Posts Tagged ‘Prison Industrial Complex’

U.S. Hands Off Syria – Because Attacking People in Syria is Unacceptable; Because Genocide is Unacceptable
Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective participated and endorsed Friday’s “U.S. Hands Off Syria, We Need Jobs Not War” protest. The event was initiated and organized by our friends at the Bainbridge Collective and the Defenders of Freedom, Justice, and Peace.
We were glad to see a response to the recent aggression from the Obama Administration towards Syria. We were glad to see everyone there who came out to show resistance to the Military Industrial Complex and blood-hungry US Imperialist government.
However, some aspects of this protest were troubling to us and deserve thoughtful, respectful critique. The rhetoric of “We Need Jobs Not War” seems to aim to appeal to the unemployed or underemployed people living in Amerikkka with the hopes to draw them into the anti-war movement. The problem with that rhetoric however, is that it is US-centric and ultimately misleading as to the intentions of the US government to legitimately provide basic needs for people living within Amerikkkan borders. The reasons we shouldn’t go to war with Syria are numerous and ultimately should have more to do with our compassion for and solidarity with the people of Syria than our desires for jobs at home. And really, how can we make demands of a government that exists off the daily exploitation and genocide of peoples within the US and around the world and the destruction of the earth? Why would we believe that the funds used in Amerikkkan wars would ever be used in an alternative, positive way when consistently, across Amerikkka, as schools are shut down in poor, People of Color neighborhoods, cities are spending millions building new jails for the school-to-prison pipeline.
An inherently oppressive government will never grant the right to dignified work to workers of Amerikkka, who they label illegal and criminal, and whose communities are attacked with chemical warfare through environmentally racist plants and landfills. How can we demand jobs from a government where labor unions are consistently busted with the iron fist of Amerikkkan corporations? How can we demand fair jobs from a government that uses prisoner slave labor as a means of production and uses chemical warfare against them when they rebel?
The United States of Amerikkka is not interested in mutual aid where our work is respected and is inherent to our collective survival. Though we cannot make these demands of the US government, we can challenge ourselves to show solidarity with strikers on the picket lines; with truckers shutting down ports; with undocumented workers creating community gardens to feed their families as the food they pick in the fields is hauled thousands of miles away; with prison hunger strikers. We can challenge ourselves to produce what we need in our communities because a government hell bent on imperialism and transnational domination will never meet our needs. And we can never show solidarity with people being killed by the Amerikkkan police and military if we dichotomously denounce and ask for the help of the government.
We want to support the Syrian people in their revolutionary struggle for their own liberation; perhaps one way to do this is by creating mutual-aid in our own communities, and thereby rejecting reliance on the US war machine, attacking poverty drafting into the military. In acknowledging the struggle for liberation in Syria, we recognize US intervention would not be the beginning of but a bloody addition to the conflict in Syria. We acknowledge people living in Syria are the only people who can legitimately create self-determination, and decide what that looks like, for themselves. It is so important to stand against US imperialism; though we also challenge ourselves and others to stand in solidarity with peoples struggling against oppressive states regardless of/before US involvement and to strive for a broader scope of understanding to the complexities of struggle outside a Western lens. We also recognize that we do not currently have communication with folks in Syria or from Syria with the exception of a few anarchist articles on Syria or by people living in Syria. Showing solidarity with the people of Syria means demanding nothing less than absolute autonomy, within all the constructed borders of the world. And that is a demand that no government will ever grant but must be created; it must be built upon the ashes of a government that can exist and has only existed off the blood of the exploited.
We should continue to hold protests and actions against US Imperialism, all genocidal states, and in fierce solidarity with those who struggle for liberation; and our critique is not meant to attack organizers or participants of Friday’s protest. We hope that this will promote more conversation and awareness of the multitude of intersectional issues that come into play every time the US Government decides to use force to interfere in other countries. Our desires and needs will not be fulfilled by Amerikkka’s creation of more exploitative jobs. We don’t think yours will be either. Next time we meet on the streets we hope to hear rallying cries for autonomy and self-determination in the spirit of mutual-aid and collective freedom for the people in Syria as well all those around the world struggling for liberation. We deserve it.
shadowoflucasville

Shadow of Lucasville-
The film is 60 minutes long, and is followed by call-in / Q&A with one of the prisoners who was involved in the uprising.

Organizations involved in prison issues and prisoner suport are highly encouraged to come table and share info!!!

