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The Dallas 6: Abuse in Solitary Confinement

In April of 2010, a group of inmates locked in solitary confinement at SCI Dallas prison in Pennsylvania were suffering so much abuse and brutal treatment by prison guards they had placed their bedding over the window of their cell doors to attract attention of the prison administrators. Instead of receiving assistance, the inmates were brought up on riot charges. Last December, the inmates, known as the Dallas 6, defended themselves and presented testimony describing the details of their abuse in solitary confinement.

Shandre Delaney:

  • This case, the Dallas 6, began in April 2010. These men were all in the RHU at SCI Dallas, in Dallas, PA.
  • The RHU is the restrictive housing unit–solitary confinement.
  • All of these men had been victims of abuse and torture during their stay in solitary confinement.
  • The Dallas 6 are Andre Jacobs, Anthony Kelly, Anthony Locke, Dwayne Peters, Derek Stanley and my son Carrington Keys.
  • Most of these guys went into solitary for minor infractions, maybe to stay 60-90 days. My son stayed in there for 10 years, and I think all of the other guys about the same.
  • These guys were jailhouse lawyers. These guys were people who spoke up and sent word to the outside about what was going on in solitary confinement.
  • Once you do that – they call it misconduct; they’ll give you false write ups, and all types of things just to keep you in there longer.
  • The cells are 6×9. In solitary, they might have a window to the outside. There is a bunk that they sleep on. There is only a slot for food to come in and out.
  • You’re supposed to come out of your cell for one hour a day. They may get a shower 2 or 3 times a week.
  • They lied to me for years and told me he wasn’t allowed visits. I later found out that they’re allowed one visit per month.
  • The group that I work for, Human Rights Coalition, some of the information that was sent from SCI Dallas, a 93-page report was written called “Resistance and Retaliation”–they sent a copy back to SCI Dallas and they didn’t mark out the guys’ names, so once the guards got ahold of this and saw the guy’s names, they started one by one beating them.
  • They took one guy and put him in a restraint chair. You’re only supposed to be in the restraint chair for 2 hours; they kept him there overnight.
  • The guards told the guys, “we’re coming for you.” In order to bring attention from a lieutenant or a superior officer, you have to cover your cell window.
  • They covered their cell windows. The guards put on riot gear and one by one they beat these guys very badly.
  • It’s all on video tape. They Tasered a lot of the guys on their genitals.
  • They have you like a hog or something, I saw it on the video.
  • They cut their clothes off and left them for hours in cages.
  • May 5, 2014 is supposed to be the official trial date.
  • I was praying every night, hoping the phone didn’t ring and they tell me they killed him.
  • They took him out to shower and threw him down the steps and broke his nose, they busted his teeth out with a stick before.
  • They put glass in his food.
  • HRCoalition.org
  • Dallas 6 Blog 
  • Petition to Indict Luzerne County Officials
  • Summary in Support of Petition to Indict

Guest – Shandre Delaney, a powerful activist with Human Rights Coalition and the mother of Carrington Keys, one of the Dallas 6.

 Rutgers University Plans to Give Condoleezza Rice Honorary Degree

Students and faculty at Rutgers University have rejected the proposal to invite former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony and receive an honorary degree. The Board of Governors in February of this year unanimously voted to invite Rice to speak, for a fee of $35,000. They also voted to give the national security adviser under former President George W. Bush an honorary degree. Resolutions signed by the university faculty and staff calls for Rice to be disinvited.

Professor Deepa Kumar:

  • Historically our process at Rutgers University has involved having 20 some faculty members and students involved in the process of selecting the commencement speaker, typically by canvasing students and canvasing faculty and then making a recommendation to the president as to who to invite.
  • When president Barchi came to the university in 2012 he completely violated this open and democratic process and formed a committee of 6 people including himself. Then they decided to go ahead an invite Condoleezza Rice.
  • We believe that this was actually politically motivated. What suspect is that Chris Christie, who was riding high at that time in 2012, before Bridge-gate, very likely wanted to have Condoleezza Rice as Vice Presidential candidate when he runs.
  • So far we have organized a petition drive; the students have their own petition drive, hundreds of people have signed up. We’ve also talked about holding a protest outside should our efforts fail.

The last time Dr. Rice was invited to be a commencement speaker was at 2006 at Boston College, when everybody turned their back to her when she started to speak.

  • Condoleezza Rice was very much a part of the systematic lying to the American public, and we at Rutgers teach our students to be ethical and to be responsible citizens.
  • At Rutgers we have 44 percent minority student enrollment. It’s a very diverse school, and I welcome African-American women as commencement speakers–but I think there are better people, like Anita Hill or Angela Davis.
  • We now know from a Senate Intelligence Committee Report that in 2002 when Rice was chair of the National Security Council, she gave a verbal approval to then CIA director George Tenet to go ahead and use enhanced interrogation techniques.
  • She’s been quite steadfast in defending the use of torture. She gave a speech at Stanford University where she argued that if torture is authorized by the president then it doesn’t violate the Geneva Convention.
  • Commencement at Rutgers – May 18, 2014.
  • Senator Feinstein called the use of torture “a dark chapter in the history of this country.”
  • Clearly torture is a violation of international law and the Geneva Convention and I think to confer a Doctor of Law degree on someone who has been intimately connected with this “dark chapter” in our history is a serious embarrassment for Rutgers University.
  • I’m really proud to be among the hundreds of faculty members and students who are actually standing up against this to disinvite her.
  • Dick Cheney comes out and defends the torture program even now.

Guest – Deepa Kumar, an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. Her work is driven by an active engagement with the key issues that characterize our era–neoliberalism and imperialism. Her latest book is Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Haymarket Books, 2012). Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike (University of Illinois Press, 2007), is about the power of collective struggle in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism.