September 2, 2018

Retaliation against prison strike

Common Dreams -As a nationwide prison strike demanding an end to brutal conditions and slave labor continues into its second week, inmates and advocates are accusing prison officials of retaliating against participants in the non-violent action by revoking communication privileges and subjecting demonstrators to solitary confinement.

In an op-ed for the Guardian last week, Kevin Rashid Johnson—a Virginia prison strike leader who is among those claiming retaliation by officials—noted that he "was moved to Sussex state prison in Waverly, Virginia, and placed in a cell in death row."

"I have never been sentenced to the death penalty, so there can be only one reason they have put me here—to shut me up and prevent me fraternizing with other prisoners as they fear I will radicalize them and encourage them to resist their oppression," Johnson wrote.

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