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Dec 28, 18

New Year’s Eve Noise Demos Across North America

Every New Year’s Eve, anarchists, abolitionists, autonomists, and anti-authoritarians across the world gather outside of prisons, jails, detention centers, and juvenile facilities to hold noise demonstrations to show solidarity with those incarcerated and to demonstrate against mass systems of incarceration, surveillance, and policing.

What follows is a list of noise demos that we currently know about. To list yours, email us at: info [at] itsgoingdown [dot] org.

Portland, OR

Downtown Jail, 1120 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, 8 PM.

Spokane, WA

902 N Adams St, 7 PM.

Chicago, IL

Sacramento and 28th Street, 8 PM.

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Come make some noise for the captives of the Cook County Jail. In years’ past, we’ve gathered downtown at the MCC, but this year we’re switching it up!

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Baltimore, MD

Eager St & Fallsway at 11: 30 PM. Social media event here.

Austin, TX

Republic Square Park, 11:30 PM.

Gainesville, Florida

Corrections Department Work Camp, 700 NE 55th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32641. Monday, December 31st, 5 PM. More info here.

Call Out:

NO MERCY FOR THE SLAVE DRIVER! Come out for a New Year’s Eve pre-party protest to raise some hell and let FL prisoners know that we intend to usher in 2019 as the year slavery ends. Bring the noise! [drums, horns, etc.] 

BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, Gainesville threw down hard in solidarity with the nationwide prison strike, camping at the prison gates and launching a campaign to cancel FDOC prison labor contracts with the city, county and UF. 

Since that time, the City of Gainesville has expressed a commitment to end its ties to prison labor and its looking like Alachua County will follow suit… UF may have to be dragged along kicking and screaming. So be it.

All who tolerate our taxes going towards prison slave labor are complicit in it. Join us on NYE to declare your commitment to end this practice once and for all, starting with the closure of this camp in our own backyards. Find out more here.

Omaha, Nebraska

Downtown Library, 14th and Farnam. 6 PM. More info here.

Call out:

This is a call for a raucous night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state on one of the noisiest nights of the year. On New Year’s Eve gather your crew, collective, community, organization, or just yourself and come together to raise a racket and remind those on the inside that they are not alone.

Internationally, noise demonstrations outside of prisons are a way to remember those who are held captive by the state and a way to show solidarity with imprisoned comrades and loved ones. We come together to break the loneliness and isolation.

We know that prison is beyond reform and must be completely abolished. It is a mechanism of repression used by the state to maintain a social order rooted in white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. To come together outside of the sites of repression is to also stand in defiance of what they represent.

The logic of the state and capital—of punishment and imprisonment, must be replaced by a rejection of oppression and exploitation. This call is one step in that direction.

Wherever you are, meet on New Year’s Eve at the prisons, jails, and detention centers, be loud in solidarity with those imprisoned and to push forward the idea of a world free from domination.

We send this call in solidarity with those defying state repression of large scale dissent: from the Yogyakarta prisoners in Indonesia to those in Russia facing repression as anarchist anti-state organizers, to all of those in the spaces between.

We want a world without walls and borders.

We will fight together until everyone is free!

Boone, NC

184 Hodges Gap Road, Boone, 8 PM.

Asheville, NC

Buncombe County Detention Center, Valley and College Street, 7 PM.

More info:

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#NewYearsEve #NoiseDemo outside the jail in downtown Asheville. Come down and make some noise, let folks inside know we're thinking about them! Bring noisemakers (and some warm clothes)!

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Durham, NC

Durham County Jail, 7 PM.

New Orleans, LA

Jeff and Banks Street, 7 PM.

Richmond, VA

1701, Fairfield Way, 10 PM.

New York, New York

Metropolitian Correctional Center, Pearl Street at Cardinal Hayes, 9 PM. More info here.

Call out:

On the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise demonstrations outside of prisons, is asking folks to join us outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Come, not to appeal to authority, speak truth to power, or any other contrivance, but rather to stand arm in arm with comrades and show direct solidarity to those on the other side of the wall.

The state, writ large, is targeting anarchists all across the United States and abroad. This will be both protest and celebration. To keep the cold at bay, comrades from Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council – MACC will again be on hand with hot cocoa to keep the vocal cords nice and warm.


Metro Henri Bourassa, 4:30 PM. More info here.

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