Posts Tagged ‘Letter’
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Revolutionary Greetings Comrades! Today is Tuesday, April 7th, 2020. This morning the entire prison population here at USP Pollock was screened for Covid-19 and issued protective Masks! The Registered Nurse who was part of the screening team was named Pennison. I asked Mr. Pennison Two Important questions:
#1.) Are there any Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 on the entire Federal Correctional Complex here at Pollock?
He answered: ”No”
#2.) Have there been any Suspected Cases of Covid-19 on the Complex??
His answer was: ”Yes, but they have been ruled out.”
Be advised that this morning a prisoner on my Housing Unit claimed to have Covid-19 symptoms! He has been placed in quarantine. Please Pray for the Best!
The Fcc-complex at Pollock includes a Satelite Camp, a Medium Facility and a U.S. Penitentiary where I am currently Housed.
I Must take this opportunity to issue a National Call for Action!!! Now!!!
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
I’ve Spent 27 Years in Solitary Confinement. Here Are Some Tips on Making the Best Use of Time Alone.
By Keith Lamar, via AMW.
In solitary, I’m already quarantined somewhat. The only way we would get sick is if a CO [correctional officer] or somebody brings it in. It’s probably inevitable because the guards, even if they don’t have a temperature, can still be carrying the virus. And they are the ones who pass out mail, who give us food. I’m doing what I can in terms of washing my hands frequently, but there’s only so much you can do. You just sitting here waiting to catch it.
I had a strict rule with my family that if anyone is sick please don’t come visit, because once you get the flu [here] it’s just torture. They don’t give you any medications, beyond ibuprofen, so you pretty much have to suffer through. If you catch something as severe as coronavirus, I don’t know how they intend to deal with that. Perhaps they would ship you out to another facility, a hospital. I’m definitely afraid.
They have suspended all visitations, so our families aren’t able to come. Before, I was getting five to six visits a month: nieces and nephews, my uncles, aunts, friends. I realize there’s a pandemic, so I’m all for suspending visits temporarily. My fear is that after this is said and done, they will use this as an excuse to extend the no-visit policy. I went 18 years without being able to hug my family. That’s the only concern I have, besides getting sick. (more…)
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
We are experiencing the deepest systemic crisis that is killing. Covid 19 was created by deep poverty and inequality. Doctors have already spoken out about the new poverty conditions that all kinds of epidemics are hatching in different parts of the globe. Covid 19 is a child of inequality, and as it gets deeper, new viruses may be born that may be even more murderous than this coronavirus. Isn’t it time for political criticism? But it is the very system of capitalism and the market economy of political oligarchy called representative democracy that creates an ever-widening gap between wealth and poverty, resulting in an ever-increasing poverty spreading across many countries on the planet.
A prominent pulmonologist who has publicly raised the issue of extreme poverty as a cause of the pandemic and has said that if inequality is not addressed, we will continue to have such pandemic phenomena, never again appeared on television screens. The way covid 19 is treated is also done according to social and class conditions, although the system is essentially responsible for this development. Covid 19 may not discriminate against who it hits, but not everyone has the luxury of proper care (large homes with compliance with safety and hygiene, good nutrition) and not everyone has the ability to purchase overpriced materials to protect themselves, especially now with the millions of unemployed in Greece, locked in their homes and even exposed to hunger. Patients with covid 19 no longer have access to public hospitals that are already under the weight of the pandemic due to shortages of materials, infrastructure, and staff, while diagnostic tests are limited. (more…)
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington | Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
Today is Sunday, March 29th, 2020. This is a follow-up report to an Urgent Update that I released last Sunday, March 22nd, 2020. This specific report details recent events in regard to the Covid-19 Pandemic within Facilities Operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Please be advised that there has been a Deliberate Attempt by the Main-Stream Media and The White House to ignore the Deadly impact Covid-19 has been having on Amerika’s World Leading Prison Population.
On the morning of March 29th, 2020 I interviewed a Registered Nurse who works for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Nurse requested that I not use their name. I will respect this employees request to remain Anonymous.
