On September 9ths, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, thousands of prisoners began a labor strike. Prisoners are demanding better conditions and healthcare, and the right to unionize.
The mainstream media has been silent.
The strike, which was organized over a period of months through “a network of smuggled cellphones, social media pages, and the support of allies on the outside” involves prisoners refusing to report to their assigned prison jobs.
NationofChange author Derek Royden covered some of the history and analysis of the events in an article this week.
“This is a call to action against slavery in America,” organizers wrote in an announcement. “Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the American prison system cannot ignore or withstand.”