Jailhouse Coffee: Change your name!
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Jailhouse Coffee (Queens, NY) makes light of incarceration and solitary confinement in its name, motto, and brands, so we're demanding that they change their name and advertising campaign. The company website boasts of being located next to a “bighouse” and their brands, complete with cartoon images of incarceration and solitary confinement, include “Solitary Peru,” “Chain Gang Espresso,” and “Solitary Sumatra” among others. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT WHEN YOU SIGN!
We live in a carceral state that breaks up families, devastates individuals, and reproduces structural inequality and racism. Despite having only 5% of the world's population, the U.S. has 25% of the world's prison population and systematically uses solitary confinement, which is a form of torture. There can be no justification for profiting from this systemic form of injustice. For more information on the problems of incarceration and solitary confinement, read:
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (http://newjimcrow.com/about-the-author); Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California; and visit the Prison Policy website (http://www.prisonpolicy.org/), the ACLU Prison Crisis website (https://www.aclu.org/prison-crisis), and the Critical Resistance website (http://criticalresistance.org/)
Let Jailhouse Coffee know what you think about them profiting from a product that makes light of this injustice:
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