Thank you for signing on your support for the prison strike.
Thousands of prisoners in Texas, Alabama, and surrounding states have now stopped working their assigned detail-jobs in protest of contaminated water systems, extreme heat, and lack of air-control installments, and toxic work conditions in their respective facilities.
Prison officials and correctional officers are not happy about the prisoners' refusal to work in protest of the continuous violation of their civil and environmental rights. We must ensure that their organizing is not in vain! These prisoners will need immediate protection!
How you can help:
Call the Texas Board of Criminal Justice at 512-475-3250, and ask for their serious consideration of the prisoners' demands for better treatment and opportunity.
You might try saying something like this: I am calling to support the men and women incarcerated in Texas prisons who are striking for and making the following demands:
- That Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) administrators ensure humane living and working conditions;
- That the TDCJ no longer administer the $100 medical copay, and that the Texas Legislature repeal that law;
- That anyone exercising their right to file a habeas corpus brief be appointed a qualified attorney;
- That every individual incarcerated by TDCJ be eligible to receive reasonable good time and work time;
- And that the Texas Legislature form and appoint a committee with true oversight powers.
- We also demand that inmates at the Pack Unit have access to clean water that is not contaminated with arsenic, and that anyone participating in this work stoppage not suffer retaliation by TDCJ administrators or correctional officers, either physically or through disciplinary action.
You can also sign these petitions in support of thousands of prisoners who are currently fighting for their civil and environmental rights:
> Summer Heat Serves Texas Prisoners an Early Death Sentence
> Contaminated Water Causes Cancer in Prison
> Prisoners Forced to Work in Toxic, Hazardous Conditions
> End Legal Slavery in U.S. Prisons
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