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  • New prison infrastructure won’t address the vast majority of issues reported to the JAIL hotline by human beings caged at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
    by Administrator on September 21, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 21 September 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – Late last month and amid the defund the police movement in which Indigenous and Black peoples are calling for divestment from all oppressive and harmful racist institutions across Canada, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the provincial government’s plan to increase their capacity to cage people by over 400 beds. Their plan includes renovating the notorious Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC), […]

  • PJD Vigil Taking Place in Ottawa at Major's Hill Park Tonight at 7:30pm
    by Administrator on August 10, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa vigil being held evening of August 10th, 2020 on Prisoners’ Justice Day to commemorate deaths in custody and demand justice for human rights abuses behind bars 10 August 2020 (Algonquin Territory | Ottawa, Ontario) – Former Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) prisoners and their loved ones will be speaking at a Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) vigil taking place tonight starting at 7:30pm at Major’s Hill Park (by the Unfinished Sun Dial, near the steps […]

  • Legal notice served to OCDC in support of the human rights of Indigenous prisoners
    by Administrator on July 30, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More than 70 civil society organizations endorse legal notice demanding that the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre respect the human rights of Indigenous prisoners 30 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – This morning, counsel for the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) delivered a legal notice to the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) demanding the jail respects its legal responsibilities to accommodate the spiritual and […]

  • Hunger strike ends at OCDC as the struggle to end carceral violence continues
    by Administrator on July 28, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Prisoners end the hunger strike at the Ottawa jail for health reasons, but continue   the protest while facing retribution for defending their human rights 28 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – In a call for recognition and justice, people imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) organized and initiated a hunger strike the morning of July 22nd to protest oppressive conditions at the jail and in the wider community. They […]

  • Rally in solidarity with hunger strikers at the Ottawa jail today at 10am
    by Administrator on July 24, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Solidarity rally being held today at 10am at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre in support of more than 70 hunger strikers at the jail 24 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – Today marks the third day of the second hunger strike at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) in less that two months. Members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) and other community members will rally in front of OCDC today at 10:00am in […]

  • Hunger strike begins at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
    by Administrator on July 22, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE People imprisoned at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre begin a hunger strike after the jail failed to honour the agreement that brought a previous hunger strike to an end on June 4th 22 July 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory) – Today, people incarcerated at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) began a hunger strike demanding immediate changes to jail conditions. This action follows a 31-hour hunger strike initiated on June 3rd during which […]

  • Campaign Demands Ontario Invest More in Communities, Not Jails
    by Administrator on July 14, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Advocacy Groups Initiate Campaign to Redirect Ontario’s Recent $500 Million Investment in Jail Staff and Infrastructure Towards Community Supports 14 July 2020 – Last month, the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General announced that it will spend an additional $500 million over the next five years to hire more staff and build new infrastructure. The move to increase jail spending comes on the heels of a significant reduction of nearly 3,000 prisoners – a […]

  • Hunger Strikers at the Milton Jail Demand Improved Living Conditions and an End to Human Rights Abuses
    by Administrator on July 8, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2020 (Milton / Anishinabewaki, Attiwonderonk and Haudenosaunee Territories) - This past Monday, prisoners began a hunger strike at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ontario in response to ongoing human rights abuses and poor living conditions at the jail. Prisoners are demanding an end to frequent lockdowns, along with access to adequate food, clean clothes, air ventilation, cleaning supplies, canteen access and additional canteen options, and a […]

  • We Keep Each Other Safe: A Community Forum to Organize Alternatives to Policing on Algonquin Territory (Ottawa)
    by Administrator on June 28, 2020

    MEDIA ADVISORY  WHEN?Sunday, June 28, 20203:00pm - 6:00pmWHERE?Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWHO?This online community forum features three panels that prioritize the voices of people that are most often targeted by police, and other forms of state violence and oppression, who will discuss how to build safe communities on Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa through alternatives to policing. The event will begin with an opening ceremony and land acknowledgement by Michel J. Penney (Yellow Quill […]

  • CPEP Demands City Hall Defund Ottawa Police Services and Plans Upcoming Community Forum on Alternatives to Policing
    by Administrator on June 22, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Advocates renew calls to defund policing ahead of today’s Ottawa Police Services Board meeting and plan community forum on alternatives to take place on June 28th 22 June 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Services (OPS) has been embroiled in scandals for years, most recently over the deaths of Adbirahman Abdi – a young Black man – and Greg Ritchie – a young Indigenous man – at the hands of its police […]