By: Renee Nal | New Zeal
Industrial Workers of the World (red flags with white lettering) walk alongside anarchists (red and black flag) in Oakland rally to abolish prisons in 2016
“…a general strike could rid us of capitalism and build a society based on our interests … whose goal is to see smoke rise from the ashes of every empty state and federal prison, every immigrant and juvenile detention center, in the whole country…” -“Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee”
“We’re prison abolitionists, so we believe there shouldn’t be prisons, whether federal or state. We don’t believe in detention facilities. We don’t believe in juvenile halls.” – Cole Dorsey, an organizer with Industrial Workers of the World’s (IWW) front group “Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee”
A communist-driven movement featuring events designed to ultimately rid the world of prisons and police is scheduled to take place between August 21 and September 9, 2018. The movement, being touted on Twitter as #PrisonStrike, is receiving favorable coverage from the complicit mainstream media.
Driven largely by the “Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee,” (IWOC) who jumped on board after a group called “Jailhouse Lawyers Speak” published a press release in April, the idea is to organize prisoners in the quest to rid the world of capitalism and prisons altogether. They call for actions such as “Work Strikes,” “Sit-Ins,” “Boycotts” and “Hunger Strikes.”
The IWOC is a project of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), an anti-capitalist organization that as of 2017, claimed to have 1000 “union members” in the prisons nationwide. While these communists seek to have a mass uprising of prisoners every year, this year they appear to have support from the establishment media, including social media, where Twitter dutifully promoted the hashtag #PrisonStrike.
This is a Facebook post featuring an image of damaged property from IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee: Continue reading