2017: Our Goals & Plans for the Empty Cages Collective
Following the reflection of our efforts in 2016, below are some aims for 2017.
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- Increase the number of people involved in the collective itself.
- Increase the number of ex-prisoners & prisoner friends and family involved both in the collective (and the wider movement).
- Create more opportunities for people to donate and support our work.
- Access social media training for the Collective.
- Find dedicated social media volunteer who can take responsibility for social media for the collective.
- Aim to have at least one collective work day per month.
- Aim to have a face-to-face meeting at least once per month.
- Establish online store to help create sustainable funding for our work.
- Continue to strengthen our research capacity.
Organising Resistance & Events
- Organise No More Prisons Conference in March 2017 with No Prisons Manchester.
- Support local and national resistance to prison expansion with Community Action on Prison Expansion.
- Work with Sisters Uncut to resist the new Women’s Prisons.
- Create a stronger relationship with migrant solidarity & anti-detention centre movements.
- Work with Smash IPP to organise the 2017 Year of Resistance to Free IPP Prisoners.
- Support the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee to achieve their goals of recruiting 100 members inside and organising an inside-outside campaign against prison labour in 2017.
- Establish a UK wide response network when people die in prisons.
- Organise joint week of action against borders and prisons.
- Organise a summer anti-prison camp.
Publications, Resources & Materials
- Aim to produce a consistent newsletter every two months.
- Produce a toolkit for local groups with resources on doing anti-prison work locally.
- Create a short film about the P.I.C in the UK by the end of the year.
- Produce a zine with the Smash IPP campaign that shares writings from IPP prisoners & their loved ones.
Long Term Organising
- Focus on creating an anti-prison, and potentially anti-represion, network in England/Wales/Scotland to support with networking and movement building. Aim to organise quarterly national meetings.
- Aim to make more links with prison struggles internationally.