Monday, February 20 2012 (President’s Day)
Demonstration at San Quentin Prison – East Gate – 12noon-3pm
END MASS INCARCERATION
*Abolish Inhumane Conditions and Torture
*Abolish Unjust Sentences including the Death Penalty, Life Without Possibility of Parole, Three Strikes
*Solidarity with Prisoner Movements for Human Rights
*Free Political Prisoners
*End Repression of Activists
*Development of People Not Prisons
Join us in listening to the voices of people in prisons and those who have had first-hand experiences within the prison industry. There will be a full program based on the reading of statements written by people in prisons, presentations and music. Bring banners, bring solidarity, bring a willingness to listen and learn about what is happening inside and why we need to stand up and demand change. We ask that the spirit of solidarity with people in prisons, their loved ones and formerly incarcerated people create a safe space for all on February 20th.
Called for by Prisoners
Sponsored by Occupy Oakland
Angela Davis * Elaine Brown * All of Us or None * Critical Resistance *
Campaign to End the Death Penalty * California Coalition for Women
Prisoners * Kevin Cooper Defense Committee * Oscar Grant Committee * Labor
Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal * Iraq Veterans Against the War –
SF Bay Area Chapter * STW Legacy Network * San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
* and many others <http://occupy4prisoners.org/endorsers/>
Actions in Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Fresno, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC and the list is growing:<http://occupy4prisoners.org/actions/>
Important information for the demonstration at San Quentin on February 20th, 2012.
The demonstration will be from 12noon to 3:00pm at the East Gate.
Sign up for a ride or to volunteer for carpool. We strongly encourage you to go to a meet-up for a ride or to carpool.
Oakland: meet-up at Oscar Grant Plaza/ 14th and Broadway – 10am
San Francisco: meet-up is at 1540 Market @ Van Ness – 10am
Directions and parking information PLEASE READ, especially if you are going to the prison without going to a meet-up first. There will be NO PARKING on the road leading up to the prison or in the prison parking lot. You will need to park about a mile away and either walk or wait for the shuttle to bring you closer to the prison.
This shuttle, however, may only be able to bring you within a short walking distance to the gate. If you need a ride all way up to the gate, please share that information in the rides sign-up or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, as you may need to arrive early. Public transportation options – Please consider the available public transportation, including bus routes from SF, Marin and Richmond.
Occupy San Quentin will feature reading of statements by people in prisons, art, music and bringing together our movements. This demonstration is in solidarity with those behind prison walls, their loved ones, and formerly incarcerated people. These communities ask that the spirit of solidarity create a safe space for all on February 20th.
We encourage people coming to the Occupy San Quentin demonstration to join one of the meet-ups at 10 am at Oscar Grant Plaza/14th and Broadway in Oakland or at 1540 Market @ Van Ness in San Francisco.
If you will be coming from another location, below are driving directions to the prison. The demonstration is at the East Gate.
You will NOT be able to exit on the first exit after the Richmond bridge, which is the exit often taken to get to San Quentin. Please follow the directions below:
Directions to San Quentin:
FROM SANTA ROSA:
1. Take South 101 and follow the off ramp to the Richmond Bridge.
2. Exit at E. Francisco Blvd.
3. Turn left onto Bellam Blvd. (stop light at the bottom of the exit ramp).
4. Take an immediate right onto E. Francisco Blvd., which becomes the frontage road to San Quentin Prison.
FROM SAN FRANCISCO:
1. Take North 101 and exit at E. Francisco Blvd.
2. Turn left onto Bellam Blvd. (stop light at the bottom of the exit ramp).
3. Take an immediate right onto E. Francisco Blvd., which becomes the frontage road to San Quentin Prison.
FROM RICHMOND/EAST BAY:
1. Cross the Richmond Bridge and continue towards 101 North.
2. Exit at Francisco Blvd. and turn right onto Bellam Blvd..
3. Take an immediate right onto E. Francisco Blvd., which becomes the frontage road to San Quentin Prison
Please note that you will not be able to park in the prison parking lot, on “Main Street” near the prison, or on part of Francisco Boulevard E that is closest to the prison. Main Street leading up to the prison will be blocked off by the Sheriff’s department by the freeway.
There should be street parking available Francisco Blvd East, where the driving directions above lead you. There will be signs and people to direct you to the appropriate parking.
After you park you can walk to the East Gate of San Quentin, about 1 to 1.5 miles. Or you can wait for the “shuttle” which will be driving people to the end of the road where it will be blocked off. From the blocked off point, it is less than .2 miles to the East Gate.
Please contact us if you need a ride all the way up to the East Gate and we will try and coordinate an early arrival for you, or if you have any other questions or requests. Occupy4prisoners@gmail.com