Earlier today, Defending Rights & Dissent sent a letter to the Florida Department of Corrections expressing our concern with allegations they had retaliated against prisoners who engaged in political organizing.
A group of Florida prisoners announced their intent to engage in a month long strike, “Operation Push,” in protest of abuses of their human rights. This announcement garnered international attention. The Florida Department of Corrections has consistently claimed no such strike was taking place, but there is ample evidence they are being less than forthcoming. There are allegations that Florida has imposed a communications blackout, going so far to place inmates in solitary confinement and cancel visitations, in order to both break the strike and keep news from reaching the outside world.
Read our letter below or click here for a PDF.