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In Memory of Clinton “Boo” Gilkie, A Premature Death
Clinton “Boo” Gilkie was held in the Monroe County Jail since he was 16 after a failed robbery using a toy gun. He was set to be released from jail in late June. After sitting for 22 months, he was finally being offered a plea deal for time served. He qualified for bail – just $1,000 – the entire time he was imprisoned, but was too poor to get out. On June 7th, 2016, less than two weeks before his release date, Boo died inside the Monroe County Jail. His incarceration was absurd, his death, murder.
Even though Boo’s death was quieter than that of the Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge or Philando Castile outside St. Paul, who were both cut down by cops, it follows the same pattern – the premature death coldly dealt out to those who are poor and/or black in this society, whether by bullet, coercion or neglect.
Because Boo’s family was poor he was considered “indigent” which means the state would be forced to pay for his medication as long as he had no money on his books. When his family was able to put $10 a month on it was immediately taken by the jail to cover the cost of his medication. The only way Boo had enough money on his commissary to pay for necessary food that met his dietary restrictions and calorie needs was to refuse his medication. This means he was given the choice between access to food or access to medication.
The immediate cause of death was an aortic aneurysm, the result of the jail’s failure to treat a pre-existing heart condition called Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder. The jail was aware of Boo’s diagnosis and family medical history. Medicine and routine tests can manage the condition but the jail denied Boo access to these basic resources. When he died, the guards tried to claim it was an overdose and immediately isolated all of his blockmates, interrogating them and ransacking their dorm. Ex-prisoners who were released shortly after his death and other recent deaths reported that they were blamed, mistreated, and had no substantial support for trauma and loss. Counseling for survivors wasn’t made available, even at their request. While jail staff targeted and attempted to incriminate Boo’s blockmates, we know who the real killers are: the jail medical staff, the jail administration, and an institution that criminalizes race and poverty.
Boo’s premature death comes close on the heels of two suicides and countless suicide attempts in the jail over the last year and a half. These deaths have been under a new administration and jail-appointed medical provider. A suicide had not taken place in the jail for more than 30 years before this. A rise in jail overcrowding, minors tried and held as adults, incarceration for illness and poverty, and an increasing disregard for human life also mark an escalation beyond the last three, already miserable, decades of incarceration.
The system assumes it can keep failing our communities. This assumption relies on our hopelessness and complacency. The people in charge know that many of us get angry when teenagers are left to rot and die inside wretched cells, but they think we’ll stay quiet or take it out on each other. The rebels in Ferguson have demonstrated, though, that the only practical response is to find each other, combine our rage, and fight back against the enemy that cages or kills our friends, family, and loved ones. The legal system offers no protection to the poor, let alone to black teenagers. Our only protection, our best weapon is solidarity – what limits their violence and neglect is fear of our collective power.
If you miss Boo or are angry about his loss:
*Spread the word about Boo’s death. Fight against the media’s effort to sanitize the murder – they are simply acting as the mouthpiece of the jail and the cops.
*Revolt against his murder, against the next murder by law enforcement, and against the daily oppression across this society that mirrors and exceeds that of the prison. Remember that the Ferguson cop who murdered Michael Brown would not have faced any repercussions at all if a rebellion hadn’t broken out.
*Organize now in our communities to solve problems for ourselves and be prepared to address harm instead of calling cops. Stop snitching. If you’ve ever considered testifying against someone, remember that you might not just be sending them to jail but to their death.
Saturday, July 16
4 PM at the courthouse square.
Received and transmitted:
Help protest censorship at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, IN!
Internal Affairs at PCF have been confiscating political material,
newsletters, and other publications being sent to inmates. They claim that the newsletters consist of “unauthorized offender-to-offender contact” because some of the publications contain articles, letters, or stories written by inmates. They claim that the inmates seeing these printed materials consists of a “security risk,” and they confiscate the newsletters and magazines.
This is a clear violation of the inmates’ First Amendment rights. They have the right to access political material and prison newsletters. Rules against offender-to-offender communication were designed to keep inmates from writing directly to each other, not from contributing to publications that might be seen by other inmates.
Some examples of the publications being censored:
San Francisco Bay View http://sfbayview.com/
CALL/EMAIL the following people:
1) Lead Internal Affairs Investigator Hubert Duncan
(765) 778-2107, extension 0 for operator, ask for Hubert Duncan
Hubert’s email: HDuncan@idoc.IN.gov
2) Superintendent Dushan Zatecky
(765) 778-2107, extension 3 gets you to the admin building, ask for
Superintendent Dushan Zatecky
Secretary Shannon Schott Email: SSchott@idoc.IN.gov
3) Indiana Department of Corrections Commissioner Bruce Lemmon
Executive Assistant Stephanie Lightfoot’s Email: SLightfoot@idoc.IN.gov
SUGGESTED SCRIPT (feel free to modify if you’re comfortable doing so):
“STOP censoring materials going into the prison. Inmates have the right to access newsletters and other reading material. A publication that contains contributions from other inmates is not offender-to-offender contact.”
