Operation PUSH: Florida Prison Strike

On January 15th, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Florida prison rebels will engage in a work stoppage. We have three primary demands:

  1. Payment for our labor, rather than the current slave arrangement
  2. An end to outrageous canteen prices
  3. Reintroduction of parole incentives to lifers and those with Buck Rogers dates

In addition to the three primary demands, we are also fighting to:

• Stop the overcrowding and acts of brutality committed by officers throughout FDOC which have resulted in the highest death rates in prison history.
• Expose the environmental conditions we face, including extreme temperatures, mold, contaminated water, and being placed next to toxic sites such as landfills, military bases and phosphate mines (including a proposed mine which would surround the Reception and Medical Center prison in Lake Butler).
• Honor the moratorium on state executions, as a court-ordered the state to do, without the legal loophole now being used to kill prisoners on death row.
• Restore voting rights as a basic human right to all, not a privilege, regardless of criminal convictions.

For more information, read the original call to action - Operation PUSH: Prison Work Stoppage Called for MLK Jr Day

Endorsers

We have over 70 total endorsers. Email fighttoxicprisons@gmail.com to add your organization to the list.

  1. Supporting Prisoner and Real Change (SPARC)
  2. Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)
  3. Campaign to Fight Toxic Prison
  4. Dream Defenders
  5. Black Lives Matter Alliance, Broward
  6. National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
  7. South Florida Prison Books
  8. DSA (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami/Dade, Tampa, Central FL)
  9. South Florida Activism
  10. New African Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter

Full List of Endorsers

How to Support the Strike

  1. Attend a solidarity demo on MLK Day in Florida Details here (in the ‘about’ section).
  2. Endorse the campaign (email fighttoxicprisons@gmail.com)
  3. Follow and use the hashtag #OperationPUSH on social media to spread the word
  4. Write a striking prisoner - a few are listed in this article
  5. Donate to our fundraiser
Location 
Florida
Campaign Scope 
National
Demands 
Payment for our labor, rather than the current slave arrangement
And end to outrageous canteen prices
Reintroduction of parole incentives to lifers and those with Buck Rogers dates
Updates 

January 10, 2018 - Over 70 organizations sign on in support of Operation PUSH.

January 9, 2018 - Florida New Afrikan Black Panther leader and incarcerated organizer in Florida, publishes Florida Prisoners are Laying it Down a public endorsement and personal account of the Florida Prison System.

December 28, 2017 - January 8, 2018 - Media coverage picks up with articles from It's Going Down, In These Times, Shadowproof, Miami New Times, and the Miami Herald.

December 28, 2017 - Haitian prisoners in Florida prisons release statement calling out Donald Trump and in support of Operation PUSH.

December 6, 2017 - Prison rebels announce Operation PUSH, a month-long work stoppage and refusal to purchase from commissary in order to halt abuses and exploitation within the prison system.