NAMI Thurston-Mason Supports the MLK Day Candlelight Rally to End Mass incarceration!

Peaceful Candlelight Rally to End Mass Incarceration

 Who:               Prison Voice Washington

What:             Peaceful candlelight rally to end mass incarceration

When:             Monday, January 20, 2020 – MLK Day – from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Where:           North steps of the Legislative Bldg. on Capitol Campus in Olympia

How:               Many organizations are joining Prison Voice Washington (prisonvoicewa.org) in this moment of unity, including ACLU of Washington, Alliances, Black Prisoners Caucus of WSR, Civil Survival, Community Passageways, Concerned Lifers Organization, Designed Conviction, Disability Rights Washington, Faith Action Network, Freedom Project, Justice Involved Student Group at Evergreen, Latino Development Organization, M.O.R.E, Poverty Action Network, Prison Policy Initiative, Projects for a Civil Society – Alternatives to Violence Project, Quaker Voice, Seattle Clemency Project, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington Defender Association.

On the evening of January 20, the community of prisoners’ friends and families, former prisoners, churches, advocates, attorneys, prison organization, victims and others affected by the criminal justice system will gather peacefully and light candles to bring attention to mass incarceration in this state.

Prison Voice Washington will provide flameless candles to represent the 1,300 men and women who will die in prison because their sentences are so long. The candles paint a picture in lights of the cost to them and to all of us whose lives are touched by mass incarceration.

There will be music, including a song written by prisoners and performed by blues singer/social activist Deborah Hawley. Caleb Twidwell, formerly incarcerated singer/songwriter will perform, as well as Manifest Something Beautiful, a hip-hop group.

Speeches from justice-involved individuals include: Kurtis Robinson, Jeremiah Bourgeois, Aaron and Mari Borrero, John Latham, Tarra Simmons and Annie Williams.

We ask legislators to begin the process to end mass incarceration by examining the various laws that have led to lengthy sentences with little emphasis on rehabilitation. The result has been the diversion of revenues to jails and prisons away from education and training, medical and mental health services, housing, and other programs that provide pathways to independence and success.

Contact: You can list your organization’s name to join your voice to that of Prison Voice Washington at prisonvoicewa.org or contact Carol Estes at allegria88ce@gmail.com.