It was reported to me that there have been 8 Positive Cases of Covid-19 at Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale which is located in Oakdale, Louisiana. FCI Oakdale is the “Sister Facility” to USP Pollock. Of the 8 Cases at FCI Oakdale, 6 are prisoners and 2 are B.O.P. employees. There has been One Death at FCI Oakdale connected to the Covid-19 Virus! There are 6 Prisoners currently on ventilators at the facility. (more…)
Greece: A first statement on 2/3/20, from anarchist comrades D.Valavani, K.Athanasopoulou and Michailidis G.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
A first statement from comrades Valavani, Athanasopoulou and Michailidis
Difficult is the moment when freedom is lost. Especially when it had been won in adverse conditions. The situation gets worse if we consider that the blow we received on a material level has even stronger symbolic implications. Our cinematic arrest was followed by similar media propaganda, our graphic tour with bulletproof vests and the usual judicial management to find ourselves once again with an overblown set of charges, elements that form an extension of the handcuffs and weapons of the uniformed assassins.
A look at the wider social situation around us which is changing at a rapid pace so that we can slip away from our own microcosm a little.
From the magnitude of the workers’ exploitation and abolishing of labour rights to the stranglehold of animals in meat production units. From the intensive repression against protests and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment from anti-terrorist services around the world, to deforestation and the disappearance of wildlife. From the financial exclusion of a growing social segment to the violent marginalization of most of the earth’s population. To the murders of the poor, the excluded, of all who are leftovers in the world of the mighty. From the provocative economic and business elite to the peoples being bombed, shot and uprooted. Where the interests of the powerful mean death, danger or a life drowned in submission. Nature, animals and humans mean nothing more than units generating profits and wealth. These and many others led us to choose the anarchist struggle, a choice that challenges the existing social order.
Our initial focus is on creating authentic and sincere relations, while at the same time there is the lasting need of our participation in the multiform struggle. After all, the anarchist struggle does not differentiate its means or support a hierarchy of forms of struggle. It is imperative and adjusts according to the conditions of each era, placing its bet on collectivization and diffusion on the social fabric.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
These words of love and war go to Jhonny Cariqueo and his fireproof father.
I never met you in person Jhonny, I knew you were a compañero, an inhabitant of Pudahuel who like many young people went out at night to commemorate another year of the Day of the Young Combatant back there in 2008.
Minions can’t bear the insolence to challenge them, not even with words nor with homemade weapons, and they throw themselves to the wild charge entrusted in them by the state. They take you after an act in a square in your commune. I imagine those moments, screams, weapons to the head, immobility, looks of hatred between both sides. You were transferred with other brave ones to the dungeons of the sadistic 26th Police Station, beaten and humiliated by those that are only courageous for abuse but not for combat. They beat you, your heart clenches, you communicate it to your captors, they in their cruelty just ignore you and mock you. My spirit burns with rage at imagining this. They release you. I imagine you coming to your house, with yours worries, tiredness, the desire to sleep, your father’s love.
Spend the night and imagine that you felt bad, your chest clenches, without you wanting it, the dead woman’s hand takes you on the shoulder. You pass away cause of the beating at the police station and the lack of attention where your great heart stopped working. Compañero, the police MURDERED you and that will walk with us for the rest of life.
I attended your funeral, hugs between compas, faces of anger and pain, We made a basket and bought a flower crown. A diagonal red-black flag of Anarchy was designed, like your scream, like your rap, like your ideas. (more…)
Monday, March 30th, 2020
From Black Ink.
What is a friendship? Is it two people that hang around each other or talk to each other every day, or just two people that party together? No—a friendship is a bond you make with someone. A bond you can’t break. A bond so strong that no matter what happens it won’t break. But when a friendship is questioned by another person, show them how strong it is by showing them what a friend is for.
When your bro is down, be there by his side when he falls. When he needs somebody to talk to, lend him your shoulder. If he goes to battle, be there for him in that fight—be ready to take a bullet for your bro.
I can tell you this: I’m willing to die for my bros, for real. I’m ready to take a bullet or a beat-down for my bro, because at the end of the day, when my bro needs my help, best believe I will be there in a heartbeat, and I will be there till we done. If my help causes me to die then so be it.
They call me a racist for hanging around white people. Let me tell you something: there was more white people there for me in my lifetime than my own kind. If my own kind was there for me, they was there for what I got. Only a handful of my kind was real to me, and those are the people I still talk to today.
Yeah, I hang around white people, and I will continue to do that. I got a white friend inside prison called Daustin Luck, and let me tell you this: he is the most realest person I had in my entire life, and I would stand on that—I will die for that boy. You know why? Because he was so good to me. He didn’t care what I had. He was there when I was down and out, so I have a mission to be there for him. I devote my life to him.
There’s another person like that. We call him Guy. He is the most realest person I had in my life. Guess what? He blacker than my handful of black people and I will die for him. To these two people I will give my life, and get the tar beat out of me, fighting by they side, and beside my family and my girl.
