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The September 9th national prison strike has forged a new potentially decisive link between the black liberation struggle in the streets and the war against the American plantation system inside the penitentiaries.
Prisoners have now launched themselves to the forefront of the struggle, setting a new bar for those of us outside.
The growing rejection of the American plantation system and the call for abolition is gaining strength.
As the prison strike is about to enter its second month, the censorship of the prison rebellion and suppression of its participants has reached a critical juncture. At least three deaths have occurred and organizers are facing extreme repression. Kinetik Justice, a key organizer in Holman Prison, has gone on a hunger strike after being shipped to a new, even more barbaric unit.
Prison organizer Keith Malik Washington incisively noted the following about the punishments doled out for participation in the prison strike: “There are elements and individuals within the Texas criminal justice system that don’t want to acknowledge the humanity of prisoners.
Incarcerated Alabama prison strike leader goes on hunger strike as advocate decries ‘human torture’
Alabama prisoner Robert Earl Council – known by many as Kinetic Justice – has launched a hunger strike less than two months after he gained a level of fame as a public face of the national movement…
Many of us in NYC Anarchist Action see this period as a vital situation in a chain of activities necessary for revolutionary momentum in the United States.
The slave plantation mentality is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of the oppressor and the oppressed.”
At the outset of the prison strike, the Free Alabama Movement requested that those on the outside put pressure on businesses that use prison labor, the same companies the prisoners are depriving of profit through withholding their labor.
On October 29th we held a roaming demonstration in downtown Brooklyn, targeting business after business, to denounce these businesses’ slave labor practices on a popular shopping day. Our banners and chants that connected the prison strike to the overall racism and dehumanization of black people in this country were well received.
As we posted up by the first business, we immediately were engaged by a man who had just been released from prison. He, amongst many others, immediately recognized the significance of our action. At Target, Victoria’s Secret, AT&T, Starbucks, Shell, and Bank of America, people cheered and put up fists, commending the struggle.
It was clear from the public reaction that people are ready for more militant resistance against police, prisons, and the political status quo. ‘Off the pigs’ elicited raised fists at every location. People who took flyers or stopped to talk were surprised to learn about the prison strike, yet immediately sympathetic to the goals and the resistance.
This was one of many actions taken around the world in solidarity. We in NYC wanted to give a revolutionary salute in the streets to those fighting in prison, to those struggling around the United States, and to our comrades in Mexico and Greece whose dignity and rebellious spirit cannot be contained.
Salute from NYC
NYC Anarchist Action
FINAL STRAW: INTERVIEW WITH ANARCHIST BLACK CROSS OF MEXICO CITY
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This week, we present a conversation with a member of CNA-DF, or Anarchist Black Cross of Mexico City. During the hour she speaks about the work of CNA-DF, prison in Mexican society, anti-prison organizing versus prison abolitionism, transformative justice, counter-repression and prisoners the CNA is working to support.
Specific prisoners CNA-DF supports include:
Alvaro Sebastian (Oaxacan teacher);
Fernando Bárcenas (accused of burning the Mexico City Xmas Tree in 2013 during anti-fare increase demonstration in Mexico City. Publishes Cimarron newspaper, involved in punk rock, alternative health care, horizontal education and organizing in prison.);
Luis Fernando Sotelo (accused of burning a bus during day of global action in solidarity with the Ayatzinopa 43, Normalista students disappeared by the Mexican State. Sotelo has received a 33 year sentence for damage to the bus. Recently on hunger strike, in prison 2 years now);
Abraham Cortés (13 years for attempted murder of a cop, arrested during October 2nd memorial demonstration in Mexico City of the 1968 massacre of hundreds of demonstrating students. Recently on hunger strike w Fernando Bárcenas against: 1. Prisons, calling to revolt against the state; 2. in solidarity with the #PrisonStrike starting Sept 9 in the U.S.; 3. And against the Bárcenas & Cortés);
& Miguel Ángel Peralta Betanzos (from Oaxaca, accused of attempted murder of politicians in opposition with communal indigenous council of his community).
More Prison Strike Solidarity Actions
- Patras, Greece: Posters Pasted in Solidarity with Prison Strike 01:37
- Mexico: Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo 30 Oct
- Bristol, UK: Banner Dropped in Solidarity with Prison Strike 28 Oct
- Austria: Poster in solidarity with the US prison strike as contribution to a global Week of Action 24 Oct
- Czech prisons: Solidarity message to US prison rebels from anarchist Lukáš Borl (Sept. 10th) 29 Oct
- Greek prisons: A statement in support of the US prison mobilization by CCF-FAI/FRI Urban Guerrilla Cell (released Sept. 9th) 29 Oct
- Greek prisons: A writing by CCF members for the US prison mobilization and anarchist prisoners in Italy (released Sept. 12th) 29 Oct
- Kinetik Justice of FAM Launches Hunger Strike After Being Transfered to “Bully” Prison