Solidarity with Italian Co-Operative Ri-MAFLOW!

The IWW calls for solidarity with Italian workers Co-Operative Ri-MAFLOW to help it survive. We urge our members to read the below statement and do what they can to help. Share their story, donate to the cause, encourage other organizations to put out similar statements in solidarity with Ri-MAFLOW.

SOME TIME AGO, the owners of a factory in a deprived area of South West Milan dismissed all of the workers and shut down the factory. 330 people lost their jobs in one day. The factory was abandoned.

THEN, about 6 years ago some people got together and reclaimed the factory. They started a self managed co-op. They started experimenting with reusing and recycling raw materials. They built a network with local businesses to help this deprived area flourish. Together with other groups, they founded a grassroots economy and social project called FuoriMercato (Outside the Market). They employed 120 people.

NOW, the local authorities have shut Ri-MAFLOW down. Their President Massimo Lettieri was arrested and charged with criminal activities linked to unlawful waste treatment. From its start, Ri-MAFLOW has been at the forefront of experimenting with reclaiming and reusing raw materials in an ecological way. Because of this, they are now accused of playing an active part in unlawful treatment of waste materials. Their assets have been seized. Everyone has lost their job and their wages. Massimo Lettieri has been in jail for a couple of months and because he is under investigation he cannot receive any letters or messages of solidarity from outside.

SO, we encourage people to support the cause. There are some materials in English you can download from their website and share (link below). You can donate money. You can ask your activist groups, networks, organisations, to publish a statement of solidarity with Ri-MAFLOW.

https://rimaflow.it/index.php/2018/08/10/rimaflow-vivra-materiali-per-la-campagna/

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Kevan Thakrar- Important Update

IWW member Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement for over 8 years. You can read more about his case here. The majority has been inside the UK’s Close Supervision Centres– prisons within prisons. He has now been moved to a segregation unit at HMP Long Lartin that has even worse conditions.

Since being moved to HMP Long Lartin, with no explanation or justification, FW Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement in the segregation wing. He has been given no indication as to when he will be moved to general population, as segregation is not meant to be used indefinitely. All this, in spite of recommendations from a psychologist that he should be moved to general population.

As well as being deprived of human contact, FW Kevan’s visits have been unofficially restricted to a closed visit behind a screen. He has no hot water in his cell, and no toilet seat, lid or privacy screen.

Please write to the governor at HMP Long Lartin the Independent Monitoring Board and HMIPS asking FW Kevan to be moved to general population.

The contact details you can use are as follows:

  • Write to the the Governor of HMP Long Lartin
    • Governor Clare Pearson, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8TZ
    • Or email them at: Clare.Pearson@hmps.gsi.gov.uk
    • Or call: 01386 295 100
    • Or Fax: 01386 295 101
  • Write to the Independent Monitoring Board and ask them to investigate FW Kevan’s treatment. Their contact details are:
    • 020 3334 3265 – If they ask, FW Kevan has submitted a form in his prison but needs more support and action.
  • Write to FW Kevan! He needs your support and solidarity. Send letters to:
    • Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE, HMP Long Lartin, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8TZ
    • You can also use emailaprisoner.com

Example letter template to adapt:

Re: Kevan Thakrar A4907AE

To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you urgently, regarding the aforementioned inmate, Kevan Thakrar. I am asking you to make immediate plans for Kevan to be transferred to general population.

I am concerned about the ongoing treatment of Kevan, who has been kept in solitary confinement for over 8 years. The majority has been inside the UK’s Close Supervision Centres – prisons within prisons. He has now been moved to a segregation unit at HMP Long Lartin that has even worse conditions.

Since being moved to HMP Long Lartin, with no explanation or justification, Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement. He has been given no indication as to when he will be moved to general population, as segregation is not meant to be used indefinitely. All this, in spite of recommendations from a psychologist that he should be moved to general population.

As well as being deprived of human contact, Kevan’s visits have been unofficially restricted to a closed visit behind a screen. He has no hot water in his cell, and no toilet seat, lid or privacy screen.

I look forward to your response,

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