New years in Southern Ontario wouldn't be complete without a festive expression of our rage against prisons and the world which requires them. For the seventh year running, we brought the party to several local institutions of control and isolation, in order to show those trapped inside for the holidays that they aren't alone.
"We love to party and celebrate on New Year’s and this tradition has allowed us to do so in a spirit of antagonism and solidarity. We can have fun in a way that actually inspires us and that brings some joy to people who are locked up. Connecting through the walls with prisoners is a direct action against the alienation and separation that prison creates and it transforms the urban space, bringing in to focus the prisons that dot the landscape and making vivid the coercive violence of the state that controls our lives. Prison impacts us every day, whether or not we’re locked up, and the New Year’s Noise Demos make this conflict tangible."
With giant banners, booming bass drums and machine gun fire of a snare drum we gathered in front of the downtown Jackson jail/sheriff's office, where prisoners are held for up to a year, to condemn prison society and celebrate the new year with the prisoners. We started on the street pounding out rhythms from behind our 2 giant banners. The prisoners were flashing their cell lights on and off and whooping at us. We Climbed the stairs to the court yard where we were not 20 feet from the nearest cells, some of which had things like "Help me please, god help yourself" scrawled on the windows.