I say to the world, right here, right now: when we come home, those that supported me in here and out there are the people I will mess with, because those people was there for me inside prison. They held my head above water when I went under. When I was on drugs in here they was there to drag me out. They didn’t stop messing with me because I used. My bro Luck used a lot, but he overcame and he got me through a lot of shit.
People of the nation: when these two people come home, please recognize them as real friends. Give them the same respect y’all do me because they deserve that shit. Remember these names and share them with the world, please:
DAUSTIN LUCK (1326362)
GUY WOOLFOLK (1007482)
I love these people to death. Get in contact with them, please. I beg you, let’s give them the same support y’all give me. If you want to send money or letters you can. Let’s show how y’all can support them.
The Ferguson Uprising took place the day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The brutal killing sparked mass protests and riots across America that had reverberations around the world. Write to Joshua, find his prison address and financial solidarity details on this page.
Letter from John Bowden: ‘I Leave Prison Unbroken, My Political Integrity Uncompromised And Unyielding’ (UK)
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
On the 20th February, the Parole Board finally agreed to my release after forty years of my imprisonment and four previous parole hearings when my release was denied not because I represented a risk or danger to the public but because I was labelled an “anti-authoritarian” prisoner with links to anarchist and communist groups on the outside, specifically Anarchist Black Cross and the Revolutionary Communist Group.
Following a parole knockback of my release last year, I instigated a Judicial Review of the decision. Which although it did not succeed fired a judicial shot across the bows of the Parole Board and Ministry of Justice. And persuade them that future decisions on my release or not would have to be based on proper legal criteria. Specifically, whether my continued imprisonment could be justified in the Interests of public protection and-not just because I was labelled a “difficult prisoner” by the – prison authorities.
So, the parole panel considering my case in February of this year had to admit there was no real lawful justification for my continued imprisonment and so reluctantly agreed to my release. However, in its written decision, the Parole Board claimed that my “current risk factors” included “anti-authority views” and “attitudes supportive of the use of violence.” It also wrote: “During your sentence, you have evidenced that you have a mistrust of those in authority and professionals have previously reported that if you felt unfairly treated or discriminated against, coupled with any engagement with anti-social peers, then this could increase your risk of violence. Your attitude towards authority and your personality characteristics have also been considered by professionals to present a potential challenge in your future risk management.” (more…)
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
“…Light in the Shadow
The enemy’s got to watch out
That only from that ancient place
The foundation stone could emerge
Which is spreading out of control
This land called
Our beloved America
And if necessary in the future
We will change the name.”
– Sergio Terenzi (el Urubu)
1. (A) INTRO MODE
The handful of reflections that follow have come to us almost unintentionally. They are one more contribution to the debate on the issues that move us; a small stop on the troubled road we are now travelling. It is good to share visions about what worries us and throw them like a bottle into the sea… Perhaps they will serve to fertilize the sowing and/or sharpen the tools suitable to advance in the realization of what we dream…To all the warriors of praxis a sincere embrace from the region that fails to dominate (as they would like) the self-proclaimed state of Sargentino. May 1000 new rebellions flourish.
II. OF BEINGS AND DEEDS
We do not underestimate or mock the many ancient pagan cultures that are seeing, in these present times, the signs of an inevitable decline throughout the entire ill-treated and agonized blue planet that we inhabit. And we don’t dismiss it because (among other things…) beyond mysticism and conspiracies, the harsh reality shows us that this IS so. We feel the vertigo of the events in our skin; and we consider that it is a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. We refuse to look the other way as it would be alienating. The question is rather: what do we do?
Tags: Analysis, Argentina, Black International, Black International of Anarchists of Praxis, Coronavirus, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Letter, Pampa Libre Cell (FAI-IRF), Santiago Maldonado
Posted in Autonomy
Friday, March 13th, 2020
ABOUT A SENTENCE AND SOMETHING MORE
I don’t deny a certain monomania. I have often had to deal with repression. I have undergone it, faced it, badly tried to understand something of it. I wrote about it for years in magazines, if anything because it concerned me and other comrades personally. Ironically, I find myself doing the same thing now for some years, but as a prisoner and along with others in the same condition, concerning the investigation that led to my arrest and that of various other comrades, with five of us being sentenced. I’d happily do without being the centre of attention, but I want to keep all the comrades informed. I want it because a trial is the culmination of various experiences that it’s good to discuss again at times in order not to let them fall to the level of futile opinionism.
