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Jan 18, 18

#OperationPUSH Phone Zap Monday January 22nd

Flood the Florida Department of Corrections Phone Lines – Respect the Demands!

A call-in campaign is happening in support of #OperationPUSH Monday, January 22nd. You can use the following script to help you in your call. The most important thing is to make the call. This will put officials on alert that we are watching. Encourage your friends and family to join as well, then hold each other accountable!

Background info on the campaign and the demands can be found at the Operation Push campaign page. Any pertinent info you learn can be sent to [email protected]

Phone Script:

Julie Jones, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary: (850) 488-5021

Hi, my name is ____ and I would like to talk with FDC Secretary Julie Jones about the demands being made across Florida prisons.

[FDC Response]

(If not Julie Jones) May I ask who I am speaking with?

(Record their name for update to IWOC and FTP)

Have you agreed to meet with prisoners about their grievances?

[Script if they deny hearing about them]

It is widely known that Florida is one of the few states that does not pay those they imprison for their work. For those that do, they make pennies per hour. Will you agree to pay incarcerated workers fairly for their labor?

It is also widely known that canteen prices are well above the market price, including for essential items. Will you reduce canteen prices to affordable rates?

Finally, the FDC no longer offers parole for those with life sentences or sentences far off in the future. Will you restore parole for the many deserving to re-enter society?

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from the FDC soon and will follow up until those you imprison are respected.

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Members of the IWW have created the IWOC, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, which functions as a liaison for prisoners to organize each other, unionize, and build solid bridges between prisoners on the inside and fellow workers on the outside. Prison is a setup, a big business, there to make money off the People. Neither the setup, nor the slavery inside of prisons can be combated without the conscious participation of prisoners and the working class on the outside through mutual aid, solidarity, and the building of working relationships that transcend prison walls and the politics of mass incarceration. The IWOC has been actively reaching out to prisoners while at the same time prisoners have been reaching out to the IWW for representation and assistance in building a prisoners union. The IWOC has taken up the cause and is helping prisoners in every facility organize and build a union branch for themselves, which will together form a powerful IWW Industrial Union.

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