There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald

There is no such thing as prison reform: an interview with CeCe McDonald
Source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/andrea-abikaram/there-is-no-such-thing-as-prison-reform-interview-with-cece-mcdonald Andrea Abi-Karam 13 January 2015 CeCe McDonald was sent to prison for defending herself against a hate crime. On the one year anniversary of her release, she discusses how to fight back against oppression. Part of Transformation's prison abolition series. CeCe McDonald: self-defense led to prison. Credit: supportcece.wordpress.com. One year ago today, CeCe McDonald was released from prison. Her crime? Self-defense ...

Prison Action London: Challenging prison expansion in London

Prison Action London: Challenging prison expansion in London
Prison Action London is a new grassroots organisation set up to challenge prison building and expansion. Their first public meeting was held in December outlining plans to step up anti-prison activism in 2015. The coming months present important challenges for those interested in prison reduction and abolition. The state is embarking on a number of prison building and expansion projects across the country. ...

2015: What now? What next?

2015: What now? What next?
Following the reflection of our efforts in 2014, below are some aims for 2015. This can't happen without you. Contact us at info@prisonabolition.org if anything below calls you to work together with us. Internal - Goals for the Empty Cages Collective Poster from US Allies & Inspiration, Critical Resistance Increase the number of people involved in the collective itself Increase the number of ex-prisoners ...

2014: Empty Cages Collective End of Year Review

2014: Empty Cages Collective End of Year Review
This post aims to share with the world what we have learned and achieved this year as a small collective struggling against the prison system. You can see what plans we have for 2015 here. At the start of 2014, the newly-formed Empty Cages Collective set out to: To share information, ideas and build literacy around the prison industrial complex (P.I.C) and ...

Ferguson Solidarity Tour launch statement

Ferguson Solidarity Tour launch statement
Source: http://fergusonsolidaritytour.com/ We send our condolences and solidarity to the family of Michael Brown, and to the families and friends of all who have lost loved ones to police racism and violence. Yet again police officers will go unpunished for the deaths of black people at their hands. This is a system that fails to deliver justice for black people and ...

New Years Eve Solidarity Demos Worldwide

New Years Eve Solidarity Demos Worldwide
Noise demos outside of prisons across the world are a continuing tradition. A way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned during the New Year, remembering those held captive by the state. Find your nearest & make some noise: Bristol, UK: bristolabc.wordpress.com London, UK: network23.org/londonabc London - Brixton, UK: network23.org/londonabc Bremen, Deutschland: endofroad.blogsport.de Stuttgart, Deutschland: www.silvesterdemo-stuttgart.tk Durham, North Carolina, USA: www.facebook.com New York City, New York, USA: nycabc.wordpress.com Oakland, ...

From Ferguson to New York to Palestine, Solidarity with the Resistance to Racist Oppression

From Ferguson to New York to Palestine, Solidarity with the Resistance to Racist Oppression
Reblogged from: http://revolutionaryfrontlines.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/from-ferguson-to-new-york-to-palestine-solidarity-with-the-resistance-to-racist-oppression/#more-28566 Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Dec 8, 2014 “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them…Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are ...

New group formed to take action in London

New group formed to take action in London
Prison Action London has formed to organise in response to the Prison Industrial Complex. We believe movement to reform prisons only helps to legitimise and perpetuate the harmful nature of the prison system. We aim to work in many different ways and aligned with many different people and groups but focused and directed towards prison abolition. We organise horizontally without hierarchy, and ...

Transformative Justice & Ending Child Abuse

Transformative Justice & Ending Child Abuse
Source: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/ending-child-sex-abuse-five-generations Helen Mills on the potential of generationFIVE, an initiative to end child sexual abuse in five generations. By: Helen Mills     Date: Tuesday, 25 November, 2014 'There is a real issue here about how was it that in the past, but continuing today, the very institutions of the state that should be protecting children were not doing so. Why was it these ...

New Poster series calling out the Met Police

New Poster series calling out the Met Police
Source: http://strikemag.org/totally-pointless/ “Advertising is legitimised lying.” – HG Wells. The Metropolitan Police Force spend ridiculous sums of our money trying to convince us – and themselves – that they’re not violent, racist and corrupt. In 2012 it was £12.6m and in 2013 it was £9.3 – in two weeks alone last year they wasted nearly half a million pounds of public money on ...

