This Saturday, July 19th, Denver ABC will be hosting a solidarity rally with F.A.M. to match their rally outside of St. Clair’s prison in Alabama. Not only is this a protest against the overcrowded and crumbling prisons in Alabama, but also a rally in support of F.A.M.’s spokesmen, one of whom is currently in solitary at St. Clair.
We will be joining F.A.M. in calling for a mass release of prisoners to alleviate the severe overcrowding prisoners across Alabama are facing. See freealabamamovement.com for more information on the situation in Alabama prisons and the prisoner movement to combat the abhorrent conditions.
Melvin Ray(a law clerk at St. Clair Correctional Facility) and Robert Earl Council(a law clerk at Holman Correctional Facility) put together a LAWSUIT, a BOOK and a collection of VIDEO’S & PICTURES accurately depicting the horrid living conditions within the Alabama Department of Corrections. This compilation became known as the FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT. Inspired by their efforts, in January of 2014 over 2,500 incarcerated men-at 3 different institutions- exercising their 1st Amendment Rights, began a NON VIOLENT & PEACEFUL PROTEST against their inhumane living conditions, in the form of a Work Stoppage. From January 1 – 22, 2014 there was not one act of violence, as the men peacefully and respectfully demanded that they be treated like human beings. However, rather than address the legitimate HUMAN, CIVIL & CONSTITUTIONAL grievances- For STANDING UP & SPEAKING OUT against the inhumanities being inflicted upon Alabama’s 27,000 plus Incarcerated Citizens- The Alabama Department of Corrections labeled Melvin Ray and Robert Earl Council as “THREATS TO THE SECURITY OF THE ADOC” and placed them in Solitary Confinement indefinitely. This is the Alabama Department of Corrections attempt to silence these Men and to stop the Movement. But Truth crushed to the Earth shall rise again and if God be for you, who can be against you. We stand with these brothers and the thousands of other men and women that make up the Movement. FREE ALABAMA
If you can’t make the rally, you can still aid F.A.M.’s efforts. Call or email the Governor’s office and the Alabama D.O.C. in support of a mass release! Some points to mention:
-Alabama’s prisons were built to hold 14,000 prisoners. Today, they hold 28,000. In other words, AL
prisons are operating at about 200% capacity statewide.
– In 2011, the Supreme Court case Brown v. Plata effectively required the State of California to
remove 46,000 prisoners from its prisons. They were required to cut the prison population
down to 137.5 percent of “design capacity.”
-California’s DOC was sued while running its state prisons at around 185% capacity.
-Overcrowding the AL prisons has added to other existing problems, such as pests, mold, bad food,
lack of medical care for prisoners, as well as tension and violence between prisoners with no space to live.
You can contact the Governor’s Office and the Alabama DOC here:
The AL Governor’s Office, Governor Robert Bentley: 334-242-7100
Link to email Governor Bentley: http://22.214.171.124/forms/contact.aspx
AL Dept. of Corrections, Central Office: 334-353-3883
AL Dept. of Corrections, Commissioner Kim Thomas: 334-353-3870
Email, AL Dept. of Corrections: Constituent.Services@doc.alabama.gov