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June 11, 2021

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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, whose decades of activity as a subversive, organizer, and author stretches from the student revolt of the ’60s to the present. 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.

TO COMBAT THE PRESENT ORDER

Prison administrations around the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing lockdowns and banning in-person visits, building upon prior movement to replace face-to-face visits with video chat. Physical mail is also threatened, with the United States federal prison system initiating a program to scan letters and make them only accessible on expensive tablets provided by a contracted company, Smart Communications. This allows for easier surveillance and is lucrative for Smart Communications, who can charge exorbitant rates for access to its services. It’s likely that this trend will continue in prisons around the world. With the pandemic as an alibi, prison administrations and profiteering companies have accelerated the abolition of direct human connection and the shifting of prisoners’ lives into the techno-sphere. Anarchist prisoners have been on the forefront of opposition to this regime of control, with anarchist prisoner Mónica Caballero going on hunger strike in 2020 to demand restoration of in-person visits.

REBELLION & REACTION

A year after George Floyd was murdered, our context is still strongly infused by the surge of protests, riots, and organizing that followed. In addition to the new energy, friendships, and practices that came out of the uprising, the repression that followed will affect us and our struggles for years to come. Over 13,000 arrests were made, with at least a few hundred state-level felony cases and over 325 federal cases. An unknown number have already taken pleas or are still incarcerated pretrial. Those arrested include all kinds of people: some young, some old; some long-term activists, some newly radicalized; some very connected to movements or struggles, and some very isolated. Existing bail funds and jail support projects have greatly expanded their reach, and many new ones have popped up all over the country. And some have already begun to contract, due to activity in the streets slowing down and from over-work in unsustainable models. These are part of the same continuum of anti-repression as supporting our long-term prisoners.

Some uprising defendants will most likely end up serving long prison sentences. While both immediate jail support and long-term prisoner support continue, we are now in a collective transition period between the two. Bail/jail support, court support, and prisoner support must all be done in a way that makes us stronger instead of draining us. Some connections have already begun to be made between movement prisoners and the uprising in the streets. Jeremy Hammond and friends recorded a video of a small protest and message of solidarity from Grady County Jail. Former black liberation political prisoner Dhoruba Bin-Wahad spoke about a BLM that means Black Liberation Movement and the importance of political education. This year, we seek to deepen the connection between different aspects of anti-repression, to bring the names and the wisdom of our long-term prisoners into current struggles – whether that’s in the streets against the police, in the forest against pipelines, or in the night against monuments of power – and strengthen networks and practices to support more comrades going to prison.

GIVE FLOWERS TO THE REBELS CAGED

The past year has given us the release of two long-term anarchist prisoners in the United States: Jeremy Hammond and Jay Chase. In Spain, anarchist Lisa was released on parole in April 2021. We send love and fraternal greetings to all of them as they adjust to a new terrain of life.

Sadly, many of our comrades remain behind bars, and for them we continue to fight. Eric King awaits trial (currently set for October 2021) for an incident in which he was assaulted in prison. Michael Kimble and Jennifer Rose both had their parole rejected. Sean Swain has been forced again to fight the perennial restrictions on his communications by the prison authorities.

Marius Mason continues to struggle through another year of imprisonment and could always use letters and printed articles to keep him connected to the world outside. He, like others in the US prison system, has not had an in-person visit in over a year. Marius is currently taking correspondence courses to become a paralegal. The pandemic has limited fundraising opportunities, and donations can help offset this change.

At least six anarchists have been imprisoned as the Belarusian state continues to repress the 2020-2021 uprising. They include Dmitry Dubovsky, Igor Olinevich, Sergei Romanov, Dmitry Rezanovich, Mikola Dziadok, and Akihiro Gaevsky-Hanada, many of whom have been imprisoned before.

In Greece, anarchists and others took part in bold attacks on corporate and state targets in solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas, an imprisoned Communist urban guerrilla who began a hunger strike earlier this year. The anarchist prisoners Giannis Dimitrakis and Nikos Maziotis went on hunger strike in solidarity with him for over a month to help generate solidarity.

Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar were again arrested in July 2020, this time facing charges related to incendiary attacks on government ministers and a real estate company. They, along with other prisoners, began a hunger strike on March 22, 2021 demanding the repeal of extremely punitive measures against prisoners. They also demanded the release of autonomous prisoner Marcelo Villarroel as well as the Mapuche, anarchist, and subversive prisoners.

In Italy, Nicola Gai was finally released from prison, while Anna Beniamino and Alfredo Cospito have been sentenced to 16 and 20 years respectively for allegedly taking part in bombing attacks associated with the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI). In 2020, anarchist prisoners Beppe and Davide Delogu began a hunger strike in response to punitive measures taken against them by prison administrators and were soon joined by other anarchist prisoners.

June 11th comes from a legacy of defense of animals, the earth, and the wild. While we do not seek to ascribe our anarchism to them, we support land defenders and water protectors on their own terms. Red Fawn Fallis, in federal prison on charges related to opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, was released last year. Rattler, another No DAPL prisoner, was released to a halfway house early this year. Until his recent release, water protector Steve Martinez was held in federal detention for refusal to cooperate with a grand jury. Some of the Kings Bay Plowshares sit now in prison cells for their radical Christian witness against the horrors of nuclear war and omnicide.

We condemn the repressive operations against anarchists in the UK and worldwide counter-information networks. The raid on the nostate.net servers by the Dutch state is a blatant attack on international communication and solidarity. As with previous attacks on counter-information and prisoner solidarity projects, the state’s actions make clear that combative solidarity with prisoners and coordination of informal attack are a danger to order. The police thugs would have us shrink back from solidarity in the face of their persecution, but we refuse. We stand in full solidarity with those facing repression in the UK as well as the comrades of 325, Anarchist Black Cross Berlin, Northshore Counter-Info, Montreal Counter-Info, and Act for Freedom Now.

We also want to express solidarity with those outside of self-identified anarchists and those taking part in social struggles. We see anarchy as a tension through which we strive in daily life. This leads us to look beyond the world of official struggles and anarchist milieus, and to find anarchy and subversion throughout the world more broadly.

People everywhere act anarchically, including many who are currently imprisoned. These are not necessarily special people to romanticize, bulldozers of revolt in all aspects of life. We don’t pretend that everyone is a secret anarchist who, when psychic repression is removed, will flower as such. People may act in a way we find beautiful one moment but then do something we disagree with the next. We still express solidarity with these people because they engage in acts of refusal and revolt. We see anarchy not as a pure identity that fixates on special people, but instead as a spirit that emerges from activity that opens space for freedom and community. As anarchists, we share in the joys and difficulties of freedom, its contradictions and complications. We are not above others, pure arbiters of freedom, but individuals capable of the most cowardly submission and the most audacious rebelliousness. Rather than worship those who appear to embody our values the most, we will instead tend to the fire of anarchy wherever we find it.

ABOLITION, AND OTHER SLIPPERY WORDS       

Despite the mainstreaming of prison abolition, well over 10 million people are currently locked in the world’s dungeons, a figure rising faster than increases in population. At the same time that we have seen the idea of abolition generalize, we have also seen it mutilated. While this has largely related to the abolition of police, the same distortions must be challenged in discourse on prison abolition. The city of Camden, New Jersey “abolishing” their police department in 2013 was touted as a successful example that other cities could follow to address a racist and violent police force, but the city police department was merely replaced with a county one. This is not abolition. Just as decreased funding or fewer police are not abolition; as civilian review boards have not and will not hold anyone accountable; as less money, fewer COs, or oversight committees will not abolish prisons. We know that police and prisons cannot be abolished from this society: they need each other. Political prisoners, prison rebels, and those who refuse to submit will be some of the last to be granted the reprieves from the state that come from reforms. When we say we want “abolition,” we mean we want police, prisons, and the society that necessitates them to cease to exist.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

We stand at a crossroads. Do we allow anarchism to become flat and colorless, a new word to describe an old corpse? Do we evaporate into vague leftism and its tired theater of activism? Do we surrender our principles – solidarity, mutual aid, direct action, cooperation – to the new managers of revolt?

