Urgent Communications Zap: Support Alabama Hunger Striker

(Last Updated March 29th 2019)

 

Kenneth S. Traywick is the 10th person this month to start a hunger strike in the Alabama Department of Corrections, in protest of unwarranted solitary confinement. Traywick was transferred to a solitary housing unit at Limestone C.F. with no disciplinary charge or infractions, and he needs our help to get transferred back to general population.

It’s important that we show support and keep the pressure up on the Alabama Department of Corrections. To be clear: We don’t engage with the ADOC because we think they share our concerns. We are engaging with them to demand accountability by disrupting business as usual. This communications zap is a digital blockade, but it only works if enough of us keep calling/ faxing/ e-mailing in.

Let’s get Kenneth Traywick out of solitary confinement!

Who to call: (if you only have a few minutes, the first 3 numbers are our primary targets)

Alabama Governor (Kay Ivey): (334) 242-7100

Limestone C.F. Warden (DeWayne Estes): (256) 233-4600

ADOC Commisionner (Jefferson Dunn): 334 353 3870

ADOC Operations (Southern Regional Director Cheryl Price): 334 353 3813

ADOC Health Services (Ruth Naglich): 334 353 3887

ADOC Public Information (Bob Horton): 334 353 4803

ADOC Facilities Manager (Jenny Abbott): 334 567 1554

ADOC Governmental Relations: 334 353 3878

ADOC Admin Services (Matthew C. Brand): 334 343 9989

ADOC Investigations & Intelligence: 334 353 8912

ADOC Legal (Carrie McCollum): 334 353 3885

Suggested Call Script:

“Hello, my name is _ and I’m calling from _, you should be aware this call is being recorded. I recently learned Kenneth Traywick  is on hunger strike in response to being placed in the SHU with no infractions or disciplinary charges. He was transferred to Limestone C.F. on March 26th and I am very concerned about his health and safety. I demand Traywick’s immediate release back into general population.

Are there plans to release him to general population as soon as possible?

(if not), Who can I speak to about this ? I will keep calling until he is released.”

Notes: Be stern with the individual who answers the phone. Insist to speak to who you call for. Give no more information to secretary other than your name. Record calls if possible. Report any new info to unheardvoices78@gmail.com

Email ADOC offices:

  • jefferson.Dunn@doc.alabama.gov
  • constituent.services@doc.alabama.gov
  • bob.horton@doc.alabama.gov
  • webmaster@doc.alabama.gov

Suggested E-mail Script:

“To whom it may concern:

I am writing to demand justification and accountability for the Alabama Department of Corrections blatant disregard for its own policies. I recently learned that Kenneth Traywick, an inmate under your care, started a hunger strike on March 27th 2019, in response to being placed in a solitary housing unit without any infraction, disciplinary charge, or explanation. I believe that the warden at Limestone C.F. is acting on orders from ADOC Commissioner Jefferson Dunn.

A sustained hunger strike like this one can have very serious implications. I demand an explanation for this arbitrary detention, the immediate release of Kenneth Traywick from solitary confinement, and an end to further retaliation.

Are there plans to release him to general population as soon as possible?

I will continue to follow up until he is released.

Sincerely,

___”

AL Governor Kay Ivey’s Fax #: (334)353-0004

Limestone CF Fax #: 256 233 1930

ADOC Fax #: 334 353 8922

Suggested document to fax in: http://tinyurl.com/yypbekfr (if you are having trouble viewing it,  try selecting ‘view print layout’)

Free e-mail to fax services: https://faxzero.com 

 

Below is a Press Release from Unheard Voices OTCJ: 

https://unheardvoicesotcj.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/alabama-prison-hunger-strike-spreads-to-limestone-correctional-facility/

Note: In an effort to mask retaliation behind standard operating procedures, the ADOC Commissioner has instituted a rule that any prisoner who is transferred from one facility to another is automatically placed in segregation for a period of two weeks. When transfers are made without legitimate cause, as is the case here, it is clearly nothing other than a retaliation for peaceful organizing against violence.

We stand firmly against this new policy. The UN and many human rights organizations have stated that the use of solitary confinement for a period of 15 days is tantamount to torture, and the two week period is an attempt to cause similar psychological effects while remaining within what may be considered by some as acceptable use. We maintain that any use of solitary confinement is torture.

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