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FEATURING BENNU HANNIBAL RA-SUN – Friday September 9th was the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riots in New York. It was also appropriately the launch date of a number of coordinated labor strikes in various prisons in Alabama, Ohio, Mississippi, and Texas.

The US incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world and it is routine that most of them are expected to work inside the prisons that hold them, usually for below minimum wage. Inmates say the system is akin to slavery and hence unconstitutional.

There are also on-going hunger strikes at some prisons. In 2013 there was an unprecedented mass hunger strike in California prisons to protest solitary confinement and other inhumane conditions, that garnered international attention.

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Bennu Hannibal Ra-Sun, formerly known as Melvin Ray is being incarcerated at the WE Donaldson correctional facility in Bessemer, Alabama, and member of the Free Alabama Movement, which has been leading the strikes.

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