This is Herman Wallace’s 40th holiday season in solitary confinement. He’s one of the Angola 3, who I’ve written about before, and he’s the one describing his cell in the link above. You can listen to him talk about his holiday on the inside here. Read another description of life on the inside during the holiday season here.
We all know that building links between Muslim communities and other over-policed and imprisoned communities is really important. After all, we are facing the same battle against racist state policies. One of the best ways we can start the work of standing with other oppressed and imprisoned communities is by supporting folks on the inside during this especially difficult holiday season. Communicating with people when they’re in solitary is a crucial part of helping them surive. Letter writing can be life saving, by keeping people sane and sustaining some contact between their small prison cells and the outside world.
So just as we would want Talha and Babar to be given support during Eid, let’s do our best to support all prisoners inside solitary as the holiday season draws to a close.
If you can, consider donating money to support a correspondence project with folks in solitary here. Ten dollars (about 7 pounds) enables the project to keep in touch with one person in solitary in the US for a full year.
And let’s take a moment to remember those in solitary at the moment, whatever faith or background. The coverage of solitary may have faded from the news in the UK, but Talha, Babar and tens of thousands of others continue to live in complete isolation day after day.