11 de Junho, 2018: Um dia contra o olvido

11 de Junho é um dia internacional de solidariedade com Marius Mason e todxs xs prisioneirxs anarquistas a longo prazo. Uma centelha na eterna noite da repressão estatal. Um dia dedicado a honrar todxs aquelxs que nos foram roubadxs. Neste dia, compartilhamos canções, eventos e acções para celebrar xs nossxs companheirxs capturadxs. Em anos anteriores, as celebrações do 11 de Junho têm sido internacionais e abrangentes – de festas com amigos até diversos ataques inspiradores; de recolhas de fundos e noites de escrita de cartas a presxs até todas as formas incalculáveis e desconhecidas para manter a chama viva.

Fruto do esforço acumulado para este dia, todos os anos alguns de nós se juntam para discutir e reflectir acerca das lições dos anos anteriores e para renovar esta chamada à solidariedade contínua. Este ano, convidamos-vos a explorar e ponderar connosco o modo como a manutenção do apoio a prisioneirxs a longo prazo depende directamente da manutenção de movimentos e lutas de que todxs continuamos a fazer parte. Como poderemos esperar continuar décadas de apoio  enquanto os movimentos, grupos e pessoas vêm e vão, e são reduzidos a cinzas ou apanhadas nos esgotantes fluxos e refluxos da luta? Indo mais fundo, o que podemos aprender com xs prisioneirxs a longo prazo e os seus legados de solidariedade? Como podemos sustentar e melhorar a saúde dos nossos movimentos, e por sua vez fortalecer esse apoio?

Em vários dos últimos anos floresceram as críticas ao encarceramento, o que frequentemente resultou numa miríade de projectos e esforços de apoio a prisioneirxs. Encorporando estabilidade, compromisso e longevidade, são prisioneirxs da Libertação Negra, da Nova Esquerda, dos movimentos indígenas, e aquelxs que incessantemente os apoiaram durante décadas. Além destes esforços, houve um ressurgimento da organização contra o próprio encarceramento massivo. Apesar de terem sido grupos mais pequenos a dar voz a estes sentimentos há muitos anos atrás, é encorajador ver mais pessoas a tomar este trabalho em mãos. Houve também um aumento de esforços para apoiar presxs rebeldes que se têm envolvido em tudo desde greves ao trabalho até incendiar e destruir unidades inteiras na prisão. Ao mesmo tempo, há cada vez mais projectos a criticar o estado em si mesmo – constatando que este é sustentado pelos pilares das prisões e pela polícia. Finalmente, há muitos esforços dirigidos para as necessidades de prisioneirxs queer e trans, sobreviventes criminalizadxs de abuso doméstico e sexual, e pessoas com problemas de saúde mental, para dar apenas alguns exemplos.

O espírito do dia 11 de Junho, que convida toda a gente a participar de acordo com os seus desejos, afinidades pessoais e preferências tácticas, encoraja-nos a ver difundida uma tal actividade. Em particular, uma coisa que nos anima ver é quão difundida se tornou a escrita de cartas, blogs, livros e zines por prisioneirxs. Após anos de discussão sobre o amplificar das vozes dxs prisioneirxs, estamos a ver os resultados e valorizamos as incontáveis horas dedicadas por prisioneirxs e apoiantes para lançar e sustentar estas publicações. A complementar estes esforços estão aquelxs que expandiram a solidariedade internacional ao traduzir e passar a palavra dxs nossxs companheirxs, tal como xs que empreenderam belos gestos e mensagens de solidariedade com acção corajosa e de ataque.

Entre estes muitos projectos de apoio a presxs, vemos uma variedade de orientações, de tácticas, de estratégias e práticas. Com a expansão das iniciativas, surgiram intermináveis emergências e chamadas urgentes à acção para apoiar prisioneirxs, além de todas as outras crises constantes neste mundo de pesadelo. Com tanta coisa para fazer, somos forçadxs a fazer escolhas. O activismo tradicional, que exige que tanta da nossa energia seja dirigida para acções imediatas e frequentemente simbólicas – à custa de intenções e estratégias de longo prazo – não vai funcionar, simplesmente. Precisamos de agir com a preocupação de sustentar os nossos movimentos e projectos, de forma a que possamos continuar capazes de apoiar companheirxs a cumprir décadas na prisão. Isto exige uma abordagem holística à luta e à vida solidária.

Gestos isolados são importantes, e por vezes o melhor que conseguimos fazer. Mas o que significa fazê-lo a longo prazo?

Ainda que 11 de Junho seja apenas um dia, é uma manifestação da força e da fortaleza diárias de companheirxs presxs, e do trabalho incansável e de bastidores daquelxs que xs apoiam. Muitas vezes visitando; escrevendo; levantando dinheiro; divulgando informação; partilhando arte, poemas e escritos. Sentimo-nxs inspiradxs pelos grupos de apoio a Jeremy Hammond e Marius Mason, que trabalham consistentemente para os manter ligados ao resto do mundo. Vemos o exemplo de Sacramento Prisoner Support [Apoio a Prisioneirxs de Sacramento], lutando há anos para libertar Eric McDavid. Sentimo-nos impressionadxs por todxs xs que ajudaram prisioneirxs a longo prazo como Zolo Azania, Russell Maroon Shoatz, David Gilbert, Sean Swain, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jalil Muntaqim, Leonard Peltier, e tantxs outrxs, para publicarem livros escritos nas suas celas.

Visões & Possibilidades

Face à perspectiva de longo prazo de ajudar companheirxs ao longo de décadas nas prisões, e o trabalho de curto prazo que esta solidariedade implica, arriscamos-nos a perdermos-nos nas correntes alternadas do desespero e mania que não deixam espaço para a reflexão. É difícil saber por onde ir quando nos confrontamos com a esmagadora tarefa de melhorar a privação e a miséria que xs nossxs companheirxs enfrentam, e ao mesmo tempo permanecer críticxs do reformismo. Queremos xs nossxs companheirxs livres agora e a demolição imediata de todas as prisões, mas não temos ideia de como o fazer. Apesar das décadas de acção combinada em solidariedade com prisioneirxs anarquistas, não temos um diagrama, apenas visões.

Ao descartar as dicotomias fracturantes e os seus fetiches tácticos (luta de massas vs acção directa), podemos chegar a uma nova métrica para avaliar o nosso trabalho: pode esta acção sustentar-me e às/aos minhas/meus companheirxs ao longo dos próximos anos? Parece improvável que um movimento vibrante de solidariedade com prisioneirxs possa florescer se as nossas preocupações forem apenas ideológicas, tácticas ou estratégicas. A alegria e a dificuldade das relações humanas, a tristeza gerada pelo cimento e pelo arame farpado, a luta contra ideias e comportamentos opressivos e a correspondente necessidade de formas transformadoras para lidar com o conflito, o entusiasmo e o medo que vêm com a libertação de um/a companheirx, e a frustração e exaustão associadas a este trabalho, tudo isto devia integrar o modo como entendemos a solidariedade.

