Milwaukee, March 7: Phone Zap: Waupun prison censorship

Short form:
Tuesday, March 7, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Call Waupun Correctional at (920) 324-5571, and ask to be transferred to the mailroom.
Sample Script: “I am calling to ask you to reconsider your censorship in Waupun Correctional mailroom. Your facility has consistently blocked access to the prisoner publication Voices From Behind Wisconsin Prison Gates. By blocking this you are smothering prisoners voices. Other facilities have let this publication in, we are asking you to do the same.”

They may ask you to identify which prisoners this publication was sent to. If challenged on this, say “It has gone to many people on the inside. Other prisons in Wisconsin have not blocked this. Why is Waupun censoring this publication?”

Context:
Voices Behind Wisconsin Prison Gates is a publication written by people incarcerated in Wisconsin, it provides a way for people who are incarcerated to talk to teach other about problems they experience, to be less isolated, and less vulnerable to abuse by prison authorities.

The latest issue can be seen online here: http://bit.ly/2leH8vM

More context on the conditions of abuse and restriction at Waupun Corectional Institution: http://wisconsinwatch.org/tag/waupun-correctional-institution/

More information on Milwaukee’s Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee can se seen here: http://talkin.mkegmb.org/organizing/incarcerated-worker-organizing-committee

If you want to help, you can also fill out survey form identifying tasks that you can do to be part of the movement against prison abuse:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jIToClitl8JErcqDRPNdOB_FY2jwgXlNncV8nVI_81E

Here is a “How-To” video for calling prisons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=251DPVDQ17A (the example used is a lot longer than what’s expected for this call, but it shows how the process can often look like)

If you’re participating internationally, you can make an international voice call to the US very cheaply using google voice / hangouts. When you make a call, please post in the facebook thread how it went to provide more information to people and remind others to take a minute to call-in.

An injury to one is an injury to all. Please contact us if you have additional concerns.

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