Prisoners across US go on strike to protest conditions
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Prisoners across US go on strike to protest conditions

Inmates across the US began a planned 19-day strike on Tuesday in protest of [advocacy website] poor conditions, no-to-low pay for work and racist prison administration.

The strike, set to take place in 17 states, was organized by many groups, including Jailhouse Lawyers Speak [Facebook page], an organization made up of incarcerated prisoner rights advocates.

Those participating in the strike will not show up to their assigned jobs and will engage in sit-ins, and some prisoners may elect to go on hunger strike.

The strike is set to last until September 9, coinciding with the start of the Attica Prison Uprising in 1971.

Organizers planned the strike for August after seven inmates were killed [BBC report] during a riot at a South Carolina prison in April.

This most recent strike comes on the heels of a previous strike in September 2016, when inmates across 24 states participated.