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Reminder: Paper Chained submissions due to close next week

received 6/24/18

Submissions for the second issue of Paper Chained are due to close a week from today, so we’d appreciate some help getting reminders out to all communities and individuals who may be interested in writing in.Please make it clear that if anyone would like to submit but won’t havea contribution ready by next week, we are more than willing to acceptlate submissions, especially if people get in touch and let us know whenthey’ll be able to send something in. We primarily welcome contributions from prisoners, ex-prisoners, and family of prisoners, but we are also open to contributions from people who have been affected by the justice
system, including short stays in jail, or court proceedings.

ABOUT THE JOURNAL

Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from people affected by incarceration, usually people who are in prison, are ex-prisoners or who have family or loved ones in prison. It aims to give these people a voice, to show them they are not alone, and to demonstrate to the wider public the humanity of those locked up in prison.

We have attached a poster calling for contributions, you are welcome to share this online and display it at your workplace and/or distribute to members of your community. You can also read more about the journal at our website: http://runningwild.noblogs.org/ and find links here to the first issue, published in 2017.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

We appreciate your support,

Running Wild Collective

Australia: Paper Chained callout

Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals affected by incarceration. We are currently seeking contributions from prisoners, ex-prisoners and family members of prisoners for our first journal publication.

Please circulate this callout throughout your networks.

If you are currently in prison, have experienced time in prison or have a loved one in prison, we welcome your contributions to this journal! If you know somebody who might be interested in contributing, please pass this information on to them.

Here is an information sheet that can be printed and mailed to prisoners, and here is a poster you are welcome to print and display in your neighbourhood, workplaces, schools and other community hubs.

Details about the journal and how to send in contributions can be found at our website: Running Wild (anarchist collective)

in German

Austria: Poster in solidarity with the US prison strike as contribution to a global Week of Action

The poster „Against Prison! Against Slavery!“ is a small contribution from anarchists in Austria to the global Week of Action from 15th to 22nd October.

We send our solidarity to all prison rebels!
Strength to the striking prisoners in the US and beyond!

Text from the poster:

THE BEST SLAVES ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THEY ARE FREE

Every institution that tries to turn us into oppressed or handcuffed slaves are our enemy: fascism, patriarchy, authority, borders, the state and the capital!

Against Prison! Against Slavery!

Prison was created by a social order based on domination and exploitation. The aim is to create a structure to segregate, repress and confine all undesirables. Until today the bosses make capital with forced labor in prisons, and control is increasing with little difficulty, while the politicians speak about liberty, equality and democracy.

Oppression, subtle and violent, is always inherent in a capitalist society. Acceptance of a miserable life among the exploited and oppressed makes capitalist production possible. An anti-nationalist consciousness, the rejection of democratic dictatorship and the fight against every polluted aspect of life is therefore vital.

The starting point for truly explosive struggles is taking position, attacking the exploitation machinery, exposing cannibalistic governments, destroying militarized borders, intensifying social conflicts and building fertile structures for anarchist and non-anarchist people with common enemies and common targets on a global scale.

Given that it is not a revolutionary tactic to spread fairy tales, we can’t just talk about getting away from it all. We must position ourselves along lines of various anarchist tendencies. The struggle we want to intensify includes revolutionary attacks and armed resistance. Above all we express our solidarity with anarchist and rebellious prisoners through attacks for the total destruction of prisons and the prison society!

SUPPORT PRISON REBELS!
FIRE TO THE PRISONS!
LONG LIVE ANARCHY!


ANARCHISTS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PRISON STRIKE AGAINST SLAVERY

in German

Call for renewed worldwide actions in solidarity with the prison strike, October 15-22

o1522-sqIt hardly seems necessary to summarize what has gone down inside U.S. prisons since September 9th. Hunger strikes, work stoppages, and riots have spread throughout the country on a scale that we likely aren’t even fully aware of yet. Some uprisings appeared took us by surprise, such as in several Florida prisons, while others presumably grew from recent organizing endeavors on the inside, such as at Kinross in Michigan or Holman in Alabama. By rough estimates, over 20,000 prisoners were involved in some way. That’s huge.

On the outside, solidarity burned so brightly all over the world. Banner drops, graffiti slogans, noise demonstrations and more showed that we had the backs of all who would partake in the strike. It is worth noting however that the vast majority of this took place the first weekend of the strike. But this prison strike—and the struggle against prisons more broadly—is about more than a day or a week. It didn’t start on September 9th and it isn’t ending any time soon. Some prisoners may return to work while others decide to stop working for the first time. It’s easier when there is a definitive date to take action on, to build momentum towards, but that’s not going to be enough.

Therefore, we would like to offer a call for renewed actions in solidarity with the prison strike and the struggle against prison society. Right now many are organizing anti-repression campaigns for striking prisoners and that is of course very necessary and not nearly as exciting work. But it would be a mistake to conceive of this struggle in a linear fashion—that is to say, a single wave where we demonstrate as it crests and write letters as it crashes. How many prisoners hadn’t heard about the strike until after it had started? How many knew but didn’t think people would actually be there to support them? Three weeks after the start of the strike, inmates in Turbeville, South Carolina rebelled against a guard and took over their dorm. How can we stop while inmates are still risking their lives for freedom?

We propose the week of October 15th – 22nd for a concentration of actions to remind everyone locked up by the State that we will always have their back. Once again, it is important to take these dates with a grain of salt. No one’s going to judge you if you take action on October 23rd, or in November, or even in 2017. Neither should anyone sit on their hands waiting for the 15th to get going. New Year’s Eve should also be kept in mind, which has traditionally seen noise demonstrations outside of prisons every year, despite being an equally arbitrary date.

