Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prison strike organizers to protest food giant Aramark

PBS News Hour interviewed Siddique Abdullah Hasan for this report.

From PBS.org

The Free Alabama Movement is planning its next move after last year's prison strike. Photo via Getty Images

The Free Alabama Movement is planning its next move after last year’s prison strike. Photo via Getty Images
The people who organized the country’s biggest prison strike against what they call modern-day slavery have planned their next target: corporate food service giant Aramark.
The $8.65 billion company is one of the country’s largest employers and serves hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches and other food to more than 100 million people a year at hospitals, sports stadiums, amphitheaters, schools and other facilities. It also provides meals for more than 500 correctional facilities across the country and has been the subject of complaints about maggots and rocks, sexual harassment, drug trafficking and other employee misconduct.
While Aramark says these allegations are inaccurate, on Jan. 14, leaders of the Free Alabama Movement, which led a national prison labor strike that began on Sept. 9, will bus from Alabama to Washington, D.C., to join a civil rights march and protest the company.