Source: It’s Going Down https://itsgoingdown.org/prisonstrike-resistance-to-slavery-across-the-world/

This week, on the 45th Anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, prisoners across the US will go out on strike on September 9th against prison slavery while in North Dakota, the National Guard is being called in as a court decision approaches on the same day regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. In both cases, the State attempts to present itself as neutral; merely a third party mitigating between corporate bodies, local governments, and concerned groups of citizens. But in all cases, the State instead is an apparatus of domination and control that protects these systems of industrial neo-colonialism and slavery. It does this to ensure that both the class-rule that is inherent within this system is preserved and ensure the passivity of the poor and working population. How does it do this? Simply: through massive amounts of violence, surveillance, police, and above all, prisons. 

On September 9th, thousands of people on both sides of the prison walls are going to be taking to the streets, taking to town squares, and taking action, both as individuals and as collective groups. At the same time, there is a call for solidarity actions with the indigenous water protectors in North Dakota, and cities across the globe are currently mobilizing as the National Guard has already been sent in to conduct check points. Water protectors are calling for backup, as thousands have now created a living communal defense camp along the Missouri River. Meanwhile in Florida, hundreds of prisoners have already kicked things off with a round of riots, smashing the prison and taking over four dormitories. According to local news reports, 400 prisoners were involved in the uprising and guards from up to 5 other facilities were brought in to put down the revolt.

This resistance comes not from the Democratic Party nor the pro-capitalist labor unions that support it, the NGOs or non-profits which act as a wet blanket on revolt during every uprising, or the self-appointed activist leaders who seek to manage and contain social movements and struggles, but instead has built itself from ground up through endless and tireless hours of letter-writing nights, noise-demonstrations, community meetings and conferences, call-in campaigns, bloody riots, nights spend wheat-pasting and spray painting, and mass strikes.

Now, this force awakens. This grassroots and horizontal confederation of collectives, organizations, crews, individuals, and networks; organized for the purpose not of speaking truth to power, electing a politician, or creating a third party, but instead in breathing life into a movement aimed at the destruction of prisons, policing, white supremacy, and the capitalist State that protects their existence. This page will document this unfolding resistance and chronicle it as it happens. For a list of events across the United States for the #PrisonStrike, go here. For information about action in solidarity with #NoDAPL, go hereMask Magazine is also compiling information here.

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How to Help the Strike

  1. Share these concrete tools with prison strikers and those taking action. Write to prisons, get involved.
  2. Make a donation to IWOC, subscribe to their newsletter, and buy a t-shirt from Free Alabama Movement.
  3. Cover the walls with graffiti and posters.
  4. Organize an action and send in a report to IGD
  5. Support those arrested taking action in solidarity with the strike.
  6. Expand the strike, deepen it, and make it grow.

Strike Breakdown and Basic Information

From Support Prison Resistance

At least 29 Prisons were Affected

These are places where either prisoners reported to outside supporters, or where the authorities locked the institutions down probably because of protests. We expect this number to rise dramatically as we gather reports from prisoners and keep calling prisons in the coming days and weeks.

More than 24,000 Prisoners missed Work

The facilities experiencing full shutdowns that we know about hold approximately 24,000 prisoners. There are probably thousands more who didn’t work that we don’t know about, yet. Many are still are not working today and intend to continue the strike until their demands are satisfied or the prisons break under the economic strain of operating without their slaves.

You can get up to date info and help IWOC research and improve their data by visiting this document here.

Massive Solidarity in the Streets

Meanwhile, more than 60 cities across the US and around the world lit up in solidarity with the prisoners. You can read and see pictures from some of the most exciting stories of protests on either side of the walls here.

Showing Support to Striking Prisoners

A group of people cannot hurt the American empire as much as this protest is without facing retaliation. There were about a dozen arrests across the US, and hundreds or thousands of punitive transfers inside the prisons. IWOC inreach is maintaining a list of perceived leaders who have been targeted and isolated for Sep 9 organizing. Please check out this list, write to these prisoners and let us know if there’s anyone missing here.

