Holman Update: Truce and Self-Defense

A few days ago, we posted EMERGENCY ALERT: Free Alabama Movement Press Release for Holman Prison, when the warden dumped 20 prisoners with beef from solitary back into General Population – clearly a move to escalate violence and destabilize the whole of the inmate population. Just like on the outside, Power seeds conflict and violence to maintain its own position. We’ve got two updates.


In response, Holman prisoners held a summit between sets and established a “NO STAND OFF POLICY” – essentially an agreement to squash hostilities amongst themselves. Here’s the announcement from Free Alabama Movement:


On Saturday September 17, 2016, the men at HOLMAN CF held the 1st UNIVERSAL PEACE & UNITY SUMMIT in which it was established that there would be a “NO STAND OFF POLICY”. All street organizations (Bloods, Crips, Growth n Development and SB’s) have vowed to respect the policy for the sake of all men housed at Holman. Since then there has been No Violence.

FREE ALABAMA MOVEMENT has taken on the responsibilty to provided protection for one another and to resolve all disagreements-as the ADOC has abandoned their duty and responsibilty.

So if you have a loved one at Holman prison, you should be demanding answers from Commissioner Jeff Dunn and his staff.


This truce echoes the California “Agreement to End Hostilities” that came out of the Pelican Bay short corridor collective, preceding the massive hunger strike of 2013:

…all hostilities between our racial groups… in SHU, Ad-Seg, General Population, and County Jails, will officially cease. This means that from this date on, all racial group hostilities need to be at an end… and if personal issues arise between individuals, people need to do all they can to exhaust all diplomatic means to settle such disputes; do not allow personal, individual issues to escalate into racial group issues!!

Self Defense

An anonymous prisoner at Holman sent a report of prisoners resisting repression:

Just ten minutes ago members of the riot team and warden entered c dorm and attempted to confiscate a cellphone from a prisoner and whole c dorm rose up and forced them out of c dorm. The resistance at Holland prison in Alabama is strong. Fuck the police! 9/21/16 /2:48

We were able to force them [out] by showing a collective front of unity….

Full report on It’s Going Down.


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