Neal Shirley has been involved in a range of (anti) prison related groups for about eight years. Most recently he’s been involved with a project that corresponds with prisoners and solicits and disseminates their news and analysis across North Carolina's prison system. He co-authored the book Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South. He makes a living doing food service work and teaching mixed martial arts to kids of all ages, and spends his free time fighting in cages and scheming new ways to deep-fry southern delicacies.
Every week for months, people in Durham, NC, have been meeting at the jail to protest a lockdown at the facility. This is a snapshot of one small struggle in one small town, a tiny piece of this larger puzzle of uncompromising anti-prison politics in the US.
Chelsea Manning found guilty of prison infractions, a North Carolina man charged with shooting a cop is acquitted, and police buy LRADs at record numbers. Find out what else is happening on the anti-prison front this month.