IWOC is putting out a call-to-action for a phone zap on Monday, April 9th. A phone zap is a way for those of us on the outside to stand in solidarity with people held captive in the US Prison system. IWOC is asking that everyone who is able to, flood the phones of Nan Larson, Minnesota Department of Corrections Director of Medical Services and Rush City Correctional Facility during business hours, to disrupt business as usual and show that those held captive inside the US prison system have allies on the outside and are not forgotten. The Twin Cities IWOC is committed to amplifying the organizing work of incarcerated people and fellow workers behind bars.
Please comment below after you have called so we can get an idea of how many folks call in. Thank you!
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MCF Rush City main line: 320.358.0400
Nan Larson, DOC Director of Medical Services: 651.361.7277
Hello, my name is ______ and I am calling in solidarity with Anthony Vinegar, OID# 217253, who is currently incarcerated at a Minnesota Correctional Facility at Rush City, to demand that he begin receiving his prescription of Wellbutrin immediately.
Anthony was prescribed Wellbutrin, or bupropion - a common antidepressant - by a psychiatrist prior to his incarceration. It is the only thing that has consistently helped him combat symptoms of his depression and anxiety, and once he began taking it he saw a huge improvement in his daily wellbeing.
Department of Corrections officials and medical staff at MCF Rush City have repeatedly denied Anthony access to Wellbutrin, and instead prescribed him another medication, which he has tried but which does not give him the same therapeutic effects. Without Wellbutrin, he is finding it very difficult to cope with daily life behind bars, and despite attending frequent psych and therapy groups, his symptoms of depression and anxiety are returning stronger than ever.
To deprive men and women of medications they have been prescribed and that are necessary for their daily wellbeing is an act of medical abuse. I am calling to demand that the Department of Corrections and medical staff at Rush City begin providing Anthony with his prescribed Wellbutrin immediately. The community is watching. Thank you.