Prisons are a militarized, for-profit system of race and class-based social control.
There are no political prisoners, only prisoners of war. There is no prison, only imprisonment. Prison cannot be abolished, only destroyed.
This article was rst written at the request of the New Afrikan Peoples Organization (NAPO). Its original tilte was “The Rise and Development of the New Afrikan Liberation Stuggle Behind the Walls.” The New Afrikan liberation struggle behind the walls refers to the struggle of Black prisoners, “behind the walls” of US penal institutions...
A guide to building a world without police, in which communities function and thrive without the intervention of the heavy and often deadly hand of the State
anarchism, introduction, militarism, prisons
Editors: Missy Rohs, Emily-Jane Dawson
Publisher: Rose City Copwatch, P.O. Box 12353, Portland, OR 97202
Paths towards peace and social justice without leveraging power dynamics, domination, or oppression
Death by Regulation and A Message from a Death Camp, two essays on 'clean torture' in U.S. prisons
Those who don’t accept the authority of the state must be isolated, lest their disobedience spread to the rest of the population. We’re told that prisons protect us, but the only constant since their invention has been that they protect the state from those who might threaten it. In practice, by breaking up communities and fostering antisocial tendencies, they only endanger us—even those of us who aren’t behind bars.
Freedom or Slavery; an essay on the nature of the Prison Industrial Complex
A critique of the prison system
Supporting survivors, what men can do, racism and rape, and notes specific to male survivors.
The fight for transgender / gender variant prisoners
A collection of radical queer moments
They come expecting free coffee at my work. The same ones who detain and search my friends; the same ones who beat that girl back in the spring; the same ones who threaten us with prison one day for smoking weed and who will another day speed past us with because they don’t wish to wait for the light. They dress in our attire at a party, listening for important information; they wag their finger or their nightstick when we get out of hand; they help old ladies cross the street; they shoot dead someone who mouthed off to them—who conveniently had something shiny in his hand. They pave the concrete world in video cameras; they speak to me like they are my friend, they give me directions, and they discipline me anytime I stray from their directions. They are our enemy, the police.
democracy, police, posters, prisons
Publisher: Politics is not a Banana
Sources: http://www.politicsisnotabanana.com/, http://325.nostate.net, http://www.prole.info/, http://caringlabor.wordpress.com/
Kropotkin nowhere so clearly described the evils of the prison sys- tem. It has not been done better by any writer in so brief a com- pass. It does not require an anarchist philosopher to point them out, and save in discussing the remedy he makes no contributions peculiar to anarchist thought. But his remedy is revolutionary, and his indictment is necessary to give it point. Abolish the prisons and treat all offenders as brothers, applying to them where necessary all that medical sci- ence and modern psychology offer to cure anti-social conduct.
Usually racism is the best tool of the prison officials to control volatile prison populations. The warden and his guards intentionally keep up racial hostilities through rumors and provocation, and. use the racist white prisoners to confine both themselves and others, in return for special privileges and the fleeting feeling that they are ‘helping’ the ‘white race’ maintain control. This is how the system imprisons whites and uses them in their own oppression.
Solidarity lies in action. Action that sinks its roots in one’s own project that is carried on coherently and proudly too, especially in times when it might be dangerous even to express one’s ideas publicly. A project that expresses solidarity with joy in the game of life that above all makes us free ourselves, destroys alienation, exploitation, mental poverty, opening up infinite spaces devoted to experimentation and the continual activity of one’s mind in a project aimed at realising itself in insurrection.
Letters from prisoners, solidarity statements and action chronologies from France and other countries (January 2008 to March 2009)
What they are and how to stop them
Anarchist Analyses of the Institutions, Structures and Systems of Domination and Exploitation to be Debated, Developed and Acted Upon
Rebellion at the Convict Lease in Tennessee's coalfields, 1891-1895. Something happened in Tennessee, something almost unimaginable to the mine owners and politicians of that state. When the companies tried to intimidate their workers by bringing in convict labor to take over their jobs, the workers responded by storming the stockades, freeing the prison- ers, and loading them onto freight trains bound for Nash- ville and Knoxville and places far away...The Tennessee convict war was one of the largest insurrections in American working-class history. And yet, unfolding at exactly the same time as the more publicized labor wars in Homestead, Pennsylvania, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, it was largely ignored.
Selected Anarchist Responses to Prisons an Crime, Vol. 1, 1886-1929
anarchism, police, prisons, theory
Authors: Albert Parsons, Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, Errico Malatesta, Louise Michel, Mollie Steimer, Peter Kropotkin, Ricardo Flores Magon, Rudolf Rocker
Editors: The Dawn Collective
Publisher: The Kate Sharpley Library
Notes on Consciousness and Unity in US Cities and Prisons