Thursday, August 10, 2017

Press Release


Media Contact                      
Azzurra Crispino
512-300-5559
       Prison Abolition Prisoner Support


MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS ON ATX SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE & RALLY

Austin, TX: In solidarity with the Millions for Prisoners March on Washington and associated actions nationwide, a rally and school supply drive will take place in Austin, Texas on Sat, August 12th from noon to 2pm at Travis County Jail Central Booking, 500 W. 10th St. Austin Texas 78701. As made popular by Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, the 13th Amendment – which was meant to abolish slavery – includes an exception for those convicted of a crime. Prisoners are legally considered slaves in the US!  These actions call to #AmendThe13th in order to #EndSlavery once and for all.

Attendees will bring school supplies, which will then be distributed to children at risk of falling into the schools-to-prison pipeline. Sponsored by a large coalition of community groups, including: Justice 4 Rodney Reed, Counter Balance ATX, Free Alabama Movement, Texas Jail Project, Grassroots Leadership, ICE Fuera de Austin/ICE Out of Austin, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, Alianza Latina Internacional, Inmate Lives Matter - Texas Chapter, Fight for 15 Texas, Prison Justice League, and Prison Abolition Prisoner Support.

The event will include music composed and performed by a current prisoner, currently and formerly incarcerated speakers representing city and county jails, state and federal prison, and immigrant detention centers, and family members of those incarcerated and victims of crimes.  “This is our chance to finally abolish slavery. Don’t you want to be able to tell your grandchildren you helped do that, even if it took to 2017 to do it?” says organizer Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support, as to why this event is being put together.

Those unable to attend the rally in person can still donate school supplies at various community locations.



MEDIA AVAILABILITY: CURRENTLY AND FORMERLY INCARCERATED, FAMILY MEMBERS, ORGANIZERS, SPANISH AND ENGLISH.

VIDEO, PICTURE AND AUDIO AVAILABILITY (after the rally):  

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