U.S. National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners, Monday Feb 20th | Bay Area ‘Occupy San Quentin’

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National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

By Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

On Monday, February 20th, over 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.

Mumia hugs his wife, Wadiya Jamal, right, and his lawyer, Rachel Wolkenstein, on Feb. 6, shortly after his release from solitary confinement, where, for 30 years, he was not allowed to touch another human being. Currently, over 80,000 prisoners in the U.S. are held in that kind of profound isolation and sensory deprivation (Source: San Francisco Bay View).

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. Strike 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 Prisoner 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!

Click here for a list of national actions.

Sources: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity | SF Bay View (photo)

 

San Quentin is the oldest prison and the one with the only death row for male prisoners in California. It has the biggest death row in the U.S. As of 2008, San Quentin had an occupancy rate over 170%.

 

Occupy Oakland is participating in the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

Where: San Quentin Prison, East Gate

When: Monday, February 20, 2012 (President’s Day), 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM

Transportation: Meet at 10:00 AM for bus/carpool at 14th & Broadway in Oakland, or at 1540 Market & Van Ness in San Francisco, http://www.occupy4prisoners.org

Web site/More information: http://www.occupy4prisoners.org

Contact: occupy4prisoners@gmail.com

In the Bay Area we will “Occupy San Quentin,” to stand in solidarity with the people confined within its walls and to demand the end of incarceration as a means of containing those dispossessed by unjust social policies. Prisons have become a central institution in American society, integral to our politics, economy, and culture. Between 1976 and 2000, the United States built on average one new prison each week, and the number of imprisoned Americans increased tenfold. Prison has made the threat of torture part of everyday life for millions of individuals in the United States, especially the 7.3 million people (who are disproportionately people of color) currently incarcerated or under correctional supervision.

Sources: Emmanuel Saez and The Street Light.

Imprisonment itself is a form of torture. The typical American prison, juvenile hall, and detainment camp is designed to maximize degradation, brutalization, and dehumanization. Mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. Between 1970 and 1995, the incarceration of African Americans increased 7 times. Currently, African Americans make up 12% of the population in the U.S., but 53% of the nation’s prison population. There are more African Americans under correctional control today, in prison or in jail, on probation or on parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.

The prison system is the most visible example of policies of punitive containment of the most marginalized and oppressed in our society. Prior to incarceration, 2/3′s of all prisoners lived in conditions of economic hardship, while the perpetrators of white collar crime largely go free. In addition, the Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that in 2008 alone, there was a loss in economic input associated with people released from prison equal to $57 to $65 billion.

Join us in listening to the voices of people in prisons and those who have had firsthand experience within the prison industry. There will be a full program based on the reading of statements written by people in prisons, other presentations, and music. Bring banners, solidarity, and a willingness to listen and learn about what is happening inside our prison system and why we need to stand up and demand change. We ask that the spirit of solidarity with people in prisons, their loved ones, and formerly incarcerated people, create a safe space for all on February 20th.

End mass incarceration

  • Abolish Inhumane Conditions and Torture
  • Abolish Unjust Sentences Including the Death Penalty, Life Without Possibility of Parole, Three Strikes
  • Stand in solidarity with Prisoner Movements for Human Rights
  • Free Political Prisoners
  • End Repression of Activists
  • Develop People Not Prisons

Called for by prisoners, sponsored by Occupy Oakland.

Endorsed by:
Angela Davis * Elaine Brown * All of Us or None * Critical Resistance * Campaign to End the Death Penalty * California Coalition for Women Prisoners * Kevin Cooper Defense Committee * Oscar Grant Committee * Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal * Iraq Veterans Against the War – SF Bay Area Chapter * STW Legacy Network * San Francisco Bay View Newspaper * and many others.

Joined by actions in:

Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Eureka, CA; Fresno, CA; Indio, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Washington, DC, and the list is growing.  Click here to find details about actions in your area.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/occupy4prisoners

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@occupy4prisoner

 

 Source: Occupy Oakland | Haiti Chery (inserted figures)

 

Related:
Schoolhouse to Jailhouse: Children of Color Under Arrest in U.S.
– Racist Incarceration Regime Enabled by U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
America is a Fascist State Because it is Racist

 

National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

By Staff
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

On Monday, February 20th, over 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. Strike 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 Prisoner 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!

Click here for a list of national actions.

