In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change.
At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades.
This is why we have decided to introduce an annual Week for Anarchist Prisoners on August 23-30.
We chose August 23 as a starting point, because on that very day in 1927 the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in prison. They were convicted of murdering two men during an armed robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Their arrest was a part of a bigger anti-radical campaign led by the American government. The State’s evidence against the two was almost totally non-existent and many people still today believe that they were punished for their strong anarchist beliefs.
Given the nature and diversity of anarchist groups around the globe, we have proposed a week of common action rather than a single campaign on a specific day making easier for groups to be able to organise an event within a longer target period.
Therefore, we call on everyone to spread the information about the Week for Anarchist Prisoners among other groups and communities and think about organising event(s) in your city or town.
The events can vary from info-evenings, screenings and benefit concerts to solidarity and direct actions. Let your imagination run free.
Till all are free.
- june 11: Anarchist prisoners Solidarity Day..Free Marie and Eric!
Marie Mason: still jailed to boost Criminal Corporations (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
A Thank You from Marie Mason to All Who Wished Her Happy Birthday (supportmariemason.org)
International Week of Solidarity with the NATO 5: May 16 – 21 (occupywallst.org)
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- Freedom for Facebook 5 anarquistas de Barcelona( now out on bail)
- Bradley told the Truth.. ‘Let him go. Let him go now!’