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2018

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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09

Aug

Protest and Work Stoppage at Lea County Correctional Facility, Hobbs, New Mexico

August 9, 2018: Four housing units at the private GEO Group prison refuse orders and go on strike in response to harassment and abuse. Prisoners cite admin cutting visitation and guards harassing prisoners family members, including strip searching elders. They reference the #August21 strike, saying “the strike took place early” because of tensions reaching a tipping point. New Mexico DOC locks down the entire state on August 20 to prevent any further participation in the nationwide strike. Outside supporters with Millions 4 Prisoners NM organize demonstration at Roosevelt Park in Albuquerque.

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