The Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History Enters Its Third Week
The largest prison work strike in U.S. history has entered its third week. As of last week at least 20 prisons in 11 states continued to protest, including in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington.
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee says at one point about 20,000 prisoners were on strike. Several facilities were put on lockdown, with prisoners kept in their cells and denied phone access both before and during the strike. Organizers were also put in solitary confinement.
According to The Intercept inmates at dozens of prisons across the country had been organizing through a network of smuggled cellphones, social media pages, and the support of allies on the outside for months. The effort culminated in a mass refusal to report to prison jobs on September 9, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising.