Once more we will show that ‘Prisoner J’ is not alone (maybe she will see for herself or be made aware that people showed up). We will see what can be found out and will discuss amongst ourselves how best to proceed. — Update 3/9/19
Our friend ‘Prisoner J’ has been held on remand for more than a week. We haven’t heard any word from her since she saw her lawyer last Tuesday (27th Aug). Nobody knows if her hunger strike is continuing and what conditions she is facing inside. On Friday (30th Aug) there was a loud and energetic demonstration outside Pentonville attended by about 40 people. Fireworks, percussion, shouts, chants, smoke, banners and two soundsystems were used at every point where the demonstrators might be heard or seen inside the prison. The statement written by friends of Prisoner J was read out. Thanks to all who came, and those who shared news, wrote to Prisoner J, and signed and shared the petition she requested to be circulated.
Since last week we have received more bad news. With a court hearing due this Friday (6th September) it had looked possible that she might at least get transferred to a hospital / mental health unit by order of the court. This eventuality now looks very unlikely, as it has not been recommended by her treating physician, and he is not available to write a report until on or after 18th September.
Why do we expect the screws, lawyers, judges and doctors to give a fuck about this situation? Maybe it is the famous cop in our heads, or delusions of fair treatment and the ‘humane, reasonable’ image of authority that is always being sold to us. Of course it’s not true: that’s not the face shown to the uncertified trannies, the ‘undeserving’ homeless, the insufficiently-intersex, the uncontainables, the suicides, the hopeless dysphorics/dysmorphics, the criminals of this world.
Most people reading this are no doubt saturated with the rage and pain of a hundred other cases of kidnapping, isolation, and torture, both past and ongoing. Meanwhile all around us, normal life carries on, the officials carry out their duties unconscious of the consequences of their program, or wishing themselves unconscious. We would be just the same as them, were it not that we have bad dreams.
We will continue to try to make contact with Prisoner J, not knowing if she is willing or able to speak to anyone.