#PrisonStrike: A prison labor strike, coinciding with 45th anniversary of the rebellion by Attica prisoners, began Wednesday night with a revolt at Holmes Correctional in Florida’s Panhandle involving more than 400 prisoners. This could be the largest prison strike in US history. On Friday, inmates across the US will participate in what organizers are touting as the largest prison strike in history stopping work in protest. The protest, organized across 24 states, is spearheaded by the inmate-led Free Alabama Movement (FAM) and coordinated by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). The strikers are calling for an end to slave-like working conditions and practices of the prison industrial complex, which you can read about more below. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖This is a Call to Action Against Slavery in America: In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement, echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.
On September 9th of 1971 prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New York State’s most notorious prison. On September 9th of 2016, we will begin an action to shut down prisons all across this country. We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.
The prisons have become more dependent on slavery and torture to maintain their stability. Prisoners are forced to work for little or no pay. That is slavery.
The protest against prison slavery is a protest against the school to prison pipeline, a protest against police terror, a protest against post-release controls. When we abolish slavery, they’ll lose much of their incentive to lock up our children, they’ll stop building traps to pull back those who they’ve released. When we remove the economic motive and grease of our forced labor from the US prison system, the entire structure of courts and police, of control and slave-catching must shift to accommodate us as humans, rather than slaves.
#AbolishPrisons #DefundPrisons #FuckThePrisonIndustrialComplex