    “When times seem slow and uneventful we let ourselves stagnate, but imagination and revolt are like muscles: the less we use them the weaker they become. We can push back the boredom of less eventful times and point towards insurrection. Solidarity actions and struggling on our own timelines is a way we can create momentum and tension when there isn’t much.”

    – “Our Own Timelines” Anathema, Vol 2 Issue 6

It is undeniable that many comrades exist outside of realities where organizing a protest or noise demonstration is tenable. Many of us are still searching for a few like-minded comrades, let alone attempting to bring out a crowd. There are still opportunities to act, whether it is a one or two person team dropping a banner or putting up posters, or hosting a letter writing or informational event that can help connect future accomplices. It certainly can never be overstated how important writing letters of support and calling in to prisons is in and of itself, but why pass on an opportunity to build our capacity?

If nothing else, we should all feel ashamed that the most active city in terms of U.S. prison strike solidarity actions is Athens, Greece. They already have such a head start but we can at least give them a bit of challenge, can’t we?

– Some Restless Uncontrollables

supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org / //itsgoingdown.org/ / iwoc.noblogs.org/

in German

[Exarchia] Themistokleous 58 Squat: Graffiti in solidarity with the U$ prison struggle

Fire to the prison society

Strength to the fighting prisoners in the U$
From Greece to America, fire and blast at every prison

Against every type of incarceration, fire to the foundations of civilization

On Saturday evening October 1st, that was proposed by ABC cell as international day of solidarity with the U$ prison struggle, we spray-painted slogans in the streets of Exarchia.

DEATH TO THE JAILERS

Themistokleous 58 Squat
th58@riseup.net

US prisons: Keep an eye on Holman

Report from Holman | September 27th 2016

About 12:00am a prisoner was stabbed by another prisoner while in the bed asleep. The disturbance came after the perpetrator ran out the dorm. The pigs let the prisoner in C-dorm even after being told earlier not let anyone in C-dorm by prisoners who are housed in C-dorm. Prisoners ran after the prisoner who committed the stabbing, got out the dorm, surrounded one pig who came out the control cubicle, but was asked to wait before doing anything and just help the injured prisoner to the infirmary.

What you are seeing in this short clip is a bunch of angry prisoners who see the pigs as facilitators of violence against one another.

This is Mike reporting from Holman prison.

via Anarchy Live!

State Can’t Crush Prison Rebels | September 29th 2016

It is being reported that last week while at the prison, after attending the funeral of the pig who was stabbed here on September 1st and died from his injuries, the regional Coordinator Grantt Culliver stated to several prisoners that he was going to bring the CERT, the department of corrections’ special response squad, to Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama on the 1st of October and that they will be here for the next ninety days to search the prison for every knife and cell phone, and that are going to take the prison apart piece by piece until they have found every weapon and phone.

This is an attempt at intimidation and move to reestablish authority and total control. Control over human beings who have been resisting and saying fuck your authority! Humans who no longer accept the narrative that they are worthless and that the state has a right to punish and use violence without it being returned. No longer will we allow the gross injustices to go unchecked.

We want you all out there in the open air prison called the free world to keep an eye on what happens here. We know that the pigs are angry about the death of their colleague at the hands of a prisoner and all the resistance that has sprung up here within the last year, and have / are planning to crush the resistance. Keep an eye on Holman and continue to show solidarity through direct action.

No gods, no masters! Death to the state! Long live anarchy!

via It’s Going Down

Athens, Greece: Banners in support to the struggle against prison slavery in America

We stand in total and unreserved solidarity with the struggle of prisoners in America against slavery, and as a response to the call for support and solidarity to their resistance we hung two banners in downtown Athens, Greece.

Fight against prison slavery. Until the demolishment of every cage. Until the death of authority.

Support the resistance in US prisons, against slavery and exploitation of prisoners. Brothers/sisters, in this struggle you’re not alone!

Union of anarchist individualities Uroborus

text in Greek

Greece: Solidarity with the U.$. prison struggle from Themistokleous 58 Squat

From the wing 58 of this open air prison called Athens we send our warmest greetings to the U.$. prison rebels and all those taking action in solidarity with them around the globe. We understand your fight to end prison slavery as a call to end prison society as a whole. We understand mass imprisonment behind tones of concrete and iron as a reflection of the mass society that shackles us all and as an inevitable consequence of the techno-industrial kingdom that determines our lives daily in all possible ways.

We know that contexts might be different from place to place and that some times we get lost into the partiality of our small or big fights against this or that expression of domination and Power. Nevertheless, we believe this is a good opportunity to build up the so much needed intersectionality, to foment it with a borderless perception of the struggle for total self-determination and liberation from hierarchies and authorities that chain us all.

We salute all means of struggle deployed so far against the murderous apparatus of the U.$. prison-industrial complex, and we are happy to know that at least one jailer got what he deserved. While bars of steel and walls of stone may physically contain those in prison, the recent uprisings all over the U.$. have shown that they can never take away the fighting spirit from countless rebels.

As small tokens of our solidarity, on September 11th we hung a banner in Kamara, downtown Thessaloniki, that reads “Victory to the prisoners’ strike in the U.$. // Fire to the prison society” and on September 20th we participated alongside ABC Solidarity Cell and other comrades in a 2 hour blockade at the McDonald’s in the Athenian district of Ilion, holding a banner that reads “Solidarity with the U.$. prison uprising”. After the blockade we dropped the banner from the 58 in Exarchia, where it can be seen daily by hundreds passing by.