Parece-nos que ao abordar directamente estas considerações, podemos começar a pensar para além das crises imediatas: leituras controladas, cartas desaparecidas, limitações na solidariedade, lutando por fundos do comissariado. Ao nos ancorarmos nas relações com os indivíduos na prisão – vendo-os não como celebridades, líderes ou “pessoas oprimidas” abstratas – abrimos espaço para sonhar com o que uma vida em comum, compartilhada em comum com xs nossxs companheirxs presxs poderia significar. Com isso, saímos do reino do puramente político e entramos no reino do humano. Não se pode sobreviver de dever e ideologia, mas as relações humanas podem nos nutrir e sustentar. E devemos lutar continuamente para manter os caminhos claros – para alcançar xs nossxs companheiros dessa maneira, à medida que o estado continua a desumanizá-lxs e isolá-lxs, restringindo cada vez mais as visitas àquelxs por trás do vidro ou, pior ainda, aquelxs numa tela, se estamos a poucos metros ou centenas de quilómetros de distância. Visitas presenciais e de contato, de valor inestimável para a construção de conexões humanas reais, são muitas vezes altas na lista de demandas de prisioneirxs e daquelxs que as apoiam no exterior. Recentemente, nos inspiramos na campanha da Fight Toxic Prisons para manter as visitas de contato no Departamento de Correções da Flórida.

Temos que nos esforçar por entrelaçar as nossas vidas com as vidas dxs nossxs amigxs e companheirxs na prisão. E na realidade, de muitas formas, as nossas vidas entrelaçam-se. A repressão a grupos de apoio a prisioneirxs pela Operação Scripta Manent (a tentativa do estado italiano para reprimir actividades anarquistas ao acusar indivíduxs de ataques incendiários e com explosivos) recorda-os de que há frequentemente uma linha fina a separar aquelxs que estão presxs daquelxs que estão cá fora a apoiá-lxs de todas as formas que possam.

Atualizações de prisioneirxs

Ao longo do último ano, xs nossxs companheirxs presxs enfrentaram os olhos frios e a mão violenta do estado com a sua integridade intacta. No Chile, Tamara Sol tentou escapar da prisão, foi seriamente ferida no processo, e foi desde então transferida: primeiro para uma prisão de máxima segurança em Santiago, e depois para a prisão especialmente brutal  de Llancahue, em Valdivia. A embrulhada “Bombs Case 2”, com Juan Flores acusado de múltiplos bombardeamentos em Sa ntiago e sentenciado a 23 anos na prisão. Na Alemanha, Lisa foi condenada a mais de 7 anos de prisão depois de ter sido considerada culpada de assaltar um banco em Aachen. Ela foi transferida para JVA Willich II em Fevereiro. Nos Estados Unidos, Walter Bond entrou em greve de fome por seis dias, exigindo refeições veganas, o fim da manipulação do correio e uma transferência para Nova Yorque, onde ele tenciona viver quando for libertado. Como retaliação, foi transferido para a Communications Management Unit em Terre Haute, no Indiana. Na Grécia, Pola Roupa e Nikos Maziotis entraram em greve de fome por quase 40 dias exigindo melhores condições e mais tempo de visitas, bem como a abolição daultra-repressiva prisão tipo-C em que Nikos tem estado detido. Dinos Yagtzoglou foi preso e enfrenta acusações relacionadas com uma carta armadilhada que feriu o anterior primeiro ministro Grego. A sua resistência atrás das grades despoletou a insurreição em três prisões gregas, garantindo a sua exigência de ser transferido para a prisão de Korydallos.

Nos Estados Unidos, o prisioneiro anarquista trans e de eco/libertação animalMarius Mason precisa de mais correio! Ele  gosta de receber artigos sobre os direitos dos animais, activismo ambiental, Resistence to alt-right, Black Lives Matter, e outras lutas penitenciárias. O Carswell Federal Medical Center, onde Marius tem estado detido nos últimos anos, é uma prisão notoriamente restritiva e cruel. Neste momento estão a negar-lhe os prometidos cuidados médicos relacionados com a sua transição, tal como opções veganas adequadas.

11 de Junho é uma ideia, e não apenas um dia. 11 de Junho é a cada dia. E as ideias são à prova de bala. Vamos dar vida ao resto do ano e renovar a celebração das vidas dxs prisineirxs anarquistas ao continuar as suas lutas ao seu lado.

Em suma: é uma chamada, por isso estamos a chamar-te! Dia 11 de Junho é o que fizeres dele. Segue o teu coração e enche o mundo de gestos belos. Não há acção que seja demasiado pequena ou demasiado grande.

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11 DE JUNIO: LLAMADO 2018, UN DÍA CONTRA EL OLVIDO

El 11 de junio es un día internacional de solidaridad con Marius Mason y con todxs lxs prisionerxs anarquistas a larga condena. Una chispa en la noche eterna de la represión estatal. Un día reservado para honrar a quienes nos han robado. En este día, compartimos canciones, eventos y acciones para celebrar a nuestrxs compañerxs y seres queridos capturadxs. En años pasados, las conmemoraciones del 11 de junio han sido internacionales y de gran alcance, desde reuniones con amigxs hasta varios ataques inspiradores; los beneficios de las recaudaciones de fondos y las noches de escribir cartas a lxs prisionerxs en todas las formas inéditas y desconocidas de mantener la llama viva.

A partir de este día, cada año, varios de nosotrxs nos reunimos para debatir y reflexionar sobre las experiencias de años pasados, para renovar y continuar con este llamado a la solidaridad. Este año lxs invitamos a explorar y reflexionar con nosotrxs sobre cómo mantener el apoyo a lxs presxs de larga condena, depende directamente del mantenimiento de los movimientos y las luchas de las que todos formamos parte. ¿Cómo podemos esperar continuar a través de décadas de apoyo a medida que los movimientos, grupos y personas van y vienen, se queman y se ven atrapadxs en los extenuantes flujos de la lucha? Yendo más profundo, ¿qué podemos aprender de lxs presxs de larga condena y sus legados de solidaridad? ¿Cómo podemos mantener y mejorar la salud de nuestros movimientos y, a su vez, fortalecer ese apoyo?

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June 11, 2018: A Day Against Oblivion

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June 11th is an international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners. A spark in the eternal night of state repression. A day set aside for honoring those who have been stolen from us. On this day, we share in songs, events, and actions to celebrate our captured comrades and loved ones. In years past, June 11th celebrations have been international and wide-ranging – from potlucks with friends to various inspiring attacks; fundraising benefits and prisoner letter writing nights to all of the untold and unknown ways we keep the flame alive.

Building up to this day, each year several of us come together to discuss and reflect on lessons from years past and to renew this call for continuous solidarity. This year we invite you to explore and ponder with us how maintaining support for long-term prisoners depends directly on sustaining the movements and struggles we all remain part of. How can we expect to continue through decades of support as movements, groups, and people come and go, burn out, and get caught in the exhausting ebbs and flows of struggle? Going deeper, what can we learn from long-term prisoners and their legacies of solidarity? How can we sustain and improve the health of our movements, and in turn strengthen that support?

