Oaxaca is Ungovernable: info-night this Wednesday at IRA

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Wednesday, June 29
7:30 PM at IRA (118 S Rogers St Suite 2)

Last week, the Mexican state killed nearly a dozen striking teachers who were defending barricades across the southern state of Oaxaca.  The effort to open up the 38 barricaded highways only backfired though, triggering a popular explosion and leading to even more blockades than before.  All this confirms a leading slogan of the current movement: Oaxaca is ungovernable.

These serious clashes arrive just before the 10th anniversary of the
2006 insurrection, which lasted nearly three months and required
systematic bloodshed by death squads and the Mexican army to be put down.  The 2006 Oaxaca Commune was an early harbinger of the occupations and revolts that have since spread across the globe and its memory lies close to many of our hearts.

This Wednesday, June 29th, we will be showing a documentary about 2006 called Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad/A Small Dose of Truth and sharing updates about the current situation.  We will be taking donations to cover legal and medical costs stemming from the current repression.

While it’s important to extend material and monetary support, we should also remember that unless the uprising spreads, Oaxaca will surely be drowned in blood again.  It’s up to all of us to ensure that it’s also Bloomington – among every other place – that becomes ungovernable.

See http://elenemigocomun.net/ & itsgoingdown.org for news on the movement.

Logging Site Yarned in Brown County

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Reposted from the Earth First! Newswire:
Brown County, Indiana – A logging site on Scarce o’ Fat Ridge in Yellowwood State Forest was the canvas for a recent art installation by Hills O’ Indiana Crochet and Knitting Society. (H.I.C.K.S.)  The group used yarn to weave together dozens of trees marked to be logged.  Dubbed “The Web of Life,” the installation represents the interconnectedness of trees and their central role in the ecosystem.

Creating the installation was apparently a simple task, according to Betty Ayers, vice-president of H.I.C.K.S. “It only really took half an hour,” she said. “In just a short amount of time, we were able to string thousands of yards of yarn between the trees.  It really was something else.”

H.I.C.K.S. encourages other crochet and knitting enthusiasts to take similar actions to help protect the trees and the critters that depend on them from the devastation being wreaked upon Yellowwood and other state forests by the DNR.

Call-in to Stop Racist Abuse at Wabash Valley Prison

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Received and transmitted:

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF), in Carlisle, Indiana has a long history of racist violence by guards against African American inmates. Recently, I have been informed of serious abuse being enacted by guards against Angaza Iman Bahar (Jimmy Jones) #891782, a long-term prisoner who has repeatedly fought for his rights and the rights of all prisoners.

He has been assaulted and placed in segregation, just 48 hours after being released from three months of segregation into general population. The guard who assaulted him bragged to other inmates about his plans to attack Angaza upon his return to population, because by “beating the big n****s, the others can be kept in line.”

Angaza is currently in fear for his life, and believes that the guards intend to provoke him to physical violence, so that they can keep him in prison for life.

Please call Indiana Department of Corrections Commissioner Bruce Lemmon ((317) 232-5711) and WVCF Superintendent Dick Brown ((812) 398-5050), and say “Stop the racist abuse by guards of WVCF inmate Jimmy Jones, #891782, and transfer him to a different facility immediately!”

Please tweet the same message @IndianaDOC, and email it to
rlarsen@idoc.in.gov and SLightfoot@idoc.in.gov

Probation Office Attacked

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Communique reposted from It’s Going Down:

On the night of June 11th, as a small gesture, we smashed out the windows of the probation office.

The police, courts, and prisons constitute a web of control that seeks to crush human beings, forcing conformity to a social order of hierarchy and exploitation.

While this manifests itself as police murders and the brutalization of prisoners, more and more it takes the role of diffuse repression via systems of home detention, work release, parole, and probation. In each of these systems of self-policing, the ability of collective resistance shrinks to none, isolating those rebels who will not submit to these forms of soft imprisonment.

We can no longer accept the role of judicial power in our lives. We do not care if this takes the form of police cars on our streets, prison walls separating us from our friends, ankle monitors, or daily check ins. It all must go. We attack the system that floods into our lives as a reminder that its sprawl should not be normalized. As forms of repression grow beyond the prison walls it should be met with consistent attacks.

Each act of revolt opens up space for joy in our lives, space to breathe freely.
Against the asphyxiation of prison society, we choose rebellion.

Total complicity with all those in revolt against prison and the state in all their forms.

June 11th events for Bloomington

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Once again, Bloomington is stepping it up this year for June 11th, the annual day of solidarity with Marius Mason and other bloomyj11longterm anarchist prisoners. There are a number of diverse events throughout the coming week.

Please spread the word!  Printable posters are available at:
http://june11.org

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June 4: 10 am – 9 pm
Pages to Prisoners Packathon
Boxcar Books (408 E. 6th St.)
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June 7: 7:30 pm
Call-in/letter writing night
Boxcar Books (408 E. 6th St.)

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June 9: 7 pm – 9 pm
Cage Flight: Prison news info event
Boxcar Books (408 E. 6th St.)

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June 10: 7pm
Movie showing: G.A.R.I.
(A film on an action group that kidnapped a banker, demanding freedom for anarchist prisoners)
Boxcar Books (408 E. 6th St.)

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June 11
Microphone demo and picnic: 1 pm – 4 pm
The Square (Walnut & Kirkwood)

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June 12
A Walk in the Woods
(A walk in Yellowwood State Forest in honor of Marius Mason. Learn to identify plants, and discuss past and current efforts to save Indiana’s forests)
Meet @ Seminary Square Kroger: 3 pm

Cage Flight 2

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Cage Flight: Monthly Prison News & Action
Hosted by Bloomington IN Anarchist Black Cross

Monday, May 30th, 7 – 8pm
Boxcar Books

This is the second installment of Cage Flight, a monthly evening of
prison news and action. We will discuss developments in the cases of our friends and comrades, as well as prison uprisings and prisoner resistance.

We will have materials for writing letters and sending packages in addition to information on how to support prisoners through call-in campaigns, bids for parole, and fundraisers. Additionally, we look forward to discussions about how to add to that list. We also intend to use Cage Flight to make connections and build correspondence with Indiana prisoners.

Call-in to support a prisoner in struggle

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Otis Carr is currently imprisoned at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, Indiana and he is requesting our help! Below is a brief description of his situation, and what you can do about it:

From a letter written by Otis Carr # 942245

In his own words:

“During a shakedown by 2 officers… asked me to open my mouth…I was asked 2 times to open my mouth I did as told I was chewing on some prison made candy toffee with half of it still wrapped in plastic…The officers say that they saw ‘something’ in my mouth small but they don’t know what it was but they ‘suspect’ it was drugs.”

In the 2 days following this incident, Carr was subjected to multiple drug tests at Terre Haute Regional Hospital as well as an x-ray at the Wabash correctional facility- all of which came back negative for any traces of drugs.

Despite the evidence proving his innocence in this case, Carr has still been found guilty of Obstruction of Justice, A-100. Additionally, he was not allowed to use the drug tests which he passed as evidence against the charge.

Carr requests our help in putting pressure on the prison to give him a fair chance at self-defense, and demand that they modify his case.

Please call Robert Bugher, IDOC Formal Review Authority at (317) 232 – 5711 and demand that Mr. Carr receive the justice he deserves, and that his case be reviewed.

Personal Info:
Otis Carr #942245
Case No: WVD-16-01-0054
Obstruction of Justice