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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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21

Jun

Protest at Eastern Correctional Institute, Maryland

June 21, 2018: Prisoners at the Eastern Correctional Institute in Maryland stage a protest in which, according to a former correctional officer who spoke on condition of anonymity to WBOC in Maryland, at least 600 disobey orders and refuse to go back to their cells in a protest against conditions at the prison. At the time of the incident, the prison is dramatically understaffed–120 officers and 15 supervisors short. Following the incident, the prison is placed on lockdown for three weeks.

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