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Inmates, Protest Forced Slave Labor Conditions in US Prisons

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Prisoners are on the front lines of wage slavery, where refusal to work while in prison results in inhumane retaliation and participating in slave labor contributes to the mechanisms of exploitation. Nation-wide prison pay for inmates starts at 15cents an hour. Which is $1.20 a day. Inmates throughout the country are being economically exploited for their labor. And prisoners, labor under none of the protections that free workers experience. Which is why many have described this kind of forced servitude as modern day slavery.

Today on the program we speak with Azzurra Crispino, the co-chair of The Industrial Workers of the World, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee about the largest prison labor strike in U.S. history.

Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, which functions as a liaison for prisoners to organize each other, unionize, and build solid bridges between prisoners on the inside and fellow workers on the outside.

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