[Update as of 8/28/2020 1pm CST:]
We are waiting on more info from folks incarcerated in Louisiana and Southeast Texas before moving forward. If you have a loved one incarcerated in the area who would be interested in connecting, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media. If you know any journalists, influencers, or other media platforms who would be interested in covering this issue, please send them our way.
[Updates as of 8/27/2020 3:33pm CST:]
- There are 5 facilities in Lake Charles which have been heavily impacted. We are trying to get info on where people may have been evacuated to, and who may have been left behind.
- In Texas, parts of USP Beaumont that were not evacuated are experiencing power outages and are now running on generators.
- In Louisiana, we heard from Comrade Malik at USP Pollock that the storm did not hit them.
PUSH OUT TO ANY ORGANIZATIONS YOU KNOW THAT MIGHT HELP, AND REPORTERS!
Hurricane Laura has made landfall as a record breaking Category 4 hurricane. In Louisiana and Texas 50,000+ people behind prison bars lie directly in it’s path with no ability to evacuate.
We need your help applying pressure to ensure the horrors that happened at FCI Beaumont during Hurricane Harvey don’t happen again. Phone zaps have proved effective in the past when we forced North Carolina and Virginia to evacuate prisons ahead of Hurricane Florence!
- MASS RELEASE NOW → For areas not yet impacted, allow incarcerated people to be released to their family members when possible. Start with the elderly and medically compromised.
- EVACUATE FACILITIES IN EVAC ZONES IN THE MOST COVID SAFE MANNER POSSIBLE → If people are being moved to another facility, make sure they are quarantined away from the population for at least 2 weeks.
- STOCKPILE –> Facilities not yet in evacuation zones or unable to evacuate must stockpile food, water, medicine, and sanitation supplies.
When you get a response tweet @FightXPrisons!
Phone numbers aren’t working? Tweet us or e-mail with number updates too!
Keep them talking, ask questions, get info. If you can, tell them you’re recording the phone call, and email it to us. If it turns out they’re lying, we’ll have voice-recorded evidence. (Email FightToxicPrisons@gmail.com and include “Marco/Laura” and Department you called in email title)!
We don’t trust ANY Department of Corrections. Per Jailhouse Lawyers Speak’s advice, “If you know any prisoners in this storm path, it’s important to tell them to fill up any containers or bags with water NOW!! Prisons are notorious for not giving adequate drinking water to prisoners if any at all after the water is contaminated.”
“Hello, I am calling to demand you take immediate action to protect incarecerated people during hurricane Marco and Laura. To ensure the safety of people inside you must initiate a mass release process, starting with the medically vulnerable. Incarcerated people should be released to their families! Facilities in evac zones must be evacuated in a COVID safe manner. This means quarantining for 2 weeks and ensuring all incacerated people have access to masks and sanitation supplies. Finally, for all facilities not yet in evacuation zones, you must begin stockpiling supplies, including: food, water, medicine, and sanitation supplies.”
TIPS FOR MAKING CALLS:
- Be firm but polite, insist on speaking to the person you are calling for
- Leave a message if no one answers
- Refuse to give any information that you may be uncomfortable sharing with the state (e.g. full legal name, organizational affiliation, etc.)
- Send any new information gathered from calls to email@example.com or Tweet @FightXPrisons
Who To Call:
Dallas- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- (214) 424-7800
Demand Immediate Evacuation of All Immigrant Detainees
- New Orleans Field Office
Louisiana Governor- twitter.com/LouisianaGov
225 342 7015
Federal Bureau of Prisons- Tweet at- @TheJusticeDept
South Central Regional Office Located in Grand Prarie, TX–
972-730-8600 (press 9 for Safety)