Monday, May 17, 2010

Toronto: Fire Works For Prisons Demonstration during G20 (more details)

May 13, 2010 http://fireworksforprisons.wordpress.com/

When: Sunday, June 27 2010 at 5pm

Where: Bruce Mackey Park (Dundas and Wardell) in Toronto’s east end

What: A Demonstration Against Prison. Anarchists are organizing this as a part of the larger mobilization in opposition to the G20 meetings.

Prison is everywhere; it is nothing more than a reflection of the society in which we live. It is a daily threat and reality that has permeated every facet of society. With the deepening of surveillance, the integration of police forces, the increased use of private security, the existence of courts, repression and isolation, the walls of prison are already built around us. If we don’t accept this miserable life offered to us, they’ll always have room for us in their overcrowded cells.

In the streets, prisons, psychiatric institutions, detention centres, there are those who do not come to peace with their exploitation. We desire to stand with comrades and accomplices who refuse to accept this reality, who refuse to be defeated by the System, who taste freedom in the ashes of prisons. We want to shed our fear and together confront the prison apparatus. We want to expand our solidarity in struggle against prison. We want people to join us and directly confront the systems of social control. We want to be everything prison isn’t: uncontrollable, joyful, creative…

We are encouraging people to come organized with intention, to make this project their own. Bring what you want to the demo: plans, noisemakers, banners, chants, and above all your passion for freedom. Confrontation is welcome.

Keep the date marked off, we’ll see you in the streets!

About the anti-G20 convergence: http://g20.torontomobilize.org

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About The Way We Organize

May 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Our intention with this project is to confront prison, our chosen strategy is to mobilize during the G20 to gain momentum as a way to strengthen existing struggles and challenge the State. We want this demonstration to complement the rest of the convergence, as we think the other events of the weekend will complement the demonstration.

Our chosen method of organization is informal. We are not “an organization”. We are friends, and our decision to organize together is based on existing relationships and a common project. We are a closed collective.

We don’t want to be involved in SOAR (Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance) or TCMN (Toronto Community Mobilization Network), not because we are against them. We respect both organizations and their efforts in opposing the G20. We don’t want to go to the meetings or organize the actions and marches because we are working on our own initiatives in our own way. As individuals many of us are excited to attend these events and think it is important that they’re being organized. Our collective doesn’t attend the larger anti-G20 network meetings, not as a political stance or a boycott or whatever, but based on a different way of organizing.

All information that people need to know will be on the website, and disseminated through the internet and street promotion. We encourage people who have concerns, critiques, or contributions to this discussion to please email us or post comments.

It is up to you, as individuals, to find your own place within the Anti-Prison struggle, to decide for yourself if you are in solidarity with this project, and to act as you wish.

Solidarity,

Fire.Works.For.Prisons

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Flyer for the Demo

April 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm (Uncategorized)

Please! Print and distribute widely. It’s an initial flyer for the demo.

DEMO FLYER

Thanks for spreading this around

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Announcing Anti-Prison Demo during G20 in Toronto

March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm (Uncategorized)

On Sunday, June 27 2010 at 5pm there will be a Demonstration Against Prison in Toronto. Anarchists are organizing the demonstration as a part of the larger mobilization in opposition to the G20 meetings.

This is a statement of our perspective and intention for the demo, more details to come soon.

Prison is everywhere. It is nothing more than a reflection of the society in which we live. A society that resembles an open prison in which the majority of the population is locked up because of the necessity to find money, because of the lack of purpose in life, because of the roles of submission and servitude that are imposed by the ruling values. It is a daily threat and reality that has permeated every facet of society.

With the deepening of surveillance, the integration of police forces, the increased use of private security, the existence of courts, repression and isolation, the walls of prison are already built around us. If we don’t accept this miserable life offered to us, they’ll always have room for us in their overcrowded cells. The fear of being ripped apart from our loved ones and thrown into jail is what we measure, each day, against our existing servitude.

In the streets, prisons, psychiatric institutions, detention centres, there are those who do not come to peace with their exploitation, who do not bury a taste for freedom, for a better life, just because a judge imposes it. There are people who refuse the daily humiliation of obeying guards and bosses. For whom the walls and the barbed wire of the prisons are not yet marked in their brains but are taken as obstacles to overcome.

We desire to stand with comrades and accomplices who refuse to accept this reality, who refuse to be defeated by the System, who taste freedom in the ashes of prisons. We want to shed our fear and together confront the prison apparatus – the surveillance cameras, the police, the alienating consumer culture, the prison itself.

A question is often raised: what do we do with the murderers and rapists? In this question lies the assumption that the current system offers a solution. All the prisons have yet to “correct” the elements of society that breed this violence. Let us think instead about what we can do with each other, how we create communities of self-determination and autonomy that do not breed this rape culture through patriarchy, or genocide through racism.

We want to expand our solidarity in struggle against prison. We want people to join us and directly confront the systems of social control. We want to be everything prison isn’t: uncontrollable, joyful, creative…

The location for this demo T.B.A.

Keep the date marked off, we’ll see you in the streets!

For updates and more info: fireworksforprisons.wordpress.com

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