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Report back on recent demonstrations to free prisoners in the face of the spreading coronavirus epidemic. Originally posted to North Shore Counter-Info.
Our phone line has been ringing steadily all afternoon, with prisoners sharing gratitude for the display of solidarity.
This tactic has been used in lots of different places and it was quite a bit of fun. The cars created distance between participants and were great for making noise and taking up space, and people could also get out to hold signs and wave. Those without access to cars came on foot and spaced themselves out.
While we are told to stay home to avoid the virus, those inside the Barton Jail are left without basic necessities like soap, hand sanitizer, or physical space. We have seen first hand in other prisons the disastrous effects of this pandemic, as the disease spreads quickly. And here like in Italy’s prisons, the state too often answer requests for basics with violence.
Thanks to everyone who showed up, and also to everyone who has been following and sharing the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project’s updates. Being able to respond quickly to incidents like this can make a real difference, and so we need to always be finding ways to thin the walls and make the voices of prisoners present. We will keep posting more updates as we get more information.
Free all Barton prisoners now!
Previous statement on violence against prisoners: (https://www.facebook.com/events/919330178524916/)
Car demos at prisons elsewhere: (https://itsgoingdown.org/chicago-il-cook-county-jail-noise…/) (https://itsgoingdown.org/car-demos-surround-the-jail-and-g…/)
On the prisoner uprisings in Italy: https://borderedbysilence.noblogs.org/…/italy-to-the-rebel…/