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  • Wed
    04
    Nov
    2020
    Wed
    20
    Jan
    2021

    Call for community mobilizations in the face of the upcoming 2020 election.

    This is an emergency. It’s an emergency many of us have been living for a long time: from here in New York City, capital of global capitalism and onetime epicenter of COVID-19, to every corner of occupied Turtle Island.

    But it is also an opening. Millions of people have woken up to this reality since the onset of the recession and the eruption of the George Floyd rebellion, and millions more will join us in the coming months no matter what goes down on Election Day.

    Starting November 4 and continuing every Wednesday following until January 20, we will come together to claim a regular space and time for coordination among popular forces, and for sustained non-cooperation with the regime.

    Think direct action: road blockades, sit-ins, shutdowns, mass disruptions. Think social strike: student walkouts, worker wildcats, rent and transit and debt strikes.

    This call is in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, People’s Strike, the migrant labor movement, and indigenous peoples everywhere.

    It is not affiliated with any political party, but open to all anti-racists, anti-sexists, and anti-capitalists who know another world is possible and are prepared to fight for it wherever we live, work, and struggle.

    For updates from across the continent, text HELLO to 205-576-7193 on the Signal app.

    And contact nystateofemergency@riseup.net with any questions!

    DON’T JUST VOTE — REVOLT!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    13
    Jan
    2021
    19:00 – 20:30

    Join us for the Philadelphia virtual book launch of Peter Cole’s Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly on Wednesday, January 13th at 7pm EST hosted by Wooden Shoe Books and co-sponsored by the Independence Seaport Museum and Philadelphia IWW. Peter will be joined by labor journalist Kim Kelly and Royce Adams, a Philadelphia native and longshoreman in ILA Local 1291. Details and free registration link to be announced.

    Ben Fletcher, an African American who helped lead the IWW’s most militant and effective interracial branch, epitomized the union’s brand of anti-capitalism and anti-racism. Fletcher (1890−1949) was a tremendously important and well-loved member of the IWW during its heyday, the first quarter of the 20th century. A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Fletcher helped found and lead Local 8 of the IWW’s Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union. When founded in 1913, this union was a third African American, a third Irish and Irish American, and a third other European immigrants. Despite being hated by the bosses and redbaited by the government, Local 8 controlled the waterfront for almost a decade.

    Peter Cole, a Professor of History at Western Illinois University and Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Program at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia and the award-winning Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. He also is the founder and co-director of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19). He tweets from @ProfPeterCole.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2021
    1-3 pm ESTjitsi in the room viscerapvd

    Join us for our first anarchist reading discussion of the year! January’s reading for discussion is The Right to be Greedy: Theses on the Practical Necessity of Demanding Everything by the collective For Ourselves.

    Greed in its fullest sense is the only possible basis of communist society. The present forms of greed lose out, in the end, because they turn out to be not greedy enough.

    Reading can be found here (footnotes optional but encouraged!)

    Discussion will be held on Saturday, January 16th from 1-3 pm EST.

    As last time, this one’ll be online on jitsi in the room viscerapvd. Email us for the password at viscerapvd@gmail.com!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2021

    With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrants’ lives in ICE detention have become even more precarious, and the medical neglect they face even more deadly. Detained immigrants have courageously faced the horrors of COVID-19 inside prison walls for nearly a year, organizing unprecedented protests and hunger strikes in response.

    Immigrant detainees are doing their part. We must do ours. Solidarity is our weapon.

    If we do not come together to fight against the detainment, separation, deportation, and medical neglect of immigrants, the world will be no better off under the Biden administration than it was under Trump.

    Join us on January 20, Inauguration Day, to let our undocumented brothers and sisters know that we will not stop fighting for their release.

    This is a call to organize wherever you are, inviting anyone who dreams of a world without borders to come together and build it. We issue it in solidarity with the call made by the Brown Berets for January 20 to simultaneously turn back the “insurgency of Proud Boys” and “free our children in cages.” On January 20, show up at ICE detention centers, at ICE field offices, and at the police stations that cooperate with ICE.

    We’ll welcome back children and families as they’re released, or else we’ll fight to see that their separation and detention comes to an end.

    Invite your friends, families, and co-workers.
    Wear a mask.
    Make noise. Bring tents. Think ambitiously about how to free the detainees held near your community.
    Come prepared.

    For our immigrant neighbors who are still in cages.
    For our immigrant neighbors who live in fear.
    For our immigrant neighbors yet to arrive.
    Close the Camps!

    #StopFamilySeparation
    #AbolishICE
    #J20

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    22
    Jan
    2021

    Join us on January 22nd in shining a light on the plight of trans prisoners. On this day, and every day, get involved in projects that support other trans and queer prisoners, and look into the other struggles which Marius participates in – it’s one fight against the society that is killing us, one way or the other. Live your life with pride, joy and freedom, and extend those feelings to others; don’t let the walls of prison or society act as a limit.

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    25
    Jan
    2021
    2:30 pmThis event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    This month we are asking that folks write letters of support to former Black Panther, Kamau Sadiki. Kamau has been held in the Augusta State Medical Prison for years and suffered medical neglect. Right now, Kamau is in danger of needing his left foot amputated and needs to see a wound specialist. Before you join us next Monday to write a letter, please take a minute to tweet at @GovKemp & call the Augusta State Medical Prison at (706) 855-4700 to demand he be taken to the wound care clinic ASAP. At the letter-writing event, we will have an update about the medical campaign and send words of solidarity directly to Kamau so that he knows, and the prison knows, this situation is getting wider public attention.

    At age 17, Kamau dedicated his life to the service of his people working out of the Jamaica office of the Black Panther Party. Kamau worked in the Free Breakfast Program each morning and then went out into the community to sell the BPP newspaper later in the day. At nineteen, Kamau was a member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA). Several members of the BLA, including Kamau, left New York City and lived in the Atlanta area for a short period of time. On the night of November 3rd 1971, witnesses observed three black males run from a van where a police officer was murdered at a gas station in downtown Atlanta. The witnesses failed to identify Kamau from a photographic line-up and there was no physical evidence that implicated him. In 1971, the Atlanta police department closed the case as unsolved.

    In 1999, the FBI in pursuit of collaboration in their attempts to recapture Assata Shakur (the mother of one of Kamau’s daughters), a political exile in Cuba, threatened him with life in prison if he did not assist them. When he did not comply, the FBI convinced Atlanta police to re-open the case and charge Kamau. He was arrested in 2002 in Brooklyn, New York some thirty-one years later after the murder. In 2003, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and ten years to run consecutively for armed robbery. Much of his sentence has been spent in a medical prison because he suffers from Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis of the Liver, and Sarcoidosis. February 19th will be his 68th birthday so send him some birthday love as well!

    This event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    If you can’t join us on Monday, send him a message of hope and healing at:

    Freddie Hilton #0001150688
    Augusta State Medical Prison
    3001 Gordon Highway
    Grovetown, GA 30813

    We also encourage sending birthday cards to political prisoners with February birthdays: Veronza Bowers (the 4th) and Oso Blanco (the 26th).

    [Details Here]

  • Tue
    26
    Jan
    2021
    6:00 pmDM @PhillyGAF FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Letter-writing party! January 26th, 2021 6:00PM EST Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061 FCI Danbury Route 37 Danbury, CT 06811

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    01
    Feb
    2021

    UPDATE: Check out the Feb 1st COVID Clemency Caravan and Day of Action organizing and media kit to start plugging in.

