Week of solidarity for International Anarchist Prisoners starts today! Join us for letter writing, and show support for anarchist prisoners far and wide. Meeting at the amazing vegan Beet Box cafe and bakery, 1030 E. 22nd Avenue. Denver ABC will provide writing supplies, postage and a sampling of tasty treats. Let’s send our comrades our love!
Wednesday, August 27th, Movie Night! Please join us at Mutiny info cafe at 5:30pm for a screening of “Street Politics 101”. Before the show, Denver ABC will give a short introduction to international anarchist prisoners. After there will be solidarity cards and address available for more writing!
“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 emphasize the stories of our
comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as
‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organizations, 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.
This is why we have decided to introduce an annual Week for Anarchist
Prisoners on August 23-30. We chose August 23 as a starting point, because
on that very day in 1927 the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and
Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in prison. They were convicted of
murdering two men during an armed robbery at a shoe factory in South
Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Their arrest was a part of a
bigger anti-radical campaign led by the American government. The State’s
evidence against the two was almost totally non-existent and many people
still today believe that they were punished for their strong anarchist
beliefs. Given the nature and diversity of anarchist groups around the
globe, we have proposed a week of common action rather than a single
campaign on a specific day making easier for groups to be able to organize
an event within a longer target period. Therefore, we call on everyone to
spread the information about the Week for Anarchist Prisoners among other
groups and communities and think about organizing event(s) in your city or
town. The events can vary from info-evenings, screenings and benefit
concerts to solidarity and direct actions. Let your imagination run free.
Till all are free.”
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