IWOC has also created a phone zap system to help people keep constant pressure on prison officials and deter them from harming the organizers. View that here.

Support Atlanta Comrades

On the outside, most of the arrests were minor citations, but three protesters in Atlanta are facing serious felony charges. You can contribute to their legal fund here.

We hope that our next weekly update will have more complete information. Please contact us if you’re able to help with research or support tasks to make that happen. Thank you.


Prisoner Resistance in the United States

September 6th

September 7th

A major disturbance occurred on Wednesday, September 7, involving several hundred inmates housed in multiple dorms. One inmate on inmate injury occurred during the incident. No staff were injured. Visitation was cancelled and lockdown continued through the weekend.

September 8th

September 9th

Officials said the riot involved several hundred inmates housed in multiple dorms.

  • Florida: Further “disturbances” at several prisons in the state including Mayo Correctional Institute. Corporate news report here. Another report wrote:

Florida’s prison system, the nation’s third-largest, will remain on high alert the rest of the weekend. Glady said the disruptions Friday ranged from a handful of inmates refusing to perform their work assignments to “major” revolts.

Florida Department of Corrections wrote:

Two dorms were involved in work stoppage and attempting to incite disturbances on September 9 and 10. The institution was placed on lockdown. No injuries to staff or inmates were reported. Visitation was cancelled and lockdown continued through the weekend.

Florida Department of Corrections wrote on Gulf Annex facility:

Following a major disturbance in multiple dorms on Friday, September 9, the institution was placed on lockdown. One inmate received minor injuries. No staff were injured. Visitation was cancelled and lockdown continued through the weekend.

  • Troy, VA: Women at Fluvanna prison participate in the strike.
  • North Carolina: Prisoners refuse work. Brief update here.
  • Nebraska: Prison staff assaulted by inmate. Report from the inside here.
  • Leavenworth, KS: Chelsea Manning announces hunger strike. More info here.
  • Chowchilla, CA: Work strikes and lockdown at Central California Women’s Prison. Brief report says:

A few women incarcerated people refused to work and because of the nationwide prison strike, and fear of an uprising, the prison was locked down stopping ALL slave labor!

OUR DEMANDS:

1. We want free labor to be ended in South Carolina. We want to be fairly compensated for our labor. This can be done by reinstituting state pay for general labor, and labor wages for private industry jobs

2. SCDC stop removing mental health patients from treatment programs back to general population units for disciplinary infractions

3. SCDC allow lifers to advance through the classification system to lower custody prisons like all others. Particularly to minimum security prisons. We also demand they not be removed for one minor disciplinary infraction

4. The SC parole board decisions be more grounded in scientific analysis. Rather then emotions.

5. SCDC reinstitute GED educational classes for all that want to obtain a GED. This includes hiring GED instructors. We also demand meaningful re/habilitation programs be instituted for all that desire to help. This include more meaningful treatment and re entry programs that will accommodate the number of prisoners that are requesting such

6. SCDC end excessive canteen and visitation vendor machine prices

7. SCDC end the practice of in camera video doctor visits for medical and mental health concerns.

8. The State of SC end the truth in sentencing warehousing law and the habitual sentencing of life sentences

Published by SJ, Founder of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

  • Traft, CA: Reports of partial strike by inmates.
  • St. Cloud, Minnesota: Full strike by inmates reported.

September 10th: 

One dorm was involved in a disturbance on Saturday, September 10, following a serious inmate on inmate assault. The institution was able to quickly address the situation and resume normal operations. In addition to the inmate injured in the assault, one inmate received minor injuries. No staff were injured.

