April 4-20, 2016
Prisoners call for a strike across Texas, spreading the word to the outside primarily through Incarcerated Worker’s Organizing Committee (IWOC) networks. At least 8 prisons were locked down in the rolling work strikes. The announcement of the nationally coordinated September 9th strike goes public three days before this strike, and spreads with its coverage.
The strikers release a 5 page letter exhorting media to cover the protest. The letter describing the development of the “American Factory System of Criminal Justice” their experience as prison slaves, and articulates various demands, including “better living and working conditions, objective timelines for release on good/work time, and an end to a $100 medical co-pays that prevents access to health care and a vast array of human rights abuses.”
IWOC releases the call for the strike, organize solidarity rallies and a support call or “phone zap” directed at prison officials, as well as an #EyesOnTexas hashtag.
Facilities placed on lockdown during the strike:
French M. Robertson UnitWynne UnitClemens UnitMountain View UnitJames Lynaugh UnitRuben M. Torres UnitAllan B. Polunsky UnitT.L. Roach, Jr. Unit