FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2016
‘Fight Toxic Prisons’ Convergence Challenges Department of Justice to Eradicate Environmental Health Hazards in U.S. Prisons
Political Prisoners and Environmentalists Vow to Stop Prison Plan on Appalachian Coal Mine
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former political prisoners will converge with environmental and prisoners’ rights activists in Washington D.C. under the banner of the #PrisonEcology movement. Direct actions, demonstrations, forums, and lobbying June 10th – 13th will focus on prison pollution affecting the 2.3 million individuals currently incarcerated in the U.S., as well as prison workers and residential communities surrounding detention facilities. The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) brought together the coalition participating in this multi-pronged weekend of protest.
“We knew we were held on a Superfund site at FCI Victorville, our only water contaminated with heavy metals and the very air we breathed laden with toxic dust,” said Eric McDavid, an environmental activist who served…
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