Lakewood, CO — As 2020 comes to an end, prison abolition advocates around the world will be continuing an annual tradition of demonstrating outside of prisons on New Year’s Eve.
A call for New Year’s Eve prison solidarity demonstrations was circulated earlier in December by the NYC Anarchist Black Cross (NYC ABC).
In Colorado, advocates from across the state plan to use noise-makers and other party supplies to bring some New Year’s cheer to prisoners inside the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution (FCI Englewood).
Unicorn Riot covered the Englewood noise demonstration, which you can watch below:
FCI Englewood has one of the highest outbreaks of Covid-19 per capita in the federal prison system, with 13% of the inmates infected as of December 30 (118 inmates); over 100 prison staff are also infected. Earlier in December 2020, nearly half of the inmates at FCI Englewood tested positive for coronavirus. Political prisoner Eric King is one of the inmates who was infected, and although he is no longer testing positive, he has chronic symptoms.
Local prison abolition advocates intend to highlight the COVID-19 outbreak, while also showing solidarity and support for all those inside, particularly King.
King has been incarcerated since his arrest on September 16, 2014 after he attempted a molotov cocktail attack on a congressional office in Kansas City, MO five days prior.
After his sentencing, King spoke on the phone to his support crew:
With his 1.5 years served prior to sentencing counted toward the 10, King has about 4 more years left in prison for his original charges. However during his time behind bars, King has served in multiple Federal Bureau of Prison’s facilities, including one where a corrections officer took him to a mop closet and beat him.
Because of that incident on August 17, 2017, King is facing additional charges and potentially 20 more years in prison.
He shared his experiences and treatment in the Englewood facility, where he has been living for almost a year and a half, to Solitary Watch:
The NYC ABC call-out mentions how noise demos are used to “break the loneliness and isolation” those inside prison walls feel.
The Eric King Support Crew is not part of the organizing efforts of the FCI Englewood noise demo, however they say they are not in opposition to it.
We will provide live updates outside the Englewood Prison. Stay tuned.
*Note from the author: We first published this story stating the FCI Englewood facility was in Englewood, however it is in Lakewood. We made the necessary edits.
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Unicorn Riot coverage of Political Prisoner Eric King:
- Eric King Given 10 Year Sentence for Molotov Attack on Empty Govt Building (June 28, 2016)
- Eric King Signs Non-Cooperating Plea Deal (March 3, 2016)