As the strike continues, so will our actions. As prisons exist, so will our fight to destroy them.

Themistokleous 58 Squat, Exarchia, Athens
th58@riseup.net

in Greek

Athens, Greece: Prison profiteer McDonald’s blockaded at Syntagma Square

Banners read: “From Koridallos to Lucasville, fight against prison slavery” / “Solidarity with the struggle of US prison inmates against slavery”

On Saturday evening September 10th 2016, McDonald’s at Syntagma Square was blockaded for two hours in solidarity with the struggle against slavery which has already begun in American prisons, as of September 9th.

McDonald’s is one of the key companies that exploit the regime of slavery imposed on prisoners in the United States, a regime securing the multinational giant more profits.

During the 2-hour blockade we distributed many texts to passersby, in both Greek and English, and threw flyers. We ended our action without incident when demonstrators from hot spots (migrant camps) and migrants housing squats arrived in Syntagma. We joined their demonstration, chanting slogans in solidarity with migrants.

Assembly of Solidarity with the Struggle of Prisoners against Slavery

Next open meeting:
Monday September 12th, 7pm, Athens Polytechnic School (Gini building), Exarchia.

[Agrinio, Western Greece] Apertus squat: Solidarity with the struggle against slavery in US prisons

The US prison operation relies heavily on the work of the prisoners themselves, while many prisons have now been privatized. Also, prison labor is being exploited by multinational companies (Honda, McDonald’s, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, etc.). Payment that prisoner-workers receive for their labor varies from minimal to nonexistent. Furthermore, surveillance, inhumane conditions of detention, discipline, various methods of torture, etc., are traditionally the first choices for the smooth operation of these prisons.

Prisoners in the US, experiencing and realizing their exploitation, have taken part in many different mobilizations over the years, often linking their struggle to the oppression of women and juveniles who are in other prisons, and with migrants in the many immigration detention centers throughout the US.

Since September 9th, prisoners across the country, knowing that the prison facilities cannot function without them, have started abstaining from work in order to put an “end to prison slavery.”

Sweatshop labor in US prisons is a link in the long chain of modern slavery. A chain that starts by modern slaves (“invisible” migrants), child labor, forced prostitution, and reaches to the conditions of modern “formal” paid employment (unemployed, precarious, black-market workers, uninsured, resilient, temps, etc.). These areas of slavery are important building blocks of capitalism. The armies of modern slaves are producing enormous amounts of surplus value for capital, which is a prerequisite to its expansion. And the capitalist “underworld” of US prisons is an invisible but massive piece of this capitalist puzzle. It is no coincidence that the institutionalization of imprisonment, which was founded beside the ashes of burned “witches” of the Inquisition, to discipline body and spirit, coincides with the beginning of the capitalist mode of production…

Right now, female detainees in Koridallos prison have launched protests (since August 26th 2016) denouncing overcrowding and demanding humane living conditions and full medical care and nutritional support for HIV-positive prisoners. We can only stand in solidarity with the struggle for dignity waged by prisoners anywhere on Earth, considering that resistance to the barbarity of incarceration is an integral part of social and class struggles taking place everywhere.

AGAINST THE RESTRUCTURING, TIGHTENING OF SECURITY, AND PRIVATIZATION OF PRISONS

THE ROAD TO FREEDOM PASSES OVER THE DEBRIS OF EVERY PRISON

September 9th 2016

Apertus squat
Free social space in Agrinio
apertus.squat.gr

Greece: Solidarity with prison rebels against slavery & white supremacy in America and beyond

On August 4th 2016, an info event was held at Themistokleous 58 squat in Exarchia (Athens), with the participation of Contra Info translation counter-info network and ABC Solidarity Cell, where a comrade from Portland ABC discussed details about the US wide mobilization against prison slavery and white supremacy on the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion (September 9th–13th 1971). Check out an interview on Radiofragmata web radio, as well as the recordings of the presentation during that event, here. (You can also hear another conversation, with the same comrade from Portland ABC, aired September 4th 2016 on The Final Straw.)

On August 25th, anarchist communist Tasos Theofilou, currently incarcerated in Koridallos prison (Athens), released a text explaining what September 9th mobilization in the US is all about. Excerpt from his writing: “Since 2010 there have been a number of mobilizations in US prisons, from hunger strikes and work stoppages to rebellions, for either elimination of solitary confinement or betterment of prison conditions, or the improvement of working conditions and remuneration.”

On September 5th, a meeting took place at the Polytechnic School in Exarchia, called for by the Solidarity Assembly for Political Prisoners & Imprisoned and Prosecuted Fighters. A new Athens-based assembly was formed to support the US prison strike. It was decided to release a poster in Greek and English, hold a PA’s gathering outside Koridallos prisons, and make a call for two days of solidarity action across Greece, between 16th and 17th September.

On September 8th, ABC Solidarity Cell published a statement regarding “US Prisons – The Dark Side of Slavery in American Society”. Excerpt from their text: “We are willing to manifest our solidarity in every possible way with US prison inmates throughout the duration of their struggle. In this direction, we call every collective, every cell of Anarchist Black Cross internationally, but also whoever wishes to support in their own way, to coordinate our forces on an International Solidarity Day that will be a point of reference for the international solidarity movement to supporting this struggle and will provide an opportunity for further intensification of our actions in the coming period. We propose this day to be October 1st. We consider the prospects, stakes and legacies that this particular struggle in US prisons may create to be an open challenge for every fighter who wants to contribute to waging an internationalized and coordinated struggle inside and outside prisons against modern slavery and the economic dictatorship of multinationals. Solidarity and strength to the struggle of prisoners in US prisons! Struggle is the only prospect of living with dignity! Fire to the prisons!”

