International Week for Anarchist Prisoners (August 23-30, 2015)



Call out for an International Week for Anarchist Prisoners

In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades.

This is why we have decided to introduce an annual Week for Anarchist Prisoners on August 23-30. We chose August 23 as a starting point, because on that very day in 1927 the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in prison. They were convicted of murdering two men during an armed robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Their arrest was a part of a bigger anti-radical campaign led by the American government. The State’s evidence against the two was almost totally non-existent and many people still today believe that they were punished for their strong anarchist beliefs.

Given the nature and diversity of anarchist groups around the globe, we have proposed a week of common action rather than a single campaign on a specific day making [it] easier for groups to be able to organise an event within a longer target period.

Therefore, we call on everyone to spread the information about the Week for Anarchist Prisoners among other groups and communities and think about organising event(s) in your city or town. The events can vary from info-evenings, screenings and benefit concerts to solidarity and direct actions. Let your imagination run free.

Check out the flyers in different languages. Please send reports of your activities to tillallarefree (A)

Till all are free.”

See also : Lukashenko has released Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok and Artsiom Prakapenko., Anarchist Black Cross (Belarus), August 22, 2015 | Anarchist Black Cross Federation (US) | Anarchist Black Cross Brighton (UK) | Anarchist Black Cross/ (Russia/Eastern Europe).

See also : Free Jock.

Oury Jalloh, a Sierre Leonean asylum seeker in Germany, died in a fire in police custody in Dessau in 2005, while his hands and feet were tied to a mattress.
Nikos Romanos, a Greek anarchist and convicted armed robber whose best friend aged 15, died in his arms after being shot by police. In 2014, he went on hunger strike for his right to an education, and won.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, an American political activist and journalist, currently serving life imprisonment without parole for murdering a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981.
Carlo Guiliani, an Italian anarchist and ‘anti-globalisation’ protester, shot and killed by police in Genoa, Italy at the G8 summit in 2001.
Halim Dener, a Kurdish activist shot and killed by German special police in Hannover in 1994, while putting up a poster for the ERNK, the National Front for the Liberation of Kurdistan.
Jock Palfreeman, an Australian anti-fascist unjustly sentenced to 20 years in maximum security prison for premeditated murder in Bulgaria after intervening to protect a Roma who was being attacked by neo-Nazis.
Joel Almgren, a Swedish anti-fascist, currently serving 6 and a half years in prison for attempted murder, after defending an anti-racist demonstration in Stockholm from a neo-Nazi attack.

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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2 Responses to International Week for Anarchist Prisoners (August 23-30, 2015)

  1. Sossle says:

    I actually don’t mind that Wolf Down song, a little retro but not [too] bad.

    I honestly can’t get my head around Antifa it just seems such a conflicted viewpoint. Respect my opinion or I will smack you the f*ck out. To me it smells an awful lot like fascism or repression itself, believe as I do or pay the penalty of what is in my power to place on you. God only knows what the world would look like if the tables were turned and Antifa were running the show. It’s a rather scary thought. (Death camps for the intolerant and merchant bankers maybe?) So Antifa want to destroy the existing system because it is morally corrupt? Yet its members for the most part seem to be outwardly violent thugs that are entirely immoral in behaviour and lack any real positive direction as a whole. It just seems to scream burn it down because it’s all fucked at the top of its lungs. When I look at almost any Antifa soapbox it’s full of hate talk, we hate racism, we hate fascism. We hate this, we hate that. Maybe you can direct [me to] where I can find any intelligent viewpoints from Antifa? It all seems to be pro war, pro violence, pro destroy the system. Where is the vision for a better future from Antifa? Where is the, this is what we believe in, this is what we support?

    “Freedom through violence” seems about the most of it. But more aptly it would be said for Antifa that “Freedom is violence”.

    I wish Antifa had more substance and less broody angsty pouting, maybe then it would be a cause that is actually worth listening to. And may[be] actually then it could [pursue?] something worth fighting for. But for the moment it’s no better than those it claims to oppose. One thing worse than violence for an apparent end is violence for no defined end or just senseless violence.

    So most of these “victims” subscribe to a a group that outwardly conveys the use of violence to meet their own political and personal agendas and have in consequence ran afoul of the law from the use of that violence? Or were killed while participating in said violence. What a shame…

  2. @ndy says:

    Briefly: ‘antifa’ is not a group but an umbrella term used to describe a range of political projects; if you want to learn more about its various articulations, you can always read about it online.

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