In September 2016, prisoners all over the United States rose up to demand an end to prison slavery and of prison itself. One of the epicenters of this wave of revolt was Holman prison in Alabama, where in throughout the year prisoners took over dorms, rioted, stabbed a warden and correctional officer, and engaged in other informal forms of resistance.
On September 1, 2016, a correctional officer was stabbed in the dining hall at Holman prison. He later died from the injuries. Cleve Cunningham allegedly stabbed the CO when he refused to provide Cleve with an extra tray of food. In response, COs attacked Cleve, severely injuring his leg. He was then transferred to Limestone Correctional Facility awaiting trial for the alleged murder.
As the prison strike begins to fade in people’s memories, we should remember that many of those who engaged in collective and individual resistance during the strike continue to face retaliation and legal charges. We should continue to act in solidarity with those who took risks to further the fight against prison society, bringing to life relationships that can transcend the walls that separate us.
Please consider sending Cleve a letter, card, zine, photo, drawing, or whatever else. He is particularly interested in reading about the Black Panther Party.
CLEVE IS STILL AWAITING TRIAL, SO PLEASE DO NOT ASK ABOUT THE INCIDENT HE IS BEING ACCUSED OF.
Write to Cleve:
Cleve Cunningham III
Limestone Correctional Facility
28779 Nick Davis Rd
Harvest, AL 35749
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