Martin Luther King Day 2018


The holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday — a large number of prisoners say they will lay down their tools, sit, and refuse to work for 30 days to demand, in the short term, better living conditions, actual wages, an end to the death penalty and prison-guard brutality, increased access to parole, and restored voting rights for former felons. In the long term, the strikers are demanding an end to a criminal justice system that virtually enslaves poor, mostly black people. Miami New Times Reports

“It’s time we reverse the psychology and STAND together,” the prisoners wrote in an online statement. “The way to strike back is not with violence as this is what they want! If we show them violence they will have a legitimate excuse to use brute force against us and explain to the public that they had to use brute force in order to contain the situation. However, their weakness is their wallet.”


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