There is a prison strike going on right now in Georgia- it started on December 9th. The strike fits my headspace since I am currently reading Creating a Movement With Teeth, A Documentary History of the George Jackson Bridgade. The George Jackson Brigade was heavily involved in movements supporting prisoners and prisoner’s rights.
The prisoners in Georgia are waging a peaceful protest (not saying that because I endorse pacifism as dogma, just what they are doing currently) and being faced with threats and violence from the guards and prison authorities as well as being ignored by the media. The George Jackson Brigade actually engaged in bombings and attacks of various institutions and buildings in their time in order to try and force the media to give voice to prisoners engaged in struggles for justice.
The current strike in Georgia is really fucking awesome, and includes the following demands:
- · A LIVING WAGE FOR WORK
- · EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
- · DECENT HEALTH CARE
- · AN END TO CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS
- · DECENT LIVING CONDITIONS
- · NUTRITIONAL MEALS
- · VOCATIONAL AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
- · ACCESS TO FAMILIES
- JUST PAROLE DECISIONS
That is the list of demands as I found them on: http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/day-3-of-historic-prison-strike-in-georgia-blacked-out-by-media-guards-committing-violence/
Please support the striking prisoners in Georgia, spread the information, and keep paying attention.
The prisoners have all refused to go to their prison jobs, correctly saying that forced labor by prisoners IS slavery. Elaine Brown formerly of the Black Panther Party is helping the strikers by being a spokesperson on the outside.
From the prisoners ““No more slavery. Injustice in one place is injustice to all. Inform your family to support our cause. Lock down for liberty!”
Prisons are a racist and classist institution. Capitalism is the cause of crime and prisons. Virginia prisons are no better than Georgia prisons, and we who have the privilege to be on the outside need to stand up in support of our comrades who are locked up. Lets not wait for atrocities or for prisoners to always have to take the first and the biggest risk. Anyone interested in working to support prisoners in Virginia is welcome to come talk to the Anarchist Black Cross. 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.
More info on the situation in Georgia prisons: http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/ga-prisoner-strike-continues-second-day-corporate-media-mostly-ignores-them-corrections-offi