In the so called “Scripta Manent” trial all sorts of things were put together. In a year and a half of court hearings – not to mention the amount of documents submitted – personal biographies were obviously dealt with regarding the accused and not only – there were historical-cop digressions on anarchy, discussion of previous judicial proceedings against anarchists, armed practices – past and present – publishing and street experiences… “A sometimes inextricable tangle”, a judge opens in the premise of the sentence motivations report. It is already good news to know that anarchy is incomprehensible to women and men of law. But let’s see what they write at the end of the first grade trial. [Everything in inverted comas (“”) is taken from the sentence motivations report]. (more…)
Tags: Analysis, Black International, Black International of Anarchists of Praxis, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, Italy, Letter, Marco Bisesti, Operation Scripta Manent, Repression
Posted in Social Control
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
We are in a war situation, some of us were killed, some of us are in prisons, some of us were pushed to escape and are being hidden and many of us are under a lot of pressure. We should accept that resistance against state and capitalism is not the easy way of life but we have no choice: either we resist together and survive, or the state and capitalism will kill all of us one by one.
After months being under watch, follow and harassment by anti terrorist unit, on February 13, when the oppression did target me and those who have contact with me more than in the past, I did take a political decision to be hidden. I am not in a safe place and no one is in a safe place because in this neo liberal capitalism system, there is no safe place, so being hidden inside 4 walls does not mean you are safe.
In this period of time, there is a historical and political responsibility for the movement to defend the armed resistance. The goal of state repression is first to pacifize and in the end to destroy any kind of resistance, because the state does not want the oppressed to fight back. The state talks about peace but this peace is nothing but monopolizing the violence in the hand of state. The state is trying to make us unable to return the violence, but the oppressed should defend themselves by any means that they understand; otherwise there is no survival.
Monday, March 9th, 2020
Here is a report from the Texas political prisoner Xinachtli, discussing his conditions of confinement and asking for people to show solidarity on May Day:
“Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply.” – Comrade Assata Shakur, Black Liberation Army (in exile in Cuba)
In the spirit of revolutionary proletarian internationalism, from within the belly of this racist, fascist, neo-colonial military stockade, also known as the Guantanamo of Texas prisons, from the occupied territories of the U.S. Southwest under siege for over 500 years, I salute you, and thank you and all freedom-loving peoples of the world, who support me, the Texas prisoner freedom struggles, and the global fight against monopoly capitalism and imperialism.
Viva la revolucion obrera! Viva la lucha! Long live the struggle!
Since my return trip from Polunsky in Livingston, TX, from my Hep C medical treatment, I found a “new administration” in ad. seg. (meaning solitary confinement), more repressive than the last one when I left here in July 2019. Since my return on October 18, 2019, I have been repeatedly assigned to a “disciplinary segregation” cellblock, more punitive than the regular ad. seg. cellblock. I mean, the pigs claim it is just a temporary 30-day “assignment”, but they keep repeating me on it, saying it is due to “overcrowding overflow”, but of over 500 ad. seg. prisoners, who they could easily “rotate”, they have singled me out for repeated assignments to this merry-go-round, under false pretexts. (more…)
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
—To Joaquín García Chanks and Marcelo Villarroel Sepúlveda, comrades and co-conspirators.
“Let’s continue the assault on the existent with all means, undeterred by those who would silence us with weapons from the stockpile of reaction, be they the kick of the democratic jackboot, the empty chatter of opinion or the siren calls of the candy men of hope.”
Jean Weir; Tame words from a wild heart.
“Whomever is determined to carry out their action is not a brave person, they are simply someone who has clarified their ideas, who has realized the futility of striving to play the role assigned to them by Capital. They are aware, and attack with cold determination. And in doing so they realize themselves as a human being. They realize themselves in pleasure. The kingdom of death disappears before their eyes.”
Alfredo Maria Bonanno; Selected Texts.
“Let us put a stop to the conjuring tricks of dialectics. The exploited are not carriers of any positive project, be it even the classless society … Capital is their only community. They can only escape by destroying everything that makes them exploited.”
At Daggers Drawn
When history is written – with capital letters, the one that the victors have always written and will write – about the generalized insurrection in Chile at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, it will have to be read with extreme meticulousness, since it will be reflected in the supposed motivations of the “crisis” that produced the revolt.
Once again, the economic analysis will prevail – with emphasis on “the obscenity of misery” that has caused that uncertain denomination they call “Neo-Liberalism” – and, the poor negotiating capacity of a superb government that failed to meet popular demands and chose for the continuity of a regime of corruption and impunity, a (constitutional) heir of one of the bloodiest fascist dictatorships in the Americas.
