2016 National Prison Strike: Texas
Texas September 9, 2016 Prisoners across seven facilities in Texas go on strike to protest their conditions of confinement, including unpaid prison labor, toxic water, mold, and excessive heat. With multiple prisons on lockdown and restrictions on both incoming and outgoing prisoner mail, guards deny that prisoners are participating in the strike. Prisoners eventually confirm participation at seven prisons. Austin ABC helps amplify the struggle of a trans woman who went on hunger strike and won gender affirming clothing. Outside supporters drop banners over freeways repeatedly and organize a demo at the Texas Corrections Industry showroom, which closed for the day to prevent them from entering. Facilities where participation was confirmed include Barry Telford, Beto, Connally, Gib Lewis, Polunsky, Smith, and Torres, though outside supporters suspect there were more units participating in the strike.