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Prisoners Human Rights Coalition, CA

San Jose
National Prison Strike
Weeks of Solidarity

Step 1: Learn

Issues

The U.S. Prison Industrial Complex designed to capture, contain and violently repress any affront to the established order of white male supremacy, not only harbors the astonishing data below, but can now count itself amongst one of the top human rights’ violators having murdered and continuing to cage dozens, if not more, Political Prisoners because of their political views and beliefs.

25
% of World Prison Population
80
Billion $ Cost of Incarceration
48
States Restrict Prisoner Voting
2000
Imprisoned Firefighters in CA

Step 2: Listen

National Prison Strikers' Demands

1.

Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.

2.

An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.

3.

The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.

4.

The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.

5.

An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.

6.

An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.

7.

No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.

8.

State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.

9.

Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.

10.

The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.

Step 3: Act

Events in San Jose and Bay Area

Awareness March

Tuesday: August 21st, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Bring awareness of the National Prison Strike to Downtown San Jose. Learn about the issues, how you can help, and hear the lived experience of those impacted by what remains a legal form of slavery in the United States.

Solidarity Mobilization

Saturday: August 25th, 12:30PM - 3:30PM

San Quentin State Prison

Solidarity Mobilization at San Quentin State Prison to support the prisoner-led National Prison Strike! This is a rally with speakers, so bring your signs and revolutionary spirit!

This event is being organized by the Bay Area National Prison Strike Solidarity Committee. If you would like information about available carpools from San Jose, contact us below. For other event details, see the facebook event page.

Teach-In: National Prison Strike

Tuesday: August 28th, 7:00PM

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

Jose Villarreal will present an exclusive interpretation of the 10 demands of the National Prison Strikers in order to illuminate the issues and abuses ongoing in the U.S. prison system as well as the potential solutions and actions for how we can support their demands being met.

Activist Workshop: Prisoner Support

Saturday: September 1st, 11:00AM - 1:00PM

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

Presentations and discussions on ways in which people can get involved in supporting the ongoing liberation struggle for incarcerated people. Phone zaps and local organizing efforts will be among the topics discussed.

Film and Discussion: 13th (Documentary)

Friday: September 7th, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

We will be watching and discussing "13th," a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States."

Community Alliance Gathering

Sunday: September 9th, 11:00AM - 2:00PM

Backesto Park, San Jose

Share ideas and discuss next steps to support the prisoners involved in the National Prison Strike. This will be a laid back setting in the park. Activities, speakers, and open mic will happen throughout the day.

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Where to Find Us

The Prisoners Human Rights Coaliation, CA is proudly hosted by the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. You can find our events on their calendar or visit:

48 South 7th St.
San Jose, CA
95112 US