Mondays in March: Call the Juvie Contractors and Tell Them to Fuck Off!

Last month the city of Seattle approved the selection of a design-build team
that will make millions of dollars off of designing and building a new youth
jail at 12th and Alder. Howard S. Wright, HOK and Integrus all proudly
exclaim long résumés filled with examples of jails, prisons and police
stations that they have built and profited from.

While the prison-industrial complex seems like an overwhelmingly large and
abstract structure to try to resist, there are real people who sit in
ergonomic chairs clicking away at computer screens on which they are building
models of prison cells. There are men in suits who pick up telephones and
make deals for the delivery of the materials that will build the walls,
offices, and security systems of the new jail.

Each Monday during the month of March please join us in calling, emailing,
and/or faxing the real people who are responsible for creating the
infrastructure that destroys the lives of millions. Let them know what you
think, urge them to consider the implications of their choices, or just tell
them that you think they are fucking disgusting and ask them how they sleep
at night.

Why a call in day?

Because these companies stand to make enormous amounts of money off of this
project, it is unlikely that they can be convinced to back out of their deal
with the city. Since we can’t convince them not to build the jail, it might
make sense to make it as inconvenient and annoying as possible to complete
the project. This will not only make it more likely that those working on the
project will get burnt out, it also shows companies that would invest in
similar future projects that it may not be worth their money. Tying up the
phone lines and inboxes of a few bureaucrats for a day may seem like a small
inconvenience, but we hope that it can be one obnoxious fly among many
buzzing in their ears and biting at theirs heels.

Please call the offices listed on the following dates between the hours of 9
am and 5 pm PST. Pass this information along to anyone who might be
interested, you don’t have to live in Seattle to call these people and let
them know what you think!

Howard S. Wright/Balfour Beatty
Contact Person:
Dan Peyovich, Washington Division President
Phone: 206-447-7654
Fax: 206-447-7727
E-mail: [email protected]

Contact Person:
Todd Buchanan, Seattle Branch Leader
Phone: 206-493-1771
Email: [email protected]

Integrus Architects
Contact Person:
Larry Hurlburt, CEO
Email: [email protected]

Here are a few scripts that you can use

When you call, they may ask you your name. You can give your real name, but
we recommend making one up! It’s more fun!

Script 1

Hi, My name is _________ I am calling to urge you to cancel your contract
with the city of Seattle to build a new youth jail at 12th and Alder.
Building a new jail will not address the problems faced by youth in this city
and will seriously contribute to maintaining deep racial inequality. Building
a new jail will only hurt our communities. Please stand against racism and
inequality by canceling your contract to build the new jail.

Script 2

Hi, my name is ____________ I am calling to tell you that I think that you
are disgusting sack of human excrement. How do you sleep knowing about the
thousands of lives you’ve built cages for? Inside the walls that you design
people who are worth much more than you will be beaten regularly. You are no
better than the colonizers who built the plantations. You are their closest
relative. Fuck off, you scum.