On September 9th, the Urban Guerrilla Cell of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire FAI/FRI, namely Christos Tsakalos, Gerasimos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polidoros and Olga Ekonomidou, anarchists incarcerated in Koridallos prisons, released a revolutionary statement titled “Gentlemen, the Dragon Will Fly Out” in support of the US prison mobilization as of September 9th, and in memory of Jonathan P. Jackson, George L. Jackson, and Attica prison rebels. Excerpt from their writing: “In every part of the Earth, prisons are a monument of people’s enslavement. Prisons are the most concentrated form of tyranny; the face of Power, without any makeup; the punitive nature of democracy; the vengeful sense of its justice. Every attack, every act of rebellion, every mobilization that disturbs the operation of prisons is a kick in the guts of oppression. It challenges its omnipotence, within its own walls. Certainly, the September 9th mobilization against slavery in US prisons may not be the anarchist utopia of freedom we wish for, but it can be a pebble in the pond that creates small ripples in the water. And oftentimes these ripples precede the outbreak of an enormous tide…”

On September 9th, some anarchist prisoners in the 4th wing of Koridallos men’s prison published a collective writing in support of the US prison strike. Excerpt from their text: “We know how hard it is to fight capitalism there where it’s most powerful, in the US; we also know that depriving it of a part of its profits is the only thing that can inflict substantial damage. That’s why this prisoner strike is so important. That’s why we send our solidarity and greetings to the rebellious dignity of prisoners in the US.” (Full text translation here.)

On Friday evening September 9th, the newly formed Assembly of Solidarity with the Struggle of Prisoners against Slavery, alongside other anarchist supporters from Athens, held a noise demo in the proximity of Koridallos prisons to spread the word about the mobilization in US prisons, but also in solidarity with all inmates in Koridallos women’s facility, who are protesting the deplorable prison conditions since August 26th. During the action comrades unfurled banners reading: “Solidarity with the struggle of US prison inmates against slavery” and “From Koridallos to Lucasville, fight against prison slavery”.

On Friday night September 9th, ABC Solidarity Cell hung a banner at the gate of the Polytechnic School, on Patission Street (downtown Athens), reading: “Solidarity with the struggle of prisoners in the US as of September 9th – We are not made by history; we create history”.

In Agrinio (western Greece), comrades of Apertus squat expressed their solidarity with the US prison mobilization, as well as with inmates at Koridallos women’s prison: “(…) resistance to the barbarity of incarceration is an integral part of social and class struggles taking place everywhere; against the restructuring, tightening of security, and privatization of prisons; the road to freedom passes over the debris of every prison.” (Full text translation here.)

Now is the time for uncompromising complicity with prison rebels in the US, Mexico, and all over the world!

Barcelona: McDonald’s spray-painted in solidarity with US prison strike

In the early hours of September 9th, some anarchists of Barcelona went to McDonald’s on Travessera de Gràcia Street to show our solidarity with the imprisoned comrades on strike in the United States.

A small action with which we intend to manifest that solidarity between the oppressed knows no borders or nations.

We also took advantage of this occasion to point to this multinational as responsible for the assassination and exploitation of countless human and nonhuman beings, making it clear that we won’t allow them to continue their criminal work without encountering resistance from the oppressed.

Against every authority!
Death to the State and its false opponents.

Spanish | Greek

Athens, Greece: Open assembly ahead of the mobilization against slavery in US prisons

On April 1st 2016, prisoners in US hellholes released a call to action against prison slavery, announcing a coordinated prisoner workstoppage all across the country to take place on September 9th 2016 – date that marks the 45th anniversary of the bloody Attica prison rebellion.

Inmates at various US prisons have already undertaken workstoppages and hunger strikes ahead of September 9th.

We call for an open assembly on Monday September 5th at 19:00 in the Athens Polytechnic School (Gini building, entrance from Stournari Street, Exarchia) to share updates and prepare interventions-actions in view of the US prisoner mobilization.

Solidarity Assembly for political prisoners
& imprisoned and prosecuted fighters

in Greek

Call for International Anarchist Action in Solidarity with US Prison Strike

On September 9th [the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion], prisoners across the United States will begin a strike that will be a general work stoppage against prison slavery. In short, prisoners will refuse to work; they will refuse to keep the prisons running by their own labors. Prisoners are striking not just for better conditions or changes in parole rules, but against prison slavery. Prisoners state that under the 13th Amendment which abolished racial slavery, at the same time it allowed human beings to be worked for free or next to nothing as long as they were prisoners. Prisoners see the current system of prison slavery to thus be a continuation of racial slavery, which is a system that generates billions of dollars in profits each year for major corporations in key industries such as fossil fuels, fast food, banking, and the US military.

Soon after the passing of the 13th Amendment, many former slaves were soon locked up in prisons on petty offenses, quickly returned to their former roles as slaves. Over a century later, the Drug War sought to deal with the growing unemployment rate brought on by changes in the economy (outsourcing, financialization, deregulation, etc.), as well as the threat of black insurrection which grew in the 1960s and 70s, by throwing more and more people in prison. At the same time, the state and corporations continued to look towards prison labor as a source to generate massive profits.

