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- firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The article from http://www.anarchistnews.org is after the jump. Continue reading
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
Come on out to the next Richmond Anarchist Black Cross Meeting and Movie Screening on Thursday March 26th at 7pm at the William Byrd Community Center in Oregon Hill on Cherry Street. We will have addresses for you to write political prisoners from, and we will be screening UP THE RIDGE, a film about Virginia prisons at 730. Bring your friends, family, kids etc. Come to ask questions! Come to talk! Come to get free literature! Come to hang out!
Its rainy where I am, and maybe where you are too. What better time to take a minute to write a letter to a political prisoner or two. Here are the most recent addresses I have of a bunch. It doesn’t take much to show solidarity with our comrades in prison- so write them a letter.
Here are some tips:
A Few Do’s and Don’ts in Correspondence A few dos and don’ts on writing prisoners whose backgrounds/politics you may not know. Continue reading
HELP STOP VIRGINIA’S 103rd EXECUTION – February 19th, 2009
2009 does not need to be another banner year for Virginia Executions- we can all help stop them.
There will be a protest on Broad Street in Richmond on Thursday February 19th from 4-6 p.m. at the intersection of Broad and 11th (outside of the Governor’s office). Please come help show that Virginians are not for the Death Penalty. We will have some signs but feel free to bring your own. Bring your phones too so we can call the Governor’s office to ask him to stop the execution.
If the sentence is not commuted, there will also be a vigil outside of the prison where the execution is taking place that night. Details are at the bottom of this article.
Edward Nathaniel Bell is scheduled to be killed by the Commonwealth of Virginia at 9 p.m. on February 19th, 2009 for the shooting death of Sgt. Ricky L. Timbrook, 32, from the Winchester police Department during a late evening police chase on Oct. 29, 1999.
At a time when most of the country is turning away from the death penalty, Virginia has already scheduled her first execution of 2009. We are second only to Texas in the number of prisoners killed, and if this scheduled execution isn’t halted, Bell will be the 103rd person killed by the Commonwealth since 1977. Please take a few minutes to say “Enough!” and help us fix this broken system.
Please take one or more of the following actions – Details below: Continue reading