The Mother-Baby Coalition for Justice invites you to join us on Wednesday, October 17th, noon.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Location: Madeline Meilleur's Constituency Office, 237 Montreal Rd.

Mothers and children, pregnant women, fathers, caregivers, and anyone who cares about the well being of mothers and children, join us in front of Madeleine Meilleur's office on Wednesday at noon to demonstrate that mothers and babies belong together and to demand justice for Ms Bilotta and for women prisoners more generally

Bring soothers, dirty diapers and placards so we can tell the Minister of Community Safe
ty and Correctional Services what we think of this:

***By now most people in Ottawa are familiar with the case of Julie Bilotta, the pregnant woman incarcerated in Ottawa’s infamous Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) who gave birth to her son after laboring for nine hours in her cell and then in solitary confinement while being ignored and/or taunted by staff. (http://cbc.sh/we56rGm)


According to news reports, Ms. Bilotta was only allowed to hold her baby in the ambulance on the way to the hospital after his birth and has not seen or held him since. Because of the nature of OCDC, she will only be able to see her baby through 20 minutes ‘closed visits’ (ie behind a sheet of Plexiglas).

Not only is Ms. Bilotta not given a chance to establish a bond with her newborn son, he is also denied the right to be breastfed, something which is now widely recognized for its importance to the health of newborns.

Join other outraged mothers, their babies and supporters in front of Madeleine Meilleur's office on Wednesday at noon to demonstrate that mothers and babies belong together and demand justice for Ms Bilotta and for women prisoners more generally***

Please share this invite with your networks. If you aren’t able to participate on Wednesday please send a message to the Hon. Madeleine Meilleur by email at mmeilleur.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or contact her office at 613-744-4484.
Designed by Rachel Gold.