Prison Radio
Kevin “Rashid” Johnson

This is Kevin Rashid Johnson.

Strikes supporters set up occupied camp outside Florida prisons. Allies, comrades, and supporters of striking prisoners across the U.S. have set up an occupied camp outside of prison work camp in Gainesville, Florida. The camp has been ruling strong since the strikes began on August 21st. And has received unanimously positive support and responses from prisoners inside the prison and passers by alike.

The occupiers not only has been engaging directly with the prisoners who can see the camp, but have accepted music requests from them communicated with large signs, which they blasted inside using large speakers. Passers by have shouted and honked their support for the camp. Many have stopped to engage the campers and even take to the mic to speak across the loud speakers to the campers and prisoners in support. One ex-prisoner stopped and spoke to the prisoners, encouraging them to continue the strike for months.

Even the police who’ve been charged with keeping an eye on the encampment have not intervened, but have shown interest in the issues the occupiers have been agitating around. Occupiers report having been asked by cops what they envision a world without prisons to look like. There actually exists a sort of alienation of cops towards guards, which occupiers have seen reflected in the cops’ attitudes and general disinterest encountering the protesters.

The occupies have also engaged in direct disruption by preventing trucks from leaving the prison. The camp was inspired and has incorporated tactics employed by the occupy ICE movement, that set up barricades outside ICE detention centers in response to migrant roundups. The prison occupy camp has received round the clock coverage on the website and on the IWOC site, where visuals of the camp and its activities can be seen.

The occupiers call on others to assemble some other camps at prisons around the US to raise awareness on both sides of the raised wire and in support of the strikes and their demands. Dare to struggle, dare to win. All power to the people.

(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.