On August 21st, prisoners across the United States and beyond began a strike against prison slavery. This strike comes hot on the heels of years of previous prison strikes, call-in campaigns, and full fledged uprisings, as well as inspiring actions against ICE and massive anti-fascist mobilizations throughout August. Not only are all of these struggles connected, but our best chances of succeeding in any of them lies in building momentum across these different movements and beyond.
Below you find:
- Call-In Campaign Information
- A Timeline of Prison Strike Resistance on the Inside.
- A Timeline of Prison Strike Solidarity Actions on the Outside
- A List of Upcoming Events in Support of the Prison Strike
- A collection of resources, prisoner demands, articles, and materials about the 2016 prison strike, the 2018 strike, a variety of interviews and podcasts, and more.
Be sure to also check Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, Prison Slavery, The Bay View, Shadowproof, Support Prisoner Resistance, and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee for other updates.
- Call in to Kershaw, SC: Stop Refusing Food to Prisoners
- Friday Phonezap for Halifax Prisoners
- Solidarity with Wabash Valley Hunger Strikers in the SHU
- Support ICE Detainees Striking in Tacoma, WA
SCDC is withholding food as group punishment at Kershaw prison. South Carolina is the frontline and they need calls
MAKE SOME TIME TUESDAY TO APPLY SOME PRESSURE.#PrisonStrike2018 https://t.co/MwKk5LaY9R
— IWOC (@IWW_IWOC) September 10, 2018
Organizing Winning Phone-Zap Campaigns
Inside: Resistance and Repression During the Strike
- Late June: Ronald Brooks, who made a pro-strike video at the Angola prison is transferred due to strike organizing organizing activity “to the David Wade Correctional Center, a notorious facility in North Louisiana that has faced more than 200 federal lawsuits from inmates since it opened in 1980. Brooks had been held at Angola since he was incarcerated at age 19; he turns 40 this year.”
- Late July: Prison officials declare that Lucasville survivor Siddique Hasan, who has been placed on death row for his role in the 1993 uprising, has lost phone privileges for one year and cannot talk to the outside world about the 2018 prison strike. He launches a hunger strike in response. Prison officials even take to literally sand bagging Hasan’s cell, to keep messages and information from coming out. In Shadowproof, Ben Turk states:
“This seems like a really unique and different situation,” Ben Turk told Shadowproof. “In the past, like when [prison officials] made up the thing about bombing the prison, that was so obviously bullshit. They got what they really wanted, I think, which was to restrict his communications so he couldn’t speak during the strike, but that was not a permanent change in his situation. Now it seems like they’re trying to create a permanent change in his situation.”
- Early August: Around 20 inmates at Sterling Correctional Faciliity in Colorado launch hunger strike and issue demands. According to the Denver Anarchist Black Cross:
THE 5 DEMANDS/POINTS OF HUNGER STRIKE
#1.) End of group punishments. Especially the “off the record” policy known as “redtag” used at Sterling. This is in reference to Colorado’s prisons locking down entire groups for one person’s actions. And it is almost exclusively used to lockdown groups of Hispanic inmates, which can force anywhere between 20-100 Hispanic inmates to be held indefinitely in solitary (for no action of their own) for months at a time. At any given moment.
#2.) Abolish solitary confinement, but especially as a punishment to retaliate against inmates who refuse to attend/participate in intel/ICC interviews.
#3.) C.D.O.C must comply with all parts of the settlement reached in Decoteau v.Raemisch as well as adhere to the statements made by Rick Raemisch himself in a Oct. 2017 New York Times article and statements where he stated “solitary confinement and extended restrictive housing have been abolished in Colorado. No inmate will be held in RH [restrictive housing] longer than 15 days.”
#4.) Refund all inmates; money for outstanding subscription and GTL Linkunit accounts due to tablets being recalled.
#5.) Expand educational programs to include some correspondence courses and programs to help build and strengthen family unity between inmates and their families in the outside world.
…this is our final hope at some sort of relief. It is powerful to witness men deprive themselves of the basic nutrients needed for survival in order to fight oppression, especially when most of us are routinely labeled ‘most violent.
- August 9th: Prison Strike activity begins in New Mexico early. IWOC on Twitter writes:
“[C]onditions at GEO Group prison reached a tipping point and the strike took place early due to administration cutting family visits, harassing families, strip searching elder family members, and STIU targeting, harassing, and abusing inmates. 3 housing units joined in this movement to take a stand against the cruel conditions. Retaliation is ongoing.”
- August 19th: Prisoners in Nova Scotia launch a protest in solidarity with the #PrisonStrike in the US, issue their own demands. From the Halifax Examiner:
We, the prisoners of Burnside, have united to fight for change. We are unified across the population in non-violent, peaceful protest.
