Solidarity Update: Second Week of the National Prison Strike Travel


Prisoners have been staying strong throughout these weeks of the prison strike 

Prisoners will be engaged in the following actions in prisons across the country:

  1. Work Strikes: Prisoners will not report to assigned jobs. Each place of detention will determine how long its strike will last. Some of these strikes may translate into a local list of demands designed to improve conditions and reduce harm within the prison.
  2. Sit-ins: In certain prisons, men and women will engage in peaceful sit – in protests.
  3. Boycotts: All spending should be halted. We ask those outside the walls not to make financial judgments for those inside. Men and women on the in side will inform you if they are participating in this boycott.
  4. Hunger Strikes: Men and women shall refuse to eat.
Confirmed Actions:

Colorado: August 7, 10 at Sterling Correctional Facility hunger strike (two week long 24 hour a day lockdown of 38 administrative segregation prisoners)

New Mexico 
– August 9 Lea County Correctional Facility in Hobbs, NM work stoppage against conditions at the prison, operated by private corporation GEO Group.
-All facilities in New Mexico were placed on lockdown August 20. This statewide lockdown has since been lifted except for Lea County C.F..

Washington: 200 immigrant detainees at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington  declared a hunger strike

Florida 
-Charlotte CI reports 40 refusing work, and 100 boycotting commissary.
-Dade Correctional say 30-40 on strike,
-Franklin Correctional report 30-60,
-Holmes Correctional reports 70,
-Appalachee Correctional report an unknown number.

Indiana: August 27 segregation unit at Wabash Valley Correctional Institution initiated a hunger strikedemanding adequate food and an end to cold temperatures in the unit.

South Carolina 
-Broad River Correctional Institution initiating workstrikes and commissary boycotts.
-Lee Correctional Institution initiating workstrikes and commissary boycotts.
-McCormick Correctional Institution initiating workstrikes and commissary boycotts, McCormick prisoners have been subjected to strip searches every day since August 21.
-Turbeville Correctional Institution initiating workstrikes and commissary boycotts.
-Kershaw Correctional Institution initiating workstrikes and commissary boycotts.
-Lieber Correctional Institution initiating workstrikes and commissary boycotts.
-Group in Edgefield federal prison is boycotting phones & commissary

North Carolina:  Prisoners at Hyde Correctional Institution in Swanquarter, NC demonstrated in solidarity with the strike. There have been unconfirmed reports of strikes at other institutions across the state.

Georgia: Georgia State Prison initiating workstrikes and commissary boycotts.

California 
-New Folsom Prison and Lancaster State Prison hunger strikes led by William E Brown
-Sharky Garcia, CA hungerstriker in New Folsom has been cut off from all visitation

Ohio: Toledo Correctional Institution hunger strike on August 21 led David Easley and James Ward

Texas 
– Stiles Unit in Beaumont two prisoners are on hunger strike
– Robert Uvalle is on hunger strike in solitary at Michael Unit, Anderson County, TX in solidarity with the nationwide strike. Robert has been in solitary for most of his 25 years inside.

Kentucky: Group in Manchester in Federal Correctional Institution boycotting commissary

Michigan: group in Alger Correctional Facility has been boycotting all calls with GTL

Overseas

Nova Scotia, Canada: at Burnside County Jail in Halifax prisoners went on strike and issued a protest statement in solidarity with the strike and naming local demands.

Greece: At Larissa Prison in Greece, 127 prisoners of the A’ wing issued a statement in solidarity

Palestine: imprisoned Palestinians of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, held in Israeli jails issued a statement in solidarity

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