However, nothing will be recorded of that anonymous power that shaped the anger of despair, of the nihilistic actions that transformed into a sweeping energy which disrupted normality whilst mercilessly attacking the reality that oppresses us. (more…)
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Let’s make March the hottest month in history!
Urgent Call to Anarchic Action:
As ANARCHIC WARRIORS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PATRIARCHY, we call all our comrades to be present in the fight in the streets next Sunday 8th March and let’s extend the insurrection throughout the month of March: In one day there is not enough room for all our fury! We will go out again with our anti-systemic rage and hope to spread fury again within the numb sectors of the so-called “feminist movement”. This is a war and we are prepared for war. We know that since the heights of power prepare the repression of the protest. But we are not intimidated, we will turn the protest into a widespread insurrection.
In his morning circus-mass, the peje-ganzo-poop-president every day starts the massive media machine and tries to impose a change of reality to ensure public opinion and be able to repress at ease.
First, he accused the anarchists of being “conservatives”, and now he extends the title to the so-called “feminist movement”. He accuses that there is a “black hand” in the struggle for the destruction of patriarchy. Saying what lies behind our rage because they rape us and kill us, is the right hand of fascism.
This reversal of roles is the script of the change of reality that they try to impose from Power. Again he thinks that he grabs us with the assholes but he doesn’t fool us. We know who are the true conservatives and fascists. All government is of a Conservative and fascist nature.
In its Fourth Transformation, examples of conservatism abound… The alliance between evangelical fascism and the retro-Bolshevik left is the main test of the union of misogynist dogs.
The morning message of Christian morality and its call to strengthen the Mexican hetero-patriarchal family is the evidence. Family structures which are hetero-patriarchal are the basis of the State (sacred or secular) and the continuity of patriarchy.
As we have expressed before: We are aware of the presence in the national palace of a misogynist and sexist, pro-life, ultra-conservative and evangelical fascist who has been an ally of the left in its constant opportunism to “take power” at all costs.
They can fool the good people (happy, content and ignorant) but us, NEVER. That’s why we will not put a limit on the revolt.
We will continue releasing the subway turnstiles throughout March, inviting individual and collective disobedience, spreading the fury…
We do not want dialogue or new laws: we want to burst the system of hetero-patriarchal domination. And we will do it with all our creativity, like Mrs. Yakul, teaching us about the Chilean insurrectionists, not with drums and choreographies but with the stone and the molotov.
The struggle has reached a decisive turning point: let’s extend the revolt.
Let the sky explode with the chambermaid God and everything!
Let’s destroy everything that dominates us!
The Insurgentes subway square will be the Plaza de Las Insurgentes!
If one day we do not return home: Do not light candles, light barricades!
Neither God, nor State, nor Master, nor Husband!
The State-Capital, with AMLO or without AMLO [Mexican President], Patriarchy is what weaves!
Let’s destroy everything that dominates and conditions us!
Anarchic solidarity with all the comrades and fellow prisoners around the world!
Against the patriarchal civilization!
For the control of our own lives!
For the destruction of gender!
For the insurrectional anarchic tension!
Fire to all that exists!
Phenomenal Witches and Insurrectionists (F.B.I), formerly Female Witches and Insurrectionists / F.B.I. (Féminas Brujas e Insurreccionalistas)
Mexico City, Monday 24 February 2020.
Friday, February 21st, 2020
Words of a prisoner in revolt, from Santiago. 1, Module 14, accused of throwing an incendiary device.
As an anarcho-nihilist individualist I write these words from a prison in the $hilean territory, already in my first month in prison I have been able to reaffirm my position as anti-prison and stubbornly unmanageable in front of the whole machinery and framework that tries to make you part of it.
Nowadays while the flame of the insurrection is still burning and continues with great force in different parts of the world and in this same territory, it is important to remain firm despite all the consequences that our actions bring. Nothing we do is in vain, but always being attentive especially in these moments, to where each time our enemies are becoming more and more professional, that it is of relevance that we also do so too and continue positioning ourselves even more in the realities that we live, going hand in hand with self-care, making it part of ourselves and throwing us on the path to which each one of us decided to take.
As an anarcho-nihilist prisoner I call for solidarity in its many forms and not to give up, I send my most complicit hugs and much newen [Mapuche term meaning Strength, Energy], I greet all those who remain steadfast and to the prisoners of the world.
BEFORE CONTROL, CHAOS AND INSURRECTION.