One of the largest prison strikes in U.S. history is poised to begin tomorrow, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot.
Azzurra Crispino, an activist from Prison Abolition and Prisoner Support (PAPS) explained more about what to expect from the strike in an interview on Sunday with the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast:
The prisoners are organizing themselves because they recognize that this is a prison slavery system. And in terms of different ways that prisoners themselves can resist, let me start out by saying that prisoners in administrative segregation or long-term solitary confinement do not have prison jobs and hence can’t work stop. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be part of the strike. There are different ways that they can still engage in resistance. For example, they can refuse to go to store and buy anything on the day of September 9, or they can refuse to return their trays when the guards bring them their meals.
But in terms of different ways that prisoners are resisting, it can include a complete lay-it-down—We’re not going to work. We’re not coming out of our cells—to a work slowdown sabotage. So, I mean, to a certain extent, this is being done one person at a time, one conversation at a time, one pod a time, one cell block at a time, one unit at a time.
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