The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) is a collaboration with the Abolitionist Law Center. FTP’s mission is to conduct grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action to challenge the prison system which is putting prisoners at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, as well as impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems by their construction and operation. FTP has focused much its attention in recent years opposing the construction of a new federal prison in Letcher County, Kentucky. It has also generated international awareness for prisoner-led efforts to challenge the prison system and support for environmental political prisoners.
FTP is inspired by the abolitionist movement against mass incarceration and the environmental justice movement, which have both been led by the communities who are hardest hit by prisons and pollution. Both these movements also have long histories of multi-racial alliances which we have been building on.
FTP has been informed by the ongoing research and analysis of the Human Rights Defense Center’s Prison Ecology Project, as well as the work of the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project, Critical Resistance and June11.org, among others.