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New Year's Eve: Not Fit For Noise demonstration

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Brixton HMP New Years Eve Noise Demonstration

Brixton Prison

Jebb Avenue, Brixton, SW2 5XF

7:00pm 

*Bring Pots, Pans and Other Noise!

We will have a sound system with a mic.*

 

Speakers:

Hamja Ahsan - Free Talha Ahsan Campaign speaking on Terence Macswiney, an IRA hunger striker who died in Brixton Prison, and on Talha Ahsan

Mitch Mitchell - Experiences of Life Inside Prison 

Shereefa - Poem on Women In Prison 

Awate Suleiman - Performing

Letter reading from a prisoner released from Brixton HMP

There will be a march and rally after the demonstration

*All welcome, invitations all other organisations standing in solidarity with prisoners*

Noise demos outside of prisons in some countries are a continuing tradition. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cells our enemies create, but it does not have to stop at that.

Prison has a long history within capital, being one of the most archaic forms of prolonged torture and punishment. It has been used to kill some slowly and torture those unwanted – delinquents to the reigning order – who have no need of fitting within the predetermined mold of society.

On the streets, black people are subjected to what the report describes as an "excess" of 145,000 stop and searches in 2008. Black people constitute less than 3% of the population, yet made up 15% of people stopped by police.

Black prisoners make up 15% of the prisoner population and this compares with 2.2% of the general population – there is greater disproportionality in the number of black people in prisons in the UK than there is in the United States, about 12% of the US population is black and about 40% to 45% of the US prison population is black. 

Supported by;

Brixton Black Revolutionary Socialists

Free-Talha Ahsan