We are calling for support from the outside in solidarity with us. We believe that it is only through collective action that change will be made.
We recognize that the staff in the jail are workers who are also facing injustice. We are asking for a more productive rehabilitative environment that supports the wellbeing of everyone in the system. These policy changes will also benefit the workers in the jail.
Our voices should be considered in the programming and policies for this jail. The changes we are demanding to our conditions are reasonable, and must happen to support our human rights.
The organizers of this protest assert that we are being warehoused as inmates, not treated as human beings. We have tried through other means including complaint, conversation, negotiation, petitions, and other official and non-official means to improve our conditions. We now call upon our supporters outside these walls to stand with us in protesting our treatment.
We join in this protest in solidarity with our brothers in prison in the United States who are calling for a prison strike from August 21st to September 9th. We support the demands of our comrades in the United States, and we join their call for justice.
- August 20st: Prisons in New Mexico lock down pre-emtively due-to previous strike activity on August 9th.
- August 20th: All 11 prison facilities across New Mexico are now on lock down.
- August 21st: Swift Justice speaks from Alabama prison with Al-Jazeera, says prisoners at his facility are engaged in a protest and are not reporting to their jobs.
- August 21st: Migrants imprisoned at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA officially join the prison strike, start work stoppage and hunger strike, and issue demands:
Over 200 people detained at the now infamous Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) begin today a hunger strike and work stoppage in response to the call for a national prison strike in the U.S. NWDC Resistance organizers received calls from at least three pods confirming the strike, which is intended to last until September 9th. Organizers received a document listing the reasons and demands.
“We are taking part in a hunger strike nationwide demanding change and closure of these detention centers, we are acting with solidarity for all those people who are being detained wrongfully, and stand together to help support all those women who have been separated from their children, and to stop all the family separations happening today for a lot of us are also being separated and we have U.S. citizen children”, reads the first part of the letter.
This is the third hunger strike in 2018 alone, since 2014 there have been nearly 15 hunger strikes at NWDC calling for humane detention conditions, access to justice, and and end to detentions and deportations.
Hunger strike and work stoppage demo
由 La Resistencia 发布于 2018年8月21日周二
- August 21st: Prisoner in Represa, California declares hunger strike at New Folsom prison.
- Palestinian prisoners issue statement in solidarity with US prison strike.
- August 22nd: News starts to come in from the prison strike. IWOC issues a media statement:
So the prisoner strike has been underway for more than 24 hours now. In the first day we got word of actions coming out from the prisons from Halifax, Nova Scotia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington and Folsom Prison in California reported strike action.
- August 22nd: Prison Slavery on Twitter writes:
SC is completely under lock and key for the strike.
- August 22nd: Local news in Arizona reports:
Multiple Nevada Department Correction inmates housed at an Arizona facility began a hunger strike this week.
- August 22nd: Another statement from Northwest Detention Center Resistance:
We want medical attention. We want better COs, they don’t do their job right, they see that there are problems and they don’t do nothing about it, they just let things get big and that’s the reason why everybody gets into fights. And the food, they don’t give us the portion that they are supposed to give us, we just get a little bit of food.
The people that had accidents, we have a guy who got hit on his eye and it got swollen and he is getting blind because you guys don’t do nothing about it, we just need more attention with medical needs, a lot of people has medical issues and you guys let everything to the last minute and that’s not right, we don’t want somebody dead bedsides us just because you guys didn’t do your guys’ job right.
- August 23rd: In Texas, IWOC reports:
IWOC was forwarded a message dated 8/23 from inside administrative segregation, (solitary) of Stiles Unit, Beaumont TX confirming that 2 prisoners are on hunger strike in solidarity with the national action: “I feel great. But very hungry! And not because I don’t have food but because of our 48 hours solidarity with our brothers and sisters. It’s the only way we can show support from inside of Seg. Let everyone know we got their backs.”
- August 23rd: IWOC confirms a work stoppage in South Carolina prison of McCormick:
Only 12-15 prisoners from the “privilege unit” are working. All others striking.
- August 23rd: IWOC confirms that at least two prisoners in Toledo, Ohio are on hunger strike:
Confirmed hunger strike activity at Toledo CI, OH. David Easley and James Ward are on hunger strike in solidarity with the national
#A21 demands and in protest of violence by COs and lack of health care. Prison officials would not confirm names or total number of prisoners refusing food. There may well be more than David and James on hunger strike.
- August 25th: Stabbing takes place at Lee Correctional in South Carolina. IWOC wrote:
Yesterday, there was a stabbing at Lee CI, the same prison that suffered 7 dead in April. And as typical, the hand behind the hand that held the blade was the state’s stoking violence. This time to de-legitimize the strike as well.
