PJD 2012 Schedule!

Prisoner’s Justice Day 2012 Schedule
Kingston, Ontario

***Updated August 7th, 2012***

Thursday, August 9th

Welcome Dinner and Social, AKA, 75 Queen St. Unit 1.
5-9pm Free dinner (ongoing as folks arrive) & hang out
7-8pm Justice for Levi Presentation: http://justiceforlevi.org/

*Alternatively: The Save Our Prison Farms campaign is organizing a vigil at Collins Bay from 7-8pm to commemorate the second anniversary of the prison farms blockade*

Early to bed!

Friday, August 10th

5am sharp Free coffee & snacks @ The Sleepless Goat, 91 Princess St.
5:30am Rides leave from the Goat
5:45am Meet up and gather near Collins Bay Penitentiary (location TBA)
6:00am March on Collins Bay and take over the entrance!

1:00pm Free Lunch at City Park provided by Food Not Bombs

8pm/dusk Noise demonstration (location TBA)

*Please bring food and water for yourself for the day on Friday.

*On August 10th, you can reach a contact person if you need info or get
separated! Call our action phone: 613-893-5327

*Write down our legal support number! 613-328-1851

*Keep in touch during the day by subscribing your cellphone to twitter. Follow @endthepic or #pjd2012


PJD 2012 Billets!

ATTN: Local EPIC Friends and Allies!

We need places for out-of-towners to stay during Prisoners Justice Day events in Kingston, August 9-10. If you have space, please let us know ASAP at epic [at] riseup [dot] net with “Offering Billets” in the subject line.

Hosting folks in your house for a night or two is an excellent way to meet new activists and new friends, and expand your personal and political networks. We anticipate activists from all over southern Ontario and parts of Quebec needing places to lay their heads. Spare rooms are grand, but so are couches or spots where folks can unroll a sleeping bag. Please consider letting someone share the roof and/or your backyard (for camping) during Prisoners Justice Day events in Kingston!

If you have any reason to believe that your house contains bed bugs, please be upfront either with us or with your billeters.

If you can lend general support (such as providing childcare or offering transporation) to this action, but for whatever reason cannot participate directly, let us know!

ATTN: Out-of-Towners!

We know some of you might be seeking places to stay in Kingston during Prisoners Justice Day events, August 9-10. If you need help finding a homestay, please let us know ASAP at epic [at] riseup [dot] net

On the evening of Thursday, August 9th, we’ll be having a bbq with guest speakers. On Friday, August 10th, we will be meeting at 5am at the Sleepless Goat, where we will have breakfast and arrange for rides to Collins Bay. There are other tentative activities happening, so please check our website for up-to-date information, https://endthepic.wordpress.com

Please also inform us of anything you think we’d need to know in order to appropriately match you with a place to stay.

What are your access needs?
Do you need childcare on August 10th?
Do you have any allergies you want us to consider?
Are you comfortable staying alone, or are you traveling with someone that you absolutely must stay with? Etc.

We cannot guarantee space, but we will do our absolute best to help everyone find places that meet their specific needs.

If you have any reason to believe that you may travel with bed bugs, please be upfront either with us or with your homestay.


New PJD Poster

August 2nd: Direct Action Training


Thursday August 2nd, 6:30pm
Delahaye Room at the Public Library (3rd Floor)
130 Johnson Street
Free, Everyone Welcome!

End the Prison Industrial Complex and Cataraqui Resistance School facilitators co-present a short film and direct action training related to the organizing to stop prison construction on Prisoners Justice Day, August 10th. The information will cover topics ranging from legal rights to tactical effectiveness.

For more information: http://www.endthepic.wordpress.com/pjd

Open Letter to Construction Workers at Prisons

A letter to construction workers at Collins Bay and Frontenac Institutions.

End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) is a Kingston-based prison abolition group. We have been organizing resistance to prison expansion for the past two years.