    As supporters of the #CagingCOVID campaign, the Antistasis Project is calling for decentralized actions on February 1st across the so-called United States, and internationally, in support of mass clemency for people held in jails, prisons and detention centers.

    Reports updated as of January 8, 2021 show over 329,298  prisoners have gotten the virus, and more than 2,020 died as a result of it. The pandemic has resulted in prisons and jails abusing isolation more than ever before. Social distance is necessary but solitary confinement is torture.

    Crowded quarters, a lack of PPE, inadequate medical care, an aging population, and unsanitary conditions have contributed to an infection rate 5.5 times higher than the already ballooned average in the U.S.

    There have been over 100 documented prisoner rebellions related to negligence over COVID-19 safety (For example, Alabama prisoners have been on strike since Jan 1st). Its time we step it up on the outside. A quick and massive release of prisoners is the safest and most responsible option. In reality, its long overdue.

    February 1st was declared “National Freedom Day” in 1949, in a Presidential proclamation recognizing both the 1865 signing of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery and 1948 U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. Yet all these years later, today’s prisoners are still subjected to conditions those documents were thought to be addressing, from extreme medical neglect and the torture of isolation to outright slave labor.

    #CagingCOVID is inviting people to join them in a caravan to DC, where they will have a motorcade rally to hand-deliver their petition to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the United Nations (UN) offices.

    But there are also countless local and regional targets to apply pressure on in furthering the demand of immediate COVID clemency. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Your Governor’s home: Check out what they’ve been doing in North Carolina and Florida for some inspiration.
    2. A local jail or prison near you: Make noise to let prisoners and detainees know you are out there. While a prison noise demo is a First Amendment protected activity, it sends a message up the chain to administration and other officials who fear demonstrations spreading across the wall.
    3. Regional offices of the DOJ, CDC and UN: Help amplify the #CagingCOVID petition demands by having a presence at these offices as well.
    4. A busy intersection, interstate or shopping area: Reach people on the street, some times a little disruption can also generate more attention and media coverage that reaches thousands more.
    5. Get creative! Put out flyers and posters, drop banners in visible locations, coordinate phone zaps and social media blasts, affinity group style direct actions to blockade or occupy strategic locations… Just be sure to wear a mask, wash your hands and practice social distance while you do any in-person activity.

    Abolition is the road, clemency is the vehicle, now is the time.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2021
    At the end of last December the Greek government approved a reform of the national penitentiary system that, in addition to other measures that worsen prison conditions, establishes that those convicted of terrorism cannot access “rural prisons”, more “open” institutions to which long-term prisoners have access. The approval of this law has led to the immediate transfer of political prisoner Dimitri Koufontinas from the rural prison of Kassevitia.
    Dimitri is a comrade convicted for participating in the revolutionary organization 17 November, in prison since 2002. The new set of laws stipulates that inmates in rural prisons are reclassified and then transferred to the last prison they were in. In Dimitri’s case it should have been the Athenian prison of Koridallos. However, the prison administration decided to transfer him, manipulating the transfer papers, to Domokos prison. Although there are no differentiated circuits in Greece, in recent years, the prison administration has turned Domokos into a “hard” prison.

     

    Such a punitive transfer is aimed at striking a comrade who has always struggled: as a free man, in courtrooms, in prison. Since his capture he has participated in numerous protests and has been on four hunger strikes.
    This repressive manoeuvre is not only aimed at annihilating Dimitri Koufontinas but also forms part of the Greek’s state repressive project: crushing the most radical and combative parts of society to
    avoid the hypothesis of future and general conflicts.
    Faced with the transfer, Dimitri Koufontinas decided to strive once again, using his body as a weapon and last resort. Since 8 January he has begun a hunger strike which will continue indefinitely until he is transferred to Koridallos prison.
    As the strike continues, the comrade is in a critical and precarious condition in Lamia hospital: according to the doctors he could collapse at any moment.
    During the strike there were many initiatives and solidarity actions throughout Greece and beyond:
    protests, demos, wall writings, banners, attacks against multiple objectives (politicians, banks, post offices, etc.).
    But time is running out and now we think extra efforts are needed.
    Dimitri’s struggle is also the struggle of each of us.
    The creation and expansion of international ties is as crucial as ever so we are calling for an INTERNATIONAL day of solidarity and action on FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY to support Dimitri Koufontinas.
    THE DEMAND OF HUNGER STRIKE MUST BE IMMEDIATELY ACCEPTED
    INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON
    Athens, 7 February 2021
    Solidarity Assembly with Dimitri Koufontinas

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    12
    Feb
    2021
    5:00 pmDilworth Plaza, City Hall

    Justice for Christian Hall Abolish the Police Demonstration 2/12 5PM Dilworth Plaza, City Hall

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    15
    Feb
    2021
    11:00 amDA Larry Krasner's Office

    Emergency demo for !
    Tomorrow, 11am at DA Larry Krasner's office.

    That so-called "progressive" District Attorney has filed another legal brief denying Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to present new evidence that can exonerate him.

    To all the leftists that campaigned for Krasner's election - this is on you. There is no such thing as a progressive DA, and that should go without saying.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2021
    1-3 pm ESTonline on jitsi in the room viscerapvd

    Join us for our February anarchist discussion! Following on the heels of our previous reading on communist egoism, we’ll be doing a long-ish reading from Stirner for his thoughts on the subject for a more individualist perspective.

    We’ll be reading two sections from The Unique and Its Property: I Have Based My Affairs on Nothing and section 2.2.2, My Intercourse. You can also listen to the first essay here. This reading is rather long so we suggest starting early!

    Discussion will be held on Sunday, February 21st from 1-3 pm EST.

    As usual, this one’ll be online on jitsi in the room viscerapvd. Email us for the password at viscerapvd[at]gmail.com!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    22
    Feb
    2021
    2:30 pmThis event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    Doug Wright left home at age fourteen and became involved in radical leftist activities and anti-war rallies in California. Shortly thereafter, Doug picked up train hopping and made his way all over the country. On one occasion he accidentally found himself in Anderson, Indiana where he met people with a music company that hosted all-age punk rock shows. These folks became Doug’s new family for the next five years.

    Doug was then in Cleveland during the Occupy movement and became the target, along with three other activists, of an elaborate FBI setup operation. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. However the real story is that the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced the four of them into participating. Doug received the longest sentence of all the Cleveland 4 – 11.5 years.

    Doug’s life has been a series of tests, trials, and tribulations. Prison has been no different. He is luckily entering the last year of imprisonment, but his struggle is not over. Because he will be on lifetime probation, he will be unable to travel and live nomadically in the way that he loves again. Please join us in sending some heartfelt messages of solidarity to him.

    This event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    If you are unable to join us on Monday drop Doug a line at:

    Doug Wright #57973-060
    USP Florence-High
    P.O. Box 3850
    Florence, CO 81226

    We will also encourage sending birthday cards to political prisoners with March birthdays: Joy Powell, (the 5th), Andrew Mickel (the 13th), Ruchell Cinque Magee (the 17th), and Jaan Laaman (the 21st).

  • Sat
    06
    Mar
    2021

    Create
    Destroy
    Cause Chaos

    We have been quiet for too long. We must act now. We don't want placards and speeches. We want action.