Friday August 9th at 7pm

2005 Barton Ave

sober, all ages, by donation

consent policy, directions/bus routes, allergies/accessibility online

https://www.facebook.com/events/170132149823363/

NATIONAL JERICHO MOVEMENT


WELCOMING JERICHO MOVEMENT TO FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS
AND END MASS INCARCERATIONS
TO RICHMOND, VA.
GREETING OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WORKING TO
END MASS INCARCERATIONS, THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, PRISON
CONDITIONS AND SERVICES, AND RE-ENTRY
Saturday, October 27, 2012
3-5 PM
Fan Free Clinic Auditorium
1010 North Thompson Street
RVA 23230
THE REALITY OF POLITICAL PRISONERS!
EXTENT OF MASS INCARCERATIONS!
SCOPE OF RACIAL INJUSTICE!
RE-ENTRY INITIATIVES AND RESOURCES
VIEWING OF “COINTELPRO 101” (THE FBI’s HISTORICAL
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM THEN AND NOW)
Open to the Public!!
Light refreshments!!
Contact: Jihad Abdulmumit
National Jericho, POB 2164, Chesterfield, Va. 23832
richmondjericho@gmail.com * 804-304-8595
http://www.thejerichomovement.com

We will be hosting a pre-fast breakfast (confusing right) at the Wingnut on Monday June 18th from 10am-12noon. Please come and share a dish (vegan dishes are awesome, but not required). There will be coffee and delishes!!! Conversation about the 23 hour fast against 23 hours of solitary confinement, the prison industrial complex in general, and the rally and march in Richmond happening on Tuesday June 19th at 5:30pm!

All are welcome to come, whether you plan on actually fasting for 23 hours or not.

More details about Tuesday’s rally and march here: http://www.facebook.com/events/315681221848912/

Hope to see you Monday morning!!! 2005 Barton Avenue or call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more info!

ALERT! Solidarity with Virginia Prisoners needed!

Tuesday May 22nd  at 11AM there will be a press conference held at the VADOC Headquaters in front of the Department of Corrections sign to let the public know that prisoners at Red Onion State Prison are going to begin a hunger strike in order to have their list of 10 demands met. At the conclusion of the press conference a delegation of supporters and family members will march into the building to issue this list of demands to VADOC Director Harold Clarke. Stay posted…

Ten Demands of ROSP Hunger Strikers
We (Prisoners at Red Onion State Prison) demand the right to an adequate standard of living while in the custody of the state!

1. We demand fully cooked food, and access to a better quality of fresh fruit and vegetables.  In addition, we demand increased portions on our trays, which allows us to meet our basic nutritional needs as defined by VDOC regulations.

2. We demand that every prisoner at ROSP have unrestricted access to complaint and grievance forms and other paperwork we may request.

3. We demand better communication between prisoners and higher- ranking guards. Presently higher-ranking guards invariably take the lower-ranking guards’ side in disputes between guards and prisoners, forcing the prisoner to act out in order to be heard. We demand that higher- ranking guards take prisoner complaints and grievances into consideration without prejudice.

4. We demand an end to torture in the form of indefinite segregation through the implementation of a fair and transparent process whereby prisoners can earn the right to be released from segregation. We demand that prison officials completely adhere to the security point system, insuring that prisoners are transferred to institutions that correspond with their particular security level.

5. We demand the right to an adequate standard of living, including access to quality materials that we may use to clean our own cells.  Presently, we are forced to clean our entire cell, including the inside of our toilets, with a single sponge and our bare hands.  This is unsanitary and promotes the spread of disease-carrying bacteria.

6. We demand the right to have 3rd party neutral observers visit and document the condition of the prisons to ensure an end to the corruption amongst prison officials and widespread human rights abuses of prisoners. Internal Affairs and Prison Administrator’s monitoring of prison conditions have not alleviated the dangerous circumstances we are living under while in custody of the state which include, but are not limited to: the threat of undue physical aggression by guards, sexual abuse and retaliatory measures, which violate prison policies and our human rights.

7. We demand to be informed of any and all changes to VDOC/IOP policies as soon as these changes are made.

8.  We demand the right to adequate medical care. Our right to medical care is guaranteed under the eight amendment of the constitution, and thus the deliberate indifference of prison officials to our medical needs constitutes a violation of our constitutional rights.  In particular, the toothpaste we are forced to purchase in the prison is a danger to our dental health and causes widespread gum disease and associated illnesses.

9.  We demand our right as enumerated through VDOC policy, to a monthly haircut. Presently, we have been denied haircuts for nearly three months.  We also demand to have our razors changed out on a weekly basis. The current practice of changing out the razors every three weeks leaves prisoners exposed to the risk of dangerous infections and injury.

10. We demand that there be no reprisals for any of the participants in the Hunger Strike. We are simply organizing in the interest of more humane living conditions.

