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

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 ...

Call for contributions: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition

Call for contributions: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition
The Empty Cages Collective and the Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee (IWOC) in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England is calling out to prisoners and ex-prisoners worldwide to contribute their writing to a new publication: Prisoner Writings on Prison Abolition. This publication will share prisoner voices in the prison abolition conversation. It will centre the experiences of people in prison and their ...

Why the Torture Cases of Anarchists in Russia Matter

Why the Torture Cases of Anarchists in Russia Matter
More info: https://rupression.com/en/2018/04/11/why-the-torture-cases-of-anarchists-in-russia-matter/ Grisly news keeps coming in from Russia about the activities of the Russian Federal Security Service—the FSB, which is descended from the KGB. In account after account, anarchists and anti-fascists describe how the FSB kidnapped them, planted weapons in their cars, and used torture to force them to sign false confessions admitting to participating in an obviously invented terror network. Why should we care about the ...

Action Alert: Support Kevan!

Action Alert: Support Kevan!
UPDATE:  Kevan has now been moved to a different cell in the segregation wing with no warning or reason. They have put him on 'riot gear unlock' which means that to leave his room he is forced to stand against the wall while he his searched and is escorted with four officers in full riot gear at all times. The new cell ...

Update: Taylor remains in a critical condition

Update: Taylor remains in a critical condition
IPP Taylor has been in hospital since Tuesday. They remain in a critical and life threatening condition. The consultant believes the most likely cause is a brain infection caused by a spreading of an ear infection. Taylor has had severe ear infection for weeks. Appointments to see the doctor were severely delayed, and when Taylor finally did see the doctor, they ...

Urgent Appeal for Letters & Support for Taylor IPP

Urgent Appeal for Letters & Support for Taylor IPP
We are sad to share the news that IPP Taylor is critically ill in hospital. They had a severe seizure and have not regained consciousness in the last 24 hours. We will post updates on how they are doing. We are asking people to please write to them in prison so that when (if 😢) they return from hospital they have lots ...

Write to Kev at his new address

Kevan Thakrar, victim of multiple hearsay and joint enterprise, has been unjustly incarcerated by HMP since 2007. He has recently been moved. Please write to him at his new address: kevan thakrar A4907AE hmp long lartin south littleton evesham worcestershire WR11 8TZ Find out more info on Kev's case and what you can do to support him here: http://justiceforkevan.org/

Rest in Power Anna

Rest in Power Anna
Our hearts are heavy with sadness today as this weekend we learned of the death of our friend and comrade, Anna Campbell. Anna was killed in a missile strike in Afrin while fighting with the YPG. Anna was a core member of the Empty Cages Collective and an active organiser in many anti-prison projects and campaigns, including Community Action on Prison Expansion, ...

Empty Cages Collective Goals 2018

This can’t happen without folks getting involved and getting stuck in! Contact us at info@prisonabolition.org if anything below calls you to work together with us. Please be specific and honest about your desires, needs and capacity. We hugely appreciate your time and energy. Internal Increase the number of people involved in the collective itself, including more ex-prisoners. Continue to grow the number of ...

2017: Empty Cages Collective end of year review

2017: Empty Cages Collective end of year review
This post aims to share with the world what we have learned and achieved in our third year as a small collective struggling against the prison system. You can read our review of 2016 here. 2017 was a challenging year for the Empty Cages Collective and the broader network, Community Action on Prison Expansion, as we attempted to support the establishment of ...

Write to Taylor now!

Write to Taylor now!
Taylor (Claire Taylor) is an IPP prisoner that Smash IPP have been supporting. They had a tariff of four years and have now done over ten years in prison. Taylor called this afternoon to say he had been shipped out to HMP Downview. Normally, when a prisoner is being moved they ask them to pack and if they refuse they take ...

Trans and gender-queer prisoners face a double punishment.

Trans and gender-queer prisoners face a double punishment.
Source: https://www.redpepper.org.uk/trans-and-gender-queer-prisoners-face-a-double-punishment/ For trans prisoners, abuse isolation and poor medical care are routine parts of incarceration. By 'ASBO', a former inmate. One of my mates inside called me ASBO, and I hope I will always be anti-social. Prison is designed to control, to oppress, to separate and alienate. However, even in a mansion of aching hearts, there are ways to keep your ...

Trauma, Death and Profits – Youth Prisons in the UK

Trauma, Death and Profits – Youth Prisons in the UK
Source: https://corporatewatch.org/news/2017/sep/06/trauma-abuse-and-deaths-youth-prisons-uk This August, Corporate Watch were asked to support a Global Week of Action to Shut Youth Prisons by providing research about Youth Prisons in the UK. This article highlights the companies profiting from the imprisonment of children and young people, as well as the trauma, abuse, and deaths that these institutions perpetuate. In the UK there are three types of ...

Day of Action Against Youth Prisons – London

Day of Action Against Youth Prisons – London
Demo at the Australian Embassy What: Demonstration at the Australian Embassy When: 10.00am-12.00pm, Friday 29th September 2017 Where: Australia House Strand London, WC2B 4LA Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/744678969072098 Why: The last week of September this year marks the first International Week of Action Against Youth Prisons. An aboriginal-led coalition of Australian abolitionists initially made the call, seeking international support for their campaign to close youth detention centres and ...

New Book – Bang Up and Smash: Women’s Prisons, Probation and Bail Hostels

New Book – Bang Up and Smash: Women’s Prisons, Probation and Bail Hostels
Bang-up and Smash is an overview of women’s prisons in the UK, and a political analysis of their physical and ideological construction. From the moment of arrest, to coming home, Bang-up and Smash critically engages with the procedures, concepts and apparatus the state relies on, and the economics behind the expansion of the prison industrial complex. Bang-up and Smash is a practical ...
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