Publicise the Prison Strike against Slavery in America, 9th September 2016.

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From IWOC USA.

Fellow Workers, please share on social media and email. Support the strikers!  Sept 9 Prison Strike: Call to Action Against Slavery in America! Ask your union local, church or community organization to endorse:

Model Union Endorsement of Sept 9th Strike Call and Prison Organizing

This Call to Action was written by prisoners in Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, and Virginia who are calling attention to contemporary exploitation of their labor as prisoners. Their choice in using the language of slavery reminds us that the Thirteenth Amendment did not abolish slavery and involuntary servitude when used “as punishment for a crime.” Acknowledging that slavery invokes a specific history of oppression and anti-Blackness in the United States, the prisoners consciously address the racism of contemporary policing and prisons, which disproportionately impact communities of color and especially Black and Native American communities. The IWOC Call to Action reminds us all that “Certain Americans live every day under not only the threat of extra-judicial execution – as protests surrounding the deaths of Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and so many others have drawn long overdue attention to – but also under the threat of capture, of being thrown into these plantations, shackled and forced to work.”

More info:

Part 1 of Kinetik on Democracy Now! talking about prisoner resistance

Part 2 of Kinetik on Democracy Now!

NLG endorsement of the Sept 9th Call for National Prisoner Strikes

It’s Going Down in depth interview with IWOC

SPR Follow Up Article on the May Day Strikes in Alabama

Texas IWOC pamphlet about the past few years of prisoner struggle, the recent Texas prisoner work stoppage, and an explanation of IWOCs contributions

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