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Dec 12 - Largest prison strike in U.S. history: Thousands of GA prisoners protest
 

 

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LARGEST PRISON STRIKE IN U.S. HISTORY: THOUSANDS OF GA PRISONERS PROTEST FOR 2nd DAY DEC. 10, FACE VICIOUS RETALIATION


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 LARGEST PRISON STRIKE IN U.S. HISTORY: THOUSANDS OF GA PRISONERS PROTEST FOR 2nd DAY DEC. 10, FACE VICIOUS RETALIATION | VOICE OF DETROIT: The city's independent newspaper, unbossed and unbought

Peaceful protest in at least six major prisons against inhuman conditions began Dec. 9; Black, Brown and white prisoners uniting, want supporters to call wardens

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Published on Black Agenda Report
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Offices of the wardens at Hay’s, Macon State, Telfair, and Augusta state all referred our inquiries to the Department of Corrections public affairs officer, who so far has declined to return our repeated calls.

The nine specific demands made by Georgia’s striking prisoners in two press releases pointedly reflect many of the systemic failures of the U.S. regime of mass incarceration, and the utter disconnection of U.S. prisons from any notions of protecting or serving the public interest.

Georgia prisoners of all races pray together in special unit at Calhoun State prison; prayer groups not allowed in general pop

The prisoner strike in Georgia is unique, sources among inmates and their families say, because it includes not just black prisoners, but Latinos and whites too, a departure from the usual sharp racial divisions that exist behind prison walls. Inmate families and other sources claim that when thousands of prisoners remained in their cells Thursday, authorities responded with violence and intimidation.

Tactical officers rampaged through Telfair State Prison destroying inmate personal effects and severely beating at least six prisoners. Inmates in Macon State Prison say authorities cut the prisoners’ hot water, and at Telfair the administration shut off heat Thursday when daytime temperatures were in the 30s. Prisoners responded by screening their cells with blankets, keeping prison authorities from performing an accurate count, a crucial aspect of prison operations.

Telfair State Prison, GA

As of Friday, inmates at several prisons say they are committed to continuing the strike. “We are going to ride it,” the inmate press release quotes one, “till the wheels fall off. We want our human rights.”

The peaceful inmate strike is being led from within the prison. Some of those thought to be its leaders have been placed under close confinement.

The nine specific demands made by Georgia’s striking prisoners in two press releases pointedly reflect many of the systemic failures of the U.S. regime of mass incarceration, and the utter disconnection of U.S. prisons from any notions of protecting or serving the public interest. Prisoners are demanding, in their own words, decent living conditions, adequate medical care and nutrition, educational and self-improvement opportunities, just parole decisions, just parole decisions, an end to cruel and unusual punishments, and better access to their families.

Macon State Prison, GA

It’s a fact that Georgia prisons skimp on medical care and nutrition behind the walls, and that in Georgia’s prisons recreational facilities are non-existent, and there are no educational programs available beyond GED, with the exception of a single program that trains inmates to be Baptist ministers. Inmates know that upon their release they will have no more education than they did when they went in, and will be legally excluded from Pell Grants and most kinds of educational a.ssistance, they and their families potentially locked into a disadvantaged economic status for life.

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Despite the single biggest predictor of successful reintegration into society being sustained contact with family and community, Georgia’s prison authorities make visits and family contact needlessly difficult and expensive. Georgia no longer allows families to send funds via US postal money orders to inmates. It requires families to send money through J-Pay, a private company that rakes off nearly ten percent of all transfers.

Telephone conversations between Georgia prisoners and their families are also a profit centers for another prison contractor, Global Tel-Link which extracts about $55 a month for a weekly 15 minute phone call from cash-strapped families. It’s hard to imagine why the state cannot operate reliable payment and phone systems for inmates and their families with public employees at lower cost, except that this would put contractors, who probably make hefty contributions to local politicians out of business.

