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We’re Never Going Back to Normal

If our understanding begins not just with the current virus but rather with the decades of what Ruth Wilson Gilmore describes as the state-sanctioned and extralegal production of vulnerability to premature death for Michigan’s racialized and poor populations, then our response should avoid appeals to go back to the way things were before, to “business as usual.” The pandemic, the various responses of the state, and the ensuing rebellions have illuminated the deep link between normalcy and death.

Updates on Recent Phone Zaps

Since the shelter-in-place ordinances began, MAPS and other organizations have organized and supported multiple phone zaps with varying targets. Phone zaps are one tool of prisoner solidarity—they have significant limits, but they can also have material impacts that improve conditions for comrades in need. Flooding prison phone lines can let officials and guards know they’re … Continue reading Updates on Recent Phone Zaps

Write Up From The Inside: K-Unit Dubbed “Korona-Unit” and the Approaching Disaster for Michigan Prisoners

Written 4/6/20 by Robert Winburn #222196 K-UNIT DUBBED “KORONA-UNIT” AND THE APPROACHING DISASTER FOR MICHIGAN PRISONERS In Michigan, both non-violent and violent offenders are sentenced to prison, not the death penalty. Thankfully, on March 30, 2020, Governor Whitmer announced she is considering early release of low-risk and/or vulnerable prisoners amid the Coronavirus. Plainly, in an … Continue reading Write Up From The Inside: K-Unit Dubbed “Korona-Unit” and the Approaching Disaster for Michigan Prisoners

The Opening Statement – Spring 2020

The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal name in parenthesis, required for prisoner mail) and MDOC numbers below to … Continue reading The Opening Statement – Spring 2020

Phone Zap: Stop Repression at Michigan Prison

Edward Walton, Edward Combs, and Eric Woods, three prisoners in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, together spoke out about bad living and labor conditions, racist treatment by staff, and a sham grievance process at Chippewa Correctional Facility. Now, all three are facing repression, particularly Edward Walton (pictured in the illustration) who has been placed in solitary confinement … Continue reading Phone Zap: Stop Repression at Michigan Prison

Solidarity Statement for Edward Walton, Edward Combs and Eric Woods

In January, Edward Walton, Edward Combs, and Eric Woods wrote an open letter addressed to “the people of the state of Michigan,” and apparently sent a copy to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDOC Director Heidi Washington. As the Detroit Free Press’s Paul Egan reported, the letter outlined a series of complaints about conditions at Chippewa … Continue reading Solidarity Statement for Edward Walton, Edward Combs and Eric Woods

The Opening Statement – Winter 2020

The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal name in parenthesis, required for prisoner mail) and MDOC numbers below to … Continue reading The Opening Statement – Winter 2020

The Opening Statement – Fall 2019

The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal name in parenthesis, required for prisoner mail) and MDOC numbers below to … Continue reading The Opening Statement – Fall 2019

The Opening Statement – Summer 2019

OPENING STATEMENT – SUMMER 2019  (CLICK THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD PDF) The Opening Statement is a free quarterly newsletter that features articles written by those currently imprisoned by the state of Michigan. We publish poetry, political writing and opinion pieces, as well as other relevant pieces by non-incarcerate authors. We include author names (legal name … Continue reading The Opening Statement – Summer 2019

Bend the Bars Conference August 23 in Lansing!

You’re invited to Bend the Bars 2019, a day-and-a-half long conference about strategies and tactics for supporting the prisoner movement and the struggle for a world without prisons. Where: Red Cedar Friends Meeting House 1400 Turner Rd, Lansing, MI 48906 When: August 23-24th, 2019 RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWK3qtogXunstLcZYFgtVLT3yxh2DsQyUO1MtWC7WDRBfZ9g/viewform Read more as well as stay up-to-date on conference happenings … Continue reading Bend the Bars Conference August 23 in Lansing!