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London: callout for solidarity with Russian Anti-Fascists

Re-posting from https://freedomnews.org.uk
News, Nov 1st

We are an ad-hoc collective of anti-fascists in London who want to organise a solidarity event to support anti-fascists in Russia on 19th January.

19th January is a significant day for anti-fascist and anarchists as each year demonstrations are held to remember Russian comrades, the journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov, who were murdered by fascists in broad daylight 10 years ago, as well as other fallen comrades who were victims to fascist violence. Markelov, an experienced lawyer and social democrat, spent years fighting for justice in workers’ struggles, environmental protests and against the violence of the Russian state. Baburova, a young journalist with independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was a reporter and anarchist from Sevastopol, Crimea. They were murdered in Moscow by a nationalist terror group with links to the Kremlin.

We also want to express our solidarity to the defendants in the “Network Case”, in which 11 Russian anti-fascists and anarchists have been detained and tortured as part of a security service investigation into alleged terrorism. These men, from St Petersburg and Penza, are due to go trial in the coming year.

The Russian state’s repression against political dissents acts in tandem with fascist gangs, a collaboration that has long been known and experienced.

With the turn to right and far-right fascist populist governments across the world from India to Brazil, USA to Italy, there is no more greater need that to share experiences and knowledge around this international moment which we are all facing whether in the UK or in Russia.

Whilst our comrades are faced with unimaginable violence by both the state and street-level fascist gangs, we intend to send a message of solidarity and defiance with this event.

What you can do:

We invite you to attend a meeting on Monday November 26th 6.30pm -9.00pm at Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1DH. Please RSVP: london19jan(at)riseup.net
Discuss within your group to support this initiative
Save the date and republish this callout on your website

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Solidarity With The US Prison Strike!

On August 21st, prisoners across the United States and beyond began a strike against prison slavery. This strike comes hot on the heels of years of previous prison strikes, call-in campaigns, and full fledged uprisings, as well as inspiring actions against ICE and massive anti-fascist mobilizations throughout August. Not only are all of these struggles connected, but our best chances of succeeding in any of them lies in building momentum across these different movements and beyond.

Come for updates about the ongoing strike. There will be prisoner letter writing, anti-prison distro, talks and food. From 6-9 on Thursday 6th of October at LARC, 62 Fieldgate St Whitechapel, E11ES

For more information;

https://itsgoingdown.org/prisonstrike/

http://prisonstrike.com/

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#J25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascists Prisoners- London Event

25th of July 2018, 6-9pm @ LARC, 62 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, London, E1 1ES.

To mark the 25th of July, London ABC invites all antifascists to the London Action Resource Centre (LARC) to show solidarity with our imprisoned comrades. The night will include prisoner letter writing, updates about various prisoners and more generally a focus on the repression faced by those who struggle against all forms of fascism.

For more information about the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascists Prisoners see below;

July 25, 2018 – Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

  

 

Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.

Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman—an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans—the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.

This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners—the comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trial—because they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

This post was originally published on this site.

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Update September 2017

Over the past few months this group has not been so active and regular letter writing events are not currently taking place. Not sure what will happen in the future but at the moment this website will be updated sporadically. In the meantime, check out some of the other super fab projects still working to support prisoners and promote prison abolition in London and the UK…

The Empty Cages Collective are working to build a movement against the Prison Industrial Complex within the UK, see here for information and updates: http://www.prisonabolition.org/

For organising against prison expansion in London see Prison Action London here: http://www.prisonabolition.org/prison-action-london/

SOAS Detainee Support are a student-led group in London that organise support for people detained in Yarl’s Wood, Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) as well as working in solidarity with migrants in other ways: https://soasdetaineesupport.wordpress.com

The Bent Bars project continues to work from London to support people that are incarcerated and identify as LGBTQIA+: http://www.bentbarsproject.org/

Other ABC groups still active in the UK include Brighton ABC (https://www.brightonabc.org.uk/) and Bristol ABC (https://bristolabc.wordpress.com/).

For an international listing of political prisoners see here: http://prisonersolidarity.net/

And a lot of the links on the right hand side of this page over here >>>>>>>>>> are still active and we are currently working on updating the prisoner listings on this website

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Prison Resistance and Smash IPP Infonight

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Solidarity info night ” From London to Turin: strength to those staring down repression”

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Free the Turin 6 !

For the past few years in Turin, this time of year has been marked by a surge of state intimidation against those engaged in social struggles, as well as the repression of their spaces and social centres. This year has been no different. The most recent initiatives have been linked to the aggressive gentrification of neighborhoods in Turin as a means of mass social cleansing and the eradication of the threat which anarchists pose to this sickening project.

At 6:30 am on May the 3rd , heavily armed officers from the General Investigations and Special Operations Division of Italy (Digos) raided the Asilo Occupato , the Giulio Cesare and Dora occupations and two homes in Turin and Barge. Occupants of the anarchist-run space, located on Via Allesandria, in the neighbourhood of Aurora, resisted for several hours on the roof of the property before the raid. Carabinieri (Italian militarised police) also participated in the repressive operation.

