Across the US, solidarity actions took place to mark the kick off of the August 21st national prison strike. In Brooklyn, anarchists, abolitionists, wobblies, and members of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) rallied and then took to the streets, leading to several arrests by police. Two rallies were held in the Los Angeles area, one outside of a women’s facility, and another a men’s prison. In Minneapolis, people wrote graffiti and set off fireworks, while in other cities, people dropped banners, painted slogans, and changed messaging on billboards to call attention to the strike. Other cities led protests against companies profiting off of prison slavery labor; in Seattle people disrupted a Starbucks, while in Des Moines, Iowa, people protested and disrupted a show room which sells prison made goods.
Comrades locked in the Multnomah jail in Portland, OR heard us make some noise for them yesterday. They must know that there are people out here waiting for them. !Solí a toda la gente en las jaulas! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS, FREE ‘EM ALL!
Solidarity rally is held outside of the Northwest Detention Center, where it is announced that 200 detainees inside will join the national prison strike.
— Linda Jansen (@SIRATYST) August 21, 2018
— keaton (@birdEnjoyer) August 21, 2018
— Dreams and reality are opposites. (@merlin_buk) August 21, 2018
San Jose, California:
On the first day of the 20-day Nationwide Prison Strike, activists rallied at San José City Hall on August 21, 2018 in support of prisoners' demands for: 1. Immediate improvements in inhumane prison conditions, solitary confinement, frequent denial of basic needs and health care. 2. Immediate end to prison slavery still allowed by the Thirteenth Amendment. 3. Repeal the Prison Litigation Reform Act that suspends proper channels to address grievances. 4. Rescind the Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act to stop denial of rehabilitation and parole. 5. Immediate end to racially-based overcharging, over-sentencing, and denial of parole of black and brown people. 6. Immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting black and brown humans. 7. No denial of rehabilitation to those labeled as "violent offenders." 8. Adequately fund rehabilitation services in state prisons. 9. Reinstate Pell grants. 10. Stop denying the vote to detainees, prisoners, and ex-felons. . José Villarreal explained why prisoners are striking across the country. Nube Brown gave the call to action, and played voice recordings of several prisoners to let them tell their own stories about why the system is rigged to oppress rather than rehabilitate. The marched started in Plaza de César Chávez, wound its way through Paseo de San Antonio and downtown San José, and ended in City Hall Plaza. . The Nationwide Prison Strike is timed in memory of the murder of George Jackson by prison guards during an uprising at San Quentin Prison on August 21, 1971. Jackson was a prison activist and the uprising was in response to unbearable prison conditions and racist abuses by prison guards. The Nationwide Prison Strike ends on the 47th anniversary the Attica Prison Uprising on September 9, 1971 which was also motivated by demands for humane prison conditions, rehabilitation, and an end to racially-based abuses. . http://prisonstrike.forjustice.us . #prisonstrike #prisonstrike2018 #prisonslavery #13thamendment #prisonersrights #blacklivesmatter #brownlivesmatter #noracism #attica #georgejackson
— OccupyICEsacramento (@OccupyICEsacto) August 22, 2018
— LA ABCF (@la_abcf) August 22, 2018
Los Angeles, California:
— Decolonize Ⓐnarchism 🏴 (@blkintellectual) August 22, 2018
— ❤️Black Rose/Rosa Negra🖤 (@BRRN_Fed) August 22, 2018
Noise demonstration was small, but they heard us. As the sun set, we banged pots and pans along Van Buren, then pulled a Fellow Worker's car into the parking lot next to the exercise yard and blasted some Ice Cube. #August21 #PrisonStrike #PrisonStrike2018 pic.twitter.com/ka4pfDAZ7j
— ⚒️IWW🌐Phoenix🌵 (@IWWPhx) August 22, 2018
The Dirty Hands Collective dropped a banner in solidarity with the #PrisonStrike rebels in our community of Durango, CO (occupied Ute and Diné territory). We send our love and rage to those resisting modern-day slavery inside the State’s incarceration apparatus. You are not forgotten.
Abolish Prison Slavery!
Abolish All Prisons!
Des Moines, Iowa:
— Central IA DSA (@DSM_DSA) August 21, 2018
St. Paul, Minnesota:
— jjake61 (@jjake61) August 21, 2018
Fireworks were lit & chants were chanted alongside tunes from the anarchist marching band, Unlawful Assembly
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) August 22, 2018
Folks blew off fireworks, blared + music, banged drums, held banners & blocked traffic outside rec yards & cell blocks of cheering inmates. pic.twitter.com/vzPhC3zjOk
— B r e a k a w a y (@Breakaway_chi) August 22, 2018
— wheretheriverfrowns (@theriverfrowns) August 21, 2018
Hunger strike outside the Hartford federal courthouse demanding that Salma Sikandar, a Bangladeshi mother & 19-year resident of New Haven, be granted stay of deportation. #KeepSalmaHome #NatTurnerDay #nooneisillegal #NoBorders#FireToThePrisons #FireToTheDetentionCenters pic.twitter.com/qpW6GyVB91
— RAM – ElmCity (@RevAbolitionEC) August 21, 2018
Brooklyn, New York:
#NYC banner drop in solidarity with the #PrisonStrike . All power to the prison rebels. In memory of George Jackson, Nat Turner, & all the fallen black liberation fighters! We will continue the legacy of the struggle!#BurnThePrisons #BlackAugust #PrisonStrike2018 #NatTurnerDay pic.twitter.com/A1mVvKZvB6
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) August 21, 2018
After the #PrisonStrike/#NatTurnerDay noise demo outside of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), protesters took to the streets chanting “Cops & the Klan go hand in hand.” NYPD quickly began following them. #FireToThePrisons pic.twitter.com/6sQvdZd07z
— Ash J (@AshAgony) August 22, 2018
— IWOC Gainesville (@iwoc_gnv) August 21, 2018
Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings." -Angela Davis pic.twitter.com/i51p0NybGc
— Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward (@BLM_Broward) August 22, 2018
Kicking off the #PrisonStrike on UTK campus. Folx flyered and talked with students about the strike. #Solidarity with all those those incarcerated! #AbolishPrison #EndSlaveryNow pic.twitter.com/Ywt3aYQMiq
— Knoxville Radical Alliance (@knoxradical) August 21, 2018
— matt wolf (@3amWaffleHouse) August 21, 2018