August 21 & September 9th National “Shut’em Down” Demos

Raising up the voices inside

In The Spirit of Abolition, let’s Shut’em Down!

A call to action. National “Shut’em Down” demonstrations August 21st and September 9th.

Over the last year prisoners across the country have been holding the longest and largest spontaneous demonstrations in response to covid. With approximately 300,000 (the number is possibly as high as 800,000) people in prison having been infected by covid prisoners have continued to demand basic human rights protections. These demonstrations have been sporadic and largely ignored by the public as prisoners and supporters demanded covid safety and precautions be enacted in prisons. In a number of states, these covid demonstrations have turned into widespread and hard fought successful court battles for releasing prisoners.

As we draft this press release we note that North Carolina is about to release approximately 3,000 prisoners due to a lawsuit settled over covid.

Even with all the releases and won policy changes, this country cannot make up for the hundreds of thousands that became ill or the thousands that were killed by covid. Unlike reporters we know that everytime a prison official comes to work, our lives are in jeopardy because they may be infected. The same is true regarding prisoners deaths, we attribute every death to prison officials infecting the prison population.

Now let us take a moment to think on how over the capacity US prisons and jails are. People are being stacked on top of each other. Even with their on guard to prisoner ratio, they admittedly fall outrageously short.

Lives could have been saved if America was on the path of Abolition. We must struggle harder to close prisons, jails and to free people from the grips of American prison slavery. This is all stated while recognizing that we must develop effective strategies to have the billions of taxpayers dollars used to grow the prison industrial slave complex (PISC) redirected to the communities.

Without going into the recent political presidential acrobats, we do want to acknowledge we feel a stronger need then ever to make it known that the people in prison struggles will not be pushed to the back burner in the muddy waters of trying to make people feel good about their party politics.

In the spirit of Abolition on the historical dates of August 21st and September 9th, 2021 organizers must highlight prisoners’ historical struggles, and the current political struggles to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak is calling for mass outside demonstrations.

Specific locations: ICE, jails, prisons, and higher learning institutions. (With regards to higher learning institutions we are pointing towards the learning institutions with connections to prison labor).

A few states may already have specific ongoing campaigns that directly speak to decarceration or closing down a prison or jail. Efforts should be made to network to boost those campaigns on these dates at the recommended locations.

With everyone working across the nation on the same days, this would magnify our struggle for humanity and highlight specific state related campaigns. These “Shut’em Down” demonstrations should serve as a wake up call to every person in this nation that the current jailing path does not work and it’s time to end it.

In the days leading up to the Shut’em Down demonstrations, we will post locations of planned Abolition demonstrations and endorsements of these events on our website:

http://Iamweubuntu.com/shutemdown

If you know you will be holding a “Shut’em Down” demo or simply would like to be listed as an endorser, email us at outthemud.jls@protonmail.com

IWOC is the media contact: media@incarceratedworkers.org

Remembering the plantation struggles: Nat Turner, George Jackson, Attica Rebellion, 2016 National Prison Strike, 2018 National Prison Strike and the 10 Prison Strike Demands!

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Support our political prisoners. Special Shutem Down DC demo for political prisoners. Contact shutemdowndc.com for additional information or to get involved

#ShutEmDown #shutemdown2021

How You Can Donate To Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

“Contribute now to support the fight for incarcerated people’s basic human rights. — Donate via AB Charities” https://secure.actblue.com/donate/prisonstrike

Or you can use cashapp $arebelsworld

Or venmo @arebelsworld

You can visit iamweubuntu.com to order JLS items or rebel wear.

All funds are used to support people in prison from basic necessities, membership, court filing fees, to organizing strikes.

Thank you for your donations.

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MOTHER’S DAY: SPONSORING WOMEN JAILHOUSE LAWYERS

Mother’s Day, JLS will specifically target a section of the prison class at the women prisons for sponsored Blackstone Career Institute paralegal courses at $826.00 per person.

