Freedom, Equality, Solidarity
Welcome to the Olympia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Our general membership meetings are the third Saturday of every month at 4pm, at the MIXX studios at 119 Washington St SE in Olympia. Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting, but to fully participate you will need to become a member. If you would like to sign up, you can do so here: dsausa.org/join
If you would like more information or if you are interested in joining and would like a chance to meet one of our organizers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Prison Strike
Both DSA National and our Local have endorsed the National Prison Strike! The strike begins August 21st and is planned to last until September 9th. The National Prison Strike is led by incarcerated people directly. In prisons throughout the nation, incarcerated people will begin work strikes, sit-ins and hunger strikes. The demands are:
- Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
- An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
- The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
- The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human
- shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
- An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
- An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
- No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
- State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
- Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
- The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.
Strike organizers are asking supporters to get the word out. They need you to help them change prison conditions now, end prison slavery, stop racist policing, and allocate more resources to rehabilitation:
- Learn about the Prison Strike here. This site includes the full list of demands, downloadable zines, posters, and flyers.
- Contact your local, state, and federal political representatives with these demands. Ask them where they stand.
- Amplify incarcerated voices on social media using hashtags #August21 and #prisonstrike