Nationwide Prison Strike 2018: A demand to hold society accountable

Topic: Nation-wide Prison Strike, Prison Industrial Complex, End Prison Wage Slavery
Segment: D Report
Participants: David Chavez,  M.A.,  ABD History  Dept.  UC Riverside
Broadcast Air Date: 09/01/18
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
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Discussion Topics:
– What are the demands of the nation-wide prison strike that began on August 21, 2018.
The 2018 National Prison Strike: A Movement Making its Mark
– What is the history of prison strikes?
– How and why have we over-normalized prisons, jails and policing?
– How can focusing on language offer us alternative perspectives to evaluate prisons and society?
– How did the incidents of violence at the Lee correctional institution in South Carolina lead to the present prison strike across the country?
– How do we shift the conversation towards considering the act of imprisonment as  an act of violence?
– What is the history of penitentiaries/prisons?
-Did the Quakers build the first jail house in the United States?
– Is imprisonment a form of torture?
– Is the torture of people within prisons part of the fabric of the United States?
– How do we hold society accountable to the shifts in arbitrary rules that it establishes to enforce punishment?
– How do we emphasize the humanity of the people detained in prisons?
– Why is referring to people as felons, convicts and or prisoners a form of de-humanization?
-How does the over sentencing and overcrowding aggravate the conditions for people within prisons?
– How does the creation of new crimes add to the number of people in prisons?
– What is required in order to shut down prisons?
– How do we transform the judicial system from punitive justice to transformative justice?
– Do we live in a society of containment? We move from one box to another throughout our days.
– How do the people outside of prisons become accountable for the permitted violence inside of the prisons?
– Is the operation of the prison industrial complex a form slavery?
– What are the contradictions in the 13th amendment of the U.S. constitution that permits slavery as punishment for a crime
–  what is prison wage labor?
– How do we make sense of the warehousing of people in prisons?
-What is the harm to families, health and economics in removing people from their respective communities to be place in prisons?
-What is prison abolition?

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