JULY 25, 2017
Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington.
Raleigh, North Carolina -On behalf of the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights Organizing Committee we extend warm salutations to all the activists and concerned citizens that have been actively following this Movement.
We are excited to finally be less than 30 days away from the historic Millions for Prisoners Human Rights gathering in Washington DC. This movement, we hope will culminate into future collaborations and actions by the people for the Human Rights of the prison class.
Our mission has been, as stated in summation, “To bring world attention to the 13th amendment exception clause, and highlight the increasing Movement against the Prison Industrial Enslavement Complex”. Working in conjunction with prisoners, we fully intend to seek Congressional hearings regarding the 13th, and to organize a collective to amend the 13th.
Many of you have gone far and beyond, adding to this Movement. Many of you have clearly understood that the 13th exception has been an essential tool in the dehumanization process of the Prison Class. And like many, you have said enough is enough.
We have not organized in the traditional sense; instead we have attempted to keep this 100% grassroots, by advising all those in solidarity to just “do your part” however your circumstances allow. Nor have we allowed this Movement to be tainted by faces and names. We have kept it about the mission.
Supporters across the nation are planning solidarity events to coincide with the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19th in Washington. Thus far events are being held in Riverside CA, San Jose CA, Asheville NC, Montgomery AL, Carrabelle FL, Kansas City MO, St Louis MO, Albuquerque NM, Duluth MN and Omaha NE.
Six other state representatives are currently assessing the possibility of holding solidarity demonstrations in their local areas. We encourage anyone reading this to consider facilitating a solidarity event in your town on August 19th. Exact locations and contact person information will be available on the iamweunbutu.com website by August 1st.
We are actively recruiting legal observers and training them. The National Lawyers Guild will be providing training in Washington the week prior to the march for volunteers interested in acting as Legal Observers. Exact date and time will be announced.
Logistics and General Information:
Saturday August 19th March participants are asked to meet at Freedom Plaza, located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 11:00 am, but may arrive as early as 9am. The March will begin promptly at 11:30 am from Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Park where the Rally will begin at 12:00pm. Individuals that are unable to participate in the Marching demonstration are able to go directly to Lafayette Square, located directly north of the White House on H Street, Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 16th Street NW.
Please take into consideration the summer heat and make plans accordingly. Be aware that there is no seating available at Lafayette Park. We encourage participants to dress comfortably and bring water bottles in preparation for the long day ahead.
Signs, posters and banners are welcome. However we encourage you not to bring anything that can be construed as a weapon. Flags are allowed, but not on a pole. Posters and signs are allowed, but not with the use of wooden sign posts. Instead, we encourage people to use cardboard sign posts.
Photography and Videography is encouraged, however tripods are not allowed per Park Service rules and regulations.
There are multiple ways to get from Union Station to Freedom Plaza and Lafayette Park. The easiest way might be to walk or take a metrobus or train. Please visit WMATA to find the best option.
Cars and other vehicles can utilize Union Station Parking Garage, 30 Massachusetts Ave NE, Noma/Sursum Corda, Washington, DC 20002
Buses can utilize Union Station – Bus & RV, 1st St NE, Noma/Sursum Corda, Washington, DC 20002.
For specific parking fee information and to make reservations please visit https://www.ecolonial.com/
A Millions for Prisoners Human Rights “meet and greet dinner” will be held Friday August 18th 6-9pm at Union Temple Baptist Church, located at 1225 W St. SE Washington DC 20020. This event is free, however, you must RSVP via Eventbrite, as seating is limited.
A Virtual March will be held on August 19th to ensure that the disabled along with prisoners and families affected by imprisonment, who are unable to attend the March can still participate. Visit http://millionsforprisonersvm.com/ for additional details.
The Philanthropic Coalition will be hosting a Black August Event Saturday August 19th following the March from 7- 9 pm at the Stuart Center.
The Philanthropic Coalition will also be having a Black August and BayView Honoring Banquet. Sunday August 20th 1-4pm. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As grassroots organizers, we would like to thank everyone for believing in and supporting this movement. We have a momentum going that will extend well beyond August 19th. In addition to our stated objectives, we aim to strengthen connections between the outside movement and the prison movement as well as establish coalitions for change, amongst the people that will be dedicated to ending legalized slavery and protecting the human rights of prisoners and the prison class.
We will not stop until we have completely dismantled the prison industrial slave complex!
Pushing to reestablish the prison class human rights!
Ending Legalized Slavery!
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Donations can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/themillionsforprisonershumanrightsmarch-855490/thankyou
Co-Founder iamWE Prison Advocacy Network
Lead Organizer, Millions for Prisoners Human Rights Organizing Committee