National Prison Strike: Prisoners In 17 States Demand End To ‘Slave Labor’

Prisoners in at least 17 states are launching a strike to demand better living conditions, increased access to resources and the “end of modern day slavery,” notes Democracy Now.

Work stoppages, sit-ins, hunger strikes and commissary boycotts are planned from Aug. 21 until Sept. 9, which is the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising.

The prison strike idea began in April after a riot broke out in the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, which left seven prisoners dead (six were African-American) and 17 others seriously injured.

The bodies of dead prisoners were reportedly “literally stacked on top of each other,” while no prison guards were injured.

The deadliest prison riot in the United States in a quarter of a century was allowed to go on for hours.

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, Planting Justice and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee are helping coordinate with prisoners on the prison strike.

(Source: Democracy Now)

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