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Solidarity Letter-Writing Event & Community Potluck
February 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us to write letters of support to Ashley Diamond, a trans justice and prison abolition activist who is currently being held in solitary confinement at the Floyd County Jail. In addition to sending love and encouragement to Ashley, we will send emails to the Floyd County Sheriff to demand her release. If you are able, please bring a potluck dish to this event.
From Black & Pink: Chicago:
via Black & Pink member – Our friend Ashley Diamond is currently being held in solitary confinement at the Floyd County Jail. She was locked back up 10 days ago. She has been enduring harassment by police and white supremacists (literally the KKK) for the past several months after being released from prison in 2015. While incarcerated, she experienced severe torture in the forms of sexual violence, solitary confinement, and withholding of her hormones. She is currently being retraumatized and is in dire need of support. You can reach Ashley at:
Ashley Diamond #68039
2526 New Calhoun Hwy
Rome, GA 30161
If you’re not familiar with who Ashley Diamond is, please check out this NYT article:
Ashley is a hero of the queer/trans abolitionist movement who *while incarcerated* was able to upload videos to YouTube about her experience and the experience of other LGBTQ prisoners and expose the horrific mistreatment she faced at the hands of prison staff and other prisoners. You can find those videos, titled “Memoirs of a Chain Gang Sissy,” on youtube.
Over the phone earlier today, she shared with me that she has not had access to her hormones or any of her other medications for 10 days, and is also being denied access to hygiene needs such as the shower and basic toiletries.
Please send Ashley your letters of support, and contact the Floyd county sheriff at [email protected] to demand that she be released from solitary confinement and that she be given access to basic needs including her medications and hormones. Ashley has given back so much to the movement following her release, and we need to continue supporting her and working toward her freedom.
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