Jordi Cuixart’s letter to Joan Bona Nit (in English)

Since the Catalan political prisoners were moved to prisons in Catalonia in early July 2018, one man has performed an incredible act of solidarity. Known only as Joan “Bona Nit” (Johnny Good Night), he has called out good night wishes to all the prisoners at the same time every evening for over 200 consecutive nights.

Today a letter from Jordi Cuixart to Joan “Bona Nit” was published, describing how important his commitment and solidarity has been to the prisoners in Lledoners. Here is an English translation of the letter.

Jordi Cuixart’s letter to Joan “Bona Nit” (English translation)

Dearest friends

Joan, we hear you from the courtyard every evening, at a quarter to nine, just before going to the cell.

Your “Bon Nit” has become part of the farewell ritual among the guys on the block. One of the most beautiful feelings is when, after every personalised “Bona Nit”, one of the political prisoners, even if their name wasn’t called out, answers back with a good night. And for anyone not there to answer, the response comes from another political prisoner.

We are all one big family.

You cannot imagine how good it is to see the lights of your mobile phones when we go to the second floor, in the cell gallery, and we say goodbye.

It’s a very beautiful moment and full of tenderness.

And it is also a metaphor for the giant step we have made as a society. We knew it was important to stay together in the face of adversity, and now we have the certainty that we are very united in all this. The prisoners have learned to value every single gesture, but we will never forget that on the cold Lledoners nights you were there Joan with a group of women and men, who reminded us that everything that happens to us makes sense, because we are doing it together .

Thank you for your dignity, being there without fail.

Serenity, tenderness and courage. Very good night and ever onwards!

Jordi Cuixart
President of Òmnium Cultural
Lledoners Prison, 19 January 2019

CARTA DE JORDI CUIXART PER AL JOAN BONA NIT (en Català)

Estimadissims amics i amigues

Joan, et sentim des del pati cada vespre, a tres quarts de nou, just abans de pujar a la cel.la.

El bona nit forma part del ritual de comiat entre els companys del mòdul. Una de les sensacions més boniques és possiblement quan darrere de cada bona nit que ens personalitzes, qualsevol dels presos polítics, encara que no diguin el seu nom, respon també amb un bona nit. I si a qui crida no hi és per contestar, respon qualsevol altre pres polític. Som tots una gran família.

No us podeu imaginar com reconforta veure la llum dels vostres telèfons mòbils quan pugem a la segona planta, a la galeria de les cel.les, i ens diem adéu. És un moment molt bonic i ple de tendresa.

I no deixa de ser també una metàfora del pas de gegant que hem fet com a societat. Sabíem que era important romandre junts davant l’adversitat, i ara tenim la certesa que estem ben units en tot això. Els presos hem après a valorar qualsebol gest, però mai no oblidarem que a les nitsdel fred de Lledoners hi havia el Joan i un grup de dones i homes, que ens recordaven que tot el que ens passa té sentit, perquè ho estem fent plegats.

Gràcies per la vostra dignitat, per ser-hi i no defallir.

Serenor, endresa i coratge. Molt bona nit i sempre endavant!

Jordi Cuixart
President d’Òmnium Cultural
Presó de Lledoners, 19 de gener de 2019

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