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Protest at the Northwest Detention Center

By Alexa Villatoro and the Perilous Editorial Collective Protestors gathered outside the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA Saturday to call for an end to immigrant detention. The demonstration was organized by La Resistencia, a local immigrant rights organizing group, in response to a…

Hunger strike in a LA prison over torture like conditions

By Lena Mercer Perilous Chronicle On July 13, more than 20 prisoners at the David Wade Correctional Center in northern Louisiana started a hunger strike to protest their confinement under conditions they say are akin to torture. The strikers had all been relocated to David Wade from the Elayn Hunt C…

Detainees at MN Shadow Prison Resist Indefinite Detention in Sex Offender Program

By Ridley Seawood Forty detainees at the Moose Lake Correctional facility in Minnesota began a hunger strike on July 4. This is the second hunger strike this year at the facility where detainees and advocates claim the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) is unconstitutionally detaining people afte…

Prisoners Stand Against Racism and Colonialism in Canada’s “New Residential Schools”

By Abby Stadnyk @AbbyStadnyk Content warning: This article contains references to sexual assault at residential schools, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and graphic slurs. On July 1, prisoners at seven institutions across Canada engaged in a coordinated one-day solidarity fast in honour of Indigenous…

Hunger Strike Ends with Concessions from Pennsylvania Prison System

By Lena Mercer, Perilous Chronicle A hunger strike by prisoners in Pennsylvania came to an official end on Sunday, July 4 after 10 days on strike. 12 people housed in SCI Phoenix, a state correctional institution in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania initiated the hunger strike.   The strikers were a…

Coordinated Hunger Strike Across Six Canada Prisons Honours Indigenous Children

By Abby Stadnyk @AbbyStadnyk Prisoners at six prisons in Canada have announced a coordinated hunger strike on July 1, Canada Day. The strike was organized in response to the recent recovery of over a thousand unmarked graves at residential school sites across the country. At the Edmonton Institution…

Pennsylvania prisoners start hunger strike against isolation practices

By Lena Mercer, Perilous Chronicle On June 23, 20-30 prisoners at SCI Phoenix, a 3,800 bed state prison facility near Philadelphia, began a hunger strike. The strikers are protesting against the use of an Intensive Management Unit (IMU), or segregation unit, inside the facility. They hope to bring a…

In Memoriam: Cory Charles Cardinal (1983-2021)

By Abby Stadnyk @AbbyStadnyk Prisoner justice advocate. Word warrior. Relative, friend, and comrade. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and a member of the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Mr. Cory Charles Cardinal (a.k.a. Cardinalis) died of a drug overdose on June 9, 2021 at the age of 38. His tireless wor…

“We are strong women who want to fight, pray, participate”: Women’s Resistance at Pine Grove Correctional Centre

By Abby Stadynk @AbbyStadnyk On May 23, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, a provincial jail for women in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, with 12 cases (7 prisoners and 5 staff) documented on May 27. The outbreak comes after a year of consistent resistance on th…

Newly Obtained Documents Reveal Surveillance of Teenage Activists in Tucson, AZ

By Ryan Fatica Documents newly obtained by Perilous Chronicle demonstrate an effort on the part of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), in collaboration with the Tucson Police Department (TPD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to surveil and compile intelligence on protestors…

Over a Decade of Resistance to the Northwest Detention Center

By Ridley Seawood and Alexa Villatoro For years, Washington’s only immigration detention facility, the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), also known as the Northwest ICE Processing Center, has amassed considerable criticism on its operations. The heavily debated conditions include illegal minimum…

Easter Rebellion at the St. Louis City Jail

By Lena Mercer For the second time this year, prisoners at the City Justice Center in Downtown St. Louis, MO have staged a protest demanding their rights. On Sunday night, prisoners smashed through the glass of street-facing windows and threw flaming debris to the street below. A crowd gathered arou…

These are the 42 Oregon state prisoners who have died from COVID-19

By Chris May and Emily Green, Street Roots This article was originally published in Street Roots. Chronicled in this special report are the 42 prisoners who, as of press time, had died of COVID-19 while serving time in Oregon state prisons. All were men. Some, serving long sentences, would have died…