Prison Slavery wrote:
Prisoners in SC lee prison want it known that the pigs allowed stabbing there yesterday. They allowed known hostile persons together. Ask yourself why?
- August 27th: Call in campaign launched in solidarity with striking detainees in Tacoma, Washington.
- August 27th: RAM calls for call-in campaign to support New Mexico prisoners who have been placed on lockdown since the 21st.
- August 27: IWOC releases report back from phone blast on Friday:
Under pressure, staffers admitted to statewide searches underway. The phone calls were nonstop! No business as usual at these offices on Friday.
- August 27th: Another hunger strike pops off in Wabash Valley in Indiana.
- August 27th: From Gainesville IWOC: “BREAKING: we have confirmation of at least 5 Florida prisons reporting strike participation. We are waiting for more information from the inside as word spreads.”
- August 27th: Northwest Detention Center Resistance writes that 6 people are continuing the hunger strike and that calls are still needed in solidarity.
- August 27th: IWOC reports that Jailhouse Lawyer Speak has announced that:
[P]risoners in the following facilities are on strike: Broad River Correctional Institution, Lee Correctional Institution, McCormick Correctional Institution, Turbeville Correctional Institute, Kershaw Correctional Institution, and Lieber Correctional Institution. The actions in these facilities include widespread workstrikes, with only a few prisoners reporting to their jobs, and commissary boycotts.
- August 27th: Jailhouse Lawyers Speak announced:
“…that five Florida facilities are seeing strike activity: Charlotte CI reports 40 refusing work, and 100 boycotting commissary. Prisoners at Dade Correctional say 30-40 on strike, Franklin Correctional report 30-60, Holmes Correctional reports 70, Appalachee Correctional report an unknown number.”
- August 29th: Prison Slavery writes on Twitter:
Kentucky and Edgefield federal prisons joined the strike by large groups boycotting the canteens. We are also hearing a few federal prisoners in Colorado refused meals on the 21st in solidarity. Georgia
@JailLawSpeak (JLS) members are able to confirm strike and boycott activities in their state prisons. JLS members in Georgia says their strike numbers are not yet strong enough to shut down a prison.
- August 30th: It is announced that in Indiana at Wabash Valley prison, administrators have violated policy to suppress the strike by writing up inmates for protesting.
- August 30th: Warden at Northwest Detention Center retailiates against hunger strikers after people refused to stand up at attention when he entered the room:
On the evening of August 30th 20 people detained were sent to segregation after they, and at least 30 others, joined the nationwide prison strike at Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) demanding an end to the new practice of standing up as the new warden enters each pod, and the punishments for not complying. People detained had already complained about the mandate for nearly a month since “(the warden) thinks he is running a boot camp or we are in the military”, said a person joining the hunger strike. Many people are not able to get up from the bunk beds due to illnesses, a man reported he suffers from back pain and was given a date for an “administrative hearing” for not getting up from bed when the warden went into the pod where he is detained.
Yesterday morning an entire unit was punished without TV because some people were in bed as the warden went in. Somehow some people in the pod were able to turn it on again, and then Geo guards went in with a forklift to unplug the TV from the outlet on the wall. A person detained from a pod next door witnessed the event, and reported that Geo guards told them they were “painting the ceiling” in pod next door. Most of the people detained in the unit decided then to join the hunger strike and stopped eating at lunchtime. Communications were also denied to people detained in the unit, no access to phones or tablets. Hunger strikers also report threats of deportation, guards told people detained they already lost their immigration cases for joining the strike.
The hunger strike that officially begun last August 21st with at least 200 people joining, and continues on its second week, shows no signs of ending. 6 men are on their 9th day of not eating, most are now in medical units after not being transferred there for 3 days (day 7) due to medical units being full. As of last night 6 women joined the hunger strike too, based on these reports that makes at least 62 people on hunger strike today at the now infamous NWDC.
Organizers with NWDC Resistance will organize a rally in support of the hunger strikers, calling for an end to the retaliation and to the practice of having people standing up as the warden walks into the pods.
- August 31st: Call-in campaign beings to Wabash Valley prison.
- August 31st: News reports that at Bowling Green, Missouri prison:
Last week, prisoners demonstrated in a couple of housing units, leading to a standoff and then the lockdown of those two units. That stress added to a correctional officer staffing crisis that’s been boiling over.
- August 31st: Greek prisoners issue statement in solidarity with #PrisonStrike.
- August 31st: IWOC writes of new strike action updates:
Confirmed strike activity in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan. A group has been boycotting all calls with GTL, the corporate phone vendor. Confirmed activity in CA, CSP-Lancaster. A group led by a William E. Brown is striking. Likely a hunger strike.
