hi all, please call and share. https://www.facebook.com/events/328787930803467/
Earlier this year, 120 young people were kidnapped under “conspiracy” charges, and are now languishing in various prisons across New York, with no knowledge of their fate, and increasing abuse at the hands of the prisons. We have had reports from families and from those incarcerated that they have been denied medical care, have had their mail censored from friends and family, have woefully short (1 hour a week) visitation, and that at least one defendant has been last, possibly held in solitary. We will not stand for the abuse of black and brown people from our community! Treated like slaves, shackled, with no direct charges, just assumptions based off of social media and white supremacy. Leading up to our Sept 9th Prison Strike NYC-Solidarity w BX120 and all prisoners event, we are asking people to call MDC at (718) 840-4200* and DEMAND:
-Immediate Medical Care for all Prisoners
-Release of all Communication, and an end to censorship of letters and communication.
-Extended visting hours and days
-NO DISCIPLINARY SEGREGATION FOR ANY PRISONER
– DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST THE BRONX 120!!
CALL OFTEN! We need to show that these abuses will not go unnoticed! No rest for the officials until all are free!
We are also asking that people please watch the video of the raids and read the letter by Paula Clarke, one of the mothers and send to as many people as you can. There is also a link to donate for commissary. http://www.bronx120.org/
*this is the general number for the prison; we have heard from family that the specific number for complaints and prisoner communication just rings and rings…no surprise!!
Check out an interview with Tyler from Anarchist Black Cross – Portland on Asheville FM here,
and this podcast from It’s Going Down with folks from Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, including someone previously locked up.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Baltimore/D.C. Based Organizations Make Noise In Solidarity With National Prison Strike.
Washington, D.C. – September 9th, 2016 –
On the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, the most notorious prison rebellion in US history, prisoners around the country pronounced to once again make their voices heard. Refusing to work their assigned job is the direct action over 1,000 plus prisoners agreed to perform.
The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, D.C chapter (IWOC) has swiftly organized a “noise demo” to match the prisoners’ efforts with disruptions from the outside. Calling for aid to strengthen effectiveness of the noisy action, IWOC has pulled support from organizations in Baltimore, Virginia and local support in D.C. The noise demo will take place on September 9th, the same day of the national work stoppage. IWOC is a national project of the Industrial Workers of the World, a radical labor union dedicated to workplace democracy and building a mass workers movement against capitalism. Continue reading
From Critical Resistance
Do you need tools to unpack current national discussions on political reforms? Confused that all sorts of folks are talking about the “crisis of mass incarceration” now? Anxious that police reform is becoming staple and friendly headline for your town’s newspaper? Looking for resources to use in your fall classes to help unpack this moment, to build shared abolitionist analysis, to create tools for intervention in your space, and to continue the fight to dismantle the PIC?
Issue 26 of The Abolitionist is here and we invite you to subscribe! This issue, “Obstacles and Opportunities,” pushes us to take a critical look at our movements to eliminate policing, imprisonment, and the rest of the prison industrial complex (PIC). We hope that this issue is a timely one and can help us to sharpen our shared struggles toward a world free of the PIC. Continue reading
From Arizona Prison Watch
September 9th is the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, a massive 1971 prisoner protest against dismal conditions and abuse, which ended with the state of New York murdering scores of people.
Given the continuing abuse, neglect, and enslavement of over 2 million imprisoned people in the US today, prisoners across the US have called for and will begin a nationally coordinated work stoppage and protest on Sep 9, 2016. Learn more at SupportPrisonerResistance.net.
There is at least one Arizona demonstration on September 9, outside ASPC-Lewis, in Buckeye, and many others across the country in solidarity with those prisoners who will be stopping work. Oh yes, it’s going down!
The following is the most moving poem on prisoner support I’ve ever heard, from our brother Ben at Insurgent Theatre. He wrote this is the wake of Mariam Abdullah’s suicide at ASPC-Perryville in July…
Please share to help inspire people making personal connections with prisoners in the course of building this movement. He’s an impassioned and committed prison abolitionist and anarchist – he and the folks he hangs with have done some great work towards liberation for all.
Great resources on the Attica uprising:
Attica Prison Uprising 101: A Short Primer
A story of Attica
From Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Please read and spread the below statement from people in solitary confinement in Santa Clara County, California, announcing their upcoming hunger strike to begin Oct 17, 2016 and clearly explaining their human and civil rights demands behind the strike. ACT IN SOLIDARITY by sharing the prisoners’ words, putting pressure on the Santa Clara County Sheriff during the strike (phone numbers provided in the statement), writing letters to the editor, and paying attention to further statements from the Prisoner Human Rights Movement in Santa Clara County Jails.
All the respect across the board! Now onto the following at hand.
The following will consist of an open letter addressed to all prisoners contained within all three facilities of Santa Clara County Jail, in regards to a peaceful protest in the form of an organized hunger strike.
First off, allow us to stress the fact that by no means is this to be considered an attempt to promote or beneﬁt any form of gang, nor is this to be considered gang activity. This letter and its request/call for action is an attempt to enlighten and remain inclusive regardless of race, creed, or color of top/shirt due to classiﬁcation. The content of this letter does not simply pertain to any one group segment, nor any isolated issue, but instead it pertains to all prisoners within the three facilities of Santa Clara County Jail.
We all have a stake at hand, and we all serve to beneﬁt from any success that may transpire as a result of our collective efforts. Therefore, it is important that we try and visualize the impact and full potential of strength and power behind our force as united prisoners for a valid purpose and common beneﬁcial interest. With this in mind, we are now reaching out to all like-minded prisoners who are willing and interested in banding together in a united stance of solidarity under the name of Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement (P.H.R.M.) in order to bring about real meaningful forms of change. Continue reading
From It’s Going Down
From August 26th to 28th, over 60 radicals from the Midwest, and from as far as Florida and New York, gathered in Columbus, Ohio for Bend the Bars, a convergence to build outside support and action for the nationwide prisoner strike this September 9th. You can see the prisoners’ call to action here.
From Conflict MN
Noise demo at the youth jail!
8:00 PM on September 10th starting from Elliot Park in Minneapolis.
Starting on September 9th, prisoners will be going on strike across the U.S. To pull it off, this strike will require support from those of us on the outside as well.
Join us to send some love to everyone behind bars. Bring noisemakers, banners, and your friends.
More info: iwoc.noblogs.org and supportprisonerresistance.net