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Call Todd Ishee at NCDPS to Demand Covid-19 Testing in NC Prisons

Over the past month, covid19 has blazed through NC prisons like wildfire. 
 
Across DPS facilities, over 600 people have tested positive — roughly the same number of cases in all of Wayne County, which has a population that is 3x larger. One person (at Pender C.I) has already died of complications, and a single facility (Neuse C.I.) has a mind-boggling 466 positive cases.
 
The reason Neuse has so many confirmed cases is that DPS decided to test everyone there–and they should do the same at all facilities with significant numbers of positive cases, such as NCCI Women, where 81 people have tested positive so far. This is the only way to know the full scale of the outbreak and to be able to take appropriate measures to mitigate further spread.  
 
Please call Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee on Thursday, April 30 to demand universal testing at four hard-hit prisons!
 
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Hello, my name is ___. I’m calling because Commissioner Ishee needs to direct Caledonia CI, Bertie CI, Pasquotank CI, and NCCIW to immediately begin testing their entire inmate populations for covid19.  Currently, at Caledonia 17 people have tested positive, at Pasquotank 19 have tested positive, at Bertie 10 have tested positive, and at NCCI Women, the outbreak has already reached disastrous proportions with 81 cases confirmed. 

 
As soon as widespread testing was done at Neuse CI, dozens of confirmed cases became hundreds overnight. We know how quickly this virus spreads, especially at close quarters, so any delay in testing is unconscionable. Facilities staff say they don’t have the authority to make this decision, so Ishee is the one who needs to act. On April 22 after the first person in DPS custody died from complications of covid, Ishee told the press “Any death is a tragedy, and we must continue our efforts to do all we can to try and flatten the curve of COVID-19 in Prisons.”  Ishee needs to listen to his own advice and take action to avoid future tragedies by beginning universal testing at NCCIW, Caledonia, Bertie, and Pasquotank NOW!
 
Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons:
Phone: 919-838-4000
House Phone:  (330)544-4425
Email: todd.ishee@ncdps.gov

Fire Ant #6

We present here the 6th issue of Fire Ant Journal, featuring the voices of anarchist prisoners including: Sean Swain, Jennifer Rose, Michael Kiimble, Marius Mason, Thomas Meyer-Falk and Noah Coffin.

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Remote Film: Condemned

Condemned Movie Cover

From the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/503825183570471/ Join us for a film screening and discussion of the short documentary film “Condemned,” which tells the story of Bomani Shakur (or Keith Lamar) who is on death row for five murders he did not commit or play any part in during the 1993 Lucasville Prison uprising. Bomani was recently…

Phone Zap for North Carolina Prisoners

Monday, March 23rd 2020, folks are encouraged to flood the phone lines of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and demand the release of all prisoners due to the mismanagement, lack of preparedness, lack of access to free sanitary living conditions for it’s wards in this time of Covid-19 pandemic.  You can call Governor…

‘All Power To The People’ film showing

Join BRABC for a showing of the amazing 1996 documentary, ‘All Power To The People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond’.  This film features the voices of many folks involved in the BPP, BLA and other liberation movements of the 1960’s and 70’s as well as historians and activists talking about the suppression of the…

March 1st Prisoner Letter Writing

March 1st, 2020, Political Prisoner Letter Writing Join Blue Ridge ABC at Firestorm Books from 5-7pm, Sunday March 1st.  We’ll be writing political prisoners in the US with upcoming birthdays and prisoners facing repression for organizing and speaking out behind bars.  We provide the materials, names and case info and a nice atmosphere.  Haven’t written…

Trouble #4: No Justice, Just Us

This month, BRABC will be showing an earlier episode of Trouble at Firestorm Coffee (610 Haywood Rd, Asheville).  The film will start at 6:30pm, run roughly 30 minutes, and leave us about an hour for discussion of the contents afterwards.   From the description: Trouble # 4: No Justice… Just Us No Justice… Just Us:…

Trouble: Prelude to a Disaster, Climate Change and Social War

Join us for our monthly showing of Trouble, the short documentary series by sub.media.  This month: Trouble #23 – Prelude to a Disaster: Climate Change & Social War Every day the news gets worse. Millions of people are displaced by record-breaking heatwaves and droughts, violent mega-storms and flash floods. Unprecedented wildfires burn out of control,…

Jan Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Join BRABC for our monthly letter writing event at Firestorm. We provide all the materials and invite you to take this opportunity to hone your letter writing skills, send some happy birthday wishes to folks serving time during this darkest time of the year.  It’s a great opportunity to meet new folks and make correspondence…

Trouble 21: Land and Freedom

Our monthly showing of Trouble from sub.media continues on Friday, Sept 6 at 6:30pm at Firestorm with “Land and Freedom”, the 21st installment of Trouble, to be followed by a discussion of the film.  Description below the flyer… Film Description: Land & Freedom: Autonomy Through Anti-Colonial RevoltFrom the genocidal aftermath of Columbus’ accidental “discovery” of…