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‘Incarcerated Workers’ stage nationwide prison labor strike 45 years after 1971 Attica riot

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On the 45th anniversary of the famous Attica riot, inmates across the US are attempting to bring attention to the dire circumstances that prison populations endure, in the country with the highest incarceration rate in the world, by going on strike.

September 9, 2016 marks 45 years since the prisoners in New York’s Attica Correctional Facility took over the prison to demand humane treatment. In the four-and-a-half decades since then, little has improved, according to those living behind bars.

Inmates are protesting a myriad of problems facing the incarcerated population, such as the low wages they receive for work they are required to do by penitentiaries that benefit the facilities themselves and private companies that contract out labor to prisons.

Some inmates’ grievances were outlined in a list of demands posted on the Industrial Workers of the World Incarcerated Workers’ Facebook page, containing complaints about the conditions prisoners in South Carolina face. – READ MORE

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