Sunday, January 23, 2011

Check Out This Interview: Inside the Georgia Prison Strike

You may be familiar with the prisoners' strike that occurred in Georgia in December. Or you may not. Despite being a major week-long non-violent strike of prisoners across six prisons, the event got very little media coverage. What coverage there was tended to be horror stories about (gasp) criminals with cell-phones. The prison officials even classified the carefully organized, non-violent protest as a riot.

But one of those prisoners used his contraband cell-phone to give an interview to Ty Moore of Socialist Alternative. I highly recommend giving it a listen. It gives a great inside view of the conditions in the prison, as well as the steps taken in the strike and the reprisals against the strikers.

You can listen to it here. It's 50 minutes long.



For more information on the strike, I'd recommend the following material:

Two articles by Eljeer Hawkins on the strike:
http://www.socialistalternative.org/news/article10.php?id=1490
http://www.socialistalternative.org/news/article10.php?id=1509

And for more extensive coverage, see Bruce A Dixon's blog on Black Agenda Report:
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=blog/46

1 comment:

  1. UPDATE. The inmate who gave the interview, going by the name "Freedom Fighter", but whose real name is Shawn Whatley, has been the victim of violent reprisals as punishment for giving the interview.

    For more information see the following solidarity appeal:

    http://www.socialistalternative.org/news/article10.php?id=1511

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