Three reasons to go to our prison abolition talk
24/03/2014 | Posted in: Events
- “On Wednesday 26th March a hearing will take place to decide whether Stacey Hyde has permission to appeal against her murder conviction.” (link to Justice for Stacy Hyde)
- “Jeremy also writes that he is working his way through all the books people have been sending him from his wishlist and thoroughly enjoying all of them. Of course, he shares them with other inmates, and says that there are often lines at his cell to borrow books” (link to freejeremy.net)
- “The general presumption will be that items for prisoners will not be handed in or sent in by their friends or families unless there are exceptional circumstances,” (link to Sending prisoners books banned in England & Wales)
TEAR DOWN THE WALLS – PRISON ABOLITION TOUR
7pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
Room G5, St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Meadowbank, Edinburgh,
“Tear Down The Walls” is the rallying cry of abolitionists around the
world. For those people who understand the harm caused by prisons, the
concept of dismantling the prison-industrial-complex seems like the most
logical conclusion. But there are still those who cannot imagine a world
without prisons. That is why, this March, members of the Empty Cages
Collective will be travelling the country to host workshops on the
prison-industrial-complex and prison abolition.
There are currently 85,690 people held in prison, not including people
detained under the Mental Health Act, in Secure Children’s homes or in
Immigration detention. The prison population of Britain has doubled over
the last twenty years.
Not only do we have the highest prison population per capita in Europe,
but we also have the most privatised prison system with 11.6% (over
10,000) of prisoners held in private prisons. Plans are already under
way to build the country’s first “super prison” in Wrexham that would
hold 2,000 people alone.
It is clear that we are seeing a growing trend towards an ever expanding
prison-industrial-complex similar to the one we see today in the United
States. The United States has 25% of the global prison population
despite only being home to 4% of the world’s population.
Now is the perfect time to strike and stem the growth of the
prison-industrial-complex in our country. Though the drive towards
privatisation and increased incarceration has already begun it is not
too late to organise to stop it.
The aim of the Tear Down The Walls Tour is to highlight the importance
of prison abolition as part of the wider struggle against oppression and
spread literacy around the prison society. We will also be promoting our
project, Prison Abolition 2014, which is a year of action & organising
against the prison-industrial-complex.