JOIN US AGAINST THE RACIST PRISON SYSTEM
Date: 31st December 2014
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Place: Brixton Prison, Jebb Avenue, London SW2 5XF
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/621568717969283/
Tube station: Brixton
Bus routes are: 45, 109, 118, 133, 159, and 250
// Bring banners and something you can make some noise with. Drums, pots, pans, sirens, speakers, megaphones, horns. //
Join LCAPSV and others as we protest the racist prison system in the UK, demand change, and let people on the inside know we haven’t forgotten them. We will assemble on the corner of Jebb Avenue and Brixton Hill at 6pm. Then make our way to Brixton Prison, making as much noise as we can. There will be a speak out against detention and prison, and music and poetry.
Black people are killed by the state on the streets, but they are also killed under incarceration. In the UK, one person a week dies in police custody, or following police contact. Jimmy Mubenga was suffocated by racist G4S security guards on an aeroplane. Sean Rigg was asphyxiated in Brixton police station. Ricky Bishop was also killed in police custody at Brixton police station. Sarah Campbell died within hours of arriving at Styal Prison. 15 year old Garthe Myatt was killed by security guards at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre. Between 1969-2011 3,180 individuals have died in custody, whilst in the care of police or prison officials, those running secure psychiatric units, immigration detention centres or whilst they were being deported.
Where they don’t kill you outright, prison and detention takes time from you, isolates you from your community and your family and does the same to your loved ones on the outside. This is not done at random, but is systematically racist in its intent and practice. It is another side of state racism that is elsewhere seen in the racist application of stop and search, immigration law, and extra-judicial killings.
The proportion of people of African-Caribbean and African descent incarcerated here is almost seven times greater to their share of the population. In the United States, the proportion of black prisoners to population is about four times greater.
Incarceration is not only destructive of the lives of black men and women, but also the men, women and children who make up their families, their friends, their lovers and their lives. Every life destroyed inside prison includes many other lives destroyed outside of it.
Noise demos outside of prisons are a continuing tradition across the world. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cells our enemies create, but it does not have to stop at that.