Wednesday, April 18, 2012



Thursday, April 19th is the National Day of Action to Stop Mass Incarceration.

Called by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, these national actions has everything to do with, and joins with, the upsurge associated with this "Trayvon Martin moment."  There will be rallies and demonstrations in cities across the country,  from New York to Houston, to Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.   The vigilante murder of Trayvon Martin concentrates the racial profiling that leads into more than 2.4 million people being warehoused in prison and the millions more who are treated like second-class citizens even after they've served their sentences.  

April 19th will be a day of standing up and saying NO MORE to all of this.  This will be a day of teach-ins and rallies in high schools and colleges; a day of youth, tired of being demonized, taking to the streets—joined by many others from different backgrounds, races and nationalities who stand with them; a day of speaking bitterness to the way the whole criminal justice system abuses millions of people. All saying in a powerful voice: NO to mass incarceration and all its consequences.

In New York, people meet 4 pm at One Police Plaza in downtown Manhattan. We will rally and speak out there, and at 5:30 pm will march uptown to Union Square for a closing rally.

April 19th Convergences:
4:00 PM Downtown at the Five Points MARTA Station for a protest, speak-out, street theater and march.
5:00 pm - Federal Plaza at Dearborn & Adams
Los Angeles:
4:00 pm - Pershing Square, 5th & Olive, Downtown LA;  5:00 PM - March to LAPD Headquarters.
New York City:
4:00 pm - One Police Plaza, downtown Manhattan; 5:30 pm - March to Union Square.
San Francisco Bay Area:
12 noon - Rally, California State Building, Van Ness & McAllister - March to Federal Building, 7th and Mission Streets.
3:00 PM - 3rd and James in Seattle- Picket and Speakout in front of King County Jail.

Steve Yip, P.O. Box 941, Knickerbocker Station, New York, New York 10002-0900 * 866-841-9139 x2670,

"If you don't have a poetic spirit -- or at least a poetic side -- it is very dangerous for you to lead a Marxist movement or be the leader of a socialist state."    -- Bob Avakian, 1990

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