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2020

30

Mar

Work Stoppage in Bristol ICE Detention in Response to COVID-19

March 30, 2020 – ongoing: Immigrant detainees at the Bristol County House of Correction (BCHOC) organized a work stoppage to protest the lack of action on the part of the prison to protect them from the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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21

Mar

Protest on Rikers Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

March, 2020: In response to a growing outbreak of COVID-19 on Rikers Island, prisoners have participated in multiple protests demanding proper medical care, access to protective equipment and cleaning supplies, and release of certain high risk prisoners and prisoners with short sentences for nonviolent offenses.

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2019

30

Oct

Hunger Strike and Work Strike at Santa Rita County Jail, California

October 30, 2019: Detainees at the Santa Rita County Jail staged a one-day hunger strike and work strike in protest of “widespread institutional neglect and abuse, including unsanitary living conditions, price gouging, poor medical care, forced labor, and lack of access to legal resources.”

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07

Oct

Hunger Strike and Work Stoppage at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, Washington

October 7, 2019 – October 12, 2019: Prisoners at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center began a hunger strike and work stoppage on Monday, October 7 in response to numerous grievances with the facility including food issues, compensation for labor, lack of exercise equipment and complaints about outsourced services such as J-Pay and Global Telelink.

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2018

30

Nov

Work Strike at Rush City Correctional Facility, Minnesota

November 30, 2018: 115 prisoners who work at the prison’s anagram balloon factory went on strike in response to delays in delivery of canteen items and abuse by guards. Prisoners state that the administration recently changed the amount of time it takes for canteen items to be delivered from one week to two weeks.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Georgia

August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): Jailhouse Lawyers Speak declare active boycotts and work stoppages at multiple facilities in Georgia, but state that “strike numbers are not yet strong enough to shut down a prison”. A spokesperson for JLS reminds reporters of the brutal retaliation during Georgia’s 2010 work stoppage. Staff at facilities deny that any prisoners are demonstrating.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Florida

August, 2018 (exact dates uncertain): According to IWOC Gainesville, prisoners at five facilities in Florida engage in work strikes and commissary boycotts: Charlotte Correctional Institution, Dade Correctional Institution, Holmes Correctional Institution, Appalachee Correctional Institution, Franklin Correctional Institution. Outside supporters with Gainesville IWOC and other groups stage a series of solidarity actions, including an occupation outside the work release camp near Gainesville.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Ohio

August 21-September 17, 2018 (exact end date uncertain): According to Central Ohio IWOC, at least two prisoners, David Easley and James Ward, go on hunger strike on August 21 in response to a call for a national prison strike and in protest of violence by correctional officers at their institution and lack of healthcare for prisoners. According to IWOC, Toledo Correctional confirms that some prisoners are refusing meals but does not confirm how many. Although it is uncertain how long the initial hunger strike lasts, IWOC announces that the strike begins again on September 14, this time joined by a third prisoner, Matt Hinkston.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Burnside Jail, Nova Scotia

August 21 – September 9, 2018: On August 19 prisoners at Central Nova Correctional Facility in Burnside, Nova Scotia issue a statement in solidarity with the nationwide prisoner strike in the US. Their statement contained a committment to striking and a list of demands. They refused work and faced severe retaliation, including humaliating body scans and being locked in dry cells (no water or working toilets) for three days.

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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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