Category Archives: soldarity

Action alert: Get Samantha to hospital for her biopsies, no more prison failings!

About: Samantha Faulder is a long-term anarchist prisoner in England. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, beginning a long journey of medical neglect in the prison system where access to treatment faced significant delays and disruption. One prison cancelled a total of 9 hospital appointments for surgery over a period of 2 years.

After six years of struggle and three major surgeries, her cancer has returned. 

She is now at HMP Eastwood Park. Her six monthly check ups did not happen due to the pandemic and prison failings. At her last check up on the 3rd February the doctor said she needs to come back within 2 weeks for an emergency appointment to go to theatre to take biopsies. 

It’s now been nearly 2 months. HMP Eastwood Park failed to take Sam for her pre-operative assessment appointment meaning her biopsies are pushed back again to an unknown date in the future. We have no idea how many times this may have already happened (she is not told for security reasons so we do not know if it’s the NHS or the prison causing delays).

Please contact HMP Eastwood Park today demanding: 

  • Organise the biopsies with urgency
  • No more disruption of Samantha’s medical treatment 
  • Better communication between the admin workers and prison officers – no more missed appointments or pre-op instructions that sabotage her healthcare 

Use the template and email tool here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/action-alert-get-samantha-to-hospital-for-her-biopsies-no-more-prison-failings/

Contact:

Governor Zoe Short HMP Eastwood Park, Falfield, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8DB

Call: 01454 382 100

Email: Zoe.Short@justice.gov.uk and/or Zoe.short@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

CC: The Independent Monitoring Board (imb@justice.gov.uk)

CC: Sirona Care & Health (CIC) are commissioned to provide healthcare & social care to HMP Eastwood Park. Siorna Care & Health* (sirona.hello@nhs.net

Template:

RE: Governor Zoe Short

The neglectful treatment of a prisoner at HMP Eastwood Park has come to my attention. Samantha Faulder A1209CF was informed by a doctor at Southmead hospital that she needed an urgent appointment within two weeks for further biopsies to investigate her anal cancer. 

This has not happened because the prison failed to take Samantha to her pre-operative assessment. As you are aware, cancer is a life-threatening illness. 

What assurances can HMP Eastwood Park give that Samantha will be taken to hospital as soon as possible and that no more extremely important healthcare appointments will be missed? 

What will the prison do differently to ensure no further medical mistreatment of Samantha and other prisoners?

Yours sincerely,  

Write to Sam! 

She loves pictures of nature, animals, pagan and punk cards. Her address is Samantha Faulder A1209CF, HMP Eastwood Park, Falfield, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8DB

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Stop the targeting of anarchist prisoner Toby Shone

What has been happening?

All mail and books sent in to Toby Shone at HMP Bristol is being withheld from him under orders of right-wing Senior Officer Steve Sollars. This officer has decided to target anarchist prisoner Toby Shone after googling his case and after Toby refused to continue attending this screw’s workshop (as of February 9) due to the racist, politically motivated and denigrating abuse he and other prisoners were subjected to by said officer.

The Correspondence Department are now claiming that Toby has no mail, including legal correspondence. We know this isn’t true!

We are asking people to bombard the prison with mail for Toby and to complain to HMP Bristol to stop the abuse and targeting of Toby.

Write to Toby

Remember to put a name and address on the back, and if you can afford to, please send it via the Royal Mail Signed For service so that you can see it has been delivered via the tracking number. Toby replies to every letter he is sent IF he receives it.

Toby Shone A7645EP

HMP Bristol

19 Cambridge Road

Bristol

BS7 8PS

Contact HMP Bristol

Express your concerns about the targeting of Toby Shone.
Governor James Lucas

Email: James.Lucas@

hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 3723100

Tweet: @HMPBristol

Ryan Roberts – 14 year prison sentence

Ryan Roberts was sentenced on the 17th December 2021 at Bristol Crown Court to a total of 14 years in prison. He was convicted of riot and four counts of arson. Three of the sentences run consecutively and only one concurrently, hence the brutal sentence of 14 years. As it is over seven years, it means he has to do two thirds of the sentence. He will do just under a decade in prison.

