On February 1, 2017, prisoners at Vaughn Correctional in Smyrna, Delaware offered the following explanation for their takeover:
“We’re trying to explain the reasons for doing what we’re doing. Donald Trump. Everything that he did. All the things that he’s doing now. We know that the institution is going to change for the worse. We know the institution is going to change for the worse. We got demands that you need to pay attention to, that you need to listen to and you need to let them know. Education, we want education first and foremost. We want a rehabilitation program that works for everybody. We want the money to be allocated so we can know exactly what is going on in the prison, the budget.”
We at Liberation Literacy offer the following message of solidarity to those at Vaughn:
“To those who are asking for basic human needs such as education and information on budgetary expenditures, albeit using the effective yet unrefined method of hostile takeover, we wish we could be of assistance.
We know the dehumanization that is forced upon us through involuntary submission and how hard it is to simply speak at all. Be the voice that they have taken. Never cease being silent.”