Georgia maximum security prison

Besides being big business, prisons are public policy. The U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population, but accounts for almost a quarter of its prisoners. African Americans are one eighth this nation’s population, but make up almost half the locked down. The nation’s prison population increased more than 450% in a generation beginning about 1981. It wasn’t about crime rates, because those went up, and then back down. It wasn’t about rates of drug use, since African Americans have the same rates of drug use as whites and Latinos. Since the 1980s, the nation has undertaken a well-documented policy of mass incarceration, focused primarily though not exclusively on African Americans.

National prison protest movement needed

The good news is that public policies are ultimately the responsibility of the public to alter, to change or do do away with. America’s policy of mass incarceration is overdue for real and sustained public scrutiny. A movement has to be built on both sides of the walls that will demand an end to the prison industry and to the American policy of mass incarceration. That movement will have to be outside the Republican and Democratic parties. Both are responsible for building this system, and both rely on it to sustain their careers. The best Democrats could do on the 100 to 1 crack to powder cocaine disparity this year, with a black president in the White House and thumping majorities in the House and Senate was to reduce it to 18 to 1, and then only by lengthening the sentences for powder cocaine. On this issue, Democrats and Republicans are part of the problem, not the solution.

As this article goes to print Saturday morning, it’s not known whether the strike will continue a third day. With prison officials not talking, and corporate media ignoring prisoners not just this week but every day, outlets like Black Agenda Report and the web site upon which you’re reading this are among the chief means inmates and their families have of communicating with the public.

The prisoners are asking the public to continue to call the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the individual prisons listed below to express concern for the welfare of the prisoners.

Prison is about corruption, power and isolation. You can help break the isolation by calling the wardens’ offices at the prisons. Prisons, naturally , are open Saturdays and Sundays too.

Ed. note: Georgia operates the fifth-largest prison system in the nation, at a cost of $1 billion a year. It ranks ninth in population among all states.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution article at
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 Did state prisoners protest or not? *| ajc.com

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Their Demands:

Tomorrow morning, December 9, 2010, thousands of Georgia prisoners will refuse to work, stop all other activities and remain in their cells in a peaceful, one-day protest for their human rights. The December 9 Strike is projected to be the biggest prisoner protest in the history of the United States.
These thousands of men, from Baldwin, Hancock, Hays, Macon, Smith and Telfair State Prisons, among others, state they are striking to press the Georgia Department of Corrections (?DOC?) to stop treating them like animals and slaves and institute programs that address their basic human rights. They have set forth the following demands:

A LIVING WAGE FOR WORK: In violation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, the DOC demands prisoners work for free.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: For the great majority of prisoners, the DOC denies all opportunities for education beyond the GED, despite the benefit to both prisoners and society.

DECENT HEALTH CARE: In violation of the 8th Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments, the DOC denies adequate medical care to prisoners, charges excessive fees for the most minimal care and is responsible for extraordinary pain and suffering.

AN END TO CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS: In further violation of the 8th Amendment, the DOC is responsible for cruel prisoner punishments for minor infractions of rules.

DECENT LIVING CONDITIONS: Georgia prisoners are confined in over-crowded, substandard conditions, with little heat in winter and oppressive heat in summer.

NUTRITIONAL MEALS: Vegetables and fruit are in short supply in DOC facilities while starches and fatty foods are plentiful.

VOCATIONAL AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The DOC has stripped its facilities of all opportunities for skills training, self-improvement and proper exercise.

ACCESS TO FAMILIES: The DOC has disconnected thousands of prisoners from their families by imposing excessive telephone charges and innumerable barriers to visitation.

JUST PAROLE DECISIONS: The Parole Board capriciously and regularly denies parole to the majority of prisoners despite evidence of eligibility.
Prisoner leaders issued the following call: ?No more slavery. Injustice in one place is injustice to all. Inform your family to support our cause. Lock down for liberty!?


