Ring in 2011 with the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross during a solidarity noise demo at the Richmond City Jail!

Friday December 31st at 11:30pm at 1600 Oliver Hill Way!

Our intention is to show solidarity with prisoners locked behind those walls, and also as an act of solidarity with people incarcerated and struggling against incarceration throughout the world. This action is an attempt to break the isolation between inside and outside the prison walls.

Bring your voice, whistles, drums, pots and pans, musical instruments, and other noise makers! Count down to a new year of struggle against the prison industrial complex. We want a new year without prisons, without the institutionalized slavery of prisons, and without the racist and classist institutions that proactively oppress and lock up our friends.

Make New Year’s Eve meaningful by letting people incarcerated know that they are not forgotten. Inside the Richmond City Jail are our friends, families, and neighbors. Even if you do not know someone locked up personally, the mere fact of so many members of our communities being incarcerated does have an effect on your life.

The Richmond City Jail is a notoriously overcrowded and unsafe place. Sheriff Woody takes more pride in cutting costs than in the actual care given to inmates. Adequate heating, cooling, water, medical care, and programs are simply not provided. The conditions are dangerous. There have been 4 reported deaths in 2010 alone. The Richmond City Jail does not solve the problems facing our communities or by any means create ‘justice’. The rampant poverty, hunger, addiction, and hopelessness in Richmond is only increased by the way that the police and prisons hurt our communities.

The solution to the unsafe conditions in the Richmond City Jail is NOT the construction of a new larger facility. The foundation of the many problems with the Richmond City Jail specifically and the entire Prison Industrial Complex will not be solved by the creation of a new Jail. If the Richmond City Jail is so unsafe then WHY are there still people forced to live there? City Officials readily admit to the inhumane conditions at the Richmond City Jail. Let’s come together to let the people inside know that their suffering is not being ignored and that we don’t think a new facility is going to solve the real problems.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is a prison abolition and political prisoner support organization.

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