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Friday, 4 December 2015

Until All Are Free! Campaign fighting for the release of IPP

From the 31st October to the 8th November 2015, a week of action took place against the prison industrial complex in the UK.  anarchists group, working with others from across the UK, traveled to different cities each day to target the companies connected with the North Wales Prison Project (Europe’s second biggest prison currently in construction).

Actions also took place as part of the Smash IPP campaign, a campaign fighting for the release of IPP – indeterminate sentences for public protection – prisoners. The IPP sentence has been abolished, yet thousands of people remain in prison unable to get out with no clear date of release. These sentences are destroying lives leading to increased suicides and self harm, as well as the grief and despair of families.

A demonstration was held in the town centre and Cardiff Probation Office to as part of the Smash IPP day of action. Hundreds of leaflets were distributed. A run-in demo also took place at Faithful and Gould, project managers for the North Wales Prison project.

TuesdayOneTuesday 3rd was a busy day of action in Birmingham. More companies were targeted that are connected to the prison building programme. A noisy highstreet demo took place in Solihull, the location of Lend Lease, the main construction company building the prison. Stalls were held at local prisons to meet IPP prisoner families, including at HMP Oakwood, the UK’s largest prison run for profit by G4S.

On Wednesday 4th organisers were confronted by Hipster Security Guards at the office of BIM Technologies in Manchester. Other run-in demos took place, including at the huge offices of Lend Lease. Stalls were held at the local prisons and good connections were made with local people.

thus1On Thursday 5th, the North Wales Prison itself was confronted by activists, including two that D-locked their heads to the gates, delaying traffic for the day. Local press coverage highlighted the reasons for the action and in the evening a film showing took place in Wrexham about the prison abolition movement in the US. Meanwhile in London, a group of people came together to learn about the UK’s plans to fund a new prison in Jamaica. A group has emerged that wish to campaign against the project (contact us to get linked up and get involved).

Overall it was an inspiring week and the first of many. The UK is becoming increasingly repressive, with its CCTV, immigration raids, prison expansion and cultural hegemony rationalising the prison society we live in. The only way to resist this is in the streets, with our time, energy and bodies confronting state control of our lives with all we have. Until All Are Free!

To get involved in the CAPE Campaign email  info@cape-campaign.org

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