Political Prisoners and Prison Solidarity Work in North America, History and Current Context, Jan. 19th
Wednesday, January 19, 6:30pm
1500 de Maisonneuve West,
Free. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
Traduction chuchotée vers le français.
Depending on your definition, there are dozens or hundreds or thousands of political
prisoners and prisoners of war held by the United States government. This talk will
focus on political prisoners and prisoners of war who came out of the revolutionary
movements from the 1960s to today, including the national liberation movements, the
armed struggle, white anti-imperialists and, more recently, the Green Scare
defendants. Topics will include the relationship of the prisoners to our own
struggles today, the varying definitions of "who is a political prisoner", and a
look back at some of the support work that was being done in the 80s and 90s,
especially in Canada. Certain specific cases will also be discussed, for instance
Assata Shakur, Leonard Peltier, Marilyn Buck and Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, as well as
the recent strike by prisoners in Georgia.
The talk will be given by Karl of Kersplebedeb Publishing, followed by discussion.
Kersplebedeb Publishing has published several books and pamphlets by and about
political prisoners, and has just published "Defying The Tomb," a book by Kevin
"Rashid" Johnson of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter. info:
The Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and
educational project between organizers in Montreal and Toronto, and three New York
state Political Prisoners: Herman Bell, David Gilbert and Robert Seth Hayes, and is
a working group of QPIRG Concordia. info: www.certaindays.org