So given the number of reporters we've talked to about #PrisonStrike2018 who have never covered prisoner resistance before and in many cases have little to no experience writing about prisons, I'm making a list of writers I suggest editors try to commission for pieces (thread)
First is my mentor @bsonenstein who sets the bar in writing about prisoner resistance. He has years of experience including the most thorough reporting on the 2016 strike, where he broke many of the stories…
I think people should approach Mariame Kaba @prisonculture to write an essay or opinion piece on why the #PrisonStrike2018 presents an urgent call for a new form of (transformative) justice
Talk to @dnbrgr about writing a piece about the modern prisoner resistance movement and parallels or differences from the movements he's written about exstensively
Talk to @LVikkiml about how resistance looks different within women's prisons and possibly how that might relate to how prisoners are diversifying tactics this time
Reach out to @MayaSchenwar to talk about any number of angles whether it's having a family member in prison during a time of resistance or repression or something else
Commission @LoneberryWang to write about how #PrisonStrike2018's tactics including Bennu's Redistribute The Pain seek to combat the Carceral Capitalist economic machine in a variety of ways
Commission @HalfAtlanta about the connections between immigrant detainees and traditional prisoners within the carceral system and the solidarity and political education happening there
Commission @MsKellyMHayes write about the history of carcerality as it relates to Indigenous people in the US.
Have @phillyprof03 write about what's at stake with this #prisonstrike and why we can't just throw people away without a shot at redemption and expect a healthy society
Work with FOIA experts like @MuckRock to make sure we're targetting all prisons with reports of resistance to look for repression of strikers and proof of strike activity
Reach out to @fakerapper to talk about @Appolition and how the movement to end cash bail would reduce the number of non-guilty people who are forced to plea bargain from a position of fear, violence and coercion.
Reach out to @TheWayWithAnoa to write about the #PrisonStrike in relation to the plight of political prisoners from the New Afrikan people's movement.
Commission @roqchams to write about the strike in depth.
Commission @waazn1 to write about the evolution of the organizations involved in the #PrisonStrike2018 inside and out
Commission @kgosztola to write about why reporting state denials of prison strikes or any activity within prisons without deep investigation proves to be a fool's errand historically
Commission @adamjohnsonNYC to write about the coverage of the strike and differences between 2016 and 2018
I'll add more later.
.@naheitzeg and the people at @C_Resistance should be commissioned to contextualize this strike within the field of abolition, and reformist reforms vs abolitionist deconstruction of the PIC

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Sep 7, 2018
Alright I'm going to make a thread on solid #PrisonStrike2018 articles today. Because for all the dime a dozen ones that didn't even take time to read press releases, demonized prisoners or presented state denials as having some validity, there were some really good ones too
I'll start with a new long form piece by Alejo Stark from @rustbeltradio & @MI_Abolition #PrisonStrike2018…
The Movement Against Modern Day Slavery by @thetous #PrisonStrike2018…
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Jul 2, 2018
Abolition does not require a new system of racialized control and the hyper exploitation of labor to come and replace the old. In fact, that's not abolition.

We don't have to replace evil systems. We can stop being horrible human beings to each other.

It's possible, I promise.
It is okay to be uncertain about the consequences of ceasing to do something awful. But that doesn't mean you have to fill the void of that uncertainty.
People get so used to enacting violence that they're concerned with the consequences if they stop being violent. There will be consequences. But that doesn't mean you continue to be violent.
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Feb 21, 2018
Billy Graham's casket was built by slaves
In case you didn't know. Prisoners are not paid at Angola, which is a complex of four slave plantations they turned into a prison in 1880
If folks want to learn a bit more about it, there's been tons of articles written on Angola. But there's also this documentary which chronicled political prisoners (one of which is now dead and two released after decades in solitary) known as the Angola 3…
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