  • Kincheloe, MI: Four hundred inmates march inside Kinross prison. Corporate news report here.
  • Kincheloe, MI: Over a hundred prisoners, deemed to be the instigators of the earlier protest, are transferred to different facilities. This sparks a riot in which housing units were trashed and fires were set. Corporate news report here.
  • Merced, CA: Inmates across two jails are on hunger strike despite repression. From a supporter:

Merced County & John Latorraca Jails inmates participating in this Hunger Strike are on Administrative Lockdown. Yesterday block 1 of Merced County Jail had corrections officers lined up to shoot, they threatened to shoot and brought dogs in threatening to unleash them upondetainees. Inmates were pulled out of there cells by force and after searches placed back into their cells.

Tried to visit my daughter at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center this morning and was turned away. There was some unrest in her very crowded unit last night, multiple women sent to the SHU and atmosphere is quite tense.

September 12th

DAY #4 of National Prison Strike to Abolish slavery: It is confirmed that SCDC Broad RV Prison is on lockdown. Inside sources report prisoners are on strike in certain units. But cannot confirm if lockdown is due to strike. Prison officials searching for communication devices, because outside supporters are calling in concerned that prisoners are not being properly feed or showered during lockdown. Like other states, prison officials are keeping tight lids on lockdowns while shuffling striking prisoners around to other prisons. Broad River is a high security prison located in Columbia South Carolina.

Florida’s state prisons have resumed “normal” operations despite a disturbance Monday night at Columbia Correctional, the fifth inmate uprising in less than a week, officials said. About 40 inmates engaged in civil disobedience by refusing officers’ orders and taking control of at least one dorm Monday evening. Columbia — one of the state’s most violent prisons — remained on lockdown Tuesday.

Since Thursday, inmates have caused trouble at four other prisons, all in the state’s Panhandle, including Gulf Annex Correctional, Mayo Correctional and Jackson Correctional. The most serious melee was at Holmes Correctional, where 400 inmates destroyed several dorms on Thursday.

Inmates involved in any fracas have been moved to other prisons.
September 13th

Solidarity and Resistance in the United States

See a list of earlier solidarity actions here.

September 7th

September 8th

  • Lexington, KY: Banner drop in solidarity with strike. Report here.
  • Hudson County, NJ: March against immigrant detention facility. Corporate news report here.
  • Atlanta, GA: Film screening to build for prison strike.

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Atlanta, GA

September 9th

  • Seattle, WA: Graffiti spree leaves pro-strike and anti-police messages. Photos here.
  • Olympia, WA: March and noise demonstration. Report and photos here.
  • Portland, OR: Wheatpasted posters hit the town.

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Portland, OR.

  • Albany, NY: “Fuck Your Prisons” and other solidarity graffiti found. Corporate news report here.
  • Eureka, CA: Demonstration held in solidarity with the strike.
  • San Leandro, CA: Banner drop in solidarity with strike. Photo here.
  • Santa Barbara, CA: Rally and demonstration. Photos here.
  • Sacramento, CA: Coffee Not Cops outreach event.
  • Merced, CA: Rally outside of county jail in support of the strike. Video here.
  • Oakland, CA: Coffee not Cops outreach event at the local downtown jail.
  • Oakland, CA: Graffiti messages on highway 580. Photos here.
  • Berkeley, CA: Banner dropped over highway 80 reads, “National Prison Strike Starts Today!”
  • Oakland, CA: McDonald’s vandalized in solidarity with the prison strike. Communique with more photos here.

Oakland, CA

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Santa Ana, CA.

  • St Louis, MO: Graffiti painted for prison rebels.

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St. Louis, MO.

  • New Oreleans: Noise demonstration. Report and photos here.
  • Wisconsin: Banner dropped in solidarity with the prison strike. Photo here.
  • Milwaukee, WI: Banner dropped I-43 reading, “National Convict Strike, Sep 9th.”
  • Providence, RI: Graffiti written in solidarity with the prison strike.

