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Solidarity shines brightly on New Year’s Eve

durham1From Amplify Voices

I think the protest on the 31st is an awesome idea. This jail is pretty messed up…It is as if it’s a game to them–’I wonder how much time I can take from them today?’ It’s pathetic.”–Durham jail prisoner

Me and my cell mate will be looking for you all on New Year’s Eve.” –another Durham prisoner

Prisoners at Durham County Detention Center saw and heard demonstrators on New Year’s Eve, as dozens of people joined together to drum, chant, dance, and light up the night sky and show their solidarity with those locked up in Durham and around the world. Carrying signs and banners with messages such as “Outside to Inside: You are not forgotten,” “Prison: Slave Ships on Dry Land,” “(Love) for All Prison Rebels,” and “Happy New Year to All Humans,” the demonstrators continued their percussion, dancing and skateboarding for nearly two hours, bringing tidings of love and rage to three different sides of the jail, to facilitate maximum exposure to inmates. In addition to the steady and raucous noise made by drums, pie tins, kazoos, and other noisemakers, a number of paper lanterns were launched into the night sky at different points in the evening, making for a beautiful scene and an apt metaphor: the fire of freedom burns strongly inside and outside for as far as the eye can see–and beyond.

“It was awesome,” a first-time New Year’s Eve demonstrator said afterward. “Everyone had a lot of energy, and the drums are really loud.”


This New Year’s Eve, show prisoners your love and rage!

nye-noise-demo-drum-12-31-2011 December 31st, 7:30pm at the jail in downtown Durham, 217 S. Mangum St.

A ban on pencils in cells. A one-hour decrease in rec time, unexplained. C.O Brutality covered up. An inmate death barely mentioned. Arbitrary rules on visitor IDs. And all of this on top of the usual: innutritious food, exorbitant phone and commissary prices, medical inattention and long detentions without court appearances.

But many prisoners at the Durham jail haven’t been taking this repression sitting down, and in fact have come together in the past year to protest these conditions through various means, including petitions, slow downs, and by writing about their experiences (check out: amplifyvoices.com). Please come to show your support and solidarity with them and all prisoners and your commitment to doing what you can to tear down the walls in 2014. (more…)

Global Noise Demo for Prisoner Solidarity: New Year’s Eve 2013/14

canibalInside and Outside Prisons, Jails, & Detention Centers around the World

from Anarchist News

This event is inspired by the North American call out for a day of action against prisons in the New Year of 2010/2011, which happened again in 2011/2012 and again last year, & remains relevantly unchanged.

Noise demos outside of prisons in some countries are a continuing tradition. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cells our enemies create, but it does not have to stop at that. (more…)

Raleigh: March Planned from School to Prison

flyer push back against pushoutsFrom NC H.E.A.T Event Page

Friday, October 4th @ 4pm

Meet @ Washington Elementary 1000 Fayetteville St. in Raleigh

March To Central Prison

As part of Dignity in School’s National Week of Action Against School Pushout, NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) and the Youth Organizing Institute are calling for a MARCH & SPEAK-OUT against the School-to-Prison pipeline.

This is the Second Annual march, led by NC HEAT members.

The march will start with a speak out at Washington Elementary in Raleigh (1000 Fayetteville St.) and proceed to Central Prison for a demonstration with music, drums and raised voices!…

Bring friends, signs and noisemakers, and WEAR YOUR BACKPACKS! Show up to push back against school pushouts! (more…)

Announcing 2nd Durham March for Trayvon

freewayThere will be a second march in Durham this evening (Tuesday) at 7pm, starting at the new Courthouse on Dillard St. close to the Durham Jail in downtown.
On Sunday, along with dozens of other rallies and marches around the country, a diverse crowd of hundreds of Durham residents rallied and took the streets, marching to the jail, where they were met with prisoners banging on their windows. In call and response, people screamed “Trayvon – Martin” and “No Justice, No Peace! Fuck the Police!” Energy was high, and folks were enthusiastic to continue the momentum.
Since that night, protests have continued around the country. Most recently, crowds of hundreds and maybe thousands in Houston, TX and Oakland, CA have taken over major freeways in their cities. The tactic has piggybacked off of a similar takeover in LA on Sunday; a trend is emerging.
As multiracial crowds around the country continue to gather, its become clear that this struggle will not dissappear, and that it is about something bigger than just the racist exoneration of a single wannabe cop. This is about the entire system of justice and control and policing, about how in this country poor people’s lives are considered basically worthless.
Please show up tonight at 7pm if you can. Spread the word by whatever networks you can. The struggle lives on.

