With US Prison Strike on Fourth Day, Reports of Hunger Strikes and Work Stoppages Nationwide
Organizers of the strike have released a list of 10 demands, including an end to prison slavery, sentencing reforms that would allow all prisoners access to rehabilitation and the possibility of parole, and an end to racist over-policing, over-charging, and over-sentencing of black and brown prisoners, which has contributed to the United States’ disproportionately black and Latino prison population.
Prison officials attempted to quell the mass demonstrations before they began, with Ohio authorities confiscating the cell phone of Siddique Abdullah Hasan, a prison activist who is incarcerated at Ohio State Penitentiary. Authorities reported that correspondence Hasan had received from an organizer was “propaganda supporting the prison strike this year.”
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) provided a list on its website of other inmates who “are facing repression because of the strike.”