By YUUKI REAL, age 15

Image courtesy Cinda Firestone/Attica Film
Image courtesy Cinda Firestone/Attica Film

Starting September 9, 2016, thousands of prisoners in over 24 states staged a labor strike demanding better living conditions and healthcare, the right to unionize and an end to what one organizing group call “slavery in America.” According to the U.S. Constitution, the only form of legal involuntary labor is prison labor. Prisons have grown into a $2 billion industry. The strike was timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising. Prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility demanded political rights and better living conditions.