Monday, June 07, 2004

Holy crimestrike, Batman!

Prisoners are to go on strike to show their solidarity with prisoners tortured in Abu Ghraib.

The horror.

I don't know whether I was more shocked by the fact that there was an organisation such as the Australian Prisoner's Union or that prisoners actually thought they did something valuable during the day that would be sorely missed if they stopped.

A strike generally means laying down tools. Refusing to do what one is paid to do at a place of employment. What, exactly are prisoners going to stop doing? Refuse to lie on their cots? Refuse to break into spontaneous knife fights? Refuse, for a day, to be assholes locked away from the rest of society? For a moment I move beyond the incredulous to the genuinely curious and decide that the only thing that would truly resemble being on strike in a prison is not actually being imprisoned.

That actually brings a rather interesting thought to mind. If prisoners have the right to strike like any other Australian worker (don't get me started on the idea that a prisoner is a worker), then the government must stop their 'employers' undertaking any forceful means to get them back to 'work'.

Theoretically, a jailbreak would be a legitimate activity carried out under police protection.

Break out the Bolly, peeps, Monty Python has actually taken residence in reality and is setting up random skits at a government department near you.

So let's get to the box of gibbering monkeys that is the philosophical underpinning of this fun day out for the whole family:

"The aim is to get recognition that we are a fundamental stakeholder in the direction of human civilisation and that we can and will play our part."

Fundamental stakeholder? You're telling me that the very fabric of society would collapse if creeps didn't commit crime and get caught? Please. Next you'll be claiming that you are a 'fundamental stakeholder' in the policing organisation of a country and therefore have a right to determine how it will be run. Truncheons made of fairy floss, animal print furry handcuffs and M&M's in the back of police cars for that grueling drive to the Starbucks-esque prison cell?

"An offering to the public would be a safer life. To deal with us means a fundamental move away from aggression and intolerance. Prisoners and their communities could decide on a crime strike, and tell the public what would make that possible. To make a conscious decision to not break the law for a day. The police could be asked to show goodwill and tolerance at the same time. If we can show that we can make a difference that would lead to greater possibilities in the future. Worldwide the effect would be enormous."

Call me a complete nutter, but how about making the decision to be a law abiding citizen...oh...gee...every day? I know it's a bit radical, but the rest of us have found it relatively easy not to strangle people for their wallets in alleyways. Just a thought.

"A suggested logo is the purple circle. The circle represents the cycle of continuity. What you give is what you get."
I suggest a contra-strike to this one. I propose a symbol for it too - a brown circle. Take from that what you will.

I also see a message that was perhaps not entirely intended by the organisers of this historic event.


Every time someone at Abu Gharaib has a sack slipped over his head and gets his bollocks whacked, one less car stereo will be pilfered somewhere in the western world.

Whatever you say, guys.

Thanks to Paul & Carl for the link.

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