Immediately, we are asking that if you know of any jailhouse lawyers detained at women prisons that would like to be sponsored, send us their full contact information — jailhouselawyersspeak@protonmail.com

Furthermore, we are requesting for individuals and organizations to send this information into the women prisons. Individuals at the women prisons can contact JLS by mail at:

JAILHOUSE LAWYERS SPEAK
P.O. BOX 18686
SARASOTA, FLORIDA 34276

With the women population exploding in the near future we should expect women’s living conditions to become as brutal, violent and inhumane as men’s prisons across the board. There is a need to ensure that they have equal access to our resistance networks. This means ensuring they have trained organized paralegals ready to aid prisoners with filings to the courts and international community.

We are not sure of the total number of women jailhouse lawyers we will have to be sponsored. We are asking the names be submitted before the deadline April 15, 2021 for this purpose.

Funds can be donated:

cashapp $arebelsworld
Venmo @arebelsworld

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ZAP STARTING MONDAY: SC Jailhouse Lawyers Speak chapter requesting an emergency phone and email zap to save a life from racist prison officials

“Black Community Activist in South Carolina prison humiliated by racist guards and placed in segregation on trumped up charges”.

On the day of the Capital Hill fiasco, January 6, 2021, Black community activist David “Shango” Ballard (SCDC# 378412), SC Political Prisoner, was harassed and framed by a known racist white Lt. named Kevin Borem that refers to Black people in prison as boys. David was targeted by this vengeful Lt and others guards due to his willingness to speak up and file complaints against them for issues like not wearing a PPE properly.

On this particular date David was snatched up by several Perry Correctional Institutional Staff, taken to an isolated area, humiliated by being forcefully given a face and hair cut. Afterwards he was moved to solitary confinement.

He was later served an infraction for threatening an officer. This was to justify the use of force. A common charging tactic universally used by arresting officers.

Currently the comrade is being forced to remain in punitive segregation. He has been assaulted, humiliated, falsely charged, and placed in isolation. It is David Ballard belief and ours that his life is in immediate danger.

The South Carolina chapter of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak in collaboration with PSL Columbia and Black Liberation Fund is calling for supporters to help us have this comrade transferred to another prison for his safety.


Script:

I am calling/emailing about the safety of David Ballard #378412 who is currently held at Perry Correctional Institution. He was assaulted by officers who held him down to cut his hair and shave his face bald, all in an effort to humiliate him for filing complaints against Perry Correctional Institutional staff.

Particularly Lt. Kevin Borem has shown consistent patterns to cause David harm. This is no longer professional but personal.

For the reasons stated I am demanding for David to be removed from Perry Correctional Institution immediately.






David Ballard demands are:

1. Transfer David Ballard out of Perry Correctional Institution for his safety and dismiss all disciplinary actions

2. A formal investigation be made into the physical, verbal, and mental abuse by Lt. Kevin Borem against David Ballard

3. Take David Ballard out of isolation, which is in violation of the Nelson Mandela rules.

4. Require ALL staff wear PPE and follow all CDC guidelines in regards to COVID practices.

Who to call:

(864) 243-4700 or
(803) 737-1752 –
Perry Correctional Warden Charles Williams

803.896.8555 – Agency Director Brian Stirling

864.380.8777 – State Rep. Eddie Tallon

803.734.2430 – Governor McMaster’s office


803.896.8508 – Deputy Director of Legal and Compliance Salley Elliot





Who to email:


Dayne Hail Assistant to the Director of SCDC:
Haile.Dayne@doc.sc.gov



Jailhouse Lawyers Speak is calling on community activists to engage with Prisoner led “AmendThe13th Org”

The “Amend the 13th: Abolish “Legal” Slavery in Amerika Movement” is an all-inclusive, coalition-based national campaign and community-based organizing effort which is determined to remove the “legal” and social basis for the dehumanization of those subject to the judicial machinery of the United States – and finally abolish slavery in Amerika once and for all.

The movement has three basic aims:

To amend the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to remove its “legal” slavery provision for all persons: including those found guilty and sentenced for a felony offence.