Or do we keep to our own light, our own vision, our own project? June 11th remains a light in the darkness: for our comrades in prison, but also for us. Our work renews our fidelity to freedom and a life in common. It affirms to us, in our doubt and confusion, that anarchy lives in our day to day lives and connects us to a rich and vibrant history of free spirited revolt. It asserts that anarchy will be combative or it will be dead. Solidarity with anarchist prisoners is not, for us, a humorless endeavor, a duty-infected routine. It is generative play and the substantiation of free community. Will you join us?

 

Please send us your event information, poster designs, reportbacks, and communiques at june11th at riseup dot net.

Detroit, Michigan (USA): Noise demo for June 11th

The June 11th noise demo outside of Wayne County Jails in downtown Detroit happened one day after the new interim police chief announced a plan to enforce strict noise and crowd ordinances in the wake of a fight in Greektown, which is one block from the Wayne County Jails. This included a plan to significantly increase police presence downtown on weekends.

Wayne County Jails are also presently experiencing a severe staffing shortage, which has led to officers refusing to work and likening their jobs to “being on death row.” In spite of this, we noticed police buses and vans downtown, parked and ready to load up more arrestees. We were not deterred by these intimidation tactics, as we were committed to showing up for the folks in our community being held captive by corrupt Detroit police.

About 50+ comrades attended the noise demo, representing local mutual aid groups, street medics, anarchist collectives, housing unions, environmental groups, abolitionists, musicians, and folks who had previously experienced incarceration. NLG were also on site for the early part of the noise demo. We distributed zines from june11.noblogs.org, and mutual aid groups brought cold water and snacks. Folks had musical instruments, pots and pans, drums, kazoos and whistles, microphones and megaphones, thundersticks that said “FREE THE ALL”, and full PA systems. We made noise, danced, sang, and chanted for our incarcerated community members, some of whom we could see through the narrow frosted windows of the Andrew C. Baird Detention Facility. We held up signs with messages such as “Free them all” and “We love you” and chanted “Black lives matter” and “Fuck 12.” Music played through the PA included The Coup, NWA, and Dead Prez. Folks inside were seen dancing, waving, and holding notes up to the windows, showing us that they could see and hear us. It was a beautiful moment of solidarity felt by many.

We were given no trouble in spite of this alleged plan to crack down on weekend noise and crowds. At one point a couple of cops stood behind glass doors and filmed while comrades yelled “Fuck 12!” We held the space for about three hours until a heavy downpour forced those with electronic equipment to vacate. Still, some comrades continued to stay and make noise in the pouring rain, including one comrade who had brought a full drum set.

Many comrades felt moved by this action and expressed interest in showing up for incarcerated friends more frequently. June 11th in Detroit was a wonderful night of music, fun, and unity.


DETROIT, EEUU: MANIFESTACIÓN DE RUIDO POR EL 11 DE JUNIO

La manifestación de ruido por el 11 de junio frente a las cárceles del condado de Wayne, en el centro de Detroit, tuvo lugar un día después de que el nuevo jefe de policía interino anunciara un plan para aplicar estrictas ordenanzas sobre el ruido y las multitudes a raíz de una pelea en Greektown, que está a una manzana de las cárceles del condado de Wayne. Esto incluía un plan para aumentar significativamente la presencia policial en el centro de la ciudad los fines de semana.

Las cárceles del condado de Wayne también están experimentando actualmente una grave escasez de personal, lo que ha llevado a lxs agentes a negarse a trabajar y a comparar su trabajo con «estar en el corredor de la muerte». A pesar de ello, vimos autobuses y furgonetas de la policía en el centro de la ciudad, aparcados y listos para cargar con más detenidxs. No nos desanimaron estas tácticas de intimidación, ya que estábamos comprometidxs a mostrarnos por la gente de nuestra comunidad que está cautiva por la policía corrupta de Detroit.

