I have something I want to share and bring to the attention of people. I have typically tried my best to keep my politics out of this blog and have done reasonably well. However, there is something going on locally here in Georgia that needs to be brought to the attention of everyone and is very important.
For over a week now, more than 6 Georgia prisons have been shut down by the prisoners (the wardens have since gone into lockdown). The prisoners are refusing to leave their cells. They are demanding healthier and better qaulity food, reasonable compensation for labor, improved medical treatments, and better educational opportunities. The strike was organized completely by the prisoners with little to no outside assistance. It crosses racial lines and even has brought people from separate gangs together with a common goal.
For a long time in the USA, prisoners have been force into labor with little to no pay. These prisoners are demonstrating reasonable demands and a refusal to work until the demands are met. They work dangerous jobs, most are not making license plates. They are doing de-forestation, road work, and even employed as customer service agents for major US companies.
I fully support the prisoners. Prison labor is the new slave labor. This story has been scarcely covered but I have found a few news articles. The links are below.
New York Times
Atlanta Constitution Journal