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fuckyeahcracker:

Demanding civil rights and just treatment for People of Color has always been about exposing the truth of racial disparities and demanding justice—  not about making sure white people’s feelings don’t hurt and white people don’t feel uncomfortable about the reality of racism.

You should feel uncomfortable about the actual racism enough to do something to fix it, not complain about how we say tell you about it!

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freedomsson:

Starting on July 8th prisoners in California will initiate statewide hunger strikes for those in the segregation units (Security Housing Units and Administrative Segregation) and work stoppages for those in general population. Prisoners in the Green Hill Juvenile prison in Chehalis Washington have stated they will join the strike and have released their own demands. It is important to remember that prisons cannot function for long without the labor of prisoners.
Outside support groups for these strikes have been organized in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento, Portland, Olympia, and Seattle.
Demonstrations will be held at the King County Jail (5th and James) at Noon on Monday, July 8th and at 3:00 p.m. Recreation Park, Chehalis, Washington (across the street from Green Hill). Carpools will be leaving from the artesian well in Olympia at 2 p.m. The purpose of this demonstration is to communicate to the prisoners of Washington and California solidarity with their struggles, noise is encouraged.
Whether you show up at a demonstration or not July 8 is a chance for individuals or crews to take direct action in any way they see fit, that is to say autonomous action is welcome from educational actions to direct actions, as long as you don’t claim to represent others.

freedomsson:

Starting on July 8th prisoners in California will initiate statewide hunger strikes for those in the segregation units (Security Housing Units and Administrative Segregation) and work stoppages for those in general population. Prisoners in the Green Hill Juvenile prison in Chehalis Washington have stated they will join the strike and have released their own demands. It is important to remember that prisons cannot function for long without the labor of prisoners.

Outside support groups for these strikes have been organized in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento, Portland, Olympia, and Seattle.

Demonstrations will be held at the King County Jail (5th and James) at Noon on Monday, July 8th and at 3:00 p.m. Recreation Park, Chehalis, Washington (across the street from Green Hill). Carpools will be leaving from the artesian well in Olympia at 2 p.m. The purpose of this demonstration is to communicate to the prisoners of Washington and California solidarity with their struggles, noise is encouraged.

Whether you show up at a demonstration or not July 8 is a chance for individuals or crews to take direct action in any way they see fit, that is to say autonomous action is welcome from educational actions to direct actions, as long as you don’t claim to represent others.

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fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

from anarchistnews.org:



Tomorrow morning in Pelican Bay State Prison in California, prisoners in the security housing unit will begin a hunger strike to protest their conditions, which include 22+ hour/day lockdown. In 2011, there was a call for prisoners in lockdown to go on hunger strike, and prisoners in genpop to go on a work strike. The 2011 strike peaked at 12,000 prisoners in 13 prisons, and lasted 3 weeks.
This year, strikes have been organized in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle. This is to call attention to the inhumane and torturous conditions of prisons all across North America. In Pelican Bay, prisoners are only allowed the chance leave lockdown if they inform on fellow inmates and folks on the outside. This is to create suspicion and division, and to reinforce the power of the state. Hunger strikes are an act of solidarity among prisoners, and an act of revolt against the prison industrial complex that fucks with them all.
Kingston anarchists dropped a banner over the highway in solidarity with hunger strikers and prisoners everywhere. There are 8 PIC institutions in our town and one fucking huge military base. Fuck prisons, fuck the state, fuck oppression in all its forms. We will never stop fighting.
For more information on the hunger strike, go to:http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

fuckyeahanarchistbanners:

from anarchistnews.org:

Tomorrow morning in Pelican Bay State Prison in California, prisoners in the security housing unit will begin a hunger strike to protest their conditions, which include 22+ hour/day lockdown. In 2011, there was a call for prisoners in lockdown to go on hunger strike, and prisoners in genpop to go on a work strike. The 2011 strike peaked at 12,000 prisoners in 13 prisons, and lasted 3 weeks.

