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.
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.
Holman Has Erupted Again...
August 1, 2016 @3:30pm
Several prisoners and at least 1 CO were injured in an altercation which lead to this recent barricade of prisoners at Holman prison.
Cert Team en route. Prisoners are barricaded in C Dorm which houses 114 prisoners.
Call and write the Alabama Department of Corrections:
Salutations to my fellow soldiers of our rights,
I would like to share some vital information that may be pertinent to anyone who is interested in fighting for the working/lower class of America. This is a clear example of unity. It is proof that if we all come together we can be a force to be reckoned with.
Waupun, WI- Prisoners at Waupun Correctional Institute (WCI) have vowed to protest conditions by refusing to eat, starting on June 10th. They insist that solitary confinement is torture and demand that Wisconsin cease the practice. “This aim is not to facilitate death, but to facilitate human dignity and humanitarian accountability,” said Cesar Deleon, one of the protesting prisoners.
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee announces that the Texas prison strikes initiated by IWW members have achieved their desired short-term results and that the first phase of planned long-term strategic strike actions is drawing to an end. The strike actions began on April 4, 2016 and spread to at least a half-dozen locations.
Here is a first person interview with a mother of a person inside McConnell Unit, a prison in Beeville Texas. She details daily life and retaliation prisoners are facing for considering joining the strike.