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89 comments for "Dec 12 - Largest prison strike in U.S. history: Thousands of GA prisoners protest"

 7 years ago '05        #2
Woodwin 2 heat pts
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n*ggas in prison living better than alot
 7 years ago '04        #3
MochaWhitey 10 heat pts10
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Wow, this is pretty amazing. Especially being in the racist (moreso) south.
 12-12-2010, 02:38 PM         #4
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 bizo555 said:
As of Friday, inmates at several prisons say they are committed to continuing the strike. “We are going to ride it,” the inmate press release quotes one, “till the wheels fall off. We want our human rights.”


The prisoners are asking the public to continue to call the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the individual prisons listed below to express concern for the welfare of the prisoners.


GTFOH They act like they're at a summer camp or something. You're in prison for a reason, f**k your rights.
 7 years ago '06        #5
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 Cashius_Slay said:


GTFOH They act like they're at a summer camp or something. You're in prison for a reason, f**k your rights.


You sound stupid as hell. In prison or not people still have rights as a human no matter what.
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 Blood Edge said:
your parents failed you

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 Blood Edge said:
your parents failed you
nah dude. These guys wanna act like victims now sicne they were caught and are in prison. They wouldnt give a f**k about anyone else if there were on the outside. After seeing these dudes first hand and seeing how they operate at my internship they belong in there. They dont get out and try to make themselves better...they get out and re offend right away to get sent right back. Burning more taxpayer money on trials where they know they are guilty. Then get in prison with 3 meals and bedding, medical care and other expenses. I dont feel bad for these people because trust me...if they robbed or shot you they wouldnt feel an ounce of guilt for it.
 12-12-2010, 03:50 PM         #8
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oh they mad ...
 12-12-2010, 03:50 PM         #9
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 Blood Edge said:
your parents failed you
 davon4204 said:
You sound stupid as hell. In prison or not people still have rights as a human no matter what.
Simple solution, dont commit crimes and you wont have this problem. SMH at you kids thinking its cool. Most of these cats violated rights and laws and are now making demands? Maybe when you grow up and have kids you wont be as sympathetic. You think I give a f**k about a pedophiles rights? Granted, yes MAYBE a small percentage of inmates are falsely accused, but most are people who didnt give a f**k about laws and rights prior, but now all of a sudden we should "call the prison and complain for them"? I hope someone shoots you then goes to prison, then asks you to call the prison so you can express concern for their welfare. They dont give a f**k about your welfare.
 7 years ago '04        #10
CA$H MONEY 2 heat pts
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Until you have yourself been inside or have had a close family member inside and have to hear all the F$@ked up stories about maggots being in their food daily or how they didn't have running water for months at a time, then shut tha f$&k up! Once you go in, that's basically it for you in society. There are VERY FEW options for a convicted felon. Once you get out, you're marked for life. By the way, most people on here who get their entertainment are committing a felony! Imagine being locked next to a certified k!ller with no heat, or hot water(if you have any at all), eating food that you wouldn't normally touch all because you wanted that new cd or movie.

Don't be so quick to throw humans away. You could end up being inside. All it takes is one bad choice! These people are human too!
 7 years ago '06        #11
Sammyboi22 
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 CA$H MONEY said:
Until you have yourself been inside or have had a close family member inside and have to hear all the F$@ked up stories about maggots being in their food daily or how they didn't have running water for months at a time, then shut tha f$&k up! Once you go in, that's basically it for you in society. There are VERY FEW options for a convicted felon. Once you get out, you're marked for life. By the way, most people on here who get their entertainment are committing a felony! Imagine being locked next to a certified k!ller with no heat, or hot water(if you have any at all), eating food that you wouldn't normally touch all because you wanted that new cd or movie.

