“The plantation system in the American South no longer exists in its earlier historical form. The wage system of the North clearly established its hegemonic position over its competitor after the Civil War. However, the fundamental issue the abolitionists raised—the matter of slavery and slave society—was not only never resolved, but has been normalized, legalized, and expanded.
Action and ongoing work taken by those on the outside in solidarity with the incarcerated.
In a previous post, Jason reported on the murder of a fellow inmate, and how staff responded to his attempts at whistleblowing by raiding his room and confiscating everything he owned. In this update, he reveals how public support and solidarity following that earlier post was successful in forcing the administration to back off, and discusses some of the other tactics used to retaliate against him.
On January 22, 2018, Reverend Joy Powell did a TV interview exposing the brutality of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (including the recent Fentenyl OD-related death of a prisoner there).
Jason Renard Walker shares information on, and calls for outside support in addressing, the unhygenic living standards at the Ramsey Unit in Texas.
This is a continuously updated article on the events taking place under Operation Push. To learn more about Operation PUSH and how you can support it, visit the campaign page. For breaking news follow IWOC and Fight Toxic Prisons on Twitter and Supporting Prisoners And Real Change (SPARC) on Facebook.
Audio Report: Officials Threaten Prisoners with Solitary & Gang Status in Response to #OperationPUSH
Karen from Gainesville Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP), discuss #OperationPUSH.
A call-in campaign is happening in support of #OperationPUSH Monday, January 22nd. You can use the following script to help you in your call. The most important thing is to make the call. This will put officials on alert that we are watching. Encourage your friends and family to join as well, then hold each other accountable!
On January 15th, in lieu of our regular letter writing hours, a group of fellow-workers from the Tidewater IWW took to the streets in love and solidarity with the #OperationPUSH strike in Florida. We held a banner and handed out flyers and literature to raise awareness about the strike, prison conditions, and prison struggle both locally and nationally.
Learn how you can support one of the first major prison strikes of 2018.
Mentally ill prisoner, ignored and neglected, dies by suicide in solitary confinement at Eastham Ad-Seg Unit
“Human beings have a tendency to look for the truth in the places where it is easiest to search rather than the places where it’s likely to be.” – Belgian psychotherapist and author Esther Perel