Anyone relying on mainstream media wouldn’t know it, but the US prison system is shaking up right now. No one knows how big the initial strike was yet, but the information is slowly leaking out between the cracks in the prisons’ machinery of obscurity and isolation. Here are some speculative numbers we can share with confidence at this time:
Work stoppages, hunger strikes and other acts of rebellion by prisoners for justice.
Denver joined dozens of other cities for a Millions for Prisoners call for an end to prison slavery. Protesters marched on the Denver Women's Correctional Facility and GEO Detention Centre. On the inside, nearly 100 women at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility refused chow in honor of the day.
A statement of strategy for 2018 from the Free Alabama Movement.
Prisoners at South Carolina’s Turbeville Correctional Institution are still causing work stoppages, with strikes re-erupting after an inmate was stabbed to death Monday. Striking inmates were denied visits, recreation and purchases at the prison store, tweeted Delete Your Account, a political podcast hosted by activists.
In Alabama’s Holman prison, guards joined in the protest and collectively didn’t show up to work on Saturday.
A nationwide prison strike planned Friday has Florida’s jails and state prisons on high alert through the weekend, bracing for possible upheavals by inmates protesting what they say is inhumane and violent treatment.