Happy Fuckin’ New Year!
We just celebrated by having the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross’ first annual noise demo in front of the Richmond City Jail. 7 people attended, which was small, but really fucking loud! We didn’t plan very far ahead of time this year- next year should be a much bigger event. It was still a great way to ring in the New Year and I really hope some of the inmates heard us and got stoked that something was happening. Any bands or people interested in organizing for next year’s event or just organizing at all around jail issues should contact the anarchist black cross- email@example.com
Starting off the New Year in the middle of a demo sets a tone for me that I hope will continue. I want to be more politically active this year. And I am specifically very stoked about Copwatch and the Anarchist Black Cross.
Some of my resolutions:
No more sugar in my coffee (wanna avoid the diabetes)
No more high fructose corn syrup (it snuck back into my diet and has got to go)
Make at least 3 zines
Go dumpstering at least once a week
Take Belly Dancing
Save up money
Work out or run 5 times a week
Work really hard to make my relationship work
If I think of any more in the coming days I will probably add them
There is a prison strike going on right now in Georgia- it started on December 9th. The strike fits my headspace since I am currently reading Creating a Movement With Teeth, A Documentary History of the George Jackson Bridgade. The George Jackson Brigade was heavily involved in movements supporting prisoners and prisoner’s rights.
The prisoners in Georgia are waging a peaceful protest (not saying that because I endorse pacifism as dogma, just what they are doing currently) and being faced with threats and violence from the guards and prison authorities as well as being ignored by the media. The George Jackson Brigade actually engaged in bombings and attacks of various institutions and buildings in their time in order to try and force the media to give voice to prisoners engaged in struggles for justice.
The current strike in Georgia is really fucking awesome, and includes the following demands:
- · A LIVING WAGE FOR WORK
- · EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
- · DECENT HEALTH CARE
- · AN END TO CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS Continue reading
Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Anarchist Black Cross. One of the agenda items is scheduling monthly demonstrations outside of the Richmond City Jail. This is something that is really important to me, and that I think is worth doing regardless of how many people actually come out.Richmond City Jail is a terrible place, like pretty much all jails and prisons. On top of that, Richmond’s jail is in terrible condition and very over crowded. Multiple deaths in 2010 due to negligence and abuse attest to the many reasons why Richmond does not need a jail. The people in charge obviously can’t be trusted with human lives anyway. Prison abolition is the goal, and until then, prisoner support.
I think this would be a visible way of letting the people inside know they are not forgotten. People on the outside will know that it is not just the family of people locked up who are affected. Our entire community is negatively affected by the presence of cops, jails, and prisons.
If you can, come out to the Wingnut tonight for the Anarchist Black Cross meeting- 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue. Call 804 303 5449 for directions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The article from http://www.anarchistnews.org is after the jump. Continue reading
In case you are unable to make it to tonight’s Anarchist Black Cross letter writing event at the Wingnut, here is a little information on the people we will be writing to as well as their addresses so you can write them on your own. This month’s focus is on black liberation prisoners. It seems fitting given the number of significant dates and memorials around the issue of race in the month of October (Gabriel’s rebellion, Harper’s Ferry, Columbus Day – ick, etc).
Information and tips for writing political prisoners can be found here:
One group of people we are writing to tonight are prisoners from the MOVE organization.
This is a link to a little more information about what happened to some of the other members of the MOVE organization:
Write to the MOVE 9!
Debbie Sims Africa #006307
Janet Hollaway Africa #006308 Continue reading
Come on out to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective to make signs/banners for the anti-death penalty protest the next day.
Virginia is planning to execute Teresa Lewis on September 23rd. The Anarchist Black Cross is planning a protest on September 23rd from 4-6 at 1111 West Broad Street. We will also be going to the Greenville Correctional Facility where they execute people in order to have a presence there.
If you want to come to either part of the protest, this craft night the night before will be a good chance to make signs that have messages that you would feel comfortable holding. For instance, I personally have no interest in holding signs that advocate for longer prison sentences as alternatives to the death penalty. But there are certainly lots of people who are ok with that and will hold those signs. Making a custom sign helps ensure you will feel comfortable and confident with your message at a protest.
If you want to come and work on other crafts as usual with craft night, that is totally fine too!
The Death Penalty is just one of the many ways in which the State participates in the murder of people. Virginia has the second highest Death penalty rate in the United States. Virginia has murdered 106 people by the death penalty. Tomorrow is the date scheduled for the next state sanctioned murder. Details on that particular case are below.
Here is a link to the names of people killed through the death penalty in Virginia: http://www.vadp.org/virginia039s-execution-history.html
HELP STOP VIRGINIA’S 107th EXECUTION – May 20, 2010
In September, 1998, Darick Demorris Walker was sentenced to death for the capital murders of Stanley Roger Beale and Clarence Threat. Beale was killed in November, 1996 and Threat in June, 1997. It is important that the Governor continue to hear from you that you oppose the execution of Darick Walker. Please take a few minutes to say “NO” to executions and help us stop the cycle of violence that state sanctioned killing perpetuates.
Please take one or more of the following actions:
1. Contact Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell TODAY and ask him to stop the execution
2. Forward this and ask people you know to also contact Governor McDonnell
3. Attend a vigil on May 20th
The MOVE Organization was a black liberation group whose members adopted the last name AFrica, and promoted a back-to nature lifestyle. They were based in Philadelphia. They were something of a primitivist group, who promoted the hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
There were 2 instances where the Philadelphia Police confronted them- once in 1978 and once in 1985. In 1978 police came to evict the MOVE members from their communal house. During the incident, there was a shootout. One pig was killed. 7 other pigs, 5 firefighters, 3 MOVE members, and 3 bystanders were injured.
9 MOVE members were found guilty of 3rd degree murder. THEY ARE STILL IN PRISON. 7 of the 9 became eligible for parole in 2008, but have been denied. They come up for parole every year.
On May 13, 1985 the Philadelphia Police Department again tried to evict the MOVE organization from their new house, based on neighbor complaints over things like Bullhorn announcements and compost piles. When the MOVE members refused to leave the police attacked the house with tear gas, and the fire department sprayed it with water cannons. After that a burst of gunfire came from the house, which resulted in 90 minutes of return fire from the police- thousands of rounds were shot at the house. Then, the Philadelphia Police dropped a BOMB on MOVE headquarters. The bomb set the house, and eventually an entire city block on fire.
John Africa, 5 other adults, and 5 CHILDREN died in the fire. There were only 2 surviving children.
The city was found to have overreacted, and money was paid out to a survivor and relative of someone who died. However, there does not appear to have been any culpability given to individual police involved- none of them have served jail time for the 11 murders.