As members of the community in and around Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, we are coming together in solidarity for a non-violent protest against state violence and a vigil to commemorate deaths behind bars in honour of Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD). Our goal is to bring attention to:
- The harms of incarceration including the abuse, deaths, and inhumane treatment of people within prisons, jails, and other carceral institutions.
- Justice seeking groups and the work being done within our communities to support imprisoned people and end imprisonment as a response to social problems
- how to get involved to make transformative change and demand justice.
PJD is an event held annually to remember, learn, and take action for incarcerated people. Let’s pledge to work and make a safer humane world together where everyone can thrive.
Date: August 10, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (you can stay all day or drop by at any time)
Location: Canadian Tribute to Human Rights (a.k.a. Human Rights Monument) 220 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7
What to bring:
- Friends, family, coworkers, or comrades (please share this invite!).
- Water, sunscreen, umbrella, chair, or any supplies you may need to stay safe.
- (optional) A protest sign/poster that supports the spirit of PJD and/or info about your group or activities related to justice for imprisoned people (e.g., pamphlets, business cards, QR codes).
- A song, a poem or a few words of reflection to share
For more info about PJD, visit: cp-ep.org/prisoners-justice-day
To stay updated about the event visit: PJD 2023 Event Page
To stay updated about PJD all over Turtle Island and the world follow #prisonersjusticeday2023