On April 6th, we invite the community to gather at 4pm at the clocktower downtown to demand an end to inhumane conditions inside the county jail. Since August 2012, at least four inmates have died due to lack of medical care. In September 2012, the County Board of Supervisors outsourced medical services to a private company called California Forensic Medical Group, which has a history of lawsuits related to inmate neglect and abuse.
The conditions inside the jail amount to torture. We demand that county officials provide real healthcare for those inside, eliminate pretrial detention, fund new and better program existing homeless service and drug treatment centers outside of jail walls.
We protest in order to make these deaths visible, highlight the broader context of overcrowding and lack of healthcare inside California jails and prisons, and create a space for community empowerment. Speakers will share personal stories of struggle and resistance that shed light on the violence of the prison system and strategies for building alternative forms of justice. Then we will march through Santa Cruz to amplify these voices.
Family, friends, grannies, housemates, kids, babies, and lovers are all welcome to join us!
The event was organized by Sin Barras, a grassroots organization out of Santa Cruz working to build coalitions to resist the prison industrial complex, with the help of many allied organizations and community members.
WHAT: Sin Barras Speakout and March
WHEN: Saturday, April 6th, 2013 from 4-6:30pm
WHERE: 4pm at the Clocktower, Downtown Santa Cruz (Water St. and Pacific Ave.)