4strugglemag Issue 15: Views, Thoughts and Analysis from the Hearts and Minds of North American Political Prisoners and Friends
Issue 15 – International Women’s Day, Revolutionary & Prison Struggle, Book Reviews, Sri Lanka and National Liberation, Political Prisoner Updates
Welcome to 4SM #15, a major voice of u.s. political prisoners. Whether you are checking us out online or are reading the hardcopy, you see that both editions are coming at you in an improved and updated form. With our upgraded hardcopy we are also initiating an effort to increase its outreach and subscriptions, to prisoners and outside people. Share your copy and spread the word about this unique revolutionary voice. Let us know what you think of our upgraded format and look.
We begin this issue with a major salute to International Woman’s Day (IWD – March 8th), and the contribution and struggle of the sisters.
Section 2 has book reviews. A new and important book on Fred Hampton’s murder is reviewed by Sundiata Acoli. A thought provoking artistic book of poetry, by long held political prisoner Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, entitled The Black Panther is an African Cat, is also reviewed. A review of Will you Die with Me: My LIfe and the Black Panther Party will be included in the next (July) issue.
Section 3 covers revolutionary struggle, prison struggle and more. We salute May Day, bring you information from the Chairman of the New African Black Panther Party and have many other very interesting and informative articles.
The final section is a long, informative and analytical essay on the civil war in Sri Lanka. Bill Dunne lays out the struggle of the past 30 years and also draws broader conclusions and begins a discussion on the entire question of national liberation struggles. This discussion is begun by the article that follows, which I wrote, on nations, national liberation and revolution. 4SM will welcome further input on this question and will print readers’ thoughts, if we receive them, in future issues.
We have updates on various political prisoners throughout the issue. Check this out and do what you can to help.
See you in issue 16, out in July 2010. This will include our yearly salute and words on Black August, information on the Fall 2010 Running Down The Walls runs, and more. We welcome your thoughts and input on any ongoing 4SM discussions, as well as analysis and information on other revolutionary topics. 4SM wants your best, edited, well thought out and laid out writings — graphics also. See you in July.
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle!
Jaan Laaman, editor
P.O. Box 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734
Miami Model, The
a guide to the events surrounding the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Ministerial in Miami, November 20-21, 2003
.A Collaborative Work.
May Day and Anarchism
remembrance and resistance from Haymarket to now
Edited by Anna Key
Kate Sharpley Library
Fuck You Bearden
Look! it's another zine from anarchist prisoner Rob Los Ricos
Featuring Rob's thoughts about:
prison life, riots, the just us system, illegalism, rioting and more words than necessary, with not enough artwork
Superprisons in Canada
This pamphlet was written in Kingston Ontario, the city with the largest concentration of prisons in Canada, and our hometown. We wrote it to bring people up to speed with what we see as a dangerous agenda at work within the federal government with respect to the Canadian prison system. At this very moment, the federal Conservative Party, their various corporate partners, and their provincial proxy-parties are pushing hard for a major expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). This is the term we use to refer to the interest groups, businesses, and government institutions that rely on locking people up to increase their bottom line. While private contractors are a major aspect of the PIC – one we’ll delve into later in this pamphlet – this issue is about more than privatization. It’s about an ideology of “Law and Order” driven by fear, racism, and moral panic. It’s about the extent to which the logic of prison is being extended into society generally, through increased surveillance and heavier-handed policing in the name of “public safety.” And it’s about our town, Kingston, Ontario, where the first Canadian prison was ever built, and what it means to be a city that experiences economic booms when more people are being put in prison.
This pamphlet touches on a few specific issues relating to the ongoing Conservative revolution in prisons and policing, and tries to strategically show a few points of intervention for people who want to resist this expansion. Most of our research has focused on the internal plan to construct new super-prisons, but related issues such as the closing of the prison farms, the backdoor privatization of the prison system, and the introduction of draconian amendments to the Criminal Code are all elements of the Conservative transformation in its vulnerable and weak introductory phase, which could be resisted simultaneously in order to disrupt this current process. The strong link between the ousted Mike Harris regime in Ontario, and the key players in the Corrections transformation sheds light on what we might expect in the next year. Drawing on the experiences of the anti-Harris movement could provide insight into effective tactics and strategies with which to resist and ultimately defeat the current government and any future governments determined to implement such policies.
Get in touch with us at epic (at) riseup.net
Under the Yoke of the State
Selected Anarchist Responses to Prisons and Crime
Vol. 1; 1886-1929
Unnamed Codefendant, The #6
Issue 6 Fall/ Winter 2006
The Newsletter of the Books 4 Prisoners Crew
Off the Hook #12
The newsletter of the Missouri Prisoners' Labor Union
Issue 12 Sept. 2006
At the dawn of industrialism, factories were modeled after prisons...
in its twilight, prisons are modeled after factories.
Stockade Stood Burning, The : rebellion and the convict lease in tennessee's coalfields, 1891-1895
This zine covers an obscure but phenomenal story of coal miners' and convicts' joint rebellion against the convict leasing system in post-Civil War Tennessee. Touching on the issues of prison growth, racial identities in the south, the limitations of demand-oriented movements, and the application of contemporary insurrectionary perspectives in understanding historical phenomena, it is "required reading" for anyone interested in appalachian social movements, insurrection, or historical positioning of the southern white worker. Brought to you by the North Carolina Piece Corps. Email NCpiececorps@gmail.com for physical copies.
Fire to the Prisons-Issue #8-Winter 2010
Fire to the Prisons
An Insurrectionary Quarterly
Issue #8 Out Now
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Issue #8 Table of Contents
WHAT AND WHY:
A quick briefing - Pg. 3
TURNING THE TABLES
IN DEFENSE OF THE EXCEPTIONS:
Advocating a revolutionary voice in defense of the “cop-killer”.
By Another Delinquent - Pg. 10
WE’LL GET WHAT WE CAN TAKE:
A brief chronology of recent events in the
California Student-Worker Movement. - Pg. 17
THE BRICKS WE THROW AT POLICE TODAY WILL BUILD THE LIBERATION SCHOOLS OF TOMORROW
By Three Non-Matriculating Proletarians - Pg. 23
BLAST FROM THE PAST:
BLACK MASK AND
UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHERFUCKER
The story of a small underground 1960’s
Revolutionary group in New York City. - Pg. 28
OUR TEARS MAKE THE FLOWERS GROW
On the situation in greece. - Pg. 37
The Olympics are coming. - Pg. 41
WE DID NOT HAVE OUR “BROKENHAGEN”
On the actions against the climate summit “Cop15” in Copenhagen.
By Some Unwanted Children of Capitalism - Pg. 46
Updates on the legal cases or situations of those enemy to the state. - Pg. 48
Actions claimed in solidarity with other struggles, arrested individuals, or unrest. - Pg. 73
Of North American Prisoner Resistance. - Pg. 80
Attacks claimed by Anarchists. - Pg. 84
Under reported actions of Indigenous and “Third” World struggles. - Pg. 87
REMEMBERING IVAN KHUTORSKOY
+ RESISTING FASCISM - Pg. 90
Shout Outs, Further Reading, News. - Pg. 94