- September 1st: Announced that prisoners at Vaughn correctional facility in Delaware have launched a hunger strike.
- September 2nd: IWOC announces new prison strike actions on the inside:
Group in a Kentucky federal prison boycotting commissary. Group in Edgefield federal prison in South Carolina is boycotting phones and commissary. Sharky Garcia, CA hunger striker in New Folsom, has been cut off from all visitation.
- September 3rd: Greek prisoners drop banner in solidarity with strike.
Banner dropped from Larissa Prison in Greece in solidarity with the #PrisonStrike in the US!#InternationalSolidarity #BurnThePrisonshttps://t.co/wsOmUzCIXe pic.twitter.com/7hJws3GPAl
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) September 3, 2018
- September 3rd: According to Unicorn Riot:
Inmates are said to have had clothes “molding on their bodies” as the lockdown at Minnesota’s Stillwater state prison continues past the one-month mark. Conditions which Stillwater inmates have called a “humanitarian crisis” are among the reasons organizers have called for the nationwide 2018 Prison Strike. With human rights violations in prisons being the norm across America, a call for an “improvement to the conditions of prisons” is the first of the strikers’ ten demands.
- September 4th: Phone zap for ‘Sharky’ at New Folsom kicks off.
- September 4th: IWOC confirms commissary boycott and work stoppage at McConnell unit in Texas:
Confirmed work stoppage in McConnell Unit in Texas!
“several of the brothers here have agreed to not turn out for our work assignments from August 21st to September 9th here at the Texas Corrections Industries (TCI) Garment Factory…"#prisonstrike pic.twitter.com/M2YTG1vPmU
— IWOC (@IWW_IWOC) September 4, 2018
- September 4th: Updates come in from Northwest Detention Center Resistance about continued repression of those on hunger strike. People are encouraged to make calls of support. On Facebook they write:
16 people are being taken to an “administrative hearing” today for joining a hunger strike last week. #Geo calls it a “disturbance” so they can excuse keeping people in segregation for as long as they want.
We’ve just learned that ICE is ready to start force feeding hunger strikers that have been striking for two or more weeks.
- September 6th: IWOC releases press release and roundup of prisoner strike activity.
- September 7th: IWOC reports that phone-zap in Indiana has been a success. They wrote:
Remember calling for Indiana prisoners last Friday? “We’ve received word that the disciplinary reports written against the hunger strikers have been “torn up”! This is pretty rare and likely due to the combined force of the inmates resistance and our support on the outside. Thank you everyone and solidarity!”
Representatives of the UBN at Eastern NY Correctional has confirmed that many of them from their crew stayed from work on the 21-24. They have also stayed away from the commissary and phones since. It’s very possible others are not working – doing they own thang.
- September 7th: Reports of a “riot type situation” at Hamilton Correctional Institute in Florida being disputed by prison officials.
BREAKING | 'RIOT SITUATION' – Florida Highway Patrol troopers from across North Florida are responding to a report of what one agency called a "riot situation" at the Hamilton Correctional Institute. https://t.co/KMrtgF5IOD
— News4JAX (@wjxt4) September 7, 2018
- September 7th: More updates from Tacoma at the Detention Center:
Four hunger strikers reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and GEO Group officers are threatening to get a court order to force feed them, a violent and painful process. They have been on hunger strike for more than 15 days of not eating to demand their immediate release in solidarity with the national prison strike. This week, GEO also accused at least 6 people “instigating a group demonstration” for trying to join a hunger strike. They have been held in solitary confinement for 8 days pending an “administrative hearing.” Over the phone from solitary, one of the human rights defenders told his partner that he asked to have his lawyer present, but GEO officers replied that was not necessary.
Yesterday American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer Enoka Herat sent a letter to the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) warden and the US Attorney of the Western District Annette L Hayes expressing concerns over the treatment of people detained participating on civil disobedience at NWDC. The letter emphasizes the right of people to refuse food and engage in First Amendment speech, which includes hunger strikes. The letter also reminds both of them that a court order should only be pursued after the Clinical Medical Authority “has determined that the detainee’s life or health is at risk.”
The hunger strike at NWDC in its third week, since beginning on August 21st is part of the nationwide prison strike. Organizers with NWDC Resistance have received other reports that at least 4 other people have joined the strike in the past days in the Tacoma facility.
- September 10th: Call-in campaign at Kershaw, SC begins to demand that prison stop withholding food from prisoners.
- September 10th: IWOC reports of strike activity in New York at Coxsackie Correctional Facility.
- September 10th: At least one block engaged in 3 day fast and commissary boycott throughout Ohio State Penitentiary.
- September 10th: At least one prisoner on hunger strike at Leavenworth in Missouri.
