Banner hung in solidarity with Sean Swain

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Received and posted:

We hung a banner in solidarity with Sean Swain’s struggles against the prison system in Ohio. Despite repeatedly being transferred and having his communications cut off, Sean remains uncompromising in his pursuit of freedom, putting his life on the line in struggle against the state. We keep his words and deeds with us as we carry out our own struggles against prison society.

Fundraising, letters, demonstrations, banners, graffiti, and direct attacks form a bright tapestry of revolutionary solidarity. Let’s always be searching for new ways to break down the isolation of imprisonment and build complicity through the prison walls.

Reportback for Day of Action for Trans Prisoners

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Received and posted:

On January 22nd, the first Day of Action for Trans Prisoners, we had an informational event in Bloomington, Indiana. Comrades presented information about state repression against trans individuals, trans struggle behind bars, and solidarity with trans prisoners. We had a table full of literature on anti-prison struggle and queer liberation, made dozens of cards for trans prisoners, and raised some funds for imprisoned comrades.

We were heartened by the turn-out. The room was packed full and not just with the usual people who come to events in our small town. We hold hope that this interest in fighting the persecution and imprisonment of trans people can extend to a holistic fight against prison society, white supremacy, capitalism, and the state in its totality. We find strength in the times and spaces in which we can meet, face-to-face, and explore the contours of struggle together.

We send our love and solidarity to our trans comrades behind bars:

Marius Mason, former resident of Bloomington, whose indomitable spirit is always present in our lives, even if he is kept from us by prison walls.

Jennifer Gann, anarchist amazon recently out of a stint in solitary for fighting alongside queens and black prisoners against white supremacist gaybashers.

Niara, who continues to push against the brutality of both the state and transmisogynists with her heart still intact.

For a world without transphobia, prisons, and the state.
For limitless expression of our desires and embodiments.
For total freedom.

January 22: Trans Prisoner Day of Action at Boxcar

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J22 flyer

January 22nd is the Trans Prisoner Day of Action. Join us at 7pm at Boxcar Books for a discussion on the struggles of trans prisoners and the necessity of solidarity with prisoners as a whole.

We will talk about the particular challenges facing trans people in prison, the ways in which white supremacy and gendered oppression overlap with each other and with state repression, and some of the forms solidarity can take.

We will have cards to sign for trans prisoners and a table full of literature on struggles against prison and gendered violence.

More info: http://transprisoners.net

Print and distribute event flyer: J22 flyer.

Reportback from NYE Noise Demo

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“Combative memory defines us as individuals taking a stand in our negation of the existent, forces us to push the memory of our fallen comrades beyond reflecting on how they were snatched from us, bringing them into our everyday lives in many forms and individual initiatives without giving in to resignation in the face of death or to oblivion. To bring new life to their insurgent lives, through actions, also to remind those who took their lives that the comrades live in each one of us and that we will always despise the role of those who chose to become defenders of the present system of dominion.”
– Nataly Casanova

On New Year’s Eve, about 20 individuals gathered in Bloomington, Indiana for a noise demonstration at the county jail. After brief discussion and preparation, as well as side-eyed glances and giggles from stumbling young people, the black-clad crowd walked a few blocks to the jail to show our solidarity with those held inside its walls. Banners were unfurled, black flags flew, and words of solidarity were shouted. The response from those inside came almost immediately: pounding on the walls and windows of the building. Dozens of smoke bombs and fireworks were set off, their sound echoing through the streets and colors lighting up the night. Approaching midnight, a dumpster was rolled into the street and set on fire. Sparks and whistles from several fireworks joined the flames in the dumpster, noise from the prisoners, and cheers from us.

Seeing the lights of police cars, the group scattered. Police gave chase, threatening with tasers those running away. Unfortunately, one comrade was tackled and arrested. Facing a few misdemeanors, they were bailed out early the following morning and are recovering with help from their friends.

We see this as a slight escalation of street activity in Bloomington, and an interrogation of how we relate to the BPD, who we often assume will remain relatively hands-off during demonstrations, but who nonetheless keep us largely passive.

Solidarity to all prison rebels and anarchist prisoners around the world. From Bloomington to Barcelona, from Montreal to Melbourne, from Santiago to São Paulo, from Montevideo to Minneapolis, from Alabama to Athens: struggle continues until all prisons and precincts are rubble at our feet!

With the fires of anarchy in our eyes!
For a Black December!
For a Black New Year!

