February 22, 2013

Political and Vegan Prisoners United In Hunger Strike

Dickerson Detention Facility & Wayne County Jail, Michigan, U.S.A. – February 22, 2013

“You can jail the revolutionary.  You can’t jail the revolution.” – Fred Hampton    
     
For our various actions in defense of the animals, the earth, or oppressed minorities, we are behind bars while the criminals who run this country are free to torture animals, rape the planet and jail dissenters with impunity.  We are the prisoners of conscience and the state needs to silence us.  They lock us in these cells to isolate us from the apathetic and complacent masses to allow their corruption to flourish unimpeded.

But we will never be silenced.  From behind bars, we will unite our respective struggles, we will recruit and multiply, and from the bowels of their system, our armies will rise.

In a demonstration of solidarity, defiance and organized resistance, several prisoners began a 7-day hunger strike at 12:01 a.m. this morning that will end at 11:59 p.m. on February 28.  We are inviting our friends, supporters and resisters everywhere to do what your conscience dictates and take actions in solidarity with us against oppressors and in defense of the earth and the animals all week long while we fast.  If we want to get a glimpse of what a cohesive resistance movement could look like, now is the time to stop using words and start taking coherent action.

The Hunger Strikers
Camille Marino (#2012027580) is the founder of Negotiation Is Over! (NIO) and a Vegan Animal Liberation activist.  After repeated arrests last year for exposing vivisectors, spending most of 2012 in jail, and enduring the FDLE raid on her home, she is currently serving 6 months at the Dickerson Detention Facility in Hamtramck, Michigan, where she continues to radicalize the inmates.

Ebony Malcom (#2012017262) is a Black Sovereign and aspiring vegan.  In a singularly blatant and corrupt fashion, her constitutional rights have been trampled and are being held in abeyance, due to her politics.  Rather than beg or plead with the oppressors for mercy, she has chosen to sit in jail indefinitely and petition the court of appeals.  She is incarcerated in Wayne County Jail in Detroit, Michigan, where she continues to radicalize the inmates.

Nichole Hollingsworth (#2010025850) is a federal prisoner being held at Dickerson while awaiting transfer to federal prison.  While she was victimized by the system, abused and manipulated by a corrupt older authority figure, and has made some mistakes, she is now vegan and committed to Animal Liberation.  She is working to make vegan meals available in jail (and prison) on religious grounds.  She is also becoming astute at weaving the vegan Animal Liberation message into the Christian ministry as a vehicle to reach and recruit the masses behind bars.

Carol Gilbert (#2013000776) is now a paraplegic who fights for the rights of the disabled.  Prior to her accident, 12 years in prison made her an active prison abolitionist.  She joins this hunger strike to shed light on the needs of disabled prisoners who, like the animals in the vivisectors’ labs, are abused, neglected, intimidated and forgotten.

Several recently-released prisoners from Dickerson, as well as local activists, are expected to gather outside the facility at 1:00 p.m. for a brief demonstration of unprecedented unity among different groups, to show resistance against all oppression, and promote the vegan agenda.
Racism and sexism were constructs of the white power patriarchy to keep different oppressed groups marginalized.  We must erase all of the imaginary lines that have served to factionalize us and reclaim our power.

Animal Liberation will be achieved when the detriments of animal abuse outweigh the benefits.


Founded by Camille Marino in 2008, NIO strives to be an instrument of defiance, disruption, disobedience, subversion, creative & aggressive grassroots action, and a catalyst for revolutionary change.

Contact:

Camille Marino
Dickerson Detention Facility
#2012027580
3501 Hamtramck Drive
Hamtramck MI 48212

Camille’s assistant:  Elizabeth Tobier, elizabethtobier@gmail.com, (917) 676-0383
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