Inmates release demands amid 19day prison strike across US

first_imgShare on Twitter The Resistance Now Since you’re here… Share via Email Adam Gabbatt Activism Sat 25 Aug 2018 09.00 EDT Topics Striking in prisonPrisoners in as many as seven states went on strike this week, some refusing food and others refusing to work or boycotting purchases from prison commissaries. The 19-day strike is the first such nationwide action in the US in two years, the Guardian’s Ed Pilkington reported, “and was triggered by April’s rioting in Lee correctional institution in South Carolina in which seven inmates were killed”. One of the intentions of the organisers of the current dispute is to bring to public attention deaths in custody, which in some states have reached epidemic proportions. In Mississippi, 10 inmates have died in their cells in the past three weeks, with no firm indication of their causes of death.In addition to loss of life, the strikers, led by a network of incarcerated activists who call themselves Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, have put out 10 demands to overhaul America’s creaking penal system. High on the list is an end to forced or underpaid labor that the protesters call a form of modern slavery.Majority want Medicare for allMore than 70% of Americans support a policy of Medicare for all, according to a Reuters-Ipsos survey published this week. Among Democrats, 84.5% supported free healthcare. Perhaps more impressively, 51.9% of Republicans are also in favor.In a further sign that some progressive policies now are gaining mainstream backing, 60.1% of all respondents were also in favor of free college tuition. Reuse this content Activism Shares208208 The Resistance Now is a weekly update on the people, action and ideas driving the protest movement in the US. If you’re not already receiving it by email, subscribe. Protest Inmates release demands amid 19-day prison strike across US “We are here not to take anybody’s rights away,” Hogg told the crowd at the start of the march on Thursday. “We’re here to respect and understand the fact that in the same way that we as Americans have the right to bear arms, we as children have the right to live.” David Hogg (@davidhogg111)We’re going to win. Beautiful day in Massachusetts marching to the Smith and Wesson factory with #50MilesMore and @MFOLBoston check them out @50milesmore pic.twitter.com/mtvP3MyqvOAugust 23, 2018 @adamgabbatt Share via Email What we’re readingDeath and injury rates at work have “begun to rise again in the last few years”, writes Gabriel Winant in the Guardian. “Unsurprisingly, workers of color and immigrants are significantly likelier than white workers to be hurt, get sick or die due to their jobs,” Winant says. “The Trump administration is taking steps to worsen all of this.” Read more Share on Facebook Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders)Incredible. According to a new poll 70 percent of Americans now support Medicare for all—including 52 percent of Republicans! The momentum is with us. pic.twitter.com/6V8G8E35NbAugust 23, 2018 features Sign up for the Resistance Now Share on WhatsApp Inmates stand outside at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, on 16 August.Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The students are targeting Smith & Wesson “for their role in producing and selling weapons used in many mass shootings”. They said in a statement: Prisoners continue to protest while students target Smith & Wesson in 50-mile gun control march and a survey reveals majority of Americans support Medicare for all Share on Twitter The Resistance Now [We] ask that Smith & Wesson:1. Cease the manufacture and distribution of all weapons outlawed under the 2004 Massachusetts Assault Weapons Ban including Attorney General Maura Healey’s copycat weapon enforcement.2. Donate $5,000,000 to research violence caused by Smith & Wesson weapons and monitor illegal use of Smith & Wesson weapons to offset the lack of federal research funding for the gun violence epidemic. US prisons Read more Smith & Wesson targeted in gun reform marchA group of students set out from Worcester, Massachusetts, on a 50-mile march to the Smith & Wesson headquarters in Springfield to push for gun reform. Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was among the group of around 40 students, who are due to arrive at Smith & Wesson on Sunday. Major prison strike spreads across US and Canada as inmates refuse food ‘This isn’t just Parkland’: student activists march to confront Smith & Wesson Share on LinkedIn Last modified on Fri 7 Sep 2018 18.12 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img