Don't be so quick to throw humans away. You could end up being inside. All it takes is one bad choice! These people are human too!
someones trying to glorify their prison stay. These dudes get better medical treatment than people out here working hard for living who just cant afford it. You dont go to prison for downloading a f**king CD. You have been tricked for sure about prison. They b**ch about it ebcause they dont wanna be there . No one does.
 12-12-2010, 04:28 PM         #12
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 Woodwin said:
n*ggas in prison living better than alot
real talk
 12-12-2010, 04:29 PM         #13
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 CA$H MONEY said:
Until you have yourself been inside or have had a close family member inside and have to hear all the F$@ked up stories about maggots being in their food daily or how they didn't have running water for months at a time, then shut tha f$&k up! Once you go in, that's basically it for you in society. There are VERY FEW options for a convicted felon. Once you get out, you're marked for life. By the way, most people on here who get their entertainment are committing a felony! Imagine being locked next to a certified k!ller with no heat, or hot water(if you have any at all), eating food that you wouldn't normally touch all because you wanted that new cd or movie.

Don't be so quick to throw humans away. You could end up being inside. All it takes is one bad choice! These people are human too!
You really think they are going to put a guy who downloaded some music in the same cell, let alone the same unit as a murderer? And you just said "imagine being locked next to a certified k!ller" then you turn around and say "dont be so quick to throw humans away"? So which is it? Are you sympathizing with the murderer or the person whose life he "threw away"?
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CA$H MONEY 2 heat pts
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 Sammyboi22 said:
someones trying to glorify their prison stay. These dudes get better medical treatment than people out here working hard for living who just cant afford it. You dont go to prison for downloading a f**king CD. You have been tricked for sure about prison. They b**ch about it ebcause they dont wanna be there . No one does.

Wrrrroooooong! I've never spent a minute behind bars. I did what I was supposed to do. The reason why is I've had so many relatives who have though. Also another incorrect statement is about the murderers and rapist being the majority of the population. It's waaaaaaaay more non-violent offenders than murderers and rapists. Quit surfing the net aimlessly and learn something!!!
 7 years ago '06        #15
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^^ well yeah no s**t. But drug charges, robbery etc still is a vicious crime. These dudes get rich off of the destruction of society.
 7 years ago '05        #16
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i agree with civil rights they are people like me and you but what alot of you dont understand is that these people get two hot meals a day rent for them is somewhere around like 46 dollars a year if the judge decides to make them pay any of their stay. what these inmate complain about are probably rec time not getting enough and probably are tired of eating beans bread and bologna, but how many people dont get these things food a place to stay and being put in clean clothes atleast 3 times a week and when i say clothes i mean a new set of oranges or whatever strips usually they get 3 pairs of underwear and socks so they can change those daily.And like dude said above me most of the people there are not murders or rapist most are in for drugs I know all of this because I have worked at a detention center for 3 years and all of these prisons and jails are ncchc credited along with aca credited.

nd there are no educational programs available beyond GED, with the exception of a single program that trains inmates to be Baptist ministers. Inmates know that upon their release they will have no more education than they did when they went in
do you know how much these programs cost to access every year in a facility millions of dollars and this all comes out of the states money so why would they give a inmate a free college degree when regular people like me or your self have to pay thousands of dollars for the same education. I am all about a inhouse rehab group which many places have but free degrees psshhhh.

how is it that these same individuals were not thinking about the people that they violated their civil rights and now its time to yell about it. And for you people who dont know prisons are like a city within a city these people are the same ones who make it such a hostile place to be in. If they want to protest anything they need to protest all the violence that they are causing.
 7 years ago '06        #17
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^^^ yep.

It's not guards stabbing inmates. These f**ks riot to k!ll eachother
 7 years ago '05        #18
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So much ignorance in this thread

I was gonna write something up, but I'll just leave it alone because it will frustrate me.

If you think prisoners aren't entitled to basic human rights you need to go f**king k!ll yourself.
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being that I lived in georgia for sometime, this is AMAZING. regardless of the reason behind WHY they are uniting, the fact that they have gone across racial lines speaks volumes. It is very segregrated in Georgia and moreso in prison. please bellieve that authorities are taking notice. the last thing they want is for minorities to unite (not to mention, having lower income whites on the team as well). interesting days to come.
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