justice for Mohamed Harkat
http://justiceforharkat.com
Justice for Soleiman
https://twitter.com/justice4soli
Justice for Victims of Police Killings
https://facebook.com/justiceforvictimsofpolicekillings
Families of Sisters in Spirit Ottawa
https://facebook.com/fsismmiwg2s
It Starts With Us
http://itstartswithus-mmiw.com
ORGANIZING BY OTHER GROUPS
Vancouver Prison Justice Groups
https://facebook.com/prisonjusticevan
Letters For The Inside
https://sfpirg.ca/program/lfti
Rights Not Rescue
http://swanvancouver.ca/operation-northern-spotlight
Testify Indigenous
http://testifyindigenous.ca
No One Is Illegal
https://noii-van.resist.ca
Sanctuary Health Sanctuary City
http://sanctuarycityvan.com
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
https://sansad.org
Imagine No Kages
https://facebook.com/ImagineNoKages
Beyond Prison Walls Canada
http://beyondprisonwallscanada.wordpress.com
Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism
https://facebook.com/SCAR.Regina
STR8 UP
http://str8-up.ca
Bar None Winnipeg
https://barnoneblog.wordpress.com
Initiatives for Just Communities
https://initiativesjc.org
Animal Liberation Prisoner Support Toronto
https://facebook.com/animalliberationprisonersupporttoronto
Black Lives Matter – Toronto
http://blacklivesmatter.ca
Book Clubs For Inmates
http://bookclubsforinmates.com
Bridges Not Borders
https://bridgesnotborders.ca
Campaign for the Abolition of Solitary Confinement
http://abolishsolitary.ca
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
http://ccvt.org
Criminal Justice Reform of Federation of Black Canadians
https://fbcfcn.ca/opportunities/criminal-justice-reform
International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran
https://workers-iran.org
No Pride In Policing Coalition
https://facebook.com/NPiPC
Write On!
https://writeonprisoners.wixsite.com/writeon
End the Prison Industrial Complex
https://epic.noblogs.org
Criminalization and Punishment Education Project
http://tpcp-canada.blogspot.com
Criminalization and Punishment Education Project Ottawa
https://cp-ep.org
Prisoners United
http://prisonersunited.org
Canadian Council for Refugees
https://ccrweb.ca
Rap Battles 4 Social Justice
https://facebook.com/RapBattlesForSocialJustice
Solidarité sans frontières
http://solidarityacrossborders.org
East Coast Prison Justice Society
https://facebook.com/ECPJS
RADIO/PODCASTS
Stark Raven
http://prisonjustice.ca/stark-raven
Crackdown
http:// https://crackdownpod.com
Prison Radio
https://cfrcprisonradio.wordpress.com
Black Power Hour
https://ckdu.ca/shows/227
What Happened to Prisoner Justice Day?
http://prisonhistoryca.libsyn.com
PUBLICATIONS (not by prisoners’ committees/support groups)
Abolition
https://abolitionjournal.org
Police and Criminalization in Volcano
http://thevolcano.org/tag/police-criminalization
Voices: Indigenous Women on the Front Lines Speak
https://voicesfrontlines.com
Electromagnetic Print
https://electromagneticprint.com
Justice Behind the Walls
http://justicebehindthewalls.net
Brief History of Prisons and Resistance
https://itsgoingdown.org/author/bloc-party
Centre for Justice Exchange
https://justiceexchange.ca
First Light newsletter
http://ccvt.org/research-publication/publications
International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
http://iclmg.ca
RESISTANCE CAMPS/CARAVANS
Unis’tot’en
https://unistoten.camp
IMMIGRANT/MIGRANT/REFUGEE DETAINEES/SUPPORT GROUPS
End Immigration Detention Network
https://endimmigrationdetention.com
NorthWest Detention Center Resistance
http://nwdcresistance.org
Pacific County Immigrant Support
https://pcisupport.org
Stop the Laval migrant prison
https://stopponslaprison.info
EDUCATION (not by prisoners’ committees/support groups)
Education Not Incarceration
https://facebook.com/EducationNotIncarceration
Literal Change
http://literalchange.com
FOOD
Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad
https://juustwa.org/call-to-support-tierra-y-libertad
HEALTH
BC College of Physicians and Surgeons must address ethical issues surrounding solitary confinement https://prisonjustice.org/bc-college-of-physicians-and-surgeons-must-address-ethical-issues-surrounding-solitary-confinement-2
Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education
http://ccphe.ubc.ca
Operating in Darkness: BC’s Mental Health Act Detention System
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/clastest/pages/1794/attachments/original/1527278723/CLAS_Operating_in_Darkness_November_2017.pdf
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
https://vandu.org
Canoe Journey Herbalists
https://facebook.com/canoejourneyherbalists
Disability Rights Washington
https://disabilityrightswa.org
Urban Indian Health Institute
https://uihi.org
Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault
https://coalitionagainstpsychiatricassault.wordpress.com
PASAN Prisoner HIV/AIDS Support Action Network
http:// http://pasan.org
Caring for Social Justice Collective
http://soignonslajusticesociale.ca
Trans Lifeline
https://translifeline.org
YOUTH
Amadeusz
http://amadeusz.ca
Criminal Justice work of Canadian Friends Service Committee
https://quakerservice.ca/our-work/justice
COUNTER-VIOLENCE
Clearing A Path: A Psychiatric Survivor Anti-Violence Framework
https://torontoantiviolencecoalition.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/clearing-a-path-dec-2015.pdf
October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality
http://october22.org
Third Eye Collective
http://thirdeyemontreal.com
LEGAL
Access Pro Bono
http://accessprobono.ca
Community Legal Assistance Society
http://clasbc.net
Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
http://allard.ubc.ca/iclc/indigenous-community-legal-clinic
Legal Services Society/Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC
https://lss.bc.ca
Pivot Legal Society
http://pivotlegal.org
Prisoners’ Legal Services
https://prisonjustice.org
Terminal City Legal Collective
http://terminalcitylegal.org
Criminal Justice Section of Canadian Bar Association
https://cba.org/Sections/Criminal-Justice