Due to all of these factors, at the present time round 1 in 100 American adults is locked behind bars, and many more are on probation, parole, house arrest, or in immigrant detention facilities. While African-Americans, Native, Latino, and poor whites make up the bulk of the prison population, black, brown, and red convicts make up much a higher percentage of inmates than their white counter-parts. For instance, there are currently more African-American people locked within the prison industrial complex than were held in racialized slavery prior to the American civil war in the 1860s. It is in this climate that prison rebels have organized themselves to carry out the strike.

It is also important to state that September 9th is being called by a wide variety of groups, but in general comes out of such organizations such as the Free Alabama Movement (FAM), which is a self-organized prison group that has spread to states across the US. Anarchists have played a key role in supporting this organizing, and the various hunger strikes, work strikes, and prison riots which have also broken out in facilities such as Holman Prison. Support has come from various prison groups, Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) Chapters, and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a section of the IWW, which currently has about 1,000 members across the US in prison. To help build capacity around the strike, anarchists have also organized several conferences and carried out a wide variety of actions, from noise demonstrations, to banner drops, to graffiti campaigns.

But we need the help of the international anarchist movement to build this momentum. We are calling on comrades across the world to help us. We are asking all groups, federations, unions, networks, cells, and individuals to consider taking action, organize an event, and spread the strike. Ideas for actions are as follows:

1.) Organize a demonstration outside a US embassy, military base, or US government outpost. Let them know that people across the world are in solidarity with the strike.

2.) Organize a noise demonstration outside of a local jail, prison, detention facility, or juvenile hall.

3.) Organize an action that draws a connection to the corporations that makes money off of prison labor in the US. Worldwide targets include McDonald’s and Wendy’s fast food chains, Starbucks coffee chain, BP (British Petroleum), Victoria’s Secret lingerie stores, American Airlines (which flies into many international airports), and many more.

[While almost every business in America uses some form of prison labor, here are just a few more of these companies: Avis, Walmart, Microsoft, Nike, Nintendo, Honda, Pfizer, Whole Foods, Aramark, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Fidelity Investments, Saks Fifth Avenue, JCPenney, Kmart, Macy’s, and of course UNICOR, the corporation created and owned by the federal government to oversee penal labor.]

4.) Drop banners, write graffiti, wheat paste flyers, and get up news of the strike around your town.

Lastly, we will add that the strike will begin on September 9th, and will go for a long time. Prisoners are already expecting to face repression, and some organizers have already been place in solitary and harassed by the FBI. It is up to us to have their backs on the outside and build support for the strike and make it part of struggles everywhere. Strike will not end on September 10th, but continue, so help us prepare for the long haul.

Long Live Anarchy!
Fire to the Prisons!
Free everyone!

*

More information, updates and organizing materials:
Support Prisoner Resistance – supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org
Free Alabama Movement – freealabamamovement.wordpress.com
IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee – iwoc.noblogs.org
IT’S GOING DOWN – itsgoingdown.org
Portland ABC – pdxabc.org
Anti-State STL – antistatestl.noblogs.org
325 – 325.nostate.net/tag/prison-labour-strike

Open letter from the prisoners of Greek prisons

Open letter from the prisoners of Greek prisons to the jointly responsible ministers of public order and justice:

On the 3rd of August 2016, the recently released—and former co-prisoner of ours—Pëllumb Marnikollaj goes to Patisia Police Station [Athens] to present himself before the relative authorities in fulfillment of the conditional terms of his release. Under up-until-now unexplained circumstances, he is transferred to Red Cross Hospital and, eventually, to the morgue. Shortly before being buried as of unknown identity—and despite the fact that his identity was known to the authorities—his relatives collect his corpse and allude to torture and defenestration.

We are not the ones in charge of judging on what really happened. However, the number of reasons, which we have, not to believe the version of the Greek Police equals to the thousands of prisoners found in Greek prisons. It’s not merely the clumsiness in the way police attempted to cover the incident up; neither the fact that their explanations go against any common sense. (Come on, misters of the Greek Police. Who would believe that not only a prisoner, but even a citizen that visits a station to have his ID card issued would ever be allowed to roam around police offices, opening and closing windows undisturbed?)

We have every reason to believe the family’s version of the needless death of our co-prisoner because every single one of us has endured the atrocities that take place inside the interrogation offices of police stations. We might not have had a first-hand defenestration experience; however, plenty of us have been under its threat as form of a not at all uncommon method of interrogation. We have, also, all been surprised by the fact that the windows of police stations are adorned with “flower boxes”.

That we draw up this letter and make it public does not at all mean that we have the slightest hope for an investigation or that those responsible will eventually be held accountable. It’s already straightforward that we, the poor, the unemployed, the immigrants, all those who fill up your prisons are obliged to pay the price of our deeds. In contrast, those who brought us here by means of sweeps, batons and automatic guns will always enjoy the immunity that you open-handedly offer them, since double standards apply when it comes to decisions upon what is regarded as crime and what is not.

Finally, we make it clear to all that we, as prisoners of the Greek prisons, do not intend to take sides in the game that the Greek and Albanian embassies play. We only want a reply. Even if we take the provocatively untrue version of the police seriously, Messrs. Ministers, is it the capacity of former prisoner or that of immigrant that allows a human being’s death to be dealt with such worthlessness that not even objects deserve?

PS: As an action of protest, we will be delaying our night return to our cells by one hour for three days.

