August 2nd: Direct Action Training

*NEW DATE: AUGUST 2ND*

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: ALL OUT FOR PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY!

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!

 


EPIC mailing address

End the Prison Industrial Complex now has a snail mail address!

Write us at:

EPIC
Suite #409, 427 Princess Street
Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 5S9

Of course, you can always reach us by email at epic [at] riseup [dot] net (PGP-enabled)


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!


June 21st: Mohammad Reza Hedayat Speaking Tour

End the Prison Industrial Complex, AKA and No One Is Illegal (Kingston) present:

Mohammad Reza Hedayat Speaking Tour
June 21st, 2012 at 7pm
AKA (75 Queen Street), wheelchair accessible
Chilcare available – please contact epic [at] riseup.net

Mohammad Reza Hedyat was arrested at an anti-racist demonstration in Toronto in January 2011. He was given trumped-up charges including aggravated assault and while in police custody was beaten and hospitalized. He has been on strict bail conditions including house arrest since, and has had his Canadian citizenship process suspended. If convicted, Mohammad is facing possible deportation to Iran.

On June 21st at AKA, Mohammad speaks about his arrest, police violence, prison, and his struggles with the immigration system to garner support before his trial commences on July 4th.


June 12th: Kingston Penitentiary – Abolitionist Perspectives

End the Prison Industrial Complex Presents…
Kingston Penitentiary: Abolitionist Perspectives

June 12th, 2012 at 6:30pm
Kingston Public Library (130 Johnson St), Wilson Room
Free event, everyone welcome

Discussion presented by End the Prison Industrial Complex, with panelists on:
-the history of Kingston Pen,
-lessons from the closing of the disgraced Prison for Women, and
-the implications of the closure for prisoners and prison abolitionists.

For more information, contact epic [at] riseup.net