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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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07

Aug

Work stoppage at Ohio State Penitentiary

August 7, 2018: In response to shakedowns and tensions with guards “acting petty” leading up to the announced nationwide prison strike and pre-emptive retaliation against prisoner leader Imam Hasan, one block of the prison engages in a collective protest that includes work refusal. During the strike period (Aug 21- Sep 9), this block also boycotts the commissary and goes on 3 day fasts.

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2016

09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike, Ohio

September 9, 2016: Hunger strikes announced at the Ohio State Penitentiary (supermax) and the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Free Ohio Movement releases extensive list of demands. Prisoner organizer Siddique Abdullah Hasan is framed and repeatedly disciplined for doing media interviews about the national strike, fellow supermax prisoners engage in hunger strikes in solidarity with Hasan.

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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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