Over the last several years, critiques of incarceration have flourished, often resulting in a myriad of prisoner support efforts and projects. Embodying stability, commitment, and longevity are prisoners from Black liberation, the New Left, indigenous movements, and those who have unceasingly supported them for decades. In addition to these efforts, there has been an upsurge in organizing against mass incarceration itself. Though smaller groups had been pioneering these sentiments for many years prior, it is encouraging to see more people taking up this work. There has also been an extension of efforts to support prison rebels who have been engaging in everything from work strikes to burning and trashing entire units on the inside. At the same time, more and more projects are critiquing the state itself – identifying that it is upheld by the pillars of prisons and police. Finally, there are more efforts aimed at addressing the needs of queer and trans prisoners, criminalized survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and people living with mental health challenges, just to name a few.

In the spirit of June 11th, which invites everyone to participate according to their own desires, personal affinities, and tactical preferences, it encourages us to see such widespread activity. One thing in particular that we have been heartened to see is just how widespread newsletters, blogs, books, and zines written by prisoners have become. After years of discussion about amplifying prisoners’ voices, we are seeing the results and appreciate the countless hours put in by both prisoners and supporters to launch and sustain these publications. Complementing these efforts are those which have furthered international solidarity by translating and transmitting the words of our comrades, and those who have undertaken beautiful gestures and messages of solidarity with bold action and attack.

Amongst these many prisoner support projects we see a variety of orientations, tactics, strategies, and practices. Along with the expansion of initiatives has come endless emergencies and urgent calls to action to have prisoners’ backs, on top of all the other constant crises in this nightmare world. With so much to do, we are forced to make choices. Traditional activism, which demands so much of our energy be directed into immediate and often symbolic responses at the expense of long-term intentions and strategies, simply will not do. We need to act with an eye towards sustaining our movements and projects, so that we remain capable of supporting comrades spending decades in prison. This requires a holistic approach to struggle and living in solidarity. One-time gestures are important, and sometimes the best we can do. But what does it mean to be in it for the long haul?

While June 11th is only one day, it is a manifestation of the daily strength and fortitude of imprisoned comrades and the tireless, behind-the-scenes work of those who support them. This often looks like visiting; writing; raising money; spreading information; and sharing their artwork, poems, and writings. We are inspired by Jeremy Hammond and Marius Mason’s support crews working consistently to keep them connected to the rest of the world. We hearken back to Sacramento Prisoner Support fighting for years to get Eric McDavid free. We are humbled by so many who have helped long-term prisoners like Zolo Azania, Russell Maroon Shoatz, David Gilbert, Sean Swain, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jalil Muntaqim, Leonard Peltier and so many others publish books written in their cells.

Visions & Possibilities

Faced with both the long-term prospect of aiding comrades through decades in prison and the short-term work that this solidarity entails, we risk getting lost in alternating currents of despair and mania that leave no space for reflection. It’s difficult to know where to move when faced with the overwhelming task of ameliorating the deprivation and misery our comrades face, while also remaining critical of reformism. We want our comrades free now and all prisons demolished immediately, but we have no idea how to do this. Despite our combined decades of acting in solidarity with anarchist prisoners, we have no blueprint, only visions.

By throwing away divisive dichotomies and their tactical fetishes (mass struggle vs. direct action), we can come to a new metric by which to judge our work: can this sustain me and my comrades through the coming years? It seems unlikely that a vibrant movement of solidarity with prisoners can come to bloom if our concerns are solely ideological, tactical, or strategic. The joy and difficulty of human relationships, the sadness engendered by concrete and razor wire, the struggle against oppressive ideas and behavior and the concurrent need for transformative forms of addressing conflict, the excitement and fear that come with a comrade’s release, and the frustration and exhaustion of doing this work should all become part of how we envision solidarity.

It seems to us that by actively engaging in these considerations, we can begin to think beyond the immediate crises: restricted literature, missing letters, stints in solitary, harassment from guards, scrambling for commissary funds, restricted phone calls and visits. By grounding ourselves in relationships with individuals in prison – seeing them not as celebrities, leaders, or abstract “oppressed people”– we open space to dream of what a life shared in common with our imprisoned comrades could mean. With this, we exit the realm of the purely political and enter the realm of the human. One cannot survive on duty and ideology, but human relationships can nourish and sustain us. And we must continuously fight to maintain clear paths to reach our comrades in this way, as the state continues to dehumanize and isolate them, increasingly restricting visits to those behind glass or worse, those on a screen, whether we be a few yards or hundreds of miles away. In-person and contact visits, priceless for building real human connection, are often high on the list of demands from prisoners and those supporting them on the outside. Recently we’ve been inspired by Fight Toxic Prisons’ campaign to keep contact visits in the Florida Department of Corrections.

We must strive for lives intertwined with our friends and comrades in prison. And indeed, in many ways, they are. The repression of prisoner support groups by Operation Scripta Manent (the Italian state’s attempt to repress anarchist activities by accusing individuals of carrying out incendiary and explosive attacks) remind us that there is often a thin line separating those who are imprisoned and those who are outside supporting them in whatever way they can.

What can these considerations on building sustainable movements, communities, and projects suggest to us when thinking about accompanying our comrades through both pre-trial repression and post-release transitions? Passing on historical and intergenerational knowledge from those who have already survived the worst the state could throw at them would certainly be helpful and inspiring to those currently fighting to remain free. And what would be better for a comrade coming out of prison than a strong community and friends who have already been working and envisioning lives together?

Prisoner Updates

Throughout the past year, our imprisoned comrades have faced the cold eyes and violent hands of the state with integrity intact. In Chile, Tamara Sol attempted to escape from prison, was seriously injured in the process, and has since been transferred: first to a maximum security prison in Santiago, and then to the especially brutal Llancahue prison in Valdivia. The “Bombs Case 2” wrapped up, with Juan Flores found guilty of multiple bombings in Santiago and sentenced to 23 years in prison. In Germany, Lisa was sentenced to over 7 years in prison after being found guilty of robbing a bank in Aachen. She was transferred to JVA Willich II in February. In the United States, Walter Bond went on hunger strike for six days, demanding vegan meals, an end to mail tampering, and transfer to New York where he intends to live upon release. In retaliation, he was transferred to the Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute, Indiana. In Greece, Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis went on hunger strike for nearly 40 days demanding better conditions and more time for visits, as well as the abolition of the ultra-repressive C-type prison that Nikos has been held in. Dinos Yagtzoglou was arrested and is facing charges related to a letter bomb that injured a former Greek prime minister. His resistance behind bars sparked an uprising at three Greek prisons, securing his demand of transfer to Korydallos prison.

