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Demanding an End to Slavery and Wide-Reaching Reforms, Inmates in 17 States Plan Prison Strike

Demanding an End to Slavery and Wide-Reaching Reforms, Inmates in 17 States Plan Prison Strike

Julia Conley, staff writer

Incarcerated Americans in at least 17 states will go on strike this coming week, refusing to perform labor and engaging in sit-ins and hunger strikes to demand major reforms to the country's prison and criminal justice systems.


NATIONAL PRISON STRIKE AUGUST 21-SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018 pic.twitter.com/Mzbb4e96yp



IF the intention is to reform and not to create profits for the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) via laws designed to supply a steady supply of “perps”…like the drug laws were designed and perpetuated, especially the cannabis prohibition!..people in the “system” must be treated fairly and without racism or violent repression…like begets like…

With the increasingly near end of the Prohibition (except on the corrupt federal level), the PIC is losing some profit producers - perps - and they must find more…enter the refugee/immigrant “crack-down” and family separation. Other avenues to maintain profits for such “contractors” will likely rear their ugly heads sooner rather than later.

EVERY aspect of national government is driven by profits above people, above the environment, above peace and common decency by the vulture capitalist model of life on Earth! All must serve profits and “growth”, and THAT MO must be smashed and a civilian not-for-profit model that serves the Common Good rather than common greed must be substituted for the usury and exploitation, wage and debt/interest slavery that exists now!..and that includes reform on a very basic level of the criminal “justice” system!


This is big. Thanks, Julia. Corporate prisons should go. Don’t make money off prisoners.


Nicely said, especially liked the 2nd paragraph

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In a little known tidbit of history, Dick Nixon launched the “War on Drugs” figuring that it would help get the Black militants off the street. Years later one of his henchmen, his name is slipping out of my head just now, admitted it in an interview.
Later Bill Clinton passed his famous Crime Bill, hailed as one of his great "achievements.
So there you are, having actual captive labor. Capitalists like to call this a “flexible work force”.



Trump For Prison.

I suppose his sons will sell all his stock in prisons once he is sentenced.

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The other methods are already there and already being proposed or exercised.

Work for Welfare and Work for Medicaid are examples.

To prisoners they are going to get around any “servitude” issues by claiming there a cost to house a prisoner and the Prisoner should work to alleviate those costs. What they will do is charge a a daily fee to a prisoner for their “food , housing and medical attention” and if that debt not paid , tack on more time to the sentence.


“Shakin’ the tree, boss.”


John Erlichmann.

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Thank you. My brain isn’t working quite as well as it used to.


That should be made into lawn signs and planted everywhere.

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Sounds right but then the prisoners can go on a rent strike too. When we make it too expensive to incarcerate then maybe we can start to educate.



“Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” – U.S. Constitution, 14th Amendment.

Two ways to skirt the United States Constitution:

  1. Declare anyone brought here at the age of two to be not a United States citizen, ever. This includes anyone who marries a United States citizen but hasn’t filed the paperwork yet. The INS has been quickly deporting people who come to their offices for the purpose of applying for citizenship because they married a citizen years ago. Don’t even ask how they’ve been torturing the little kids who properly apply for U.S. asylum after their parents receive death threats at home.

  2. “Under due process of law” can be worked to death. Just make almost everybody illegal somehow, then quite selectively round up the neo-slaves and put chains on them.

How many millions of people are currently illegals because they smoke pot?

Vagrancy is a crime against nobody in particular, but you can be thrown in jail for not having $10 in your pocket, you criminal you. Debtors prison is when the state slaps a speeding ticket on a person, then multiplies that debt by 500%, then drags the person into court and into jail to pay off the state’s debt at some slave wage such as $5/day.

Next comes politically motivated slavery. A graduate student was molested by a cop who grabbed her by the breast at a demonstration, then she was charged with assaulting that police officer, then she was convicted of the assault and went to Rikers. Baltimore police were recently convicted of wide-ranging drug planting and gun planting crimes.

Also on the list, if the police charge you with a crime then they can negotiate your sentence. It doesn’t matter if you are actually innocent. Most people take the plea deal rather than roll the dice on “justice”.

We want a prison system that reforms everyone sent their way, not a slave camp.


Can’t wait to see Trump planted.

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Um, you could be referring to the Donald’s lack of impeccable slimness, eating habits, powdered cocaine-free lifestyle and inability to sleep at 4:00 in the morning. He might go someday.

Or, you could be referring to planting evidence on him. At this point I don’t think the remaining FBI agents plan to do this, not when Mr. Mueller has so much dirt already.

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That would make a great bumper sticker!

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Are you kidding? He’ll be an additional profit center at that point!

Trump will probably rent his Trump Tower suite to CCA or GEO for an “executive” prison cell and make money off of going to prison.

We live in a CORPORATE MILITARY POLICE STATE! And don’t forget the prisoners on the fire lines getting $1.00 a day------and as pointed out on DN these people once released are barred from becoming fire fighters after release???

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Free food, housing AND a job that pays minimum wage? Time to wave a gun around.

Lets reduce corruption in prisons and put money into rehabilitating people so they can be productive citizens when their time is over. Don’t make staying in prison more desirable than getting out.