South Carolina freedom fighters call for National Prisoners Strike Aug. 21-Sept. 9, 2018

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South Carolina freedom fighters call for National Prisoners Strike Aug. 21-Sept. 9, 2018

From here:

http://sfbayview.com/2018/04/south-carolina-freedom-fighters-call-for-na...

"Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology.

These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery...

We all agree to spread this strike throughout the prisons of Amerikkka! From Aug. 21 to Sept. 9, 2018, men and women in prisons across the nation will strike in the following manner:

Work Strikes: Prisoners will not report to assigned jobs. Each place of detention will determine how long its strike will last. Some of these strikes may translate into a local list of demands designed to improve conditions and reduce harm within the prison.
Sit-ins: In certain prisons, men and women will engage in peaceful sit-in protests.
Boycotts: All spending should be halted. We ask those outside the walls not to make financial judgments for those inside. Men and women on the inside will inform you if they are participating in this boycott. We support the call of the Free Alabama Movement Campaign to “Redistribute the Pain” 2018, as Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray, has laid out – with the exception of refusing visitation. See these principles described here: https://redistributethepain.wordpress.com/.
Hunger Strikes: Men and women shall refuse to eat.

How you can help:

Make the nation take a look at our demands. Demand action on our demands by contacting your local, state and federal political representatives with these demands. Ask them where they stand.
Spread the strike and word of the strike in every place of detention.
Contact a supporting local organization to see how you can be supportive. If you are unsure of who to connect with, email millionsforprisonersmarch@gmail.com.
Be prepared by making contact with people in prison, family members of prisoners and prisoner support organizations in your state to assist in notifying the public and media on strike conditions.
Assist in our announced initiatives to have the votes of people in jail and prison counted in elections.
Media inquiries should be directed to prisonstrikemedia@gmail.com."

Dunno who's involved and what their organising capacity is, but looks worth keeping an eye on. There's also a call for mobilisations around Juneteenth, see here: https://fighttoxicprisons.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/call-for-a-juneteenth...

If someone wants to add the whole thing as a proper news article that'd be good, but I'm not near a computer and would definitely mess it up trying to do it from a phone.

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