Hamilton. Ontario. It’s been a big week. The short version is the admin at Barton promised movement on a crucial demand by striking prisoners, the ability to order books from outside. However, they have not yet followed through. Negotiations are ongoing, but public attention is needed to remind the admin that stalling or dishonesty is an unacceptable way of dealing with the legitimate demands of Barton Jail prisoners.Continue reading Hamilton, Ontario: Negotiations underway inside the Barton Jail
Hamilton. Ontario. March 6 2020 — As the covid outbreak in the Barton Jail continues to worsen, about forty people gathered outside to show their support to those locked up. There are over 65 confirmed cases at the time of writing, with numbers only rising in spite of the inhuman lockdown prisoners have been facing for weeks.Continue reading Hamilton, Ontario: There is Always Resistance — Prison Demo Reportback and Solidarity with Koufontinas
Hamilton. ON. For the 12th* year in row, folks in Hamilton rung in the new year with a noise demo outside the Barton jail. COVID has changed a lot of our organizing context this year, and made a lot of traditions harder to keep, but was too important to miss.Continue reading Ontario: Hamilton New Years Noise Demo
Hamilton. ON. Today (july 29, 2020) at noon, we learned that four ranges on the Barton Jail’s fourth floor had resumed a hunger strike, with at least 60 prisoners confirmed to be participating.Continue reading #Hamilton, #ON: Collective Action For The Win! Hunger Strike in #Barton Quickly Forces Concessions from the Admin
Hamilton. ON. At about 4:30pm on June 19th, 2020, all prisoners of the 4B range, in the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Center (aka Barton Jail), sent back their trays and announced a hunger strike. Since COVID-19 measures hit jails some months back, the quality of food has greatly declined.Continue reading #Hamilton, #ON: Hunger Strike in the #Barton Jail
Hamilton. Ontario. There have been a number of updates from the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project (https://www.facebook.com/pg/bartonsolidarityproject) about conditions in the facility over the past month, and we compile them here.Continue reading #Hamilton, #Ontario: Recent Updates from the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project
Hamilton. Ontario. The prisoners of Barton Jail continue to feel that they are forgotten. Telling us that ‘No one stands up for prisoners, we don’t have a voice’ and that its a relief to have a number to call to tell the outside about what happening inside.Continue reading #Hamilton, #Ontario: Update message from #Barton #prisoners
Last Friday, April 10, the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project (BAPSOP) published a report that some prisoners had been attacked by guards after refusing a lockdown, and today two actions occurred to support the prisoners and call for their immediate release. During the day, there was a public call for a car demo, then at night, an invite-only action to go set off lights and fireworks.Continue reading #Hamilton – Two Demos for Barton Prisoners: What’s possible in the streets during Covid?
Hamilton. ON. April 7, 2020. For the past two weeks, we have heard from dozens of prisoners locked up behind the walls of the Hamilton-Wentworth detention centre. People are feeling scared about catching the virus, concerned for their families, and angry about the myths that are being reported about the conditions that they’re living in.
Some prisoners, despite fear of reprisals from guards, have decided that it’s worth risking their own safety to get their stories out. As one put it, “this is bigger than me”.Continue reading Lambs to the Slaughter: An #Ontario prisoner on #COVID-19 behind bars
Hamilton- ON. April 1, 2020. Since last Friday when it was confirmed that a Barton Jail employee tested positive for the coronavirus, we’ve been on the phone daily with inmates asking how the news has played out on the inside. Today, the jail is on lockdown — just the most recent in a string of at least ten lockdowns in the last month. This one, however, is expected to last since it’s caused by guards no longer showing up to work due to the virus. It is expected to last until at least Thursday, though some have been told to expect it to last even longer.Continue reading #Hamilton, #ON in times of the #coronavirus: #Barton jail update – Freeing all the prisoners is possible