Preliminary Hearing for the Dallas 6 on Friday Nov 12th 2010

RELEASE: Preliminary Hearing Friday for the Dallas 6
Prisoners assaulted by guards charged with “Riot” for peaceful protest
Contact:      Andy Switzer               (267) 269-5448
Bret Grote                             (412) 654-9070
Rescheduled preliminary hearings will take place this Friday for six men charged with “Riot” for staging a peaceful protest against racism, food deprivation, physical and psychological abuse in the solitary confinement unit at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Dallas. The hearings will take place at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Trucksville Magistrate, James Tupper at 11 Carverton Road, Trucksville, PA.
On April 25, 2009, guards at SCI Dallas intensified their campaign of retaliation and intimidation against prisoners who had cooperated with the Human Rights Coalition in the publication of a 93-page report detailing starvation, brutality, racism, guard encouragement of suicide, and cover-up by prison officials. On April 28, guards attacked Isaac Sanchez with pepper spray and electro-shock weapons, leaving him naked and strapped to a restraint chair for approximately 16 hours.
The following day, Andre Jacobs, Carrington Keys, Duane Peters-El, Derrick Stanley, Anthony Locke, and Anthony Kelly covered the windows of their solitary confinement cells and demanded that abusive guards be removed from the block, and they be permitted to speak with media or the public defender’s office. All 6 were beaten, tasered, pepper-sprayed, and left naked and bleeding in restraints for hours.
The Human Rights Coalition filed a criminal complaint with the District Attorney of Luzerne County. Assistant DA David Pedri rejected the complaint without even speaking with victims or prisoner witnesses. In November, Pedri rejected earlier complaints on the grounds that the violated statutes were not cited, despite the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure stating that such citations were not required.
The results of an HRC investigation into the April attacks against the Dallas 6/7 were documented in a 25-page report, Resistance and Retaliation, released in August. This incident was also brought to light in front of a Pa. House Judiciary Committee hearing on August 2nd. 
Shandre Delaney, the mother of Carrington Keys and an HRC member, said this type of prosecution is a standard tactic: “The prison and their friends in the DA’s office want to turn reality on its head and make the oppressor look like the victim and the oppressed look like the aggressor. They’ve tried it before, but it won’t work this time.”

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Action Alert: Take action for one who has taken action for others: Andre Jacobs being tortured at SCI Coal Township

From: HRC-FedUp! Emergency Response Network

September 27th 2010
URGENT: Andre Jacobs being tortured at SCI Coal Township
Please take action immediately

HRC just received a report from Andre Jacobs’ grandmother that last Thursday he was taken from his solitary confinement cell and strapped to a restraint chair for 17 straight hours after he spoke up in defense of another man being deprived food by guards.

See the Call-in Guide below and take action today. Forward this message wide and ask people to subscribe to our action alert list. Torture thrives in secrecy and we need numbers. Spread this on Facebook. Please help.

We only know of Andre’s situation because his grandmother went to visit him today (Monday).

He has been held without clothing for days and given only a thin garment to cover himself. Andre has been deprived of showers, legal property, hygiene and cleaning items. This is the 2nd time Andre has been stripped of clothing and property in less than two months. He is not supposed to be given property or clothing until Thursday.

Please take action immediately. Andre Jacobs is a leader in the human rights struggle inside the prison walls and has been subjected to systematic, racist dehumanization by prison personnel with the full knowledge and consent of the DOC hierarchy for years. Just last week he was in Luzerne County for a preliminary hearing for “riot” charges stemming from a series of retaliatory assaults, taserings, and pepper-sprayings perpetrated against himself and 6 others at SCI Dallas at the end of April. This incident is featured in the HRC report Resistance and Retaliation.

Andre is a 28-year-old jailhouse lawyer being targeted for neutralization because he inspires prisoners to stand up for their human rights, to fight racism via constitutionally-protected means, and to educate themselves and their families about the real function and purpose of these prisons.

HRC will send an update and call for further action later in the week. Thank you all for caring and taking action. It does matter. Please email and/or call 412-654-9070 and inform HRC that you have taken action. It helps us monitor the response and keep updated on the situation.

******* CALL-IN GUIDE **********************************
For Andre Jacobs, DOC # DQ5437:
Please call Supt. Varano 570.644.7890, Regional Secretary Klopotoski 717.975.4865, DOC Secretary Shirley Moore Smeal 717.975.4918, OPR Director Barnacle 717.214.8473,

Representatives Waters, Vanessa Brown, and Caltigirone (who were at the recent hearing on solitary), local and federal law enforcement, and all other appropriate persons. (click the links for phone numbers)

Spread the word to anybody with the decency to speak out. Tell them you are with the Human Rights Coalition (if you want to be identified as such) and that these actions are criminal.

Inform the prison officials and legislators of the ongoing abuse. Tell them the details above.
Andre’s DOC nr is: DQ5437
Demand the following when speaking to the prison and the DOC officials:
1) Andre is to be given clothes immediately
2) Andre is to be given writing materials immediately
3) Andre is to be given his legal property immediately
4) Andre is to be given all his state issue items and personal property immediately
5) these racist guards are to keep their hands off of him and stop abusing him

Ask the following (specifically of SCI Coal Township, whose Supt. Assistant is Kandis Dascani–she will say confidentiality prevents her from speaking, don’t fall for this, don’t let her put you off, tie up her phone and do not lay off):

1) when did Varano authorize this?
2) what is the justification for this?
3) Does Andre have clothes yet? does he have his property? does he have writing materials?
4) what policy number and section is this authorized by?

Inform DOC officials: That HRC intends on filing criminal charges and launching an investigation into the systematic torture of prisoners at SCI Coal Township.

Request that legislators investigate the prison system.

Love, Solidarity, and Struggle,

HRC-Fed Up!
Contact Information: phone:412-654-9070