“The Attica uprising ended with a massacre carried out by the forces of the state on September 13, 1971 — 50 years ago today. Law enforcement fired thousands of rounds of ammunition into clouds of tear gas, killing 39 prisoners and wounding hundreds. State officials’ opposition to the prisoners’ demands for basic human rights and dignity was so determined that they were willing to sacrifice 10 prison guards by ordering the crackdown.”
We are ALL on lockdown; inside prisons or on the outside, we are ALL on lockdown. Dissent is to be put in check for why else are laws heading for the books to ban public protests? Martial law, anyone?
The nationwide prison strike has ended, but as they have in the past, prison officials are trying to identify and punish anyone who defied repression, writes.
“THEY’RE LOOKING for the leaders right now. They want to take our heads off.”
These words came from a representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS), a group of incarcerated lawyers who have been at the forefront of the nationwide prison labor strike that officially ended on Sunday, September 9.
“Eddie,” as he goes by, talked with a small group of activists and journalists in a press conference a week before the strike ended, reminding us that many prisoners don’t want to communicate openly, as they fear repression and retaliation for speaking out. As he said:
I think a lot of people…don’t understand that prisons are barbaric, and they are not transparent at all. Reporters and everyone else have to do their research…
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