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Media release: Prisoner Justice Day August 10- organized by Books Beyond Bars

Prisoners’ Justice Day events are taking place across the country in solidarity with imprisoned people refusing food and work calling for an end to deaths in custody and injustices behind bars

August 10, 2021 – Eddie Nalon died alone in a segregation cell in Millhaven Institution located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on August 10th 1974. A year later, Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) was first observed by imprisoned people held in the same Canadian federal penitentiary who engaged in a one-day hunger and work strike in support of their demands to end solitary confinement and other injustices behind bars. Since then, PJD has been marked by people inside and outside prison walls across the world. 

Tomorrow, PJD events are taking place across the country to commemorate the lives lost to human caging and to stand in solidarity with prisoners who are demanding an end to draconian conditions of confinement that have only become more austere during the COVID-19 pandemic. In support of these efforts, the Abolition Coalition is hosting PJD TV on August 10th from 5-10pm. The online broadcast will feature footage from these events, as well as segments with criminalized people and community organizers, to expose the brutalities of imprisonment and work towards abolitionist futures where we keep each other safe and respond to harm in our communities in transformative ways. 

PJD Panel on Mental Health and Imprisonment

August 10, 2021

5:30pm – 7:30pm AT

Halifax Commons

5816 Cogswell Street 

Mi’kmaq Territory | Halifax, NS

In-person event link

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