The largest prisoner strike in history happened last week and you didn’t hear anything about it from the corporate-owned media, who don’t want you to know – prison labor is the new American slavery.
Earlier this summer I wrote an article explaining how American slavery never ended – the laborers just moved from plantations to prisons. Black men are still in the fields picking cotton, and black women are still assembling women’s undergarments for no pay, in both private and public prisons who rent out their inmates’ free or super cheap labor to private corporations. The article above gives a full list of corporations who benefit from this labor.
The modern abolition movement has begun. Prisoners across 40 prison facilities in 24 states – most of them African American – went on labor and hunger strikes Friday to protest forced labor, inadequate food, lack of healthcare, overcrowding, extended stays in solitary confinement and guard brutality.