    This year on the 6th of March we're calling for an autonomous day of action. A day spent creating solidarity between our communities and destroying those that oppress us. Target the state.

    Keep it quiet
    Keep it serious

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    06
    Mar
    2021

    At the end of last December the Greek government approved a reform of the national penitentiary system that, in addition to  other measures that worsen prison conditions, establishes that those convicted of terrorism cannot access the “rural prisons”, more “open” institutions to which long-term prisoners have access. The approval of this law has immediately activated the bureaucratic process for the transfer of Dimitri Koufontinas from the rural prison of Kassevitia.Dimitri is a comrade convicted for participation in the revolutionary organization 17 November, in prison since 2002.

    The new package of laws stipulates that inmates in rural prisons are reclassified and then transferredto the last prison they were in. In Dimitri’s case it should have been the Athenian prison of Koridallos. However, the prison administration decided to transfer him, manipulating the transfer papers, to Domokos prison. Although there are no differentiated circuits in Greece, the intention of the prison administration in recent years has been to make this prison a “hard” prison.

    Such a punitive transfer is purposed to hit a comrade who has always struggled: as a free man, in courtrooms, in prison. Since his seizure he has participated in numerous protests and has undertakenfour hunger strikes.This repressive manoeuvre not only is aimed at annihilating Dimitri Koufontinas but also is part of the overall Greek state repressive project: crushing the most radical and combative parts of society to avoid the hypothesis of future and general conflicts.

    Faced with the transfer, Dimitri Koufontinas decided to strive once again, putting his own body out as last resort weapon. Since 8 January he has started a hunger strike which will continue indefinitelyuntil he is transferred to the Koridallos prison.As strike days are passing by, the comrade is in a critical and precarious conditions in the Lamia hospital: according to the doctors he could collapse at any moment.

    During the strike there were many initiatives and solidarity actions throughout Greece and beyond: protests, demos, walls writings, banners, attacks against multiple objectives (politicians, banks, postoffices, etc.).But time is running out and now we think we should make an extra effort.

    Dimitri’s struggle is also the struggle of each of us. As we consider crucial creating and expanding international ties, even more nowadays, we are calling for a 2nd INTERNATIONAL day of solidarity and action on SATURDAY 6 MARCH to support Dimitris  Koufontinas.

    Athens, 4 March 2021

    Solidarity Assembly with Dimitri Koufontinas

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    15
    Mar
    2021

    Those involved in the organization of this year’s edition will opt for adequate alternatives according to the evolution of the pandemic, which, besides, had already hit by March 15, 2020.

    Because it bears emphasizing what a brutal year it has been! Through difficult times, as the entire population strives to show solidarity, there is a constant value on which we can always count: the police remain merciless.

    Let us remember the final 8 minutes and 46 seconds of George Floyd’s life. Let us remember Sheffield Matthews, assassinated by the SPVM in the early hours of October 29th. Let us remember Chantel Moore, Rodney Levi, Eishia Hudson — thirty-four people killed by Canadian police in total over the first 11 months of 2020. Nearly half of those assassinated were Indigenous.

    Many activities surrounding the International Day Against Police Brutality will take place before, during, and after March 15, in one form or another. In preparation, we ask you to submit any text messages, images, and video or audio recordings we may share in our annual journal and on our website.

    And contact your friends and affinity groups to pass along the message that March 15th is on. Be ready!

    In 2021, we are calling for police abolition, pure and simple. For a quarter-century now, we have taken to the streets to force the police to reform, to show signs of improvement — yet year after year, the situation has only worsened. Inquiry commissions are growing in numbers, reports are increasingly damning, and still, nothing meaningful has come of them.

    In the end, what is this system of institutional repression and its police force for, here and elsewhere? Who is it protecting? The courts did not protect the women who fought sex offender Gilbert Rozon.

    The RCMP did not protect the Indigenous people of New Edinburgh, Nova Scotia, against the racist white people who set their warehouse on fire.
    The SQ did not come down on the police officers who raped Indigenous women in Val-d’Or.

    The SPVM used, and continues to use, all the tools at its disposal to expel the homeless from their encampment along Notre-Dame Street and many other locations around Montreal.

    And finally, as of right now, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is ruthlessly deporting the “guardian angels” whose thankless work keeps our healthcare system running.

    And the situation is the same everywhere. It can be seen in France, in Chile, in Haiti, in Nigeria, in the United States, in Brazil — a worldwide movement that is rumbling and spreading. A movement that is demanding the end of police as we know it. A movement that is shouting out, loud and clear.

    Because we have had enough of counting the number of lives lost at the hands of the police, because the tearful sorrow of families and friends has turned to anger, because “injustice” and “impunity” rhyme with “colonial-racist-sexist system”, because there are alternatives: ABOLISH THE POLICE.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    21
    Mar
    2021
    Sat
    27
    Mar
    2021
    1-3 pmjitsi in the room viscerapvd & Clark Park (meet near the chess tables)

    The weather is getting nicer, so we’re doing two discussions this month on the same reading! We’ll be revisiting (or, for some of us, reading for the first time) the classic work of anarchist utopia that’s neither, bolo’bolo.

    bolo’bolo is also a modest proposal for the new arrangements on the spaceship after the Machine’s disappearance. Though it started as a mere collection of wishes, a lot of considerations about their realization have accumulated around it. bolo’bolo can be realized world-wide within five years, if we start now. It guarantees a soft landing in the second reality. Nobody will starve, freeze or die earlier than today in the transition period. There’s very little risk.

    For those who prefer (or require) an online discussion, we’ll be meeting on jitsi in the room viscerapvd on Sunday, March 21st at 1-3 pm. Get in touch with us for the password!

    We’ll also be doing an in-person discussion one week later on Saturday, March 27th in Clark Park (meet near the chess tables) from 1-3 pm.

    This reading is a bit long, so we recommend staring early! It’s a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing people in one form or another for the discussion!

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    24
    Mar
    2021
    7:00 PM-9:00 PMRegister for Meeting Link!

    Climate disaster is here. Capitalism can’t fix it, not even with a Green New Deal. Our only hope against hope is disaster communism.

    We are told we are living in the middle of a climate crisis of unprecedented proportions. As doomsday scenarios mount, hope collapses. Even as more and more people around the planet experience climate disaster as immediate and urgent as ever, our imagination and programs for transformation lag. The disasters are already here, and the crises, longstanding, are ongoing.

    At the center of the renewed political orientation Hope Against Hope expounds upon is an abolitionist approach to border imperialism, reactionary ecology, and state violence that underpins many green solutions and modes of understanding nature. It reminds us of the frequent moments and movements of solidarity emerging in the ruins all around us. Their stunning conclusion to the disarray of politics in our seemingly end times is the urgency of creating what Out of the Woods calls “disaster communism”—the collective power to transform our future political horizons from the ruins and establish a climate future based in common life.

    On Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00pm EST, we will meet to discuss the essay, The Uses of Disaster, and collaboratively plan a curriculum to discuss other selections from the book.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    31
    Mar
    2021
    2:30 pmThis event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand.

    Philly ABC has been busy gearing up for this year’s Running Down the Walls 5K (save the date of September 12th with funds split between the ABCF Warchest and Mumia Abu-Jamal!), but we didn’t want to miss a monthly letter-writing so we are hosting the next event online this Wednesday the 31st.

