Several Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, all of whom have been jailed by Israel for their participation in the struggle for national independence, have released a statement in solidarity with the national U.S. prisoners strike, which began on Tuesday.
The statement expressed the group’s mourning for George Jackson, the imprisoned revolutionary and martyr of the Black Liberation struggle. The strike is beginning on the 47th anniversary of his martyrdom, an event that was recognized in Palestine and around the world at the time as an assassination of a true voice of struggle by the U.S. ruling class.
It also noted that Jackson was an internationalist and that the works of Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasem � addressing imprisonment and resistance � were found in his cell after his assassination. Today, we write to you to once again forge that connection of struggle, despite our different circumstances.
Prisoners across the United States, home to the world’s largest prison population, went on strike in at least 17 states Tuesday. Prisoners are refusing to work, holding sit-ins and going on hunger strike from Aug. 21, the 47th anniversary of the murder of Black Panther member, by correctional officers in San Quentin, until Sept. 9, which marks the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising for humane conditions and fundamental sociopolitical rights.
Led by incarcerated members of the Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, a group of prisoners providing mutual help and legal training to other inmates, the strike aims to bring attention to and an end to modern slavery conditions in U.S. prisons.
Source: Palestine Chronicle