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2018

21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike

August 21 – September 9, 2018 (exact dates vary based on location): Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other organizations issued 10 national demands with a call to action for work stoppages, sit-down strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary. Organizers stated that the strike was organized in response to the riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina that resulted in the violent deaths of seven prisoners.

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2016

27

Dec

Food Strike at Baraga Correctional Facility, Michigan

December 27-28, 2016: About 80 prisoners at Baraga Correctional Facility in Michigan refused to go to the chow hall during meal time for at least two days in order to protest the quality and the quantity of food served to them by private contractor Trinity Services Group.

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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

September 9, 2016: The strike called for and supported by multiple prisoner and support organizations kicks off on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. Dozens of facilities experience some kind of disturbance or lockdown. Accurate numbers are difficult to gather because of uncooperative prison staff, but between 20,000 and 60,000 prisoners participate or are effected.

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12

Apr

Michigan Food Strike Spreads to Cotton Correctional Facility, Michigan

April 12, 2016: The food strike started on 3/20 spreads to a third facility in Michigan with at least 660 prisoners refusing meals at Cotton, as reported by the prison administration.

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26

Mar

Michigan Food Strike Spreads to Chippewa Correctional Facility, Michigan

March 26, 2016: The food strike started on 3/20 spreads to a second facility with at least 800 prisoners refusing meals at Chippewa, as reported by the prison administration.

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20

Mar

Michigan Food Strike Begins at Kinross Correctional Facility, Michigan

Prisoners organize a food strike to protest poor food quality by the privatized food contractor Trinity Services Group just eight months after Trinity takes over the role from Aramark Correctional Services. According to a prisoner at Kinross who participated in the events, the protests are also a demonstration of prisoner unity. According to prison administration, at least 1,000 of the prison’s 1,300 prisoners participate.

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2014

08

Nov

Protest at Marquette Branch Prison, Michigan

November 8, 2014: Approximately 40 prisoners refused to leave the prison yard and demanded to speak with the warden about issues related to the quality of food served by the prison’s privatized food service, Aramark.

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2011

21

Oct

Attack on Guards at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, Michigan

October 21, 2011: After guards confronted a prisoner who they say was not supposed to be in the day room at the time, the prisoner punched a guard and a group of prisoners faced down guards together, shouting threats and, according to a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections, “positioned themselves to resist.”

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