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On Jan. 29th, 2021, guards at Donaldson CF, Bessemer, Alabama, cowardly beat prisoners who wanted the guards to stop beating an elderly prisoner.

One of the prisoners who protested the cowardly beating by armed officers was Robert, Kinetic Justice. He was attacked by multiple officers in his cell, and he had to be airlifted to a hospital.

Please write and send a plain card (no glitter, etc.) or a letter to Kinetic at:

Robert Council, AIS#181418
Kilby Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 150,
Mt. Meigs, AL 36057

Here is the story from DemocracyNow, where Kinetic’s mother Ernestine is being interviewed:

Incarcerated Activist Kinetik Justice & Others Severely Beaten in Alabama –  Prison DOJ Sued over Abuse

The SF Bayview has the story and an interview too:

Alabama prison guards brutally beat Kinetic Justice, sending him to trauma unit

“Kinetic suffered serious head injuries, a punctured lung and one of his teeth was knocked out from the root. Kinetic was transported to University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital trauma unit. His cellmate Darrol Shaw said:

“You don’t have to be an activist to be subjected to these beatings. They are constantly telling us that ‘our gang’ is bigger and badder than your gang. That is the culture here.”

The aftermath of the beating was posted to social media.

Latest: Hunger strike ends in agreement / PRESS RELEASE /Prison Organizer Kinetik Justice Transferred on Sixth Day of Hunger Strike

Latest News, 3-14-2019:
Kinetik Justice contacted Free Alabama Movement and Unheard Voices OTCJ today, confirming he did in fact come off of the hunger strike. With an agreement from ADOC Commissioner Jeffery Dunn’s attorney that he will be placed back in general population. Attorney David Gespass did communicate what was said between him and ADOC ATTORNEY and Robert Earl Council confirmed on his end through us.

Attorney David Gespass did communicate what was said between him and ADOC.
So of now as Swift Justice says, this is a small victory.

Thank you all so stood by us!


Press Release from Unheard Voices, issued on March 13th:

For Immediate Release
March 13th 2019

Press Contacts:

Nyesha Jones & Swift Justice
Unheardvoices78@gmail.com

David Gespass attorney at law
(205)323-5966

Pastor Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow
(334)791-2433
Kennethglasgow@gmail.com

Prison Organizer Kinetik Justice Transferred on Sixth Day of Hunger Strike

At approximately 1 pm on March 12th, representatives, advocates, and family members of Robert Earl Council (aka Kinetik Justice Amun) were notified that Council was once again transferred to another insitution. The transfer took place on day 6 of a hunger strike that Council started in protest of his unwarranted return to segregation and transfer to Holman Correctional Facility.

Council’s placement in solitary confinement occured following a raid that took place while he was housed in general population at St Clair’s CF recently, without any disciplinary infraction or incident.

At this time the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) still refuses to give any explanation or justification as to why Council was transfered in the first place. The ADOC also refuses to give any information regarding Council’s present status, placement, or condition. In response to the public’s concern about Council’s wellbeing, the ADOC stated:

“The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) does not publicly disclose a person’s level of confinement during incarceration because of security reasons. In addition, an inmate’s medical condition is safeguarded through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA); therefore, ADOC cannot release the inmate’s current health information as protected by federal law.”

A nationwide call-in campaign took place starting on March 8th to demand answers from Holman CF and the ADOC commissioner’s office. There is reason to believe that the ADOC is retaliating against Robert Earl Council due to this pressure from outside supporters as well as recent media coverage on the hunger strike.

However, all actions taken to shed light on the situation have been carried out by concerned community members and journalists, with no involvement or direction from Council himself.

Community members across the country and activists from Unheard Voices OTCJ, the Free Alabama Movement, and The Ordinary People’s Society (T.O.P.S.) will continue to demand a justification and accountability from the ADOC on the placement and conditions of Robert Earl Council (#181418).


Here are some links to Media coverage:

SF Bayview (3-11-2019): Alabama leader Kinetik Justice in fifth day of hunger strike, refusing all food and liquids

Newsweek (3-13-2019): Six Days Into Hunger Strike to Protest Solitary Confinement, Inmate Robert Earl Council Transferred

unheardvoices o.t.c.j.

For Immediate Release
March 13th 2019

Press Contacts:

Nyesha Jones & Swift Justice
Unheardvoices78@gmail.com

David Gespass attorney at law
(205)323-5966

Pastor Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow
(334)791-2433
Kennethglasgow@gmail.com

Prison Organizer Kinetik Justice Transferred on Sixth Day of Hunger Strike

At approximately 1 pm on March 12th, representatives, advocates, and family members of Robert Earl Council (aka Kinetik Justice Amun) were notified that Council was once again transferred to another insitution. The transfer took place on day 6 of a hunger strike that Council started in protest of his unwarranted return to segregation and transfer to Holman Correctional Facility. Council’s placement in solitary confinement occured following a raid that took place while he was housed in general population at St Clair’s CF recently, without any disciplinary infraction or incident.

