Prison Justice Day 2011

CHRY FM presents…

Special Focus Programming: Prison Justice 2011

To commemorate Prisoners’ Justice Day, CHRY will be featuring interviews throughout August 8 – 14th in a show of solidarity to remember those who have died unnecessarily in prison – victims of murder, suicide and neglect – and to renew public dialogue on prison justice issues today.

This year’s PJD 2011 includes features on:

Marie Mason environmental and labour activist and the Canadian Prison Advocacy & Outreach Coalition (CPAOC)
August 8th on News Now @ 5-6pm

The Cuban Five and Political Prisoners
August 9th on News Now @ 5-6pm

Women’s Rights and DisAbility in Prison
August 10 on Womyn’s Word @ 12-1pm

Wrongful Convictions, Youth Incarceration, and the Angola 3
August 11 on News Now @ 5-6pm

Black Power Movements and the Prison Industrial Complex
August 12th on News Now @ 5-6pm

Prisoner Justice from the African Continent
August 14th on African Perspectives @ 5-6pm

Tune in to CHRY 105.5 FM or http://www.chry.fm
or check out the archives here at the CHRY News & Spoken Word Dept. Blog: chrynews.wordpress.com

PRISONERS’ JUSTICE DAY IS…

…August 10, the day prisoners have set aside as a day to fast and refuse to work in a show of solidarity to remember those who have died unnecessarily — victims of murder, suicide and neglect.

…the day when organizations and individuals in the community hold demonstrations, vigils, worship services and other events in common resistance with prisoners.

…the day to raise issue with the fact that a very high rate of women are in prison for protecting themselves against their abusers. This makes it obvious that the legal system does not protect women who suffer violence at the hands of their partners.

…is the day to remember that there are a disproportionate number of Natives, African-Canadians and other minorities and marginalized people in prisons. Prisons are the ultimate form of oppression against struggles of recognition and self-determination.

…the day to raise public awareness of the demands made by prisoners to change the criminal justice system and the brutal and inhumane conditions that lead to so many prison deaths.

…the day to oppose prison violence, police violence, and violence against women and children.

…the day to publicize that, in their fight for freedom and equality, the actions of many political prisoners have been criminalized by government. As a result, there are false claims that there are no political prisoners in north american prisons.

…the day to raise public awareness of the economic and social costs of a system of criminal justice which punishes for revenge. If there is ever to be social justice, it will only come about using a model of healing justice, connecting people to the crimes and helping offenders take responsibility for their actions.

…the day to renew the struggle for HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment in prison.

…the day to remind people that the criminal justice system and the psychiatric system are mutually reinforcing methods that the state uses to control human beings. There is a lot of brutality by staff committed in the name of treatment. Moreover, many deaths in the psych-prisons remain uninvestigated.

More info on Prisoners’ Justice Day:
http://www.prisonjustice.ca

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