Fighting Minnesota lockdown and denial of essential services
I am writing to inform you the following has taken place here at Stillwater Prison. On 07/18/2018, a guard was killed in the industry building by a prisoner. According to the MN Star Tribune Newspaper, "a 42-year-old prisoner serving a 30-year sentence for murder attacked a guard with a hammer and two homemade shanks."
This incident has placed us on an indefinite status of lockdown 23 a day. All normal programming has stopped.
i have written to our local chapter here in the Twin Cities, IWOC, our union has been very supportive in this direct action movement. Our first step has been to notify the public of the humanitarian violations that are taking place in here. We are going to continue to actively push on the DOC for an end to this oppressive mistreatment. We went several weeks without clean clothes, linen, and hygiene necessities, toothpaste, soap and deodorant. After week two, they handed us one small plastic bag with a 3-1 Bob Barker bottle of soap, 2 hand-size soaps and a clear toothpaste, two pieces of lined writing paper and two envelopes. Since then, we have been provided the opportunity to spend $40.00 a week for a select list of items which include hygiene items.
I must admit that this incident causes us to stop and pay attention more closely to what is going on around us. It is my belief we will grow stronger after and during this experience. We welcome any advice, as it may help us build a stronger movement. This is a call for solidarity.