Sean has come under fire by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The ODRC has increased Sean’s security level from 3 to 5b, an increase that has sent him to solitary confinement, led to him being handcuffed during visits, and further removed him from any possibility for parole.
From The Final Straw Radio, Part I
This week’s episode is part one of two (keep an eye out for part two in the future). Most of this show post is notes about repression updates, calls to take part in demonstrations and to support repressed prisoners. YAY!
From June 11th by Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain
In previous years, I have used the occasion of June 11 to roll out what I thought were pretty big ideas. In 2015, for example, I described how blastblog.noblogs.org had posted the home addresses of Ohio prison officials, including those who had orchestrated the torture regimen I endured at Mansfield. In that statement, opposing torture, I suggested that we collectively adopt a policy of self-defense against state terrorists, that when they torture us, we burn their cars and houses down; that when they stop the torture, we stop the burning.
From Friends of Sean:
We have not heard from Sean in a week and have received word via a proxy that he is 6 days into a hunger strike.
We have also heard that Sean is facing repression of various kinds, such as false conduct reports, unnecessary/unexplained cell changes, and limitation of his communications.
From Anews Podcast
Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 40 for December 1. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week.
Editorial: FBI investigates Sean Swain
TOTW – Conceptual Limitations
In Ohio prisons, pretty much everyone is in a gang whether they’re in a gang or not. If you’re an Ohio prisoner and you’re not in a gang, prison administrators will put you in one. And if there’s no gang for you, they’ll just create a new one.
The reason is, it’s a federal bloc grant swindle. Here’s how it works:
The U.S. Department of Justice keeps a kind of database on what it calls “Security Threat Groups,” or STGs, not to be confused with STDs, or “sexually transmitted diseases.” The Department of Justice does not monitor chlamydia or gonorrhea. Yet. At least, as far as I know.
What it does monitor, Security Threat Groups, includes groups like the Bloods, the Crips, the Gangsta Disciples, the Aryan Brotherhood. Those are the larger, more-recognizable so-called Security Threat Groups.
From Little Black Cart
Welcome to the quarterly newsletter of the Little Black Cart project. We distribute anarchist anti-political books, pamphlets, and newspapers. This quarter we present to you two new books and six new pamphlets on a variety of topics from abortion to communism, informants to antifa, and the paths along the way.
James Dzelajlija aka: BlAcKjAcK: Tha Ar$oni$t. is a Christian, prisoner, rap artist, and free thinker with some anarchist views. This is interview was recorded over a series of 9+ phone calls that James made while in prison at Lebanon Correctional in Lebanon, Ohio from May 2017 to July 2017. He describes how is was accused of being a leader of an anarchist prison gang, The Army of the Twelve Monkeys (A12M) and spent 11 months in segregation with Sean Swain as a result.