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Some thoughts on prisoner solidarity

In spring 2010 Bristol ABC was asked to contribute an article on prisoner solidarity for a journal. We asked a few prisoners we were in touch with for their thoughts.

One response was from lifer John Bowden, currently in HMP Perth. We think it sums up well the role of prisoner support, so reproduce it here. We also reprint Bowden’s article ‘Solidarity without prejudice’, from January 2009, because it confronts head-on the issue of solidarity with prisoners in struggle who were not initially seen at all as ‘political’ prisoners.

The articles have been turned into a flyer, a pdf download is here Thoughts on prisoner solidarity and either read it online or print copies off and circulate them!

Prisoner support list and letter writing night on 16 June

solidarity with political prisoners

Monthly letter-writing night for people to come along and send cards/letters to people imprisoned for their political activities. These small gestures can be a real boost for people locked up for their beliefs, and an opportunity for you to find out more about their cases/campaigns and prison reality. Whether you just write a short one-off solidarity note, or go on to engage in long-term correspondence…is up to you. Continue reading