Some students and faculty from our department are among the community organizers of a vigil on the eve of Prisoners' Justice Day. As the event organizers explain: "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 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 then, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside prison walls, to commemorate deaths in custody and to demand justice for the human rights atrocities that states and their officials authorize and engage in."
VIGIL ON THE EVE OF PRISONERS’ JUSTICE DAY 2018
Unceded and Unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Human Rights Monument – Corner of Elgin and Lisgar
August 9, 2018 - 7pm