Did you know there is a prison strike currently entering its second week involving 24 states with roughly 20,000 prisoners? This strike is to bring national attention to “inhumane conditions" that the prisoners are experiencing. Forced work with little to no pay, a slave system, basically.
Now many could be saying “…but they are criminals and deserve it!". Debatable. Define criminal.
Criminal comes from the Latin word criminalis, “pertaining to crime". Crime comes from the Latin word crimen “adultery, cause of a crime, criminal, crime/offense/fault, and sin/guilt". Are adulterers criminals to you? What was the cause or their sin/guilt? Do you think victimless crimes should be punishable by death?
As an anarchist I believe that if there is no victim then there is no crime. There must be a victim for a crime to have taken place. The government is a social construct and cannot be a victim. Without following this simple idea we allow for the violation of rights. Drug use is not a violation of someone else’s rights. Check out these dumb laws. There is no law too small that the government will not kill you over. Read my article on "What is a Police Enforcement Officer and what are their duties with regards to our rights?"
Now as you can see our prison system has a large portion that have been kidnapped and held against their will for victimless crimes. Tax evasion or smoking cannabis should not mean a death sentence to anyone (my article on why taxation is theft).
The 13th Amendment states that:
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
The Constitution is not a perfect document, allows for slavery, and we know millions of innocent people are being made criminals for victimless crimes. This means that they are slaves, innocent, and being forced to make money for others.
Prisoners across the country have begun to strike against this treatment, which has become the largest strike since Attica Prison riot.
Do you really trust our corrupt government, flawed judicial system, and the systemic racism built into our laws? Until the failed drug war ends, forced labor ends, and we address the issue of systemic racism we should all stand with the prisoners against a massive violation of rights and state sponsored slavery.
My name is Jeffrey Hann, @jeffreyahann, and I'm an anarchist/voluntarist, Army veteran, business analyst, graphics and website designer, and content creator. I have a passion for truth and being logical, which eventually lead me to anarchism. I strive to live my life through voluntary actions and valuing rights. I co-own Journalistic Revolution (Facebook and YouTube) and JRev Radio (Facebook). We strive to be a factual and honest open sourced news organization.