    Philly ABC is energized by building momentum towards abolishing the police. As prison abolitionists, we stand in solidarity with the many people who have taken necessary actions to defend themselves without engaging police or courts. We believe self-defense is a right, and recognize that police and courts do not provide viable options to ensure safety. Both are even more biased against people who are known to stand up against injustice.

    This month we encourage people to write letters to Fran Thompson, who was sentenced to life in prison for self-defense in 1994. Prior to her incarceration, Fran lived on a farm in Knox County, Nebraska. She was a dedicated animal rights and environmental activist. After a man who was stalking her threatened to kill her and then broke into her house, Fran shot and killed him in self-defense but was charged with murder.

    Fran’s case was highly politicized. Fran had taken on the prosecutor and local government during her activism, organizing against two big projects, the Walden Egg Factory and a nuclear waste facility, that would have brought the county big profits. She was treated harshly by the local court for her commitment to animals and the environment. She was not allowed to enter a plea of self-defense and received a sentence of life without parole.

    This event will be held on Jitsi - we’ll post the meet link on social media the day of. You can also message us to get the link beforehand. If you are unable to make the event, please drop Fran a line and let her know she is not forgotten:

    Fran Thompson #93341
    Nebraska Correctional Center for Women
    1107 Recharge Rd.
    York, NE 68467-8003

    We also encourage sending a birthday card to Mumia Abu-Jamal, as a U.S.-held political prisoner born in April. Sadly, the other political prisoner who we would have been sending a birthday card to– [Chip Fitzgerald] (https://www.prisonersolidarity.com/prisoner/romaine-chip-fitzgerald)-- recently suffered a severe cardio-vascular event and passed away on March 31st, so we send heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    10
    Apr
    2021
    9 a.m. til 12 p.m.LAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave
    Our monthly Really Really Free Market is tomorrow, Saturday 4/10 from 9 a.m. til 12 p.m.!
  • Sun
    11
    Apr
    2021
    11:30 AM – 3:30 PMCenter City

    Come celebrate our community by joining our picnic with a purpose: telling Nazis to GTFO!

    Violent white supremacists have announced plans for a racist "White Lives Matter" rally in Center City (exact location TBA). Promotional material for the day prominently features Nazi symbolism, like the swastika.

    Bring signs but also music, picnic blankets, lunch, puppets, etc.

    Their announced gather time is 1 pm, so we're asking folks to do their best to come out by noon.

    We'll show fascists that there is no room or love for them in our streets or in our city.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    18
    Apr
    2021
    1-3pm ESTon jitsi

    This month we’ll be revisiting Against Identity Politics, the classic critique of identity politics by Lupus Dragonowl. The world has lots of bad critiques of identity politics, but this is one we actually like.

    From all of this, we must conclude that IPs are just another type of leftist, promoting sacrifice and renunciation, posing as liberators of the oppressed.

    Find the essay here.

    We’ll be meeting on Sunday, April 18th from 1-3pm EST on jitsi. Get in touch for the password!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    24
    Apr
    2021
    1-3 pmClark Park near the chess tables

    We’re gonna take a bet on more nice weather and host another in-person outdoor event this month! Following up on bolo’bolo’s resistance to the planetary work machine, we’ll be reading excerpts from Demotivational Training by Guillaume Paoli.

    …the objective of practicing demotivation, and this treatise is a modest step in that direction, would be rather to divest oneself from the apparatuses used to lead all of us donkeys to the market, to methodically dismantle the mechanisms that ensure that, despite everything, it works.

    Readings:

    We’ll be meeting on Saturday, April 24th from 1-3 pm at Clark Park near the chess tables.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    24
    Apr
    2021
    2 p.m. til 54134 Lancaster Ave
    Work day update — not tomorrow!! Next Saturday 4/24 from 2 p.m. til 5

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    26
    Apr
    2021
    6:30 pmClark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester)

    Finally, join us on Monday, April 26th at 6:30pm in Clark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester) as we gather to write letters of solidarity to Mumia. Move members will provide an update on Mumia’s condition and next steps for the fight to bring him home. If you are unable to make the event, please send him your solidarity at:

    Smart Communications/PADOC
    Mumia Abu-Jamal AM-8335
    SCI Mahanoy
    P.O. Box 33028
    St. Petersburg, FL 33733

    We will also send birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in May: Xinachtli (the 12th), Kojo Bomani Sababu (the 27th), and Doug Wright (the 30th).

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    01
    May
    2021
    Sat
    15
    May
    2021

    General

    This Mayday, to get us all back into the habit of going out into the great outdoors and doing cool shit again, – but also to remind us all how we can achieve more if we all work together – we are issuing an open challenge to participate in our Mayday Bingo. What better way is there to anticipate the easing of lockdown than by participating in a bit of friendly competitive activism while having fun?

    The main aim of the game is for us all to win collectively. We do that by everyone contributing towards crossing out all the targets on the bingo card. Also the higher the sum total of all the points awarded to all the participants is at the end, the bigger our collective success.

    Because everyone likes a good competition, individual groups will also be awarded points and we will also announce a final score board so everyone can gloat or lick their wounds in a comradely way.

    In order to give everyone a nice big heads up and plenty of time to plot and carry out your actions, the competition will run from the 1st to the 15th of May.

    [Details Here]

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  • Sat
    01
    May
    2021
    2:00 pmPhiladelphia City Hall
    Join us as rally around the families of Makhia Bryant, Andre Hill, Casey Goodson Jr, Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, Henry Green, Tyree King, and a host of others who have been brutally murdered at the hands of law enforcement in Columbus, OH
  • Sat
    01
    May
    2021
    7:30pm – 10pmOnline screening

    Online screening of Haymarket, a brand new feature length documentary followed by discussion with the director Adrian Prawica

    The notorious Chicago Haymarket Tragedy (also known as the Haymarket Square Affair), where a bomb thrown into the ranks of Police was followed by an eruption of panic and violence resulting in a trial and execution of presumably innocent workers' rights activists, is examined in this feature documentary film. Expert historians and professors present the history of the bomb, the anarchists, other political movements of the 19th century, and the labor struggle of working people fighting for a shorter work day during the industrial might of America's Gilded Age. Named a "MUST-SEE" documentary for labor history and the understanding of the American working class.

    Register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wooden-shoe-books-presents-haymarket-documentary-film-screening-tickets-149209253895

    More info about the film: https://www.filmadria.com/haymarket

    Adrian Prawica is an award-winning filmmaker, director, producer, and cinematographer specializing in advertisement, documentary, and sports racing genres. His notable works include documentary films on Chicago history, as well as advertisement and documentary works broadcast in the United States and abroad.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    02
    May
    2021
    1:00 pmMeet at Conewago Creek Recreation Area in Mt. Wolf, PA – 1098 Wago Road, Mt. Wolf, PA 17347

    Spring the Elders – Caravan of Love to Free Maroon – Sunday, May 2, 2021
    On Sunday, May 2, 2021 we will gather together for a peaceful gathering of prayers and libations in Mt. Wolf, PA to celebrate and honor our beloved elder and black liberation freedom fighter, Russell “Maroon” Shoatz. Time persists that we demand the compassionate release of Maroon from prison.

    Please bring signs, car banners, instruments, flowers, a letter to the governor in support of the release of Maroon, etc. Wear white.

