On the night of July 20, 2011, we took action in solidarity with the hunger strike started at Pelican Bay, which has spread to many other prisons in California. We marched down 9th St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City tossing flyers, expressing solidarity with the hunger strike as we moved. Upon reaching 2nd Ave and 9th St, we seized the intersection and stopped traffic while chanting “PELICAN BAY!” and “FROM THE PRISONS TO THE STREETS, FUCK THE POLICE!”. We pulled trash cans and other sidewalk debris into the street and littered the road with flyers.
We took this action to communicate our total unconditional solidarity to the hunger strikers and all prisoners who resist the suffocating and despicable conditions of their lives. We also took this action to extend the prisoners’ struggle to New York in a small way, to make their struggle present in a place striving to be absent of any kind of disruption.
People should not be allowed to live their lives without knowing about the struggle of these prisoners and understanding that we and many others stand in solidarity with them. We particularly send our most heartfelt and passionate revolutionary solidarity to those hunger strikers on the brink of death. Insurgent comrades, you have inspired so many and your willingness to walk toward death rather than spend another normal day inside prison walls is a testament to the unbreakable human spirit against submission.
The prison system is a counterinsurgency strategy of social control and must be annihilated as quickly as possible. It cannot coexist with any kind of livable social environment fit for human life.
FOR THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF EVERY PRISON AND THE PRISON SOCIETY
FOR THE RELEASE OF EVERY SINGLE PRISONER WITHOUT EXCEPTION