PRISONERS’ JUSTICE DAY 2007
1. FREE BUS: Shawn Brant’s Bail Review, Napanee
2. Court Support Against Police Brutality, Toronto
3. PJD Vigil at the Don Jail, Toronto
1. SHAWN BRANT’S BAIL REVIEW ON PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY
FREE BUS FROM TORONTO:
To reserve a seat, please call OCAP at 416.925.6939
7AM, 1499 Queen Street West
(just west of lansdowne, south side of queen)
7:30AM, OCAP OFFICE, 10 Britain Street
(South of Sherbourne and Queen)
RETURNING TORONTO: Approximately 6PM
Shawn Brant’s Bail Review on Prisoner Justice Day
– Message from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
(Tyendinaga MT): On Friday August 10th, lawyers Peter Rosenthal & Howard Morton will be arguing a bail review for Mohawk activist Shawn Brant. Shawn was denied bail on July 5th on charges from the June 29th Aboriginal Day of Action relating to the closure of the CN main line, a provincial highway and the 401.
August 10th is also Prisoner Justice Day. The roots of Prisoner Justice Day date back to August 10th, 1975, when inmates at Millhaven Institution refused to eat or work in memory of another inmate who had died in segregation the year before. Since then it has spread nationally and internationally as a day to acknowledge those who have died inside prison walls and those who have fought for the very few basic human rights that prisoners currently have.
On August 10th, we ask people to join us at Shawn’s bail review in Napanee, Ontario to support his bid for release and to acknowledge the ongoing struggles of our sisters and brothers in institutions across the country.
Friday, August 10th, 2007 at 10am
Superior Court of Justice Courthouse
97 Thomas Street East, Napanee
Driving Directions from Toronto:
1. Drive HWY-401 east past Belleville, and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
(approx 2 hours from Toronto).
2. Exit 579 towards NAPANEE.
3. Turn LEFT onto PROVINCIAL ROUTE 41 / CENTRE ST N.
4. Turn LEFT onto THOMAS ST E.
5. Superior Court is at 97 Thomas Street East.
FROM TORONTO: Call OCAP to reserve a seat on the bus – 416.925.6939
2. Court Support Against Police Brutality!
47 Sheppard Ave. East
In August 2004 at the Liberal BBQ Action where OCAP members were demanding decent housing and increased social assistance rates, Jen was assaulted by a male cop and sustained a serious head injury. When she was released from hospital the cops arrested her (concussion and all) and charged her with assaulting them. Luckily, video evidence proved that they were lying and Jen’s charges were dropped.
Thursday’s court proceedings should actually be pretty exciting as Jen’s lawyer, Jackie Esmonde, will be cross-examining the cop that assaulted Jen and all the cops who created silly stories to lie about what happened (such as that Jen was pulled backward by fellow OCAP members and landed upside down on her own head…). This case has some legal significance because Jen is not only suing for assault, but for conspiracy as well. That means, if she wins, there will be a precedent set saying that there are consequences for cops who lie to cover up the violence of other cops.
The court proceedings start at 10am at 47 Sheppard Ave. East. Take the subway to the Sheppard station and walk a short distance east.
Don’t feel like you have to come out for the whole day, come for the morning, or the afternoon, or however long you can spare.
For more info call the OCAP office at 416.925.6939
3. PRISONERS’ JUSTICE DAY VIGIL 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
6:30pm – 9:00pm (Opening: 7pm sharp)
Outside the Toronto Don Jail
550 Gerrard St. East, Toronto
WHAT IS PRISONERS’ JUSTICE DAY?
August 10th, 2007 marks the 32nd year of PJD. August 10th is the day prisoners have set aside as a day to fast and refuse to work in a show of solidarity to remember those who have died behind bars. It is a day when folks in the community hold demonstrations, vigils, worship services and other events in solidarity with prisoners. August 10th is a day to raise public awareness of the demands made by prisoners to change the criminal injustice system, the brutal conditions that lead to so many prison deaths, and is a chance to publicly oppose prison and police violence.
Prisoners Justice Day has become a space to talk about the disproportionate numbers of marginalized people being held in detention; specifically First Nations and Indigenous peoples, Racialized people, Transgendered and Transsexual people, Sex workers, people with Disabilities and other folks marginalized by systems of oppression and violence.
WHY COME OUT TO PJD?
Toronto is building a sustained prisoners’ justice movement focused on justice not jails! Come out and remember the lives of the many prisoners and ex-prisoners who have died inside and outside of various incarceration and detention prisons, jails, hospitals and centres.
Show your support for the many courageous prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their allies, and help in the fight for justice not jails!
Currently confirmed speakers and performers include Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force, Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault, Audrey Redman, Osa Eribo, Sex Professionals of Canada, recordings from prisoners across Ontario, Richard Lathwell, Trevor Gray, Maria Kasstan, Wabowe Whitebird and the PARC Drumming Group. Share your thoughts in the Open Mic. More will be announced soon.