Organising for Abolition Skill Share: This Weekend!

516508How can we build a movement for prison abolition in the UK? How can we build literacy and understanding around terms like ‘prison abolition’ and ‘prison industrial complex’? How do we do this work with those healing from prison and create a supportive culture of care and solidarity? How do we do this work with people completely new to radical politics or alternative thinking?

This weekend is a chance for people from around the UK to come together to explore, create and critique how we can work together for prison abolition.

We will explore language, popular education tools and practices, community organising and more.

Where: St Werburghs Community Centre, Bristol

When: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May 2014, 10 – 4pm

Logistics: Unfortunately we cannot financially support everyone with travel costs, however if you get in touch soon enough we can do our best. We can source sleeping space for people to stay in Bristol. There is room for about 25 people max & we welcome a diversity of people to make it happen.

We are designing the programme with everyone’s input. So far we have sessions introducing popular education, movement history (mainly UK & US), organising an ABC group/doing solidarity work, detention centres & migration, supporting someone through court, rape & domestic violence, community & radical accountability processes. There will also be sessions with info about the prison industrial complex in the UK so we are all up to speed.

Please email us ASAP beforehand so we can collectively design the weekend together –  info@prisonabolition.org

United $tates: Solidarity with the Incarcerated Workers of the Free Alabama Movement!

via Industrial Workers of the World

iww-logo-new7.previewWe in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have been approached by a group of hundreds of people currently incarcerated in Alabama who are launching a nonviolent prison strike beginning this Sunday April 20th to demand an end to slave labor, the massive overcrowding and horrifying health and human rights violations found in Alabama Prisons, and the passage of legislation they have drafted.

This is the second peaceful and nonviolent protest initiated by the brave men and women of the Free Alabama Movement (F.A.M.) this year building on the recent Hunger Strikes in Pelican Bay and the Georgia Prison Strike in 2010. They aim to build a mass movement inside and outside of prisons to earn their freedom, and end the racist, capitalist system of mass incarceration called The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and others. The Free Alabama Movement is waging a non-violent and peaceful protest for their civil, economic, and human rights.

The conditions in Alabama prisons are horrendous, packing twice as many people as the 16,000 that can be housed “humanely”, with everything from black mold, brown water, cancer causing foods, insect infestations, and general disrepair. They are also run by free, slave labor, with 10,000 incarcerated people working to maintain the prisons daily, adding up to $600,000 dollars a day, or $219,000,000 a year of slave labor if inmates were paid federal minimum wage, with tens of thousands more receiving pennies a day making products for the state or private corporations.

In response, the Free Alabama Movement is pushing a comprehensive “Freedom Bill” (Alabama’s Education, Rehabilitation, and Re-entry Preparedness Bill) designed to end these horrors and create a much reduced correctional system actually intended to achieve rehabilitation and a secure, just, anti-racist society.

While unique in some ways, the struggle of these brave human beings is the same as the millions of black, brown, and working class men, women, and youth struggling to survive a system they are not meant to succeed within. We advance their struggle by building our own, and working together for an end to this “system that crushes people and penalizes them for not being able to stand the weight”.

The Free Alabama Movement is partnering with the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee to ask you to:

  • Create a Incarcerated Workers Solidarity Committee in your area to raise money, take action, and spread the word of this struggle, including to local prisons.
  • Amplify the voices of incarcerated workers by posting this and future updates to your website, facebook, email lists, and so on
  • Join our email list so as to be kept up to date and amplify future updates. Contact us at iwoc@riseup.net and like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/incarceratedworkers
  • Donate money to the Free Alabama Movement & Incarcerated Workers Organizing Cmt: https://fundly.com/iww-incarcerated-workers-organizing-committee-support-the-free-alabama-movement
  • Join the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Contact us at iwoc@riseup.net. Solidarity and be in touch!

The IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee in partnership with the Free Alabama Movement

The IWW is an grassroots, revolutionary union open to all working people, including the incarcerated and the unemployed. Founded in 1905, we’ve come back strong in recent years with struggles at Starbucks, Jimmy Johns, and the General Strike call during the Wisconsin Uprising. We are committed to amplifying the voices of prisoners, ending an economic system based on exploitation and racial caste systems like mass incarceration, and adding our contribution to the global movements for a just, free, and sustainable world. Our guiding motto is “An injury to one is an injury to all!”.

