Inmates Vow Strike On Attica Anniversary Tomorrow

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The 1971 riot at New York State’s Attica Correctional Facility over poor working and living conditions left more than 40 people dead after authorities re-took the prison. Tomorrow, 45 years to the day later, activists rallying for prisoners’ rights will stand in solidarity with those on the inside, reports NJ.com. The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a committee of the Industrial Workers of the World, is joining with the Free Alabama Movement, Free Ohio Movement, and a variety of other grass-roots coalitions to demand changes in the prison system.

Truthdig.com says “prisoners will withhold their labor from the jobs they perform that keep prisons functioning, such as laundry, janitorial, clerical, food preparation, plumbing, maintenance, grounds keeping and electrical work, as well as manufacturing and agricultural jobs prisoners are forced to perform for corporate profit. Many prisoners will also be continuing hunger strike action and engaging in other forms of resistance.” “We want to get rid of that financial incentive to incarcerate,” said Bob Witanek of the prison reform group Decarcerate the Garden State. While most prisoners receive 10 to 50 cents per hour for their work, New Jersey inmates aren’t paid, Witanek says. Instead, they receive time off their sentences.

 

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