    1:00PM Meet at Conewago Creek Recreation Area in Mt. Wolf, PA – 1098 Wago Road, Mt. Wolf, PA 17347
    2:00PM Organized caravan to second location
    3:00PM Park and assemble (social distanced) on sidewalk for speaking and celebration
    4:00PM Heading home

    InstaGram: @FreeMaroonNow
    Twitter: @FreeMaroonNow

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    06
    May
    2021
    7pm – 8:30pm

    The essays in Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse (AK Press 2021), many published here for the first time, cover the shifts in rhetoric and tactics of the Alt Right since their disastrous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, and the explosion of antifascist, antiracist, and revolutionary organizing that has risen to fight it. Burley unpacks the moment we live in, confronting the apocalyptic feelings brought on by nationalism, climate collapse, and the crisis of capitalism, but also delivering the clear message that a new world is possible through the struggles communities are leveraging today. Burley reminds us what we're fighting for not simply what we're fighting against.

    This free online event will be in conversation with Kim Kelly and George Ciccariello-Maher.
    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-we-fight-shane-burley-with-kim-kelly-george-ciccariello-maher-tickets-151106518665

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    15
    May
    2021
    4:00 pmRittenhouse Square Park

    THIS SATURDAY for Nakba Day. Please join us in solidarity with Palestinians as we hold a protest to #SaveSheikhJarrah with @blackandbrowncoalitionphl @sjptemple @udelsjp @drexelsjp and @swarthmorejvp

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    16
    May
    2021
    1-3Clark Park – find us by the chess tables!

    A reading liked this piece so much we’re doing it twice! Or in this case, a third time. Our in-person discussion this month will be Against Identity Politics by Lupus Dragonowl.

    Find the essay here.

    We’ll be meeting in Clark Park on Sunday, May 16th from 1-3 – find us by the chess tables!

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    20
    May
    2021
    6pm – 7:30pm

    Join Robert Ovetz, editor of Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Tactics, Strategies, Objectives (Pluto, 2020), for a talk on workers' inquiry and class struggle. Robert and Gifford Hartman will demonstrate how to conduct an inquiry at work. They will be joined by Jenny Chan who will discuss workers self-organized struggles in China.

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    23
    May
    2021
    1-3 ESTon jitsi. Contact us for the password!

    We’ll be reading two pieces this month – the classic Reproduction of Daily Life by Fredy Perlman and some thoughts on the essay from Frére Dupont in their essay On Marxist Ideas of Change.

    The practical everyday activity of wage-workers reproduces wage labor and capital. Through their daily activities, “modern” men, like tribesmen and slaves, reproduce the inhabitants, the social relations and the ideas of their society; they reproduce the social form of daily life. Like the tribe and the slave system, the capitalist system is neither the natural nor the final form of human society; like the earlier social forms, capitalism is a specific response to material and historical conditions.

    Find Perlman’s essay here and Dupont here.

    Discussion will be on May 23rd on jitsi from 1-3 EST. Contact us for the password!

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    24
    May
    2021
    2:30 pmClark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester)

    Ruchell Magee is one of the longest-held California prisoners who has been dubbed a political prisoner due to his spontaneous participation in the Marin Courthouse rebellion– the famous incident that spawned Black August. He is serving a sentence of 7 years to life for a nonviolent disagreement that landed him the wrongful charge of ‘kidnapping to commit robbery.’ Years later, he happened to be in the courthouse for unrelated reasons when Jonathan Jackson entered to free his brother and Black Liberation icon George Jackson. According to a sworn affidavit from one of the jurors, the jury voted for acquittal on charges from the Courthouse rebellion, however, this acquittal has been obscured and he continues his fight to expose this.

    Ruchell is now 82 years old, and has spent more than 58 years in prison. From behind bars, he has been a positive force by helping many people with his tireless work as a jailhouse lawyer. He currently has a pro se motion pending review by the Supreme Court as well as a commutation application to be reviewed by the Governor. He is also parole eligible. Please join us Monday at Clark Park (stone platform near 45th and Chester) as we reach out to Ruchell to connect, offer solidarity, and see what all can be done to free him this year so that he can finally reunite with his family.

    Because we are not aware of any political prisoners with a birthday in June, instead of birthday cards we will pass around cards for Palestinian freedom political prisoners: Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Dr. Issam Hijjawi Bassalat, Khalida Jarrar, Layan Kayed, Ahmad Sa’adat, and Khitam Saafin.

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    26
    May
    2021
    Mon
    07
    Jun
    2021

    International Solidarity Is the Weapon of the People

    In Response to the Call for a Global Week of Action in Solidarity with Palestine

    Join us over the next 2 weeks with revolutionary action and remembrance from May 26th to June 7th to connect the Palestinian struggle and the Black liberation movement in mutual support and solidarity.

    Both dates are significant: the beginning of the George Floyd Rebellion and the month anniversary of the Third Intifada with the uprising at Al-Aqsa. Both dates also represent resistance and rebellion; militancy and intransigence; and most importantly, revolutionary potential.

    The United States is in the midst of a transformative period, with the Black revolution at the forefront. From the plantations to the prisons, the Black struggle has always had a multifaceted enemy in Western capitalist states and their allies.

    Their eliminationist project continues, too, in Palestine, where Zionist colonialism since Balfour has been the partner of Anglo-American imperialism.

    Recent events in Occupied Palestine have again revealed the true face of colonialism and all its genocidal violence: a regime of global apartheid stretching from the open-air prison of Gaza to jail cells, detention centers, and ghettos across the United States. But these events have also exposed the limits of colonial rule, the weakness of the Zionist regime, and the tenuousness of white supremacist power.

    Our resistance is always most formidable when it is internationalist. In 1964, Malcolm X met with the PLO leadership. Later on, Huey Newton visited Palestine, uniting these struggles against a common enemy. As the Zionist project expanded in Palestine, the resistance became not only a shining example of what was possible, but also an internationalist hub for the world to learn from – inviting revolutionaries from Nicaragua to Ireland, from Cuba to Greece, from Japan to South Africa.

    As the burning of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis showed the world on May 28, 2020, even the most formidable fortresses can be reduced to ashes. And as the Third Intifada is teaching us today, even the most “advanced” armies in the world can be effectively combatted by insurgent youth and the oppressed masses when they lose their fear and bring the conflict to the colonizers.

    The more widespread our actions, the greater impact they make internationally. We can see that the bravery of each Palestinian fighter has inspired massive worldwide hope that perhaps the behemoth of US and “Israeli” imperialism can be stopped. We want to draw focus to the Palestinian fighters across the occupied territories and to the powerful initiative of incarcerated comrades in the US: the #ShutEmDown2021 call for abolitionist demonstrations outside of prisons.

    The uprisings in Palestine and in the US have demonstrated that when resistance is popularized, it makes it much harder to defeat. It is in this spirit that we call on people internationally to defiantly rise up against US and “Israeli” colonial violence!

    This is the true spirit of internationalism! Together we will be victorious!

    – Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement + Muslim-Jewish Anti-Fascist Front

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    28
    May
    2021

    Since April 28, Colombians have been blocking roads and shutting down the flow of capital to reclaim common spaces for joyful life. Two recent interviews with protestors in Bogotá and Cali detail the fight and lives at the barricades of the Colombian General Strike. This mass popular mobilization stands against unlivable conditions, authoritarian neoliberalism and the brutality of the narco-state. The police and military have met protesters with vicious repression. Amid internet blackouts, at least fifty people have been murdered, over 160 disappeared, and over 20 blinded.