Alrededor de 50 compañerxs asistieron a la manifestación de ruido, en representación de los grupos locales de apoyo mutuo, médicxs de la calle, los colectivos anarquistas, los sindicatos de la vivienda, los grupos ecologistas, lxs abolicionistas, lxs músicxs, y la gente que había experimentado previamente el encarcelamiento. NLG también estuvo presente en la primera parte de la manifestación. Distribuimos fanzines de june11.noblogs.org, y los grupos de apoyo mutuo trajeron agua fría y bocadillos. La gente tenía instrumentos musicales, ollas y sartenes, tambores, kazoos y silbatos, micrófonos y megáfonos, palos de trueno que decían «Liberen a todxs», y sistemas completos de megafonía. Hicimos ruido, bailamos, cantamos y coreamos por lxs miembros de nuestra comunidad encarceladxs, algunxs de los cuales podíamos ver a través de las estrechas ventanas esmeriladas del centro de detención Andrew C. Baird. Levantamos pancartas con mensajes como «Liberad a todxs» y «los queremos» y coreamos «Las vidas negras importan» y «Que se jodan los 12». La música que sonaba por la megafonía incluía a The Coup, NWA y Dead Prez. Se vio a la gente dentro bailando, saludando y sosteniendo notas en las ventanas, mostrándonos que podían vernos y oírnos. Fue un hermoso momento de solidaridad que muchxs sintieron.

No tuvimos ningún problema a pesar de este supuesto plan para reprimir el ruido y las multitudes del fin de semana. En un momento dado, un par de policías se colocaron detrás de las puertas de cristal y filmaron mientras lxs compañerxs gritaban «¡Que se jodan los 12!». Mantuvimos el espacio durante unas tres horas hasta que un fuerte aguacero obligó a llevarnos los que llevaban equipos electrónicos. Aun así, algunxs compañerxs siguieron quedándose y haciendo ruido bajo la lluvia torrencial, incluido un compañero que había traído una batería completa.

Muchos compañerxs se sintieron conmovidxs por esta acción y expresaron su interés en presentarse con más frecuencia por lxs amigos encarceladxs. El 11 de junio en Detroit fue una maravillosa noche de música, diversión y unidad.


FUENTE: JUNE 11
TRADUCCIÓN: ANARQUÍA

Derry (Ireland): Solidarity actions for prisoners

Each year Anarchist Prisoners are remembered on 11th June as part of an international day of solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. Each year, events take place in different countries, such at online talks, workshops on letter writing to public banner drops.
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Chile: CONTRA LAS PRISIONES, EL ESTADO Y EL CAPITAL!

Solidaridad con lxs prisionerxs anarquistas, subversivos y sociales en huelga de hambre en la cárcel-empresa de Rancagua

El 05 de junio del 2021 los prisioneros capturados por el Estado chileno en la Cárcel de Alta Seguridad (CAS) son trasladados abruptamente a la Cárcel-Empresa de Rancagua. El 06 de junio la policía realiza la misma estrategia con los prisioneros capturados en la Sección de Máxima seguridad (SMS), bajo el pretexto de una remodelación de ambas unidades, lo que significará el perfeccionamiento del régimen de castigo y aislamiento del CAS y la Máxima.

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London (UK): Two Manifestations – In the Context of June 11 International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

We decided to mark June 11 by calling our little ‘manif sauvage’, with two targets: HMP Pentonville and the forthcoming Google London HQ. The point of this is twofold. Firstly, to start again a trajectory which has ebbed during lockdown – that of constant antagonism at the houses of confinement. In a sense, this seems to us to be an affirmation of the sense of the day of June 11th: to clarify that any repressive installations are a part of the global self-sustaining matrix of social control and exploitation. As such, we have seen no contradiction whatsoever in offering a brief disruption to the grotesque regime of control in an English prison, and agitating, speaking in the language and reality of, the international anarchist tension.

