A banner in support of the upcoming national prison strike appeared over the Lloyd Expressway in Evansville on Monday morning.
Actions like this are currently happening all across the country to spread word of the strike as it approaches.
In late July, Covance Inc., a contract research organization with a facility in Evansville, was fined $31,500 for four violations of the U.S. Animal Welfare Act relating to the overheating deaths of thirteen crab-eating macaques (monkeys) in 2014.
Covance is one of the world’s largest contract research organizations and the country’s largest importer of primates used in experimentation. They are also the country’s largest breeder of dogs destined for laboratories. Covance has operations in more than 20 states and 60 countries. The company has more than 11,000 employees and annual revenue of more than $2 billion.
The thirteen monkeys were killed in two separate incidences at Covance’s facility in Alice, TX, in late 2014. In both cases, one in September and one about a month later, failures of the lab’s heating system caused the rooms the macaques were housed in to overheat without anyone noticing or responding to the situation. The macaques died of hyperthermia.
Camera Cells: Tools of Retaliation and Psychological Torture at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
By Shaka Shakur, Indiana Prison Rebel
The Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Indiana, which is also called the Secure Confinement Unit (SCU), is a 288 bed supermax control unit facility where prisoners are locked down 23 hours a day on both administrative segregation and disciplinary segregation status. The unit is comprised of 4 pods. Each pod is broken down into 4 ranges that each have 12 cells, divided by 2 tiers per range.
Inmates in Indiana’s jails have been tearing it up this month, with two rebellions in a week.
The first riot occurred on August 1st in Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville where, according to the mainstream media, inmates refused to be handcuffed, flooded their jail cell, put soap on the floor to trip the guards when they entered and used bed bunks and mattresses as barricades and shields.
The second occurred in Henry County Jail on August 3rd and 4th where inmates set fire to mattresses and jail uniforms on two subsequent nights. The first fire was set by male inmates and the second, the next night, by female inmates. According to their captors, prisoners were attempting to deactivate the locks on their jail cell.
As usual, the mainstream media made no effort whatsoever to interview the inmates involved in the disturbances or to capture the potential reasons behind their rebellion. For now, we are unfortunately left wondering what may have caused these individuals to choose to fight back against their captors instead of keeping their heads down.
From RififiBloomington, August 8, 2016
We are writing to you today on behalf of political prisoner Zolo Azania. After 35 years of incarceration, 27 of them on death row, Zolo is finally due to be released in February, 2017. Regrettably, this final year has been made difficult for him. Zolo has brought to our attention a number of troubling matters and has requested that concerned individuals contact the Indiana Department of Corrections on his behalf.
The Evansville Letters to Prisoners working group will present art and writings by anarchist prisoner and hopeful astronaut Casey Brezik at PG coffee house on Wednesday, August 17.
Casey needs to raise money to continue his coursework toward earning an engineering degree, which he will one day use to send anarchists into outer space.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and will include music performances by Alien_she and TheSunSeven. Some of Casey's artwork will be available for sale. To learn more about Casey and read his essays, check out kansascityabc.wordpress.com/category/casey-brezik/.
The Evansville Letters to Prisoners project supports efforts to end incarceration and supports people transitioning from prisoners back to people.
This is to be the first in a series of benefits and presentations in Evansville to build relationships with people imprisoned and those supporting them. Look for upcoming articles and information about a national prison strike that will kick off September 9 on the anniversary of the Attica rebellion.
Evansville Courier and Press (Published as THE EVANSVILLE COURIER) - April 10, 1957 Page: 1, 13