Mumia Abu Jamal

DEFEND PRISONERS

Payday continues to support many collective and individual campaigns by prisoners. We have joined with Legal Action for Women (LAW) and other organisations (run overwhelmingly by women) to oppose the death penaltymiscarriages of justice (including Joint Enterprise), prison conditions, prisoners' economic exploitation and slavery and above all the cruel and inhumane use of solitary confinement - a policy used to punish rebellious inmates.

Prisoners in the US and UK are disproportionately people of colour coming from poor communities where they have suffered racism and discrimination even before those of us who are not white face the racism of the criminal justice systems.

It is generally recognized that the vast majority of women in prison have committed crimes of poverty often in an effort to feed their children. Mothers in prison face the extra excruciating punishment of separation from their kids who they have spent their lives protecting.

And women – partners, mothers, sisters, daughters of prisoners – have been the most resolute campaigners against prison injustices, always supporting their loved ones inside. Whenever we could, we have campaigned internationally, opposing the prison systems in the US, the UK and elsewhere.

With organisations in Global Women Against Deportations, we have campaigned to close immigration detention centres everywhere.

5 prisoners fighting for justice
Protest at Yarls Wood
RCP-28-June-21-protest-panoramique

Solitary confinement is a crime Webinar

12 May 2021

By Legal Action for Women, Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike, Payday men’s network

Watch a wide-ranging panel of speakers from around the world as well as so many justice campaigners making their case against cruel and inhumane solitary confinement.

Don’t deport Maru Mora Villalpando

1 February 2018
Protest for Maru

By Payday men’s network

Long time immigration rights activist Maru Mora Villalpando who has spearheaded the fight against the North West Detention Centre near Tacoma in the US was threatened by deportation in 2018. She won her battle thanks to an international protest.

Supporting Prisoners: Dallas 6

22 March 2017
Dallas 6 prisoners

By Payday men’s network

In 2010, six African American prisoners at SCI Dallas staged a peaceful protest to blow the whistle on the torture inflicted by the guards on inmates of all races. For their stand, they were viciously beaten and charged with riot.

Trans prisoners – some facts

16 October 2016
Trans prisoner Tara Hudson

By Queer Strike & Payday

Discrimination against trans people make them at risk of economic insecurity. The violence they suffer in prisons is a continuation of trans people’s civilian life.

The 2013 prisoners strike against solitary confinement in the US

1 December 2015
Support to prisoners on strike

By Payday men’s network

On 8 July 2013, 30,000 prisoners across California stopped eating and went on work strike to end long-term solitary confinement… and won two years later!

Supporting Prisoners: Reverend Edward Pinkney

1 December 2015
Rev Pinkney and wife

By Payday men’s network

In 2014, Reverend Edward Pinkney, grassroots leader of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO) was jailed, accused of altering a recall petition against the Benton Harbor Mayor who was supporting tax evasion.

Close immigration detention centres

15 June 2015

By Payday men’s network

For decades, we have campaigned to close down immigration detention centres and opposed the unjust and racist imprisonment of people who have committed no crime.

Connecting the movements against war & against prisons

17 March 2012
Eric Gjertsen

By Eric Gjertsen, Payday men’s network

A speech on Anti-capitalism Behind Bars workshop at the Left Forum.