hunger strikes

North Carolina hunger strikers thank supporters after winning concessions

Last week, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) put out a call to participate in a phone zap campaign in support of a hunger strike to win better conditions at the Scotland Correctional Institution in North Carolina. What follows is a message from one of the hunger strikers thanking people for taking part in the action.

1953: Uprising at the Norilisk Labour Camp

Monument to victims of Gulag in Norilsk

Account of a mass strike by inmates at the Norilag Gulag against executions and enforced labour.

The History of a One-sided Dialogue With Todd Ashker

Historian Denis O'Hearn writes about his relationship with Todd Ashker, one of the leaders of the 2011-2013 hunger strike movement in California prisons. This article first appeared in Counterpunch.

The Short Corridor: How the Most Isolated Prisoners in America Took on the System, and Won

An article from the LA Review of Books giving a history of the mass hunger strike movement that challenged solitary confinement in the California prison system.

Hunger Strike Launched Inside Sterling Correctional Facility in Colorado

The following report was previously forwarded to It’s Going Down after being first sent to people within the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) network, who received correspondence from an inmate being housed in the MCC (ad-seg) unit of Sterling Correctional Complex in Sterling, CO and details a hunger strike.

Call for solidarity actions around the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville uprising

As the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville prison uprising approaches, organisers have put out a call for solidarity with the survivors of the uprising, some of whom remain on death row.

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead: Prison Struggles in the United States 2008-2016

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead cover

In the last eight years we have seen a multitude of struggles: from hunger strikes to riots, from work stoppages in individual units to mass strikes across several prisons, from hostile gangs forming truces and challenging racial divisions to immigrant mothers (incarcerated with their children) refusing their meals and duties. Published by Houston Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Unity & Struggle.