‘Anarchy can not be experienced through history books, the reformation of work places nor the confines of a new societal system. Anarchy breathes with the rhythm of the wild in constant flux, ungoverned by anthropocentric laws and order. I rejoice my anarchy in the transformative abandonment of the role and identity of “the proletariat”. There is no great future revolution on the horizon to organize or wait for. There is only today, with no guarantee of tomorrow. There are no charismatic leaders to open the door to freedom. There is only the power of anarchist individuality defined by the liberating ammunition of desire.’
~ Flower Bomb, Anarchy: The Life and Joy of Insubordination
Saith man to man, We’ve heard and known
That we no master need
To live upon this earth, our own,
In fair and manly deed.
The grief of slaves long passed away
For us hath forged the chain,
Till now each worker’s patient day
Builds up the House of Pain.
And we, shall we too, crouch and quail,
Ashamed, afraid of strife,
And lest our lives untimely fail
Embrace the Death in Life?
Nay, cry aloud, and have no fear,
We few against the world;
Awake, arise! the hope we bear
Against the curse is hurled.
It grows and grows–are we the same,
The feeble band, the few?
Or what are these with eyes aflame,
And hands to deal and do?
This is the host that bears the word,
No MASTER HIGH OR LOW –
A lightning flame, a shearing sword,
A storm to overthrow.
Background image: The Brook, William Morris, tapestry / wallpaper
‘Through direct action we break the stillness of thoughts,
we cancel the hesitant movements and we
sabotage the discipline’s watches,
creating free times and places
within the hostile environment of the metropolis.
Where the cameras record our movements,
the uniformed pigs of police monitor our glances,
and the screens of spectacle manufacture our desires,
we once again wear our hoods.
Our hands grasp stones, molotov cocktails, grenades, pistols and we surge into the streets searching for freedom.
Now we are in prison, we never forget that feeling
and with the first opportunity we will do quite the same again.’
~ CCF Greece, 2011
Freedom for Anarchist prisoners worldwide!
Abolish prison society!
Long live the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire!
Long live the Informal Anarchist Federation – International Revolutionary Front!
‘Jennifer Gann [now Rose] is a political prisoner/prisoner of war held in California State Prison since 1990. Originally sentenced to seven years for an armed robbery when she was age 21, Jennifer became politicised as a jailhouse lawyer and prison abolitionist during the 1991 Folsom Prison Food Strike, and as a result was targeted by the California Department of Corrections prison officials’ illegal brutality and torture. Jennifer spent more than a decade in solitary confinement at Folsom and Pelican Bay SHU where she engaged in self-defense and resistance actions, sabotaging/breaking prison cell windows and attacking the pigs. Jennifer was subsequently given multiple 25 year to life sentences for “non-serious” felonies after a trial where she was denied benefit of counsel and defence witnesses.
Jennifer is 48 years old and has continued to experience misogynist/transphobic violence by prison guards and inmates for the past several years, including a 2015 prison riot at Kern Valley State Prison between anti-racist Black and Queer prisoners against homophobic gang members and a 2016 police brutality incident where she was severely beaten and hospitalised by four male correctional officers.
Jennifer has earned 22 college credits at San Bernardino Valley College and Coastline Community College toward an Associate in Arts degree. She has worked in vocational welding class, as a recreation aide in the Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP), and as a Transgender Coordinator for the Inmate Advisory Council (IAC). Jenny also led a Siddha Yoga class in 2015, and received certificate of completion for therapy groups in Cultural Change and Getting Out by Going In (GOGI). Because of her age, educational achievements and decades in prison, she falls into the US Justice Department’s category of the extremely low recidivism rate of roughly 1%. Not only does she not pose a risk to society, Jennifer plans to volunteer work at the TGI Justice Project helping others in her community.
30 years is ENOUGH!!! Jennifer went to prison as a troubled young person, now she is a student, worker and activist. It’s time to bring her home to her mother, sister, family, friends and community.
Personal correspondence and support letters are welcome. Please visit the Anarchist Black Cross websites and www.junell.org for the latest news on Jennifer and other anarchist political prisoners and POW. Also check out www.jenichony.org for news on many other political prisoners/POW.
FREE ALL US HELD POLITICAL PRISONERS AND POWS!’
Michael Kimble is a black, gay anarchist serving a life sentence in Alabama for the murder of a white, homophobic, racist bigot.
During his first years of imprisonment, Michael embraced communism, but soon moved away from it and toward anarchy because, as he describes it “anarchism is not about building a hierarchical structure for liberation somewhere in the distant future, but about living your life, now, in a fashion that’s liberating.
Michael has a long history of both individual and collective struggle against prison authority, and continues to engage in the fight against prison slave labor as part of the Free Alabama Movement.
June 11, Solidarity with Marius Mason & all long-term Anarchist Prisoners.
Tamara Sol is an anarchist serving a 7 year prison sentence in Chile. On January 21, 2014 she entered a bank and fired multiple shots at a security guard, shouting “this is for revenge!” for her comrade Sebastian Oversluij, who was killed a month prior at the same bank during an attempted expropriation. She took the guard’s gun and fled, but was arrested shortly after, and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment by the Chilean courts. Tamara’s family, having both participated and lost relatives in the struggle against the Pinochet regime, consistently defend her actions and vocally attack the system that imprisons her and killed her comrade Sebastian.
In January 2018, Tamara attempted to escape from Valparaiso Prison, and was injured by both the fence’s razor wire and the guards who beat her after the attempt. She has since been transferred between prisons multiple times, and is currently being held at the notoriously brutal Llancahue prison in Valdivia.
Marius Mason is a trans man & an anarchist, environmental, and animal rights prisoner. In March 2008, he was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000 – damaging an office connected to GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) research, and destroying a piece of logging equipment. No one was injured in either act. He faced a life sentence before accepting a plea bargain in September 2008.
Mason was sentenced on February 5, 2009 in federal court in Lansing, Michigan. He received almost 22 years – the longest sentence of any Green Scare prisoner. An appeal for a reduction in his sentence was denied in 2010.
The Green Scare is the name given to the arrests of animal rights and environmental activists who have been charged with acts of economic sabotage. Federal authorities have sought outrageous sentences (often life in prison) and have publicly and legally labeled the activists as “terrorists” – despite the fact that no one has been killed or injured in any of the acts.
‘We are calling for immediate acts of solidarity with rebels in Sudan (and against the Sudanese & Saudi state) – whether that’s banner drops, graffiti and wheat-pasting, informational tabling, rowdy marches & demos, fundraisers to help Sudanese doctors get medical supplies, or other creative acts of intervention that make sense in your context.
While this call is for immediate reaction we should be taking time to look at our local terrain to find private or state run entities with economic ties to the Sudanese or Saudi state and act against them to move our solidarity from what is most likely symbolic actions to show the people of Sudan they are not alone to a combative solidarity that impedes the smooth functioning of the TMC, the states that support and supply it, and the logistical flows of the supplies used to repress the uprising.
Solidarity is never a one off action, but a constant process of building relationships with other anarchists and movements for liberation, of examining, acting, and learning to build a materially effective practice of attack. International solidarity is key because Capital, it’s defenders, and it’s reaction fights globally and so should we.
Against Authoritarianism Anywhere
For Total Freedom Everywhere’