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The New Slave Revolt
Oct 9, 2016
By Chris Hedges
A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside should do—refuse to cooperate. “We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves,” prisoners of the Free Alabama Movement, the Free Ohio Movement and the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee wrote in a communique.
This round of prison strikes—there will be more—has had little outside support and press coverage. There have been few protests outside prison walls. Prison authorities—unlike during the 1971 Attica uprising when the press was allowed into the yard to interview the rebellious prisoners—have shut out a compliant media. They have identified strike leaders and placed them in isolation. Whole prisons in states such as Texas were put on lockdown on the eve of the strike. It is hard to know how many prisoners are still on strike, just as it is hard to know how many stopped work or started to fast on Sept. 9.
Before the strike I was able to speak to prisoner leaders including Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council, all of whom led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free Alabama Movement, as well as Siddique Hasan, one of five leaders of the April 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility at Lucasville, Ohio. (The Ohio revolt saw prisoners take control of the facility for 11 days after numerous grievances, including complaints about deaths allegedly caused by beatings from guards, went unanswered.) Now, authorities have cut off the access of these and other prisoner leaders to the press and the rest of the outside world. I have not been able to communicate with the four men since the strike began. Read the rest on Truthdig...
Is a Prison Strike Leader Being Falsely Accused of Inciting Terrorism?
Siddique Abdullah Hasan is a key organizer for an upcoming labor strike in prisons across the country.
Activist and advocates are concerned that a politically active Muslim prisoner, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, has been falsely accused of inciting terrorism at Ohio State Penitentiary, where he is incarcerated. About half a dozen Muslim prisoners at the facility are on hunger strike, demanding that the disciplinary charges be dropped and Hasan cleared of all wrongdoing, according to activists working outside the prison.
Hasan is a key organizer for the upcoming September 9 labor strike and work stoppage, which is poised to take place in prisons across the country. Outside activists told AlterNet they suspect the allegations were intended to delegitimize the events of September 9 and sow fear about people organizing from the inside
“When you start to get actions in favor of the confined citizen, it might empower more confined citizens to speak up,” explained Tahiyrah Ali, a spokesperson with the Free Ohio Movement, one of the groups organizing around the upcoming work stoppage.
AlterNet spoke to Ali as well as Hasan’s attorney, Rick Kerger, who have both heard directly from Hasan about the allegations he faces... Read more...
Sign o the Times Blogtalk w/Queen Tahiyrah and Guest Benjamin M. Turk INSURGENT
Thursday June 2 2016 Benjamin Michael Turk, from Insurgent spoke to us about the Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage for Sept 9. Please join in the solution . LISTEN and Participate via the web at www.blogtalkradio.com/nupowerradionetwork or call in 917-889-8059! Don't forget to push 1 to come into the conversation! See you on the airwaves!!! QT See you on the airwaves!
IWOC interview with Siddique Abdullah Hasan (Brooklyn, NY - April 17, 2016)
Siddique Abdullah Hasan is a political prisoner at the Ohio State Penitentiary, currently on death row for his alleged involvement in the 1993 Lucasville uprising. On April 17, 2016, Brother Hasan shared his thoughts via telephone with a group gathered in Brooklyn, NY. The event was called in order to help support the striking prisoners in Texas, as well as the national strike that is being organized for September 9, 2016, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising.
The Final Straw: Hasan on prison organizing & Free Ohio Movement; Istanbul ABC on Turkey & vegan anarchist prisoner Evcan Osman
Sign o the Times w Queen Tahiyrah Featuring Film Maker D. Jones DARK LITTLE SECRET
Sign o the Times Blogtalk Radio welcomes guest, Film Director D. Jones on the air, to talk about his AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY THE GREAT INCARCERATOR PART 1 DARK LiTTLE SECRET Dark Little Secret examines the US Prison System & its unprecedented explosion in population. An exploitation of dark, poor faces, intentionally relegated to second-class citizenship, otherwise known as PRISON, PROBATION & LEGALIZED SLAVERY!