Source: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

 

 

Occupy Oakland is participating in the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

WHERE: San Quentin Prison, East Gate

WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2012 (President’s Day), 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM

TRANSPORTATION: Meet at 10:00 AM for bus/carpool at 14th & Broadway in Oakland, or at 1540 Market & Van Ness in San Francisco, http://occupy4prisoners.org

WEBSITE/MORE INFORMATION: www.occupy4prisoners.org

CONTACT: occupy4
prisoners@gmail.com

In the Bay Area we will “Occupy San Quentin,” to stand in solidarity with the people confined within its walls and to demand the end of incarceration as a means of containing those dispossessed by unjust social policies. Prisons have become a central institution in American society, integral to our politics, economy, and culture. Between 1976 and 2000, the United States built on average one new prison each week, and the number of imprisoned Americans increased tenfold. Prison has made the threat of torture part of everyday life for millions of individuals in the United States, especially the 7.3 million people (who are disproportionately people of color) currently incarcerated or under correctional supervision.

Imprisonment itself is a form of torture. The typical American prison, juvenile hall, and detainment camp is designed to maximize degradation, brutalization, and dehumanization. Mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. Between 1970 and 1995, the incarceration of African Americans increased 7 times. Currently, African Americans make up 12% of the population in the U.S., but 53% of the nation’s prison population. There are more African Americans under correctional control today, in prison or in jail, on probation or on parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.

The prison system is the most visible example of policies of punitive containment of the most marginalized and oppressed in our society. Prior to incarceration, 2/3′s of all prisoners lived in conditions of economic hardship, while the perpetrators of white collar crime largely go free. In addition, the Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that in 2008 alone, there was a loss in economic input associated with people released from prison equal to $57 to $65 billion.

Join us in listening to the voices of people in prisons and those who have had firsthand experience within the prison industry. There will be a full program based on the reading of statements written by people in prisons, other presentations, and music. Bring banners, solidarity, and a willingness to listen and learn about what is happening inside our prison system and why we need to stand up and demand change. We ask that the spirit of solidarity with people in prisons, their loved ones, and formerly incarcerated people, create a safe space for all on February 20th.

END MASS INCARCERATION
*Abolish Inhumane Conditions and Torture
*Abolish Unjust Sentences Including the Death Penalty, Life Without Possibility of Parole, Three Strikes
*Solidarity with Prisoner Movements for Human Rights
*Free Political Prisoners
*End Repression of Activists
*Development of People Not Prisons

Called for by prisoners, sponsored by Occupy Oakland.

Endorsed by:
Angela Davis * Elaine Brown * All of Us or None * Critical Resistance * Campaign to End the Death Penalty * California Coalition for Women Prisoners * Kevin Cooper Defense Committee * Oscar Grant Committee * Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal * Iraq Veterans Against the War – SF Bay Area Chapter * STW Legacy Network * San Francisco Bay View Newspaper * and many others.

Joined by actions in:

Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Eureka, CA; Fresno, CA; Indio, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Washington, DC, and the list is growing.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/occupy4prisoners
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@occupy4prisoner

 

 

National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

By Staff
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

On Monday, February 20th, over 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. Strike 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 Prisoner 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!

Click here for a list of national actions.

Source: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

 

 

Occupy Oakland is participating in the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

WHERE: San Quentin Prison, East Gate

WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2012 (President’s Day), 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM

TRANSPORTATION: Meet at 10:00 AM for bus/carpool at 14th & Broadway in Oakland, or at 1540 Market & Van Ness in San Francisco, http://occupy4prisoners.org

WEBSITE/MORE INFORMATION: www.occupy4prisoners.org

CONTACT: occupy4
prisoners@gmail.com

In the Bay Area we will “Occupy San Quentin,” to stand in solidarity with the people confined within its walls and to demand the end of incarceration as a means of containing those dispossessed by unjust social policies. Prisons have become a central institution in American society, integral to our politics, economy, and culture. Between 1976 and 2000, the United States built on average one new prison each week, and the number of imprisoned Americans increased tenfold. Prison has made the threat of torture part of everyday life for millions of individuals in the United States, especially the 7.3 million people (who are disproportionately people of color) currently incarcerated or under correctional supervision.

Imprisonment itself is a form of torture. The typical American prison, juvenile hall, and detainment camp is designed to maximize degradation, brutalization, and dehumanization. Mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. Between 1970 and 1995, the incarceration of African Americans increased 7 times. Currently, African Americans make up 12% of the population in the U.S., but 53% of the nation’s prison population. There are more African Americans under correctional control today, in prison or in jail, on probation or on parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.

The prison system is the most visible example of policies of punitive containment of the most marginalized and oppressed in our society. Prior to incarceration, 2/3′s of all prisoners lived in conditions of economic hardship, while the perpetrators of white collar crime largely go free. In addition, the Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that in 2008 alone, there was a loss in economic input associated with people released from prison equal to $57 to $65 billion.

