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Posts Tagged ‘ABC Brighton’

Anti-fascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman target in far-right smear campaign (Bulgaria)

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

From a comrade of ABC Brighton

Antifascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman is currently a target for far-right smear campaign after he had been nominated to a “Human of the Year 2015” award by the human rights NGO Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. His nomination said as follows:

“In his work as Chairman of the Bulgarian Prisoners Rehabilitation Association (BPRA) Jock Palfreeman directly defends the human rights of prisoners in Bulgaria. Though consequential work to reform the criminal justice system of Bulgaria, the human rights of all Bulgarian citizens are enhanced. (more…)

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Brighton ABC – Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary 2016 (UK)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Copies of the latest edition of Brighton ABC’s Bottled Wasp Diary are now available to prisoner support groups at cost price (plus postage and packing) so they can fundraise for their groups.
Cover price is £5/EUR7 and batches of 10 can be had for £15/EUR21. You can contact ABC Brighton (via group emails) for further details at brightonabc[at]riseup.net or at: thebottledwasp[at]riseup.net

This time around the Wasp takes on the history of political insurrection, revolt and revolution across the centuries, with special features on events as far afield as Argentina (Patagonia Rebelde) and China (Wuhan Incident ) or The Year of European Revolutions – 1848 – and the 1975 Portuguese Golpe de 25 de Novembro, taking in along the way the appearance of the first Red Flag as a revolutionary symbol (the Merthyr Rising in 1831), the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381, the Walloon Jacquerie, the various French Communes, the Mexican Revolution, the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and the 1944 Dekemvriana in Greece, via visits to Macedonia, Korea, Chile, China and Australia.

For further info and a quick peak inside, see: http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/bottledwasp.html
A flier can also be downloaded at: http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/images/wasp/2016/2016_flier.pdf

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'Prison As Political Battleground' by John Bowden, radical long-term prisoner (UK)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

From a comrade of ABC Brighton:

Either as a political issue or personal experience prison repression isn’t something the radical left in Britain is particularly familiar with or much inclined to mobilise against. Prison remains largely a working class experience targeted against the poorest and most marginalised of that class. However in a society increasingly polarised and divided between rich and poor in a political climate of growing repression and authoritarianism prisons are being refashioned more and more into instruments of political as well as social control. This will eventually find reflection in the nature and composition of the prisoner population as political activists increasingly supplement the imprisoned poor.

What should characterise the behaviour and attitude of imprisoned political activists towards the prison system? How should those imprisoned for political offences against the system in the “free world” behave and respond once incarcerated in the Belly of the Beast, the steel and concrete innards of the state? (more…)

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Brighton: Demo – Sunday 12 April in solidarity with anarchists in Spain & Catalunya – 'Operación Piñata' (UK)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

**NB: There is a demonstration organised for Brighton at the Clock-Tower on Sunday 12th at 6pm**

Last Monday (April 30th) there was a new repressive strike against the anarchist movement in Spain. Thirty-eight people were arrested in a police operation under the name ‘Operación Piñata‘. Fifteen of them are facing charges of terrorism and five are in preventive imprisonment. The raids were carried out on private homes, social centres and squatted spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, Palencia and Granada.

These police raids were carried out in a very open way, trying to create the maximum social alarm. The media have published the names of the people arrested and the groups they are involved in, presenting the fake police accusations as fact. They talk about ‘anarchist terrorism’ and organisations with leaders, hierarchical infrastructures and various ‘capitation’ methods the arrested allegedly use to ‘fund’ their ‘illegal’ activities.

These raids are a continuation of police operation ‘Operación Pandora‘, which took place last December within the context of the increasingly repressive politics employed by the Spanish government. (more…)

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Solidarity Demo for Kevan Thakrar outside HM Prison Service HQ (UK)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Above: A speaker from FRFI (Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!) at the protest at HM Prison Service HQ against continued solitary confinement of Kevin Thakrar since he was acquitted of attacking prison officers in 2010.

Prolonged isolation of Kevan Thakrar in UK prisons is torture protest

The demo took place 16 February at HM Prison Service HQ in London, and it was attended by over a dozen people, different individuals and groups who were there to support Kevan and show solidarity about his case. Brighton Anarchist Black Cross, Jengba, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, Payday Men’s Network and others. (more…)

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International prisoner solidarity address listings compiled by ABC Brighton (UK)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

ABC Brighton have put together a list of anarchist prisoners from around the world, if you notice any errors or prisoners missing, contact them: brightonabc@riseup.net

http://brightonabc.org.uk/texts/aug_2014_prisoner_list.pdf

Get your pens out and send a letter or a postcard to a prisoner today. Here’s a great writing guide from ABC Leeds. Can’t jail the spirit – keep fighting – keep writing!

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Letter appeal on behalf of John Bowden, long-term radical social prisoner, about the criminalisation of the Anarchist Black Cross (UK)

Friday, July 11th, 2014

via a comrade of Anarchist Black Cross Brighton:

In 2007 my association with the Anarchist Black Cross was considered a compelling enough reason by the prison authorities to prevent my release, despite the subsequent exposure of the lies manufactured by a prison administration regarding the nature and activities of ABC.