In the United States, trans anarchist and eco/animal liberation prisoner Marius Mason needs more mail! He enjoys getting articles about animal rights, environmental activism, resistance to the alt-right, Black Lives Matter, and other prison struggles. Carswell Federal Medical Center, where Marius has been held for the past several years, is a notoriously restrictive and cruel facility. Currently they are denying him medical care for his transition as promised, as well as adequate vegan food options.


June 11th is an idea, not just a day. June 11th is every day. And ideas are bulletproof. Let’s breathe life into the rest of the year and renew the celebration of anarchist prisoners’ lives by carrying on their struggles alongside them.

In short: It’s a call-out, so we’re calling on you! June 11th is what you make of it. Follow your heart and fill the world with beautiful gestures. There is no action that is too small or too grand.

11 de junio Día Internacional de Solidaridad con Marius Mason y todxs lxs presxs anarquistas de larga condena.

A lo largo de los años, el 11 de junio, Día de Solidaridad con Marius Mason y todxs lxs presxs anarquistas de larga condena, ha apoyado y visibilizado a docenas de presos. Más recientemente, hemos estado tratando de incluir más prisionerxs de fuera de EE. UU. para evitar caer en el sendero fácil del centrismo estadounidense y representar con mayor fidelidad a las ricas y expansivas luchas anarquistas y antiautoritarias en todo el mundo. (Se puede obtener más información en june11.org).

Es con esto en mente que estamos pidiendo vuestro apoyo para traducir y difundir este breve mensaje.

Sabemos que hay muchxs presxs cuyas historias no nos han llegado, o con quienes ha sido difícil establecer contacto. En tanto el 11 de junio se enfoca en lxs presxs anarquistas y de larga duración, estas no son cualidades estrictas. Estamos ansiosxs por apoyar a prisionerxs antiautoritarixs de diferentes tendencias y de muchas luchas. El 11 de junio tiene como objetivo mantener en nuestros labios los nombres de lxs compañerxs que están encerradxs durante muchos años, mucho después de que muchos de ellxs hayan quedado en segundo plano ya que siempre hay nuevas luchas, nuevas emergencias y más amigxs siendo blanco del Estado. Generalmente usamos una sentencia de diez años como punto de referencia, pero actualmente apoyamos a algunxs prisionerxs que cumplen 6 o 7. No hacemos esta distinción para disminuir la experiencia de compañerxs que son expulsadxs ​​de sus comunidades y torturadxs durante menos años,
sino como un reconocimiento de que se debe hacer más para mantener el apoyo y la solidaridad para aquellxs que serán encerrados en muchos ciclos de lucha.

Les pedimos que se comunique con nosotrxs si conocen a prisionerxs que serían una buena opción y desean ser incluidxs el 11 de junio. Cuando sea posible, deseamos un diálogo con lxs solidarixs para que podamos explorar más profundamente cómo podemos apoyarlos y mantener sus voces en nuestras actividades.

Ayúdenos a traducir y difundir este mensaje en la medida de lo posible.
Queremos saber de ustedes: june11th [at] riseup.net

Atentamente en la Lucha,
Comité del 11 de junio.

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11. Juni: Internationaler Tag für Solidarität mit Marius Mason und allen anarchistischen Langzeit-Gefangenen

In den letzten Jahren, hat der 11. Juni, als Tag der Solidarität mit Marius Mason und allen anarchistischen Langzeitgefangenen, Dutzende von Gefangen unterstützt und ihre Fälle hervorgehoben. Seit einiger Zeit versuchen wir, mehr Gefangene außerhalb der U.S.A mit einzubeziehen, um es zu vermeiden, den leichten Weg des US-Zentrismus zu verfallen. Wir haben so die Absicht, die überaus reichen, expansiven, anarchistischen und anti-autoritären Kämpfe in aller Welt zu repräsentieren. (Ihr könnt mehr dazu auf der englischsprachigen Seite june11.org finden)

In diesem Sinne bitten wir um eure Hilfe, diese kurze Nachricht zu übersetzen und weiter zu verbreiten.

Wir wissen, dass es viele Gefangene gibt, deren Geschichte uns nicht erreicht hat, oder mit denen es schwer ist, in Kontakt zu kommen. Während der 11. Juni sich auf anarchistische und Langzeit-Gefangene konzentriert, handelt es sich nicht um strenge Vorgaben. Wir möchten anti-autoritäre Gefangene vieler Richtungen und vieler Kämpfe unterstützen. Der 11. Juni zielt darauf ab, die Namen von Gefährt*innen ins Gespräch zu bringen, die seit vielen Jahren weg gesperrt sind. Viele wären sonst in den Hintergrund gerückt, weil es immer neue Kämpfe, neue Notlagen und mehr Freund*innen gibt, die vom Staat ins Visier genommen werden. Als Bezugsgröße nutzen wir allgemein eine Strafe von zehn Jahren, aber aktuell unterstützen wir auch einige Gefangene, die sechs oder sieben Jahre Haft verbüßen. Wir treffen diese Unterscheidung nicht, um die Erfahrungen von Gefährt`*innen, die für weniger Jahre von ihrer Gemeinschaft entfernt und gepeinigt werden, sondern als Bekenntnis, dass mehr getan werden muss, um Unterstützung und Solidarität für diejenigen zu erhalten, die über viele Zyklen des Kampfes eingesperrt sein werden.

Wir bitte euch, mit uns in Kontakt zu treten, falls ihr Gefangene kennen solltet, die sich hier anbieten würden und die auch selbst für den 11. Juni mit einbezogen werden wollen. Wenn möglich, wünschen wir einen Dialog mit Unterstützer*innen, so dass wir tiefer erkunden können, wie wir diese Gefangenen unterstützen und ihre Stimme bei unseren Aktivitäten einbinden können.

Bitte helft uns diese Nachricht so weit wie möglich zu übersetzen und zu verbreiten. Wir wünschen uns, von euch zu hören:  june11th@riseup.net

Euer kämpferisches 11 Juni Kommitee

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11 de Junho – Dia de Solidariedade com Marius Mason e todxs xs prisioneirxs anarquistas a longo prazo

Ao longo dos anos o 11 de Junho, Dia de Solidariedade com Marius Mason e todxs xs prisioneirxs a longo prazo tem vindo a apoiar e a destacar dezenas de companheirxs presxs. Tem-se vindo a incluir mais prisioneirxs de fora dos EUA, nos últimos anos, evitando-se cair no caminho fácil do centralismo nos EUA – representando-se assim de forma mais fiel a riqueza da expansão anarquista e das lutas anti-autoritárias através do mundo. (Pode descobrir mais sobre isto em june11.org). E é com isso em mente que lhe estamos a pedir ajuda para traduzir e divulgar esta breve mensagem. Sabemos que existem muitxs prisioneirxs cujas histórias não nos têm chegado ou com quem foi difícil estabelecer contacto. Por enquanto o 11 de Junho tem-se concentrado em prisioneirxs anarquistas com penas de longa duração, mas essas não são qualidades estritas. Estamos ansiosxs de apoiar prisioneirxs anti-autoritárixs – a partir de diversos tipos e categorias de lutas. O 11 de Junho tem como objectivo manter nos nossos lábios os nomes dxs companheirxs que estão trancadxs há muitos anos – muito tempo depois de muitxs delxs andarem à deriva, pois sempre há novas lutas, novas emergências e mais amigxs a serem alvo do estado. Geralmente, usamos uma sentença de dez anos como ponto de referência, mas neste momento estamos a apoiar alguns e algumas prisioneirxs que cumprem 6 ou 7 anos.