To abolish and/or repeal all “civil death” and social containment statutes and ordinances which do not afford prisoners, ex-offenders and their communities full human, political, economic and participatory rights in social life in Amerika that derive their power from the 13th Amendment.

To develop and implement as quickly as possible autonomous community-based economic, political and social infrastructure capable of eliminating, mitigating or diminishing to the greatest degree the negative impact of mass incarceration, criminalization and “legal” slavery on our communities.

Additional state coordinators are needed for this org. If you are willing, step up. Contact the ” Amend The 13th” National Coordinator at abashere276@gmail.com.

Yes, you are welcome to message or email us for information jailhouselawyersspeak@protonmail.com

Visit AmendThe13th.org for detailed information

AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 9th NATIONAL SOLIDARITY EVENTS TO AMPLIFY PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS

2-13-2020

AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 9th NATIONAL SOLIDARITY EVENTS TO AMPLIFY PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS

To all in solidarity with the Prisoners Human Rights Movement:

We are reaching out to those that have been amplifying our voices in these state, federal, or immigration jails and prisons, and to allies that uplifted the national prison strike demands in 2018. We call on you again to organize the communities from August 21st – September 9th, 2020, by hosting actions, events, and demonstrations that call for prisoner human rights and the end to prison slavery.

We must remind the people and legal powers in this nation that prisoners’ human rights are a priority. If we aren’t moving forward, we’re moving backward. For those of us in chains, backward is not an option. We have nothing to lose but our chains.

Some people claim that prisoners’ human rights have advanced since the last national prison strike in 2018. We strongly disagree. But due to prisoners organizing inside and allies organizing beyond the walls, solidarity with our movement has increased. The only reason we hear conversations referencing prison reforms in every political campaign today is because of the work of prison organizers and our allies! But as organizers in prisons, we understand this is not enough. Just as quickly as we’ve gained ground, others are already funding projects and talking points to set back those advances. Our only way to hold our ground while moving forward is to remind people where we are and where we are headed.

On August 21 – September 9, we call on everyone in solidarity with the prison class struggle to organize an action, a panel discussion, a rally, an art event, a film screening, or another kind of demonstration to promote prisoners’ human rights. Whatever is within your ability, we ask that you shake the nation out of any fog they may be in about prisoners’ human rights and the criminal legal system (legalized enslavement).

During these solidarity events, we request that organizers amplify immediate issues prisoners in your state face, the demands from the National Prison Strike of 2018, and uplift Jailhouse Lawyers Speak new International Law Project.

We’ve started the International Law Project to engage the international community with a formal complaint about human rights abuses in U.S. prisons. This project will seek prisoners’ testimonials from across the country to establish a case against the United States Prison Industrial Slave Complex on international human rights grounds.

Presently working on this legally is the National Lawyers Guild’s Attorneys of the Mass Incarceration Committee Working Group, and another attorney, Anne Labarbera. Members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP), and I am We Prisoners Advocacy Network/Millions For Prisoners are also working to support these efforts. The Mass Incarceration Committee Working Group (Jenipher R. Jones, Esq. and Audrey Bomse) will be taking the lead on this project.

The National Prison Strike Demands of 2018 have not changed. As reflected publicly by the recent deaths of Mississippi prisoners, the crisis in this nation’s prisons persist. Mississippi prisons are on national display at the moment of this writing, and we know shortly afterward there will be another Parchman in another state with the same issues. The U.S. has demonstrated a reckless disregard for human lives in cages.

The prison strike demands were drafted as a path to alleviate the dehumanizing process and conditions people are subjected to while going through this nation’s judicial system. Following up on these demands communicates to the world that prisoners are heard and that prisoners’ human rights are a priority.

In the spirit of Attica, will you be in the fight to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex by pushing agendas that will shut down jails and prisons like Rikers Island or Attica? Read the Attica Rebellion demands and read the National Prison Strike 2018 demands. Ask yourself what can you do to see the 2018 National Prison Strike demands through.

