As all yall who have been visiting my site are aware, the Free Alabama Movement called for a statewide work strike in protest to the slave system in Alabama prisons, and the conditions prisoners have to exist in that are deplorable. From January 1 – 15, 2014, prisoners at Holman answered the call of the Free Alabama Movement. The strike was suspended on the 15th because Alabama legislators who were in negotiations with F.A.M. supporters agreed to address the grievances of the F.A.M., but put those same grievances on the backburner once the strike was suspended and the special legislative session began.
So, the F.A.M. planned to resume the strike on April 1, 2014, but due to internal problems (divisions) among prisoners and repression from the pigs, the strike was further put on hold. Since the planning of the April 1, 2014 strike some of the key organizers have been placed in segregation for encouraging prisoners to strike. The F.A.M. has been designated a Security Threat Group (STG) and those who are identified as F.A.M. members/supporters have been labelled as “terrorist.” I, myself, was questioned and interrogated, threatened, and classified as a STG member because I admitted that I was a member of F.A.M. and encouraged other prisoners to take part in the planned April 1, 2014 work strike.
The prisoners in segregation need your help. None of them refused to work since they were not assigned to any job, but simply expressed their constitutional rights of free speech and peaceful assembly (association).
This is how you can help and show solidarity. Call and express your outrage and demand that these prisoners be released from segregation back into general population. The prisoners are James Pleasant and Abdullah Sabir.
Commissioner Kim Thomas
Phone: (334) 353-3883
Fax: (334) 353-3967
Governor Robert Bentley
Phone: (334) 242-7100
Fax: (334) 353-0004
Phone: (251) 368-8173