    We cannot sit by in the seat of empire as people are murdered and maimed for fighting against state violence, not only in Colombia, but in Palestine, Myanmar, Chile, too many places across the world.

    We call on comrades in the US to block the streets and, like the Colombian protesters, turn the barricades into community spaces! The fight against all state and colonial violence is our common cause! Join the strike on 5/28! Take to the streets!

    Solidarity can come in many forms. Organize an action according to what you think will be most effective in your area. “Now is the time to shout that in Colombia the government is killing people for protesting,” la lucha continúa!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    05
    Jun
    2021
    12:00 pm47th & hazel ave in west

    okay, so we’re not actually a band. but check us out this saturday, june 5th during west philly porchfest for an extra special anarchist porch bookfair! that’s right! we’ll have books and pamphlets for sale starting at noon at 47th & hazel ave in west! come through! ☀️

    [Details Here]

  • Wed
    09
    Jun
    2021
    7:00 pmRegister for Meeting Link!

    We're departing from our normal programming on Hope Against Hope this week to talk about the theory behind insurrectionary anarchism, a tendency that is often counterposed with the more social anarchist/libertarian socialist thought that we've read in the past.

    From wikipedia:

    Insurrectionary anarchism is a revolutionary theory and tendency within the anarchist movement that emphasizes insurrection as a revolutionary practice. It is critical of formal organizations such as labor unions and federations that are based on a political programme and periodic congresses. Instead, insurrectionary anarchists advocate informal organization and small affinity group based organization. Insurrectionary anarchists put value in attack, permanent class conflict and a refusal to negotiate or compromise with class enemies.

    On Wednesday, June 9th at 7:00pm EST, we will meet to discuss  Alfredo M. Bonanno - The Insurrectional Project

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    11
    Jun
    2021

    Against another year of state encroachment, against the restriction of free movement under the auspices of “safety,” against the continued brutalization of our friends in prison, we call for a renewal of solidarity on June 11, 2021: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. For 17 years, June 11th has been an occasion for celebration, mourning, and revolt. It has been a moment to breathe, to remember those fallen and those in cages, to remind ourselves of why we remain committed to the Beautiful Idea of anarchism. Through our letters, demonstrations, fundraising, and solidarity attacks we keep the beacon lit for those who have given years of their lives for their conviction that the State is a horror against which we must wager our lives.

    MEMORY REMAINS A WEAPON

    June 11th is, in the words of Christos Tsakalos, a day against oblivion. The architects of prison society would have prison function as a memory hole, casting our dear rebels into the void and producing in free souls a stifling amnesia. They want us to forget those who took action against the state and economy and those who continue their rebellion behind bars. Our work of solidarity with imprisoned anarchists is a hammer blow against forgetting: against the prison walls and the narcotizing technological society that shatters all meaning.

    As such, we remember not only our friends behind bars, but those who have died. Marilù Maschietto in Italy. Former political prisoner Alexei “Socrates” Sutuga in Russia. Robert D’Attilio, who kept alive the memory of Sacco & Vanzetti. Doris Ensinger, partner of lifelong anarchist and former prisoner Luis Edo. Tireless anarchist abolitionist Karen Smith. Lucio Urtubia, whose life of expropriation in service of struggle remains an inspiration.

    Finally: Stuart Christie. Stuart’s life and example cast a massive shadow in our efforts. From his time as a young prisoner in Franco’s Spain and his reanimation of the Anarchist Black Cross in the 1970s, to his persecution in the Angry Brigade trials and work in archiving anarchist history through Cienfuegos Press and Christie Books, Stuart’s tireless work will not be forgotten. He and all of our fallen companions, whether we knew them personally or not, are alive in spirit in our work this year.

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    11
    Jun
    2021
    Sun
    13
    Jun
    2021
    Grays Ferry Skatepark and Bartram's North (51st & Botanic)

    2nd Annual Philly Skillshare Convergence

    Friday June 11 8pm
    BBQ & Movie Fundraiser for Anarchist Prisoners @ Grays Ferry Skatepark
    Saturday & Sunday June 12 & 13 Noon-8pm
    Workshops, Discussions, and Tablers @ Bartram's North (51st & Botanic)

    Free Food! Bring your own bug spray, water, seating, & a mask. These locations are outside, there are no facilities in the immediate area. Check for updates & email with any questions or accessibility needs
    email: hereandnowzines@riseup.net
    mastodon @hereandnowzines@ni.hil.ist
    ig: @hereandnowzines
    Schedule will be released week of, raindates are the following weekend.

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    12
    Jun
    2021
    9 a.m. until noonLAVA 4134 Lancaster Ave
    Free market tomorrow (Saturday, 6/12) from 9 a.m. until noon! A reminder that it’s the second Saturday of each month!
  • Wed
    16
    Jun
    2021
    7:00 am1800 Allegheny Avenue

    Eviction Defense Requested:
    Kensington Encampments
    When: Wednesday June 16th, 2021
    Meet at 7am Support needed throughout day
    Where: Meet @ 1800 E Allegheny Ave
    Why: The city threatened to evict several encampment sites in Kensington, posting up signs listing the “1800 block of Hilton Street, the 1800 block of Allegheny Avenue, and the (illegible) of East Allegheny or any other place in the neighborhood known as Kensington”. Rallying point is near the intersection of Allegheny & Kensington Ave, where we can see most sites listed.

    The city publicly said they won’t evict once a lawsuit was pending, HOWEVER they told all businesses/service providers they’ll be evicting that day. This is a deliberate confusion tactic to keep eyes off of Kensington! We will not let them act unseen on our neighbors. Residents have requested support early that morning even if the city doesn’t try to evict, as police harassment occurs DAILY here regardless of formal notice.

    Residents report belongings being trashed by cops each morning. This is just eviction without the notice!

    Do you have information that could help with the lawsuit against the city to stop the sweeps? Email stephanie.sena@law.villanova.edu

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    12
    Jul
    2021
    Mon
    19
    Jul
    2021

    The anarchist Abtin Parsa is a former political prisoner from Iran with the atheist view imprisoned by the Islamic regime for one year and a half in 2014. Abtin Parsa, 16 years old at that time, was arrested by IRGC for an anti-Islamic and anti-state public speech in his high school, “Shahid Chamran,” in the city of Zarqan. Even after his release from prison, Abtin was continued to be pressured and controlled by the Islamic regime, forcing him to escape to Greece in 2016.

    Death threats from the Islamic regime accompanied Abtin Parsa with his arrival to Greece. He repeatedly received death threats from various organizations and individuals affiliated with the Iranian Islamic regime. In 2017, while the nationwide anti-state protests in Iran, Abtin Parsa showed his solidarity with the protests in a video message. A few days later, the Iranian regime manipulated and edited this video message and broadcasted it on national television to accuse the persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa of teaching protesters how to make explosives.

    The persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was granted a 3-years political asylum in Greece in 2017. In the same year, Abtin Parsa joined the resistance movement in Greece and began to struggle against the systematic oppression perpetrated by the Greek state against the working class, especially immigrants. During these struggles, Abtin Parsa was arrested and even tortured several times by the Greek state, including:

    In July 2018, he was tortured by Greek police for his political activities against the Greek state, during which several parts of his body were severely damaged, and vertebrae in his back were broken.