SHARE THIS RELEASE FAR AND WIDE WITH ALL YOUR CONTACTS!

We rage with George Jackson’s “Blood in my eyes” and move in the spirit of the Attica Rebellion!

August 21st – September 9th, 2020

AGITATE, EDUCATE, ORGANIZE

Dare to struggle, Dare to win!

We are–

“Jailhouse Lawyers Speak”

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD ATTORNEYS OF THE MASS INCARCERATION COMMITTEE WORKING GROUP EMAIL CONTACT FOR LAWYERS AND LAW STUDENTS INTERESTED IN JOINING THE INTERNATIONAL LAW PROJECT: micjlsnlg@gmail.com

PRISON STRIKE DEMANDS: https://jailhouselawyerspeak.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/prisoners-national-demands-for-human-rights/

JAILHOUSE LAWYERS SPEAK EMAIL: Jailhouselawyersspeak@protonmail.com

Prisoners National Demands For Human Rights

“These are the National Prison Strike 10 Demands of 2018. We are fighting to have them implemented across the country. Since the last national prison strike, we have saw little changes as prisoners, and a great deal of it has to do with our voices being ignored in regards to the listed demands. We demand our human rights. We are not beasts. Change the conditions and you will change attitudes” — Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women

2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor

3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights

4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole

5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states

6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans

7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offend

8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services

9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories

10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count

2-13-2020

AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 9th NATIONAL SOLIDARITY EVENTS TO AMPLIFY PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS

To all in solidarity with the Prisoners Human Rights Movement:

We are reaching out to those that have been amplifying our voices in these state, federal, or immigration jails and prisons, and to allies that uplifted the national prison strike demands in 2018. We call on you again to organize the communities from August 21st – September 9th, 2020, by hosting actions, events, and demonstrations that call for prisoner human rights and the end to prison slavery.

We must remind the people and legal powers in this nation that prisoners’ human rights are a priority. If we aren’t moving forward, we’re moving backward. For those of us in chains, backward is not an option. We have nothing to lose but our chains.

Some people claim that prisoners’ human rights have advanced since the last national prison strike in 2018. We strongly disagree. But due to prisoners organizing inside and allies organizing beyond the walls, solidarity with our movement has increased. The only reason we hear conversations referencing prison reforms in every political campaign today is because of the work of prison organizers and our allies! But as organizers in prisons, we understand this is not enough. Just as quickly as we’ve gained ground, others are already funding projects and talking points to set back those advances. Our only way to hold our ground while movw2ing forward is to remind people where we are and where we are headed.

On August 21 – September 9, we call on everyone in solidarity with us to organize an action, a panel discussion, a rally, an art event, a film screening, or another kind of demonstration to promote prisoners’ human rights. Whatever is within your ability, we ask that you shake the nation out of any fog they may be in about prisoners’ human rights and the criminal legal system (legalized enslavement).

During these solidarity events, we request that organizers amplify immediate issues prisoners in your state face, the demands from the National Prison Strike of 2018, and uplift Jailhouse Lawyers Speak new International Law Project.

We’ve started the International Law Project to engage the international community with a formal complaint about human rights abuses in U.S. prisons. This project will seek prisoners’ testimonials from across the country to establish a case against the United States Prison Industrial Slave Complex on international human rights grounds.

Presently working on this legally is the National Lawyers Guild’s Attorneys of the Mass Incarceration Committee Working Group, and another attorney, Anne Labarbera. Members of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP), and I am We Prisoners Advocacy Network/Millions For Prisoners are also working to support these efforts. The Mass Incarceration Committee Working Group (Jenipher R. Jones, Esq. and Audrey Bomse) will be taking the lead on this project.

The National Prison Strike Demands of 2018 have not changed. As reflected publicly by the recent deaths of Mississippi prisoners, the crisis in this nation’s prisons persist. Mississippi prisons are on national display at the moment of this writing, and we know shortly afterward there will be another Parchman in another state with the same issues. The U.S. has demonstrated a reckless disregard for human lives in cages.

