Sarasota rally in solidarity with the national prison strike!

September 07, 2018 at 4pm - 6pm

Join Party for Socialism and Liberation - Florida and Answer Coalition for a rally outside the Florida Department of Corrections' Sarasota circuit office on 17th Street to let them know that the people are watching! Show solidarity with the national prison strike which has been confirmed to be going on in at least five prisons in Florida. Let the prison industrial complex know the prisoner struggle is something all working class people are paying attention to. Let's put pressure on the Florida prisons to follow through on the demands the prisoners striking want. We'll have signs and water.

Demands
1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole.
5. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
6. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
7. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
8. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
9. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
10. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
11. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.

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