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2019

26

Mar

Coordinated Hunger Strike at Two Wisconsin Prisons

March 26 – April 22, 2019: Nine prisoners at two Wisconsin prisons began a hunger strike demanding an end to indefinite solitary confinement. Their demands cited the recently elected governor’s campaign promises to reform solitary confinement practices. The hunger strike was timed to start on Madison Action Day, an annual prison reform lobby day. Outside supporters also organized a call-in campaign.

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03

Jan

Hunger strike at Green Bay Correctional Institution, Wisconsin

January 3 – February 13, 2019 (exact end date uncertain): Three to six prisoners went on hunger strike demanding improved conditions in the Restrictive Housing Unit (RHU) at Green Bay Correctional complaining of harassment, excessive cell searches, and inadequate food. Letters from one hunger striker describe retaliation for the hunger strike from staff. A public records request revealed that the hunger strike lasted in some form for nearly 6 weeks.

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2017

03

Aug

Youth Uprising at Lincoln Hills School, Wisconsin

August 3, 2017: Youth prisoners scale a building, and attack guards with metal, shingles and rocks they tear from the roof. According to news reports, “one inmate was seen doing back flips and another threatened a guard, saying the whole ordeal could have been prevented if she had just played chess with him. Another inmate argued he should have been able to participate in a pizza party.”

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2016

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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07

Jun

Dying to Live Hunger Strikes, Wisconsin

June 7, 2016 – January 26, 2017: A group of prisoners at Waupun Correctional announce the “Dying to Live” hunger strike against long term solitary confinement. The protest spreads as prisoners in Columbia and Green Bay join or organize rolling hunger strikes under different demands. After ten days, WI DOC begins force feeding prisoners, breaking many. Cesar DeLeon and LaRon McKinley continue to refuse food and endure force feeding, DeLeon holding out for more than seven months. Outside supporters stage a series of demonstrations in solidarity with the hunger strikers

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