The demonstration took place in March 2021 against the Police, Courts and Sentencing Bill. It was an outpouring of rage against the violence of the police. The crowd fought back after police officers attacked the crowd with batons and riot shields. Pepper spray was used indiscriminately, people were charged at with horses and hit over the head with batons and shields . The protesters fought back, seizing police riot shields, helmets and batons to defend themselves. By the end of the evening several police vehicles had been set on fire.

A growing number of people have been arrested and sentenced to prison, with more trials taking place throughout 2022.

The time is NOW for solidarity.

Please write to him at Ryan Roberts A5155EM HMP Bristol, Horfield, 19 Cambridge Road, Bristol. BS7 8PS

Or use emailaprisoner.com

Donate to the Kill the Bill Prisoner support fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ktb-prisoner-support-fund

Organise where you are and show he is not alone!

Urgent Demonstration for Ryan Roberts

Ryan Roberts is due to be sentenced for riot & arson after the kill the bill protests in Bristol.

Let’s show our solidarity with him and all KTB defendants and prisoners at Bristol Crown Court, Friday 17th December.

2pm – Pack the court to show Ryan he has our support and is not alone. Bring banners, friends, rage and noise!

Ryan is being sentenced tomorrow for his part in fighting back against police attacks at the Kill The Bill protest on 21st March in Bristol.

Expect more cheerleading for brutal cops and punitive, vengeful sentencing as an example to the rest of us, from Judge Patrick, in his enthusiasm for meting out maximum punishment and being a tool of the state.

We need to stand solid together in the face of escalating attacks and repression and show that our movements will not be broken or be defeated. Solidarity is our best defence.

Everyone in the court and out on the streets. ACAB. FTP.

Kill The Bill Prisoner Info

Writing to Prisoners

Writing to prisoners is one of the most important acts we can do to break the isolation that prisons enforce on people. It can make a huge difference to prisoners knowing that people on the outside are thinking of them.

You can do this via normal post sent directly to the prison or via the email a prisoner website – www.emailaprisoner.com

For more detailed info on how to write to prisoners and what to say we recommend checking out this zine created by Brighton ABC.

Kill The Bill Prisoner Addresses

Last updated: 1st April 2022

Sentenced

Ryan Roberts A5155EM
HMP Swaleside, Brabazon Rd, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey ME12 4AX
14 years

Ben Rankin A1261AY
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
5 years

Ryan Dwyer A4276AT
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
4 years 6 months

Brandon Lloyd A0806EE
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
3 years 11 months

Callum Middleton A1817ET
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
3 years 9 months

Kane Adamson A1103ER
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
3 years 6 months

Shaun Davies A4075ER
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
3 years 6 months

Kain Simmonds A9381EQ
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
3 years 3 months

William Houlton A1824ET
HMP Portland, 104 the Grove, Easton, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL
3 years

Joseph Foster A1421CD
HMP Bristol, Horfield, 19 Cambridge Road, Bristol. BS7 8PS
3 years 3 months

Jasmine York, A9204ET, HMP Eastwood Park, Falfield, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 8DB, 9 months

Mariella Gedge-Rogers A8811ET, HMP Eastwood Park, Falfield, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 8DB, 5 years 5 months

Anarchist Prisoner Toby Shone Sentenced

Anarchist prisoner Toby Shone was sentenced to 3 years 9 months in prison for 8 drug offences at Bristol Crown Court on October 13, 2021 after Terrorism charges were dropped. He has already served 8 months of this sentence on remand.

The ‘drugs’ were psychedelics and medicinal plants (LSD, DMT, cannabis, THC oil, MDMA and magic mushrooms) found at two of the four properties raided by counter-terror cops in the UK South-West on November 18, 2020 in their hunt for the administrator of anarchist website 325.nostate.net.

Toby was originally charged with providing a service enabling others to access terrorist publications contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006, fundraising for terrorist purposes contrary to section 15 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and two counts of possession of information likely to be useful to a terrorist contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He had pleaded not guilty to these charges earlier this year and was due to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on October 6, 2021. However, with no evidence to put before the court, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was forced to drop these charges on October 1st. This was a landmark attempt by the British State and the deranged Home Secretary Priti Patel to prosecute an anarchist under modern terrorism legislation.

The investigation into 325 continues and cops continue to harass and attempt to intimidate one of Toby’s comrades at her home.

