Mass incarceration today in the U.S. as well as slave labor in conditions of incarceration have reached unprecedented levels. State and capitalism feed their prisons with masses of poor and marginalized people, who are to be exploited in forced labor. The prison-industrial complex of the U.S. incarcerates millions of men and women, a number which is constantly on the rise, just as their exploitation through unpaid labor is on the rise. Many prisons have been privatized, but private and state prisons alike run on the forced labor of their prisoners, who work on a petty or no wage at all, for multinational giant corporations, plantations, the military industry e.t.c. Indicatively, we could mention companies such as Honda, McDonald’s, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Walmart, Whole Foods Market.
This is none other than the continuation of slavery
At the same time, overseers survey every move prisoners make and impose strict disciplinary and other measures. Prisons are increasingly counting on slavery and torture in order to maintain a stable function. They may have replaced the whip with pepper spray, but many of the other torments remain: isolation, restraint positions, stripping off prisoners’ clothes, and body search. Forty five years past since the bloody revolt with 43 dead and hundreds of injured in Attica prison, prisons in the U.S. are in turmoil once again. Prisoners have made the connection of their struggle today with the Attica revolt and so they chose to commence their struggle on September 9 2016.
In response to this call we stand in solidarity to the “struggle against slavery”, tracing the thread of resistance that connects the past with the present, that connects the struggles against prison around the world, from the U.S. to Mexico, to Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece, whether the fight takes the form of uprisings, destruction, burning down the prison, mass hunger strikes ,and where regardless of the different demands and different means of mobilization, what unites these struggle is the fight against oppression, incarceration and authority.
BURN DOWN ALL PRISONS
SOLIDARITY TO THE “STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY” OF PRISONERS IN THE PRISONS OF U.S.A.
Solidarity Assembly to the struggle of prisoners against slavery