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Report finds disturbing pattern of illnesses at Southwestern PA prison surrounded by coal ash dump

Abolitionist Law Center and Human Rights Coalition release report detailing health problems at SCI Fayette

Contact: Ben Fiorillo                         bfiorillo@gmail.com                         412-482-0041

No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette

 

September 2, 2014: Pittsburgh, PA – Abolitionist Law Center and the Human Rights Coalition have released a report entitled, No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette, based on a year-long investigation into the health impacts of exposure to coal waste at the state prison in Fayette County, PA. The report reveals alarming rates of illnesses consistent with exposure to coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal in power plants.

Surrounded by “about 40 million tons of waste, two coal slurry ponds, and millions of cubic yards of coal combustion waste,” SCI Fayette is inescapably situated in the midst of a massive toxic waste dump. The prison was built on part of a Coal Refuse Deposit Area owned by Matt Canestrale Contracting, which currently operates a coal ash dump directly adjacent to the prison. Before Matt Canestrale Contracting took it over, the land was a dumping ground for coal waste from one of the world’s largest coal processing plants.                                           ...read more

 

 

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Movement #23 is Out!

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HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

Untitled (on slavery) by Nate Butler

"I was a Gangsta" by Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

"They might as well put a gate up around Pennsylvania and put up a sign saying WELCOME TO PRISON" by Joshua Bradshaw

Click on the cover to download a copy of The Movement #23:

The Movement #23
 

Inside The Movement #23: Untitled by Nate Butler

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

By Nate Butler

Time in prison brings about honesty or insanity, and to repeat what the psychiatrist said to me, “If you been in jail for 24 years and you are not trying to take back your freedom, here go some medication because you must be crazy.”

A conscious man, and if you’re not conscious after years of walking around with a jackboot crammed up your ass, I pity the fool. Sooner or later - better sooner than later - consciousness should lead you to concrete conclusions. One is that prison is a carbon copy of slavery, Yale locks, Wall Street stocks, and Military gun barrels included. A carbon copy is an exact replica of the original, the shadow of a thing if you will.

Slavery is not a personal crime, it is an institutional crime.                                                                Read full article

Inside The Movement #23: "I was a Gangsta" by Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

HRC has now released the 23rd edition of the Movement newsletter. As there are more than five hundred people on the inside of US prisons who are reading The Movement, we want to encourage people on the outside as well to check it out. We're making a few articles from the latest edition available online. You can also download the 23rd edition in full or you can contact HRC and order a hard copy and be put on our mailing list (sliding scale - free to $12 annually for four (4) quarterly newsletters).

 

I was a Gangsta

By Bro. Victor Owusu Sawyers

I was born and raised a Gangsta. I’m the son of a Gangsta. In fact, I’m the son of Gangstas. My mother and father were born and raised as Gangstas too! My paternal grandfather was a high ranking Gangsta. He’s serving four life sentences for murder. My paternal grandmother died from AIDS before I was born but she was a Gangsta also. My maternal grandmother is serving a life sentence for murdering her brother; she was also a Gangsta. Her and her boyfriend (who was her brother’s best friend) drowned her brother (who was my great uncle) over drugs and work. My maternal grandfather was killed by the police in a shoot out during a bank robbery, and he was also a Gangsta. I don’t know anything about my family any further back. My parents are still Gangstas. My brother is a Gangsta; we’re partners in the game. Both my sisters are Gangstas, one is in prison and the other is a crackhead. Most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins are Gangstas too.

All I know is that Gangsta life. My life is all about gettin’ money, puttin’ in work, cars, clothes, women, and jewelry. I have a son, and his mother is a Gangsta. Surely he’ll grow up to be a Gangsta just like his parents. That’s just how it goes. I stopped going to school in the 6th grade. I had to help my mom and dad in the family business, as well as put in work to earn my stripes.                    Read full article