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Marchers Joined by OSC for Protest and Noisemaking at County Jail
In support of the massive hunger strike currently being held by prisoners held in California prisons, which originally began at Pelican Bay State Prison and spread to over a dozen other prisons, community members gathered at Laurel Park at the Louden Nelson Community Center on the evening of Saturday, October 8 to march to the Santa Cruz County Jail where they made noise and gathered in solidarity with the prisoners held in the local jail as well as the prisoners on hunger strike across the state.
The march started at 6:30pm at Laurel Park as marchers handed out fliers and made their way down Pacific Avenue and on to the county courthouse where they picked up members of Occupy Santa Cruz, who were at that time still engaged in post general assembly meetings. The larger group which then numbered aprroximately 75 people marched across the street to the county jail, making noise and shouting chants in unison, such as, "the passion/for freedom/is stronger than all prisons," and, "no prisons/no borders/fuck law and order." People brought a variety of noisemakers, including musical instruments and five gallon plastic water jugs to drum on.
After a short speech about the repressive and self-creating nature of prison culture, protesters made their way to the front entrance of the jail for their final chants.
By September 28 of this year, 12,000 California prisoners were on hunger strike. For more info, see:
Occupy Santa Cruz's location at the county courthouse.
Santa Cruz County Jail.