MAILROOM WAGES WAR ON COMMUNICATIONS: CALL-OUT FOR COLLECTIVE RESPONSE
There appears to be a concerted effort to obstruct my mail, waged by Buckingham mailroom workers. They seem to be employing 5 tactics, all contrary to their own policies, all selectively employed ONLY on me.
By policy, I can only receive 6 pages one-sided or 3 back-to-back pages, a restriction that Ohio did not have. Thus, folks writing to me were unfamiliar with the restriction and many violated policy when first writing to me in Virginia. But, since then, the mailroom has continued to withhold mail on the basis of including too many pages– even related to mail containing only ONE page. It seems that even one-page letters sent by prisoner support folks are withheld.
By policy, withheld mail is to be mailed back by the mailroom but, quite frequently, the withheld mail is never returned. As a consequence, the sender doesn’t even know their mail was stolen, and they never hear back from me, and relationships are severed.
So, the first tactic employed is withholding mail on a false basis. The second is trashing the mail rather than returning it.
The third tactic is withholding the mail or returning it without even informing me. This has been done repeatedly with a professor who facilitates my publication, with Blackstone Institute where I am enrolled in paralegal studies, and in other instances. When this tactic is employed, I don’t even know anyone wrote until others notify me by phone or email.
The fourth tactic employed is to treat material sent by publishers/distributors as personal mail and enforcing the page limit that does not validly apply. This has been employed to block mail from Fire Ant, the IWW, and Sacramento Prisoner Support.
The fifth and last tactic– at least, the last one I know about –mail is withheld on the basis of a prisoner-to-prisoner prohibition. Virginia does not permit prisoners to write one another. However, this has been repeatedly misapplied to non-prisoners. That is, folks writing to me from home have had their mail withheld on the basis of an unapplicable prisoner-to-prisoner ban.
This seems to be a repeat of the same shenanigans that mailroom monkeys employed in Ohio. There, mailroom monkeys were directed by Trevor Clark, the ODRC’s “FBI agency liaison,” and he claimed, truthfully or otherwise, that he was taking orders from the FBI.
If all of that were true– big “if” –then it is possible that the FBI is now sending the same directives down the Virginia prison system food-chain.
I have made several polite attempts to inquire into these matters with the mailroom, but each request has been met with silence. No answers at all. This seems to indicate also a re-tread of the Ohio shenanigans.
In Ohio, mailroom monkeys and Clark ended up sued 7 times, and ended up with their home addresses splattered all over blastblog.noblogs.org. When prison fascists then escalated, property at Director Gary Mohr’s house got torched and his wife made him resign… they sold their home and moved to North Carolina. Trevor Clark who may also have lost valuable property, quit and took employment with Ohio State University. I got framed up for bogus rule violations and exiled out of state. Several mailroom monkeys also left their jobs.
My point is, I’m hoping to avoid the same escalation. So, what I’m proposing are the following responses from everyone who writes me or who supports me in struggle:
–Phone calls protesting this treatment, to Virginia DOC Director Harold W. Clarke (804)674-3000 and to Buckingham Warden Bernard Booker (434) 983-4400, requesting that they intervene to enforce mail rules. Volume of calls makes a difference.
–An increase in mail to me. You can punish the mailroom with a deliberate mail blitz designed to overwhelm them and hopefully persuade them to start following their own policies.
–Contact AdamBomb to inform him of any mail returned to you so he can notify me by other means and can also keep track of the amount of mail being refused and/or returned. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Post this and share it wherever you think folks who write me will see it.
If the FBI is really behind this, hopefully prison officials will let me know so I can confront the FBI dire tly about their nonsense. If it proves to be the FBI, I would like to invite them to stop the childish games and to send a representative from their office down here to the prison to meet with me in one of the many spaces without video cameras so we can come to an understanding. I would love the opportunity to demonstrate how I really feel about them.