From August 21 to September 9, prisoners in 17 states went on strike to protest inhuman living and working conditions and to promote ten basic demands. Although the formal strike is over, some prisoners are being retaliated against and others are continuing to strike. We speak with Amani Sawari, a prisoner’s rights activist, about the strike, the demands and how we can all provide support to finally end legalized slavery in the United States.
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Amani Sawari was born and raised in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with degrees in Media and Communications and Law, Economics and Public Policy. She is a writer, poet, composer and musician. She serves as an organizer and spokesperson for the National Prison Strike. Her website is sawarimi.org. Follow her @sawarimi.