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Phone Blitz — Pressure South Carolina Officials to Evacuate Prisoners in Path of Hurricane

PHONE ZAP UPDATE 9/12: Both North Carolina and Virginia have stated they now have plans to evacuate prisoners within the projected path of Hurricane Florence*. South Carolina officials continue to vaguely reference a “plan,” but won’t say whether that plan involves actually evacuating prisoners within the evacuation zones or path of the hurricane. We still haven’t heard much on Federal prisons. We must continue to pressure them to ensure they meet our demands! We’ve prioritized both South Carolina and Federal numbers below!

*Florida said the same thing after we pressured them to evacuate prisoners during Irma last year, yet left 1,000s of prisoners in it’s path. If nothing else, VA and NC know we are watching.

As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the East Coast 170,000 people behind bars lie directly in it’s path with no ability to evacuate in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

We need your help putting pressure on each state to ensure the horrors that happened at FCI Beaumont during Hurricane Harvey don’t happen again. Already one prison we know of in a flood zone is refusing to evacuate.

Demands-

Immediate evacuation of all prisoners from every [State Prison and County Jail] or [Federal Prison].
Stockpiling of Water and Food at every facility.
When you get a response tweet @FightXPrisons! (Or email FightToxicPrisons@gmail.com)

ALSO-

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.”

There’s a lot of numbers so maybe get with some friends and divide up!

Numbers to Call

1 – Federal Bureau of Prisons-

2 – Mid Atlantic Regional Office (North Carolina and Virginia)- 301-317-3100

3 – Southeastern Regional Office (South Carolina)- 678-686-1200

4- South Carolina Department of Corrections (Twitter- @SCDCNews)

UPDATE: Jailhouse Lawyers Speak has confirmed with prisoners inside Ridgeland Correctional and Lieber Correctional that they are NOT being evacuated. Ridgeland has told phone-zappers it’s not moving people without orders from the Governor or the Director of Prisons. We’ve updated the below numbers accordingly!

Governor’s Office- 803.734.2100 and Twitter- @HenryMcMaster

Legislative Liaison/Special Assistant to the Director— Dexter Lee—- 803-896-1731

Jasper, Colleton, and Beaufort CO’s in Southern SC are not under mandatory evacuation but SC Emergency Management Div. retweeted a tweet from Horry Co. EMD telling residents of those counties to evacuate. Additionally the Governor told residents of those counties in a live press-briefing 9/12 to leave if they can. Information for those county jails:

Jasper County Detention Center
(843) 717-3300

Beaufort County Detention Center
(843) 255-5200

Colleton County Jail
(843) 549-5742

Colleton County Sheriff Administration
(843) 549-2211

North Carolina Department of “Public Safety” (Twitter- @NCPublicSafety)

DOPS General Line- 919-733-2126

Department of Correction General Line — (919) 838-4000

Ask to speak to Director Lassiter’s Office.

Virginia Department of Corrections (Twitter- @VADOC)

General Number- 804-674-3000

Press 0 at the menu and ask to be transferred to the director’s administrative assistant.

Only current VA evacuation- Indian Creek Correctional Center.”

(SOURCE)

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Run for a Position Within DSA Santa Barbara

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Click here to read / comment on the working draft. We’ve been given the sample by-laws approved by the DSA NPC in April 2018. Sticking to the core of what’s been approved here will speed up the chapter approval process. Expect time for general discussion at the next chapter meeting, Wednesday, May 9 at the Quaker House (2012 Chapala St).

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