At this time the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) still refuse to give any explanation or justification as to why Council was transfered in…

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Free Robert Earl Council
Free Robert Earl Council

Robert Earl Council has been tossed in solitary confinement yet again. Not for any disciplinary infraction, simply because he is an effective educator and leader. He has started a hunger strike in response, and we need folks to call and help pressure prison administration.

Sample script:

Hello, my name is _ and I’m calling from _,you should be aware this call is being recorded. I just learned that Robert Earl Council, #181418, is on hunger strike in response to being placed in a solitary holding unit with no infraction or disciplinary charge. Council has been singled out following a raid at St. Clair’s last week and I am very concerned about his health and safety.

I demand Robert Earl Council’s immediate release from solitary confinement and an end to further retaliation against him.

Are there plans to release him to general population as soon as possible?
(if not) Who can I speak to about that ? I will keep calling until Council is released.

  • note: be stern with the individual who answers the phone. Insist to speak to who you call for. Give no more information to secretary other than your name.
  • RECORD PHONE CALL IF POSSIBLE.
  • any and all updates or recordings can be fwd to our email unheardvoices78@gmail.com

Holman Correctional Facility 251-368-8173 Fax: 251-368-1095

ADOC Commissioner’s Office
(334)353-3870

Email:

Jefferson.Dunn@doc.alabama.gov (Commissioner, ADOC)

bob.horton@doc.alabama.gov (Commissioner, ADOC)

cynthia.stewart@doc.alabama.gov (Warden, Holman)

Facebook event page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/349342515922611/?ti=ia

Write Robert Earl at:

Robert Earl Council, #181418
Holman C.F.
Holman 3700
Atmore, AL 36503-3700

More details (from the Facebook Events):

Robert Earl Council, AIS # 181418, is once again being held in solitary confinement at Holman Correctional Facility after the major Shakedown at St Clair correctional facility on February 28th 2019.
http://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/Alabama-Prison-Enlists-State-Law-Enforcement-to-Help-Find-Contraband.html

Council was inside his population cell at St. Clair Correctional Facility around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, when a platoon of ADOC CERT team members, and local law enforcement SWAT team members, enter his cell placing him in zip tie handcuffs and immediately escorted him to an awaiting bus to be transported back to Holman Correctional Center.

Later that day Council arrived at Holman Correctional Facility and all too familiar scenery.

Council was placed in Holman Correctional Facility solitary housing unit (SHU) once again, after spending 54 months in solitary for leading a peaceful work strike at Holman Correctional Facility in the summer of 2014. He was finally released from solitary in late 2018 at Donaldson Correctional Facility after Attorney at Law, David Gespass filed a Habeas Corpus on the behalf of council in the courts, challenging ADOC’s unconstitutional practice of holding of him in solitary confinement for 54 months without just cause. ADOC released Council right before a set court hearing on the Habeas Corpus in August last year, making the case moot. (see Robert E Council vs. Warden Bolling Cv. – 2017-101 filed in the Bessemer division of Jefferson County state of Alabama.)

This is strictly retaliatory actions in anticipation of a state-wide protest to stop the construction of new prisons over education and rehabilitation.

In response to being housed for no reason in solitary confinement, Robert Earl Council notified Warden Cynthia Stewart, at 3 a.m. on March 7th 2019 that he is now on an official hunger strike (refusing all food and liquids) in protest of the retaliatory actions taken against him, and will remain on such until justice is met and he is placed back in a population where he can participate in all programs afforded to his peers and others of his class.

If the demand to return Robert Earl Council back to population is not met by the Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeffery Dunn by March 15, 2019 a protest will convene at Holman Correctional Facility on March 16, 2019.

Contact information for interviews on the above press release is as follows:

Unheardvoices78@gmail.com
See also: Unheard Voices Press Release

David Gespass attorney at law
(205)323-5966

Pastor Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow
(334)791-2433
Kennethglasgow@gmail.com


From:
Kinetik Justice Amun

(Robert Earl Council # 181418)

March 8, 2019

Holman Annex L-8

On March 7, 2019 I began a HUNGER STRIKE as a last resort to Protest the ADOC’s wanton destruction and/or loss of over half my belongings and the unlawful placement of myself in solitary confinement indefinitely without any incident, altercation, investigation, and the complete disregard for the Policies and Procedures of the ADOC Regulations.

The ADOC’s actions amount to a violation of our Due Process Rights and the 8th Amendment “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” clause.

I have personally questioned all 3 Wardens (Stewart, Raybon, and Mitchell) in regards to why I have been placed and continuing to be held in solitary confinement indefinitely. All 3 affirmed that they are just following orders from the Commissioner.

Therefore, I am on a Hunger Strike until the Commissioner provides Justification for:

  • The illegal placement of over 30 men in Solitary Confinement, indefinitely without a charge

Then, if no justification is provided we seek ACCOUNTABILITY.

Respectfully,

Kinetik Justice Amun

March 8, 2019