FULL DETAILS: 2 – 8 November 2015: Week of Action Against the North Wales Prison & the Prison Industrial Complex
What is taking place?
SATURDAY 31ST OCT
- The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) Annual Procession. The UFFC is a national coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in immigration detention and secure psychiatric hospitals in the UK. Assemble 31 October 12PM at Trafalgar Square for a silent procession along Whitehall followed by a noisy protest at Downing Street.
SUNDAY 1ST NOV
- Visions of Abolition Film Showing, Bristol: 7.30PM at Kebele Social Centre, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol. Dinner is available from 6.30PM. Visions of Abolition is a feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement in the United States. More info here.
MONDAY 2ND NOV
- Smash IPP Day of Action, Cardiff: Demonstration at Cardiff Probation Office. In addition to this, several other actions will be taking place that day, from leafleting to banner making. More info here.
TUESDAY 3RD NOV
- Day of Action in Birmingham: The day of action will target companies involved in the North Wales Prison Project, including Lend Lease, the multinational company building the prison. There will also be stalls at the local prisons as part of the Smash IPP Campaign – aiming to make connections with families and friends supporting IPP prisoners. More info here.
WEDNESDAY 4TH NOV
- Day of Action in Manchester: The day of action will target companies involved in the North Wales Prison Project, a huge number of which are based in the city. There will also be stalls at the local prisons as part of the Smash IPP Campaign – aiming to make connections with families and friends supporting IPP prisoners. More info here.
THURSDAY 5TH NOV
- Visions of Abolition Film Showing, Wrexham: 7:00pm at Saith Seren, 18 Chester Street, LL13 8BG Wrexham
- Communications Blockade of Lend Lease, Everywhere: Details coming soon.
- Public Meeting about the UK funded proposed Prison in Jamaica, London: 7.30pm, SOAS Russel Square Campus. Find out about the new prison that would hold warehouse more than 1500 people and would enable a prisoner transfer agreement, allowing Jamaican nationals to be forcibly deported. More info here.
FRIDAY 6TH NOV
- Day of Action in London: The day of action will target companies involved in the North Wales Prison Project as well as the Jamaican Embassy. There will also be stalls at the local prisons as part of the Smash IPP Campaign – aiming to make connections with families and friends supporting IPP prisoners. More info here.
- Day of Action in North Wales: The day of action will directly target companies involved in the North Wales Prison Project including local and national companies in North Wales. More info here.
- Fundraiser for the Lovebank 5: Fundraiser for the Lovebank 5, who have recently come out of prison after giving their time and energy to squatting a building and acting in solidarity with the homeless. 8pm Next to Nowhere, Liverpool. More info here.
SATURDAY 7TH NOV
- The Surround Yarl’s Wood Demonstration at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. https://www.facebook.com/events/755942137885113/
About the Week of Action
A week of action has been called to encourage people all of the UK & the world to take action against the construction of the North Wales Prison in Wrexham.
The prison will be the second largest prison in Europe, holding more than 2100 people and costing £250 million to build. Australian contractor Lend Lease was awarded the contract to build the Wrexham titan prison by the government in May 2014.
Local people have resisted the prison for over half a decade; objecting to planning applications, lobbying, going to meetings. Full planning permission was eventually granted in November 2014 despite local resistance. It is now a construction site and this place of abuse and oppression is being built as we speak.
Our aims are to resist it, slow it down and send a message to the state and the prison industry that it is not acceptable to profit from caging human beings. The Government wish to build more prisons in the UK, this is our opportunity to intervene and prevent this industry from expanding. We must take the offensive against prison expansion and the social control of our lives. We are fighting until all are free.
How to Get Involved
- Contact Community Action on Prison Expansion – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Most people will be taking action locally, however we are organising transport and accommodation for people from further afield to stay in the North West. Please get in touch!
- Contact a local group close to you – http://www.cape-campaign.org/about/local-groups
- Tell us about something you are organising so we can help promote it