This resulted in the kidnapping of 6 comrades by the police and another individual still being searched for. Their violence wasn’t only limited to arresting people, the cops destroyed equipment, caused extensive damage to the buildings and disconnected the gas to the Asilo occupation. They also seized people’s mobile phones, laptops, spray cans, clothing and stole money from a solidarity fund.

According to the local media, the 6 arrests were for an incident that is alleged to have taken place in the night of the 25th and 26th of February. During a benefit dinner at the Asilo, police were intimidating and conducting ID checks on people in the neighborhood. This lead to a confrontation between squatters and Carabinieri. The 6 comrades were arrested on alleged charges of assaulting police officers, damaging a police car and kidnapping a police officer.

The raids were also part of an investigation into an attack against Lavazza’s headquarters which caused extensive damage to the multinational office.

Antonio di Lecce, Antonio Sardo, Camille, Fabiola, Fran and Jade were brought to the Valletta prison to be caged up until their trial. The Italian legal system is notoriously slow and they could be imprisoned for months before even setting foot in a court room.

Solidarity actions are already being organised all over Italy to support the Turin 6. On Saturday 6th of May there was a noise demo outside of the female block of the Valletta prison. On the Sunday 7th of May, over a hundred people protested outside of the male block. These two protests are just the beginning of what will be a series of weekly solidarity actions.

Strength to Antonio di Lecce, Pisello, Camille, Fabiola, Fran and Jade !

Until all cages are empty !

   To send letters and cards

Antonio Rizzo
Antonio Pittalis
Camille Casteran
Giada Volpacchio
Fabiola De Costanzo
Francisco Esteban Tosina

CASA CIRCONDARIALE – Via Maria Adelaide Aglietta, 35 – 10151 Torino

Solidarity fund

IBAN: IT67T0316901600CC0011061808
BIC/SWIFT: CIPBITMMXXX.
Account Holder Giulia Merlini

 

 

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USA: Uprising Prisoners Censored Respond with Hunger Strike

Re-posting from http://www.freeohiomovement.org/

Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan began refusing food on Monday February 27th to protest a 90 day restriction on their access to phone, email and video visit communication. Ohio State Penitentiary issued this restriction to silence and prevent them from pleading their innocence to the public. Both Hasan and Robb appeared on video in a recent episode of the Netflix documentary series, Captives.

The Captives documentary told the story of the Lucasville Uprising and hostage situation. The film-makers intended an unbiased 360 degree view of the uprising and hostage situation, but their final product consisted almost entirely of interviews with then Warden Arthur Tate, multiple guards, and state-cooperating prisoners. It gave far more screen time to the state’s side of the story, yet the injustice, negligence, dishonesty and hypocrisy of the state’s conduct during the uprising became abundantly clear even from their own words.

Hasan and Jason’s interviews were given a few scant minutes of screen time, for which the Ohio prison system is currently punishing and censoring them, because its position on the uprising, and on their guilt depends greatly on restricting their speech, controlling the narrative, and keeping the public ignorant. Hasan and Robb are two of many plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) for restricting media requests to uprising prisoners.

They have been condemned to death and held in solitary confinement since the uprising in 1993. Their actual participation in the uprising was to negotiate a peaceful surrender and prevent greater loss of life. The ODRC and State of Ohio promised not to go after specific individuals in the negotiation of that surrender, and then immediately targeted the negotiators, painting them as leaders and orchestrators of a spontaneous riot that, without their intervention and cooperation across race and gang lines, could easily have escalated.

Please contact Warden Ed Sheldon and demand that he rescind the communication restriction for Jason Robb and Siddique Abdullah Hasan.

Phone: 330-743-0700
Fax: 330-743-0841
Email: drc.osp@odrc.state.oh.us
Address: 878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road Youngstown, OH 44505

Please also write letters of support to Jason and Hasan. Getting mail boosts their spirits, and prevents staff from retaliating against them.

Jason Robb 308-919
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, OH 44505

Siddique Abdullah Hasan R130-559
878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
Youngstown, OH 44505

Also please contact: www.FreeOhioMovement.org/contact.html and 330-366-6838.

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Tattoo Circus Helsinki

When: 21st – 23rd April 2017

Where: Oranssi, Kaasutehtaankatu 1 (building 11), Suvilahti, Helsinki

What: The festival will feature tattoo artists ready to give you a tattoo in support of political prisoners – but that’s not all – apart from tattoos there will also be stick-and-poke tattoo workshop, music, talks on different prisoners, burlesque, boxing, distros, food, and much much more.
There will be an info-point open throughout the day, with the ability to send postcards and letters to prisoners.

https://tattoocircushki.noblogs.org

facefook event HERE

 

 

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