Texas

As #August21 prison strike approaches, repression against organizers escalates

A look at the co-ordinated clampdown targeting a number of prominent prison organizers in the run-up to the national prison strike set to begin on August 21st.

Censorship, staff negligence, and extreme heat at the Telford Unit, Texas

In an article that the mailroom tried to censor, Jason Renard Walker writes on extreme heat and medical negligence at the Telford Unit, Texas.

Deadly Extreme Heat & Deliberate Indifference inside Texas Prisons: The Culture of Neglect and Abuse Continues

Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee member Keith "Malik" Washington writes on the dangerous conditions created by extreme heat inside Texas prisons.

Reliving the Past: A Hands-On Experience of Modern-Day Slave Labor in the Lone Star State

An account by revolutionary prisoner Jason Renard Walker of unpaid work in a prison kitchen.

Criminalizing "Panther Love" - The New Wave COINTELPRO Tactics in Texas Prisons

“The Impact of COINTELPRO” – Art: Black Panther Emory Douglas, 1976

A description of the repressive counter-insurgency tactics used against members of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Prison Chapter), IWW members, and other radical inmates in Texas prisons. While libertarian communists have disagreements with the NABPP-PC's Maoist ideology, this text is reproduced for the useful information it contains about ongoing class struggles.

End Prison Slavery in Texas Now! (2018)

A call to action for the new year from Comrade Malik

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead: Prison Struggles in the United States 2008-2016

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead cover

In the last eight years we have seen a multitude of struggles: from hunger strikes to riots, from work stoppages in individual units to mass strikes across several prisons, from hostile gangs forming truces and challenging racial divisions to immigrant mothers (incarcerated with their children) refusing their meals and duties. Published by Houston Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Unity & Struggle.

1969-70: Crystal City Chicano Students Strike

In 1969 Mexican American students at Cristal City high school were subject to systematic discrimination by the school board. In response the students protested and staged a mass walkout with the support of other Mexican American groups.

1996-8: Sierra Blanca Community Opposes Nuclear Waste Site

History of the campaign against building a nuclear waste disposal site in a Texan town. The campaign was notably in that it mobilised people across the US and Mexico and that the $55 million deal was supported by State Governor George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Revenge of a Citibank worker

Saboteur from Office Space

An IT worker with Citibank was jailed last week for deliberately downing 90% of the bank's network, following an unfavourable review with a manager.