Prison Justice Network newsletter 2019 Winter

events
Mar 27 (1-4pm) Prison Justice symposium KPU Surrey, page 1
until Mar 24 (Tues-Sun) Triangle Trade Surrey Art Gallery, p. 1
April 1, May 6, Jun 3 (7-8pm) Stark Raven co-op radio 100.5fm, p. 1
April 6, May 4, Jun 1 (3-5pm) Prisoner Letter Writing Spartacus Books, p. 1

calls
Sign Justice for Soleiman petition, p. 2
Write to immigrant detainee, p. 3
Sign Detained Migrant Solidarity petition, p. 3
Help launch investigation of prison abuses, pp. 3-4

news
2018 New Year’s Eve Noise Demo, p. 4
Prison volunteers’ security checks, p. 4
2018 Prison Strike, p. 4

publications
Cell Count health and harm reduction, p. 5
Penal Press, including Out of Bounds, p. 5
Chronicle of prisoner unrest, p. 5
Voices: Indigenous Women on the Front, p. 5
Mandu Ra comics, p. 6
The Opening Statement, p. 6

inspirations
Joint Effort with women prisoners, p. 6
PASAN health and harm reduction, p. 6
Stop the Laval migrant prison, p. 7
Afronautic Research Lab, p. 7
Black Prisoners’ Caucus, T.E.A.C.H., pp. 7-8
Incarcerated Workers Organizing, p. 7
Human Rights Coalition, p. 8
Planting Justice, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, 8
Prison Lives Matter, p. 8
Survived & Punished, pp. 8-9
“In The Spirit Of Nelson Mandela”, p. 9
People’s Prison Defense Committee, p. 9
Lucasville Amnesty, p. 9
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, p. 10
Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, p. 10
Lifers With Optimistic Progress, p. 10