Join us in listening to the voices of people in prisons and those who have had firsthand experience within the prison industry. There will be a full program based on the reading of statements written by people in prisons, other presentations, and music. Bring banners, solidarity, and a willingness to listen and learn about what is happening inside our prison system and why we need to stand up and demand change. We ask that the spirit of solidarity with people in prisons, their loved ones, and formerly incarcerated people, create a safe space for all on February 20th.

END MASS INCARCERATION
*Abolish Inhumane Conditions and Torture
*Abolish Unjust Sentences Including the Death Penalty, Life Without Possibility of Parole, Three Strikes
*Solidarity with Prisoner Movements for Human Rights
*Free Political Prisoners
*End Repression of Activists
*Development of People Not Prisons

Called for by prisoners, sponsored by Occupy Oakland.

Endorsed by:
Angela Davis * Elaine Brown * All of Us or None * Critical Resistance * Campaign to End the Death Penalty * California Coalition for Women Prisoners * Kevin Cooper Defense Committee * Oscar Grant Committee * Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal * Iraq Veterans Against the War – SF Bay Area Chapter * STW Legacy Network * San Francisco Bay View Newspaper * and many others.

Joined by actions in:

Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Eureka, CA; Fresno, CA; Indio, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Washington, DC, and the list is growing.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/occupy4prisoners
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@occupy4prisoner

 

 

National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

By Staff
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

On Monday, February 20th, over 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. Strike 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 Prisoner 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!

Click here for a list of national actions.

Source: Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

 

 

Occupy Oakland is participating in the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners

WHERE: San Quentin Prison, East Gate

WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2012 (President’s Day), 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM

TRANSPORTATION: Meet at 10:00 AM for bus/carpool at 14th & Broadway in Oakland, or at 1540 Market & Van Ness in San Francisco, http://occupy4prisoners.org

WEBSITE/MORE INFORMATION: www.occupy4prisoners.org

CONTACT: occupy4
prisoners@gmail.com

In the Bay Area we will “Occupy San Quentin,” to stand in solidarity with the people confined within its walls and to demand the end of incarceration as a means of containing those dispossessed by unjust social policies. Prisons have become a central institution in American society, integral to our politics, economy, and culture. Between 1976 and 2000, the United States built on average one new prison each week, and the number of imprisoned Americans increased tenfold. Prison has made the threat of torture part of everyday life for millions of individuals in the United States, especially the 7.3 million people (who are disproportionately people of color) currently incarcerated or under correctional supervision.

Imprisonment itself is a form of torture. The typical American prison, juvenile hall, and detainment camp is designed to maximize degradation, brutalization, and dehumanization. Mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. Between 1970 and 1995, the incarceration of African Americans increased 7 times. Currently, African Americans make up 12% of the population in the U.S., but 53% of the nation’s prison population. There are more African Americans under correctional control today, in prison or in jail, on probation or on parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.

The prison system is the most visible example of policies of punitive containment of the most marginalized and oppressed in our society. Prior to incarceration, 2/3′s of all prisoners lived in conditions of economic hardship, while the perpetrators of white collar crime largely go free. In addition, the Center for Economic and Policy Research estimated that in 2008 alone, there was a loss in economic input associated with people released from prison equal to $57 to $65 billion.

Join us in listening to the voices of people in prisons and those who have had firsthand experience within the prison industry. There will be a full program based on the reading of statements written by people in prisons, other presentations, and music. Bring banners, solidarity, and a willingness to listen and learn about what is happening inside our prison system and why we need to stand up and demand change. We ask that the spirit of solidarity with people in prisons, their loved ones, and formerly incarcerated people, create a safe space for all on February 20th.

END MASS INCARCERATION
*Abolish Inhumane Conditions and Torture
*Abolish Unjust Sentences Including the Death Penalty, Life Without Possibility of Parole, Three Strikes
*Solidarity with Prisoner Movements for Human Rights
*Free Political Prisoners
*End Repression of Activists
*Development of People Not Prisons

Called for by prisoners, sponsored by Occupy Oakland.

Endorsed by:
Angela Davis * Elaine Brown * All of Us or None * Critical Resistance * Campaign to End the Death Penalty * California Coalition for Women Prisoners * Kevin Cooper Defense Committee * Oscar Grant Committee * Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal * Iraq Veterans Against the War – SF Bay Area Chapter * STW Legacy Network * San Francisco Bay View Newspaper * and many others.

Joined by actions in:

Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Eureka, CA; Fresno, CA; Indio, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Luis Obispo, CA; Washington, DC, and the list is growing.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/occupy4prisoners
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@occupy4prisoner

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