    In August 2019, he was arrested near his home by Greek police and charged with carrying a weapon while he had only a small paper cutter. Abtin refused to submit his fingerprint for a criminal record to the police to protest how the police treated him and other immigrants, and the court sentenced him to three months in prison and a fine of 180 euros. (suspended prison)

    In November 2019, as the counter-terrorist police launched a large-scale operation to find clues to a revolutionary organization (revolutionary Self-defense), his house and a few other comrades were raided by the counter-terrorist police. During the counterinsurgency police operation, an anarchist and another person were imprisoned, and two other anarchists were arrested, both of whom are temporarily released. During the counterinsurgency police raid on the house of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa, all his asylum documents, which were in the house and his other belongings, were confiscated by the counterinsurgency police.

    In February 2020, the persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was forced to leave Athens in a political decision to have more secret life in a different city to be away from police control due to the counterinsurgency police’s excessive control over his home, movements, and even personal connections.

    In March 2020, persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was arrested by counterinsurgency police for terrorism.

    While the political asylum of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa was nearing the end of its three-year term, various Greek newspapers quoted the Greek Ministry of Immigration as saying that the political asylum of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa had been revoked due to his arrest on March 30, 2020.
    After the Greek state revoked the political asylum of persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa, he fled Greece and applied for political asylum in the Netherlands.

    In April 2021, Abtin Parsa was arrested by Dutch cops and charged with organizing an immigrant uprising against the Dutch state. (Here read about the anarchist community of immigrants in AZC echt: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/49617). Due to the arrest of April 2021, persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa could face 5 years of prison.

    Today 8th of July, the Dutch state rejected the request of comrade Abtin Parsa about stopping his extradition to Greece and formally deciding to extradite him to Greece. Read the statement of comrade Abtin Parsa here: https://asranarshism.com/1400/04/17/bourgeois-justice-wants-to-extradite...

    As the local anarchist federation of Iran and Afghanistan, we call for a week of international solidarity with anarchist Abtin Parsa (12th-19th of July 2021).

    Federation of Anarchism Era

    From: https://asranarshism.com/1400/04/18/international-call-for-a-week-of-sol...

    [Details Here]

  • Thu
    15
    Jul
    2021
    9:00 pmGreys Ferry Skatepark

    WE ARE NOW
    Film screening
    Greys Ferry Skatepark
    July 15th
    9PM
    the story of an armed no cop zone in atlanta
    to be followed by a directors Q&A and a slideshow from the CHILEAN UPRISING
    snacks & bevs
    crimethinc
    free zines from here and now zines

    [Details Here]

  • Fri
    16
    Jul
    2021

    Joint Statement for the Upcoming Day of Agitation for the Freedom of Political Prisoners in Abya Yala

    We have recently seen the sharpening of the struggle of the oppressed, exploited, and dominated, against those who rob us of our freedom and of a good life. All states have been confronted by thousands of people of the communities of Abya Yala who refuse to perish in passivity. It is clear to us that the struggle against patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, colonialism, and extractivism is more relevant than ever. As a result, states, as fundamental instruments in maintaining the necessary conditions for our domination and exploitation, have intensified repressive actions against all the rebellious peoples of Abya Yala. This has brought death, torture, and persecution, along with a wave of political imprisonment. For this reason, we have decided to organize a Day of Agitation for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners in Abya Yala this July 16.

    The state is the organization of the dominant classes, which they occupy for their own ends. As long as there are dominant classes, and those classes have an apparatus like the state, we will continue to face repression when we decide to rise up. As long as prisons continue to exist, we will be locked up for being rebels, poor, dissidents, or for simply not fulfilling their expectations. Prison is a fundamental pillar for the maintenance of the state and the necessary order for our misery. Thus, our struggle is not exclusively against political imprisonment, but against prisons in general. In this sense, we reject criminalization and we do not see those who engage in direct action as guilty, nor those who limit themselves to the tactics of bourgeois legality as innocent.

    We believe that to achieve freedom for our imprisoned compañerxs, we must struggle together, horizontally, territorially, and with autonomy. For this, we warn of the threats that lie in wait for us in this struggle. We not only have to avoid political persecution and the most blatant repression, but we also have to protect ourselves from citizenist discourses, which deny legitimacy to popular violence (which is essential in the struggle against those who maintain us beneath their yoke), by tying our hands and our communities, leading us along the path of bourgeois democracy. We are aware of the risk of cooptation of the popular forces by political parties. Those who yesterday hit us with a stick, today smile at us with a carrot. We do not trust those who seek to hold state power, nor those who have already done so with dire consequences.

    The demands for which we agitate are clear:

    1. Unconditional freedom for the political prisoners of yesterday and today in Abya Yala
    2. An end to prisons

    Freedom for all political prisoners of Abya Yala and the world!

    Down with the prisons and the society that needs them!

    Neither guilty nor innocent, simply take the streets!

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    17
    Jul
    2021

    In 2018 here in Portland we started the biggest wave of anti-ICE action the country has seen with the occupation of our local ICE facility for over a month, for the following year or two, folks across the country and even globally united against the gestapo-like force that we know as ICE. Unfortunately since then, calls for ICE’s abolition have dwindled, especially with Biden being elected, despite his vows to prosecute immigrant families just as hard as Trump did. We NEED action now, as we type, families are being ripped apart by the government for not having correct papers, our neighbors are being stolen from their homes by the secret police like we live in Nazi Germany, NO FUCKING MORE.

    NO MORE deportations on stolen land!

    NO MORE borders!

    NO MORE racist police!

    NO MORE ICE!

    On July 17th, we’re calling for a day of action against I.C.E. We need to bring back the anti-ICE energy we had in 2018 until there is justice for our immigrant neighbors. The United States government has no right to say who is and who isn’t illegal on land that they stole!

    Organize a protest, confront your city government if they have contracts with ICE, or take a page out of our book from 2018 😉

    #DAYOFACTIONAGAINSTICE

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    24
    Jul
    2021
    1-3Clark Park near the chess tables

    Grab your sunscreen and a towel because we’re back and ready for our next reading discussion with a twist – this one’s about fiction!

    Join us July 24th from 1-3 in Clark Park for a discussion of Octave Mirbeau’s classic The Torture Garden. Find the reading here.

    To Priests, Soldiers, Judges—
    to men who rear, lead or govern men
    I dedicate these pages of murder and blood.

    We’ll be meeting near the chess tables – see you there!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    25
    Jul
    2021

    July 25 is the annual international day of solidarity with antifascist prisoners. Join TORCH in letting them know they are not alone by writing them letters and engaging in direct action.

    Info about antifa prisoners can be found at torchantifa.org

    They're in there for us we're out here for them

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    26
    Jul
    2021
    2:30 pmClark Park

    Join us in Clark Park this coming Monday for the next letter-writing event. Snacks and materials will be provided! We will be writing letters to extend our solidarity to Ron Reed, long-time civil rights activist and Black revolutionary who is fighting his conviction for which he was framed and given a life sentence. His birthday is August 31st, so if you are writing to him from home, please send him birthday greetings as well.

    Ron is a former 60s civil rights activist. In 1969, Reed was among the students at St. Paul Central High School who demanded Black history courses and organized actions against racist teachers. He was also instrumental in helping to integrate college campuses in Minnesota. During this period, Reed began to look toward revolutionary theory and engage in political street theater with other young Black revolutionaries in the city of St. Paul.