Prisoners of Greek prisons

the text in PDF | in Greek

Alabama, USA: Anarchist comrade Michael Kimble placed in segregation following the latest rebellion at Holman prison

On August 1st 2016, a riot erupted at Holman prison in Alabama following an altercation where several inmates and at least one prison guard were injured. Prisoners barricaded themselves inside the C-dorm, which houses 114 inmates, setting fires and resisting the antiriot squad (CERT) that arrived to suppress the rebellion. Power and water were shut off, and the entire prison was put on lockdown. This is only the most recent in a series of riots at Holman prison. In March 2016, the warden was stabbed when he set foot in the C-dorm, and prisoners rioted repeatedly, setting fires, putting up barricades, etc.

Below is a letter from anarchist comrade Michael Kimble, placed in segregation following the latest riot at Holman prison; received August 8th 2016 from Anarchy Live:

Continuous Rebellion

At the moment I’m writing from segregation (lockup) after being stripped, handcuffed, slapped, and placed here by the CERT (riot squad) on Monday, August 1, 2016 at approximately 11:45 pm. It’s now Wednesday and I haven’t been given my personal property (shoes/slides, soap, deodorant, clothes, toothbrush, etc.) nor have I received a 72 hour investigation notice as to why I’m being held in segregation.

I’m assuming that I’m being held for being involved in a rebellion (riot) that popped off on August 1, 2016 at around 3:06 pm. Initially there was a fight between prisoners, but escalated into a rebellion against the guards when they tried to intervene after being told numerous times that things were under control.

The guards didn’t listen and was chased out of C-dorm, which has become a space of self-governance and resistance against prison officials. Fires were set, control units taken.

I’m one of about ten prisoners who was also placed in segregation.

So, if you don’t hear from me personally, it means that all my property, including letters, addresses, phone numbers, have been destroyed or lost. I’ve had to borrow writing materials to get this out.

in Greek

[USA] Against Prison Slavery – September 9th Prisoner Strike Poster

Here is a poster (11×17) for the upcoming nationwide prisoner strike on September 9th. Download, print and put it up around your city if you feel it. There is a grayscale version here too.

For more information about the strike and the ongoing wave of prison rebellions across the country, check out these articles: Strike Against White Supremacy | Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead | Call To End Prison Slavery

Text from the poster:

“We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such… What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed.”
– L. D. Barkley, participant in Attica rebellion

On September 9, 1971, the inmates of Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York seized control of the prison. The Attica uprising, which lasted for five days, was not the first and certainly not the last prison rebellion. And yet its importance is indelibly marked within the history of the struggle against white supremacy and the prison society we still inhabit today.

In the forty years since Attica, prisons have swelled to bursting with the tragedies of disrupted lives, fractured families, and broken communities. In the last decade, resistance movements have steadily grown behind the prison walls. From the statewide work stoppage in Georgia prisons of 2010 to the hunger strike that spread throughout the California prison system in 2013; from fires lit in I.C.E. detention centers in Texas to riots and prison takeovers in Nebraska and Alabama, prisoners across the country are wide awake and on the move.

This September, prisoners, their families, and supporters on the outside are coordinating a nationwide prisoner strike to take place on the 45th anniversary of the Attica rebellion. This historic effort holds within it the potential to expand and embolden the movement against the horrific conditions of confinement, the prisons themselves and the society that creates them.

Towards the destruction of all prisons and the creation of a free and genuine human community!

Support Prisoner Resistance | IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee | Anti-State STL | IT’S GOING DOWN

Exarchia, Aug. 4th: Against Prison Slavery info event, with a comrade from Portland ABC, at Themistokleous 58 squat

AGAINST PRISON SLAVERY | CONTRA LA ESCLAVITUD CARCELARIA | ΕΝΑΝΤΙΑ ΣΤΗ ΣΚΛΑΒΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΦΥΛΑΚΗΣ

On September 9th 1971, prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New York State’s most notorious hellhole.
On September 9th 2016, prisoners in struggle will launch work stoppages and other actions to shut down prisons all across the U.S., to push for a final end to prison slavery.

That the fires of solidarity spread across the world!

Presentation & discussion about the prisoner strike with a comrade from Portland ABC (USA)

Thursday August 4th at 20:00 at the terrace of the anarchist squat on 58, Themistokleous Street, Exarchia, Athens

Themistokleous 58 squat | Anarchist Black Cross [Greece] Anarchist solidarity cell | Contra Info translation counter-information network

Alabama, USA: Shut This Shit Down! — by anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble

On May 1st, 2016, prisoners in Alabama will be staging a workstrike at a number of Alabama prisons (more info via freealabamamovement.com).

My reasons for shutting down is simple, I want to bring as much pain and disorder to the state (ADOC) as I can as an individual in any way that I can. I don’t give a fuck about “changing any laws” because they are the mechanism that is used to keep people from being free. Fuck the law! The only true freedom is when we act outside of the law.

But in the cause of solidarity I’m asking all outside rebels to express their solidarity with the striking prisoners through free direct action. Join us, protest at an Alabama prison, burn some shit down/up, drop some banners, just cause some fucking chaos. Shit is getting real in Alabama prisons, not that it wasn’t already.

It’s going down! Fire to the prisons and the society that creates them, upholds them, and maintains them. Fuck peace! Locking humans in cages is not peace.

In Love & Rage,
Michael

Anarchy Live!

in Greek

Alabama, USA: It Ain’t Over Yet — by anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble

Friday, March 11, 2016 – Monday, March 14, 2016

What began as a confrontation between prisoners from different regions of Alabama – namely, B’ham and Montgomery, with B’ham being the largest – escalated into two short riots against the pigs. After the prisoners squashed the beef among themselves without any violence, two pigs ran into C-dorm, which houses 114 prisoners and was informed that there was no problem and everything was under control.

