Over the past twelve months, new waves of revolt have swept over this continent and the entire world. Against the terror of the Mexican state and its bloody cronies, demonstrations, riots, and attacks have radiated outwards from Ayotzinapa. Triggered by the racist violence of U.S. cops, rebels across the middle of the continent have achieved a new level of intensity and coordination. Blockades and occupations continue to simmer and spread in the Canadian state, with burning barricades built by Mi’kmaq warriors in 2013 finally finding echoes in the Bay Area. It’s vital that we link our practice of New Year’s Eve noise demos to this eruption of social conflict.
The last Fire to the Prisons magazine came out in the Spring of 2011 as the Arab Spring was unfolding. Since then, we saw the rise and fall of Occupy, the unfolding anti-police rebellion in Ferguson, MI, as well as riots, strikes, and occupations from Hong Kong to Mexico, Brazil to Canada, France to Chile, Spain to Syria.
Maya Schenwar, a longtime journalist and editor-in-chief of the progressive website Truthout, recently released her first book, “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.” It’s a quick-but-devastating read that reinforces what many of us already know: The criminal justice system is incredibly fraught and racially biased. Schenwar weaves her own research and reporting—collected over years of writing about prisons and policing—with a personal narrative about her sister’s repeat incarceration. The book also features the voices of other incarcerated people with whom Schenwar has corresponded over the years. I spoke with Schenwar via telephone to dive a bit deeper into some of the themes presented in the book.
“A successful direct action is like creating a good fantasy story. It’s like a quest,” Phillips said excitedly in the introduction. “There is a conflict, compelling characters, a good plan, build up, twists and turns, adversity, the climax, and then the win where everyone goes home satisfied. If you do it right.”
We are thrilled and honored to announce that just hours ago, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brady's 2013 ruling overturning Albert's conviction for a third time in a 3-0, unanimous decision (view a PDF of the official court ruling here).
The following is a response to a widely publicized criticism of one of Jalil’s supporters by a participant at the 2014 North American ABC Conference. The letters Jalil asks folks to disseminate are the result of FOIL requests in regards to the Police Benevolent Association’s coordinated attempt to block parole for Jalil and include vile and vulgar racist language.
Here is our super duper late political prisoner birthday poster for October. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. This month's poster honors the life and work of Loukaniko, the Greek riot dog, who died this month following health troubles that some people believe stemmed from their repeated exposure to tear gas.
A bail and legal fund has been established to support the 43 or so people who have been arrested during the initial anti-police demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. Please spread the word widely and help get some money together to get these people out.
This year’s annual Running Down the Walls 5K run is scheduled to be held on Sunday, September 7th. Several ABC chapters and political prisoners are planning runs to support long-term political prisoners and the ABCF warchest. Other groups and individuals are encouraged to organize runs or other simultaneous events. If you can't make it to a run, please take this opportunity to make a donation to the Anarchist Black Cross Federation who organizes these runs and provides support to many long-term anarchist political prisoners. They also take BitCoin now if that's your thing.
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