March Month of Action against Prisons and the State – For Anna

March Month of Action against Prisons and the State – For Anna
The Empty Cages Collective are calling for a month of action against prisons and the state this March 2019. The month is dedicated to Anna Campbell, an active anti-prison organiser, who was killed on the 15th March 2018 in Northern Syria by a Turkish Air Strike. Anna was fighting with the YPG (People’s Protection Units) to defend the revolutionary process happening ...

Letter and demonstration for Ben Gayton

Letter and demonstration for Ben Gayton
Smash IPP are calling for solidarity with Ben Gayton, an IPP prisoner who has served 8 years on a 17 month tarrif and recently got a parole knock-back, despite everyone recommending his release. You can find out more about his case here. Smash IPP and Ben's partner Hannah are asking people to write to the parole board, the prison governer and ...

Disrupting Oppression and Paving the Road toward Revolution

Disrupting Oppression and Paving the Road toward Revolution
Below is a new article sent to us from the imprisoned Texas writer Keith 'Malik' Washington. Keith “Malik” Washington is a co-founder and chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas Movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter. Malik has been instrumental in calling for ...

Noise demo at HMP/YOI Bronzefield

Noise demo at HMP/YOI Bronzefield
London Anarchist Black Cross has called a noise demo outside of HMP/YOI Bronzefield in Ashford (Surrey) on the 14th of February from 8-10pm. Bronzefield is the largest women’s prison in Europe. It’s the most expensive adult and youth women’s prison in England. At an annual £66,294 a prisoner, it is at least £10,000 more expensive than any other. It was privately ...

International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners

International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners
On International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners, the Empty Cages Collective mourns and rages against the systematic murder and mistreatment of and disproportionate numbers of trans people in the prison system. We rage against the national and global transphobia which legitimates this and the prison system itself. We stand in solidarity with all trans prisoners and people. Take action by writing ...

Year of Action against Prison Expansion 2019

Year of Action against Prison Expansion 2019
Our friends at Community Action on Prison Expansion are calling for a year of action against prison expansion in 2019: We are asking for groups and individuals to take action in the struggle to stop prison expansion. The British Government are in the middle of a £1.3 billion ‘Prison Estates Transformation Programme’ where they aim to create 10,000 more prison places. ...

Tattoo Circus London this April 2019

Tattoo Circus London this April 2019
From: https://network23.org/londonabc/2019/01/08/tattoo-circus-london-2019/ London Tattoo Circus is happening on the 6th of April 2019. There’s bunch of stuff on. Workshops and discussion, tattooing and piercing, bands an music, performance and kids circus, food and drink. games, art etc…get involved. Tattoo Circus is a DIY Benefit event in solidarity with all who find themselves imprisoned for their ideas and actions within the prison society. This ...

From borders to prisons: the politics of abolition

From borders to prisons: the politics of abolition
Check out this article in Red Pepper about prison abolition: https://www.redpepper.org.uk/from-borders-to-prisons-the-politics-of-abolition/ An abolitionist politics seeks to end the violence of the state in systems like prison and immigration detention, and build towards a world without them, write Ru Kaur and Ali Tamlit December 30, 2018 · 11 min read Illustration: Edd Baldry The facts of the Stansted 15 case are well-documented, including by the ...

Interview with Empty Cages Collective in the Abolitionist Newspaper

Interview with Empty Cages Collective in the Abolitionist Newspaper
Folks from Critical Resistance (a very inspiring abolitionist group in the US) recently interviewed the Empty Cages Collective for their newspaper. The Abolitionist has a national circulation of 3,500, including over 2,500 people in jails, prisons and detention centers in the US, Canada and Colombia. Read the interview below or find the original link here: https://abolitionistpaper.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/interview-with-empty-cages-collective-uk/ At the 2018 International Conference on ...

Corporate Watch Report: New ‘Secure School’ as part of a wave of new Children’s prisons

Corporate Watch Report: New ‘Secure School’ as part of a wave of new Children’s prisons
The Government has announced its plans to create a new ‘Secure School’ that will lock up children aged 12-17 as part of a bigger programme to construct more purpose-built secure schools in the coming years ahead. £5 million is being spent on the prison, which has just opened for applications from companies and charities hoping to run it. The successful bidder will ...

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 Garside at the CCJS

The Empty Cages Collective Condemns the trans misogynist statement from Richard Garside at the CCJS
The Empty Cages Collective condemns the trans misogynistic statement authored by Richard Garside, 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 Garside continually misgenders trans women throughout the piece. In suggesting that trans women may 'abuse' the right to access women’s prisons, Garside 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 ...
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