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Press Conference on Boston Activists held in Philadelphia Jails
07 Aug 2000
Released Boston RNC Protester and City Counselor Condemn Philadelphia Jail Conditions. Press Conference and Rally to be held on Steps of State House.
Released Boston RNC Protester and City Counselor Condemn Philadelphia Jail Conditions.


Tuesday, August 8, 2000
Massachusetts State House, Front Steps, 1:00 p.m.

Contact: Matt Borus: 617-983-2254, Email: mborus (at)

BOSTON, Mass. - August 7, 2000. On Tuesday, August 8, Boston City Councilman Chuck Turner and Erica Sagrans, a recently released Boston activist, will join Boston family and friends of six imprisoned Bostonians to call for the unconditional release of all nonviolent demonstrators incarcerated in last week's Philadelphia demonstrations. As police brutality escalates, prison conditions worsen and due process is circumvented, over 300 nonviolent demonstrators remain in prison. The demonstrators were arrested last week for their participation or attempted participation in non-violent direct actions surrounding the Republican National Convention to expose the brutality and injustice of the United States Criminal Justice System.

In a calculated effort to discourage and criminalize political activism, Philadelphia courts have set exorbitant bails as high as $1,000,000. In a unified reaction to police brutality and neglect, some prisoners have refused food and drink for at least three days. One mother has been arrested protesting the cruel treatment of her incarcerated son. As Philadelphia police continue to neglect and abuse some prisoners, recently released activists are speaking out. Philadelphia's Independent Media Center has reported several first hand accounts of arrestees (see ). Tuesday's Press Conference will showcase this injustice in reports by victims of past police-brutality, and family and supporters of the currently incarcerated Bostonians.

The United States Criminal Justice System boasts the highest incarceration rate of any nation in the world. In an attempt to shine the public light of scrutiny on this fundamentally unjust system the Boston activists unwittingly became victims themselves.

# # # #

Please call the following Boston city officials:

Charles Yancey 617-635-3131
Daniel Conley 617-635-4210
Maura Hennigan 617-635-4227
Brian Honan 617-635-3113
Chuck Turner (will be at the Press Conference!!!) 617-635-3510 Call and thank
him for his support.

AND AGAIN - Philly numbers. Please call
MAYOR JOHN STREET - 215-686-2181
District Attorney - 215-686-7508
Capt. Fisher - 215-685-3684
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