Debbie Vincent Sentenced to 6 Years In Prison

debbie_2860235bDebbie Vincent, a long-term animal rights campaigner, was sentenced to 6 years in prison on Thursday 17th April at Winchester Crown Court. She was found guilty of ‘conspiracy to blackmail’ for her public involvement in the campaign to shut down notorious animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences. Debbie was the first of three defendants to face trial related to the ‘Blackmail 3′ case.

The other two defendants are currently awaiting extradition from Holland and may face trial later in the year. In the mean time please continue to show solidarity with them, you can visit the Blackmail 3 Support Campaign website for ideas of ways to support them.

You can also write to Debbie in prison, her address is:

Debbie Vincent (A5819DE)
HMP-YOI BRONZEFIELD
Woodthorpe Road,
Ashford,
Middlesex,
TW15 3JZ

Russia: Repressions summary for January-February 2014

via Autonomous Action/Moscow ABC

fa6d7cfdb568From now on, we are going to publish summaries of repressions against anarchists, antifascists and social activists in Russia on a regular basis, as well as on how the state opposes our activity. In the January-February issue: sudden amnesty of antifascists in Moscow, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, attempt to ban “Avtonom” zine due to

“extremism”, detentions during Jan19 actions, verdicts in Moscow, Murmansk, Petersburg and other “heroic deeds” of cops from “E”-department. If you think that we have missed something in our article, or you know about other cases of repressions, please write to abc-msk@riseup.net On donations for ABC-Moscow check guidelines from here: http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Donate

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Turtle Island: Support Jailed Mi’kmaq Warriors: Court Roundups & Fundraising

via Reclaim Turtle Island

The Mi’kmaq Warriors, Germaine Jr Breau & Aaron Francis who have been held in custody since the day of the raid on Oct 17th, are now facing trial in Moncton courts. They are currently facing indictable charges for being true to their inherent responsibilities as L’nu people by protecting the lands and waters against corporate imperialists, SWN. We are unsure how much longer Aaron & Jr will have to sit in jail, having already served over 5 months without conviction. The financial burden of supporting imprisoned warriors has been carried solely by the family and loved ones and it’s time that changed. Again we are uncertain as to the outcomes of sentencing, but Jr & Aaron have plead to a number of charges. Support funds will be used for canteen, phone calls (which are both collect & long distance), gas for visits, etc. Please donate here http://www.gofundme.com/jailedwarriors Thanks to everyone for their ongoing and continued support!! 

 

new-brunswick-dec-2-fire-flag-drumFor a full update on all of the charges (those that were dropped, plead to and now on trial) please go here. To get a feeling of how court is going so far, check out the court roundups from the Halifax Media Coop,  RCMP Tactical Officer Cross Examination: “My function is not to negotiate”, and Crown’s first eyewitness, RCMP ERT member “My report writing is just sub-standard.”. To continue to follow the trials, follow @mileshowe on Twitter as he is releasing daily courtroom roundups and @defendourlands #WarriorsCourt for sneaky-live-tweeting and other updates.

Tear Down The Walls: Prison Abolition Speaking Tour

TDTWBristolBristol Anarchist Black Cross will be helping to co-ordinate the Bristol date of the Tear Down The Walls: Prison Abolition Speaking Tour due to start on the 23rd March.

The Tear Down The Walls Tour is organised by members of the Empty Cages Collective as part of the Prison Abolition 2014 year of action & organising against the prison-industrial-complex.

From the poster:

There are currently 85,690 people held in prison, not including people detained under the Mental Health Act, in Secure Children’s homes or in Immigration detention. The prison population of Britain has doubled over the last twenty years.

“Tear Down The Walls” is the rallying cry of prison abolitionists around the world. When we begin to understand the harm caused by prisons, the concept of dismantling the prison-industrial-complex seems like the most logical conclusion.

But the common narrative surrounding prisons is that they are a necessary part of justice. As prison abolitionists we refute this and claim that prisons are the symptom of a broken system.

This March members of the Empty Cages Collective will be touring the north of the UK to discuss the ideas of prison abolition and alternatives to incarceration.

The talk will take place on Sunday 23rd March at Kebele as part of their regular Sunday lunch. Food will be served from 6:30PM with the talk due to start at 7:30PM. Bristol ABC will have copies of the prisoner list and writing materials available and we encourage everyone to write to a prisoner while they enjoy their food.

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Sunday 23rd: Solidarity with NO TAV Struggle Info Night

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