[Ppnews] Occupy for Prisoners National Day of Action
Political Prisoner News
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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.
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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