Update from NCCI Gardner uprising, May 9th


Yesterday, DOC Commissioner Carol Mici posted a memo in all MA state prisons announcing that people who are incarcerated would be allowed back outside into the yard starting next week. This was one of the 3 demands that incarcerated organizers at NCCI-Gardner put forward as they refused food trays this week and which all of you helped us amplify.

However, two of their demands remain unmet and two people remain in solitary confinement in retaliation for incarcerated people speaking up about the horrible conditions inside, refusing trays, and instead sharing purchased food with one another. One of those people, Jeremy Woodley, is hunger striking until he is returned to the general population. You can read a letter from Jeremy below.

Please take 3 minutes TODAY to call and email Commissioner Carol Mici. Urge her to meet the remaining demands and free our organizers from solitary confinement. We must keep the pressure on. Call script below:


Carol Mici

Hi, my name is ___. I am calling on behalf of incarcerated people at NCCI-Gardner, who have been refusing food trays for the past week in response to the current lockdown conditions at the prison. In response to this, I demand you to meet these needs immediately:

1) Free them all.
2) Until they are freed, provide healthier, more substantial, and more varied food options.
3) Stop retaliating against incarcerated organizers and return anyone in solitary confinement to the general population.

Can you confirm that these demands will be met in a rapid timeline?

Jeremy’s letter and ticket

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