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2018

07

Sep

Disturbance at Hamilton Correctional Annex, Florida

September 7, 2018: staff at Hamilton Correctional Annex mobilized security teams and law enforcement from the surrounding area to contain prisoners who “became noncompliant” on the rec yard. The Florida Department of Correction insisted that “There is absolutely no indication that this incident occurred as a result of any national movement or organization.” News helicopters captured images of over 100 prisoners sitting down in the yard.

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21

Aug

Nationwide Prison Strike: Florida

August 21 – September 9, 2018: Prisoners at five facilities in Florida engage in work strikes and commissary boycots. Outside supporters with Gainesville IWOC and other groups stage a series of solidarity actions, including an occupation outside the work release camp near Gainesville. During the strike period 100 prisoners also appear to stage a sit down protest at Hamilton County Correctional Facility.

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21

Aug

#August21 Nationwide Prisoner Strike

August 21 – September 9, 2018: Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other formations issue 10 national demands with a call to action for workstoppages, sitdown strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary.

Prisoners in seventeen states commit to the action, and outside support grows to include over 300 organizations and dozens of solidarity rallies and events. Prison systems lock down multiple facilities, isolate leaders and crackdown on prisoner communication to inhibit organizing and prevent outside supporters from learning of inside events.

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15

Jul

Riot at Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Florida

July 15, 2018: At least nine incarcerated teenagers participate in a riot after taking keys to the common area from an officer. The prisoners fought guards with metal food trays and destroyed prison infrastructure. The prisoners held control of the prison for about a half an hour.

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19

Jun

Juneteenth Work Stoppage at Martin Correctional Institution, Florida

June 19th, 2018: In response to a call from the prisoner group SPARC for “community organizing and direct action” on Juneteenth, at least 50 prisoners at Martin Correctional Institution in Florida refused to go to work or to the dining hall and instead held prayer groups, according to the group Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP). FTP also commented that administrators at Martin confirmed that they placed the prison on lockdown for several days surrounding Juneteenth.

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2017

21

Jun

Uprising at Gulf Correctional Institution Annex, Florida

June 21, 2017: Prisoners take over several dorms for around half an hour, injuring seven guards in a “major disturbance.” According to the prison, the incident involves more than twenty prisoners and is a result of “tension among gangs.” One prisoner is reported injured.

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2016

09

Sep

National Prison Strike

September 9, 2016: The strike called for and supported by multiple prisoner and support organizations kicks off on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. Dozens of facilities experience some kind of disturbance or lockdown. Accurate numbers are difficult to gather because of uncooperative prison staff, but between 20,000 and 60,000 prisoners participate or are effected. The workstrike is especially impactful in Florida, Texas, South Carolina and parts of Michigan. There are also hunger strikes in Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as smaller protests on the West Coast and across the country. Outside support includes many solidarity actions, media attention and support calls / letter writing campaigns.

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07

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike, Florida

September 7-12, 2016: Kicking the September 9 strike off early, 400 prisoners at Holmes Correctional rebel, damaging nearly every dorm in the facility. Several hundred more prisoners participate in disruptions and work stoppages in other facilities across northern Florida. Multiple prisoners are transferred to segregation, but continue to organize, leading to the Operation PUSH strike in January 2018.

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