One pig (Tate) tried to bogart his way through a crowd of prisoners and was immediately stabbed a number of times. After the two pigs ran out the dorm, one bloodied the warden, Carter Davenport, who has a reputation as an extremely sadistic, disrespectful, and nasty scumfuck fascist, who was recently removed from his post as warden at St. Clair maximum security prison for assaulting a prisoner, and reassigned as warden at Holman in 2015. He was stabbed after entering C-dorm like some kind of god.

Prisoners went on a joyous spree of fucking things up. Windows were bust, mesh wire kicked out, control units seized, keys found in one control unit, dorms opened up to let other prisoners out, fires set, barricades set up. Prisoners in C-dorm started shooting videos on cell phones, calling the media and family.

By Saturday morning, the riot team was on site and preparing to enter with shotguns and in full gear. They eventually entered the prison in riot gear, carrying the shotguns. We have no defense against guns, so everyone returned to their dorms, but the riot team didn’t enter from the front but the back door of C-dorm, shooting their tear gas. Eventually everyone was restrained in plastic cuffs and moved to another building while half of the riot team returned to the dorms to search for knives, cellphones, and those who participated in the rebellion, and to simply trash and destroy our property. They destroyed our locker boxes, threw our property all over the place, confiscated commissary products, plastic bowls, cups, etc. Everyone was eventually moved back to their dorms and made to lay down on steel bunks. Things were quiet until new mesh wire was replaced, new locks replaced. The pigs placed a chain and locks on dorm cell doors to keep us in.

Prisoners started talking about getting their shit together and relating to each other differently. After the riot team left the premises, prisoners in C-dorm started organizing squads to attack those prisoners who were stealing. After beating one prisoner for stealing, the pigs tried to enter the dorm to get those prisoners who did the beating. All the prisoners in C-dorm started throwing whatever they could find at the pigs, and the second riot was underway, with the new mesh wire kicked out, chained door broken open, control units retaken, fires reset, etc.

Again, the riot team re-entered the prison, eventually restraining everyone with plastic cuffs, marched us all outside onto the basketball court while the dorm was searched again. While handcuffed behind our backs with our faces against the fence, the riot team started grabbing us randomly from behind and throwing us on the concrete basketball court and beating us. We were eventually returned to our dorm. We received no medical care, even thought it was obvious that some of us needed medical attention.

Not everyone took part in the riots. As a matter of fact, only one dorm really participated. Two of the dorms, the so-called “Old Folks” dorm (D) and the “New Beginning” dorm (A) vehemently refused to participate and actually threatened some prisoners who tried to open their door. They placed a chain and lock on their dorm door to keep us out. Prisoners in A dorm used their cell phones to call prison officials to notify them that they were not involved in the rebellion.

Subsequently, the media entered the prison with the governor and other officials and attempted to write their own narrative as to why the rebellion took place. They chalk it all up to overcrowding, but prisoners themselves know that the real cause of the rebellion was/is about freedom from domination and control. There is much more to say about the dynamics of the rebellion and will be written by those who participated and not the fascist scumfuck pigs or corporate media.

At the time of this writing, things are quiet, but the prisoners in C-dorm still refuse to allow the pigs to become comfortable and are still rebellious. People have disappeared, one is in a coma, the prison is on lockdown until June it’s reported, and there is still to be more transfers. But right now, the spirit of rebellion continues. It ain’t over yet.

via Anarchy Live! — April 15th 2016

USA: Call for actions in solidarity with prison rebels in Alabama

“Things here are tense but festive. The C.O. and warden was stabbed…It has nothing to do with overcrowding, but with the practice of locking folks up for profit, control and subjugation. Fires were set, we got control of two cubicles, bust windows. The riot team came, shot gas, locked down, searched the dorms. Five have been shipped and two put in lockup.”

– An inmate at Holman Correctional

This week, prison rebels at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama staged two riots in three days—battling guards, building barricades, stabbing the warden, taking over sections of the prison and setting a guard station on fire. These actions come as no surprise to those who have been paying attention to the crumbling prison system in Alabama and the increasing level of radicalization of the prison population there.

The uprising at Holman, and the conditions of Alabama prisons in general, provide a unique situation in which anarchist solidarity may prove strategic. Historically speaking, successful prison uprisings have often been the result of a degrading prison system (incompetence, understaffing, weak administration) in combination with a high level of prisoner-unity and the development of a strong political subculture within the prison that supports and encourages acts of resistance. These conditions shift the balance of power between prisoners and their captors and allow prisoners more latitude to take bold action. Prison rebels in Alabama report that guards often refuse to enter the cell blocks for months at a time out of fear of attacks. The conditions for rebellion are ripe in the Alabama prison system.

The connections that Alabama prison rebels and anarchists outside of prisons have cultivated over years have created a situation in which expressions of solidarity from anarchists may have an impact. There is a great possibility that news of solidarity actions will reach prisoners there and that those actions will make sense to these rebels.

Another way in which anarchist solidarity may prove uniquely valuable in this and other situations of prison rebellion is in our capacity to relate to these uprisings outside the framework of reform that the media, the state and the left will inevitably push them toward. We are already hearing the rhetoric of those outside Holman turning immediately toward reform, appeals to legitimacy in hopes of reaching journalists and liberals, and framing the riots as a ‘last resort’ after non-violent methods failed.

