How prisoners expanded the civil rights motion

“From Attica to the 1978 Texas labor strike to the recent statewide prison strikes in 2016 and 2018,” writes Robert Chase, associate professor of history at Stony Brook University, “prisoners have repeatedly suggested that prisoners are not slaves . ” that incarceration cannot deny people the right to humanity and that forced prison labor remains a constitutional element that requires a review of prisoners’ civil rights. “

On this episode of “Rattling the Bars,” Eddie Conway sits down to speak with Chase about his latest book, We Are Not Slaves, and the often untold story of prisoner riots in the 1970s that extends the scope and significance of the Civilian population expanded rights movement in the USA. Conway and Chase also discuss how the institutional response to these uprisings would pave the way for the prison industrial complex we have today.

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Eddie Conway is executive producer on the Real News Network. He is the host of the TRNN show Rattling the Bars. He is the chairman of Ida B’s Restaurant and the author of two books: Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Black Panther in Baltimore and the Most Threatened: The Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO. A former member of the Black Panther Party, Eddie Conway has been an internationally recognized political prisoner for over 43 years, longtime prisoner rights organizer in Maryland, co-founder of the Friend of a Friend mentoring program, and president of Tubman House Inc. of Baltimore. He is a national and international speaker and has multiple degrees.

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