活動推介|監獄風雲: 一個美國黑豹黨成員的經驗分享

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日期: 2015年1月3日
時間: 6pm-8pm
地點: 實現會社 [灣仔軒尼詩道365號富德樓2/F]
{講座會以英文進行,有少量中文旁述}

Mark Cook來香港實現會社咯!
Mark是一個來自美國西雅圖的黑人民權運動者,是美國華盛頓州的政治犯。他在監獄裡成立了第一個黑豹黨的監獄分支。獲釋以後他繼續活躍於在囚犯權益議題上發聲,並創辦了監獄報<The Rock>。2012年加州監獄爆發了罷工,以抗議無限制的單獨囚禁和酷刑對待,Mark和他的朋友在運動的資訊發佈上起了關鍵的作用。
相對起白人,美國的黑人總是被更不合理和不公平對待,並因著芝麻綠豆的罪名而被判入獄。在監獄內,單獨囚禁等酷刑也是常見的。囚犯會用絕食或聯署等方法將他們的苦況公開。亞洲的朋友對於美國有色人種團體的這類組織手法相對少討論,不理解,也比較陌生。我們希望Mark可以在講座中分享他的這些經驗。

Mark Cook, a well-known Black activist from Seattle, will be coming the Coming Society. Mark was a political prisoner in Washington state and while in prison, started the first Black Panther Party chapter in the local state penetentiary. Since his release, he has been active and vocal about prisoners rights and edits a prison newsletter called The Rock. When the California prison strike took place in 2012 against indefinite solitary confinement and torture in prisons, Mark and his friends were crucial in helping spread the word. Black folks in the US are disproportionately arrested and tried for minor crimes than white counterparts. While in prison, there is use of torture tactics such as solitary confinement. Prisoners have responded through hunger strikes and petitions to publicize their conditions. There is a lot of organizing that communities of color in the US are engaged in that are not discussed or understood by people in Asia. We hope Mark’s talks can start to share these experiences.

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