This year, strikes have been organized in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle. This is to call attention to the inhumane and torturous conditions of prisons all across North America. In Pelican Bay, prisoners are only allowed the chance leave lockdown if they inform on fellow inmates and folks on the outside. This is to create suspicion and division, and to reinforce the power of the state. Hunger strikes are an act of solidarity among prisoners, and an act of revolt against the prison industrial complex that fucks with them all.

Kingston anarchists dropped a banner over the highway in solidarity with hunger strikers and prisoners everywhere. There are 8 PIC institutions in our town and one fucking huge military base. Fuck prisons, fuck the state, fuck oppression in all its forms. We will never stop fighting.

For more information on the hunger strike, go to:
http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/

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freedomsson:

Today, there were multiple prisoner solidarity noise protests in the Kansas City metro area. In solidarity with July 8th prison hunger strikes, activists from Prisoner Support & Solidarity - Missouri held a rally outside of the Jackson County jail in Kansas City, the the federal prison in Ft. Leavenworth, and the Buchanan county jail and state prison in St. Joseph, to let prisoners know they are not alone. With black flags waving, pots banging, and a banner that read “All Prisoners Are Political Prisoners,” enough noise was made so that inmates would know they had support from the outside. The waves, peace signs, and messages we received back from the inmates were very inspiring. Heckling and rude comments from the police were met with noise, music, words about our purpose, and words about the oppression of the prison industrial complex.

Chances are there is a detention facility in your area. This action should be repeated often and worldwide. Until every prison wall is torn down, none of us are free. Love, solidarity, and the power of people will always be stronger than the chains of the state.

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anarcho-queer:

30,000+ California Inmates Begin Hunger Strike To Protest Prison Conditions
Officials said 30,000 California inmates refused meals Monday at the start of a prison strike involving two-thirds of the state’s 33 lockups, as well as four out-of-state facilities.
Participants refused breakfast and lunch, said corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton. In addition, 2,300 prisoners skipped work or classes, some saying they were sick.
The protest was organized by a small group of inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border. Their complaints focus on policies that put inmates in isolation indefinitely, some for decades, if they are suspected of having ties to prison gangs.
They want a five-year limit on such isolation. They also seek education and rehabilitation programs and the right to make monthly phone calls.
Last year, corrections officials began releasing inmates from isolation who showed no evidence of gang-related behavior. Nearly half of the 400 prisoners reviewed so far have been returned to the general inmate population.
Corrections policy is not to declare a hunger strike until inmates miss nine meals. Even so, Thornton said, Monday’s protest participants number far more than two years ago, when 11,600 inmates were refusing meals at one point.
Thornton said prisons operated as usual despite the protests. “Everything has been running smoothly," she said.
The action coincided with the start Monday evening of Ramadan, the annual period during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, possibly complicating authorities’ attempt to count the protesters.

anarcho-queer:

30,000+ California Inmates Begin Hunger Strike To Protest Prison Conditions

Officials said 30,000 California inmates refused meals Monday at the start of a prison strike involving two-thirds of the state’s 33 lockups, as well as four out-of-state facilities.

Participants refused breakfast and lunch, said corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton. In addition, 2,300 prisoners skipped work or classes, some saying they were sick.

The protest was organized by a small group of inmates held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border. Their complaints focus on policies that put inmates in isolation indefinitely, some for decades, if they are suspected of having ties to prison gangs.

They want a five-year limit on such isolation. They also seek education and rehabilitation programs and the right to make monthly phone calls.

Last year, corrections officials began releasing inmates from isolation who showed no evidence of gang-related behavior. Nearly half of the 400 prisoners reviewed so far have been returned to the general inmate population.

Corrections policy is not to declare a hunger strike until inmates miss nine meals. Even so, Thornton said, Monday’s protest participants number far more than two years ago, when 11,600 inmates were refusing meals at one point.