Não fazemos essa distinção para minimizar a experiência dxs compamheirxs que sejam retiradxs das suas comunidades e torturadxs por menos anos, mas como um reconhecimento do que é necessário fazer mais para sustentar o apoio e a solidariedade aqueles que serão trancadxs durante muitos ciclos de luta. Pedimos que entre em contato conosco se conhecer prisioneirxs cujo caso seja ajustado e gostasse de ver incluído no 11 de Junho. Nesse caso, quando fosse possível, desejaríamos estabelecer diálogo com xs apoiantes para que se possa explorar mais profundamente como xs apoiar e manter a sua voz nas nossas actividades. Por favor, ajude-nos a traduzir e disseminar esta mensagem na medida do possível. Queremos ouvi-lxs através de si: june11th@riseup.net

Vossxs, na Luta,
Comité do 11 de Junho

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[Appello internazionale] 11 Giugno – Giornata internazionale di solidarietà con Marius Mason e tutt* i/le prigionier* anarchic* di lunga durata

Negli anni, la giornata dell’11 giugno in solidarietà a Marius Mason e tutt* i/le prigionier* anarchic* di lunga durata ha sostenuto e messo in luce decine di prigionier*. Più di recente abbiamo cercato di includere più prigionier* all’esterno degli Stati Uniti per evitare di cadere nella facilità dell’americanocentrismo e per rappresentare più fedelmente la ricchezza delle lotte anarchiche e anti-autoritarie attraverso il globo. (Maggiori informazioni sul sito june11.org)

A partire da questa osservazione chiediamo quindi aiuto per tradurre e diffondere questo breve messaggio. Sappiamo che ci sono molt* prigionier* le cui storie non sono arrivate fino a noi, o con cui è stato difficile stabilire un contatto. Anche se June 11th è focalizzato sui/lle prigionier* anarchic* e di lunga durata, non si tratta di requisiti rigidi. Ci preme sostenere prigionier* anti-autoritar* di tipo e di lotte diverse. June 11th vuole che i nomi dei/lle compagn* rinchius* da diversi anni restino sulle labbra di tutt*, molto tempo dopo che alcuni di questi sono passati nel dimenticatoio a causa delle nuove lotte, le nuove emergenze e e sempre altr* amic* pres* di mira dallo stato.

Di solito usiamo come riferimento i 10 anni di pena, ma attualmente sosteniamo alcun* prigionier* condannati a 6 o 7 anni. Non facciamo questa distinzione per sminuire l’esperienza dei/lle compagn* che vengono portat* via dalle loro comunità e torturat* per un numero inferiore di anni, ma come una sorta di ammissione del fatto che dobbiamo fare di più per sostenere ed essere solidal* con chi viene rinchiuso per diversi cicli di lotta.

Se conosci dei/lle prigionier* che rientrano in questo profilo e che vorresti venissero inclus* nella giornata dell’11 giugno contattaci.
Quando è possibile, aspiriamo ad avere un dialogo con chi è solidale per informarci in modo più approfondito su come possiamo sostenerl* e conservare la loro voce nelle nostre attività.

Aiutaci a tradurre e diffondere questo messaggio il più ampiamente possibile. Aspettiamo tue notizie:  june11th@riseup.net

Vostro Comitato June 11th in lotta

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June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

Over the years, June 11th Day Of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners has supported and highlighted dozens of prisoners. More recently we have been trying to include more prisoners from outside the U.S. to avoid falling into the easy path of U.S-centrism and to more faithfully represent the rich, expansive anarchist and anti-authoritarian struggles across the globe. (You can find out more at june11.org).

It is with this in mind that we are asking for your help to translate and spread this short message.

We know there are many prisoners whose stories have not made it to us, or with whom it has been difficult to establish contact. While June 11th focuses on anarchist and long-term prisoners, these are not strict qualities. We are eager to support anti-authoritarian prisoners of many stripes and from many struggles. June 11th aims to keep on our lips the names of comrades who are locked away from many years, long after many have otherwise drifted into the background as there are always new struggles, new emergencies, and more friends being targeted by the state. We generally use about a ten year sentence as a bench mark, but are currently supporting some prisoners who are serving 6 or 7. We don’t make this distinction to diminish the experience of comrades being removed from their communities and tortured for fewer years, but as an acknowledgement that more has to be done to sustain support and solidarity for those who will be locked up through many cycles of struggle.

We are asking you to get in touch with us if you know prisoners who would be a good fit and would like to be included with June 11th. When possible, we desire a dialogue with supporters so we can more deeply explore how we can support them and keep their voices in our activities.

Please help us to translate and disseminate this message as far as possible. We want to hear from you:  june11th@riseup.net

Yours in Struggle,
June 11th Committee

June 11, 2017 Roundup

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Communication is a weapon: June 11th 2017

This year, the International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners emphasized how communication aids our struggles against prison society and disrupts the isolation imposed on comrades who are locked up for the long term.

The state aims to make our comrades disappear, but we want their names and deeds spread throughout the world. During the months preceding June 11, word was circulated far and wide about both our imprisoned comrades and the upcoming day of solidarity. Newly designed June 11 promotional materials – including stickers, flyers, and posters – reached individuals, social centers, and distribution projects around the world. The call for June 11th this year was translated into French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

We conducted several moving and insightful interviews with former prisoners and outside supporters, who eloquently wove connections between past and current struggles. Solidarity with long-term prisoners can strengthen our struggles by forcing us to look back and learn from theirs, and deepen our collective memory.

As June 11th has come and gone, we want to affirm again that our commitment to our imprisoned comrades is not limited to one day, but extends in all directions:

We express continued solidarity with Kara Wild and Krème, as well as Damien Camelio, captives of the French state who remain with us in our struggles.

We do not forget our comrade sentenced to 7.5 years for robbing PaxBank in 2014.

In Italy, the state continues its attempt to disrupt efforts of solidarity with the anarchists ensnared in operation Scripta Manent – now investigating RadioAzione, Anarhija.info, and Croce Nera Anarchica. Knowing that our infrastructure for counter-information and prisoner solidarity are essential to our revolt, the state seeks to demobilize them through its usual course of raids, restrictions, and disruption. We send unending solidarity to the comrades in Italy, who in their unwillingness to forfeit these weapons, show that insurgent hearts will not be stopped by the state’s petty machinations.

