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On Saturday, September 10th, people across the Bay Area and Northern California will converge in Downtown Oakland in solidarity with the US wide prison work strike against prison slavery and white supremacy. Our goal is a mass showing of support with the growing prison rebellion in the US and to also march on the corporations in the Downtown area that make massive profits off of prisoner enslavement.
The strike that will begin on September 9th is not a symbolic one. It is a mass collective refusal to keep the machine of confinement running. It is the continuation of resistance to racialized slavery that began before the creation of the United States and will ultimately end in the revolutionary overthrow of this system of domination and apartheid. It is up to us on the outside to show our solidarity and to act in kind. The bay area has a rich history of both prison rebellion and support for those rebels. We hope to aid in this strike and prepare ourselves to support it not only in the early days of September, but in the weeks that proceed it as repression and lock-downs are sure to follow.
The expanding radical prison labor movement also shows us how connected our struggles truly are, as prison labor generates literally billions for various industries destroying the planet, attacking workers, and occupying entire countries. This includes corporate food giants, the US military, the banking system, and the fossil fuel industry. From fast food workers fighting back against poverty wages to the battles raging in indigenous territory against oil pipelines – regardless of what struggles we are in, we all need to stand with our comrades on the inside who courageously are going on strike.
As occupations again spread across the US as part of the evolving Black Lives Matter movement and “cop-free zones” are established that call for the abolition of the police and prisons, now is the time to build alliances with those on the inside who have already begun the fight.
Revolt on the Inside, Revolt on the Outside!
Fire to the Prisons!
Friday September 9th: BBQ, Banner Making, Film Showing
Gather at Mosswood Park, located at Broadway and MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland, at 6pm. We will celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Attica prison uprising by hosting a BBQ, making banners and signs for the coming day, and also holding an open discussion about the strike and the mobilization itself. Following this, we will watch a film about the Attica uprising. Bring banner and sign materials, painting supplies, and food and drink to share.
Saturday, September 10th: Prison Rebels, We Are With You!
Gather at Latham Square, located at Telegraph and Broadway Ave. in Downtown Oakland, at 1pm. Bring banners, signs, noise makers, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family members. Several speakers will address the crowd as we rally and then take to the streets!
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