All are invited to the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker House annual Christmas morning witness and caroling at Central Prison at 10 A.M. We will rally around the perimeter of the prison on Christmas morning to sing carols. River Rhythms will also be there to make a joyful noise. We hold a big Merry Christmas sign and bring the only cheer the inmates get on Christmas (The warden does not allow visiting on Christmas to give more guards the day off). Singing starts around 10 am. Believe me, this is a great way to remember what the season is about. Peace and Blessings, Patrick O’Neill
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Friends, family, and comrades,
For several years now, thousands of people have gathered on New Year’s Eve at jails and prisons around the world to show our solidarity with the struggles of those inside and our hatred for prisons and the world that creates them, and to dedicate the following year to abolishing this modern-day plantation system. (more…)
From Anarchist News
Outside Prisons, Jails, & Detention Centers around the World
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 last year, & remains relevant 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.
Prison has a long history within capital, being one of the most archaic forms of prolonged torture and punishment. It has been used to kill some slowly and torture those unwanted – delinquents to the reigning order – who have no need of fitting within the predetermined mold of society. (more…)
On October 6th, NC HEAT is organizing a local day of action as part of Dignity In School’s National Week of Action against school push-out. Please join us at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School for a march to Central Prison at 4pm. This event is raising the issue of the school to prison pipeline and school push-out policies. (more…)
On Sunday July 29th at 1pm there will be a demonstration outside of Central Prison at 1300 Western Blvd. in Raleigh and at the Division of Prisons offices (located behind Central) in solidarity with prisoners hunger striking across North Carolina. This action follows a massive and similar strike in GA as well a sit down labor action in the kitchens at Central last December.
Prisoners have expressed demands around a variety of conditions, ranging from the absence of law libraries and unsanitary and inadequate food and medical care to the censorship of mail to abuse by guards and the use of solitary confinement for political intimidation.
Folks are encouraged to bring their own banners and signs, flags, and noisemaking devices. It’ll be hot, so bring water (and extra points for coordinated black and red umbrellas!).
If you’re unable to make it to Raleigh for the demo, please consider organizing your own demonstration at a local jail or prison in your area. You can also send your group’s name in as a supporter of the strike to email@example.com where we’ll post it on our website. (Feel free to draft your own statement as well).
until every cage is empty,
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The protesters say eight prisoners have been in solitary confinement since December when they staged a sit-down strike over work conditions in the prison kitchen.
The men inside are known as the “Strong 8.” (more…)
On December 16th, 15 prisoners working in the kitchens at Central Prison, in Raleigh, sat down on the job in protest of the hours, lack of gain time, and working conditions. Prisoners in these kitchens are made to work ten hours a day, seven days a week. The strikers refused to go back to work until questions were answered regarding their hours and gain time. Instead of addressing their concerns, the head kitchen corrections officer told the men to, “get [their] sorry asses back to work,” and called in for backup. This is the same facility where a scandalous media report on conditions in the mental health ward forced Warden Branker into early retirement. (more…)
On February 20th, Durham joined dozens of other cities around the US as part of a national day of action against the prison-industrial complex. At 5:30 a little over 50 people gathered around in front of the Durham jail to express our love and solidarity with prison rebels everywhere.
People waved black flags, banged on drums and pots and pans, chanted, and held banners, while prisoners in orange jumpsuits filled the windows to look and wave. (more…)
At 8pm on December 31st, Durham joined a long list of dozens (and perhaps hundreds?) of towns and cities around the world to protest prisons and jails on New Year’s Eve. Done to raise prisoners’ spirits and dedicate the year toward fighting the State, folks screamed at the walls, banged on drums, chanted “Our Passion for Freedom is Stronger than their Prisons”, and banged on street signs.
Police showed up soon, but were more or less hands off. Prisoners reacted by banging on windows and flashing lighters in unison with the music from their cells. At the end of the demo, the crowd lied down in the street to spell a giant, human “HAPPY NEW YR” with their bodies, so as to be visible from the top floors of the 7 story building.
See short videos of the demo (note these were taken on a cell phone, so are not high quality, but give you an idea of the NOISE)
A list of some of the cities participating can be found at http://anarchistnews.org/node/21236
The original call for the demos can be found at http://www.anarchistnews.org/node/19695?asid=a34bff6a
Much love to prison rebels everywhere!
Until every cage is empty…