International Prisoner’s Justice Day
Join us on Sunday, August 12th after the 7:00 p.m. Service for a special event!
Please join the Social Justice Network (SJN) Sunday, August 12 after the 7:00 p.m. Service to commemorate International Prisoner’s Justice Day with a prayer walk to the Don Jail. The focus of this year’s Prisoners’ Justice Day is the impact that having a parent in prison has on children.
What started as a one time event behind the walls of Millhaven Prison has become an international day of solidarity. On this day, August 10th, prisoners around the world fast, refuse to work, and remain in their cells while those of us on the outside organize to show our solidarity with those struggling behind the bars, to show that they are not forgotten and to draw attention to the conditions inside prisons.
General consensus on the purpose of Prisoner’s Justice Day is that it is a day of mourning, remembrance, advocacy and protest. It is a day when prisoner’s have the opportunity to mourn the death of fellow prisoner’s often referred to as, “brothers” and “sisters” who lost their lives while serving their sentences. It is a day when prisoner’s and prisoner advocates can give a voice to some of the stories of injustice and human rights abuses that occur within the prison system.
To do nothing in response to personal or social problems, is probably the greatest sin we commit against others and ourselves. Moreover, every life is of immense value. Injustices done, no matter where, or to whom deserve a proactive and compassionate response. Compassion also involves grief, which is within everyone’s right to express.