Prison Strike 2018
This April 15, 2019 will mark one year since the unnecessary and preventable deaths of 7 people.
The extent of repression and retaliation by prison authorities against suspected participants in this year's nationwide prison strike continues to emerge slowly. The National Lawyers Guild Prisoners’ Legal Advocacy Network (NLG-PLAN) has received additional details from 12 states. With the strike over, the campaign is evolving into work through a new coalition - Millions for Prisoners’ Human Rights Coalition.
Rashid sends a statement of support to the strike and words of encouragement to deepen the struggle.
David Easley, James Ward, and Matt Hinkston went back on hunger strike September 14th to raise up the ten prison strike demands, in protest to their own isolation after the August 21st strike and to fight for proper mental health treatment for their fellow incarcerated comrades.
September 9th has passed, but it is up to the people in each prison who are participating in boycotts, hunger strikes, work strikes or sit-ins to determine the right day and time to close out their actions — from the outset, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and national organizers have endorsed local strikers to set their own end dates, or strike indefinitely.
This is a call to establish encampments and coordinate direct actions surrounding the Labor Day weekend at the site of prison labor camps. Inspired by the recent wave of #AbolishICE organizing, prison abolitionists and labor activists have joined forces to call for an escalation of the movement to defend public service unions, stop prison slave labor, and end mass incarceration. PDF VERSION
This is a growing movement and the Nationwide Prison Strike of 2018 is an unparalleled success for prisoner organizing in the modern era. However, it is important that in recognizing that success that we not lose sight of the demands that prisoners have laid out.
Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! Today is August 26th, 2018. I'm holding on, not sure if my pleas for help are making their way out. Things keep on getting progressively worse here.