The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Hunger strike at Wabash Valley

Apr 2, 2001

Spark received the following letter from a prisoner:

A prisoner at the Wabash Valley Correction Facility, Fred Gilmore, has been on hunger strike since March 18 because his food is being tampered with: spit in, MACE put in it, trash etc. The police are retaliating against him because they say he assaulted another police. As of the writing of this letter, the prisoner has not been before any hearing board nor has he been charged with an outside case. The prisoner tried to get word to the outside but his mail has been ripped up and sent back to him. He has filed complaints but they too have been ignored intentionally. Everything he has tried has been intercepted by the police.

So I am taking the initiative to write in order to generate some kind of support for him. The matter is getting worse with each passing day. Letters concerning the situation of Fred Gilmore can be sent to:

Superintendent Craig Hanks,

PO BOX 500,

Carlisle IN 47838

or to Commissioner Turner,

E334 Indiana Govt. Center South,

302 W. Washington Street,

Indianapolis IN 46204.

Thanks to those supporting us. The matter needs to be addressed before it turns into tragedy.

(From a friend of Fred Gilmore.)