More info can be found on this website:

http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be screening the film Homotopia on Sunday October 23rd at 7pm.

This movie is directed by some of the same people making the presentation on October 19th at the University of Richmond on Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. We hope to continue ideas and conversations from that event during discussion after the movie screening. We also think the recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell makes this movie particularly relevant for discussion by queers and queer allies.

Set sometime in the future-present Homotopia chronicles a group of radical queer’s dedicated to exposing the trouble with gay marriage, dismantling the State, undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce. Woven into the story of Yoshi’s adventures in love, resistance, and sex, is a critique of the crushing violence of homonormativity and its deadly perpetuation of US patriotism, conservative kinship structures and affective accumulation. Homotopia holds cinematic assumptions hostage through its motley assemblage of never-passing crew. Race, gender, ability and desire are reworked through an anti-colonial take of queer struggle creating a visual rhythm of melancholic utopianism that knows there may be no future but still hopes today is not their last. Love revolution, not State delusion, Homotopia.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross wants to update people to the ongoing situation in the California Prison System. As much publicity, support, and solidarity as these prisoners can get the better. These prisoners are bravely fighting inhumane and tortuous prison conditions, including the use of Security Housing Units (SHUs).
Here is an update from the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity group:

On Monday, September 26th, prisoners at both Pelican Bay & Calipatria will resume the hunger strike to stop the torturous conditions of Security Housing Units (SHUs).

Prisoners first went on hunger strike on July 1st for nearly four weeks, until the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) agreed to begin implementing some of the prisoners’ five core demands. The strike became one of the largest prison strikes in California history–stretching across a third of the California’s prisons (at least 13 State prisons), including more than 6,600 prisoners at its height. However, the CDCR’s response has been inadequate to say the least, giving prisoners & their families false hope of timely substantial change and an end to torture. For a detailed summary of the CDCR’s response to the strike, and why Pelican Bay prisoners are resuming it, read “Tortured SHU Prisoners Speak Out: The Struggle Continues.” (more…)

Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be going to this presentation at the University of Richmond on October 19th. If you would like a ride to this event please come by the Wingnut around 6:15 that evening. We are super excited that this event will be in Richmond and hope that a lot of folks can make it out to increase our community dialogue around prison and queer issues.

Captive Genders:

Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Book reading and panel discussion

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Keller Hall Reception Room at the University of Richmond

Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.

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Eric A. Stanley works at the intersections of radical trans/queer politics, theories of state violence, and visual culture. Eric edited Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex  (AK Press, 2011) and along with Chris Vargas, directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2011).

Ralowe T. Ampu: the seductive fragrance wafting through milieus of unbridled danger and intrigue. Yes, whether it be outing gay Castro realtors as AIDS profiteers with ACT UP and GAY SHAME or trying to free the New Jersey 4, or prevent the non-profit management company in her SRO from killing her neighbors, Ralowe is there.

Toshio Meronek is on the editorial collective for The Abolitionist, Critical Resistance’s newspaper and runs whereslulu.com, a website on disability and popular culture.

www.captivegenders.com

On Friday September 2nd at 7pm, Insurgent Theater will be presenting their play “In the Belly” at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be tabling with information about prison abolition and prisoner support.

There is no cover charge but please bring donations for Insurgent Theater!

Wingnut events are sober. Our events are usually All Ages, but due to nudity and graphic nature of this performance we ask that all kids be accompanied by an adult or talk to us ahead of time. The nature of the subject matter of this performance means that some folks may find the nudity, violence, or other aspects triggering. We will provide a safe place for people who become uncomfortable to hang out in if they decide to leave the performance.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights. We can be contacted at 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and frequently touring the country since August, 2008. Insurgent was founded in Milwaukee, WI, but is now located in Columbus, OH.

In the belly is where things digest, where they are broken down so their value can be extracted. This is where things are made to rot. If our society is a beast, it’s belly is the prison system. This new work from Insurgent Theatre seeks to manifest imprisonment on stage, overlays it with critical analysis of the system, and follows up with in-depth discussion about abolishing prison in America.

Created in workshop by Weslie Coleman, Kate Pleuss, and Ben Turk, with assistance from Harmony Bench and Rebecca Riley.

Touring the US in 2011. Raising funds for RedBird Prison Abolition. Supporting prisoners in Ohio.

This show contains nudity, violence and other sad realities of the US prison system. (more…)

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles.

 

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday June 14th at 7pm at the Wingnut at 2005 Barton Avenue. We will be planning a few upcoming events, zines,  movie screenings, programs, etc. Anyone with an interest in prison abolition, supporting political prisoners, developing bail funds for anarchists or others in Richmond, etc. should come out!