FREE ALL MOTHERS! A Reportback from the Mother’s Day Noise Demo

IMG_1311On Mother’s Day, May 12th, between 50 and 75 people met up in Raleigh to show their solidarity with women at NCCIW and RCCW, two of the largest women’s facilities in the state. The demo was part of a national call-out initiated by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective. Noise Demonstrations also happened outside prisons and jails in Bloomington IN, Pittsburgh PA, New York City and Muskegon MI. In Raleigh anti-prison activists, anarchists, Catholic Workers, and others, ranging in age from 5 to at least 70, banged on drums and pots and pans, carried signs and black flags, and lofted banners that read “Free All Mothers,” “ACAB,” and “Love for All Prison Rebels.” (more…)

Sunday, May 12th, Raleigh: Mother’s Day Noise Demo

mothers in prison

Free All Mothers!

Mother’s Day Anti-Prison Noise Demo

– Sunday, May 12th,  3pm

Meet at State St. and Bragg St. in Raleigh.

For Carpool Information Please email: ppbirthday@riseup.net

– Spread the word!!!

We’ll be breaking the isolation and monotony of the women in the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women and the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (a prison next door to RCCW). Together these two prisons have almost 1,500 women, almost all of them mothers. RCCW is the state’s largest prison with 1,288 women including women’s death row.

Bring banners,drums, pots and pans, your voice, your love for those inside and your anger for the walls that separate us. (more…)

Global Noise Demo: Mother’s Day 2013

DrumsGlobal Noise Demo: Mother’s Day 2013

outside & inside prisons, jails, and detention centers everywhere that hold women captive.

Mother’s Day began not just as a day to honor mothers, but as a day for mothers to express solidarity with one another and against the wars that left widows and orphans impoverished. This Mother’s Day,  May 12th, in honor of this tradition, we are calling for a global day of solidarity with incarcerated mothers and against a penal system that disproportionately cages people based on race, class, and gender non-conformity.

The US prison system incarcerates 113,000 women, 85,000 are mothers.  This injustice system leaves 15,000 parents bereft of their adult daughters and thus responsible for raising their grandchildren. Many of the children of incarcerated mothers become wards of the state, beginning a cycle all too familiar to imprisoned women–most of the women in prison who were removed from their own families as children report being abused in the foster and institutionalized care imposed by the state and a staggering 75% of women prisoners are survivors of sexual violence.

Noise demonstrations outside of prisons are a growing tradition–a way of expressing solidarity with people imprisoned, sharing joy and celebration within struggle, and remembering those held captive by the state. Mother’s Day is, without exaggeration, the most emotional day in women’s prisons. Few imprisoned mothers will receive a visit from their children this year–let alone on this day. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cell walls, but we cannot stop there. The captivity of women does not begin inside those walls, but rather with the threats of poverty and violence outside them. Liberation means an end to the abusive economic systems that devalue human needs and relationships, reducing our mothers to wage slaves and commodities for others’ profits. (more…)

Durham New Year’s Eve Demo: Noise, More Noise, and Lots of Rage


Joining dozens of similar demonstrations around North America and the world, on New Year’s Eve fifty or so comrades and several family members of inmates met up at 7:30 pm at the jail in downtown Durham to show our rage and hatred for the prison system, and our solidarity with prisoners on the inside. Armed with black flags, pots and pans, a drum corps, and numerous banners (“Against Prisons,” “Solidarity with Prisoners Everywhere,” “Total Liberation from Domination,” “Love for All Prison Rebels,”) we chanted, screamed, and directed a cacophonous melody of anger at the guards changing shifts. It was subtly amplified by the shouts and banging of prisoners from the small plexiglass windows of their cells, whose faces were visible as dark silhouettes standing out against the modernist architectural gloom of the building complex. (more…)