Thank you for taking a few minutes to write letters of support for two inside organizers at Prairie Du Chien Correctional. See below instructions on how to do this. If you have any further questions or need reimbursement for cost of postage or other supplies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s valuable to send letters of support to prison organizers, it helps both emotionally and materially. The emotional support is to give encouragement, to help people that face a lot of challenges and threats to know that others see the risks they’re taking, that they appreciate what they’re trying to do and what it costs them. The material support is because when incarcerated people get a lot of letters it shows they have outside support and lines of communication, which can make guards less aggressive in their retaliation of inside organizers.
Send letters to
Carlos Abadia DOC # 222093
Prairie Du Chien Correctional Institution
PO Box 9900
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Nicasio Quiles DOC # 66475Prairie
Du Chien Correctional Institution
PO Box 9900 Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Return address (If you want you can use Milwaukee IWOC’s address. If you want to get response letters from Carlos and Nicasio, contact us at email@example.com to tell us) Milwaukee IWOCP. O. Box 342294Milwaukee, WI 53234
What people can say in the letter:
Make general statements of support, appreciating how they’re trying to improve conditions at Prairie Du Chien and make positive changes.
Don’t mention “lawsuit”, “phone zap” or anything specifically that might get it blocked, but talk in more general terms and it’s likely to get through. Talk a bit about yourself, how you heard about the issues at Prairie Du Chien, and your reasons for admiring people trying to make changes.
For many, the first line of the first letter is difficult to write–there is uncertainty and intimidation that come with it. Don’t over-analyze this, just put down something that is true, and keep going with writing. Sending the letter off faster will mean more to people than getting the perfect wording.
What we hear from incarcerated people time and time again is to include detail. Prison is so total that the details of life on the outside become distant memories. Smells, textures, sounds of the street all get grayed out behind bars.
You cannot enclose glitter or write with glittery gel pens or puff paint pens. Some prisons do not allow cards or letters that include permanent marker, crayon, or colored pencils. It is usually best to write in standard pencil or non-gel pen in blue or black ink. You cannot include articles or anything else torn out of a newspaper or magazine. However, you can print that same article from the internet or photocopy it and write your letter on the other side.Make sure you include the return address inside the letter as well as on the envelope.
It’s common for incarcerated people to receive letters without the envelope. If you send more than one page make sure to paginate– number each page, such as 1 of 3, 2 of 3, et cetera. This insures that if pages of your letter don’t make it to the incarcerated people, they will know it.Be careful about making promises and only commit to what you are certain you can do. This should go without saying, but it’s not a good idea to make commitments to someone you don’t have a relationship with. If you can’t maintain a correspondence, let them know up front.
To learn more about issues with asbestos at Prairie Du Chien and the lawsuit incarcerated people are doing against it, go here: https://wisconsinprisonvoices.org/campaigns/asbestos-at-prairie-du-chien-correctional-institution/