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Posts Tagged with "Ely State Prison"

Solidarity with California hunger strikers: When darkness sets in

August 16, 2013

Sitting here in the dark, reflecting on the situation I find myself in, trying to figure out how things got so messed up here in this graveyard, trying to think of ways to uplift my fellow prisoners, bringing all the solid ones together so that we can try to make things better. But I’m just one man in this fight; I’ve only been able to do so much on my own.

Dear Society, hate will never cure crime

October 18, 2010

Bro. Muteen (Robert Brown) died shut away in Nevada’s dungeons but never shut up. He got a lot of respect and took great pride in helping other convicts fight for their rights and their freedom in the courts.

Prison teacher and advocate Ikemba beaten while handcuffed at Ely State Prison, Nevada

June 4, 2010

On June 2, 2010, Marritte Funches, known affectionately as Ikemba, a longtime contributor to the SF Bay View, a mentor for consciousness and our brother on the frontlines of the plantations in Nevada, was attacked while shackled in chains by riot police in Unit 3 of Ely State Prison in Nevada when they wanted to conduct a cell search.

Solidarity and struggle: More on the Jan. 31 riot at Ely State Prison

March 21, 2010

Yes, it was a battle. My first report on this riot gave people a look into the ugly violence and bloodshed. I’ve reported it the way it happened, but nothing is to be glorified or celebrated here. It felt good, though, to be a part of struggle and change, to see solidarity in action.

Riot at Ely State Prison: It was a battle!

February 14, 2010

This is not my first riot but it was definitely the best. It’s so good to see solidarity in action, to see prisoners of different races and factions coming together like this. We need more of this before we can really start making positive changes in this system!

Nevada Prison Board hearing, Part 2: Shocking public comments

April 20, 2009

“You could hear a pin drop” when prisoner Marritte Funches’ letter was read at the April 14 hearing of the Nevada Board of Prison Commissioners. These are four of the shocking public comments submitted to the Prison Board on April 14.

Nevada Prison Board hearing, Part 1: The most explosive meeting ever

April 20, 2009

The April 14 hearing before the Nevada Prison Board was the most explosive meeting that I have ever been to. The atmosphere was electric!

It’s time to expose the sexual abuse of inmates by prison employees: Reports from Angola and Ely

March 11, 2009

While the general public has been exposed to stories of rape among prisoners, there is little awareness about the high incidence of brutal rape of both men and women by prison employees.

How can I watch while they strip us of our humanity and not rebel?

March 1, 2009

On Jan. 6, after 27 days of fasting and an incredible effort on the part of the pigs to interfere and frustrate my fast in protest of what has been happening to me and other men being denied medical care, I was all but forced to end it.

They can’t kill a revolutionary: Showing solidarity with Ikemba (Marritte Funches)

January 1, 2009

They tried to kill a true revolutionary, they tried to do him like George Jackson, and he beat them. So now they really want to do him in!

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