Prisons

Thu
02
Jun

"To Struggle Means We're Alive": Prisoners Speak Out on Ferguson, Baltimore, and the Ongoing Revolt Against the Police

A new 'zine that assembles interviews with and essays by prisoners on the recent wave of anti-police revolt and #BlackLivesMatter protests is now available. "To Struggle Means We're Alive": Prisoners Speak Out on Ferguson, Baltimore, and the Ongoing Revolt Against the Police brings together a variety of perspectives and voices, mostly from "social" prisoners who have been struggling or active in some way on the inside. This publication was compiled as a modest attempt to raise up those kinds of voices that tend to be obscured or made invisible by both corporate media and social movement discourse alike, as well as offer a venue for these perspectives to continue to circulate throughout the prison system. Finally, this was a catalyst for communication with prisoners ahead of the national prison strike that has been announced for September 2016. Hopefully others can share it with folks with whom they're communicating on the inside.

Wed
27
Jan

Korydallos Prison, Greece: Update on new repressions against CCF & Nikos Romanos

From Insurrection News

Yesterday on the 20th of January another sudden search was once again conducted inside the cells housing imprisoned members of the anarchist organization Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) as well as anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos at Section A of Korydallos Prison.

Sun
06
Dec

Announcing Wildfire: Anarchist Prison Newsletter #3

From Wildfire

[Download Issue #3] (Prints 8.5x11)

It seems fitting that we are releasing this issue now, in December. Following the letter from imprisoned anarchists in Greece and the call for international activity, Black December rages on, writing the memory of our fallen comrades with words, banners, stones, and fire. In that spirit, we dedicate this third issue of Wildfire to the memory of New Afrikan anarchist and Black Liberation Army combatant Kuwasi Balagoon, and earth liberationist William Avalon Rogers.

Thu
15
Oct

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For October 2015 Is Now Available

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for September. (11"x17" PDF 28MB) Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night.

Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going.

Remember: We are out here for them, they are in there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Prison Books Collective

Tue
13
Oct

Call Out For Oso Blanco Legal Fund and FUNdraising Ideas

Oso Blanco

This is a call for cities to sign up to help raise funds for Oso Blanco – for full information on him and his case: http://freeosoblanco.blogspot.com.

Here's the cities that have signed on thus far:

Denver: https://denverabc.wordpress.com/

Portland: https://www.facebook.com/Portland-ABC-246486995420157/timeline/

Atlanta: http://atlblackcross.nfshost.com/

Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/EllaBakerFreedomSchool

NYC, Cincinnati, St. Augustine: Coalition of groups and individuals led by local Amnesty Int'l chapter

Sat
10
Oct

Bloc Party: Report back from ABC Conference

October 7, 2015

Originally posted to It’s Going Down

We here at Bloc Party have busy lives. Between the kids, bills, and our escapades as outside agitators, sometimes priorities must shift temporarily to accommodate busy work weeks. Being oh so career-oriented, our lives had to be taken up by our work over the last couple weeks. So we decided to just focus on a humble reportback from this year’s North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference this time around. Don’t worry, we will be back in full capacity in two weeks!

Sun
04
Oct

Anarchists Hold Noise Demonstration in Solidarity With Hunger Strike at Menard Correctional in Illinois

From AntiStateStL

On September 23rd, prisoners in the administrative detention unit at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois declared a hunger strike in response to the administration’s continued unwillingness to respond to their demands for relief from their conditions of long-term solitary confinement. See below for their list of demands and description of their conditions. This strike is a continuation of a series of hunger strikes by the prisoners there, which began in January 2014.

Mon
14
Sep

Running Down the Walls 2015

Running Down the Walls (RDTW) 2015 was a success in building relationships, feeling the solidarity of running as our imprisoned comrades did the same, and raising funds for the ABCF Warchest and Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine (Maliki is a New York state held political prisoner whose support crew is currently raising funds for his parole campaign). We arrived early, to avoid getting beaten to a sweet spot in Prospect Park (Brooklyn), which gave us time to set up our hand-painted RDTW banner, tables of literature and food, and mark turns along the route of the run. The route is commonly known as “The Inner Loop” by local runners and two laps around equals almost exactly 3.1 miles, or 5 kilometers.

Mon
17
Aug

Call for an International Week for Anarchist Prisoners

From Till All Are Free

In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades.

Thu
30
Jul

Mass Incarceration and Bipartisan Unity: An Anarchist Perspective

By Kristina Khan
Agency
July 27, 2015

As momentum builds behind the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, I begin to wonder how much time and energy will be pulled away from the revolutionary anti-racist work of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and funnel instead into the fervent campaigning of Democratic candidates. Within the horrific, seemingly endless loss of Black lives, there has erupted a new era of racial justice work, much of it surprisingly and wonderfully radical in nature. Entire communities are calling for localized conflict resolution, the dismantling of institutional white supremacy, and even the abolition of police and prisons.

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