Friday, December 02, 2011

A meaningful gift - Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar - ORDER NOW!‏

With just a few short weeks left before the holidays, you are looking for
a unique, meaningful gift for your loved ones - whether family, co-workers
or comrades. Please consider giving the Certain Days: Freedom for
Political Prisoners Calendar.

Beat the holiday rush (see shipping deadlines below)! Order now at

Our collective will be happy to mail calendars anywhere in the world on
your behalf, and we can even include a personalized message.

Featuring 42 gorgeous pages of full-colour art and writings, the calendar
is a thoughtful gift and also makes an important financial contribution
supporting grassroots groups (The New York State Task Force on Political
Prisoners, Addameer, and the Freedom Archives).

The Certain Days collective

For those of you ordering for December 25 or thereabouts, please note
that Canada Post recommends ordering by December 8 in the United States or
December 12 in Canada. Later than that and express post should work up til
the 16th in the U.S. and the 21st in Canada. Please note that additional
charges will apply for express orders, and that orders placed by 5pm
(Eastern Standard Time) will be sent out by the following day.

If you're outside North America, air mail (i.e. orders of 1-2 calendars)
should still work until November 29, and express post (all larger orders,
or rush orders of any size) until December 6.

All the above are rough guidelines, not guaranteed. For more information,
check out the Canada Post website.

Certain Days: The 2012 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar
COINTELPRO: Repression & Resistance, Then & Now

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FEATURING amazing artwork and writings from Aric McBay, The Coalition
Against Israeli Apartheid, Claude Marks, David Gilbert, The Denver
Anarchist Black Cross, Emily Kantar, Favianna Rodriguez, Fireworks Graphic
Collective, Gerald and Maas, Herman Bell, Jesus Barraza, Jihad Abdulmumit,
Josh MacPhee, Kara Sievewright, Kevin ‘Rashid’ Johnson, Lynne Stewart,
Ojore Lutalo, We Are The Crisis Collective, the RNC 8, Safiya Bukhari,
Santiago Armengod, Shannon Willmott, Supporters of John Graham, Tim Groves
and Tom Manning.

Calendars can be ordered online at and purchased at
local bookstores, distros and community events. Calendars cost $12 (plus
shipping) and $5 for prisoners. We encourage groups to buy in bulk ($8
each when purchasing 10 or more) and to sell them as a fundraiser. Visit
our website for more info -

Funds raised from the sale of this calendar will be divided between the
New York State Task Force on Political Prisoners, the Palestinian NGO
Addameer, and the Freedom Archives.


COINTELPRO: Repression & Resistance, Then & Now

The term COINTELPRO has become synonymous with the ‘tricks of the trade’
of state repression: surveillance of organizations and individuals, the
use of infiltrators and informants, frame-ups, harassing or
disproportionate use of the legal system, and outright physical attacks.
While the term is widely used to describe repression of liberation
movements, at least in North America, the history of the actual COINTELPRO
program – its details and the lessons to be learned from it – remain
relatively unknown.

Recently, we have witnessed growing awareness of state repression of
radical organizing in North America, although it is difficult to judge to
what extent repression is actually increasing, and to what extent this
reflects the success of the work to expose it. Certainly since September
11, 2001, the state has new tools – and new social license – to go after
social movements and marginalized sectors of the population alike, perhaps
comparable to the Red Scare climate of the 1950s, when COINTELPRO was
conceived of.

In some ways, this is to be expected. Effective movements beget
repression. That being said, resisting this backlash – directly fighting
back (rhetorically, legally, physically, but also via a more general
resilience) – is fundamental to the survival of liberation movements.

In the wake of the repression associated with the summer 2010 G20 meeting
Toronto, with several cases of infiltration in both the US and Canada
coming to light in recent years, and with ongoing legislative changes
giving government increasing power to surveil and disrupt us, the time
seemed ripe to remind ourselves of the legacy of COINTELPRO, and
resistance to it.

In putting together the Certain Days calendar, we always aim for a
realistic balance between bringing to light social injustice and the
challenges we face, and the inspiring work done to meet these challenges.
It is important to speak of repression – to share examples so that we
might learn from each others’ experiences, and see the patterns and trends
in the state’s approach. But it is impossible to do so without also being
struck by the many contemporary and historical examples of resistance. We
hope that the information gathered in this year’s calendar can help teach
the difficult lessons we need to learn to weather the storm and also
provide the inspiration we need to do so.

The Certain Days Collective
QPIRG Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, suite 204
514-848-7583 fax: 514-848-7584 –

Certain Days - Freedom for Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War Calendar

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