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2017

19

Aug

Refused meals at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, Colorado

August 19, 2017: Nearly 100 prisoners at a women’s facility refuse meals for one day in solidarity with Millions for Prisoners and those experiencing repression following the national prison strike of September, 2016. Prisoners share commissary food items and make sure each other’s needs are met as they refuse to go to the chow hall. Outside demonstrators rally outside the prison gates, releasing balloons and demonstrating solidarity.

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2016

26

Sep

South Carolina Rebellion

September 26-30, 2016: Amid frequent shakedowns, transfers and other retaliation for participating in the nation-wide strike, a prisoner named Michael Lorenzo Jones is killed in a fight between prisoners at McCormick CI. The Department of Corrections responds with a statewide lockdown and media blackout. The next day, and three hours away, prisoners refuse orders, jump on a guard and chase staff out of the unit. They maintain control of the unit for less than 12 hours. Over the next four days prisoners on Twitter (@prisonslavery1) report at least 5 more guards in different facilities being attacked and often hospitalized, including 4 stabbed at Lanesboro on the 30th.

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10

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: Uprising at Kinross Correctional Facility, Michigan

September 10, 2016: Prisoners at Kinross Correctional Facility organize a work stoppage and sit-down protest that escalates into a mass protest in the prison yard demonstrating the unity of the prisoners. After being promised that their demands will be heard, the prisoners return to their cells, where they are attacked by emergency response team. They respond by forcing the emergency response team out of the unit and destroying property.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, Oregon

September 9, 2016: Several strike organizers inside Deer Ridge CI are preemptively transferred to avoid a kitchen work stoppage. Outside supporters organize a related phone zap and hold a rowdy demo in downtown Portland.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: Ohio

September 9, 2016: Hunger strikes announced at the Ohio State Penitentiary (supermax) and the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Free Ohio Movement releases extensive list of demands. Prisoner organizer Siddique Abdullah Hasan is framed and repeatedly disciplined for doing media interviews about the national strike, fellow supermax prisoners engage in hunger strikes in solidarity with Hasan.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: 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.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: Fluvanna Correctional Facility, Virginia

September 9, 2016: Women prisoners participate in the national work stoppage.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: South Carolina

September 9-23, 2016: Prisoners issue a list of demands and those affiliated with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak report that incarcerated individuals at multiple facilities across South Carolina refuse to go to work and are locked down. They hold down work stoppages and disruptions continuously for months, sustaining longer protest than we’ve heard from anywhere.

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09

Sep

With the rising of the sun came an eerie silence as the men at Holman laid on their racks reading or sleeping. Officers are performing all tasks.

Kinetik Justice

09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike: Perry Correctional Institution, South Carolina

September 9, 2016: Approximately 350 of the prison’s 1500 prisoners refuse to work. Prison workers strike from the furniture factory, kitchen, landscaping, and janitorial duty.

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