- September 10th: Lockdown at Stillwater prison continues.
NEW: The brutal lockdown at #Stillwater prison is entering its 54th day, even though the #Minnesota DOC says it's over.
In the video below one prisoner tells us what the DOC is actually doing – from starving people to eliminating all job training.
— Twin Cities IWOC (@tciwoc) September 10, 2018
Outside: A Thousand Fires Against the Plantation
- July 6th: Banner action in solidarity with Prison Strike in Milwaukee.
- July 24th: Light stencils action in Milwaukee.
- August 5th: Prison strike graffiti spotted in Florida.
- August 7th: Day of action in solidarity with Prison Strike in Milwaukee.
- August 11th: Banner drop in Oakland.
Burning an effigy of white supremacist enemies for #NatTurnerDay! All power to the prison rebels! This ritual burning is also a pledge to commit ourselves to the complete destruction of prison society.#PrisonStrike #BurnThePrisons #BlackAugust pic.twitter.com/ykuqwLySxd
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) August 23, 2018
- August 12th: Banner drop in West Oakland, near mass transit line.
- August 16th: Banner drop in Minneapolis in solidarity with Stillwater prison rebels.
- August 16th: Prison strike graffiti in Philadelphia.
- August 18th: Pittsburgh, PA anarchist march in support of strike. Hands out flyers, no arrests.
- August 19th: Rally in Richmond, Virginia against a group of neo-Confederates and in solidarity with the prison strike.
- August 20th: Silent Sam Confederate statue is brought down by crowd at UNC campus. People hold banners in solidarity with the prison strike.
- August 20th: Strike graffiti spotted in Lansing, Michigan.
- August 20th: Teach-in in Gainesville features call-in from political prisoner, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson.
- August 20th: Banner drop in Bloomington, IN in solidarity with the strike.
- August 20th: Mobilization at Hyde Correctional Facility. Protest on both sides of the wall.
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
- August 21st: Graffiti written in solidarity with the strike in Knoxville, TN.
- August 21st: Graffiti written in solidarity in Libson, PT.
- August 21st: Banner drop in New York.
- August 21st: Banner drop in Philadelphia.
- August 21st: Multiple banner drops in Pittsburgh.
- August 21st: DSA chapter in Iowa protests at prison showroom of prisoner made products calling on the prison to meet the prisoners demands.
- August 21st: Seattle rally in solidarity with the prison strike.
- August 21st: Banner dropped in solidarity with prison strike in Evansville, Indiana.
"Still fighting to end slavery" banner in #Evansville #Indiana in support of the National #PrisonStrike #August21 pic.twitter.com/psQ81w1nHN
— wheretheriverfrowns (@theriverfrowns) August 21, 2018
- August 21st: Rally takes place at South Carolina capitol in Columbia. “We’re not interested in reforming the criminal punishment system, we’re interested in dismantling and abolishing it,” say family members who came to support the strike and present the prisoners demands.
- August 21st: Thousands of calls are reported to have been made into Florida prisons.
- August 21st: Prison strike graffiti in Oakland, CA and across the country. Banner drops in Philadelphia and beyond.
- August 21st: Noise demonstration kicks off in Brooklyn, New York. March takes to streets, several arrests made by police. Other noise demos take place in Los Angeles, Corona, San Jose, Chicago, Minneapolis, and beyond.
- Demo at Gainesville, Florida work camp organized to block work trucks.
- . See full roundup here.
- August 22nd: New York rally in solidarity with Prison Strike at UNC circle.
- August 23rd: Graffiti in Portland, Oregon in solidarity with the prison strike.
- August 23rd: Banner drop in Boston in solidarity with prison strike.
- August 23rd: Rally in solidarity with prison strike in Boston brings out over 150 people.
NOW: #PrisonStrike crowd of 100+ is outside the Suffolk County Jail near Boston's North Station protesting prison conditions. About two dozen police and sheriffs deputies are in the general area pic.twitter.com/j82K7gIKDA
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) August 23, 2018
- August 23rd: Rally in Lansing, Michigan in solidarity with the prison strike.
- August 23rd: Solidarity rally in New York with the prison strike.
- August 23rd: Disruption of panel in solidarity with prison strike in Jackson, Mississippi.
unending solidarity with the prison rebels around the country participating in the national strike.
here’s a pic of our rowdy demonstration downtown Lansing today.
we’re gonna make sure the national demands of the #prisonstrike cannot be ignored pic.twitter.com/dJOAWXuEUq
— MI Prison Abolition (@MI_Abolition) August 23, 2018
- August 24th: Call-in campaign is launched.
