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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!

Pack the Court: Support MI Prisoner Curtis Jones

When: May 31, 2019, 8:45am Where: Federal Courthouse, 410 W Michigan Ave # 107, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Please come to Kalamazoo, MI to support Curtis Jones (#221006) in his civil action case against Michigan Department of Corrections. In 2015, he was placed in administrative segregation with a broken window in the middle of winter (February … Continue reading Pack the Court: Support MI Prisoner Curtis Jones

The Opening Statement – Spring 2019

OPENING STATEMENT – SPRING 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 – Spring 2019

Beyond the Walls: Strategies of Solidarity Against the Carceral State

Join us Monday, April 15th at 6pm as we celebrate and distribute the newest issue of the journal, hear firsthand accounts about state repression and prisoner resistance in Michigan and discuss how you can get involved with MAPS’ efforts to support prisoner struggles. We hope you leave this event with practical methods of connecting with prisoner-writers as well as the broader movement, led by prisoners, against the carceral state.