Left to right: Free Alabama Movement’s James Plesant, Melvin Ray, and Robert Earl Council
04 Nov 2016

Alabama Prison Officials Retaliate Against Prison Strike Leader By Cutting Water To Cell

Advocates say prison officials at the Kilby Correctional Facility in Alabama turned off the water to Kinetik Justice Amun’s solitary cell after he initiated a hunger strike. Officials then transferred him to the Limestone Correctional Facility, which has a “behavioral modification program” known among prisoners as a “hot bay” dorm in which prisoners

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Photo from Bernalillo County Government in New Mexico
28 Oct 2016

For Incarcerated, Contraband Cell Phones Are Lifeline To Outside

Jails and prisons across the country struggle to tamp down the sale and use of contraband cell phones. But for many prisoners, especially those involved in the national prison strike against slave labor, access to such technology is considered a lifeline. Prisoners in Alabama, South Carolina, New York, and other states use contraband phones

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Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun of the Free Alabama Movement
27 Oct 2016

Free Alabama Movement Links Prison Slavery To Lack Of Access To Education, Rehabilitation

One of the groups leading the prison strike argues a lack of educational and rehabilitative opportunities is central to exploiting prison labor.

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Eastern Oregon State Penitentiary. Photo by Sam Beebe.
21 Oct 2016

Prison Officials Block Mail And Visitation In Attempt To Stifle Prison Organizing

Prisoners on strike against slave labor speak out after authorities rejected mail and blocked members of the media from visiting with them.

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Kinross administrative facility in Michigan (Photo from Michigan government website.)
14 Oct 2016

Fiancé Of Michigan Prisoner Describes Brutal Response To Prison Strike

On September 9, most prisoners at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility took part in the national prison strike against slave labor and refused to report for work. The prison responded by withholding their hot meals and eventually launched an assault against the prisoners for their peaceful protest. Administrators later withheld medical

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Kinetik Justice-Amun. Photo by Free Alabama Movement
13 Oct 2016

Prison Strike Leader Transferred To ‘Bully Unit’ As Alabama Tries To Break Strike

One of the leading voices behind the national prison strike against slavery was transferred to Kilby Correctional Facility, known among Alabama prisoners to be a “bully unit,” where prisoners deemed disruptive are brutalized. Kinetik Justice-Amun, also known as Robert Earl Council, is a member of the Free Alabama Movement and was

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Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan sits on his bunk in his cell on death row at the Ohio State Penitentiary (Photo from Free Ohio Movement)
11 Oct 2016

Muslim Prisoner Calls 60-Day Punishment For Interview On Prison Strike ‘Excessive’

The rules and infractions board at the Ohio State Penitentiary punished Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan with 60 days of phone and email restrictions after he did an interview with NPR. His punishment started on October 5, and it is partly stunning because one of his attorneys was initially informed he would only

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Still image from video published by Free Alabama Movement. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wvRvB4kBls
07 Oct 2016

Video Of Alabama Prisoner Is Rare Example Of Free Expression From Incarcerated Person

Wheeler’s testimony is a rare example of a prisoner’s stories and experiences shared without the monitoring or interference of prison administrators.

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File: Razor wire outside a prison in Maryland. (Flickr / Fred Dunn)
06 Oct 2016

How Some Prisons Swiftly Moved To Undermine National Prison Strike

More details are finally being shared on what happened in the early days of a massive national prison strike that has now lasted for about a month.

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Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan. Photo via Lucasville Amnesty. Source: http://www.lucasvilleamnesty.org/2016/08/detailed-update-from-imam-siddique.html
04 Oct 2016

Ohio Muslim Prisoner Threatened With Punishment For NPR Interview On Prison Strike

Ohio prisoner Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan says he was recently threatened with disciplinary action by an investigator at the Ohio State Penitentiary for speaking on the National Public Radio program, “On Point,” about the September 9 national prison strike. Hasan, who is a Muslim spiritual leader on death row for his alleged

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