from The Final Straw on Asheville FM
This week we spoke with Alex about Bend the Bars conference which is taking place in Columbus OH on the weekend of August 26th-29th. This is a gathering which was called for in direct support for the September 9th national prisoner work strike, and is one of the only gatherings that we know of which explicitly centers the work of people doing direct support with incarcerated folks as opposed to NGOs and non profits. In this conversation we speak about the intentions for the conference as well touching on the prison condition in the US, the National Work Strike, and many other things.
You can learn more about this event by visiting https://bendthebars.noblogs.org/, and you can RSVP to this event or correspond with the organizers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
And, to visit the news sources that our guest mentioned, and to learn more about the upcoming national prisoner work strike to be called on September 9th, you can visit the following websites:
Free Alabama Movement
Support Prisoner Resistance
Additionally there is Prison Legal News, which is a resource for folks who want more information about the day to day litigation that affects convicts and their families.
by Bristol Anarchist Black Cross
On September 9th, 2016 prisoners across the United States will be conducting work stoppages, hunger strikes and other forms of action in a call to end prison slavery. The call was originated by organizers from the Free Alabama Movement. A national coalition of community groups associated with the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, Anarchist Black Cross chapters and others throughout the country have come together to build a national support network to push for a final end to prison slavery.
To achieve this goal, we need support from the international community. We hope that prisoner support groups in the across the globe will hold solidarity demos and inform prisoners they are in contact with about the September 9th day of action. This spring and summer will be seasons of organizing, spreading the word, building networks of solidarity and showing that we’re serious and what we’re capable of. We ask that you organize some sort of solidarity action and help spread the word to prisoners in your area. We hope that the fires of prison rebellion spread from the United States to prisons across the globe! With one unified voice of rebellion we can send a strong message to captors across the globe that the iron bars of their cage cannot contain our thirst for freedom! Continue reading
French version of the Sept 9th call to action.
Depuis différents états des USA, des prisonnier.e.s viennent de lancer cet appel à un arrêt du travail des prisonnier.e.s contre l’esclavage carcéral. Cet arrêt du travail aura lieu le 9 septembre 2016 et sera coordonné à l’échelle nationale.
Ceci est un appel à l’action contre l’esclavage aux USA.
D’une seule voix, qui s’élève des cellules des quartiers d’isolement, et qui résonne dans les dortoirs et les quartiers des prisons depuis la Virginie jusqu’à l’Oregon, nous, prisonnier.e.s dans diverses régions des USA, faisons le serment d’enfin éradiquer l’esclavage en 2016.
Le 9 Septembre 1971, les prisonniers ont pris le contrôle et fait fermer Attica, la plus célèbre prison de l’état de New York. Le 9 septembre 2016, nous allons entamer un mouvement pour faire fermer les prisons à travers tout le pays. Nous n’allons pas seulement exiger la fin de l’esclavage carcéral, nous allons cesser d’être nous-mêmes des esclaves. Continue reading
The Nation of All People for IWOC: https://www.facebook.com/thenationofallpeople/videos/1230553430296280/
A poem for abolition: https://youtu.be/2csxH3fDgwY
From Prisoners On Ferguson
“For freedom we want and will have,
for we have served this cruel land long enuff,
and we are full able to conquer by any means.”
-correspondence between slaves, 18th century
“Those who are locked up
know better than their jailers
the taste of free air.”
Presented here is a series of interviews with and articles by prisoners on the recent wave of Black-led riots, uprisings, direct action, and protest against the police across the US. The conversations and correspondence that resulted in these pieces took place mostly in the spring of 2016, marking some time since the beginning of the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, Missouri. Reflecting on the ongoing rebellions that have reverberated on both sides of prison walls since that summer almost two years ago, the insights and clarity of these pieces feel no less immediate. While a print version exists so that people can mail copies into prison or table copies on the outside, I also wanted to have an online venue to continue to feature new pieces by prisoners with whom I write.
From Prison Pipeline on KBOO radio.
Hasan on prison organizing & Free Ohio Movement; Istanbul ABC on Turkey & vegan anarchist prisoner Evcan Osman
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