Politically active Va. inmate, now in solitary, transferred three times after complaints about prisons

Published in the Richmond Times Dispatch, May 6, 2018, by Patrick Wilson

A politically active Virginia prisoner who organized inmates to file grievances about medical care, staffing and water quality was recently transferred to a high-security prison and placed in solitary confinement. Supporters and his wife fear he is being unjustly punished for activism.

Askari Danso, whose legal name is Dale Lee Pughsley, promotes black history and Rastafarian groups in prisons and recently organized a petition asking for better medical care and staffing at Sussex II State Prison, where he formed a human rights committee for prisoners.

After he left the Sussex II law library on April 24, he said he and his cellmate were handcuffed and moved to Sussex I, where they were each put in solitary confinement.

 

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My Continued Efforts To Expose and Resist The Contaminated Water Problem in Virginia Prisons. Part 2.

Part 2

In yet another incident at BKCC on August 26, 2016, at approximately 11:35 AM, the water in my cell turned a dark-brown color and had a foul taste and smell. I again developed severe nausea minutes after consuming about two cups of the water from the sink in my cell.

About ten minutes later, I filed an Emergency Grievance (Log # 013070), dated 8/26/16, demanding to be seen by a nurse as I believed the water was contaminated, and as a result of me drinking it, I had suffered a personal injury.

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My Continued Efforts To Expose and Resist The Contaminated Water Problem in Virginia Prisons. Part 1.

My Continued Efforts To Expose And Resist The Contaminated Water Problem In Virginia Prisons
By Uhuru B. Rowe
December 4, 2017
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

“WE WANT the Abolition of any VADOc policy, practice, or procedure which violates the human/constitutional rights of incarcerated people and endangers/hinders their…physical health…including but not limited to…VADOc inhumane practice of not providing incarcerated people with access to clean drinking water. The water in Virginia prisons is discolored, foul-tasting, and foul-smelling as a result of being contaminated with high levels of rust, lead, and other contaminants. Whether free or incarcerated, having access to safe and clean drinking water is a fundamental Human Right!” — Demand #16(J) of the Free Virginia Movement

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A Rigged System: Why Prisoners’ Grievances Are Designed To Fail

By Uhuru B. Rowe
December 31, 2016
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

“This operating procedure provides an administrative process for resolving offender issues and complaints through fair, prompt decisions and actions in response to complaints and grievances from offenders incarcerated in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) institutions.”

The above is a verbatim quote of the VDOC Operating Procedure (OP) 866.1 (I), which governs the Offender Grievance Procedure in all Virginia prisons. But the offender grievance process DOES NOT operate to resolve offender complaints and grievances in a fair and prompt manner. Instead, it is designed to hinder them.
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Fight Toxic Prisons: Water Contamination and Air Pollution in the Virginia Prison System

By Uhuru B. Rowe
September 28, 2016

Just imagine: One day you go into your kitchen to get a glass of water. You turn on the water and out from your faucet flows water that is yellow or dark brown in color. Or the water may be somewhat cleat but contains black specks that resembles oil or coal and wreaks of chlorine or ammonia. Would you drink it? Even if the government tells you it is safe to drink?

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The Visit That Never Was: The Continued Efforts To Destroy The Bonds Between Prisoners and Their Loved-Ones

By Uhuru B. Rowe
September 25, 2017
E-mail: uhururowe76@yahoo.com

Anyone who has ever served time in a jail, prison, or a detention facility, or has been an inpatient at a hospital, knows the importance of receiving visits from loved-ones. Visits from the people we care about functions as a temporary reprieve from the drudgery of institutional life. They remind us that we are loved, valued, and cared for in a harsh and punitive environment which seeks to strip away every ounce of our humanity and self-esteem. Most importantly, they remind us that, despite being isolated away behind concrete walls, we are still part of a family unit; part of our community. So, when I was called for a visit on Sunday, September 24, 2017, here at Sussex 2 State Prison, I was overjoyed! But this feeling of being overjoyed was short-lived, and was quickly replaced with anger and frustration. Here’s why:

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The Assassination Attempt

By Uhuru B. Rowe
May 19th, 2016

Many of you are aware of my current plight: on April 10th, at close to midnight, several prison guards rushed into my cell in an ambush style raid to search me and my cellmate’s personal belongings.  I was jolted out of my sleep and nearly fell off the top bunk as a result of the guards screaming and beating on the door in an attmept to disorient us. Continue reading “The Assassination Attempt”