June 11th Round-up

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1Reposted from Anarchist News:

This year, Bloomington held a week of activities leading up to June 11th:

June 2: A benefit raised $350 for Eric King, an anarchist held captive in Kansas awaiting trial for an alleged incendiary attack on a Congressman’s office.

June 6: An assembly was held to discuss prison projects and recent struggles of revolutionary prisoners and prison rebels.

June 8: A card and letter writing night for anarchist prisoners was held. A few letters were written and cards were signed for 20 anarchist prisoners in the United States.

June 9: The Pages to Prisoners Project held a 12-hour ‘packathon’ event where people responded to prisoners’ letters and put together packages of books.

June 10: A film showing of Lucio, a documentary about anarchist counterfeiter Lucio Urtubia.

June 11: A microphone demonstration was held at the town square with a dozen comrades handing out literature and holding banners. A sound system played Sean Swain’s 2015 June 11th statement, an interview with Michael Kimble, and interviews about June 11th and Sean’s recent struggles. Banners included “Free Marius Mason and All Prisoners” and “Free the Anarchist Fighters” with the names of long-term anarchist prisoners in the United States (Amazon, Bill Dunne, Rebecca Rubin, Jeremy Hammond, Jennifer Gann, Andrew Mickel, Blackjack, Michael Kimble, Sean Swain, Casey Brezik, and Marius Mason) and one awaiting trial (Eric King).

In addition, a message was painted at a swimming spot, reading “For Marius J. Mason and all imprisoned comrades: wish you were here.”

These are all small gestures for our imprisoned comrades, gestures we hope can help break down the isolation imposed by prison. Raising funds, sending letters and books, and raising awareness about prisoners are all important. However, we must recognize them as parts of a polymorphous and combative struggle against prison society as a whole. The recent hunger strike of Greek anarchist and rebel prisoners, the successful hunger strike of Nikos Romanos, the refusal of Spanish anarchists to break beneath the weight of Operation Pandora and Operation Piñata, the wide array of attacks in solidarity with prisoners and against repression: these all offer glimpses of possibilities, of freedom and rebellion.

We send international greetings to Nataly, Juan, and Guillermo, anarchist prisoners in Chile who recently ended their hunger strike after 53 days; those facing repression in Operation Piñata and Operation Fenix; Chilean anarchist Tamara Sol, recently moved a high security prison; Silvia, Billy, and Costa, facing charges yet again for an alleged plan to sabotage an IBM nanotechnology research center, for which they have already served years in prison; and Marco Camenisch, held captive since 1991. We also express our deepest rage at state murder of comrade Spyros Dravilas in Greece.

We will not forget that Bloomington was once home to Marius Mason and we will not cease to struggle for his freedom and the freedom of all prisoners.

Solidarity with all prison rebels!
Solidarity with all anarchist prisoners!
Solidarity with the fugitives running wild and free!
Against the state and its prisons, struggle continues…

3_2“For Marius J. Mason and all imprisoned comrades: Wish you were here.”

Eco-Benefit @ the Bishop, May 21st

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Received and transmitted:

There is a benefit event for Heartwood this Thursday, May 21st, at the Bishop. Heartwood is a network/community of mostly  eco-activists from the eastern part of the U.S.

We’re showing the movie “Wrenched” at 7:15 sharp. This movie is about the roots of radical environmentalism. some funny interviews and Ed Abbey carrying on.

Music afterward by Dana Lyons (Bellingham, Washington. cowswithguns.com. long-time “movement” musician, and locals Glitter Brains and Chainsaw Mondays. Door prizes from Rhett Skateboarding, Indiana Forest Alliance, Rainbow Bakery, Uel Zing, Boxcar Books, and more.

$10 donation.

Account of Bloomington’s May Day 2015

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Last Friday, May First, hundreds of activists from Bloomington gathered at the Indiana University Sample Gates and took to the streets to celebrate International Worker’s Day. This holiday, known as May Day has been celebrated across the world since 1886 in honor of the struggle of labor against capitalism. The first May Day occurred in Chicago as a general strike of hundreds of thousands of workers demanding the eight hour day. Three days later in Haymarket Square,a large gathering in support of the strike was attacked by the police, in the confusion a bomb was thrown into the crowd killing several people. The Chicago police arrested and falsely accused several anarchist activists of the bombing, some of whom were executed or imprisoned. Since then, May Day has been an international symbol of resistance for socialists, anarchists and communists alike. The U.$. and its capitalist government has done everything in its power to erase May Day from the collective memory of the working class, but here in Bloomington in solidarity with others across the nation we took a step toward reclaiming what rightfully belongs to us!

This May Day held special significance as the attention of the masses has been drawn to the Baltimore Uprising as the latest example of mass resistance to capitalist state repression. This fact was not lost on us, and our plan to reclaim May Day quickly became an opportunity to unite the struggle against police violence with the struggle against capitalism by holding a Memorial for Freddie Gray at the conclusion of the May Day march. Our hopes for this endeavor were exceeded by the impressive turnout to both the May Day Rally and the Freddie Gray Memorial. Activists from various student and community organizations opened lines of communication that have put into motion plans to address policing and labor rights in Bloomington.

Both demonstrations took to the streets after a short rally, marching down the middle of Kirkwood avenue and back up Third Street past the Bloomington Police Department. Demonstrators carried signs inscribed with messages of “All Power to Labor” and “Black Lives Matter” side by side, indicating the unity of these struggles. Both marches blocked intersections turning ownership of the streets to us, making our message unavoidable. This experience was significant for the power of its expression but also for teaching us about the efficacy of certain tactics. We have learned that the tactics of demonstrating and marching must be suited to the cohesion of the crowd and the way the political message is mediated by national events. These are the conditions which made the marches, especially the second, successful.

Despite these minor errors, the large turnout and opening of lines of communication have created a foundation on which we can build. Those who spoke at the May Day rally helped make it clear that all struggles against oppression are aspects of the class struggle. We believe we have helped to bring this idea to the Bloomington community. For us, this is only a beginning but it was a strong one. We would like to thank everyone who attended the two demonstrations Friday for your participation and solidarity. We would also like to thank all those groups and individuals who assisted us in spreading the word, you were absolutely essential to drawing a crowd that large in such short notice.
Bloomington Anti-Capitalist Front