Support the Georgia Prison Strike!

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross wants to acknowledge and support the strike that prisoners in the Georgia prison system have been engaging  in since Thursday, Dec. 9th. Thousands of prisoners have refused to leave their cells to work in their prison jobs.

Though the prisoners have been engaged in this struggle non-violently, the Georgia Department of Corrections has attempted to force prisoners to go back to work using threats and violence to intimidate prisoners into capitulation.

This strike is the largest Prison Strike in the history of the United States of America, which has more people incarcerated than any other country. The strike has been organized despite the oppressive conditions within the Georgia prison system, which speaks to the dedication and passion of the striking prisoners.

The demands of the prisoners in Georgia are things that all human beings have a right to. The conditions in prisons across this country are reprehensible.

The demands from the prisoners on strike in Georgia are the following:

  • A LIVING WAGE FOR WORK
  • EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
  • DECENT HEALTH CARE
  • AN END TO CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS
  • DECENT LIVING CONDITIONS
  • NUTRITIONAL MEALS
  • VOCATIONAL AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
  • ACCESS TO FAMILIES
  • JUST PAROLE DECISIONS

These demands reflect the situation in prisons across the country, including those here in Virginia. The Prison Industrial Complex in the U.S.A. is simply the new slave system. Prisoners are forced to work for little or no money in bad conditions, with few rights or opportunities for recourse.

Leaders of the prisoner strike in Georgia said, “Brothers, we have accomplished a major step in our struggle…We must continue what we have started…The only way to achieve our goals is to continue with our peaceful sit-down…I ask each and every one of my Brothers in this struggle to continue the fight.  ON MONDAY MORNING, WHEN THE DOORS OPEN, CLOSE THEM.  DO NOT GO TO WORK.  They cannot do anything to us that they haven’t already done at one time or another.  Brothers, DON’T GIVE UP NOW.  Make them come to the table.  Be strong.  DO NOT MAKE MONEY FOR THE STATE THAT THEY IN TURN USE TO KEEP US AS SLAVES….”

The struggles of prisoners in Georgia are just the tip of the iceberg of change that this country needs to see.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is a political prisoner support and prison abolition organization.

Tear Down All The Jails!
-Richmond Anarchist Black Cross

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