We send our love to comrade Davide Delogu, who, in his stubborn refusal to accept being locked in a cage by brutal pigs, attempted to free himself.

And finally, we encourage everyone to organize events and take action for the upcoming International Day of Solidarity with Eric King on June 28th. Eric’s uncompromising spirit in the face of persecution keeps our hearts strong as we navigate and fight against this world that is not ours.

(We’d also like to remind those who raised funds for Marius this year to donate via his support page, rather than sending money directly to his commissary fund.)

The following is a collection of event reportbacks, prisoner statements, and actions taken for June 11th in 2017.

PRISONER STATEMENTS

Sean Swain

Michael Kimble

Krow

Eric King

REPORTBACKS

Athens (Greece): Molotov attack against Evelpidon Court

Australia: Graffiti and banners

Bloomington, Indiana (USA): Banner drop for Marius Mason

As a small, anonymous gesture of complicity, we hung two banners to honor June 11, day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners. These banners are on the main north/south roads into and out of Bloomington. No matter how long he is held at FMC Carswell or in any other cage, we will make sure Marius isn’t forgotten here, especially given the vital role he played in defending the land and building a community of resistance in our region.

Bloomington, Indiana (USA): Movie showing, letter writing, picnic, wheatpasting

In the month leading up to the June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners, we set up two tables at Boxcar Books with an array of free zines, stickers, and posters for June 11th and about anarchist prisoners.

On June 6th, the bi-monthly Read & Revolt anarchist reading group met at Boxcar Books to discuss “The Sun Still Rises,” a text written by imprisoned fighters of the Conspiracy Cells of Fire (CCF) urban guerrilla group in Greece. It had been nominated by regular attendees of Read & Revolt and, given that it was written by long-term anarchist prisoners, was scheduled for discussion the week before June 11th. Those in attendance for this session seemed to appreciate how concisely it was written, how clear the authors’ intentions were, and how it was written passionately yet without unnecessary flair. The conversation bounced between topics relevant to local conditions, while various ideas throughout the text acted as conduits for people to discuss ideas related to their own personal problematics.

On June 9th, we showed Sacco & Vanzetti, a 2006 documentary on the two militant anarchists. Without falling back on idolization and martyrdom, we want to affirm our history. As we continue on a path as anarchists of action, as enemies of this and all states, we carry with us the spirit of those who have, before us, carved out their own path of defiance. After the movie, folks wrote 25 cards and letters to long-term anarchist prisoners in the US.

On June 11th, we held a picnic in a public park as a celebration of anarchist action and in honor of our imprisoned fighters. Beneath black flags, people talked, wrote cards to anarchist prisoners, and shared food. Some comrades prepared a songbook and performance of classic anarchist songs. Anarchists in the early 20th century often held picnics on holidays of their own creation, and we hoped to carry on this tradition. As the world becomes increasingly dominated by the technological mediation of the internet, it is imperative that we create spaces in which we can be together, face-to-face, without the noise of alienated chatter. There is, for us, a clear connection between the walls that separate us from our imprisoned comrades and the walls that separate us all from each other. We celebrate, with joy, the crumbling of both.

Earlier that day, anonymous individuals dropped two banners in solidarity with Marius Mason and against social control.

On the evening of June 11th, anonymous individuals wheatpasted dozens of posters and put up stickers about imprisoned comrades.

While our efforts this year were modest, they exist within a continuum of action for our imprisoned comrades that manifests every day. We take time on June 11th to remember and act for imprisoned anarchists, but this does not stop when the clock strikes midnight. For us, solidarity is not a one-off event, an act of charity, or something removed from our daily lives – it is an inseparable part of our existence as anarchists, a tension affirmed through action. Solidarity is the word in our mouths, the rock in our hand, and the blood in our veins.. The prison walls cannot break us.

Brisbane (Australia): Benefit for Jock Palfreeman

Anti-Fascist Action Brisbane had a fucking rad night tonight. We had a film screening and raised some money for the Free Jock Palfreeman Committee. We are in total solidarity with Marius Mason, Eric King, the comrades in CCF, YPG/J, IPRGF and all anarchists fighting.

Denton, Texas (USA): Food sharing & letter writing

Around a dozen anarchists gathered in Denton, TX to host a public food sharing in a popular, centrally located park, and to write letters of support to long term anarchist political prisoners and prison rebels. It is important to us that we stay in contact with radicals and prison rebels being held captive by the state. We want to make sure that our comrades know that they are not alone, despite the isolating conditions of captivity. As we shared food, wrote letters and made art together, we thought about Marius, Krow, Sean, Jeremy, Kara Wild and many other friends who may be locked up, but who will never be forgotten.

Derry (Ireland): Banner drops for political prisoners

Each year, June 11th serves as a day for us to remember our longest imprisoned anarchist comrades through words, actions and ongoing material support.

Anarchists in Derry took part in a Banner Drop today to high light the continued imprisonment of political prisoners. Several banners, displayed at Free Derry Corner, were used as part of its part in a day of action and international solidarity. For 13 years, anarchists and environmentalists have observed June 11th as a day of action to mobilise around our imprisoned comrades.

Over that time, the pace of revolt has quickened, with so many uprisings, clashes, attacks, indictments, raids, mass arrests, grand juries, and deaths. In this constantly shifting terrain, it’s easy to lose track of the origins of our traditions. For anarchists our goal is to mark June 11th as we work throughout each year to ensure that our imprisoned comrades will not be forgotten.

In solidarity anarchists locally will continue to support political prisoners and in particular highlighting the ongoing incarceration of Tony Taylor, a local republican activist interned by the British State without charges, without trail or legal justice.

Elgin, Illinois (USA): Art against gentrification
Today in solidarity with Marius Mason and long term anarchist prisoners some of us decided to be artistic! Inspired by Elgin’s advertisement for public art alongside its hip new reconstructive (gentrifying) city landscape, we have a piece of artwork of our own to display. We found a welcoming post at the busy intersection of Highland and State St. for all to view while waiting for the lights to change.

Armed with anger, there is an artist in every single one of us; an artist with an arsenal of creative potential to be discovered through action. Ungovernability can be the art of evasion and acting out against the laws of conformity and passive obedience. And there is so much fun to be had. With every single attack against this prison society, there is an artistic element of creativity materializing it’s destruction.

Free all prisoners!
War against the industrial-capital machine!
Nothing less than total liberation!
– Elgin Art and Anarchy Club

Exarchia, Athens (Greece): Banner drop for Michael Kimble

On Sunday June 11 2017, international day in support with long-term anarchist prisoners, we dropped a banner from Themistokleous 58 squat in solidarity with the comrade Michael Kimble, incarcerated in Holman prison, Alabama.

Michael Kimble is a gay black anarchist serving a life sentence for taking out a white homophobic racist. Even though he has been held captive for three decades, Michael keeps resisting the everyday imprisonment by all means necessary, and also propagates violent rupture with all Power.