    Reed went on to join the Black United Front. In 1970, he was convicted of shooting an off-duty police officer during a bank expropriation and served 13 years in prison. Twenty-five years later, Reed was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after having a cold case of another police shooting pinned on him. He is now serving life in prison for the second conviction.

    We will also be sending birthday cards to political prisoners with birthdays in August: Eric King (the 2nd), Bill Dunne (the 3rd), Hanif Bey (the 6th), Mutulu Shakur (the 8th), and Russell Maroon Shoatz (the 23rd).

    [Details Here]

  • Sat
    21
    Aug
    2021
    Thu
    09
    Sep
    2021

    Over the last year prisoners across the country have been holding the longest and largest spontaneous demonstrations in response to covid. With approximately 300,000 (the number is possibly as high as 800,000) people in prison having been infected by covid prisoners have continued to demand basic human rights protections. These demonstrations have been sporadic and largely ignored by the public as prisoners and supporters demanded covid safety and precautions be enacted in prisons. In a number of states, these covid demonstrations have turned into widespread and hard fought successful court battles for releasing prisoners.

    As we draft this press release we note that North Carolina is about to release approximately 3,000 prisoners due to a lawsuit settled over covid.

    Even with all the releases and won policy changes, this country cannot make up for the hundreds of thousands that became ill or the thousands that were killed by covid. Unlike reporters we know that everytime a prison official comes to work, our lives are in jeopardy because they may be infected. The same is true regarding prisoners deaths, we attribute every death to prison officials infecting the prison population.

    Now let us take a moment to think on how over the capacity US prisons and jails are. People are being stacked on top of each other. Even with their on guard to prisoner ratio, they admittedly fall outrageously short.

    Lives could have been saved if America was on the path of Abolition. We must struggle harder to close prisons, jails and to free people from the grips of American prison slavery. This is all stated while recognizing that we must develop effective strategies to have the billions of taxpayers dollars used to grow the prison industrial slave complex (PISC) redirected to the communities.

    Without going into the recent political presidential acrobats, we do want to acknowledge we feel a stronger need then ever to make it known that the people in prison struggles will not be pushed to the back burner in the muddy waters of trying to make people feel good about their party politics.

    In the spirit of Abolition on the historical dates of August 21st and September 9th, 2021 organizers must highlight prisoners’ historical struggles, and the current political struggles to dismantle the prison industrial slave complex. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak is calling for mass outside demonstrations.

    Specific locations: ICE, jails, prisons, and higher learning institutions. (With regards to higher learning institutions we are pointing towards the learning institutions with connections to prison labor).

    A few states may already have specific ongoing campaigns that directly speak to decarceration or closing down a prison or jail. Efforts should be made to network to boost those campaigns on these dates at the recommended locations.

    With everyone working across the nation on the same days, this would magnify our struggle for humanity and highlight specific state related campaigns. These “Shut’em Down” demonstrations should serve as a wake up call to every person in this nation that the current jailing path does not work and it’s time to end it.

    In the days leading up to the Shut’em Down demonstrations, we will post locations of planned Abolition demonstrations and endorsements of these events on our website:

    http://Iamweubuntu.com/shutemdown

    If you know you will be holding a “Shut’em Down” demo or simply would like to be listed as an endorser, email us at outthemud.jls@protonmail.com

    IWOC is the media contact: media@incarceratedworkers.org

    Remembering the plantation struggles: Nat Turner, George Jackson, Attica Rebellion, 2016 National Prison Strike, 2018 National Prison Strike and the 10 Prison Strike Demands!

    Dare 2 Struggle Dare 2 Win! Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

    #ShutEmDown #shutemdown2021

    [Details Here]

  • Mon
    23
    Aug
    2021
    Mon
    30
    Aug
    2021

    There is a fundamental lie in the capitalist society. A promise that never comes true. The promise of freedom – you just have to work hard. Every time we stumble upon the crisis of capitalism we are reminded about that. More than one year of Covid-19 lies behind us. Some say, that Covid-19 is a health crisis. But it is not! Covid-19 is another crisis caused by capitalism. Provoked by the urge of more wealth and growth. Which contaminate fertile ground through industrial agriculture, steels habitat for humans and wild animals by extraction politics that turned thriving forests into deserts. It is the madness of capitalism that pushes humankind to ever new frontiers where more viruses are waiting for us.

    This year brought more social and economic injustice, more suffering, but also more struggle. People stood up against the capitalist system and authoritarian regimes. People fought for  their freedom and against exploitation. People strike at the factories and rose up inside prisons against the authoritarian and profit-oriented politics.

    This was a tough year and more is to come. In those times we need solidarity more then ever – in daily life,  our neighborhoods, our communities. But we should not forget our comrades in prison, who fight for freedom and equality. They experience hard times right now. Because the pandemic isolates people in prison even more.

    For that, this year we call again for the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners.

    Do some action of solidarity, a banner drop, organize a letter writing event or film screening, spread the word about those in prisons and let them know, that they are not alone and forgotten.Send us a picture, a short text, a video of your event or action, a radio show  – your creativity has no limits.

    Let´s remember those who fought against this injustice and payed with there lives. 
    Let´s not forget the ones  who are in prison and continue their struggle.
    Keep on fighting!
    Let the rich pay for Covid!

    [Details Here]

  • Sun
    12
    Sep
    2021
    11 am sharp (Yoga warm-up at 10am)FDR park

    Philadelphia Anarchist Black Cross invites you to our fourth annual Running Down The Walls (RDTW)! Join us for another revolutionary 5K run/walk/roll and day of solidarity amplifying the voices of our comrades behind bars, lifting them up in their struggles, and maintaining material support. If you would like to participate in light yoga and warm-up stretches before, please arrive by 10am and bring a mat if you can.

    Running is not required! You can also walk or roll. 5K is two loops around the park and at a walking pace will take about 45-60 minutes. Light refreshments and socializing will take place in the park afterward.

    This year’s event is in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Join us as we once again raise energy and funds for the freedom struggle of another Philly comrade and long-term Black liberation prisoner.

    Very few people in prison have voices that go beyond the wall. It’s my job to do the work for them because they have no one.

    - Mumia Abu-Jamal

    Mumia has now spent 39 years behind bars as a voice for the voiceless. Due to multiple health issues from medical neglect, he needs our support now more than ever. We freed the MOVE 9 after 40 years – let’s do the same for Mumia!

    If you cannot make it to the event or would like to make an additional contribution, please sponsor a participant either outside prison, inside prison or one of each. Contact us for more information on sponsoring!

    We will ship official shirts nationwide to people who register to participate remotely, pay online and leave their shipping address in the comment box!


    Proceeds will be split between the Warchest Program and the campaign to Bring Mumia Home. The ABCF Warchest program sends monthly stipends to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have insufficient, little, or no financial support.

    Register for the 5K

    Thanks for your support by running/walking/rolling the 5K! Everyone must fill out the following form to register NO LATER THAN AUGUST 31ST so that you receive your official shirt the day of the event.

    The registration fee of $40 confirms your place at the event and covers your t-shirt. We can accept credit/debit donations online or cash/check/money order on the day of event. Make checks and money orders out to Tim Fasnacht. Additional funds over the $40 base fee raised through sponsorships are more than welcome (see our fundraising tips below).

    After submitting the following registration form, please allow 24 – 48 hours for your confirmation email. Check your Spam folder if the message does not appear in your Inbox. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please get in touch with us at phillyabc[at]riseup[dot]net.

    [Details and Registration Here]