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Largest strike of detainees in US history

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:31 pm    Post subject: Largest strike of detainees in US history Reply with quote

Ignored by US main stream media - for the last 3 weeks largest strike of detainees in US history

https://iwoc.noblogs.org/post/2016/09/08/spreading-the-strike-solidarity-actions-across-north-america-for-september-9th/

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Prisoners on strike
Largest strike of detainees in US history. demanded the end of slave labor

Prisoners on strike for a decent treatment

Yesterday, the labor strike in prisons in the United States has gone in the third week. For 9 September prisoners had called collectively to refuse forced labor, to be treated in the future "as people and not as slaves". In 60 cities across the US and abroad, the strike was supported by solidarity actions while the US media largely hush the strike and its causes.

Last week, the "Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee" (IWOC) reported that "more than 24,000 prisoners participated in US history," the greatest work strike. The IWOC is a branch for prisoners of the global union "Industrial Workers of the World." On September 21, the committee strikes and protests for minimal human rights in "announced 46 state and county jails in two dozen states." In part, the authorities had officially "confirmed Total inclusions" entire workforces jail, but denied a direct connection with the strikes. After "reports of prisoners and supporters out there" is, however, established that "were included in 31 institutions all inmates who participated in temporary work stoppages or strikes full in their cells." Therefore, the IWOC expects "at least 57,000 prisoners" who were involved in the "nationally coordinated strike." These figures would change daily, as some institutions are hermetically sealed off, strike leaders isolated and phone calls and visits were prohibited.

The exemplary list of demands, the inmates in South Carolina gave prison authority, includes not only a collective pay and better medical care, but also the re-introduction of training courses and "more meaningful rehabilitation programs". Especially "should be based the decisions of parole more on scientific criteria than on emotional impulses."

The outstanding contribution of women's overcrowded with 2,900 prisoners central women's prison of California Chowchilla raised the cultural magazine maskmag.com forth. After receiving the strike by some women were "out of fear of an uprising" all locked up, and was thus "the entire slave labor stopped in jail." The same had happened in the women's prison in Fluvanna Virginia, had started the strike in the IWOC members.

According to the Internet platform Of the 2.3 million prisoners in the US are facingsouth.org 900,000 assigned to compulsory work and receive only a few cents per hour. The former slave-owning states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas pay detained workers nothing. The "Texas Correctional Industries" (TCI) propose as economic department of the prison authorities but huge profits from its 37 prisons, where made of bulletproof vests for police Kitchenware to office furniture demand goods or school buses are repaired. Even corporations such as McDonald's and Walmart, the defense industry and the US Army can produce behind bars. 2014 net income of TCI factories was 89 million US dollars, a fraction of the billions in Business prison industrial complex of the United States.

"It therefore is not simply to organize and a minimum wage for prisoners," stressed IWOC spokeswoman Azzurra Crispino. "It must be understood at last that the mass arrests in the United States are intended to ensure the exploitation of these imprisoned workers."
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