With this banner we send him back some of the strength we get whenever we read his incendiary texts. Hold strong, comrade: your ideas and determination reverberate to the other side of the ocean.

NO PEACE WITH THE PRISON-SOCIETY!

Chaoten

Fort Worth, Texas (USA): Demonstration at Carswell federal prison

After 3 days of networking, movement building and organizing at the Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) Convergence in Denton, TX, approximately 50 organizers and revolutionaries from across the country gathered outside the Carswell federal prison Monday morning, June 5, 2017. The protest marched to the remote back gates of the facility, which is located on a massive military base that has a long history of environmental contamination and contains a repressive, secretive Administrative Unit.

Today’s demonstration kicked-off of an international effort to demand the immediate closure of Carswell’s Administrative Unit, a unit similar to draconian Communication Management Units. The Carswell Admin Unit has been used to isolate female and trans political prisoners as well as prisoners with serious mental health needs.

Armed with a mobile sound system and bullhorn, the demonstration was able to create a loud disruption for guards and establish contact with prisoners across the razor wire fences with amplified chants of “You are not forgotten, you are not alone, we will fight to bring you home!”

Prisoners replied with waves and raised fists as they viewed banners reading “Close Carswell Admin Unit Now!”, “Free Aafia Siddiqui” and “Fight Toxic Prisons.”

Demonstrators highlighted political prisoners currently held in the facility, such as Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, Marius Mason and Ana Belen Montes, all of whom have experienced extreme sentences and isolation as a result of their political and/or religious affiliations.

They also noted a decade of extensive complaints regarding abuse, mold and medical neglect among the general population, handing out a printed collection of these stories in the surrounding neighborhood and passers-by.

For more info visit CloseCarswell.wordpress.com and FightToxicPrisons.org
If you want to help support the above prisoners, please see their websites:
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: www.aafiamovement.com
Marius Mason: www.supportmariusmason.org

Ithaca, New York (USA): Graffiti for June 11th & Marius Mason

Graffiti found in Ithaca, NY along Cascadilla Creek. Written in solidarity with Marius Mason and all anarchist prisoners on June 11th.

Komotini (Greece): Banner drop for Sean Swain

On Monday, June 12th 2017, we hung a banner at the Old Law School in Komotini as a small sign of solidarity with all long-term anarchist prisoners. We do not forget the comrade Sean Swain.
Utopia A.D. anarchist squat

Melbourne (Australia): Action at Flinders St station


We acknowledge that we are standing on stolen land and respect tradional owners and sovereignty never ceded, aboriginal deaths in custody in so called austalia must stop as Aboriginal prison rates soar despite recommendations in to the royal commision into aboriginal deaths in custody since 1987, as in recommendation 92: Imprisonment should be utilised only as a sanction of last resort. Solidarity to long term anarchist prisoners. Their inside for us we are outside for them. Bbut we can not forget about the prison industrial complex within australia that is part of the colonisation of so called australia. Solidarity to all long term anarchist prisoners.

New Orleans, Louisiana (USA): Banner & graffiti

New York City, New York (USA): Graffiti in solidarity with Marius Mason

We just wanted to share a message writ large in the belly of the beast that Marius might enjoy. We wrote ‘Visualize Industrial Collapse’ approximately 90 feet wide and 8 feet tall on a fence in Brooklyn with the infrastructure and financial symbols of Manhattan across the East River as a backdrop.

We weep at the thought of the heinous, all-too-familiar devastation called Progress that was wrought on the once lush forests of these islands after settler-colonialism forced the indigenous Lenape off of them. We grow tired of the condo-dwelling yuppies that displace us through gentrification. We hone our skills, preparing to attack.

For anarchy, against civilization.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA): Posters for anarchist prisoners

As a small show of solidarity with anarchist prisoners I put up posters in West Philly and South Philly. Along the way I also took down some annoying infowars and right libertarian stickers.

Fire to the Prisons
For a Dangerous June

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA): Sabotage of machines for Dangerous June

During the first half of dangerous June some machines decided to experiment with freedom. They expressed their solidarity with J20 arrestees and anarchists facing repression worldwide before taking their own liberating actions:
* Four security cameras flew away from their posts to see the rest of the world.
*A digital advertising billboard by a highway got a makeover.
*Four fare checking machines tried new foods and got constipated.
*A door to a security force’s building chose to sleep in and delay work.
-Mutinous Machines Solidarity Cell – Philadelphia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA): Solidarity march

Pittsburgh anarchists held a march in solidarity with anarchist prisoners on June 11th, 2017. Full marching band in tow, the group disrupted traffic patterns and whatever the fuck else gross yuppie shit goes down on Butler Street, Pittsburgh’s “hipster” strip. Banners in solidarity with Eric King, Marius Mason, and Fernando Bárcenas were on display, along with other anti-prison banners.

After the march, a picnic and info fair was held near by, where t-shirts and buttons were traded in exchange for commissary funds for Joseph Buddenberg, Nicole Kissane, Eric King, and Marius Mason.

Until Every Cage Is Empty

Portland, Oregon (USA): Tabling & food distribution

The flyers said 12PM. The Facebook event page (how I hate myself for typing those words) said 12PM. We had every intention of being there by 12PM. At 12:20, we finally rolled up.

The open spot on the street right in front of the staging area was like a sign of fate – and we considered ourselves forgiven for our tardiness (damn lazy anarchists!!). For those of you who’ve tried finding parking in any metro downtown, you know what a tax on one’s patience this usually is. Even showing up 20 minutes late, we were still the first people there. Just before arriving, our other comrade had called us to give us the heads up that it was technically illegal to set up a table in the park.

We saw the pigs 50 feet away and debated if we should just try setting up on the sidewalk instead. (The point of our action was to hand out zines and food, not fight with the cops, and for once we thought it best not to antagonize.) One in our group remembered that another comrade was bringing a banner with posts to dig into the ground, so we figured we’d take our chances in the park. Glad we went with that hunch, because the pigs paid us (almost) no mind after all.

Shortly after carting all the supplies over to the staging area, a human walked up and introduced themselves to us as a friend of a trusted comrade. We welcomed them, and they helped us setup the table with all the food and zines. Soon, other comrades arrived with another table and more food. Then our banner arrived in all it’s glory to truly make our event feel official. We battled hardily with the wind to get that banner raised, but in the end we were triumphant. Thanks to some liberated bookends from a designer store, our zines managed to mostly stay on the table as well.

We had Fleet Week as our backdrop, so there were lots of young Navy sailors walking by as well as families come to tour the guts of the giant war machines parked in our river. The crowd was surprisingly diverse and not as capital R republican as one would expect. We even managed to get some lit into the hands of some sailors. Many people seemed baffled at the idea of a free lunch (anarchists know no other kind!), and we had to fend off a number of attempts to hand us cash. “Who just gives out food?” “What’s the catch!?” “But somebody had to pay for it, right?” “Well, can I give you a donation?”

