On September 9, prisoners around the U.S. staged a coordinated strike to mark the 45th anniversary of the bloody uprising at New York’s Attica prison. Organizers say that more than 24,000 inmates in at least 29 states did not show up for work that day, and protests are ongoing in a few places, reports The Marshall Project. In Alabama, where the strike originated, corrections officers joined the strike by not showing up to work last weekend.
Most information about the strike is nearly impossible to confirm. As organizers try to make the strike seem as effective as possible, corrections officials want to play down its impact. Officials in Alabama, Michigan, and Florida confirmed work stoppages on Sept. 9. Prison officials in other states, including Texas and South Carolina, deny that any work stoppage or strike has taken place. Inmate demands vary from state to state, but include fair pay for their work, humane living conditions, and better access to education and rehabilitation programs.