King County Juvenile Detention Center
1211 East Alder Ave
(12th Ave & Alder)in the CD
Meet on 12th at the corner of 12th and Alder.
Saturday July 2nd.
Bring signs/banners, leaflets, noise makers, etc.
Solidarity with Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers!
Solidarity with all prisoners: youth and adult!
On July 1, 2011 prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in California will begin an indefinite hunger strike to protest the conditions of their imprisonment. The hunger strike is being organized by prisoners in an unusual show of racial unity, their five key demands are:
1. Eliminate group punishments.
2. Abolish the debriefing policy and modify active/inactive gang status criteria.
3. Comply with the recommendations of the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in Prisons (2006) regarding an end to longterm solitary confinement.
4. Provide adequate food.
5. Expand and provide constructive programs and privileges for indefinite SHU inmates.
This noise demonstration will be to express solidarity with the Pelican Bay Prisoners as well as the youth imprisoned at King County Juvi to break the isolation that is both a requirement and a function of prisons.
We want both, the youth and the hunger strikers, to know that they are not alone that there are those of us in the outer walls who are saying fuck prisons, down with every prison wall.
This prison society we live in, with every one of its laws, courts, cops, prisons and networks of surveillance, has made it very clear that the 'life' we're supposed to accept is nothing more than a life sentence in an open air prison and upon violation a 'life' of extreme alienation, isolation, and degradation. The hunger strikers recognize this as they continue to refuse the meek existence that the state and capital tries to impose on them.
Prison has a long history within capitalism and governments, as being one of the most archaic forms of prolonged torture and punishment. It has been used to kill some slowly and torture those “undesirables” to the reigning social order - who have do not fit within the predetermined mold of civil society.
Youth, the most anti-establishment social group, are often used as the definition of undesirable. Those in charge are correct in their assumption that the youth are the last to submit, the last to be controlled. In response, they build institutions like, the King County Juvenile Detention Center. The same people that build these prisons are the ones that create poverty and discrimination. They create the conditions of crime and then build the prisons to contain their “criminals”. There is no solving the prison problem because prisons are exactly what this repressive society needs to function: social control and fear. This is why we are not only against prisons but against the whole system that relies on them.
Solidarity with every youth who fights for freedom, and all prisoners, around the world, who refuse to accept forced confinement, isolation and abuse, who dream of the day that we together destroy these walls.