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Prisoners’ Justice Day

August 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Let’s join together for Prisoners’ Justice Day 2023

As members of the community in and around Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, we are coming together in solidarity for a non-violent protest against state violence and a vigil to commemorate deaths behind bars in honour of Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD). Our goal is to bring attention to:
  • the harms of incarceration including the abuse, deaths, and inhumane treatment of people within prisons, jails, and other carceral institutions;
  • justice-seeking groups and the work being done within our communities to support imprisoned people and end imprisonment as a response to social problems; and
  • how to get involved to make transformative change and demand justice.

PJD is an event held annually to remember, learn, and take action for incarcerated people. Let’s pledge to work and make a safer humane world together where everyone can thrive.

Informal speeches will be made by formerly incarcerated people, family members, and community members, while allies and comrades read from imprisoned people. Space will also be made for anyone who wants to speak.

Date and time: Thursday, August 10th from 12:00 (noon) to 2:00 PM
Location: Canadian Tribute to Human Rights (a.k.a. Human Rights Monument), 220 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7

What to bring:

  1. Yourself.
  2. Friends, family, coworkers, or comrades (please share this invite!).
  3. Water, sunscreen, umbrella, chair, or any supplies you may need to stay safe.
  4. (optional) A protest sign/poster that supports the spirit of PJD and/or info about your group or activities related to justice for imprisoned people (e.g., pamphlets, business cards, QR codes
  5. (optional) A song, a poem, or a few words of reflection to share

For more info about PJD, visit: https://cp-ep.org/prisoners-justice-day/

About Prisoners’ Justice Day:

“PJD emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary on August 10th, 1974. It was first observed in 1975, and in 1976 the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication “To All Prisoners and Concerned Peoples from Across Canada”, calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon and Robert Landers, who also died alone in solitary confinement… Since that time, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside the prison”.

*Excerpt from Volume 18(1&2) of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons


August 10, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP)
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Human Rights Monument
220 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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