Steve Martinez Jailed Again After Refusing to Testify Before a Federal Grand Jury

By Ryan Fatica Steve Martinez, a North Dakota activist who participated in the protests at Standing Rock, was taken into custody Wednesday after refusing to testify during his appearance before a federal grand jury in Bismark, North Dakota. Martinez is being held in the Burleigh County Detention Cen…

Defending Standing Rock, Combating State Repression: An Interview with Lauren Regan

By Ryan Fatica On February 3, Standing Rock protester Steve Martinez appeared before a grand jury in North Dakota. The US Attorney’s Office had subpoenaed Steve in an ongoing investigation into a 2016 incident in which another protester, Sophia Wilansky, was gravely injured. After refusing to test…

‘I was afraid I was going to kill somebody’: Former CO speaks out against culture of violence, neglect in Saskatchewan jails

By Gabbriel Schivone and Abby Stadnyk A former Saskatoon correctional prison guard is breaking ranks to speak out against the injustices he says he witnessed inside the provincial prison system during his 22-year tenure.  Through his Youtube channel, Making Corrections, correctional officer Chris K…

Water Protector and Grand Jury Resister Steve Martinez Released from Jail

By Ryan Fatica A North Dakota activist was released yesterday after ­­nearly 3 weeks in jail for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury. Steve Martinez, an Indigenous and Chicano activist who participated in the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on the Standing Rock reser…

“A Dumping Ground of COVID Cases”: Blackouts, Protests, and Outbreaks at Oregon’s Two Rivers Prison

By MG Belka Prisoners at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) are sounding the alarm as a deadly COVID-19 outbreak has spread throughout the facility. Negligent prison staff, and crumbling infrastructure are leading to unnecessary deaths and a public health crisis on the inside, prisoners say…

‘I Am An Anarchist’

Remembering Anarchist Prisoner Brian McCarvill, who Died of COVID-19 in Prison on his 68th Birthday. By MG Belka The Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) does not publicly release the names of people who died from complications caused by COVID-19 while inside one of their prisons. They say this i…

“We’re Getting Treated Like Animals”: Protests and Uprisings Spread Through Saskatchewan Jails

By Abby Stadnyk On Monday, prisoners at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre (SCC) and the Pine Grove Correctional Centre (PGCC) in Saskatchewan, Canada went on hunger strike, engaging in a self-described “peaceful protest” against the deplorable conditions and government inaction that have fuelled…

Prisoners Stand Together in Response to DOC Negligence

By Lena Mercer On Saturday December 12 between 30 and 40 prisoners housed at Airway Heights Correctional Center in Washington. banded together to refuse an internal transfer that they understood would endanger them and others. COVID-19 positive infections inside Airway Heights had been skyrocketing…

Guard Locked in a Cell During Disturbance at McCormick Correctional

By Lena Mercer At about 9 p.m. Sunday night, law enforcement vehicles were staged at the entrance to McCormick Correctional Institution in South Carolina according to reporting by local News Channel 6.  An hour later, local media outlets as well as prisoner-run social media accounts were reporting…

Hunger Strike, Suicide Pact Amidst COVID Outbreak at Saskatchewan Penitentiary

By Ridley Seawood and Ryan Fatica As of Thursday morning, 123 prisoners at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Canada had tested positive for COVID-19 according to the Correctional Service of Canada. In the midst of the outbreak, prisoners at the facility began a hunger strike this week with some repor…

Protesters Converge on Corrections Secretary’s Home and Several Prisons in California’s Central Valley

By Ryan Fatica In the midst of a massive COVID-19 outbreak throughout the California prison system and after a month-long hunger strike at one facility, supporters and family members of prisoners converged on several Valley-area prisons Sunday before staging a demonstration in front of the home of C…

Large Disturbance at Stafford Creek Correctional, Washington

By Lena Mercer A large disturbance occurred Tuesday in the H1 unit of the Stafford Creek Correctional Center in Shelton, Washington. The disturbance occurred following a use of force incident by staff, according to an email statement from the Office of Corrections Ombuds Director Joanna Carns. The d…


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