In the summer of 2007 following my transfer to an open jail, Castle Huntley near Dundee, after almost three decades of imprisonment, a prison-hired social worker at the jail, Matthew Stillman, submitted a report to the Parole Board in which he claimed I was linked to what he described as a “terrorist group”, specifically naming ABC, and had received visits from “terrorists” also linked to ABC. As a consequence of Stillman’s allegation I was transferred back to a maximum-security prison. (more…)

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'Specialist Intervention' at Strangeways prison Manchester by Kevan Thakrar (UK)

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Latest letter from Kevan Thakrar, via a comrade of ABC Brighton:

Unable to break my resolve and provoke me into any violent reaction after three and a half years at HMP Woodhill’s notorious Close Supervision Centre (CSC), I was transferred to the Specialist Intervention Unit (SIU) at HMP Manchester on 13 June 2013. Initially, people would be forgiven for thinking that finally getting off the CSC was a good thing, but when it is discovered that the move was due to Woodhill staff ‘needing respite’, having burned themselves out with their daily actions of brutality, the move is immediately seen in a different light. (more…)

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'Outsourcing Repression And Control In Prison' by John Bowden (UK)

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Here is the latest letter from John Bowden, via a comrade of the ABC Brighton.

As modern monuments to naked and undisguised state power prisons, it would be reasonable to assume, are institutions where those confined are so completely disempowered and stripped of social distinctions that a kind of elemental human
solidarity must surely prevail amongst them. Surely power in such places would be concentrated solely in the hands of the guards or those who employ them, while the prisoners exist as a powerless uniform mass, voiceless and compliant and denied even bodily integrity and self-autonomy? “Ghosts of the civil dead” is probably the most apt description of the imprisoned.

In fact, as in any society or human group, power within prisons is a very dynamic phenomenon that shifts and changes and sometimes alters the balance and nature of control. It also manifests itself in crude hierarchies of power amongst
prisoners themselves, class systems almost that create another layer of oppression in prison. (more…)

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Kevan Thakrar transfers to HMP Manchester as screws continue their vendetta (UK)

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

From a comrade of the Anarchist Black Cross Brighton:

There’s a call out now for people to start writing letters of complaint about Kevan Thakrar. Here’s a couple of messages I got from his Mum yesterday:

Kev has been fighting against everything wrong in prisons and the way prisoners are treated. He is being tortured in an attempt to shut him up. The POA [Prison Officers Association] have a vendetta against him after being found not guilty of assaulting prison officers at HMP Frankland. Please show your support by writing, calling, emailing your complaints to HMP Manchester, Tel: 0161 817 5600. FAX: 0161 817 5601. Acting Governor Hannah Lane
chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk graylingc@parliament.uk

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Kevan is being tortured at HMP Manchester. He has been starved for 3 days and only allowed out of his cell after the phones have been shut off. He is being subjected to strip searches 3 or 4 times a day usually from the same officer. He has been given 3 IEP’s in the past week and has been put on closed visits which means he is only entitled to 30 minute visits. The director of high security prisons Richard Vince visited him and told him that the move to Manchester is a permanent one so he had better stop making complaints. (more…)

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International Week Of Solidarity With Jock Palfreeman 22nd-28th April

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

More details via ABC Brighton.

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Solidarity call for Thomas Meyer-Falk – Possible release date July 2013 (Germany)

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Since October 1996 I’ve been kept in the dungeons of the German state. I was sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison for one bank-robbery to fundraise money for left-wing projects. Later I was sentenced to a further five years and three months for “insulting” prosecutors, judges and politicians.

I have been a Red and Anarchist Skinhead (RASH) for many years, and the government kept me in isolation (solitary confinement) from 1996 until May 2007. I have been in the general prison population for the past six years and will finish my sentences in July 2013. (more…)

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Letter to ABC Brighton by Jock Palfreeman – Antifascist on Hungerstrike (UK, Bulgaria)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

21st January 2013

G-day guys! All at ABC-Brighton,

Well, first of all, the Director stopped me from my Uni degree! See I’ve been helping other prisoners, obviously part of the union and solidarity with fellow convicts. So to punish me, for my solidarity ie legal advice! the Director of the prison cut me off from the computers where I write my essays. It happened several days ago after 10 guards badly beat a prisoner with batons. I helped the prisoner get legal advice and explained to him the procedure for how to instigate a criminal investigation into their attack. For that I’m being punished in that they are stopping me from my studies. (more…)

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The Bottled Wasp Pocket Diary – a new Anarchist Black Cross fundraising project (UK)

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Brighton Anarchist Black Cross is proud to announce the launch of the Bottle Wasp Pocket Diary, a fund-raising project whose very first edition goes on sale for the first time at the 2012 London Anarchist Bookfair (27th October at Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS). Priced at £5, the diary features daily, weekly and monthly historical listings and milestones in the worlds of prison and anarchist and class struggle politics, together with long-term anarchist and class struggle prisoners’ birthdays. Additionally, the 2013 edition includes articles on a number of subjects including the history of ABC and practical advice on prisoners support, alongside contributions from the likes of Legal Defence & Monitoring Group on ‘No Comment’ and suing the police, Haven Books to Prisoners, Kate Sharpley Library, Green & Black Cross, etc. plus extensive links to other groups active in these areas. (more…)

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In Memory : Ronnie Easterbrook (UK)

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Ronnie Easterbrook died on hunger strike 10th May 2009.

Ronnie Easterbrook was convicted in 1988 for the attempted murder of a policeman during an armed robbery that was set up by the police and a police informant. The only person who died was his fellow would-be robber who was shot dead by the police. Police had lain in wait, with a TV camera crew in-tow and ambushed the gang. The man shot dead by the Police, Tony Ash, was unarmed and already surrendering to them. (more…)

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