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7 incarcerated people were killed earlier this year in Lee Correctional in S.C.

It was the deadliest attack in a prison in 25 years.

Prison Strike 2018 is a direct response to the inhumane conditions inside prison walls, like how 7 people can be murdered with no consequences.
Incarcerated folks across the nation are striking for their LIVES, we need to pay attention.

ICE detainees have, many have joined the #PrisonStrike2018 by going on a solidarity hunger strike.

We can take action right where we are too.

Our struggles are all interlinked.
You can care about immigration and separated families AND fight for imprisoned folks, I promise.

If you want to know a secret, it’s really the SAME DAMN THING....

Join the #PrisonStrike.

This is not new, nor even to this moment.

There was a massive prison strike in 2016 and in 2017 there were several major rebellions in prisons, including the #VaughnRebellion in Delaware.

left: statement from the VaughnRebellion in 2017

“We know this institution if going to change for the worse. We got demands you need to pay attention to.”

right: Demands for #PrisonStrike2018

The very first one is a call to “recognize our humanity.”

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