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As wildfires raged in California this summer, over 2000 of the firefighters on site were paid just one dollar per hour to battle the blaze. These firefighters were volunteers from inside of California's prison system. They're part of a national workforce of incarcerated people paid pennies per hour and sometimes nothing at all for hourly labor benefiting the U.S. economy. Driven in part by demands for better working conditions and wages, incarcerated workers last month began a nationwide prison strike. Today we're speaking with David Fathi, director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project, to learn more about the strike and the organizers’ demands. David is a longtime prison rights advocate who has spent his career fighting for incarcerated people and against the policies that have given the U.S. the highest incarceration rate in the entire world. We'll get his thoughts on what the nationwide prison strike reveals about America's prison culture. David, thank you so much for being with us today.