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Dallas 6: Peaceful Protesters Charged with Riot in Solitary Confinement

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April 29, 2010 dallas 6 held peaceful protest against illegal and inhumane and tortuous conditions created by the DOC’ guards in the “hole” at SCI Dallas in Dallas PA, including food starvation, mail destruction, beatings, medical neglect, use of a “torture chair” and deaths of various prisoners.  After guards tortured fellow prisoner Isaac Sanchez in a “torture chair” overnight and threatened several Dallas 6 members with death, these men decided that they didn’t want to suffer anymore. Covering their cell door windows with bedding, the prisoners demanded that the abuse stop, and requested access to their counselors, state police, the District Attorney and the Public Defenders’ Office.  Prison officials staged an armed assault against the unarmed men, who were all locked inside of their individual cells, viciously attacking them with electro-shock shields, tazers, fists, and pepper-spray. While all of the guards involved in the incident admitted that they did not suffer any injuries, members of the Dallas 6 were left bloody, naked, with burnt skin, in pain. 

The US has the largest prison population in the world with Black and Brown communities disproportionately impacted.  Prisoners across the US are taking action and speaking out against their inhumane and tortuous conditions, including prisoner hunger and work strikes in Georgia, and in California. As a result of their actions, prisoners are retaliated against by prison authorities.  The trial of the Dallas 6 will represent a moment of truth and exposure about wide-spread use of solitary confinement and torture in prisons.   We call on all who believe in justice and equality to support the Dallas 6.