Activist's Guide to Basic First Aid—revised By WI DOC
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We were told that this zine was blocked from distribution at Oshkosh Correctional Institution, as a result of the highlighted sections going against DOC policy.
On Dec 16, Mr Foster sent us a copy of the zine with sections highlighted. He stated "There are several sections of the literature that go against security practices within our institutions and therefore the denial is upheld. While I realize this literature is more specific to demonstrations held in the public, the content is not conducive to the institutional setting."
First, the vast majority of people held in the DOC will be released to the public, where they may wish to participate in demonstrations Foster mentions. The vast majority of demonstrators including Black Lives Matter protesters, are peaceful and lawful. They are- despite this- often attacked by police, and the information in this zine may be valuable to help participants protect themselves, or decide when and how to participate. Mr Foster's restriction of this information treats DOC captives as though they will never be members of the general public with government's recognition of their basic rights restored.
Second, the sections Mr Foster highlighted as going against security practices include sections about how to safely clean OC spray from your eyes. The DOC policy regarding chemical agents and weapons (DOC 396.17) states "Staff may carry or use oleoresin of capsicum... while on duty and only under all of the following conditions... While acting in self-defense or defense of a third person" (emphasis added). The policy also states that "Staff shall immediately provide medical attention to a person exposed to oleoresin of capsicum." The information in Activist Guide to Basic First Aid's about safely treating exposure to OC spray is actually ALIGNED with DOC policy.
Of course, we know that DOC practice is NOT aligned with that policy. In Wisconsin prisons, OC spray is commonly used in circumstances well beyond self-defense or defense of others. People are frequently denied access to medical care, even showers after being sprayed. Indeed, they are sometimes put into strip cells or restraints to prevent them from even splashing their face with sink water. These practices are employed to ensure that people suffer the painful effect of the chemicals for hours. Across the DOC, OC spray is a tool of torture, especially at Waupun CI, where Mr Foster used to be warden before becoming DOC security director. Denying this zine for this reason suggests that he does not want captives in DOC facilities to be able to protect against or recover from the inappropriate use of OC spray as a torture method.
The zine is not against DOC security practices, Mr Foster's denial of the zine indicates that he is the one acting against DOC policy.
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