News Article
August 22, 2018

Solidarity rally with nationwide prison strike in Milwaukee

Contact: Ben Turk
Phone: 614-704-4699
Where: 10th and state
What: rally, chanting, speeches, noise demonstration
When: 5:30PM Wednesday August 22nd
On the second day of the nationwide prisoner strike we will gather between the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility and the Milwaukee County Jail, a block from the courthouse, the public safety building, and the police headquarters and walking distance from at least a dozen businesses the profit off the backs of prisoners.

At our event, we will share news and updates about the strike. We'll write letters to inside organizers facing retaliation and plan future solidarity actions, phone clusters and more. We'll make noise for the people fighting the US prison slavery state from the inside. 


Caliph Muab'El will talk about actions he participated in inside Wisconsin prisons back in the 90s and early 00's and how changes in 2005 make inside organizing in Wisconsin much harder than it used to be. 

Peggy West will talk about the economic impact on families of incarcerated people and how the prisoners demands would change lives. 

Others will share information about the strike, and there will be an open mic section for people to speak and share insights and experiences. 

This event will follow the Afropunk rules of: No sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no transphobia, no fatphobia, no hatefulness.

The strike will last from August 21-September 9. We intend to maintain solidarity actions through that time and beyond, and this event will be an opportunity to contribute to coordinating that effort.

Without the labor of prisoners, the prisons cannot run. This criminal legal system is glue that holds racial capitalism in place in the US, and when prisoners shut the prisons down, it puts that system in crisis, and breaks the glue. This is a strike at the core of state violence, white supremacy and capitalist control of working people's lives. Supporting it and unlocking that potential can change everything, liberate everyone.