Inspired by Prison Justice Day, hundreds of prisoners started a hunger strike in Toronto on Monday August 9th.
Those being held at the Toronto East Detention Centre are protesting a number of conditions from inadequate healthcare to lack of food to unexplained lockdowns.
Lisa has heard about the conditions inside the jail firsthand. Her boyfriend has been detained there since May.
Stark Raven spoke with Lisa about what is happening inside the detention centre on the first day of the hunger strike.
If you want to offer support, know of media who would be interested in covering the story or know of organizations that could support the prisoners, please email Lisa at lisa84(at)rogers.com.
Prison Justice Day is August 10th and is a day to remember those who have died behind bars and to raise awareness about conditions inside prisons.
Thank you for reading this story...
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all. But media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our only supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help.
If everyone who visits rabble and likes it chipped in a couple of dollars per month, our future would be much more secure and we could do much more: like the things our readers tell us they want to see more of: more staff reporters and more work to complete the upgrade of our website.
We’re asking if you could make a donation, right now, to set rabble on solid footing.