The prison strike demands were drafted as a path to alleviate the dehumanizing process and conditions people are subjected to while going through this nation’s judicial system. Following up on these demands communicates to the world that prisoners are heard and that prisoners’ human rights are a priority.

In the spirit of Attica, will you be in the fight to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex by pushing agendas that will shut down jails and prisons like Rikers Island or Attica? Read the Attica Rebellion demands and read the National Prison Strike 2018 demands. Ask yourself what can you do to see the 2018 National Prison Strike demands through.

SHARE THIS RELEASE FAR AND WIDE WITH ALL YOUR CONTACTS!

We rage with George Jackson’s “Blood in my eyes” and move in the spirit of the Attica Rebellion!

August 21st – September 9th, 2020

AGITATE, EDUCATE, ORGANIZE

Dare to struggle, Dare to win!

We are–

“Jailhouse Lawyers Speak”

MASS INCARCERATION COMMITTEE WORKING GROUP EMAIL CONTACT FOR LAWYERS AND LAW STUDENTS INTERESTED IN JOINING THE INTERNATIONAL LAW PROJECT:

micjlsnlg@gmail.com

JAILHOUSE LAWYERS SPEAK EMAIL:

Jailhouselawyersspeak@protonmail.com

PRISON STRIKE DEMANDS: https://jailhouselawyerspeak.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/prisoners-national-demands-for-human-rights/

DONATIONS: cashapp @arebelsworld ; venmo @arebelsworld

Website: iamweubuntu.com

JAILHOUSE LAWYERS SPEAK — U.S PRISONERS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Excited to announce that the International law project for u.s prisoners is now officially on the move. Two lawyers have agreed to co lead the committee. Further details will be released soon.

We are still in need of lawyers and students of international law. Contact us:

Jailhouselawyersspeak@protonmail.com

Those that have already contacted us will be added.

We will need all the help we can get from supporters and journalists to lift up this part of the work.

In going through this process, the u.s prisoners human rights movement is reaching out for international solidarity while exposing the human rights violations of u.s prisons against its captives

** Prisoners voices/stories from around the nation will be needed on this project. In some cases families and friends of prisoners will have to be their bridge to this work. **

For starters to think on (this is not exclusive — this is only examples):

* Legalized slavery/forced work

*Long term lockdowns, minimum rec

*Mental health

*voting disenfranchisement

*blocking natural sunlight

*deaths in custody

*immigration/conditions of confinement

*retaliations by prison officials

Remember even the worst prisons is an effect of living conditions created and enforced based on policies by prisoncrats.

Dare to struggle, dare to win!

forward ever backward never!

Sincerly,

JLS Central Committee

#MillionsForPrisoners #HumanRights #13th #iamWe

James H. Holiday seeking relief under the First Step Act

— James H. Holiday aka “DOC” —

Anyone in the federal or state prisons, (even those that have been released from prison) who are willing to write a letter to the court on Doc behalf, expressing his positive impact on their life, or their overall social outlook is encouraged to do so. Doc recent letter expresses that he will be applying for a reduction of sentence under the “First Step Act, section 404”.

At 77 years old Doc has done 33 years for 2 counts of possession for sells (done by others. He was not charged with conspiracy).

Several prisoners have already submitted letters. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak encourages others to step up.

Write to:

United States District Court For California
Clerk of the Court for
Judge Stephen V. Wilson
312 N. Spring street
Los Angeles, Ca 90012

On the behalf of:

James H. Holiday

Thank you!

