Prison revolt on 5/30/20 at Waupun CI
“The guards and prison administration are treating us as if this lockdown is disciplinary and not due to a worldwide pandemic. They’re angry because now they have to do all of the many jobs that they took for granted when it was the prisoners’ duty to do them, such as cook, clean, pass out the food, the phones, toilet paper, etc, and they’re taking it out on us, the prisoners. They only give us one shower a week, they aren’t giving us daily cleaning supplies in the northwest cellhall. We haven’t had recreation in I don’t know how long. They’re restricting our communication to our families and the media. Certain staff have told us, blatantly, that they don’t care whether we ( prisoners) catch coronavirus and die or not. We (the prisoners) are desperate to know what is going on and why we are being treated this way, when we’ve done nothing to deserve this type of treatment and or isolation. Its so bad that the prisoners in the northwest cellhall began to revolt, on 5/30/20, and started setting fires and throwing fire bombs in an attempt to get the outside world to take notice of what’s going on in here, but the effort was suppressed by the WCI administration.” [ Message received by Milwaukee IWOC on 6/1/20]
5/31/20 Black Lives Matter chants at Waupun Correctional:
“On 5/31, Sunday, at Waupun Correctional 75 incarcerated people were chanting “Black lives matter! George Floyd-Say his name!” Guards threatened to shut off the blowers, people incarcerated continued chants for at least an hour. Guards have shut off the antenna for local station, the only way they’re getting news is through court tv. The North has no electronics or phones. ” [ IWOC informed of this via phone call between IWOC outside volunteer and person inside WCI on 5/31/20, chanting heard over the call.]….