Tuesday, February 15, 2005

US Solitary Confinement: Oregon's Supermax Prison

Hello brother and sister comrades of Australia!

US: Oregon: My name is Cassidy, and I'm a 25 year old anarchist /punk serving 8 1/2 years in prison for shoplifting a pair of socks and assault on a courtroom officer

I am currently isolated in the intensive management unit (Oregon's Supermax Control Unit) for my role in organising and publicising a strike at the Oregon Correctional institution that involved over 1,500 inmates refusing to eat meals or purchase items from the prison store for 4 days.

This was done to show unity across racial and gang lines and to protest years of inhumane treatment at the hands of the Oregon Department of Corrections and its agents.

My ongoing struggle is to educate and inspire my fellow incarcerated freedom fighters by putting together an international Pen-Pal program, a radical literature library a resource guide for radical prisoners and by combating racism, sexism homophobia and all other forms of ignorance I'm surrounded by.

Please send correspondence, zines, books (direct from publisher) or request for information or donations of funds to my partner Chantel Guirdry c/o Labc Pob 1483 Lawrence ks 66044 USA.

Thank you for your support and dedication and please remember we are winning.

Love and solidarity

Cassidy wheeler # 14282456 osp imu 2605 state st salem or 97310 USA (please note abcmelb are doing a benefit for Cassidy if there any ideas please emal abcmelb)


By Cassidy Wheeler posted 15 February 05

Ed: This must be the day Cassidy won the cup!

Two symbols for Cassidy Wheeler.

1. The stars
2. The heart

The stars are our brothers and sisters and the heart is mercy for them all. In solidarity brother Cassidy and good luck.



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