Work stoppages, hunger strikes and other acts of rebellion by prisoners for justice.
Decarcerate Louisiana member broadcasts a video message from inside Angola prison on their goals to organize incarcerated people against the racist and exploitative nature of the prison system and society as a whole. This video and call to organize comes on the heels of Juneteenth and as momentum begins to build toward the national prisoner strike August 21-September 9.
Solidarity with those detained (children, women, and men) by immigration and Customs Enforcement and the families you are forcibly kept from. You are held in those for profit gulags, whose aims are to maintain a rotten nationalist- racist- capitalistic social order. The August 21st National Prison Strike called for strikes and boycotts in and against those so called immigration detentions for a reason, to acknowledge for the world that our struggles are not separate.
"Whereas, we, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW have heard their call for support and find the strike and its goals completely aligned with our material work and with all points of our Statement of Purpose,
Be it resolved, we endorse the strike, pledge our support and furthermore, embrace the work of solidarity."
We here at IWOC have received a statement and call for support from within a Missouri facility that this past Saturday saw an uprising in response to drastic cuts in rehab programs and rec time.
“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.
Twenty-Five years after the longest prison uprising in which people died, the full story has not been told. April 11, 2018 will be the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, a defining event in the history of criminal justice and prison systems in Ohio and the United States.
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.
“To rise beyond the limits of protest, we must chart out our political intentions, organizational goals, and a larger vision about our direction. First, and foremost, militant self-defense, and the capacity for larger militant actions must be addressed at the inception of the organizing process.