(Based on eyewitness accounts, the call to action, and video by Atlanta Indymedia.) — On Wednesday, May 15 2019, protesters including several MADSA members, hosted by the Atlanta Incarcerated Workers’ Organizing Committee (a prisoner-led section of the Industrial Workers of the World) and the Atlanta Anarchists Black Cross, marched to DeKalb County Jail in metro Atlanta, in solidarity with prisoners who have been protesting inhumane conditions there. Another protest is planned for 5/16.
“People locked up at Dekalb County Jail are in a crisis,” said the organizers. “The food they eat is contaminated with mold, and so is the air they breathe. Their cell blocks are infested with flies and other insects. People are getting sick and being refused adequate medical help. Some prisoners have complained that they cannot breathe. Those who speak out are being attacked and isolated by guards. We cannot let this continue.”
In the run-up to the 5/15 protest, DeKalb Sheriff Mann made every effort to suppress dissent both inside and outside the Jail. Prisoners waved and broke holes in their small windows so they could send notes. Police attacked the protesters and arrested four activists, including three IWW members. A prisoner yelled that he was being “sprayed.” See the action here.
A fundraiser has been established for bail expenses for those arrested, through the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. Any surplus funds will go toward their legal defense, and to bail for arrestees at future protests.