[Ppnews] Occupy for Prisoners National Day of Action

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Fri Feb 17 15:52:36 EST 2012

On Monday, February 20th, 
a dozen rallies and demonstrations will be held throughout the US for 
a "National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners," including in the San 
Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Baltimore, 
Philadelphia and New York. Family and community members of prisoners, 
former prisoners, and people directly affected by the prison 
industrial complex will speak out against the destructive impacts of 
imprisonment by sharing their own experiences and reading statements 
from their loved ones inside prison.

Since the fall of 2011, a surge of people power has been growing in 
the US and worldwide, as thousands of people have been mobilizing 
protests against gross social and economic inequality. At the same 
time the Occupy movement gained steam in October of last year, 12,000 
prisoners were participating in the second wave of a massive hunger 
strike against California's notorious prison system. 
actions continue inside California prisons, with dozens of prisoners 
at Corcoran State Prisons' Administrative Segregation Unit refusing 
food in protest to the conditions of their confinement again.

California Hunger Strike representatives imprisoned in the Security 
Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison, who launched the historic 
hunger strike in July, have written a statement of solidarity which 
Hunger Strike Solidarity will read at Occupy 4 Prisoners' February 
20th demonstration outside San Quentin:

    "Corporate Amerika has coalesced its efforts around the 
exploitation of human beings, while using the political apparatus of 
the U.S. government, federal, state and local to institute policies 
that set in motion the creation of a corporate police state, which 
has targeted the poor as a surplus for incarceration and exploitation.

    Those of us housed in solitary confinement throughout California 
and Amerika, support "Occupy Wall Street" and understand the 
necessity to resist against corporate greed.  We will no longer 
willingly accept the subjugation, oppression and exploitation of humanity.

     Banks and the prison industrial complex are corporate empires 
that prey on the souls of humanity. Therefore we officially join you 
all in Struggle. One Love, One Struggle!"

Prisoners in the forefront of the struggle against imprisonment have 
continuously braved abuse, torture and retaliation by prison 
administration and have reminded us of how necessary support outside 
of prison truly is. Let's match this courage and amplify the voices 
of prisoners and their loved ones--those who have been systematically 
denied a voice for far too long-- to further struggles against 
imprisonment, the loss of jobs, racism, the denial of good education 
and decent healthcare.

Come out on February 20th & support prisoners!

for a list of national actions.
In Struggle,
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

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