We managed to get zines into most people’s hands, with an emphasis on lit focusing on the flaws and failures of democracy, as well as basics of what anarchism means. My favorite moment was handing a comic explaining the failings of capitalism to a kid no older than 5 and his dad asking if he wanted to read it together later.

Most people were receptive, if not outright thankful, and the few jerks in the crowd mostly kept their comments to themselves. At one point, a socialist Sikh came to my personal defense as a guy got in my face about getting a real job. (I work in food service, he does construction. I commented that many people would say construction wasn’t a “real job” either, at which he got indignant that I bite my thumb at his heaps and heaps of money.) We didn’t convert the socialist, but at least he’ll think better of us next time he watches the 5 O’clock news. In fact, we had quite a bit of luck opening dialogues with people who were ignorant of what we were really about.

Turns out lots of people trust everything they see the news say about us, so this was a great opportunity to bash liberals together and champion no taxes and generally confuse the right wingers who confused us anarchists with run-of-the-mill Dems (Blechh!!). Of course, since we took this action to show solidarity with anarchist prisoners, we had lots of literature on folx behind bars as well. Sean Swain’s story in particular is a good one to tell fence sitting conservatives to at least get them to listen to what you’ve got to say. Show mothers the picture of Jeremy Hammond and you can see them become visibly moved. Sunday was immensely humbling as we got to share the stories of our comrades with people who may have never heard of their struggles otherwise. From the octogenarian couple who stopped for granola bars and left with a handful of zines to the crust punk from Salt Lake City who wants to start a collective and an infoshop, we reached so many different types of people who hopefully feel empowered to fight the State or at least support those of us who do.

We were starting to run out of reading material and food when reinforcements came in the form of more zines and a couple cases of Lara Bars. With the added supplies, we managed to hold the space from about 12:30 to 6:30. We ran through most of the food we had, excepting about a dozen bagels. We also managed to deplete the bulk of our zines, with only a small reserve left over.

As one comrade pointed out, since people were actively coming to our table as opposed to just taking what was being handed out the likelihood that they’ll get read is significantly better. On top of all the people we reached just because they passed by us, we had several people tell us they intentionally came back after passing by earlier. We also had a couple pigs come over to chat. They didn’t hassle us or ask us to move on, and we managed to get some literature into their hands. Maybe, if we’re real lucky, they’ll trade in those blue uniforms for black masks, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

Lots of folks were interested in how to get involved or how to start actions in their own town. Luckily, we had several zines on how to organize marches, etc., as well as a stack of zines explaining affinity groups. Here’s hoping our action resulted in more people joining us in the street. To wrap everything up, below we’ve broken down all the numbers (if you’re the wonky kind of anarchist who enjoys that sort of thing…). All numbers are rough estimates, on the conservative side.

$1000: Amount in USD of food given away. All food was dumpstered or expropriated from gentrifying chains.
15: Number of meaningful interactions and discussions lasting over 5 minutes
25: Number of positive interactions involving some sort of praise of anarchists
100+: Number of positive interactions involving individual taking food
100+: Number of positive interactions involving individual taking zines
4: Number of negative interactions with individual expressing anti-anarchist sentiments

Stanwood, Michigan (USA): Demonstration at Nestle’s Ice Mountain bottling plant in hometown of Marius Mason

Lake Effect EF! demonstrated at Nestle’s Ice Mountain bottling plant on June 11 in Stanwood MI, the hometown of Marius Mason. Marius had organized with Sweetwater Alliance against Nestle’s bottling plant and waterwells in Mecosta County, as well as the water shut offs in Detroit in the early 2000’s.

Nestle is currently seeking a permit to increase their withdrawal at White Pine Springs Well #101 from 250 gallons per minute to 400 gallons per minute. Additionally water shutoffs continue in Detroit with 19,000 residents currently losing their access to water. Bottled water has been utilized as a false solution to the Flint Water Crisis. Rather than being solutions, privatization and water table depletion will only continue to create more ecological and social problems.

We stand in solidarity with Marius and all long term anarchist prisoners. UNTIL ALL ARE FREE!
-LEEF!

Tampere (Finland): Solidarity for June 11th

Thessaloniki (Greece): Placement of incendiary device

We perceive anarchist and antiauthoritarian spaces as structures in which we organize struggles and live collective moments outside the authoritarian relations that the State and capitalism would like to impose on us daily.

Lately, the State has carried out various attacks against squats and hangouts in Athens, Thessaloniki, Agrinio and Larissa.

In response to these attacks, during the night of 11th to 12th June 2017, we placed an incendiary device in a van belonging to AKTOR company on Makedonikis Amynis Street in Thessaloniki.

We know that this company constructs the enemy’s structures, such as the Skouries mine in the Halkidiki Peninsula, that destroys the earth for the benefit of capitalists, or the Thessaloniki metro, intended to support and strengthen the flow of capital.

We chose June 11th, international day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners facing long sentences, to express our solidarity with all captive comrades worldwide.

Fire to all prison cells.
Death to the State and Capital.
Direct action for anarchy.

EVENTS

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (USA)
Vegan cookout, presentations, and movie showing

AUSTIN, TEXAS (USA)
Fundraiser, live music, silkscreening

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA (USA)
Anarchist reading group The Sun Still Rises by CCF
Screening of Sacco & Vanzetti & letter writing
Anarchist picnic & music

BRISBANE (AUSTRALIA)
Film Screening of Chasseur de Skins

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (USA)
Political Prisoner letter writing Dinner

BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA)
Almuerzo fraterno por lxs presxs anarquistas de large condena

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (USA)
Letter writing party

CHICO, CALIFORNIA (USA)
Benefit screening of If a Tree Falls

CINCINNATI, OHIO (USA)
Goth/punx party! in solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

COLUMBUS, OHIO (USA)
Listening party and potluck

DENTON, TEXAS (USA)
Fight Toxic Prisons 2017 Convergence

HELSINKI (FINLAND)
Vegan ice cream brunch to support anarchist prisoners

HOUSTON, TEXAS (USA)
Film showing and dinner

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA (USA)
Punk show for June 11th

LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA (USA)
Film screening & fundraiser

LIVE OAK, FLORIDA (USA)
Solidarity rally at Suwannee Correctional

MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA)
Action at Flinders Street Station

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (USA)
Letter writing, potluck, and movie screening

MONTPELIER, VERMONT (USA)
Potluck & letter writing

MONTREAL (CANADA)
Game Night

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (USA)
Potluck & letter writing

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON (USA)
Sing Me Home: Album Release and Benefit Show

OMAHA, NEBRASKA (USA)
Fundraiser for anarchist prisoners

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (USA)
All you can eat vegan cookout

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (USA)
March & picnic

PORTLAND, OREGON (USA)
Call for Community Food Distribution

RUTLAND, OHIO (USA)
Musical lunch-in with songs by Marius

TORONTO, ONTARIO (CANADA)
Letter writing & movie screenings

YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN (USA)
Street party & benefit concert