Milwaukee, August 2, 2018: CLOSEmsdf and Prison Strike Day of Visibility

CLOSEmsdf and Prison Strike Day of Visibility

1015 N 10th Street, MSDF, 11:30 A.M. – 11:30 P.M. 

We will make the torture and inhumanity of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility impossible to ignore!

We will fight slavery by standing up for and celebrating the resistance of those striking against it from the inside!

Starting at 11:30 am and ending before midnight, on the first day of the Wisconsin State Fair we will take a variety of actions at and around MSDF that increase the visibility of these fights, strengthens relationships among organizers, and sends messages of love and support to community members trapped inside this and other prisons in Wisconsin and the United States.

Family friendly and accessible. Food and entertainment will be available. Volunteers needed! Please sign up by filling out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/QXUkPPrsuMlKrnNq2

Summary schedule and locations:

11:30 West side of County Courthouse- Courthouse Picket
1:00 MSDF- Speeches from Coalition Member Organizations
2:00 MSDF to 6th & Wells- March Against Mass Supervision
2:30 6th and Wells- Community Supervision Picket
4:00 6th and Wells to MSDF- March Against MSDF
4:30 MSDF- Community Cook Out
5:30 MSDF- Prisoner Strike General Assembly
7:00 MSDF- Testimonials and Entertainment
8:30 MSDF- Noise Demo / Overpass Light Brigade Action

Detailed Schedule:
11:30-12:45 Courthouse Picket (10th street side of County Courthouse, between State and Wells). We will gather outside the west entrance of the county courthouse a block south of MSDF to collect signatures and engage the public about conditions inside MSDF and the use of crimeless revocations by DOC parole and probation authorities. We have been maintaining a monthly picket at this location for over a year and a half.

1:00-2:00 Coalition Member Organizations (south side of MSDF at 10th and State).There are over 40 organizations endorsing the CLOSEmsdf campaign, representatives from the most active among them will speak about their involvement, motivation and other work they do in pursuit of racial and social justice in Milwaukee.

2:00-2:30 March Against Mass Supervision (from MSDF to State Office Building at 6th and Wells). We will narrow our focus onto the issue of crimeless revocations and the many unfair challenges faced by people on probation and parole. Then, the rally will turn into a march traveling four blocks to the State Office Building at 6th and Wells. There we will confront Department of Corrections staff who fill MSDF with people for petty rule violations or unfounded accusations.

2:30-4:00 Community Supervision Picket (at 6th and Wells). Outside the State Office Building, we will continue to gather petition signatures and also share and solicit stories from people currently and formerly on parole or probation for our Community Supervision of Community Supervision archive project.

4:00-4:30 March Against MSDF (from 6th and Wells to MSDF, 10th and State). We will again shift focus, this time to conditions and medical neglect as we march back to MSDF along the same route. With no sunlight, no fresh air, triple bunking for 20+ hours day, and rampant medical negligence, MSDF is a incubator for disease and severe psychological trauma. At least 17 people have died since the facility opened 17 years ago.

4:30-5:30 Community cook out (south side of MSDF at 10th and State). Some food will be provided, but everyone is welcome to also bring a dish to share.

5:30-6:45 Prisoner Strike General Assembly (south side of MSDF at 10th and State). Using the General Assembly, a non-hierarchical decision-making and information sharing model, we will create space for people to learn more about the August 21-September 9 prisoner strike and to brainstorm ways to coordinate support and stage solidarity actions here in Milwaukee.

7:00- Testimonials and Entertainment (south side of MSDF at 10th and State). People who have been impacted by the prison system here in Wisconsin will speak about their experiences, interspersed with music and spoken word poetry from local artists. Details TBA.

8:30- Noise Demo and Overpass Light Brigade Action (south side of MSDF at 10th and State). We’ll break out noisemakers and a 750 Watt spotlight to shine light and raise a racket in hopes that we’ll be heard through MSDFs walls, letting the captives inside know they are not forgotten and they are not alone. Overpass Light Brigade will hold their illuminated sign over the freeway.

More about #CLOSEmsdf:
We will shut down the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. MSDF is a special kind of dungeon. Built to accommodate Milwaukee’s extraordinary incarceration rate and aggressive, racist probation and parole system, MSDF holds people on crimeless revocations in excruciating conditions. Captives held in MSDF get no sunlight, no fresh air, no rehabilitative programming. They are held 3 to a cell for 23 hours a day. Thousands have been tortured there, hundreds made sick, and seventeen have died.
We must close this facility, and end the practice of crimeless revocations which fills it. More information: CLOSEmsdf.org

October 4 Milwaukee Prison Letters

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