Prison Island Tour this October

Prison Island Tour this October
Corporate Watch, who have been actively researching prison expansion, are going on tour! They will be promoting their new report, Prison Island, at events across England and Wales. The events are hosted by different groups involved in either prisoner support projects or campaigning against prison expansion in their local area. Find all the details below.   Event Details Saturday 20th October – Sheffield ...

New Podcast: Prison Island on the Lockdown

New Podcast: Prison Island on the Lockdown
A researcher at Corporate Watch and organiser with Community Action on Prison Expansion was recently interviewed on Lockdown Podcast about the British government’s plans for prison expansion, how this will impact people inside and outside prisons and how communities across the country are resisting. It shares research from our recently published Prison Island Report available to download now. Listen to the ...

Inside Britain’s Close Supervision Centres: Prisons within prisons

Inside Britain’s Close Supervision Centres: Prisons within prisons
Source: https://corporatewatch.org/inside-britains-close-supervision-centres-prisons-within-prisons/ Corporate Watch recently interviewed ex-prisoner Kyle Major about his experiences in Close Supervision Centres (CSCs). These are Britain’s highest security prisons and have been described by prisoners as ‘torture units’. We offer a large appreciation to Kyle for his time in sharing these traumatic memories. Please note this interview contains references to self-harm, violence and sexual abuse. What is a ...

Don’t miss Bristol Tattoo Circus

Don’t miss Bristol Tattoo Circus
This year, on the weekend of 3rd and 4th November, Bristol will host its first ever Tattoo Circus. It will be a weekend full of tattoos from local and international artists and will be a chance to bring together folk from tattoo, DIY and anarchist circles. There will also be workshops on prison abolition and DIY printing, stalls, tasty snacks ...

Support the Frack Free Four

Support the Frack Free Four
Three people have recently been sent to prison for 15 and 16 months for an anti-fracking action (one was on remand and was just released). Please learn more about their case here: http://frackfreefoursupporters.org The three prisoners are currently being held at Preston prison. We are unsure how long they will remain in Preston before being moved on to another prison. However, letters ...

Prison is not the answer

Prison is not the answer
Source: https://www.redpepper.org.uk/prison-is-not-the-answer/ A humane society shouldn't be caging up vulnerable people. Jasmine Ahmed of CAPE (Community Action on Prison Expansion) argues for radical alternatives. More police, and more power in the hands of the criminal justice system, is the common-sense answer to crime and violence heard across the political spectrum, including in the Labour Party. However, as words like ‘intersectionality’ and ‘privilege’ are ...

The Empty Cages Collective Condemns the trans misogynist statement from Richard Garfield at the CCJS

The Empty Cages Collective Condemns the trans misogynist statement from Richard Garfield at the CCJS
The Empty Cages Collective condemns the trans misogynistic statement authored by Richard Garfield, head of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS). We have previously worked with the CCJS for the Aboltionist Futures Conference. We are outraged that Garfield continually misgenders trans women throughout the piece. In suggesting that trans women may 'abuse' the right to access women’s prisons, Garfield parrots ...

Prison Island: A new report on prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland

Prison Island: A new report on prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland
Corporate Watch has released its new report on prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland: Prison Island. It shines a light on one of the biggest prison building programs in generations. Read the latest research on: The Prison Estates Transformation Programme that aims to create 10,000 new prison places by 2020 through the construction of six mega prisons and five new ‘residential ...

New Podcast: Remembering Rolando – Prisoner support, humanity and solidarity, with Andreas Hausammann

New Podcast: Remembering Rolando – Prisoner support, humanity and solidarity, with Andreas Hausammann
Community Action on Prison Expansion have released a new podcast episode. Check it out here: https://cape-campaign.org/podcast/remembering-rolando-prisoner-support-humanity-and-solidarity-with-andreas-hausammann/ More info: We’re incredibly honoured to share this new episode with you, where we join S as she chats with Andreas Hausammann about his friend Rolando. Rolando was incarcerated in Texas, and tragically executed by the state in 2017. During his incarceration he built incredible ties and ...

Inside Britain’s Close Supervision Centres: Info Night

Inside Britain’s Close Supervision Centres: Info Night
What: Bristol ABC and the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee are hosting ex-prisoner, Kyle Major, to speak at an event in September in Bristol. It is about his experiences in a Close Supervision Centre; one of Britain’s highest security prisons. Trigger warning: This talk will share experiences of abuse, assault, trauma and medical neglect in the prison system. Where: Hydra Books, 34 Old ...

Action Alert: Get Taylor to HMP Foston Hall

Action Alert: Get Taylor to HMP Foston Hall
Taylor is a trans IPP prisoner. His tariff to serve before his first parole was 4 years. He is now in his 10th year inside. Taylor has been subject to immense abuse within the prison system and has severe problems with self-harm. He was in a coma for a week in April this year after taking an overdose. Taylor needs ...

Taking a Global View of Repression: The Prison Strike and the Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

Taking a Global View of Repression: The Prison Strike and the Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners
Source: https://crimethinc.com/2018/08/28/taking-a-global-view-of-repression-the-prison-strike-and-the-week-of-solidarity-with-anarchist-prisoners In the United States, a practically unprecedented prison strike is underway, setting new precedents for coordination between struggles in prisons and detention centers and for solidarity from those not behind bars. Meanwhile, August 23-30 is also the sixth annual week of global solidarity with anarchist prisoners, when anarchists around the world coordinate solidarity struggles between different countries and continents. ...