- August 24th: Another call-in campaign is called for in the Tacoma area, surrounding migrants at the Northwest Detention Facility. Call states:
Over 200 people detained at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) are on a hunger strike and work stoppage in response to the call for a national prison strike in the U.S.
Call ICE now and demand
1) ICE meet the hunger strikers’ demands
2) GEO not retaliate against hunger strikers.
Acting Field Director, Bryan S. Wilcox
Field Office Main Telephone Line
Assistance Field Director (Detention), William Penaloza
Facility Main Telephone
253-779-6000 ext.1, wait for message, then dial ext 4.
- August 24th: Demo at Gainesville, Florida work camp organized to block work trucks.
- August 24th: A noise demo held outside the jail in Richmond, Virginia.
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Friday night was a beautiful gathering of rebels for a #prisonstrike noise demo at #RCJ We circled the jail with drums, cymbals, pots, bottles and even a PA system. We chanted in, they chanted back, showing each other solidarity between bars and through walls • • • #rva #abolishice #prisonstrike2018 #august21 #attica #natturner #slaveryneverended #fttp
- August 25th: 70 people march on prison in New Haven.
- August 25th: Militant anarchist march clashes with police in Philadelphia, carrying prison strike banner at its front.
- August 25th: Prison strike solidarity rally at San Quentin.
- August 25th: Prison strike solidarity demo at Indiana State Prison.
@IDOCWatch called a demo today at Indiana State Prison to highlight medical neglect, bug cockroach infestation, and malnourishment, & to show solidarity w/the ongoing #PrisonStrike. A rally was held at the gates, then a loud march took the streets and snaked through #MichiganCity pic.twitter.com/I7lLTwezZ0
— B r e a k a w a y (@Breakaway_chi) August 25, 2018
- August 25th: Prison strike solidarity rally in South Carolina at Lee Correctional.
im at a protest at lee correctional in south carolina in solidarity with the prison strike, & this banner is absolutely incredible 💯#August21 pic.twitter.com/uofWCxjT8c
— Georgia Marxist ☭ (@georgiamarxist) August 25, 2018
- August 25th: Rally in Winston-Salem North Carolina in solidarity with prison strike.
- August 26th: Solidarity rally in Las Vegas.
- August 26th: WUNC radio releases audio interview with inmates at Hyde Correctional in North Carolina.
From yesterday at the Henderson Detention Center w/ Las Vegas comrades #PrisonStrike2018 #PrisonStrike #FreeThemAll #AbolishICE @LasVegasDSA pic.twitter.com/QDJ6aqOrQk
— dimples deep enough to take a jello shot (@whoreganizer) August 26, 2018
- August 27th: Solidarity rally outside of Asheville, North Carolina at prison facility.
Southern Appalachia saw a little #prisonstrike action yesterday. Folks in WNC paid a visit to Craggy State Prison outside of Asheville and held banners for prisoners as they were bussed back from their work detail. Nice job! pic.twitter.com/70UOG7Yxp2
— The Holler Network (@HollerNetwork) August 28, 2018
- August 27th: Solidarity rally outside of Hyde Correctional in eastern North Carolina.
- August 28th: Banner drop in Oakland, CA.
- August 28th: IWOC Gainesville pickets Florida Department of Corrections.
tallahassee showing up outside #fdc in solidarity with the #prisonstrike this past saturday 🔥🔥 #august21 #endprisonslavery pic.twitter.com/xPnpuqm2mh
— IWOC Gainesville (@iwoc_gnv) August 28, 2018
- August 28th: RAM wheatpastes posters up in New York. New Haven graffiti.
From New Haven @RevAbolitionEC to the strikers all over nation. Fuck shit up. As the prison strike continues through 9/9 its important to keep the pressure on & show solidarity from outside the walls.
#NewHaven #PrisonStrike #FireToTheDetentionCenters #FireToThePrisons #August21 pic.twitter.com/WmDjV73Wjf
— RevAbolitionMov (@RevAbolitionist) August 29, 2018
Hit the streets in Brooklyn and Queens with giant posters for the #PrisonStrike! All power to the prison rebels. May all their demands be met and the white supremacist system come to an end!#BlackAugust #PrisonStrike2018 #BurnThePrisons #AbolitionNow pic.twitter.com/R3vlzKGF4V
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) August 28, 2018
- August 28th: Prison Strike noise demonstration disrupts jail facility on the inside.
"STRIKE, STRIKE, STRIKE!"
Supporters of the #PrisonStrike in Atlanta brought their noise INSIDE Dekalb County Jail last night 👏 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/bxnWVLqIY0
— Midwest Unrest (@MW_Unrest) August 29, 2018
- August 29th: Prison strike graffiti seen around Philadelphia.
- August 30th: Banner drop in Chicago.
