The largest prison strike in U.S. history reached over 16 states. Although the strike officially ended after four weeks, imprisoned people are continuing to carry out hunger strikes, sit-ins, commissary boycotts, and work stoppages, some even deciding to strike indefinitely. Hundreds of detained migrants have joined in solidarity.
Prison officials and guards have done everything they can to suppress the dissent, but those imprisoned are rising up strong. The strike has garnered national media attention at an unprecedented rate. Yet, Democrats remain silent about the strike. This is unacceptable. If we are to win any concrete policy changes, your representatives have to know what is happening and we must pressure them to take a stance.
Sign and send the petition to Congress today: Incarcerated people deserve basic human rights. Support the prison strikers now.
The U.S. holds 5 percent of the world’s population, yet incarcerates over 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.Over 2 million people are separated from their families, abused, and left to suffer in cages. Imprisonment is punishment enough. No human being should be deprived of nutritious food, safety, livable wages, and basic rights. Demand to know where your representatives stand on prison abuses and incarcerated people’s rights.
Sign and send the petition to Congress now: Defend the rights of all people locked in cages. Take a stance against mass incarceration and support the prison strikers now!
Here are the 10 demands of the nationwide prison strike:
1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.