prisoners rights

95 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to International Committee of the Red Cross

An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Workers Support Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

"We urge all labor organizations and workers’ movements to express their solidarity and support for the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike, for the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation and for the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."--Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS), April 28, 2017  Labor for Palestine joins workers around the world to stand with 1,500 Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike since April 17 to protest conditions that Amnesty International calls "unlawful and cruel." After more than a month, their health is failing, but their steadfastness remains unshakable.   From workers' rights and women's rights, to anti-racism and anti-colonialism, hunger strikes are a time-honored form of protest against injustice. But the Israeli government — which receives $3.8 billion per year in U.S. weapons and closely coordinates with the same police agencies that systematically terrorize Black and Brown communities in the United States — threatens to force-feed the strikers, and is gunning down their supporters in the streets of Palestine. Such relentless state violence reflects the continuing Nakba, Israel's 69-year-old ethnic cleansing campaign against the Palestinian people.Undeterred, the prisoners have vowed: "Our chains will be broken before we are, because it is human nature to heed the call for freedom regardless of the cost." They know that, like Jim Crow and apartheid South Africa, Zionist settler colonialism will one day fall to the unstoppable tide of popular mass resistance.Labor bodies around the world have risen to their defense, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Canadian Labour Congress, 26 European trade unions and labor organizations, World Federation of Trade Unions (representing 92 million workers in 162 countries), International Trade Union Confederation (representing 181 million workers in 163 countries), and the Trabajadores-Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT) of Uruguay. Their outpouring is accompanied by rising international labor respect of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) picket line, which demands an end to occupation and apartheid, full equality for all, and Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the homes and lands from which they were expelled.In the U.S., BDS has been embraced by West Coast dockers refusing to handle Israeli Zim Line cargo, the United Electrical Workers, CT State AFL-CIO, UAW 2865, UAW 2322, GSOC-UAW 2110, AFT 3220, and thousands of other union members.This parallels growing intersectional solidarity with Palestine from the Movement for Black Lives, Standing Rock, #NoBanNoWall, and other U.S. grassroots social justice movements. Today, we affirm:*Victory to Palestinian Political Hunger Strikers!*From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free! ===== Issued May 21, 2017 by Labor for Palestine Co-Conveners: (Affiliations below for identification only)*Suzanne Adely, Global Workers Solidarity Network*Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; Labor for Standing Rock*Clarence Thomas, Co-Chair, Million Worker March; Executive Board, ILWU Local 10 (retired) =====Endorsing Organizations (list in formation): Labor for PalestineLabor for Standing RockGSOC-UAW Local 2110Al-Awda New York, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAl-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAROC: Arab Resource & Organizing CenterBlack4PalestineBlack Youth Project 100 (BYP100)CUNY4PalestineDecolonize This PlaceExistence is ResistanceJews for Palestinian Right of ReturnJewish Voice for Peace-New York CityLA4PalestineNYC Solidarity with PalestineNYC Students for Justice in PalestinePalestinian Youth Movement - USASamidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity NetworkTOLEF: Tree of Life Educational FundUS Campaign for Palestinian RightsUS Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of IsraelUS Palestinian Community Network =====[When signing, please list trade union and/or other affiliation, and location, in the comment box -- then amplify your voice by sharing on social media and promoting on]===== E-mail: info@laborforpalestine.netWeb:

Labor for Palestine
444 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Administration at F.C.I. Victorville II, Western Regional Office, and/or the Central Office

Stop the falsification, fabrication and backdating of documents by prison officials