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Providence, RI

  • Oakland, CA: BBQ and discussion held at Mosswood park. A participant says:

Prison Strike BBQ in park is held with 60 people attending, discussing strike and making banners for upcoming demo. Police patrol parking lot and attempt to intimidate park goers only to be laughed out of the park in light of recent scandals involving law enforcement trafficking in underage sex workers. The night ends with BBQ goers chanting “Black Lives Matter!” and “Free All Political Prisoners.” Several speakers discuss conference happening on the same day of formerly incarcerated people and their families and the connections between various struggles.

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Denver, CO.

  • Durham, NC: Several banners are dropped during the day, promoting upcoming prison strike actions and the strike itself. Photos here and here.
  • Bellingham, WA: Banner dropped against prison slavery. Photo here.
  • Seattle, WA: Demonstration in solidarity with prison strike.
  • Tacoma, WA: Noise demonstration outside of immigrant detention facility. Photo here.
  • Elgin, IL: Anti-police banner dropped and stickers placed downtown in solidarity with the prison strike. Report and photos here.
  • Austin, TX: Rally outside Texas Correctional Industries. Photos here.
  • Chicago, IL: March and noise demo at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility.

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Chicago, IL.

Rally outside of ASPC Lewis near Buckeye, AZ

Buckeye, AZ. 

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Los Angeles, CA

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Lansing, MI.

  • Baltimore, MD: Rally in support of national prison strike. Photo here.
  • Eugene, OR: Noise demo outside local county jail. Report and photos here.
  • Worcester, MA: Rally in solidarity with the strike. Full report here.
  • Newark, NJ: Demonstration in solidarity with the prison strike. Photo here.
  • Asheville, CA: Noise demo ends in 8 arrests. Report here.
  • Durham, NC: Noise demo at the Durham jail before blockading the 147 highway. Report back here.

About three hundred people assembled. Started with a teach in and then marched to various businesses that profit from prison labor. McDonald’s and the AT&T store were temporarily shut down. All vocal counter protesters were removed and one with a knife was disarmed. March ended with a noise demo at the jail. Everyone released during the noise demo was highly supportive and some even masked up and joined in seconds after coming out of those doors. Solidarity with all prisoners. Abolish slavery and prisons.

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Portland, OR.

Philadelphia, PA

  • Bloomington, IN: Microphone demo at Indiana University. Full report here.
  • Kansas City, MO: Presentation from anarchist Lorenzo Komboa Ervin on prison organizing. See talk here.
  • Kansas City, MO: Noise demo outside county jail. Video here.
  • Gainesville, FL: Rally and demonstration outside of Wal-Mart for their role in prison labor. Corporate news article here.
  • Brooklyn, NY: Noise demo outside Brooklyn MCU before taking over the BQE highway and burning a flag. Report here.

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Pittsburgh, PA

September 10th

  • Toledo, OH: Protest and demonstration outside of the McDonald’s.
  • Ohio: Aramark truck tagged in solidarity with prison strike. Photo here.
  • Chicago, IL: Graffiti painted in solidarity with the strike and against police. Photos here.
  • Tucson, AZ: Graffiti painted and posters wheatpasted. Photos here.
  • Tucson, AZ: Banners dropped in English and Spanish. Photo here.
  • Tucson, AZ: Rowdy street march at night, de-arrests made. Report and photos here.
  • Los Angeles, CA: Banner dropped against police.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Oakland, CA

  • Phoenix, AZ: Informational event on prison strike organized.
  • Minneapolis, MN: Rowdy noise demo shoots off fireworks outside youth jail before attacking downtown businesses. Report back with video here.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Bloomington, IN

September 11th

September 13th

  • Philadelphia, PA: Prison strike graffiti. Photo here.
  • Athens, GA: Joint demonstration in solidarity with prison strike and resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline. Corporate news article here.

