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Sep 5, 21

Nationwide #ShutEmDown Prison Demonstrations Take Place Across Michigan

Report from Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS) on action across the state of so-called Michigan in solidarity with #ShutEmDown2021.

Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, a nationwide collective of imprisoned freedom fighters, has called for mass mobilizations to take place in August and September 2021 against the racist and violent prison system. In response to this call, Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS), in collaboration with Cosecha Washtenaw, took part in a day of public “noise demonstrations” outside prisons, jails, and immigrant detention facilities across the state.

On September 4, noise demonstrations—including drive-by caravans, loud honking, music, chanting, drums—sent a message of solidarity to prisoners on the other side of the walls at prisons across the state, including Parnall Correctional Facility, G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility, Charles Egeler Reception Center, Cooper Street Correctional Facility, Jackson County Jail, Jackson County Youth Center, Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, and the Federal Correctional Institution at Milan.

2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the prisoner rebellion at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility and the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising. “Prisoners have always been in the front lines of the movement to abolish prisons,” said MAPS spokesperson Jorge Jackson. “Last year’s uprisings against policing and white supremacy came in the wake of the most significant prisoner uprisings in recent history: the 2016 and 2018 prisoner strikes. On September 4, we continue[d] this fight in the spirit of Abolition.”

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Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS) is a group organizing in solidarity with imprisoned people against the violence of incarceration.

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