Resisting Repression From the Inside Out: Former Prisoners Speak Out

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Join ABC and political prisoner support chapters across the continent in this panel discussion featuring 8 former U.S. political prisoners:

Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
Kazi Toure
Bo Brown
Petey S.
Dane Rossman
Jordan Halliday
Jerry Koch
Coyote Sheff

Spanning generations of political struggle for liberation in the U.S., we are proud to help host this panel that will prove to be informative, inspirational and will help us build a stronger movement of support around resistance to repression by the State.

Also, there will be BBQ!! (including vegan options)

Donations are encouraged, and will go towards the 4th Annual North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference.

We’ll see you there!

 

Monday 9/8: Call-in against racist repression and censorship in Indiana prisons!!

RACISM IN INDIANA’S PRISONS MUST BE STOPPED

The Indiana Department of Corrections is taking cruel and racist actions in a number of their prisons.

A New Afrikan prisoner was recently transferred from New Castle (because of their intolerance of his political organizing) to Pendleton, where Internal Affairs are seeking revenge on him for past political organizing. He is being threatened with state court for alleged weapons possession, while many members of the Aryan Brotherhood have recently been caught with upwards of 5 knives each and been only lightly penalized by comparison.

Another prisoner at New Castle dared to organize against the for-profit prison’s lack of transitional programming and transfer-to-population opportunities. For this, he was transferred back to the Secure Housing Unit, where he’s now indefinitely locked up in solitary confinement.

These men are clearly being targeted and excessively punished by a chauvinist administration which allows racist groups to form and thrive within their walls while snuffing out any and all sparks of radical organizing.

New Castle’s mailroom is another venue for racism and subjugation; it’s standard procedure for them to throw away or deny prisoners access to anything of an explicitly political/revolutionary nature, as well as anything related to black liberation and/or black empowerment. This blatantly racist repression will not be tolerated!

Additionally, Pendleton recently implemented a ludicrous new policy regarding the books prisoners are allowed to receive: they’re currently accepting publications from only three bookstores, two of which are religious (one Christian, one Islamic). This is obviously a move to stifle political action, as radical reading materials are invaluable in fostering connections between prisoners and enabling political organizing in an isolating environment.

Today, Monday, September 8th, join us in protest: call in to the DOC office to demand that they abolish the stifling of radical politics/black empowerment through mailroom censorship, and allow inmates to receive books from any publisher they choose.

Call-in numbers:

DOC central office: #(317) 233-6984

Pendleton mailroom supervisor: #(765) 778-2107 extn.1264

NEWS FLASH!! TAKE ACTION NOW!!

From the Ida B. Wells Coalition:

9/5/2014: This morning there was a full scale take over at Holman prison
by riot cops. Everyone is on lockdown now after 3 cops were beaten, a cell
block got lit on fire, and 1 cop was taken hostage. Holman prison is
dangerously overcrowded and lacking proper air conditioning. These
conditions are illegal, inhumane, and they unnecessarily agitate people in
prison. This is happening now. Follow it now on Twitter, and stay tuned for updates.

CALL NOW!!

Demand that the State of Alabama eliminate overcrowding now!

Call Commissioner Kim Thomas at 334-353-3870

Call Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-514-2001

F.A.M./F.M.M. Radio Show Tonight!

From F.A.M.

Join Free Alabama-Mississippi Movement United tonight, Sept. 1st at 7 P.M. (Central) on our blogtalkradio show “The People’s Platform,” as we start our series “We Got Power.” To join, dial 646-716-4936 (or visit BlogTalkRadio). We are scheduled to be joined by a special guest from California tonight, Bro. Malik El Ghandi, as we begin to educate the People as to why we MUST organize a plan around the economic structure of the modern slave empire called Department of Corrections.

This is an ongoing radio show with 28 episodes already archived. The link will be available on our blog under “Ongoing Campaigns.”

Sean Swain Re-Launching his “Fire Trevor Clark” Campaign

Sean Swain is pushing to end the career of one Trevor Clark, lawyer, shithead, and now the target of Swain’s signature satirical wrath. Show no mercy!notwanted

 

Petey of SPS on Which Side Podcast: Prisoner Support, NA ABC Conference

From Which Side Podcast:

We talk with Petey of Sacramento Prisoner Support & Organizer with this years North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference. We discuss Prisoner Support, The Anarchist Black Cross, Animal Rights, writing prisoners and much more.
Please consider donating to this years North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/ek5vc/ab/f3E260 we will be giving everyone who donates a free membership. Just let us know. #fsd

P.S. Pay close attention to Petey’s great pie-making tips!

Ben Turk and Alexander Abassi on The Final Straw

From Asheville FM

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on August 25th through August 31st, 2014, 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

If you’re in the asheville area, there will be a vigil at Pack Square in downtown at 6pm tonight, Sunday the 24th of August for those who’ve lost their lives at the hands of pigs, such as Michael Brown, the unarmed black man gunned down by pigs in Ferguson and A.J. Marion, gunned down by asheville pigs who’ve just been cleared of charges. https://www.facebook.com/events/696569130391969/

This episode features two conversations. The first is with Ben Turk, anarchist, playwrite and prison abolitionist. We chat briefly about the upcoming North American Anarchist Black Cross conference in Colorado, about what folks can expect if they go and how to support the event. https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/ek5vc/ab/f3E260

After that, a conversation with Alexander Abassi. Alex is a palestinian-american from Los Angeles, an activist in the BDS (That’s boycott, divest and sanctions movement against the Israeli occupation of Palestine) and a student at Harvard’s divinity school. We talk about decolonization, the uprisings in Ferguson, the struggle to liberate Palestine from the occupation by Israel and what solidarity and liberation might look like.

Initially, when I (Bursts) contacted Alex for this conversation I was attempting to suss out what anarchists in Palestine had to say about the seige of Gaza by Israel, the national question, what Anarchism looked like to them and what how that might differ from the U.S. context. That’s a conversation I’m still looking to have. Alex was kind enough to have a conversation but it went in a different, albeit worthwhile direction as is clear when one listens to the questions that I ask. Although Alex isn’t an anarchist and I don’t agree with everything that he says, we (The Final Straw) do feel like he had a lot of great stuff to say and we feel like the conversation was very much worthwhile. We hope that you enjoy it. The second half of it will be featured in an upcoming episode and will be linked here soon.

The playlist can be found here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/10049

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