On January 15th, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Florida prison rebels will engage in a work stoppage. We have three primary demands:
- Payment for our labor, rather than the current slave arrangement
- An end to outrageous canteen prices
- 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
We have over 70 total endorsers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your organization to the list.
- Supporting Prisoner and Real Change (SPARC)
- Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC)
- Campaign to Fight Toxic Prison
- Dream Defenders
- Black Lives Matter Alliance, Broward
- National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
- South Florida Prison Books
- DSA (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami/Dade, Tampa, Central FL)
- South Florida Activism
- New African Black Panther Party, Prison Chapter
How to Support the Strike
- Attend a solidarity demo on MLK Day in Florida Details here (in the ‘about’ section).
- Endorse the campaign (email email@example.com)
- Follow and use the hashtag #OperationPUSH on social media to spread the word
- Write a striking prisoner - a few are listed in this article
- Donate to our fundraiser
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 - 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.