Please hold in your hearts the moms, sisters, dads, nieces and other family members trying to end the nightmare of having their loved ones in cold storage isolation for years at a time. They need us right now!
They are holding an "I AM A MOM" press action on April 4 in Chicago. We appeal to you and all the good people of Chicago to join them in solidarity.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4 at 11:45am (Press event starts at noon so don't be late. We need numbers.)
WHERE: Meet at the James R. Thompson Center plaza at 100 W. Randolph for a press conference and speak-out and then we walk to AFSCME, Council 31 headquarters at 205 N. Michigan Avenue.
WHAT: We will march peacefully from the IDOC headquarters and governor's office at the James R. Thompson Center over to AFSCME. We will be lead by the moms, dads, sisters, and other loved-ones of men at Tamms.
WHY: To remind the governor, the Illinois Department of Corrections and the public that closing Tamms supermax is not about jobs, but about human dignity. Our march will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 44th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, and commemorate his collaboration with AFSCME in their common effort to win rights for striking sanitation workers.
Our marchers will carry signs that read "I AM A MAN" just like those carried in Memphis, but here signifying that men at Tamms, and prisoners everywhere have fundamental human rights. Other signs will read "I AM A MOM" and "I AM A SON" to indicate that the families of men at Tamms are also devastated by the prison's soul destroying regime of solitary confinement and sensory deprivation.
I AM A MOM
I AM A MAN
I AM NOT A BYSTANDER
MY BROTHER IS A HUMAN BEING
MY SON IS NOT A PAYCHECK
WE SUPPORT UNIONS THAT SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS
TORTURE IS A CRIME--NOT A CAREER
A HEALTHY ECONOMY IS NOT BASED ON SUFFERING
WHAT WOULD MLK DO?