Guards at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, refused to perform their duties past weekend, joining the inmates in their protest against deplorable prison conditions.
And it isn’t just one facility.
For quite some time now, prisoners have been waging a nationwide campaign for better living conditions and rights. Most of all, they want to put an end to what one group referred to as “prison slavery.”
Nearly 900,000 inmates are currently working in U.S. prisons – getting little to no pay at all (the latter situation exists in at least three states; Texas, Arkansas, and Georgia.)
The sporadic protests grew into a full-blown movement and eventually on Sept. 9, which marks the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, inmates across the country refused to report to work.
It turned out to be the largest prison strike in the history of the U.S.
“This is a call to action against slavery in America,” organizers of the movement announced prior to the Sept. 9 protest. “Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the American prison system cannot ignore or withstand.”
Despite the magnitude of the strike, no substantial response was elicited from concerned authorities.
The struggle continues.