Living in Bloomington, Indiana, we understand what it means to go up against the organized forces of white supremacy like the police and the Ku Klux Klan. As we continue to struggle for liberation here, we’re inspired by the open, dynamic revolt against racism going down with the Stone Mountain mobilization. So in support of this weekend’s demo, we hung a banner on the west side – a neighborhood marked by gentrification, police violence, and fascist agitation, but also by rebellion, mutual aid, and solidarity across racial barriers.
Banner hanging over the 45/46 Bypass north of Bloomington. Not having received a statement, we can’t be sure what it’s referencing, but prisoners in Texas are currently on strike.
7 pm, 4/11, Boxcar Books and Community Center (408 E. 6th St.)
April 11th marks the 23rd anniversary of the Lucasville Prison Uprising, the longest prison rebellion in U.S. history. Dozens of prisoners like Keith LaMar were given harsh sentences, including death, or life in prison, in the massive wave of state repression that followed. What happened at Lucasville was the result of a rapidly expanding prison-industrial complex which has seen the construction of Maximum Security facilities, the enormous expansion of the inmate population and overcrowding, and the deterioration of conditions on the inside.
Join us for a conversation with Ohio Death Row inmate Keith LaMar on the structural causes and consequences of the U.S. prison system.
11pm, Wednesday, March 30th
Meet outside the Monroe County Jail on College Ave between 7th and 8th streets.
Come shout messages of love and support to our friends, families, & neighbors trapped inside. Bring signs, noisemakers, & friends.
On March 27th, Michael Favor, incarcerated at the Monroe County Jail, died after allegedly jumping from the upper level of his cell block late Saturday morning.
We don’t know what happened. What we do know is that prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings (A Davis). What we do know is that everyone is on the inside.
Last Monday, the governor signed into law House Enrolled Act 1235, reinstating a 10-year mandatory minimum prison term for a person convicted of dealing meth or heroin who has a prior conviction for cocaine, meth or heroin dealing. The governor also signed Senate Enrolled Act 290, classifying as a drug dealer any person caught with 28 grams of a controlled substance or more than 10 pounds of marijuana, even if there is no other evidence the person is selling drugs.
Our friends, families, and neighbors are being kidnapped, isolated, abused, and swallowed by this system.
Wednesday, March 23, 7pm
Boxcar Books (408 E. 6th St)
Join us this Wednesday evening for a talk by and discussion with Cindy Milstein, editor of in the new anthology “Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism” (edited by Cindy Milstein and published by AK Press).
This event is part of a larger book tour intended to spark critical
dialogue, speaking from our own experiences, in our own places, around the questions raised in “Taking Sides.” Such collective reflection is essential not only in helping to sustain the spirit of rebellion but also aiding it to claim some victories in the task of dismantling systemic violence, such as states, capitalism, and settler colonialism, or murderous policing, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and so much more. These events will grapple with the conundrums and beauty of revolutionary solidarity. How might it (better) shape our aims, strategies, and tactics given the current grassroots resistance, uprisings, and solidarity projects on Turtle Island and globally?
As the collection asserts — and these events will echo — the lines of
oppression are already drawn. The only question is, Which side are you on in the struggle against the violence that is white supremacy and policing? “Taking Sides” supplies an ethical compass and militant map of the terrain, arguing not for reform of structurally brutal institutions but rather for their abolition. Its thirteen essays are sharp interventions that take particular aim at the role of nonprofits, “ally” politics, and “peace police” in demobilizing rebellions against hierarchical power. The book offers tools to hone strategies and tactics of resistance, and holds out the promise of robust, tangible solidarity across racial and other lines, because in the battle for systemic transformation, there are no outside agitators.
“Taking Sides is more than a book; it’s a politic aimed at the heart of every radical struggling against a racist state.”
—Luis A. Fernandez, author of Policing Dissent
“Taking Sides compiles essential essays for street fighters, land
defenders, and anticolonial accomplices. Its words challenge the current pacifist and NGO-led narratives that seek to manage and disarm people-powered rebellions on Turtle Island, while inspiring readers to go out and fight side by side.”
—Franklin López, subMedia.tv
For more on the book, including its contents, see:
Lecture by James C. Scott
Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 PM. Franklin Hall, IU.