WHAT: Noise Demo Against the PIC, for the Liberation of PPs + POWs
WHEN: 9:00pm, Monday, December 31st
WHERE: Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC, the federal prison in downtown Manhattan); Pearl Street, between Cardinal Hayes Place and Park Row (J to Chambers Street or 4/5/6/ to City Hall)
BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!
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 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. Let’s make it another night in which we show them we’re never scared.
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Free all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!
For the Abolition of State Repression and Domination!
– The Department of Correctional Services is the largest executive agency in the State. It costs $2.5 billion annually to operate. It employs more than 31,000 staff.
– There are over 65 state prisons in New York. 55 of these prisons are in rural areas. 40 of these prisons are located North and/or West of Albany.
– 75 percent of people in New York State’s prisons come from just seven neighborhoods in NYC.
– During the 1990s, a prison opened somewhere in rural America every 15 days. Today there are over 350 rural communities in the United States that are home to a state or federal prison.
– Today there are approximately 7,000 empty prison beds throughout the state prison system. 5,000 of those beds are actively being supervised by Corrections employees.
– Crime and incarceration rates have been dropping steadily in New York State since 1999.
– The staunchest support for criminal justice policies that require long prison sentences and high incarceration rates comes from politicians whose districts include prisons and prison jobs.
– Today one in every 31 Americans is under correctional supervision – in prison or jail, on parole, or on probation. In total, the U.S. government spent $47 billion on the prison system in 2008 alone.