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak “general open” memebership for prisoners

Revolutionary greetings to all freedom fighters and supporters for prisoners human rights:
On a southern plantation (prison) JLS was founded in 2015 amongst a group of Jailhouse Lawyers who were already in unity as a cadre based upon the studies of George L. Jackson. This original group of comrades make up the current central committee.
Today, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS) is a national collective of imprisoned persons who fight for human rights, by providing other prisoners with access to legal education, resources, and assistance.
Our focus is on challenging laws that are dehumanizing prisoners and educating prisoners about these laws. We aim to educate and engage the public at large about prisoners human rights violations. We seek to achieve this “by any means necessary.”
We are freedom fighters that believe the current model of how this society addresses people that has fallen short (according to this society’s own terms), and must therefore be dismantled.
This can only be done by prisoners speaking out. Prisoners must use our own voice and organizing skills to connect with the world for change.
We are leading by example. JLS members participated in the national prison strike of 2016 by having a rep at the organizing table when Kenetik Justice of FAM called, helping the organizing group promote and carry out the plan for the strike.
August 19, 2017 JLS called and organized with an outside committee the biggest abolitionist gathering across this nation known as the Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March. The aim was, and is, to demand the slavery clause of the 13th amendment be “abolished” (amended or repealed).
August 21st 2018 we spearheaded the national prison strike with a list of 10 demands. These national demands were formulated and agreed upon by key prisoner organizers in several states.
National Prisoners Strike 10 Demands:
1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human
shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.
Today these demands are our platform. They grew out of a long struggle that has been ongoing in the prisons since the 13th amendment officially made prisons the state and government owned slave quarters. We view these “demands” as a means to further our agenda to dismantle the Prison Industrial Slave Complex.
JLS has developed friendships and allies around the country and across the waters.
They respect prisoners position of wanting to be at their decision making tables when it pertains to us. They understand and agree with our wanting to have our voices heard and lead our own movement again. Due to this acceptance you will find our voices heard across the world, and people picking up to act on our call. No one can explain what’s going on in prison better then a person in prison. No one desires sentence changes more than a prisoner. No one wants to see the prison walls fall more than a prisoner.
How do prisoners join this resistance movement?
We know that many people in prison are interested in connecting to the prisoner organizers of the national prison strike and joining, but are not informed on how to do so. This should clear that up. We do want as many prisoners as possible to be a part of the JLS membership.
In order for an individual to register as a member of JLS and receive the JLS open membership card, you will need to write us at the following address with your request for membership:
Jailhouse Lawyers Speak Open Membership Office
PO Box 414304
Kansas City, MO 64141
In order to form a committee, the person would need to write us with three additional names of who would serve in one of each of the following roles: chair, co-chair, secretary and treasurer. Members must include their position on the committee when writing JLS.
In addition to joining JLS as an individual or a JLS committee, there are two types of ways that you can register:
1. Traditional closed membership – identity is withheld
2. General open membership – identity not withheld
The contact address herein listed is for general open membership only.
If you are a part of a formation, you can join us. We are all prisoners irregardless of affiliations. Unity is the key.
[“Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution”.
George L. Jackson]
As a member you will have instant national solidarity for concerns in your state from our ranks and allies nationally. You will automatically be authorized to use the JLS logo and name in representing yourself or committee at anytime (name cannot be attached to any criminal interests). All state and federal JLS committees are free to initiate actions without approval. We encourage all potential JLS members to organize with outside organizers in your state to agitate and disrupt the local status quo. We are not trying to save the prisons. Only ourselves and those around us in the same chains.
When you join the open membership, the national prison strike 10 demands are automatically a part of your platform. Promote them in the prisons, to local outside organizers, and to lawmakers.
You do not have to be a jailhouse lawyer as we are. But we do strongly encourage you to know the prison rules, regulations, and any related laws about any concern you may raise. For instance, if your organizing to change the sentencing laws, you must read that particular portion of the law being complained about.
It’s important that we relay this information to as many imprisoned people as possible. JLS was formed knowing that we needed a national organized network to bring about the desired result we are seeking. There is no such thing as the worst state or federal prison. Why? Because they are all prisons, only changing by degrees. Our fight is a national fight. Know your opposition!
Dare 2 struggle, dare to win!
Uhuru sasa (Freedom Now).
Carry it on!
JLS founder and central committee member,
S.J