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Solidarity with the National Prison Strike

On September 9th, 2016 the day marking the 45th anniversary of the Attica rebellion, prisoners have called for a nationwide strike to protest the daily injustices and inhumane treatment of incarcerated people. As a statement from the official call to strike states “We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves…
Our protest against prison slavery is a protest against the school to prison pipeline, a protest against police terror, a protest against post-release controls. When we abolish slavery, they’ll lose much of their incentive to lock up our children, they’ll stop building traps to pull back those who they’ve released. When we remove the economic motive and grease of our forced labor from the US prison system, the entire structure of courts and police, of control and slave-catching must shift to accommodate us as humans, rather than slaves.”

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Against a yellow and orange background, a black line drawing depicts crowds of people holding up banners and protesting near a barbed wire prison wall. Above, large text states: “Solidarity with the National Prison Strike. Against Prison Slavery.” Below, in smaller type: “’Slavery is alive and well in the prison system, but by the end of this year, it won’t be anymore. This is a call to end slavery in America. This call goes directly to the slaves themselves. We are not making demands or requests of our captors, we are calling ourselves to action. To every prisoner in every state and federal institution across this land, we call on you to stop being a slave, to let the crops rot in the plantation fields, to go on strike and cease reproducing the institutions of your confinement.’ —,, IWOC.noblogs”

Reflections of Healing

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