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Valentine's Day Jail Solidarity Noise Demo

our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons!
Our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons! Jail solidarity noise demonstration on Valentine's Day!!!

Tuesday February 14th, 2012
8pm - 9:30 pm
Donald E Long Juvenile Detention Center
1401 NE 68th Ave., Portland, OR

Meet at the Rose Quarter Transit Center at 7:30 pm to take the MAX out to the demo, or meet us there. Bring your signs, banners, pots and pans, drums, sound systems, and anything else you need to make lots and lots of noise. Wear black.

No matter how critical of the holiday we may be, Valentine's Day remains a time when we are told to celebrate those we love and cherish in our lives. Although we often concern ourselves with that which we hate, it is equally true that this hatred is the flip-side to our love for each other, for revolt, for friends and lovers we have yet to meet. Prison society, above all, is built in a way which seeks to separate us, to try to break the intense emotional connections that we build as we struggle against the State and capital. For those held captive by the state, so many remain separated from their lovers, spouses, parents, and friends, keeping them from being able to adequately express their love and their desire for others on the outside. Others, trapped in the invisible prisons of gender normativity and compulsory heterosexuality, are punished for being with their lovers on the inside. So many of us as well find ourselves imprisoned by misery and depression that comes with not having the romantic relationships that we're "supposed to have." The only love worth having is that which is a love for revolt and the necessary complicities that come with it. Join us on February 14th to reach out to the kids in the juvenile detention center to once again show that love and revolt will never be separated by prison walls.

(Text lovingly borrowed from comrades in Chicago.)