According to me…..


This is actually where I’m going tomorrow..
but I just got this email and it’s mentioned below… South Riverdale
for a meal then a march to Don Jail. 🙂

PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY 2010

August 10th, 2010 marks the 35th anniversary of Prisoners Justice Day.
On August 10th, 1974 Eddie Nalon bled to death in a solitary confinement unit at Millhaven Penitentiary in Kingston, Ontario.
The emergency call button in his cell failed to work.
An inquest into his death found that many call buttons in the unit were broken.
The guards had also deactivated the receiving mechanism in the control tower.
In 1975 on the first anniversary of Eddie’s death, prisoners at Millhaven went on a one-day hunger strike,
refused work and held a memorial service, even at risk of punishment.

On May 21, 1976 another prisoner, Bobby Landers, died in the same
segregation unit at Millhaven. Landers, active in the struggle for
Prisoners Rights at Archambault Penitentiary, was involuntarily
transferred to Millhaven and thrown in the hole.  He had a heart attack,
but the call buttons had still not been repaired and staff ignored his pleas.

Prisoners continue to observe August 10th each year. Community groups and family members gather outside prisons in solidarity.
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 distructive effects of prison, poverty and homelessness, the separation of families, security certificates,
tasers for prison guards and cops, the over-incarceration for people who use drugs or involved in sex work,
the over-incarceration of people living with disabilities (especially people with mental health issues and learning disabilities)
and the medical neglect of prisoners with HIV/AIDS and the lack of harm reduction in prison.
We would also like to highlight the incarceration of people with disabilities in provincial
institutions, nursing homes, psychiatric facilitites and other abusive institutions.
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.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 6:30pm
Outside the Toronto Don Jail 550 Gerrard Street East

*Join us for speakers, performers and a candlelight vigil at dusk when we
read the names of those we have lost to the prison system.

Other events on August 10th include:

August 10th is the day prisoners and their supporters honour the memory of
those who have died in prison, and express solidarity with those who
demand changes to a criminal justice system that dehumanizes and
brutalizes them.  As members of the community we are reminded to “hate the
sin – yet love the sinner”, and so we shall gather on this day to honour
every inmate of prisons everywhere and hope you will be able to join us.

Please join us as we honour Prisoners Justice Day

Tuesday August 10, 2010
11 am – 6 pm
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
(10 Trinity Square, Bay & Queen – behind the Eaton Centre)

Sponsored by:
Toronto Bishop’s Working Group on Justice and Corrections
The Bridge Prison Ministry
John Howard Society – Toronto
Toronto Restorative Justice Conference
Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
South Riverdale Community Health Center
August 10th 2010 marks the 35th year of Prisoners Justice Day. On this day
we remember those who have died behind bars. It is a day where prisoners
refuse to work, and communities come together to publicly oppose prison,
police violence, and the criminalization of our communities.

A vigil, discussion and free supper will be held at South Riverdale
Community Health Centre on August 10th  from 4-5:30 pm in the A/B room.
Afterwards we will walk in procession to the Don Jail for the 6:30pm
vigil.
Please share this information with community members and partner
organizations. All staff and community members are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in volunteering with food preparation and set-up
for this event, please let us know.
Molly Bannerman – mbannerman@srchc.com
Zoe Dodd – zdodd@srchc.com
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
955 Queen Street East, Toronto at Carlaw Street
———————
June 14, 1976
To all Prisoners and Concerned Peoples from across Canada:

On August 10th, 1976, the Prisoners of Millhaven Maximum Security Prison
will stage a one day hunger strike in remembrance of our two fallen
comrades, EDWARD NALON and ROBERT LANDERS, who died in Millhaven
segregation  on August 10th, 1974 and May 21st, 1976, respectively, and in
remembrance of all our fellow comrades and brothers and sisters from
prisons across the country who died in the hands of an apathetic prison
system and its people.Furthermore, it is a protest against the Millhaven
Administration, the Canadian Penitentiary Service, and the Members of
Parliament for their continued indifference to the recommendation of the
Inquest Jury made at the inquest into Edward Nalon´s death. The
recommendations concerned Emergency First Aid Procedure, medical and
psychiatric treatment for solitary confinement prisoners and that the
emergency signal systems in the cells and the time clock which assures
regularity in range patrols be made functional and that steps be taken to
provide that they remain functional. None of these recommendations were
enacted by the above mentioned authorities.We protest against the
continuous inhumane use of solitary confinement  and the repeated
whitewashing by spineless individuals in the Government who are forever
having inquiries into the use of solitary and its effects on a person´s
mental and physical state and then hide the real facts of its use from the
people.We call upon our Brothers and Sisters from all prisons across the
country, and upon all concerned peoples of Canada, to give their support
to our one day hunger strike in remembrance of our comrades and to UNITE
AS

ONE VOICE IN OUR STRUGGLE for better understanding…compassion and EQUAL
JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Signed, Jack McNeil & Howard Brown
For the Prisoners of Millhaven

**
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON  M5A 1R6
416-925-6939  ocap@tao.ca http://www.ocap.ca

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Comments on: "PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY 2010" (6)

  1. Oohhh…after tonight? It goes so much deeper than I thought of….

    I’ll be doing another post. LOL With pix, of course.. and I’ll come and comment properly to this… had to sort thru 60 odd emails and 271 pix when I got home…I’m done in!

    Have a wonderful night!

    Ps…rode my bike to your tunes… was most lovely!

  2. I’m with you… I was of two minds on this.
    We’ve discussed prisoners before, you and I.

    BUT… I think what came to mind when I first decided to do this was the awful conditions that our fine police stuffed people into when they did their mass arresting for the G20. There were reported to be only 100 black bloc members causing all the problems… (I only saw about 30)… and the day that all the trouble went down… they were not even touched. Yet over the next few days, a thousand! people were arrested. People out shopping, news people, lawyers (well, that’s not so bad lol ), you name it… and stuff into tiny cages with no washrooms, phone calls or food…

    And after reading about folks dying in there because emergency buttons aren’t working, and these are in jails that have been in place for years…not just set up overnight to handle overflow… it’s atrocious. I guess if the jails are going to hold folks, then they should at least get the basic right of medical health if they are having a heart attack. I don’t think these were hard core killers… or whatnot.

    🙂 And you are right. You have to consider their backgrounds… we are, most of us, products of our personal societies. Sadly. And throwing folks in jail never rehabilitates them… it helps them learn new coping skills according to their peers on the inside.

    And now, to top it off, they are shutting down (have shut down) the prison farms. Farms where prisoners go to work and they provide food for prisoners… I don’t know enough on that topic to be upset – but people were protesting it. The gov said it cost too much…. pfft. That’s what they say about everything here.
    🙂
    Have a most wonderful day! xox

    • You’ve touched on a very important point there T – Prisoners working on farms is a great idea and would do far more to rehabilitate than confinement.
      In fact I’d be inclined to get far more prisoners working, they can pay with labour for their crimes, also they can gain important skills for outside life; along with having some purposeful reason for getting up in the mornings.
      But to reduce or stop this type of program seems like a short sighted and hard lined policy.

      Respect and Peace!
      @dam

  3. Hope you have a great day T.
    At first when I started reading this post, I had mixed feelings about it.
    But as I read I understood more about the struggle and the reasons behind it.
    Thanks for sharing this and helping me understand the broader picture, I think an awful lot of those in prisons have had very difficult lives and are themselves victims of a broken society.

    Respect and Peace!
    @dam.

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