What we propose instead is direct affirmation, through action, of prisoners’ own revolt. In this, our solidarity is equally with those demanding better living conditions and those who say, quite simply, “they need to let us free up out this bitch” and “there’s only one way to deal with it: tear the prison down.”

In the spirit of diversity of tactics we’ve compiled a list of some ways to act in solidarity with prison rebels in Alabama. The intention of this list is to find ways to act in solidarity with the many, often contradictory, desires of the many different rebels involved in the uprising. Check it out on It’s Going Down.

Turkish prisons: Osman Evcan on hunger strike again

Vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan was recently exiled (aka transferred) from Kandıra prison No.1 to Silivri L-type closed prison No.6, and has suffered repression such as naked body search, cameras in cells, ban on letters and visitors, and blocking of vegan food. He has undertaken hunger strike since February 22nd 2016 to resist this oppression. Help spread the word!

via ABC İstanbul

in French

Thessaloniki: Solidarity with vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan, on hunger strike since 10/11

Immediate fulfillment of the demand of imprisoned anarchist Osman Evcan to receive vegan food – Hunger strike since 10/11
Struggle for total liberation – animal and Earth liberation – until anarchy
Freedom to human and non-human animals – Arson and fire to every prison
Strength to vegan anarchist Osman Evcan – Hunger strike since 10/11 – Internationalist solidarity

Strength to veganarchist Osman Evcan

Osman Evcan, who was born in 1959 in Samsun, is an anarchist prisoner and has been in a Turkish prison for 23 years. In 1992 he was sentenced to life imprisonment under the charges of manslaughter, robbery and participation in a leftist terrorist group. He was also imprisoned for 9 years from 1980 until 1989.

To explain who I am, why I am in prison and how I adopted a vegan living culture, I am writing this letter to those who have supported my demand about my nutrition in prison. Arrested in 1992 on charges of ‘membership to an illegal organization’, I was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the Article 146/1 of Turkish Penal Code. The reason for the life sentence was the murder of an organization member upon the central decision of the organization due to his disobedience to organizational discipline. Although I personally don’t approve this act, I was involved in it in connection with the circumstances of that time. I evaluate this act as a murder.”

In 2003 Osman became an anarchist, a vegan and a supporter of animal liberation movements. His first high impact act was his hunger strike in 2011, demanding that vegan food is available in prisons, which lasted 42 days. During his strike, anarchists, animal and earth liberation advocates from all around the world and Turkey supported Osman’s struggle for prisoners’ access to vegan food. After 42 days of hunger strike the Turkish government gave in and made regulations for vegan and vegetarian prisoners. According to his comrades’ letter, prisoners’ demands for vegan food will be met as long as they are covered by substinence allowance. After this victory, the Turkish prisoner continued to participate in the anarchist struggle from within the prison. He supports the LGBT movement, animal liberation, women’s rights and anti-imperialist struggles. For 3 years he went on hunger strikes protesting against the animal slaughter during the annual “feast of sacrifice” and wrote articles in defence of nature and about the multifaceted identities of people in society.

Today he is in Kocaeli, in a maximum security prison. After 33 days of hunger strike in June 2015 he took vegan supplies one step further and gained the right to receive vegan food from comrades and his friends and family. However, the prison administration violated his gained right for arbitrary reasons. They banned him from receiving vegan food forcing him on a hunger strike yet again. Osman continues his indefinite hunger strike from November 10th 2015. On his 16th day of strike after the elections in Turkey and the approval of the hegemony of Islamic fascism of AKP, the fascist regime is revealed in the techniques of oppression in the prisons, and the pressure on the anarchist prisoner increases and his access to vegan food is blocked. The technique he is subjected to states “obey or die”. Nevertheless he is determined to continue his hunger strike until – as he himself says – absolute freedom.

What is clear through every political prisoner’s or imprisoned struggler’s case is that the states and governments on an international scale are implementing common practices. The intensification of repression, the development of maximum security prisons, the solitary confinement policies, the prisoners’ psychological exhaustion and the total subjugation of their bodies are long standing tactics of domination aiming to weaken every idea of freedom and every need to claim it. The struggle of the Turkish anarchist is a struggle in defence of every struggling eco-anarchist and their demands. We should eradicate the false assumption that this scenario can’t happen in the Greek territory and prepare the resistance against this possibility, showing our internationalist solidarity and fight for the abolition of every prison, every cell/cage.

We stand in solidarity with the hunger strikers who, by putting their bodies forward as barriers against authority, they claim ground in the struggle for total liberation.

Until the destruction of all prisons, factories, laboratories of animal exploitation and industries that destroy the Earth. Until the death of the state and the dominant civilization, no one and nothing is free.

Uncompromising struggle for Total Liberation and Anarchy

Black/Green Anarchist Collective

in Greek as we received

Chania, Crete: Banner in solidarity with the hunger striker Osman Evcan, vegan anarchist imprisoned in Turkey

The banner reads:
Solidarity with anarchist Osman Evcan (A)
Vegan hunger striker in Turkish F-type prison cells

On November 23rd 2015, we hung a banner in solidarity with Osman Evcan, who is on hunger strike in Turkish F-type prison cells. This summer Osman, a vegan anarchist held in a maximum security prison, put up a multiday fight by undertaking hunger strike, until his demand to be able to receive food items from people in solidarity, so he can have a decent diet, was granted. A few days ago, however, the humanguards vengefully forbade him to receive vegan food items, forcing him to go once again on hunger strike.

Solidarity with Osman Evcan
Arson and fire to every prison
For total liberation and Anarchy.

in Greek | Turkish