What: Bristol ABC is hosting ex-prisoner, Kyle Major, to speak at an event in September with the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee. It is about his experiences in a Close Supervision Centre; one of Britain’s highest security prisons.
Trigger warning: This talk will share experiences of abuse, assault, trauma and medical neglect in the prison system.
Where: Hydra Books, 34 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EZ
When: Thursday 20th September 2018 7pm
On the 4th of February from 7pm at Resisit! // Kebele Social Center after the usual Sunday dinner, 14 Robertson Road
Bristol Anarchist Black Cross is hosting an evening of prisoner letter writing. Writing letters to people on the inside is one of the simplest and most important ways we can show solidarity from the outside.
If your nervous or unsure about what to write to people on the inside that you probably haven’t met before, then we’ll have some experienced letter writers on hand.
We will have a list of prisoner addresses, come and find out how you can offer support people on the inside and get involved with the work Bristol ABC are doing.
letter writing materials will be provided!
11 February at 13:00–23:00
On February 11th we will join Action for Trans Health at HMP Doncaster to loudly protest the state-sanctioned murder of trans people.
On 30th December 2016 Jenny Swift was found dead in her cell after enduring incarceration, the withholding of her medication and transmisogynist harassment from guards. A recent inquest into her death found that she had been part of a suicide pact with three other trans prisoners formed because of bullying by prison staff.
Join us in raising hell outside the prison to let those inside know they are not forgotten and to let the guards know that we have not forgotten Jenny Swift. We gather at 5pm to avoid disrupting visitors so wrap up warm and bring torches, lights and sparklers. Bring your loudest voice and anything to make noise with – loudspeakers, amplifiers, drums, tambourines, horns, guitars, triangles, kazoos, pots and pans, party poppers… be creative!
email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm you are coming ASAP – transport is limited! We will leave Bristol at 1 pm (location tbc) and won’t be back til late.
That the transphobic guards never be allowed to work in prisons or with vulnerable people again
That hormones be available on demand to anyone who requests them, including people in prison
That the government cease all prison expansion and construction projects (including Scottish plans to create a non-binary prison), release prisoners and invest the £1.3bn it has planned for new “mega prisons” in restorative justice and community support instead of more isolation, violence and death.
On the 1st of February at 18:00–21:00 at
Cafe Connect – 114 St Mark’s Rd, Easton. BS5 6JD
Bristol ABC will be serving up tasty burgers and all the trimmings plus spicy potato wedges. There’ll also be the chance to learn about the importance of prisoner support and write letters to people on the inside.
£5 suggested donation and all the money goes directly to prisoner support funds. More details on which prisoners this will be coming soon.
facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/306229416448987/
Burger art by Sam Knock the Ham Hock (www.instagram,com/sam.knock)
Don’t miss this festive fundraiser…
The 1st to the 9th of April was the week in solidarity with those facing state repression in the USA. At the same time, we have just seen mass arrests in Belarus, after the biggest protests since 2010. What do we mean by state repression? How can these two governments, one “democratic” and one “dictatorial”, have such similar responses to citizen discontent? And what parallels can we draw with our own island? Ask these questions and more at Cafe Kino next week!
As anarchists, we often have aims that seem unachieveable. A truly peaceful and democratic society? Maybe not in my lifetime. But sometimes there are differences that we can make. So if you’re tired of fighting uphill battles, Smash IPP has an idea for you. Thousands of people are serving IPP sentences with no release dates in UK jails. The law that put them inside indefinitely has been abolished, but they’re still in there, with the uncertainty having such a devastating effect on their mental health that over 50% of them self-harm. Come to Kebele Community Centre in Easton at 7pm after dinner to find out more about these forgotten prisoners and how you can help with the 2017 year to free all IPPs! We don’t see this as incongruent with our aims of prison abolition, more as a reduction of harm to vulnerable people. Anything that reduces the power and reach of the prison-industrial complex is fine by us.
Find out more at http://smashipp.noflag.org.uk/