India’s Prisons are Schools of Resistance and Revolution

CPI (Maoist) leaders start movements in jails
Hindustan Times
Kolkata, October 13, 2011
CPI (Maoist) has opened a new front, from behind the bars, away from Junglemahal. With senior leaders lodged in jails, the party is not only spreading its views among the inmates, but also leading movements and agitations on various issues. Since the past couple of years, a number of agitations have taken place inside the jails, including the central jails, where a large number of inmates even sat on indefinite hunger strikes.According to jail sources, Maoists have formed various jail committees, which not only look after rights of prisoners, but also make them aware of the current political situation. Intelligence sources admit that Maoists have also initiated indoctrination classes for young under trials in some jails.”It is their strategy to catch the administration on the wrong foot. They have been organising inmates behind the bars and prompting agitations. They are the brain behind most agitations, however frivolous for a cause it may be,” said Ranvir Kumar, inspector general of jails. Continue reading

Make an emergency call! Demand an Evacuation Plan for Prisoners at Rikers Island!‏

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Dear Friends,
No matter where you are right now, prisoners at Rikers Island need our help.  
While we all hope that Hurricane Irene causes as little damage as possible, we need to act now to make sure New York City officials don’t literally leave prisoners behind in their evacuation planning.  Right now there is no evacuation plan for Rikers Island – we need to change this immediately!
The action steps below are from our friends and allies in New York. Please read, act, and forward widely now!
-Critical Resistance
Take Action for Rikers’ Island Prisoners:  Demand the City Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan
Mayor Bloomberg has announced that in the event of a hurricane, that he will not evacuate prisoners at Rikers’ Island, claiming instead to have a “contingency plan” in place. The experience of prisoners in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina shows that city authorities will abandon the basic rights of prisoners in the face of disaster.
We can’t let Bloomberg get away with this!
(1.) Demand the city create an emergency evacuation plan by 5pm today to evacuate prisoners at Rikers Island inthe event that other areas in Zone B or C around Rikers Island are evacuated.
Call NYC Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs at (212) 788-2485
 Twitter: @NYCMayorsOffice
(2.) Call on NY1 to investigate the status of the “contingency plan” for Rikers Island prisoners:
Tel.:  212-691-6397
(3.) Submit evacuation plan demand to city’s website:
Go to  –this is a website set up by the city for people to submit weather-related service problems.  Locate Rikers Island on the map and drag the red marker there.
-Copy and paste this text (or write your own!):
Title: Evacuation plan needed
The city has no evacuation plan for Rikers Island, despite its low elevation and its nearly 13,000 prisoners. Please do not let these individuals, or the ones at the nearby floating Vernon C. Bain Correction Center, suffer.
Critical Resistance
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