Black Agenda Report: Prison Strike 2018

(Margaret Kimberley is a member of the UNAC administrative committee, she is on the coordinating committee of the Black Alliance for Peace and  Black Agenda Report editor and senior columnist)

The prison strikers are demanding:

    Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies

    An immediate end to prison slavery

    Rescinding the Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act to give prisoners a possibility of rehabilitation and parole

    An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans.

    An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws

    No denying access to rehabilitation programs for prisoners considered violent offenders

The United States leads the world in many shameful measures, and mass incarceration is at the top of an infamous list. No other nation has as many people behind bars nor applies such overt racism in maintaining its penal system.One out of every eight incarcerated people in the world are black Americans. That is why the prison strike declared by the incarcerated and their supporters is so crucial. Their actions prove that this country lies when it claims to be an upholder of human rights.[read more]

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