Action alert: Stop the harassment of Kevan Thakrar

Action alert: Stop the harassment of Kevan Thakrar
From: https://iwoc.iww.org.uk/2018/08/18/action-alert-stop-the-harassment-of-kevan-thakrar/ About Kevan Thakrar is an IWW member and miscarriage of justice who has served over a decade in prison. He was moved to the Close Supervision Centre at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire in July and is now being subjected to an even more repressive regime, as well as targeted harassment from prison officers. Kevan repeatedly challenges his conditions and captivity with ...

Week of International Support in Lead Up to Nationwide Prison Strike

Week of International Support in Lead Up to Nationwide Prison Strike
A call from a variety of groups to make some noise for the upcoming prison strike, kicking off on August 21st, 2018. This is a challenge to every anarchist, abolitionist, rebel and determined fighter against prison society and white supremacy in Amerikkka: Between Monday, July 16 and Saturday, July 21, we’re calling on you to help unleash a concerted and spectacular ...

Support Eric King and his family with cancer

Support Eric King and his family with cancer
The Empty Cages Collective would like to encourage everyone possible to donate to this crowdfunder: https://www.gofundme.com/surviving-cancer-and-a-car-accident Eric King is a long-term anarchist prisoner, you can read more about his case situation here: https://supportericking.org/ Having done long-term prisoner support, we know the challenges and we cannot imagine what Eric and his family must be going through right now having this reality of a ...

New Zine: Starting an Anarchist Black Cross – A Guide

New Zine: Starting an Anarchist Black Cross – A Guide
Source: https://solidarity.international/index.php/2018/07/07/new-zine-starting-an-anarchist-black-cross-a-guide/ The Anarchist Black Cross is an international network of anarchist groups and individuals engaged in practical solidarity with prisoners and broader anti-repression struggles that started over 100 years ago. This zine is a resource for anyone wanting to start an Anarchist Black Cross group. It was a collective effort of people from various ABC groups across Europe. We hope you ...

Kevan Thakrar has been moved!

Kevan Thakrar has been moved!
Prisoner Kevan Thakrar has now been moved to the Close Supervision Centre at HMP Whitemoor. Please send your post to this address! Please enclose an SAE with your letter (stamped addressed envelope). Kevan Thakrar A4907AE HMP Whitemoor Longhill Road March Cambridgeshire PE15 0PR

Call Out: International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners 2018

Call Out: International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners 2018
Just a reminder of the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners this August! From: https://solidarity.international/index.php/2018/05/01/call-out-international-week-of-solidarity-with-anarchist-prisoners-2018/ We are coming back with global week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners. Since last year, a lot has changed in our countries, but the general tendency is going in the worse direction with more repressions applied against anarchists not only in Europe but worldwide. With this ...

New Publication: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition

New Publication: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition
The Empty Cages Collective and the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England have published a joint publication called Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition. Download it here: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition 2018 The zine was created to share prisoner voices at the International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA) in London in June 2018. It aims to centre the ...

New IWOC Newsletter: The Imprisoned Worker #1

New IWOC Newsletter: The Imprisoned Worker #1
Our friends at the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee have produced a new newsletter called The Imprisoned Worker. We share their post: https://iwoc.iww.org.uk/2018/06/29/new-iwoc-newsletter-the-imprisoned-worker-1/ This zine has been put together by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Incarcerated Workers’ Organising Committee (IWOC) in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. It aims to provide a platform for prisoners, ex-prisoners and fellow workers to educate and ...

Support the Lewes 5

Support the Lewes 5
From: https://iwoc.iww.org.uk/2018/06/26/support-the-lewes-5/ About: Five defendants are due to stand trial at Hove crown court on charges of prison mutiny, criminal damage (£239,259.91) and violent disorder in relation to an incident at HMP Lewes on 29th October 2016. The trial is due to last 4-5 weeks, and will hopefully highlight the unsafe, unhygienic and unlawful conditions that prisoners are being held In. On the ...

Prisoners could help fill post-Brexit workforce gap, says minister

Prisoners could help fill post-Brexit workforce gap, says minister
This article demonstrates the expected escalation in the exploitation of prison labour in the coming months and years ahead. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/24/david-gauke-prisoner-employment-strategy David Gauke launches strategy to improve prisoners’ work skills and prospects Offenders could fill the workforce gap left behind by Brexit, the justice secretary has said, as he launched a strategy to boost prisoners’ employment prospects. Prisoners could work in sectors likely ...

Register now for the International Conference on Penal Abolition: Abolitionist Futures

Register now for the International Conference on Penal Abolition: Abolitionist Futures
This year London is hosting the International Conference on Penal Abolition, Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice not Criminal Justice. The conference will be held June 15-18, 2018 at Birkbeck College and is being organised as a collaboration between the Department of Criminology, Birkbeck University of London, Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), The Open University, the Centre for Crime and Justice ...

How to Organize a Prison Strike

How to Organize a Prison Strike
Source: https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-to-organize-a-prison-strike By Arvind Dilawar (Photo: jodylehigh/Pixabay) Organizers inside and outside of the penitentiary walls are teaming up—and getting creative—to fight for reform. 'There are various industries that are run by inmates, and we intend to sit down and refuse to work—have an economic protest, if you would—to bring about change,' says one of the nearly 100,000 inmates in the Florida prison system. His ...
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