Philly Study Group: Historic & Heroic Struggles of Incarcerated Workers
From the Attica prison uprising of 1971 to the demands of prison strikes this year under banners like #OperationPUSH, incarcerated workers continue to organize and demand justice, fighting back against the racist and severely exploitative system of mass incarceration in the U.S.A.
Every year, the Black liberation movement and activists for prisoners' rights commemorate Black August to honor fallen warriors and demand freedom for political prisoners. On Aug. 21, 1971, heroic Black Panther writer, thinker and Field Marshall George Jackson was assassinated by San Quentin prison guards, and his murder led to the Attica prison uprising two weeks later — and it is from this that the Black August tradition began. Black freedom fighter and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal described the Attica uprising as "A month of divine meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us”.
Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation on Saturday, August 25th from 3-5pm at the Philadelphia Liberation Center, to learn together the significance of the Attica prison uprising nearly 47 years later. We will discuss the struggles of incarcerated workers currently organizing within the prison system and how to support their efforts.
The event will also include fundraising for a currently incarcerated worker (https://twitter.com/comradealyssa) to directly help pay for books, including legal books. Donations can be made the day of or anytime through https://www.gofundme.com/comrade-alyssa039s-prison-book-fund