This Week in the Prison Industrial Complex (August 11)

A weekly roundup of news and action alerts about political prisoners, prison struggles, and organizing against the prison industrial complex (PIC), both nationally and internationally. If you’ve got something you’d like to see included, leave a comment or send me an email.

  • U.S. political prisoner Abdullah Majid is requesting support in the form of donations to his legal defense fund.
  • The Industrial Workers of the World has published the second edition of The Incarcerated Worker, “featuring news on prisoner revolt, organizing on the inside, letters, and articles.”
  • Meanwhile, the second issue of Wildfire, an anarchist prison newsletter, has been published, with news and texts from anarchist prisoners around the world.

  • A reportback on the July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners recounts the events held in seven countries, along with plenty of photos.
  • From July 30 to August 5, Israeli occupation forces arrested 61 Palestinian civilians, included 15 children, in the occupied West Bank.
  • August 10 was Prisoners’ Justice Day. Started in Canada in 1975, it is “a day to demonstrate solidarity in remembrance of those who have died unnecessarily behind bars—victims of murder, suicide and neglect—at the hands of the police state.”
  • On August 10, political prisoners in Mexico who have been on hunger strike for 45 days also stopped consuming liquids. They are hunger striking against the “conditions of isolation and physical and psychological repression” they face in prison.
  • Also on Monday, more than 500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons announced a campaign of “complete disobedience,” issuing a list of seven demands. This comes the same day almost 200 Palestinian prisoners ended a six-day hunger strike and entered into negotiations with the Israeli Prison Service.
  • 42 prisoners in Utah State Prison went on hunger strike for six days last week, stating, “We have had enough of these squalid living conditions and would like to be treated with respect and dignity, with the opportunity to better ourselves.”

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