In 2013 Prison officials at F.C.I. Victorville did just that. They claim to have served Carl Chester Reg. #37667-048 with an incident report on Dec. 14, 2012. They also claimed to have misplaced said incident report but later recovered it. What the staff did was write up an incident report in January backdating it and all memorandums relating to it, to appear as if they had been prepared on Dec. 14, 2012. On January 30, 2013, Mr. Chester first became aware of what was being done by staff and he advised the administration at F.C.I. Victorville that staff were falsifying official documents relating to him and his incarceration. The administration denied such was transpiring. During an appeals process, Mr. Chester obtained documents that proved that the staff falsified documents and that the Regional Office or its employee(s) were aware of what was done to Mr. Chester. Within those documents were emails with smiley faces on them between the disciplinary hearing officer and prison officials, where it was apparent that the incident had been fabricated.The disciplinary hearing officer clearly had caught the staff fabricating documents however she believed it was humorous that staff were fabricating official documents that would be used by her to revoke Mr. Chester's good time credit and prolong his incarceration. Prison official Lt. Murillo falsified and backdated documents, claiming to have investigated the incident report on Dec. 14, 2012 and providing Mr. Chester a copy of the incident report on that date. A review of the documents makes it clear that Lt. Murillo lied. He not only fabricated the above but he also fabricated a statement which implied guilt on Mr. Chester's behalf and claimed Mr. Chester had a bad attitude which would not be looked upon favorably when the DHO imposed sanctions on Mr. Chester. Mr. Chester has never met Lt. Murillo and has never spoken to him regarding an incident report or anything else for that matter. We are petitioning the Administration at F.C.I. Victorville II, Western Regional Office, and/or the Central Office to remove the incident report and all other fabricated documents from Mr. Chester's institutional record, remove incident reports that occurred at U.S.P Atwater and U.S.P Beaumont that would not have happened if the documents at F.C.I Victorville had not been falsified, restore the 41 days good time credit that was taken, and to extend an official apology to Mr. Chester because at any time it should never be acceptable for staff of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to fabricate, falsify or backdate any documents relating to an inmate or his incarceration. Mr. Chester has been way from his mother, siblings, children and family for over 10 years and incidents like the above has prolonged his sentence and continues to keep him away from them. If Mr. Chester's good time is restored and all other incident reports removed he could be home with family by early 2018. Our prison system on all levels is broken and we need to take the steps as a community to fix it and bring our sons, brothers and fathers home. Please read.... copy and paste links in new tab. Smiley Face Email: file:///E:/Texas%20case%20(3).pdf Email: file:///E:/Texas%20case%20(2).pdf Email 2: file:///E:/Texas%20case%20(4).pdf Fabricated Incident Report: file:///E:/Texas%20case%20(5).pdf Memo: file:///E:/Texas%20case%20(6).pdf Memo 2: file:///E:/Texas%20case%20(7).pdf Court Judgment: file:///E:/Texas%20case%20(8).pdf     

Johnnetta Miller
9 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Eugene E. Jones Jr., Mary C. Howard

Expand Public Housing Eligibility for Newly Released Prisoners in Chicago

Fellow Citizens, We would like to start off by asking a question: Once someone serves their prison sentence, they should be done, right? Their punishments should be over, right? They did their time, and now they should be able to move with their life. Well unfortunately, this is not the case. Once released from prison, many prisoners are homeless. So, many of them apply for public housing assistance. However, many people are not eligible for this public housing or are denied it due to their criminal records, thus rendering them homeless. So, does someone's punishment really end once they are released from prison? Not really. Their punishment seems to go on for the rest of their life since they have a criminal record and are not eligible for many programs and assistances that they need. This is not fair, especially for people who are imprisoned for petty crimes and misdemeanors and are then plagued and labeled with a criminal record for the rest of their lives. This issue really stuck out to us because homelessness is a huge problem around the world, and in Chicago especially. And, past felons with criminal records being denied access to public housing is contributing to this problem of homelessness. So, we decided to do something about it. We are educating the students of Saint Ignatius on this issue by posting infographics around the school to raise awareness for this issue. Also, we are making a petition, and we will have a goal of a certain number of signatures. Once, this goal is reached, we will send this petition to the Chicago Housing Authority, as well as other departments of public housing. Hopefully, this will change their minds and cause them to revise their policies about who is eligible for public housing.

Miguel Cisneros, Parker Hansen, And Luis Salinas
113 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Inside Time, Noel Smith, John Roberts, Louise Shorter

Stop censoring our grass-roots prisoner union

Inside Time, the most-read newspaper for prisoners, is refusing to publish articles or advertisements about a grass-roots prisoner union, which is fighting to improve prisoners’ lives. The Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) is a part of the Industrial Workers of the World, an international union founded in 1905. We are made up of ex-prisoners, family members of prisoners and supportive union members. We started to try to give prisoners and those that have been affected by the criminal justice system a voice in the UK and to support them to organise inside and outside of prison. As prisons are notorious for breaching human rights and for increasingly exploiting prisoner labour, we feel it is a necessary step that prisoners are supported to organise and access solidarity from people on the outside when trying to challenge their conditions. Membership is free for prisoners. For people leaving prison, union membership allows them to meet people in their local areas, access support for grievances in their workplaces when needed, access free training and education, and more. For those inside, they can access support, pen-pals and receive and contribute to literature produced by the Union worldwide. Despite the clear benefits to prisoners and those affected by the system, Inside Time, the national newspaper circulated in prisons has rejected our attempts to pay for advertising in its paper. Over 60,000 copies of each issue of Inside Time are distributed to all prisons and special hospitals plus many secure units and hostels throughout the UK. Historically it has published a wide range of articles, including those critical of the prison system. Inside times may allow prisoners to complain and voice the things that are done to them in prison, such as abuse and neglect, but they seem quite uninterested in giving space to groups and projects that attempt to create or organise for solutions to these problems. We cannot see why Inside Time would reject IWOC, a project initiated by ex-prisoners, and censor its outreach to prisoners. We believe the benefits to prisoners are clear and that they should be allowed to make their own minds up as to whether to apply for membership following reading about us in the newspaper. We are calling on the Management Board of Inside Time to re-consider their discriminatory position and allow us to advertise in its publication.

Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee
102 supporters