Self-Harm: the Unseen Prison Epidemic

Self-Harm: the Unseen Prison Epidemic
By Alex Cavendish Source: http://prisonuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/self-harm-unseen-prison-epidemic.html The rising number of prisoners who commit suicide whilst in custody in our prisons tends to be making the news headlines at the moment. The main reason is that this statistic – with all the human misery and pain that lies behind it – is sometimes considered to be a barometer of the escalating crisis ...

Prisons Are Destroying Communities and Making All of Us Less Safe

Prisons Are Destroying Communities and Making All of Us Less Safe
Isolation does not “rehabilitate” people. Disappearance does not deter harm. And prison does not keep us safe. Maya Schenwar, November 11, 2014 Source: http://www.thenation.com/article/190065/prisons-are-destroying-communities-and-making-all-us-less-safe Inmates are housed in three tier bunks, in what was once a multi-purpose recreation room, at the Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy, California (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Locked Down, Locked ...

DTRTP Workshop: The Politics of Prisons – Abolition or Reform?

DTRTP Workshop: The Politics of Prisons – Abolition or Reform?
Defend the Right To Protests (DTRTP) is hosting a series of new workshops on topics relating to protest, justice and incarceration. The first of these takes place at SOAS on Dec 9th 2014, 7-9, room 4429. The event is free and open to all (no need to register). ……… DTRTP has campaigned alongside other groups against state violence. This workshop will bring ...

Community Action on Prison Expansion Tour

Community Action on Prison Expansion Tour
Public Meetings in Cardiff, Liverpool & Manchester Local groups from Community Action on Prison Expansion have organised public meetings in Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester this November. The aim of the meetings is to raise awareness about the North Wales Prison and bring people together that want to fight it. About the Prison The idea of a new mega-prisons in the UK emerged in ...

Surround Harmondsworth Demonstration

Surround Harmondsworth Demonstration
From: https://www.facebook.com/events/749196425154388/ On Saturday 8th November 2014 Movement for Justice will be returning for our fifth demonstration at Harmondsworth & Colnbrook immigration detention centres - where friends and loved ones from our communities are locked up indefinitely for no crime. Immigration detention imprisons 30,000+ people a year in detention centres, with no release date and not charged or convicted for a crime. ...

New publication: Never Alone – A zine about supporting prisoners by those on the outside

New publication: Never Alone – A zine about supporting prisoners by those on the outside
To download the zine click here: Never Alone Never Alone was created to give a voice to those that support people in prison. Often invisible, unsupported and unrecognised, thousands of people in the UK, and millions internationally, support friends, family, partners and comrades in prison. Their support, love, money and solidarity help people survive their time inside. They directly experience the harm ...

Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex

Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex
This weekend the Empty Cages Collective facilitated a workshop on Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex at the Anarcha-Feminist Conference. As two workshop facilitators that identified as women this felt like a perfect opportunity to work with other anarcha-feminists to connect the dots between patriarchy and prisons. The workshop started with a quiz, where participants were asked questions such as how ...

New zine: “What about the rapists?” – Anarchist approaches to crime & justice

New zine: “What about the rapists?” – Anarchist approaches to crime & justice
This zine is aimed at anarchists thinking about how to deal with abuses of power and acts of domination in their communities. It brings together a collection of articles representing different approaches to this problem, from transformative justice-based accountability processes to retributive-based acts of survivor-led retaliation. Focusing on lessons learnt from experiments in this field and concerns that persist about these ...

Prison Abolition Workshop at This is Not a Gateway Festival

Prison Abolition Workshop at This is Not a Gateway Festival
We will be facilitating the following workshop at the incredible This is Not a Gateway Festival: Tear Down The Walls // SECURITISATION OF URBAN SPACE Empty Cages Collective  Library, 3 - 5 pm Despite a prison-building boom there is growing call for complete prison abolition. The UK prison population has doubled in just the last 20 years. The UK has the highest prison population per ...

Event: Sites of Confinement

Event: Sites of Confinement
Find information on the upcoming European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control event below: Sites of Confinement II: Problematising Prisons 30th October 2014, 2-6pm, Room G17 John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University This workshop is the second in the ‘Sites of Confinement’ series held by the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion in partnership with the ...

Wrexham super prison plan delayed

Wrexham super prison plan delayed
The building of a £250m super prison was dramatically delayed last night after the proposals were blasted. Angry Wrexham councillors slammed the fine details of the scheme to build the jail on the former Firestone site on Wrexham Industrial Estate. They said they were “vague, inconsistent and lacking in details”. Permission for the prison in principle had already been granted earlier this year. Last ...