Toby is in good spirits and remains strong. He hopes to delay being transferred to another prison until he has had his annual MRI scan for cancer which is scheduled for this month with his medical team in Bristol, so please continue to send letters of support and birthday cards (it is his birthday on October 20th) to:

Toby Shone A7645EP
HMP Bristol
19 Cambridge Road
Bishopston
Bristol
BS7 8PS
UK

Or email him via emailaprisoner.com

Solidarity with Toby!
Some Anarchists

#KillTheBill Prisoner Support Fund

Bristol ABC has launched a crowdfunder as a call to support for people sentenced to prison after the Kill The Bill protests in Bristol in March 2021.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ktb-prisoner-support-fund

Update 1st April 2022 – we’ve extended our target to £60k

Thank you so much for your incredible solidarity so far!

We want to thank everyone for all the support in reaching our initial target of £30k, but unfortunately we still need your help. We’re extending our target for this crowdfunder to £60k.

We want to be able to provide £50 a month of canteen money to every prisoner throughout their sentences, but we need more help in order to do that. 15 KTB prisoners have been sentenced so far to a total of 60.5 years between them. Supporting them with £50 a month will cost a total of £36.3k, but unfortunately there are likely to be more prisoners. At least 20 people are still waiting to stand trial in the coming months.

From August 2021 to February 2022 we spent nearly £4k on providing Kill the Bill prisoners with ‘canteen money’ in prison, while almost £1k went towards supporting prisoner families.

Since we set up this crowdfunder last Summer, Ryan Roberts received a 14 year long sentence. We are committed to supporting him financially throughout his time in prison, but need your support to do so. We will need at least £6k to support Ryan through his sentence.

This is an overwhelming amount of money to raise but we know that across our networks and communities there are people like you who take action to support those experiencing repression for resisting the Police, Courts and Sentencing Bill and police violence. So please donate what you can and keep sharing this crowdfunder!

If you would like to donate in a different way please email bristol_abc@riseup.net

What will the money be used for?

  • £50 will be offered to each prisoner per month for the duration of their sentence. This is for phone credit and essential items in prison.
  • Bristol ABC is also dedicated to raising funds for books, clothes, distance learning courses and helping people’s friends and families visit them. All of these things make prison survivable and keep people connected to their loved ones. Any additional funds we raise will go towards the above. 

Why support the Kill the Bill Protestors in Prison?

What happened on 21st March was an outpouring of rage against the violence of the police. The crowd fought back after police officers attacked the crowd with batons and riot shields. Pepper spray was used indiscriminately, people were charged at with horses and hit over the head with batons and shields . The protesters fought back, seizing police riot shields, helmets and batons to defend themselves. By the end of the evening several police vehicles had been set on fire.

Those who defended themselves against the police have been branded ‘thugs’ and ‘wild animals’ by both Priti Patel and the police spokesperson. The police have been out for revenge for what happened at Bridewell ever since. That revenge has come in the form of the brutality used against the Kill the Bill protests in Bristol on March 23rd and 26th. And in the use of riot charges – the most serious public order charge available in English law punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison – against those who fought back on March 21st.

The demonstration on 21st March was against the Police, Courts and Sentencing Bill, a bill which aims to give the police even more power to repress political dissent, and which will destroy the ways of life of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities. It will also massively expand the prison population  through further criminalisation, longer sentences and more powers to imprison children.

Communities across the UK face violence at the hands of the police every day, but they only call it violence when we fight back!

We need to support those that have fought back and show those in prison that they are never alone and not forgotten.

Callout for involvement

Looking for something to get stuck into in the new year? We may have just the thing!

Bristol Defendant Solidarity has been working since 2011 to support defendants facing charges from demonstrations and actions in Bristol and beyond. We provide active solidarity and unconditional support to anyone going through the courts as a result of involvement in social movements and struggle.

This support includes help with case and court preparation, finding witnesses, help with travel costs and fines and organising solidarity demos. We organise know your rights sessions and skillshares to prepare for demos and actions as well as providing police station support for arrestees.

We understand that if people feel supported they are more likely to stay involved despite the hassle from the authorities and their punitive processes designed to keep us off the streets. BDS maintains a radical perspective and is opposed to the state “justice” system and its enforcers.