- August 31st: Banner drop in solidarity with prison strike in Philadelphia.
- September 1th: Noise demo in Albuquerque, New Mexico in solidarity with the strike. Other noise demos took in place Miami.
Comrades in #Albuquerque New Mexico turning up at noise demo for #PrisonStrike. #SolidarityWithTheNationwidePrisonStrike pic.twitter.com/mk44D2d2l3
— The Base (@TheBaseBK) September 2, 2018
- September 1st: DSA members in Middle Tennessee march in labor day parade in solidarity with prison strike. Atlanta supporters march in another parade, hand out flyers. Banner is dropped.
- September 1st: Large noise demo in Des Moines, Iowa in solidarity with prison strike.
- September 1st: Encampment in Gainesville, FL begins in solidarity with the strike.
- September 2nd: Gainesville encampment continues into second day.
Banner dropped from Larissa Prison in Greece in solidarity with the #PrisonStrike in the US!#InternationalSolidarity #BurnThePrisonshttps://t.co/wsOmUzCIXe pic.twitter.com/7hJws3GPAl
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) September 3, 2018
- September 3rd: Banner drop at Greek prison in solidarity with the prison strike.
- September 3rd: Starbucks vandalized in solidarity with the prison strike for their use of prison labor. Reported on by mainstream press.
- September 3rd. Gainesville encampment continues into third day. Noise demo in Philadelphia called in solidarity with the prison strike met by very violent police, who attack marchers and make arrests.
Philadelphia police made several violent arrests about ten mins ago at protest in support of the #PrisonStrike, with one officer throwing a demonstrator head-first into a glass storefront window, before another officer struck our camera with his baton pic.twitter.com/avRTVZWiAm
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) September 4, 2018
- September 4th: Reports that ICE detainees have gone on hunger strike at Yuba County Jail.
- September 5th: Gainesville encampment continues.
- September 5th: Graffiti and banner drops in Oakland.
Graffiti and banner drops spread in #Oakland in solidarity with the #PrisonStrike. pic.twitter.com/1HPwOT8JS4
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) September 5, 2018
- September 6th: Gainesville encampment continues and beings showing filims, Philadelphia communique claims responsibility for sabotage actions.
- September 6th: Rally in Nova Scotia in solidarity with prison strikers.
We are rallying in solidarity with the Burnside prisoners, supporting their reasonable asks for health service, decent food, visits, and exercise. pic.twitter.com/Jr5F14KSsN
— martha paynter (@MarthPaynter) September 6, 2018
- September 7th: Banner drop in solidarity with prison strike in DC.
List of Solidarity Events:
Black Mountain, NC: Film Showing
Seattle, WA: Kickoff Rally
Portland, OR: Day Of Action
Sacramento, CA: Letter Writing & Film Screening
San Jose, CA: Awareness March
Corona, CA: Noise Demo
Los Angeles, CA: Noise Demo
Phoenix, AZ: Noise Demo
Omaha, NB: Letter Writing
San Antonio, TX: Noise Demo
Come out to Crosspoint tomorrow and bring something to make some noise! We’ll be celebrating 5 weeks since the start of our occupation, as well as showing solidarity with the #august21 #Prisonstrike
Show up and let’s build across the movements to #AbolishICE and #AbolishPrisons pic.twitter.com/1NJeOHGcT2
— Abolish ICE SATX (@abolishICEsatx) August 20, 2018
Asheville, NC: Strike Support Meetup
Black Mountain, NC: Film Showing
Atlanta, GA: Rally In Solidarity
Fort Lauderdale, FL: Noise Demo
Des Moines, IA: Noise Demo
Chicago, IL: Noise Demo
Columbus, OH: Letter Writing and Film Showing
Minneapolis, MN: Noise Demo
Philadelphia, PA: Noise Demo
Boston, MA: Vigil
Des Moines, IA: Noise Demo
Brooklyn, NY: Noise Demo
Leipzig, Germany: Rally
Durham, NC: Prison Strike Discussion
Milwaukee, WI: Prison Strike Solidarity
Boston, MA: Prison Strike Solidarity Rally
Chapel Hill, NC: Slavery Never Ended
Lansing, MI: Solidarity March
Cambridge, MA: Prison Strike Solidarity Rally
Bay Area, CA: Mobilization at San Quentin
Bishopville, SC: Rally at Lee Correctional
Fredrick, MD: Rally in Solidarity with Strike
New Haven, CT: Rally in Solidarity with Strike
THE STRIKE BEGINS TOMORROW! We will be rallying at Lee Correctional on 8/25 standing in solidarity with those incarcerated and encouraging their continued efforts during the strike. Check out our signs we made!#August21 #PrisonStrike #NationalPrisonStrike #BurnThePrisons pic.twitter.com/o2ZGUIsQJF
— SJP at UofSC (@UofSCSJP) August 20, 2018
Michigan City, IN: Protest Indiana State Prison
Tallahassee, FL: Solidarity Rally
Eugene, OR: Rally in Solidarity with Prison Strike
Milwaukee, WI: Performance Art with Discussion
Oakland, CA: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Dallas, TX: Strike Support
Baltimore, MD: Teach-In, Letter Writing, & Fundraiser
San Jose, CA: Teach-In
Atlanta, GA: Noise Demo
Los Angeles, CA: Phone Zap Meet-up
Brattleboro, VT: Film Showing
New York, NY: Prison Strike Work Event
Hamilton, ON: Letter Writing
Omaha, NB: Solidarity BBQ
Asheville, NC: Letter Writing and Strike Update
Join us this Saturday for a third noise demo in solidarity with the ongoing #PrisonStrike. Bring a friend, & something to make noise.
