Prisons

Fri
12
Jun

From Eco-Prisoner Support to Eco-Resistance Against Prisons

From Eco-Prisoner Support to Eco-Resistance Against Prisons

Reflections on June 11 and its Potential

“Freedom for the earth, fire for the prison” Greek banner celebrating June 11

by Panagioti / Earth First! Newswire

Hopefully by now you’ve returned safely home from a quaint letter-writing potluck or an epic road blockade in solidarity with the incarcerated environmental activists and eco-revolutionaries of the world. Perhaps you’re now ready to sit and reflect, and maybe even start thinking about what we should do next year. If that sounds like you, please read on.

Fri
29
May

Anarchist Perspective on Mass Prisoner Resistance Movements

There is a widespread, growing and committed resistance movement happening in US prisons across the nation. This movement is not going away, and with more outside support and national coordination, it could be powerful enough to reshape not only the US prison system, but the entire society.

At the time of this writing thirty prisoners at Ohio State Penitentiary, the supermax prison in Ohio are recovering from a hunger strike that has lasted over 30 days. Prisoners in Georgia, accused of leading the largest prison work stoppage in US historyin 2010 are on hunger strike demanding relief from torture conditions they’ve been subjected to in solitary confinement as reprisal for their non-violent protest. The Free Alabama Movement (FAM) has been dealing with threats, beatings and lockdowns they’ve been subjected to in reprisal forthe mass work stoppages that shut down three Alabama facilities for weeks in January of 2014.

Sun
19
Apr

Anarchist Resistance in Georgia Prisons Continues

April 16, 2015

At least four prisoners in the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville are on hunger strike. They demand an end to the Tier Program, a system used to grant and withhold privileges from prisoners. To understand why this is significant, here's some history:

In 2010, thousands of prisoners across Georgia, USA went on strike, refusing to leave their cells or cooperate with the prison in any way. The effort crossed race and gang lines, with normally rival groups working together. They were met with repression and violence, but resistance spilled into more prisons through communication over smuggled phones. It grew into international news.

Unable to contain the situation, prison officials identified the supposed "leaders" of the uprising and transferred them to Jackson State Prison. There they were held under very restrictive conditions - almost no visits, calls, or medical attention.

Thu
09
Apr

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For April 2015 Is Now Available

From Prison Books

Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for April. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

2) On March 30th, Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to the hospital after passing out at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy. He was admitted to the Schuylkill Medical Center with a blood sugar level of 779. Today, he received visits from his wife, Wadiya, and his brother, Keith Cook. Mumia's blood sugar had dropped to 333 as of a couple hours ago. This is still elevated and at an unhealthy level.

Mumia's family and supporters are asking that you call now to demand that Mumia’s case be reviewed by doctors representing the family: Say you are calling about prisoner WESLEY COOK, #AM8335

Tue
07
Apr

Brussels, Belgium: The struggle against the construction of a maxi-prison

This analysis was originally published in “Richochets” n° 1 in November 2014, a newsletter in French on the struggle against the construction of the maxi-prison in Haren, Brussels. The following text is the first in a series of translations by Person(s) Unknown Publications, as part of a new brochure in the making on the struggle against the maxi-prison:

Mon
30
Mar

No More Locked Doors Conference, Oakland, May 16th

In commemoration of the horrific bombing of the MOVE Organization by Philadelphia police 30 years ago, on Saturday, May 16th in Oakland, CA, people will come together at the radical community center Qilombo for the ‘No More Locked Doors’ conference. During the day, groups will be tabling and there will be workshops. In the evening, there will be a panel of former political prisoners. After the panel, revolutionary hip-hop artists will perform.

The conference will highlight the work of supporting political prisoners in a variety of movements for liberation. All struggles – whether they are against colonialism, capitalism, the exploitation of the earth or of animals, the State, prisons, and any and all other repressive apparatus – have a need to practice long-term support for those incarcerated. These practices of solidarity need to be maintained and generalized.

Mon
09
Mar

Why Incarcerated Workers Should Join The IWW

By Sean Swain
Industrial Worker - March 2015

X380847. That’s my membership number in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). The IWW has been around since 1905, making typical unions with the bosses and bureaucratic party nervous, since the stated goal of the IWW is the abolition of the wage system altogether, rather than reformist efforts to “improve” the conditions of the owners and union bosses. Unlike every other union during its formation that sought to divide the workers into trades, the Wobblies, as IWW members are called, had the ambitious program of unionizing all workers into One Big Union and thereby put the power into the hands of all workers collectively to shut down the industrial production system entirely.

Thu
05
Mar

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For March 2015 Is Now Available

Sundiata Acoli

From Prison Books

Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for March. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

2) Sundiata Acoli has recently had his parole put on hold until the New Jersey Supreme Court decides whether to hear arguments in his case. Please write him a note of support and encouragement.

Sundiata Acoli #39794-066 (Squire)

FCI Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution

P.O. BOX 1000

Cumberland, MD 21501

Wed
04
Mar

Updates on Albert Woodfox of the Angola3, Sean Swain, St. Clair prison in AL and music

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on March 2nd through March 8th, 2015, then podcasting at radio4all.net. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

This episode features updates on various prisoner situations, followed by recent post-punk, punk and deathrock from around the world.

Wed
04
Mar

Jails: Time to Wake Up to Mass Incarceration in Your Neighborhood

By James Kilgore
March 4, 2015
Truthout

In February, the MacArthur Foundation launched a $75 million grant initiative to support counties and cities in developing strategies to reduce jail populations. Julia Stasch, MacArthur's president, noted that "jails are where our nation's incarceration problem begins [and] too often serve as warehouses for those too poor to post bail, nonviolent offenders, or people with mental illness." The MacArthur initiative represents a belated awakening to the reality that jails are the local face of mass incarceration and, in many places, the New Jim Crow.

To date, popular knowledge about jails has remained a compendium of scenes from "Cops," MSNBC's "Lockup" or the pics circulated by Mugshots.com on their website and their widely distributed magazine. But the critical lens is widening. Even small Midwestern towns are taking action.

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