Tool donation drive to support Sacred Stone

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From the Glenn Carter Memorial Toolshare:

We are collecting tools to send to the #NODAPL Indigenous Water Defender Camps at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota: “Sacred Stone Camp,” “Red Warrior Camp,” “Oceti Sakowin Camp,” and “Overflow Camp.”

Saws, drills, sledgehammers, mallets, mattocks, and any other tools helpful for encampment infrastructure are welcome. PLEASE EMAIL glenncartertoolshare@gmail.com TO ARRANGE A TOOL DONATION DROP.

We have made contact with the camps and they will hopefully be sending us a specific list, in the coming days.

For now, check-out their donataion-request lists, posted below; however, please note that we can only accept donations of tools and hardware.

http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/196PVIWRDX1M4

https://nodaplsolidarity.org/support-the-camps/

https://www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp/

http://www.oweakuinternational.org/

Strike Solidarity, Day 3: Noise Demonstration

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Reposted from It’s Going Down:

On the night of September 10th, 30 rebels took advantage of the first home-game of the season, when most law enforcement were kept busy elsewhere ushering crowds and responding to drunk bros (college towns take note!), and staged a simple yet raucous demonstration outside of the county jail in solidarity with our friends and family locked inside as well as the hundreds of prisoners across the country currently on strike.

Noise was made, smoke-flares set off, and fireworks lit, illuminating the air as chants echoed off the walls in tandem with the honking horns of the blocked traffic. 800 flyers advocating solidarity with striking prisoners and condemning prison slavery were both strewn about and passed to curious passersby/motorists.

When the state kidnaps people and throws them into these concrete tombs it is because they wish to isolate them from “the outside,” from their families, communities, and support networks – in other words, to bury them alive and erase them from our memory so that prison officials may do anything to their captives without fear of repercussions. But we will not and do not forget, and we do not forgive.

While we lament not taking full advantage of game-day policing strategies, small gestures against policing and the prison industrial complex such as these let those locked up know that they are NOT forgotten, that prison officials may NOT do what they please with impunity, that there are people out on the streets who understand that we are one small mistake from being locked away ourselves and thus choose to stand with those on the inside who have already fallen into the state’s clutches.

For a world without prisons and police!

For total liberation!

Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the American prison system cannot ignore or withstand. — This Is a Call to End Slavery in America, 2016

Strike Solidarity, Day 2: Microphone Demonstration

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Reposted from It’s Going Down:

Acting in solidarity with prisoners going on strike throughout the country, we hosted a microphone demo at Indiana University’s Sample Gates in Bloomington.

A large banner that reads “PRISONERS ACROSS THE U.S. ARE ON STRIKE – Prisonstrike.com” was raised in the middle of the campus gateway. Using a speaker system, we read Chelsea Manning’s hunger strike statement and Free Alabama Movement’s “Let the Crops Rot in the Fields.” Sean Swain’s 9/9 statement from The Final Straw radio show and a segment from Crimethinc podcast about the history of prisoner resistance were also played.

People passed out handbills and had conversations with pedestrians and curious people who stopped to listen or ask what was going on. The demo lasted about an hour.

For Chelsea, fighting for her dignity against brutal transphobia and repressive confinement. For all striking and rebellious prisoners in revolt against their captors. And for all – behind bars or in the “free world” – who choose to act against this system of domination and control.

Strike Solidarity, Day 1: Democratic Party Campaign HQ disrupted

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Reposted from It’s Going Down:

On September 8th, in solidarity with prisoners taking action for the 9/9 prisoner strike, about a dozen people disrupted activities at the local Democratic Party campaign headquarters. Standing outside the building, people held a large banner announcing the prisoner strike while a statement was read and others passed out handbills. Additionally, a group of people went inside the headquarters to yell chants, clog sinks, tear down campaign posters, and scatter handbills. An American flag in the office found its way into a toilet. People walked away from the building tossing handbills in the air.

From the handbill scattered at the action:

As the ruling party, the Democrats and their Bureau of Prisons are responsible for the conditions in federal prisons and everyone being held hostage inside of them. They profit from the labor of prisoners and contract with countless companies and industries that do the same, while prisoners earn as little as a few cents per hour.

They are responsible for the exorbitant prices of phone calls, commissary foods, and other basic necessities in prison. For the mailroom censorship, both institutionalized and arbitrary, of political and other materials. They are responsible for the poor quality of water and food that some must endure for decades, or even the rest of their lives. And for the dismal or nonexistent health care for prisoners when these conditions start to take their toll.

The Democrats and their Department of “Justice” (DOJ) are responsible for overseeing similar and or worse regimes in state prisons systems. They are complicit with the abuse, exploitation, and terror that happens on their watch and with their consent.

The Democrats and their Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) are responsible for tearing apart millions of families through raids, arrests, indefinite detentions, and ultimately deportations.1

State and county Democrats are responsible for approving and funding the construction of additional compounds for keeping people locked in cages and pens, with the latest technology for ever tighter security and control.

Here in Bloomington, the jail is currently building a new structure to house more prisoncrats and create more holding cells for prisoners.2

Bloomington Democrats have blood on their hands. One of this year’s democratic candidates for sheriff was Steve Sharp, who was present when the BPD killed a black man, Denver Smith, during an episode of mental distress in September of 1983.3 In May, Sharp was defeated by the current sheriff, Brad Swain. It is under Swain’s command that Clinton “Boo” Gilkie died of medical neglect in the Monroe County Jail on June 7th, 20164, preceded and followed by an alarming number of suicide attempts.

Because of this, we don’t trust the Democrats, or any political party or regime. Their talk of reforms, purposeful incarceration, and a well-meaning rehabilitative carceral system mean little to us. We have no interest in soft policing; it is because of the social arrangements they maintain that people commit crimes of poverty and desperation. We have no interest in their framing of guilt and innocence; it isn’t only our wrongfully-convicted friends who we want back. And we have no interest in their discourse of “abolition”; imprisonment in our own homes by expensive technology around our ankles and constant state supervision is still imprisonment.5

To be clear, we don’t expect the Democrats to solve anything. Where they have the power—and we know they have it—the only respectable thing to do would be to meet any demands of prisoners who are on strike and engaging in other forms of resistance and make sure prison administrations cannot bury, silence or torture them. If they are serious about prison reform and the well-being of prisoners, we can think of few small ways they could show it. We know every Democratic office has the capacity for call centers, media manipulation, and mass mailings. And we know a lot of prisoners that could use supportive call-ins, attention on their stories and struggles, and some new reading material…But we don’t expect much from the ruling party that maintains an oppressive society held together by the threat and imposition of policing and imprisonment.

To illustrate what we’re dealing with here: remember when the DOJ made a big spectacle and gave itself a giant pat on the back for cutting ties with private prisons? That applies to only 13 facilities across the country. Yes, 13. It says nothing about the those ran by the Department of Homeland Security, including hundreds of immigrant detention facilities.6 Hopefully that means slightly less miserable lives for the thousands of people locked inside those 13 facilities, but government-run prisons are no more acceptable. A prison is prison, whether the COs are paid by GEO Group or the Indiana Department of Corrections.

The Democrats, those who follow their orders, and the suffocating world they perpetuate are locking up our friends, families, and those who inspire us by continuing to fight for their themselves and each other, for freedom. It is clear which side they are on.

Down with the rulers.

Away with every prison.

Strength to those on strike.

Power to prison rebels.