From the Free Alabama Movement:
FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT SET TO LAUNCH “FREEDOM MARCHES” WITH “MARCH ON ST. CLAIR” PRISON: Building National Coalition for More Protests
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: In spite of the effort by Sen. Cam Ward and Alabama’s
Department of Corrections to silence and abuse FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT’S
organizers and derail prisoners’ non-violent and peaceful protests for
civil and human rights. Free Alabama Movement has picked up steam and is
now rallying throughout the state to garner support for the passage of
their “FREEDOM BILL” http://www.freealabamamovement.com/A%20BILL%20PRESENTED%20BY%20FREE%20ALABAMA%20MOVEMENT%20TITLED.pdf, which is legislation that F.A.M. says will transform
Alabama’s prison system.
According to F.A.M. Founder and Spokesperson Melvin Ray, this Bill will
prioritize Education and Rehabilitation and will address the historic
overcrowding, violence and spread of disease and racially motivated
disenfranchisement, among other issues, that currently plagues Alabama’s
On July 19, 2014 beginning at 1 p.m. FAM members and supporters will be
kicking off its statewide FREEDOM MARCHES with a “MARCH ON ST. CLAIR”
Correctional Facility in Springville, Al, These Marches are being conducted
to protest Alabama’s RACIALLY DISCRIMINATORY LAWS AND PRACTICES, and
Alabama prison system’s HISTORIC OVERCROWDING, EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE, INHUMANE
TREATMENT, UNSANITARY LIVING CONDITIONS, and LACK OF EDUCATION,
REHABILITATION AND RE-ENTRY PREPAREDNESS OPPORTUNITIES.
F.A.M. has chosen St Clair Correctional Facility as ground central to kick
off these historical FREEDOM MARCHES because St. Clair CF has become a
paragon of what’s wrong within the Alabama DOC. As was documented earlier
this year by Melvin Ray in a documentary that is featured on YouTube and
Facebook, St. Clair is one of the most violent, filthiest and unsanitary
institutions in the state. And, under the incompetent leadership of Warden
Carter Davenport, St. Clair has seen an alarming increase in violence with
an astonishing 5 murders (Marquette Cummings, Jodey Waldrop, Jammy Bell,
John Abraham Rutledge, and Jabari Leon Bascomb) in 3O months.
From left to right:
Jabari Leon Bascomb, Marquette Cummings, Jodey Waldrop, Jammy Bell (no photograph available for Mr. Rutledge).
FAM Co-Founder and Chief Political Strategist Robert Earl Council states
that Alabama prisons are plagued by a lack of accountability from
leadership and also plagued by violence, due to a lack of resources
dedicated to education. FAM is calling for the resignation of Commissioner
Kim Thomas and Wardens like Carter Davenport. Mr. Council further stated
that with the Dept. of Justice issuing a report about decades long rapes,
sexual assaults and exploitation of women at Tutwiler, and with Davenport
overseeing a quadruple rise in both violence and murders at St. Clair, one
has to wonder if Governor Bentley, Senator Ward and others aren’t tacitly
approving these crimes against humanity and human rights violation. And,
despite the DOJ stating that these women’s civil rights were violated, not
a single ADOC employee or anyone from the Commissioner’s Office has lost
their job, let along been charged with negligence or dereliction of duty.
With instances such as these, the Alabama Department of Corrections
has produced the seeds for a massive outcry. FAM has become the voice
of that outcry, and this weekend will make St Clair CF the first stop
, in a series of marches and rallies, throughout the State to demand
Civil & Human Rights for over 3O,OOO plus men an d women who are incarcerated.