"Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living" -Mother Jones Friends, family members, and supporters of prisoners held in Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) cages staged a mass funeral for the 94 people who have died of COVID-19 behind bars since March to draw attention to the MDOC’s callous and lethal response to the … Continue reading Memorial Caravan for Prisoner Lives
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
https://www.gofundme.com/manage/covid19-michigan-prisoner-support Prisons put people at high risk of COVID-19 infection. As the number of confirmed cases climbs, the state drags its feet on the only effective and healthy response—letting people out. The governor’s recent executive order targets county jails, ignoring the already dangerous and now lethal conditions in state prisons. We’re hearing from contacts inside … Continue reading COVID Relief Fundraiser for 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
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
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
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
In January of this year Michigan political prisoner and writer Rand Gould had his request for parole denied by the Michigan Parole Board. He is asking his supporters to read the letter below and then to email the parole board and Anthony King as soon as possible urging them to reverse their decision.
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.
Come celebrate the Winter 2019 issue of The Opening Statement with MAPS and friends! Join us March 2nd at 6:00pm Riverside Arts Center - 76 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI featuring a screening of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes by Brett Story The Opening Statement is a quarterly newsletter written for and primarily by incarcerated … Continue reading Beyond The Walls: Prisoner Newsletter Release + Film Screening