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…
When Incarcerated People Strike, The World Should Listen And Respond by @HalfAtlanta #PrisonStrike2018…
This great critique of Marshall Project and NPR bias in their coverage of #PrisonStrike2018 by @bsonenstein & @kgosztola…
“Half of the New Testament is written in prison,” - @saintbt7. “There’s a history of Christians being put into prison. Even God was put into prison. As Christians, we believe that God was put on death row and executed.” #PrisonStrike2018…
"Right Now There's An All-Out Manhunt For @JailLawSpeak" - @aintacrow #PrisonStrike2018…
An Inside Account of the National #PrisonStrike by @readwriteradio…
Prison labor is modern slavery. I've been sent to solitary for speaking out | Kevin Rashid Johnson…
And I know it's my piece, but on origins of #PrisonStrike2018 I haven't read anything more thorough than my interview with @JailLawSpeak & SC Prisoners in May…
Incarcerated People Seize Reform Narrative At Great Risk #PrisonStrike2018 by @bsonenstein…
The #PrisonStrike Challenges Ableism and Defends Disability Rights
@notthreefifths & @talilalewis… via @truthout
Inside the #PrisonStrike2018: New Tactics Pay Off in Mainstream Coverage by @waazn1… via @truthout

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Aug 28, 2018
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
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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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