This statement was given to Marks lawyer Meg, to share with the community. For legal reasons 2 words have been changed.
Yesterday, Trinity Wall Street “Church,” the NYPD and the State of New York sentenced me to forty five days in jail for my political beliefs and actions. This decision by Judge Sciarrino was in response to the alleged actions of my comrades and I on D17, i.e., December 17, 2011.
On that day, my intention was to facilitate the on-going efforts to convince Trinity Church that our use of the space was consistent with their principles and mission. I wanted the unused and deserted lot to the community within Occupy Wall Street and beyond, so that through collective grassroots effort we would build an alternative society built on mutual aid, solidarity and anti-oppression.
For those intentions, I am now serving a forty-five day sentence on Riker’s Island. In response I have taken my protest out of the streets and into the jails. As of 2pm June 18, 2012, drawing inspiration from Jack, Diego, Malory and Shae as well as numerous prisoners and activists worldwide, I have been on a hunger strike. I will continue the hunger strike until I am released, to draw attention to the political nature of my arrest, sentencing and the greater themes and goals of the occupy wall street movement. This punishment has further strengthened my resolve to build a society, alongside my comrades, that does not further the corporate agenda of the prison industrial complex, compassion for all, community, solidarity, and mutual aid for all. Everything for everybody.
With solidarity and Rage,
Mark Adams, Occupy Wall Street