Demo for Tamir Rice 12/29

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tamirdemo“Cops Murder Kids – Fight For Tamir”

Within 24-hours of the announcement that the cops who murdered Tamir Rice would not be indicted, more than 50 people marched in Bloomington.  After a short rally and speakout, demonstrators took the street – without permission – marching to the jail and then down Kirkwood, the main commercial strip.  Finally, they blockaded the  intersection of Kirkwood and Walnut for 10-15 minutes.

While a small gesture of solidarity, the demonstration was a reminder of the power of organizing quickly and responsively to developing events: here’s to another year of contagious revolt against racist police and social misery!

This is the text that was distributed during the demo:

The Truth is in the Streets Not in the Courts

Most of us have seen the horrifying footage – a black child playing in a park, until a police car skids up next to him, and two officers jump out and shoot him.

Yesterday, a grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, released its decision to not indict the police who killed Tamir Rice on November 22, 2014. Tamir was playing in a park, when police were called to investigate a black kid playing with a gun that the caller said was “probably fake.” The cops killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving in the park, without saying a word to him.

The authorities drew out the grand jury process in an effort to dilute popular anger, but the predictable decision finally came down: no indictments for the officers, citing openly racist arguments, including that Tamir simply looked dangerous or that he had friends who had guns.  Tamir’s family has known what’s going on, and has denounced it:

“It  has been clear for months now that Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy  McGinty was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment,” their statement said.  Whereas prosecutors normally use grand juries to procure indictments, McGinty used this one as a delaying tactic, before simply failing to bring charges. In violation of standard grand jury procedure, the prosecutor hired expert witnesses to discredit Tamir and allowed the officers who shot Tamir to read prepared statements.

But in this case, the truth is crystal clear: the whole system is responsible for perpetrating and then covering up the racist murder of a 12-year old.  And it’s equally clear that the only thing that works to force the system to charge killer cops is resistance in the streets.  The grand jury was initiated in the first place only after mass demonstrations in Cleveland, and against the backdrop of uprisings in Ferguson, New York, and Oakland.

Meanwhile, the past few months have seen the decision to not indict the police responsible for Sandra Bland’s death in a Texas jail, the release of two videos (after months of cover-up by city authorities) showing the vicious murders of Laquan McDonald and Ronald Johnson, both shot in the back by Chicago Police. In Indianapolis, the police murdered Christopher Goodlow, a mentally ill black man, in cold blood on December 12. And here in Bloomington, police are refusing to cooperate with the family of Joseph Smedley, the black student who was found drowned in Griffy Lake with 66 pounds of rocks strapped to his chest.

And now the courts have demonstrated again that they cannot be trusted – it’s up to all of us to keep the pressure up if we want to prevent more senseless, racist murder.

Solidarity with the Rice family and everyone who’s lost loved ones to the cops.
Spread the struggle in the streets.
For more updates: itsgoingdown.org

New Years 2016 Noise Demo at the Jail

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There will be a noise demo at the jail again this New Years Eve.

11 pm, New Year’s Eve.  Meet at the square.

Global Noise Demo for Prisoner Solidarity:

Inside and Outside Prisons, Jails, & Detention Centers around the World

Noise demos outside of prisons in some countries are a continuing tradition. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. A noise demo breaks the isolation and alienation of the cells our enemies create, but it does not have to stop at that.

Prison has a long history within capital, being one of the most archaic forms of prolonged torture and punishment. It has been used to kill some slowly and torture those unwanted – delinquents to the reigning order – who have no need of fitting within the predetermined mold of society.

Prison is used not only as an institution, but a whole apparatus, constructed externally from outside of the prison walls. Which our enemies by way of defining our everyday life as a prison, manifest themselves in many places, with banks that finance prison development (like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Bank of the West, and Barclays), companies that are contracted for the development of prisons (like Bergelectric Corporation, SASCO Electric, Engineered Control Systems, MacDonald Miller Facility SLTNS and Kane MFG Corp.), investors in prison development (like Barclays Intl. and Merrlin Lynch) to the police and guards who hide behind their badges and the power of the state.

Solidarity is not only an expression by way of our own revolutionary poetry which is defined by a developing anarchist analysis, but as an expression of actions put into practice within the social war daily. That is why we propose to others who have a certain reciprocal understanding of the prison world and the conditions it creates to remember this day, to mark it on their calendars. To locate points of attack. To not limit ourselves to just a noise demo, but proliferating actions autonomously from one another. That break the mundane positions we lock ourselves into by our own internalization.

To all our comrades known and we have yet to know. Just because we have not met, does not mean we do not act in affinity with one another. Our struggle continues not only on the outside, but on the inside as well. Prison is not an end, but a continuation. Through individual and collective moments of revolt, by the methods one finds possible. Like fire our rage must spread.

Against prison, and the world that maintains them.

For the social war.

From Insurrection News