For the second year in a row, New Orleans answered the North American call-out for anti-prison noise demos with their own demonstration against Orleans Parish Prison on New Years Eve. The demonstration coincided beautifully with the fortieth anniversary of the night Mark Essex shot and killed a cop outside of central lockup, beginning his 8-day terror campaign against the NOPD.
The night marked an escalation in tactics in the recent struggle against OPP. Demonstrators waltzed up to the “tent-city” section of OPP, and with pots, buckets and drums shattered the deceptive calm usually surrounding New Orleans’ most reviled establishment. Individuals then smashed the House of Detention’s front office window, while “FUCK PRISONS (A)” was tagged on a wall and “ACAB” on a memorial to fallen officers.
The intention of noise demos is to momentarily break the isolation of prison with a cacophony of solidarity. Using drums and instruments we remind those imprisoned that we are fighting to destroy all prisons in pursuit of total liberation. For us this means no number of consent decrees will legitimate OPP, that it should not be reformed but demolished.