We need more people to be involved and share the vital work of standing together in the face of repression. Antirepression and solidarity work is everyone’s responsibility. There are lots of tasks and roles. Anyone interested can contact us; we’ll arrange to meet and chat about our work in more detail. Get in touch and get involved! bristoldefendantsolidarity at riseup dot net

Support local antifascists

From crowdfunder page sent to us:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-antifascists-from-bristol

“Please support antifascists from Bristol who have been repeatedly targeted by the police for being active antifascists. A particularly heavy fine of £1500 was imposed on one antifascist, a person of colour, who has also been experiencing significant intimidation and harassment from local officers.

Three antifascists are currently facing bogus charges from a “total policing”, Draconian operation to prevent opposition to a far-right demonstration in Dewsbury on 12th October.

This repression is intended to wear us down and intimidate us. It is also designed to waste our time and effort with fundraising to pay for numerous journeys to court and to pay the fines imposed.

We need to show the authorities that it will not work. Please show your solidarity and support by making a donation towards our target of £1000. “

Action Alert: Support Kevan!

About:

Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement for over 8 years. You can read more about his case here. The majority has been inside the UK’s Close Supervision Centres – prisons within prisons. He has now been moved to a segregation unit at HMP Long Lartin that has even worse conditions.

Since being moved to HMP Long Lartin, with no explanation or justification, Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement in the segregation wing. He has been given no indication as to when he will be moved to general population, as segregation is not meant to be used indefinitely. All this, in spite of recommendations from a psychologist that he should be moved to general population.

As well as being deprived of human contact, Kevan’s visits have been unofficially restricted to a closed visit behind a screen. He has no hot water in his cell, and no toilet seat, lid or privacy screen.

Please write to the governor at HMP Long Lartin the Independent Monitoring Board and HMIPS asking Kevan to be moved to general population.

*****Update 26/4/18: Kevan has now been moved to a different cell in the segregation wing with no warning or reason. They have put him on “riot gear unlock” which means that to leave his room he is forced to stand against the wall while he his searched and is escorted with four officers in full riot gear at all times.

The new cell he is in has no electricity or heating. The window is broken meaning it’s freezing. There is an open drain in the bottom of the floor making the room smell awful.

This is clear punishment for Kev’s resistance and demand for a transfer.

Please, please, please take 2 minutes to contact the prison and demand his transfer and the immediate move from this room.

Actions to Take:

  • Write to the the Governor of HMP Long Lartin (see a template below):
    • Governor Clare Pearson, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8TZ
    • Or email them at: Clare.Pearson@hmps.gsi.gov.uk
    • Or call: 01386 295 100
    • Or Fax: 01386 295 101
  • Write to the Independent Monitoring Board and ask them to investigate Kevan’s treatment. Their contact details are:
    • 020 3334 3265 – If they ask, Kevan has submitted a form in his prison but needs more support and action.
  • Write to the Inspectorate of Prisons:
    • hmiprisons.enquiries@hmiprisons.gsi.gov.uk
    • HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Clive House, 5th Floor, 70 Petty France, London, SW1H 9EX
  • Write to Kevan! He needs your support and solidarity. Send letters to:
    • Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE, HMP Long Lartin, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8TZ
    • You can also use emailaprisoner.com

Example letter template to adapt:

Re: Kevan Thakrar A4907AE

To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you urgently, regarding the aforementioned inmate, Kevan Thakrar. I am asking you to make immediate plans for Kevan to be transferred to general population.

I am concerned about the ongoing treatment of Kevan, who has been kept in solitary confinement for over 8 years. The majority has been inside the UK’s Close Supervision Centres – prisons within prisons. He has now been moved to a segregation unit at HMP Long Lartin that has even worse conditions.

Since being moved to HMP Long Lartin, with no explanation or justification, Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement. He has been given no indication as to when he will be moved to general population, as segregation is not meant to be used indefinitely. All this, in spite of recommendations from a psychologist that he should be moved to general population.

As well as being deprived of human contact, Kevan’s visits have been unofficially restricted to a closed visit behind a screen. He has no hot water in his cell, and no toilet seat, lid or privacy screen.

I look forward to your response,

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