- Created: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:50
- Written by Nicki Jameson
Between 21 August and 9 September 2018, US prisoners in at least 16 states staged work strikes, boycotts, hunger strikes and other protests in a co-ordinated action to highlight a set of agreed demands. The protest was highly politicised, as reflected in its start and end dates: the 47th anniversaries of the murder of black revolutionary prisoner George Jackson by prison guards in San Quentin, California, and the uprising 19 days later at Attica prison in New York state. Nicki Jameson reports.
The US prison system is the biggest in the world, with some 2.3 million people behind bars, and organising across it is a mammoth task. Learning from a similar co-ordinated protest in 2016, the prisoners and their supporters were well organised to ensure the message was diffused as widely as possible, both in the US and internationally, despite the predictable lack of any significant mainstream media coverage.