Thornton said prisons operated as usual despite the protests. “Everything has been running smoothly," she said.

The action coincided with the start Monday evening of Ramadan, the annual period during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, possibly complicating authorities’ attempt to count the protesters.

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knowledgeappliedispower:

Urgent

Hey If any of you guys can help please do,

Someone the campaign I am in Hands Off Somalia has been working with Said Kasim, has been on hunger strike for 22 days, he is currently in Critical condition. He is in immigration detention but is Somali, and shouldn’t be in detention, he speaks a Somali dialect. Due to the cutting of funding for immigrant defence, he has had to represent himself in court and as they believe him to be from Tanzania they have given him Swahili translators on 2 occasions and then mocked him for his English (See Below).

Previous to his Hunger Strike.

  • He has been left untreated in his cell, with a broken leg for 4 days, the reason being they wanted to hand cuff him and walk him to the medical room (with a broken leg).He has been given inadequate health care on several other occasions 
  • He has been called racist slurs by the guards on many occasions. 
  • He has been forced to represent himself in court. And when given the wrong translator been asked such questions as:

‘why are you in England?’
how can you live in this country if you don’t speak English?’
‘who wrote your application if you don’t speak English?’ 

‘where did you work before being in detention?’

‘how did you eat if you cant speak English?’

‘how did you survive if you cant speak English?’

  • He has been told that he will be deported to Nigeria

 In Said’s own words:

“I better off die than to be locked inside like this… I am not a terrorist and I’m not a danger to the public. In short, I’m not going to stop my hunger strike until I die”

Please if you can: 

Call UKBA switchboard (9am-445pm)

Telephone: 0870 606 7766

Call the Ministry of Justice (in charge of prisons etc)

Telephone: 020 3334 3555 (open 9am-430pm)

Call Colnbrook IRC directly to complain

Tel: 020 8607 5200 – we recommend PRESS OPTION 1 THEN PRESS 303

Ring the Home Office (immigration) to report a hunger strike protest and ask the above questions:

Telephone: 020 7035 4848
Fax: 020 7035 4745
Email: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Contact local MP John Mcdonnell to inform him about Said’s hunger strike and critical condition (he has intervened before)

Email: mcdonnellj@parliament.uk

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/johnmcdonnellMP

Alert journalists

Zoe Williams, Twitter – @zoesqwilliams. She is a journalist for the Guardian who has written recently about asylum seekers on section 4.

The Independent
Phone: 020 7005 2000
Email: c.hamilton@independent.co.uk, newseditor@independent.co.uk, foreigneditor@independent.co.uk, letters@independent.co.uk

The Guardian
Phone: 020 3353 2000
Email: owen.bowcott@guardian.co.uk, sam.jones@guardian.co.uk, national@guardian.co.uk, news@observer.co.uk

The Telegraph
Phone: 020 7931 2000
Email: rosa.silverman@telegraph.co.uk, dtnews@telegraph.co.uk, stnews@telegraph.co.uk

Metro
Phone: 020 3615 0600
Email: joel.taylor@ukmetro.co.uk, news.london@ukmetro.co.uk

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fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Tensions Mount After Police Fatally Shoot Brooklyn Teenager Kimani Gray

A candlelit vigil for a Brooklyn teen killed by New York City police officers left two people injured and led to one arrest Monday night.

At approximately 7:00 pm, roughly 200 people gathered in East Flatbush for a somber vigil to remember Kimani Gray, a 16 year-old shot and killed by plainclothes police officers Saturday night after allegedly pointing a gun at them.

Following the memorial at E. 52nd St. and Tilden Ave., the site of Saturday’s shooting, mourners began marching toward the 67th precinct but access to building was cut off by police.

Garbage cans were flipped over as the crowd moved through the streets and witnesses claimed the demonstrators threw objects at the police.

(via sinidentidades)