December 10, 2010 marks the next International Human Rights Day. We have
seen the State systematically expand the Prison-Industrial Complex (PIC)
as part of its larger efforts to further enrich the elite at the expense
of communities and individuals both within the empire and throughout the
world. Building on the momentum we created at the United States Social
Forum last June, we are committed to 2010 marking a renewed, coordinated
campaign to challenge and dismantle the oppressive penal system that
destroys our communities, families and lives.
This International Human Rights Day, connect your local struggle to
struggles throughout the United States! Organize an action for on or
around December 10, any action at all–a demonstration, a film
screening, a skill share, a letter writing night, a direct action, a
fundraiser for political prisoners/prisoners of war, a free meal,
anything you want. Plan it well, make it big, show your friends and
neighbors the strength we have when we join together to take on this system!
Then show the rest of the movement how successful you have been! We have
launched a new website to help unite our struggles and document our
strengths, successes, challenges and hard-learned lessons from the
frontlines of the battle against the PIC: https://unprison.wordpress.com.
Help us build this website by sending us your photos, videos and
narratives of your action!
Check out the website for more info about this new group, how you and
your organization can join up and how you can post your action to the
website for everyone to see. We hold regular conference calls so that
everyone can be a part of our work.
Our next national conference call is on:
Monday, November 29
6pm EST/3pm PST
Phone Number: 605.477.2100
Access Code: 164607#
Organizers from the US Social Forum Anti-Prison People’s Movement Assembly
* About us:
We formed through the Prison Justice People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) at
the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit. Organizers from around the country
joined together to host the PMA and take some steps towards building a
more unified resistance to the Prison-Industrial Complex and its effects
on our communities and lives. Since the Forum, we have been working to
create an infrastructure through which we can continue strengthening our
individual organizing while benefiting from the skills we can share with
each other and the ways in which our work intersects. In all our work,
we are dedicated to creating solutions and organizing campaigns that are
directed by the people most affected by the PIC, such as poor people,
people of color, queer and trans people, women, political prisoners
(PPs) and prisoners of war (POWs), and formerly incarcerated people. We
call on all individuals and organizations engaged in this struggle to
fight against systemic oppression within their own communities and
relationships in addition to countering the PIC. The fight against
oppression begins within, and we cannot free our prisoners if we are
oppressing each other and aiding the State in its efforts to oppress and
destroy our communities.
* This call to action endorsed by:
EWOK! (Earth Warriors are OK!), Resistance in Brooklyn, the RNC 8
Defense Committee, the Scott & Carrie Support Committee (SCSC), the Wild
Poppies Collective, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, Justice for Shifa
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- Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon (f33dyourhead.wordpress.com)
- Amnesty International Welcomes Suu Kyi Release but Urges Myanmar to Release Other Prisoners of Conscience (prnewswire.com)
- “Grab your popcorn, theres a new documentary out that looks like required viewing” (narmer.wordpress.com)
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