Saturday, April 21, 2012

4/24 CA Represent! Occupy the Justice Dept - Oakland

From Political Prisoner News:

In Solidarity with the Occupy the Justice Department protest in Washington, DC

on Tuesday, April 24th - Mumia Abu-Jamal's 58th Birthday

End Mass Incarceration!

4PM - RALLY at 14th and Broadway, Oakland

Occupy4Prisoners and supporters will rally at Oscar Grant Plaza, where awareness and understanding regarding the brutality and corruption within the United States INjustice system will begin to rise up.  We will be doing educational outreach about the prison system with music, speakers, a "Truth Mob" and amplifying the voices of people inside of prisons.

5PM - MARCH to Federal Building and Obama Headquarters

We will take to the streets to march as an expression of our solidarity with the 2.5 million people incarcerated in the country.  The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country, with 743 people in prison per 100,000 of national population.  Occupy4Prisoners brings to the attention of the greater Occupy Movement how we cannot forget the bottom 1% of the 99% in our greater struggle for justice and equality.

The march will continue past the Federal Building (13th and Clay) where representatives from the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia and the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal will speak.  Folks from the Bradley Manning Support Network will share information about Bradley‚s plight when we reach the Obama Headquarters (17th and Telegraph.) Then we will march to...

6PM - THE INJUSTICE SYSTEM ON TRIAL - 19th and Telegraph

Once we arrive at the 19th and Telegraph Plaza, we will be putting the Injustice System on trial. Powerful local activists will preside over a trial that is actually about the truth.

The prosecutor will be Anita Wills, (Oscar Grant Committee and Occupy4Prisoners), the defense attorney will be Deborah Small, (Break the Chains), and the judge will be Jerry Elster (All of Us or None). The system will be played by Dan Siegel (National Lawyers Guild). 

The jury will be YOU!

These witnesses will be bringing evidence against the system regarding the following charges:

  1. Targeting youth of color

    Chris M, Occupy Oakland
    Sagnicthe Salazar, Youth Together and Xicana Moratorium Coalition
  2. Allowing murder and assault by police to go unpunished

    Denika Chatman, Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation
    Carey Downs & Dionne Smith Downs, A Mother's Cry for Justice
  3.  Enforcing racism at every level

    Jabari Shaw, Rapper, Laney College Black Student Union
    Manuel La Fontaine, All of Us or None and Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
  4. Holding political prisoners hostage

    Kiilu Nyasha, Independent journalist and former Black Panther
    Aaron Mirmalek, Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee Oakland

  5. Torturing people inside the prisons

    Sharena Curley, Oscar Grant Committee
    Luis Bato Talamantez, California Prison Focus and one of the San Quentin Six
  6. Conspiring to commit mass incarceration

    Linda Evans, All of Us or None and former political prisoner
    Ghetto Prophet, Onyx Organizing Committee and spoken word artist

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