On the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison rebellion, we reflect on the intensifying political struggles behind bars by examining two extraordinary flashpoints: Amerikas nationwide September 9, 2016 prisoner strike, and the August 19, 2017 Millions for Prisoners march.
Firehawk, of Unstoppable, and Ben Turk of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World discuss strategies developing within the contemporary prisoner resistance movement during The Fire Inside zine tour, while Krystal Rountree of the iamWE Prison Advocacy Network explains the organizing efforts inside and outside that made the August 19 Millions for Prisoners March possible. We close the episode with D, an incarcerated organizer with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak who tells us about what went down inside in the wake of August 19, and what’s next.
For more reporting on the prisoner resistance movement, check out Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside, an exclusive audio archive created with the help of correspondents behind bars and MAPS: Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity. You can find it online at michiganabolition.org/kinrossvoices
This show was co-produced by the Rustbelt Abolition Radio crew: Andres, a Maria, David Langstaff, Kaif Syed, and Alejo Stark. Original music by Bad Infinity.