On August 21, 2018, the U.S. saw the beginning of an ongoing nationwide prison strike demanding improved conditions for inmates, sentencing reform, and voting rights. On today’s episode, sub host Gil Halsted takes a close look at the strike with guests Amani Sawari, spokesperson for Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, and Ben Turk of the Milwaukee Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.
Amani Sawari is a writer and activist currently residing in Seattle. She was selected as Jailhouse Lawyers Speak‘s spokesperson for this year’s historical National Prison Strike. Amani also teaches poetry techniques to students incarcerated in King County Juvenile Detention Center.
Ben Turk is an organizer with the Milwaukee Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), Lucasville Amnesty, and The Fire Inside.