[Pnews] Announcement of nationally coordinated prisoner work stoppage for Sept. 9, 2016

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  Announcement of nationally coordinated prisoner work stoppage for
  Sept. 9, 2016


      *This is a call to action against slavery in America*

In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement, 
echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we 
prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.

On Sept. 9 of 1971 prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New York 
State’s most notorious prison. On Sept. 9 of 2016, we will begin an 
action to shut down prisons all across this country. We will not only 
demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to 
be slaves.

In the 1970s the U.S. prison system was crumbling. In Walpole, San 
Quentin, Soledad, Angola and many other prisons, people were standing 
up, fighting and taking ownership of their lives and bodies back from 
the plantation prisons.

For the last six years we have remembered and renewed that struggle. In 
the interim, the prisoner population has ballooned and technologies of 
control and confinement have developed into the most sophisticated and 
repressive in world history. The prisons have become more dependent on 
slavery and torture to maintain their stability.

Prisoners are forced to work for little or no pay. That is slavery. The 
13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution maintains a legal exception for 
continued slavery in U.S. prisons. It states, “Neither slavery nor 
involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the 
party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

Overseers watch over our every move, and if we do not perform our 
appointed tasks to their liking, we are punished. They may have replaced 
the whip with pepper spray, but many of the other torments remain: 
isolation, restraint positions, stripping off our clothes and 
investigating our bodies as though we are animals.


      On Sept. 9 of 2016, we will begin an action to shut down prisons
      all across this country. We will not only demand the end to prison
      slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.

Slavery is alive and well in the prison system, but by the end of this 
year, it won’t be anymore. This is a call to end slavery in America.

This call goes directly to the slaves themselves. We are not making 
demands or requests of our captors, we are calling ourselves to action.

To every prisoner in every state and federal institution across this 
land, we call on you to stop being a slave, to let the crops rot in the 
plantation fields, to go on strike and cease reproducing the 
institutions of your confinement.

This is a call for a nationwide prisoner work stoppage to end prison 
slavery, starting on Sept. 9, 2016. They cannot run these facilities 
without us.

Non-violent protests, work stoppages, hunger strikes and other refusals 
to participate in prison routines and needs have increased in recent 
years. The 2010 Georgia prison strike, the massive rolling California 
hunger strikes, the Free Alabama Movement’s 2014 work stoppage, have 
gathered the most attention, but they are far from the only 
demonstrations of prisoner power.

Large, sometimes effective hunger strikes have broken out at Ohio State 
Penitentiary, at Menard Correctional in Illinois, at Red Onion in 
Virginia as well as many other prisons. The burgeoning resistance 
movement is diverse and interconnected, including immigrant detention 
centers, women’s prisons and juvenile facilities.


      This is a call for a nationwide prisoner work stoppage to end
      prison slavery, starting on Sept. 9, 2016. They cannot run these
      facilities without us.

Last fall, women prisoners at Yuba County Jail in California joined a 
hunger strike initiated by women held in immigrant detention centers in 
California, Colorado and Texas.

Prisoners all across the country regularly engage in myriad 
demonstrations of power on the inside. They have most often done so with 
convict solidarity, building coalitions across race lines and gang lines 
to confront the common oppressor.

Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to 
America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize 
these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the 
American prison system cannot ignore or withstand. We hope to end prison 
slavery by making it impossible, by refusing to be slaves any longer.

To achieve this goal, we need support from people on the outside. A 
prison is an easy-lockdown environment, a place of control and 
confinement where repression is built into every stone wall and chain 
link, every gesture and routine.

When we stand up to these authorities, they come down on us, and the 
only protection we have is solidarity from the outside. Mass 
incarceration, whether in private or state-run facilities, is a scheme 
where slave catchers patrol our neighborhoods and monitor our lives. It 
requires mass criminalization.

Our tribulations on the inside are a tool used to control our families 
and communities on the outside. Certain Americans live every day under 
not only the threat of extra-judicial execution – as protests 
surrounding the deaths of Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and so 
many others have drawn long overdue attention to – but also under the 
threat of capture, of being thrown into these plantations, shackled and 
forced to work.


      Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning
      to America’s prisons.

Our protest against prison slavery is a protest against the school to 
prison pipeline, a protest against police terror, a protest against 
post-release controls. When we abolish slavery, they’ll lose much of 
their incentive to lock up our children, they’ll stop building traps to 
pull back those who they’ve released.

When we remove the economic motive and grease of our forced labor from 
the U.S. prison system, the entire structure of courts and police, of 
control and slave-catching must shift to accommodate us as humans, 
rather than slaves.

Prison impacts everyone, when we stand up and refuse on Sept. 9, 2016, 
we need to know our friends, families and allies on the outside will 
have our backs. This spring and summer will be seasons of organizing, of 
spreading the word, building the networks of solidarity and showing that 
we’re serious and what we’re capable of.

Step up, stand up and join us. Against prison slavery. For liberation of 
all.

Find more information, updates and organizing materials and 
opportunities at the following websites:

  * SupportPrisonerResistance.net
  * FreeAlabamaMovement.com
  * IWOC.noblogs.org

/Prisoners from across the United States have released this call to 
action for a nationally coordinated prisoner work stoppage against 
prison slavery to take place on Sept. 9, 2016. Get it as a //zine PDF/ 
<http://insurgenttheatre.org/sprdocs/strikepamphlet_notlocal.pdf>/, //En 
Espanol/ 
<https://supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org/post/2016/04/22/anuncian-huelga-nacional-coordinada-por-prisioneros-para-el-9-de-septiembre-del-2016-sept-9th-call-to-action/>/or 
//mailroom friendly/ 
<http://insurgenttheatre.org/sprdocs/sept9clean.pdf>/. Write to SPR 
(Support Prisoner Resistance), P.O. Box 12769, Milwaukee WI 53212 of 
email //prisonerresistance at gmail.com/ 
<mailto:prisonerresistance at gmail.com>/. Subscribe to updates at 
//SupportPrisonerResistance-subscribe at lists.riseup.net/ 
<mailto:SupportPrisonerResistance-subscribe at lists.riseup.net>.

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