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

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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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A direct call for a statewide work strike supporting the hunger strike to abolish SHU policies

This was posted on a Facebook Event page for the Prison Hunger Strike:

July 13-14th 2011
URGENT REPOST!!! print and mail to prisoners!!!!
A direct call for a statewide work strike supporting the hunger strike to abolish SHU policies

An indefinite hunger strike began on 1st July by the prisoners held in the Pelican Bay Security Housing unit (SHU). They have been joined by
prisoners in the Corcoran and Folsom SHUs. Huge amounts of domestic and foreign support has been organized for these prisoners.

In order to win this struggle, however, every available resource must be brought into play. We are at a historical juncture in which prisoners can take control of their lives, to have some say in the conditions in which they are expected to exist, or else they will continue to be mere pawns acted upon by external forces and watch things get even worse.

Starting IMMEDIATELY, defendants/prisoners can start the process of improving their conditions of existence by implementing a peaceful work
strike in every prison in the state. Defendants may draft demands as each facility sees fit, however, the first demand on the list must be to
implement the core demands of the prisons held in the SHU’s.

The longest prison work strike in US history was at the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla in 1978 which lasted for 47 days. It
resulted in the release of the Walla Walla Brothers from the SHU, the Director of Corrections, Harold Bradley, being fired, the warden removed and the associate warden of custody transferred to a youth facility. Work strikes can and do result in positive change!

In the recent Georgia strike, prisoners in every prison went on a statewide peaceful work strike. The prisoners were supported by their families and friends, who helped spread the word of the planned strike to other prisons and found supportive groups in a wide variety of communities to bring information about the prisoners’ conditions and bring attention to their demands.

Plaintiffs and prisoners want to do the same thing here in California.
It is up to YOU to get this message to everyone you trust at your prison and to spread the word across all yards. You are being asked to tell
other prisoners that, STARTING IMMEDIATELY, no work will be performed.
NO WORK means no kitchen, no hospital, no anything, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Anyone advocating violence is a provocateur and listening to such people will on result in defeat. The struggle must be solid and protracted.
Plaintiffs on the outside will provide support by amplifying your choice. If you are not the person to get this done, then please give this document to someone you think is.

Let’s recap …
· Effective IMMEDIATELY—prisoners initiate a peaceful work stoppage at all prisons.
· Nobody works—no exceptions.
· The Walla Walla record is 47 days (it will take time to change public consciousness).
· There must be NO VIOLENCE of any nature.
· The first demand to be amended is “debriefing”, as it is known in SHU prison policy, will no longer be tolerated or permitted and considered a
crime committed by the institutions that seek it as a means of control.

The strike is over when the prisoners win or are defeated.
If local demands are not met, then the strike may continue at that individual facility.

The first step of becoming part of prisoner history is to communicate the essence of this document to others on the inside. This message is
going into prisons across the state by this and other means.

This is NOW a nationwide effort so please repost, repost, repost on all social networking sites.

Send this to everyone in every prison by every means possible.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
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