August 10th is internationally known as Prisoners’ Justice Day, which started in 1975 at Millhaven to commemorate those who have died at the hands of the prison system. Out of respect for this day of mourning, prisoners inside refuse work and food.

This year, we intend to shut down all construction work on the grounds of Collins Bay and Frontenac Institutions in solidarity with prisoners on strike inside. We are writing to ask you to stay home from work on Friday, August 10th or – better yet – join us on the lines.

Our goal is not to antagonize construction workers who are trying to make a living and have little or no say over which jobs to work; instead, our goal is to demonstrate our solidarity with prisoners inside, and pay respect to those who have died. We believe a world without prisons would be better for everyone.

Why Not Work on Prisoners’ Justice Day?

  • Prisons and prison expansion affect us all. Under the guise of global economic crisis, we see governments responding with austerity, “tough on crime” measures and increased repression of dissent. As more people lose hope in a decent future under this current system, crime will increase and more people – particularly those most marginalized by the system – will be put in jail.
  • Prisoners are exploited by government and corporations as cheap labour. They will go on strike August 10. A major practical aspect of solidarity means not crossing a picket line; we consider crossing lines on August 10 to be scabbing.
  • We know some workers at this site have four nine-hour shifts, Monday-Thursday. If this is the case for you, working Friday is entirely optional and you cannot be punished for not working.
  • Trying to cross a hard picket with a vehicle is unsafe for everyone. It could injure protesters or provoke unpredictable confrontations. Police also tend to escalate tensions if they choose to intervene, which can become dangerous. You have the right to refuse unsafe work under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Ways You Can Help

  • If you are in a position to do so, speak with your co-workers about collectively refusing to work on Friday, August 10. There is strength in numbers and solidarity. Whether you refuse to work because it’s voluntary, unsafe, or you’re feeling sick, find a way not to come in.
  • If you are in a union, seek support from your steward and/or local. Pass a resolution at your next local meeting supporting Prisoners’ Justice Day and/or workers who refuse to work August 10.
  • If you can’t see a way to get out of working at Collins Bay August 10, email us at epic [at] riseup [dot] net and we will do whatever we can to help.
  • Join us on the lines! It will be a fun-filled day where we can extend meaningful solidarity to prisoners on strike and build our local capacity for resistance!

In Solidarity,

End the Prison Industrial Complex

Suite 409, 427 Princess Street Kingston, Ontario K7L 5S9
email: epic [at] riseup [dot] net
website: http://www.endthepic.wordpress.com


August 10th is Prisoners’ Justice Day, a day in remembrance of all of those who have died at the hands of the prison system. Prisoners fast and refuse work on this day, while outside the walls organizations and individuals demonstrate in solidarity. We want a world without prisons, and will resist their expansion any day of the year, but it would be especially offensive to see cranes, trucks, and workers expanding the prison on August 10th while prisoners are on strike inside.

We invite you to join us early in the morning on August 10th to shut down construction at Collins Bay Penitentiary in honour of Prisoners’ Justice Day. This will also mark the two-year anniversary of the Prison Farms blockade at the same location, a historic mobilization for Kingston.

If you don’t live in Kingston and want to come, or if you do live in Kingston and can offer billeting, get in contact with us and we will co-ordinate lodgings with you. Our email is epic [at] riseup [dot] net

Keep your eye on https://endthepic.wordpress.com/pjd for updates.

Please circulate widely – see you August 10th!


Collins Bay Construction Update

Likely due to a warm winter, construction on the new building CBB11 at Collins Bay began in early 2012. We know that — at the least — excavation, paving and foundation are all underway. A crane is also on site.

There is also a major limestone restoration project led by Limen Restoration occuring simultaneously on the exterior walls, and the Portsmouth Community Correctional Centre is under construction to the east of the site.

We have identified five subcontractors that are currently working on the Collins Bay building, and have updated our profiteers listing. We are always interested in receiving more information, and are specifically looking to find out the electrical and mechanical contractors at Collins Bay.

Please send any and all tips to epic [at] riseup.net … thanks!