Are you furious about the arrest and detainment of over 900 people during the G20 weekend in June?
Are you angry about the detention and detainment of ten of thousands every year in immigration detention centres in the city? Want to end forced incarceration of people with disabilities in provinicial institutions, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities and other abusive institutions?
Are you concerned about the over-representation of racialized people, indigenous people, disabled people, poor people, women and trans people and people without status in the prison industrial complex?
SO ARE WE!
Prisoners' Justice Week Event Listings:
1. The Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force will be co-sponsoring an event to mark Prisoners' Justice Day on August 10th at Holy Trinity Church (Eaton Centre) between 11 am and 6 pm. We shall gather on this day to honour every inmate of prisons everywhere and hope you will be able to join us. For those who chose to fast in solidarity with those inside, we will break our fast with dinner at 6 pm. RSVP by August 6th to Garry 905.460.5274
2. CHRY 105.5 FM is planning a day of special programming for Prisoners' Justice Day on August 10th.
3. PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY -
Speakers, performances, vigil
August 10th, 2010 6:30-9pm
Don Jail (550 Gerrard St E.)
What is Prisoners' Justice Day?
It is a day of protest against all deaths in custody, the inhumane use of solitary confinement, racist policing, the detention and deportation of immigrants and refugees, the taking of land through colonization and the criminalization of First Nations defence of their territories, the denial of justice for Aboriginal women and transpeople, the disabling effects of prison, the cruelty of psychiatric incarceration, poverty and homelessness, the separation of families, security certificates, tasers for prison guards and cops, the medical neglect of prisoners with HIV/AIDS, the incarceration of people who use drugs, the incarceration of sex workers and the lack of harm reduction in prison.
It is a call for alternatives to incarceration - at a time when governments are enacting repressive U.S. style get-tough-on-crime laws to build more prisons despite a falling crime rate. Join us for speakers, performers and a candlelight vigil at dusk when we read the names of prisoners who have died.
3.DROP G20 CHARGES! RESISTING THE CRIMINALIZATION OF DISSENT
August 17 · 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location Room 116, Wallberg building
200 College Street
For two days at the end of June, the Police led a coordinated armed assault against Toronto's civil population. Community organizers were in particular targeted. Mobilizations for justice, for dignity and for self-determination were infiltrated, harassed and intimidated. A Canada wide response is at hand as people fight to have the criminal charges dropped and to continue the struggle against the G20's anti-people and anti-environment policies. (Support the Legal Defence Fund! http://g20.torontomobilize.org/support)
To understand why people mobilized against the G20 and how organizers were targeted; to hear accounts of police brutality and repression; and to understand the political nature of the bail conditions, the criminalization of dissent and ways to support the people facing charges, join us for an informative panel and discussion.
This event is focused towards activists, grassroots organizers and people who are interested in knowing more and acting in solidarity with local struggles and defendants.
All funds raised will be directed to the Legal Defence Fund.
To endorse this event, please email
Sponsored by: Hussan Freedom Committee, Ontario Public Interest Research Group - Toronto
4. DJ Bloc- DJs for Prisoners-
a night of music and dance to raise money to for legal fees for those detained during the G20 arrests-
August 25, 2010,
Featuring Cozmic Cat, Nik Red, Lover Sun and more!
August 23rd is the next mass court date for G20 detainees: need to provide court support and solidarity (more info to come soon)
Early September- Panel discussion to make links between G20 and penal abolition/prisoners' right issues/ everyday police brutality/repression (more info to come soon)
Film screening- mini Prisoners' Justice Film Festival!
LET THEM GO!
NO MORE PRiSONS!
FREE OUR FRIENDS!
No to the police state!
Andrea Ritchie (of Incite! and Safe and Streetsmart, NYC) passed on this kick-ASS toolkit on police violence against women and trans people of color : http://www.incite-national.org/index.php?s=103http%3A%2F%2Fwww.incite-national.org%2Findex.php%3Fs%3D103
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