When: Friday September 9, 2016 at 7pm (dinner at 7pm, film to start at 7:30)
Where: La Deferle – 1407 Rue Valois (coin Ste-Catherine, Metro Joliette)
What: Film screening of a documentary about the Attica prison riots and $5-10 suggested donation multi-course dinner (NOTAFLOF)! The food will be vegan, let us know if there are other dietary restrictions.
September 9, 1971: two weeks after the killing of George Jackson at San Quentin State Prison (in California), about 1,000 of the Attica (NY) prison’s approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and seized control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage. During the following four days of negotiations, authorities agreed to 28 of the prisoners’ demands, such as better medical treatment, fair visitation rights, and an end to physical brutality, but would not agree to demands for complete amnesty from criminal prosecution for the prison takeover. Eventually, state police took back control of the prison. When the uprising was over, at least 43 people were dead, including ten correctional officers and civilian employees, and 33 inmates.
September 9, 2016: Prisoners across the United States will begin a work-stoppage to shut down prisons all across the country. From their callout: “We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.” Prisoners in the United States are forced to work in privatized prisons for pennies per hour, if anything at all, effectively continuing the racialized slavery that was supposedly abolished after the Civil War. Because those who are organizing for the strike on the inside are already beginning to face repercussions for their actions, and are likely to face more, outside support and amplification of these struggles is critical at this moment.
Extra info: Just a heads up that over 40 people died in the course of this uprising and the film is likely to be intense and include television footage from the time. Feel free to set up support systems for yourself if needed, the organizers of this event will not be able to offer much in the way of support since this is being organized last minute by few people.
This film will be in english, most likely without french subtitles, unless we can find them in time. There will be whisper translation available.
Accessibility info about the venue: Le Deferle is an anarchist social space located in Hochelaga. It is on the first floor of the building, but there is one step up into the space. There is a gender neutral bathroom on site that is not wheelchair accessible.