Worldwide Solidarity and Resistance

We are willing to manifest our solidarity in every possible way with US prison inmates throughout the duration of their struggle. In this direction, we call every collective, every cell of Anarchist Black Cross internationally, but also whoever wishes to support in their own way, to coordinate our forces on an International Solidarity Day that will be a point of reference for the international solidarity movement to supporting this struggle and will provide an opportunity for further intensification of our actions in the coming period. We propose this day to be October 1st. We consider the prospects, stakes and legacies that this particular struggle in US prisons may create to be an open challenge for every fighter who wants to contribute to waging an internationalized and coordinated struggle inside and outside prisons against modern slavery and the economic dictatorship of multinationals. Solidarity and strength to the struggle of prisoners in US prisons! Struggle is the only prospect of living with dignity! Fire to the prisons!

  • Lithuania: Statement of solidarity:

We stand in unconditional solidarity with the demands and tactics of our comrades (both inside and out) who have joined arms to abolish the prison system and with it the tyranny of capital. Here in Lithuania we face the highest rates of incarceration in Europe. The world is a giant high-security prison. Impoverished by predatory markets and repressed by merciless states; we are left without choices. And so we enter this struggle with you. In solidarity, with care and love.

Power to the US prison strikers.

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Lithuania
September 8th
  • Montreal, Canada: Letter of support from striking Quebec prisoners. Statement here.
  • Bristol, UK: Info-night and fundraiser. More info here.
September 9th
  • Horgoš, Serbia: Banner drop in support of prison strike. Communique:

In the northern plains of Serbia, at the gates of Europe, stands a fortress wall equipped with heat cameras, towers, attack dogs, concertina wire (the bastards), drones, police, military and racist militias. In the shadow of this wall are informal camps made up of people desiring to reach safer places but unable to do so. They must wait months for the Hungarian government to process their application at the border in “transit zones”. Here, applicants are held captive in shipping containers for up to 28 days, being occasionally questioned and otherwise unable to leave. The only interaction with the outside world consists of few acts of solidarity from people who are on the other side, also waiting for their chance to enter the containers. Those wishing to legally enter Europe must follow this procedure. For those who refuse this as their only option, they can turn to smugglers or find other ways through the fence. Once in Hungary, the fastest runner does not always succeed: pepper spray, dogs and man hunters leave few unscathed. In the face of all of this repression, self organization is still sprouting up in the most unexpected  manners, especially in informal camps.

A march from Belgrade, a hunger strike and a refusal to rely on the inadequate handouts of NGOs; the struggle against closed borders continues. The system that keeps people apart profits politically and economically from this exclusion but the will to move freely is stronger than their walls and cannot be stopped. The hypocrisy of the European border regime manifests itself in places where its rhetoric full of promises about a freer world is put to test with a reality where only certain sections of society can afford this freedom, especially those who possess documents or capital. This is a struggle against oppression and inequality that connects people regardless of nationality and status. We stand in solidarity with those striking against the profiteers of slave labor, against the European border regime, for a future without walls, without prisons!

Love and solidarity from Serbia!

Horgoš, Serbia

  • Brisbane, Australia: Solidarity action with US prisoners. More info here.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Info table with literature about US prisons and the prison strike, along with collected donations. Photo here.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Anarchist demonstration outside US Consulate. Report back with photos here.

Melbourne, Austrialia

Today on the 9th September of 2016 the Anarcho-syndicalist Youth Federation (SUF) of Sweden, Malmö went to the American embassy in Denmark, Copenhagen to show our solidarity with the strikers. We held a speech which we will publish in the comming week on our facebook page and gave away pamphlets.

An injury to one, is an injury to all!
Fire to the prisons!

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Malmö, Sweden.

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Athens, Greece.

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Barcelona, Spain.

September 10th

  • Athens, Greece: Statement from anarchist prisoners in Korydallos Block D in solidarity with US strikers. Statement here.
  • Athens, Greece: Banner hung in Athens by ABC Solidarity Cell. Photo here.
  • Athens, Greece: Prison profiteer McDonald’s blockaded. Photos here.
  • Montreal, Canada: Banners dropped in solidarity with striking prisoners.

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Montreal, Canada

September 11th