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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

Aug

Nationwide Prison Strike: South Carolina

August 21 – September 9, 2018: Commissary Boycotts and widespread work stoppages occur in at least six facilities in South Carolina as part of the #August21 Nationwide Prison Strike. South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) claims there are no work strikes and engages in repeated shakedowns and searches for contraband phones to prevent word of the strike from escaping the walls.

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09

Jul

Fire Set at Kershaw Correctional Institution, South Carolina

July 9, 2018: Prisoners at the Kershaw Correctional Institution in South Carolina light a pile of garbage on fire in the center of their unit in protest of cold food, extended periods of lock-down, and having little to no access to showers. Prisoners start the fire from their cells by lighting pieces of paper on fire and dropping them onto a huge pile of garbage that had been piled in the center of their unit.

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14

Apr

Riot at Lee Correctional Leaves 7 Prisoners Dead

April 14- April 15, 2018: Guards refuse to intervene for hours while fights spread to multiple units of the facility. Due to broken locks on cell doors, prisoners are unable to lock themselves in cells for protection. In the end, seven prisoners are dead, some as a result of prolonged lack of medical attention. The event is the deadliest prison disruption since the Lucasville Uprising in 1993. It captures national media attention and leads prisoner organizers to accelerate calls for a national prison strike on August 21- September 9, 2018.

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23

Mar

Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, South Carolina

March 23, 2018: Prisoners overpower a guard and take control of a dorm. They hold it for an hour and a half. No damage is reported to the prison, nor injuries to prisoners or staff.

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2017

04

Oct

Uprising at McCormick Correctional Institution, South Carolina

October 4, 2017: Prisoners take control of a unit of the prison and set fires, chase officers with knives, and climb on the roof. They are able to hold their unit for three hours until their captors regain control.

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14

Jun

Uprising at Trenton Correctional Institute, South Carolina

June 14, 2017: After a guard confiscates a prisoner’s cell phone, other prisoners rally around him and fight guards. Prisoners destroy parts of the dorm and set fires in the prison yard, causing “significant damage.”

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2016

26

Sep

South Carolina Rebellion

September 26-30, 2016: Amid frequent shakedowns, transfers and other retaliation for participating in the nation-wide strike, a prisoner named Michael Lorenzo Jones is killed in a fight between prisoners at McCormick CI. The Department of Corrections responds with a statewide lockdown and media blackout. The next day, and three hours away, prisoners refuse orders, jump on a guard and chase staff out of the unit. They maintain control of the unit for less than 12 hours. Over the next four days prisoners on Twitter (@prisonslavery1) report at least 5 more guards in different facilities being attacked and often hospitalized, including 4 stabbed at Lanesboro on the 30th.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike, South Carolina

September 9-23, 2016: Prisoners issue a list of demands and those affiliated with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak report that incarcerated individuals at multiple facilities across South Carolina refuse to go to work and are locked down. They hold down work stoppages and disruptions continuously for months, sustaining longer protest than we’ve heard from anywhere.

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09

Sep

2016 National Prison Strike, Perry Correctional Institution, South Carolina

September 9, 2016: Approximately 350 of the prison’s 1500 prisoners refuse to work. Prison workers strike from the furniture factory, kitchen, landscaping, and janitorial duty.

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