America is seen as the dominant capitalist country in the world, and it follows that, by being the prison capital of the world. America had, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2010 – about 0.7% of adults in the U.S. resident population. This is way more than Russia and more than China, which is a country with a quarter of the earth's population. The American prison population really started to rocket into stratospheric regions from the 1980's onward. It now has more people caged up than all of the other developed countries put together. It is also supposed to be a country based on justice and freedom but still manages to pass sentences 100 years or more on people. Though violent crime had fallen in America between 1992 and 2003, life sentences have risen dramatically by 83% during the same period. The year 2012 saw 43 executions in America, a total of 1,320 since 1976. The prison system has been called a crime against humanity, the death penalty is no more and no less than authoritarian state murder.
Land of Freedom, leader of the free democratic world? Cage capital of the world!!!
On December 31st, at least 60 people responded to the call for a noise demo outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in downtown Manhattan. The crowd easily filled the street in front of the institution and an aural ruckus filled the air from noisemakers, voices, air horns, a variety of drums, and even a proper brass trumpet.
Anti-prison and anti-police chants from the crowd accompanied a banner reading "BURN THE PRISON SOCIETY." Rebels in the street cheered on the caged and excluded as they banged on their windows, flicked lights on and off, and gave other signals of life from within an otherwise deadening, lifeless building. We moved back and forth around the building to be sure everyone could hear our screams and tried to be as close as possible to the cell of anarchist hacker Jeremy Hammond as we chanted his name.
Let's make 2013 a terrifying year for capitalists and state operatives the world over and a joyous year for those seeking the triumph of life over death.
OUR PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THEIR PRISONS
FOR THE ANNIHILATION OF PRISON AND THE PRISON-SOCIETY
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