Our passion for freedom is stronger than their cages! pic.twitter.com/dZeAJErtMy
— B r e a k a w a y (@Breakaway_chi) August 30, 2018
Chicago, IL: Noise Demo
Pittsburgh, PA: Letter Writing
San Jose, CA: Teach-In
Kent, OH: Letter Writing Event
Miami @DemSocialists getting ready for tomorrow’s #PrisonStrike solidarity rally. Join us tomorrow in Homestead. #EndPrisonSlavery Details: https://t.co/Zu3VW9wrz8 pic.twitter.com/jcEmJBE0vm
— 🌹Miami DSA🌴 (@MiamiDSA) August 31, 2018
Homestead, FL: Solidarity Rally With Prison Strike
Cranston, RI: Noise Demo at Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Crawfordville, FL: Abolish ICE Protest in Solidarity with #PrisonStrike
Albuquerque, NM: Noise and Light Demo
Tacoma, WA: Solidarity demo with Hunger Strikers
Columbus, OH: Pig Roast Against Prison Slavery
Carbondale, IL: Film Screening
Tallahassee, FL: Sit-In at the Florida Department of Corrections
Dallas, TX: Letter writing.
Spread the word and show up to Occupy the Florida Department of Corrections!#PrisonStrike #MeetTheDemandshttps://t.co/Q7SaeiUB9Y pic.twitter.com/Qm2p22YWmN
— IWOC (@IWW_IWOC) August 28, 2018
Columbia, MI: Film showing and discussion.
Brooklyn, NY: Prison Strike Solidarity
Northampton, MA: Phone Zap Meeting
Atlanta, GA: Teach In
San Marcos, TX: Teach In
Seattle, WA: Protest Poetry & Open Mic
Sacramento, CA: Press Conference
Columbia, SC: Prison Reform Rally
Albuquerque, NM: Prison Strike Solidarity Rally
North Dartmouth, MA: Noise demo.
Milwaukee, WI: Letter Writing
Reidsville, GA: Noise Demo
Seattle, WA: Letter Writing Night
Vancouver, CAN: Film Showing
Baltimore, MD: Film Screening
Wilimington, DW: Community Forum
Minneapolis, MN: Info-night and Letter Writing
Know of an event that we haven’t listed? Submit it! Or email us at info [at] itsgoingdown [dot] org
Nothing organized in your city yet? It’s not too late to do something yourself!
2016 Prison Strike:
- #PrisonStrike Resistance to Slavery Across the World
- Defend the Strike: Anti-Prison and Strike Support Action After September 9th
- Week of Solidarity with Prison Strike
- Greek Prisoners Join Prison Strike
- Mexico Prisoners Join Prison Strike
- Solidarity with Prison Strike from Colombian Prisoners
- Bloomington Prison Strike Retrospective
- Striking A Bow: Audio and Video Documentary of 2016 Prison Strike
- The Battle Continues: An Update on Michigan Prison Strike Repression
- Fire Inside Analysis of 2016 Prison Strike
- Reflections from Michigan on the Prison Strike
- Call for 2018 Prison Strike
- Jailhouse Lawyers Speak Pre-Strike Statement
- “I’m For Disruption”: Jailhouse Lawyers Speak with Shadowproof
- Strike Breaks Out At Angola
- Why Prisoners Are Calling for a Strike After Grisly Tragedy in South Carolina
- Prison Strikers Issue Solidarity Statement With Those Fighting ICE
- Call For International Solidarity with 2018 Prison Strike
- August 21st Is Going to Be Lit
- IWOC Endorses National Prison Strike
- Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement in Solidarity with Prison Strike
- Repression Ramps Up Against #PrisonStrike Organizers
- Support Prisoner Resistance
- NLG Mass Defense Support