National Inmate Work Strike Launches to End Prison Slavery

On September 9th, inmates throughout the country launched a work strike to end prison slavery. The call for the strike came from those incarcerated in Alabama and Texas Prisons, and inmates nationwide are answering the call. The strike will take place in 40 prisons in 24 states across the United States.

“The criminal-justice system is a continuation of slavery.”

– Robert Earl Council

The decision to strike on September 9th has historical significance, as it was the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, in which 29 inmates and 10 hostages were killed by police while prisoners were fighting for improving the conditions.

“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.”

– Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Demands have been made, and they are specific to each state.

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