After you call, please send an email to Hubert and Zatecky, and to Lemmon’s assistants as well. Invite others to participate as we show solidarity to our friends and family behind bars.
Thank you for supporting the right of inmates to receive publications without fear of censorship from prison staff!
Reposted from Contrainfo:
On the night of July 4th, a small group of individuals had a noise demonstration at the local jail. We shouted to those held captive, lit off fireworks and smoke bombs, and scattered hundreds of leaflets.
There is no point in waiting until there are enough people, until the time is right: you will be waiting forever. Small, modest actions are the necessary groundwork for revolt. You do not need great numbers to do meaningful things.
Text from the leaflet:
FIRE TO EVERY PRISON CELL & BORDER WALL!
DEATH TO THE STATE!
Solidarity with those in revolt behind prison walls.
Solidarity with anarchist prisoner Eric King.
Prisons cannot stop anarchy.
War against power.
Reposted from Contrainfo:
Here is a short run-down of events and actions that occurred in Bloomington related to the June 11th international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners:
– A benefit in late May raised over $350 for anarchist prisoners.
– A benefit dance party in late May raised over $600 for queer and trans prisoners, including anarchist comrade Michael Kimble.
– A ‘packathon’ event put together packages of books for prisoners.
– A letter writing night signed and mailed cards and letters to over 20 anarchist prisoners in the USA, Chile, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Russia. Individuals’ translation skills enabled these to be written in the languages understood by comrades outside of the US.
– An informational night presented on the cases and current situations of over two dozen anarchist prisoners around the world.
– A movie showing of G.A.R.I., about an action group who held a banker hostage, demanding freedom for anarchists held captive in Franco’s prisons.
– A microphone demonstration and picnic. We played recorded texts written by anarchist prisoners, which were amplified. For three hours, the center of town echoed with the words of our imprisoned comrades. Afterwards, hundreds of flyers about Marius Mason were scattered around downtown.
– On the night of June 11th, anonymous individuals smashed out the windows of the probation office.
– A walk in Yellowwood State Forest in honor of Marius Mason. Years ago, Marius had spiked trees in that exact forest, in defense of wild spaces in Indiana.
– At most of these events, we set up a large table of informational handbills, zines of prisoners’ writings, posters, and prisoner addresses.
We are approaching the struggle against prison and the state with a basic proposal: that of polymorphous struggle.
We refuse any hierarchy of tactics, seeing each initiative as a tool which contributes to a diverse struggle. Fundraising, sending literature to prisoners, writing letters, spreading information about the struggles of our comrades, public demonstrations, attacking the state – all help create a space from which individuals can fight in whatever way is desirable to them or makes sense in their circumstances. We absolutely reject both the handwringing weakness that says that to act combatively for our comrades is dangerous, and the posturing militancy that finds no value in anything but “hard” actions. For us, everything that contributes to strengthening our comrades in prison and our shared struggle against the state is essential.
Anyone can contribute to this tapestry of struggle. All it takes is to be decided.
We send greetings to all imprisoned and fugitive comrades around the world.
Death to the state!
Long live anarchy!
Wednesday, June 29
7:30 PM at IRA (118 S Rogers St Suite 2)
Last week, the Mexican state killed nearly a dozen striking teachers who were defending barricades across the southern state of Oaxaca. The effort to open up the 38 barricaded highways only backfired though, triggering a popular explosion and leading to even more blockades than before. All this confirms a leading slogan of the current movement: Oaxaca is ungovernable.
These serious clashes arrive just before the 10th anniversary of the
2006 insurrection, which lasted nearly three months and required
systematic bloodshed by death squads and the Mexican army to be put down. The 2006 Oaxaca Commune was an early harbinger of the occupations and revolts that have since spread across the globe and its memory lies close to many of our hearts.
This Wednesday, June 29th, we will be showing a documentary about 2006 called Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad/A Small Dose of Truth and sharing updates about the current situation. We will be taking donations to cover legal and medical costs stemming from the current repression.
While it’s important to extend material and monetary support, we should also remember that unless the uprising spreads, Oaxaca will surely be drowned in blood again. It’s up to all of us to ensure that it’s also Bloomington – among every other place – that becomes ungovernable.
See http://elenemigocomun.net/ & itsgoingdown.org for news on the movement.