The collective of Abolition: Journal of Insurgent Politics stands in solidarity with ongoing organizing with the planned August 21st, 2018 nationwide prison strike. Importantly, this movement is diffuse – a critical and primary tactic for organizing across and inside carceral lines, however demarcated.
Incarcerated people across the United States have issued a call to action against prison slavery in America, in response to an April 2018 riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. The Lee Correctional uprising protested overcrowding, mass incarceration, and demanded humane living conditions. Seven incarcerated people lost their lives and the prison has been on lockdown since. In response, incarcerated people across the nation declare a nationwide strike from August 21st to September 9th, 2018. They demand, among others, humane living conditions, an end to prison slavery, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform, the immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. With strength and invigorated collective action, they plan a coordinated effort to stop business-as-usual in their respective prison facilities.
Within the Abolition Journal’s capacity, our primary solidarity action is the dissemination of information and relentless support of any and all strategies implemented in carceral spaces – work strikes, sit-ins, hunger strikes, boycotts, etc. As many anticipate retaliation from the State and elsewhere, we are committed to share and distribute local demands for support, call-ins, demonstrations, etc. in these regional struggles, and to link this activism to our own collective members and their organizing terrains. The Abolition Collective is fully aligned with the goals and aims of strike. We endorse the strike, pledge our support for those on the inside who are rising up, and are committed to the work of solidarity.
As part of our broader commitment to disseminate work, activism, and writings for the struggle towards abolition, we invite you to support the strike in the following ways recommended by the Oakland Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee:
- Educate yourself and others about the strike demands
- Read the Prison Strike zine
- Listen to interview with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak organizers
- Follow #August21 and #prisonstrike on social media
- Endorse the strike by emailing your organization’s statement to [email protected]
- Spread word of the strike both inside and outside
- Organize a phone tree in preparation for phone zaps
- Amplify incarcerated voices via social media using the #August21 and #prisonstrike hashtags
- Join or organize a solidarity demo
For solidarity beyond walls and cages,
For a world without prisons,
The Abolition Collective
[Art by Amanda Priebe]