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Repression, Resistance, and the Neocolonial Prison Nation

K Kersplebedeb

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In California, the past several months have witnessed one of the most impressive prison struggles in recent memory. For 21 days in July and 17 in September/October of 2011, thousands of prisoners participated in a hungerstrike against torture. Despite not winning all of their demands, the prisoners won politically, transforming the terrain on which they, and we, must organize our next move.


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SHU; prison; colonialism; racism; United States; California; hungerstrike

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