September 14, 2016

Prisoners apparently striking over conditions

Shadowproof - Years of prisoner organizing and resistance culminated on September 9, as a national labor strike against slave-like conditions started. As of this writing, incarcerated workers in facilities in at least twelve states reportedly engaged in work stoppages. Some counts even put the number at 24 states.

Due to restrictions on communications with prisoners, it is difficult to get a full picture of the size and scope of the labor strikes. It is just as hard to verify many of the stories from prisons, and there are instances in which reports from prison officials conflict with those of prisoners.

Thankfully, Mask Magazine and It’s Going Down have followed the actions and put together excellent live blogs. Solidarity activists posted reports from the inside to their websites and social media.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The nerve of those prisoners, they did the crime so let them do the time. Besides, the eighth amendment did not abolish slavery in prisons, and for good reason. Why throw away a perfectly sound economic model just to placate a mob of hysterical do-gooders with no appreciable comprehension of place or station?
The best thing that ever happened for those people was the passage Clinton's The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
Let's continue to keep those people in their respective proper places, vote for Hillary Clinton this November