Melvin Ray placed in solitary in retaliation for Free Alabama Movement / Rally & Vigil April 26th

Received via Email:
Melvin Ray was taken out of his cell and placed in solitary, without clothing or a bed, in retaliation for Free Alabama Movement.
When the oppressed begin to understand their power, begin to speak out and act together, not as victims, but as a majority creating a new world that is theirs in the shell of the old–this is when the powers that be react with violence.  
Right now Melvin Ray, Official Spokesperson of the Free Alabama Movement has been thrown into solitary confinement with no clothes and no bed in retaliation for struggling for the freedom of the thousands of incarcerated people in Alabama and the 3 million people behind bars in the United States today. 
This is NOT acceptable.
Call Warden Carter Davenport (205) 467-6111 and demand he be treated like a human being. Ask to be redirected to the highest person. 
Let’s flood the phone lines. Show ’em that we’re watching! An injury to one is an injury to all!
Get involved:
Background:
More info:
Sample Script:
“Hi, my name is X. I’m inquiring about a colleague (fellow member of a labor union, the IWW) Melvin Ray being held at St. Clair prison. His family reports that he was removed from his cell, stripped naked, and placed into a bare cell without clothes or bed. I want to know if this is true and to ask that he be returned to his original cell, given his clothing and bed back. I also think that these actions are unjust, prison workers involved in the strike or work stoppage should not be retaliated against.” 
Be polite, respectful, but persistent.  You may be asked for your name.  Share whatever you’re comfortable with.
“I called earlier and said pretty much this script, first to the phone operator, who patched me to a sergeant, who then bumped me up to a lieutenant.  They told me they couldn’t tell me anything about Ray’s whereabouts, to call back from 8am to 4pm ET to speak with a captain or warden.  Which I will do.  But, I still think it’s worth calling the prison RIGHT NOW, if you have the time and a phone line, to let the officers know that the union has a fellow worker’s back.”
From the website
April 26:
RALLY and CANDLELIGHT VIGIL  
 
To Support the Non-Violent and Peaceful Protest for Civil and Human Rights for the Men and Women in Alabama’s PRISONS. 
We invite all to attend this event at KELLY INGRAM PARK in Birmingham, Alabama on April 26, 2014, beginning at 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm. 
The Candlelight Vigil will begin at 6:50 p.m., as we will light candles for the men and women incarcerated.
We are protesting the mass incarceration and targeting of black youth, sentencing and parole reform, free labor, and long-term incarceration without affording any opportunities for education, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs. 
We will have a copy of our BILL for Education, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Preparedness, our book, t-shirts, arm bands, and more. 
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May 13th: Never forget 1985! Now is the time to free the MOVE 9!

From the weblog Move9Parole:

Friday May 13, Join the MOVE organization to watch “MOVE: A Confrontation” to understand the unjust incarceration of the MOVE 9 and how the battle for their release leads to the bombing of MOVE in 1985.

L-13 Gladfelter Hall, Temple University
1115 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia 6-9 pm

Saturday May 14, join us for a rally Broad & Chestnut sts, Philadelphia 12-3 pm
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“…it is time to put what I have learned into practice; freedom will only be won by the sweat on our brows”
—Safiya Bukhari

Four years ago, as a junior in college in Virginia, I met this Elder named Leroy who was the janitor at the school library. After about five minutes of conversation, he asked of my origins. I replied “home of the moonshine, Franklin, Virginia”. After turning the question back on him, he responded―”I am from Philly, home of a Black mayor throwing a bomb on some Black folks house.”

That was my first piece of information about MOVE.

Three Years ago, I moved to Philly and I was surprised to see the light being dimmed on the MOVE 9’s case. It was one of the biggest cases of injustice in Philadelphia, and people had seem to forget that not only one, but nine of their own political prisoners were doing a 30-100 year bid in prison.

I remember watching the gritty, Black and White, documentary, “MOVE: Confrontation in Philadelphia” and feeling the outrage of the community after the August 8, 1978 incident. People were in the streets cursing and exposing the corruption of Philadelphia police and rallying together for the MOVE 9. Fast Forward thirty years later and while engaging in dialogue with people around the MOVE 9 case, I hear time and time again, ―”they are still incarcerated?”, “Hold up, you mean to tell me there are people in prison right now who are apart of MOVE?”

This type of brain drain is very devastating to an important case such as this one that needs support in the form of people power in demanding the MOVE 9’s freedom!

Everyday, I am making more of a personal commitment to the MOVE 9, while working towards enlightening my community about this case and putting out the information in order to ensure that our brothers and sisters of the MOVE 9 will make it back to us as well.

Even if you do not agree with the principles of the MOVE organization, or support their stance, we can agree on as a community that our political prisoners must come home! We must take the initiative to enlighten one another about the MOVE 9 and strategize on how we can get Chuck, Mike, Janet, Janine, Debbie, Delbert, Phil, and Eddie home (and justice for Sis Merle as well). Along the way, hopefully we can enlighten others to find it in their conscience to make a MOVE for the MOVE 9!

Ona MOVE,

Iresha Picot, MOVE Supporter

Friday May 13, watch “August 8, 1978” to understand the unjust incarceration of the MOVE 9 and how the battle for their release lead to the bombing of MOVE in 1985.

L-13 Gladfelter Hall, Temple University
1115 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia 6-9 pm

Saturday May 14, join us for a rally Broad & Chestnut sts, Philadelphia 12-3 pm

From Ramona Africa: To this day no official has been held accountable for the murder of our MOVE family which the whole world witnessed. Meanwhile,the MOVE 9 still sit in prison 33 years after being falsely accused of a murder officials know they didn’t commit and nobody can say they saw anyone of them commit. In fact,at the end of the trial the trial judge stated publicly that he didn’t have the faintest idea who killed Officer Ramp on August 8,1978.

Officials can’t give us back our family that they murdered on May 13th 26 years ago but they can give us back our innocent family members that they have behind their prison walls despite their innocence.

onamovellja@aol.com

New Prison Action Newsletter out now

Prison Action Newsletter (PAN) vol 4, issue 1 (Jan. 2011) is available here (PDF). Published via the Boston ABC.

Be sure to download a copy and send it to incarcerated friends and loved ones, or link to it!

Direct link: http://boston.indymedia.org/usermedia/application/11/212339_Pan_4.1_Internet_Version.pdf