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Kite Line: Marius Mason & Eric King

From Kite Line

Our show this week returns to June 11th, the international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners. The focus of June 11th is overcoming the isolation that these long-term prisoners face, as the movements they participated in years ago give way to new struggles and new generations of radicals.  The day of solidarity works to connect these prisoners with struggles currently underway, especially those struggles with the potential to abolish the prison system, freeing them and all prisoners.

We begin with Letha, who gives us an update on Marius Mason, who alongside most prisoners, has faced an excruciating year of COVID isolation and vulnerability within the Danbury federal prison in Connecticut.  Marius organized in Bloomington and across the Midwest for decades, before being arrested for his participation in Earth Liberation Front actions.  He came out as transgender while inside, and has contributed solidarity statements both to the annual June 11th events around the world and to the January 22nd day of solidarity with trans prisoners.  Letha shares important notes on how to keep Marius and other prisoners connected to the outside world.

For our final segment, we return to our conversation with Lauren Regan from the Civil Liberties Defense Center. Last week, Lauren told us about the ongoing physical and mental harassment facing longterm anarchist antiracist prisoner Eric King, and his lawsuit against the U.S. Government.

You can get updates on Eric’s case via the CLDC website: https://cldc.org/ and at supportericking.org.

You can learn about supporting Marius, including how to write him here.

Portland, Oregon (USA): Prison profiteers attacked

From Rose City Counterinfo

From so-called “Portland”, on occupied Chinuk land

To celebrate the June 11th day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners, some anarchists took to the streets to attack prison slavery profiteers. Windows were smashed in and abolitionist messages painted on the walls of Whole Foods and Starbucks, in retaliation for both companies use of prison slave labor.

We send a message to our incarcerated comrades in the preferred anarchist language: Attack!

To Gage Halupowski, Marius Mason, Eric King, and all those behind bars: you are not forgotten.

To the cops and capitalists, prison guards and politicians: we are in every shadow, every hidden alleyway, sharpening knives behind your back. You will never catch us all!

Fire to the prisons.

Dancing on the Edge of the Abyss

[Reposted from Anarchist News]

received via email from AnarquíaInfo.

“Let us continue the assault on the existing by all means, undeterred by
those who would silence us with the stock weapons of reaction, be it the
kick of the democratic boot, the empty talk of opinion, or the siren
calls of the sweet men of hope.”

Jean Weir; Tamed Words from a Wild Heart.

“… sometimes it seems to us something so obvious that we forget to
insist punctiliously on the anti-authoritarian character of anarchism
and, therefore, consequently anti-systemic… Roughly anti-systemic! We
are against all Authority. That is our maxim”.

Gustavo Rodriguez. Talk at the Squatted Social Center “Casa
Naranja”.

The authoritarian offensive has not stopped in these times of pandemic,
Covid-19 has turned out to be the perfect excuse to deepen social and
political control, being prisons the main place of experimentation and
application of these measures. We have systematically read updates on
the situation of anarchist prisoners around the world in this particular
context. We have seen how our comrade Eric King, who keeps alive his
permanent antagonism and his irreducible stance in Englewood prison, has been tortured by the guards and beaten by white supremacists, causing him severe physical and psychological injuries. The same happened to our comrade Dimitra Valavani, who was beaten and tortured, under the pretext that they wanted to obtain a DNA sample and, in recent days, our comrade Giannis Dimitrakis, who was also brutally beaten in Domokos prison by the prison mafia, leaving him in a serious condition, and we still do not know the consequences of this cowardly aggression.

June 11 is the International Day of Solidarity with comrade Marius Mason and with all the anarchist comrades sentenced to long sentences around the world. In the framework of this new June 11, we want to denounce what is happening in all latitudes of the planet with our anarchist comrades in prison and raise (without mincing our words) our response to concretize and consolidate solidarity with all our fellow comrades (in theory and in practice) who continue the anarchist war behind bars.

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