Online support within
TNC Regional Leader Deitra Lied posted the
following message to the November Coalition's november-d list.
The response she received from Alisa Knickerbocker follows. This
type of online exchange is activism in the Internet Age. This
exchange of emails often begins contacts between individuals
which leads to more interest and the possibility of adding one
more voice of resistance to our growing numbers.
I attended a meeting last night of the Texas Inmates' Families
Assn., or TIFA. I keep looking for sister organizations to link
up with and was wondering if other states had such organizations.
I went to the meeting armed with Razor Wires and flyers about
the BOP phone restrictions. They were very excited about the
CANpaign, but I found out that they talk to their loved ones
every couple of months for just a few (3-5) minutes! Is it this
way with other states? Visiting for them is almost as bad. Texas
is a BIG state, and we have prisons all over. Their main topic,
after me, covered raising funds for travel expenses. They welcome
my participation and will join me in our endeavors. Together
Alisa Knickerbocker replied:
My brother Michael is in Florida State Prison. They do not have
ANY PHONES AT ALL. The inmates have no phone privileges. He has
been there for over 4 years without a phone call yet. He gets
a one-hour visit every 90 days behind glass, and only one person
is allowed to go. They are in their cells 24/7, and there is
no heat, air conditioning or televisions or windows. They are
behind steel doors with no human contact at all, similar to being
Now that makes you want to stop and think about life in the BOP
huh? My husband was released last month from federal prison;
he is in the halfway house now but gets to come home on weekends.
We are always talking about how lucky we are and think about
Michael and the conditions in which he lives.