Archive for August, 2016

From Anti-State STL:
Download Poster Here

Here is a poster (11×17) for the upcoming nationwide prisoner strike on September 9th. Download, print and put it up around your city if you feel it.

For more information about the strike and the ongoing wave of prison rebellions across the country, check out these articles:

Strike Against White Supremacy

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead

Call To End Prison Slavery

Text from the poster:

“We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or driven as such… What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed.”
– L. D. Barkley, participant in Attica rebellion

On September 9, 1971, the inmates of Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York seized control of the prison. The Attica uprising, which lasted for five days, was not the first and certainly not the last prison rebellion. And yet its importance is indelibly marked within the history of the struggle against white supremacy and the prison society we still inhabit today.

In the forty years since Attica, prisons have swelled to bursting with the tragedies of disrupted lives, fractured families, and broken communities. In the last decade, resistance movements have steadily grown behind the prison walls. From the statewide work stoppage in Georgia prisons of 2010 to the hunger strike that spread throughout the California prison system in 2013; from fires lit in I.C.E. detention centers in Texas to riots and prison takeovers in Nebraska and Alabama, prisoners across the country are wide awake and on the move.

This September, prisoners, their families, and supporters on the outside are coordinating a nationwide prisoner strike to take place on the 45th anniversary of the Attica rebellion. This historic effort holds within it the potential to expand and embolden the movement against the horrific conditions of confinement, the prisons themselves and the society that creates them.

Towards the destruction of all prisons and the creation of a free and genuine human community!

Check out more from Denver Anarchist Black Cross HERE.


“I write to celebrate the poignancy of words and to draw attention to regular events shaping our lives.”..Lonnie Black

It is with sadness that we sit today. We heard our friend, comrade and poet Lonnie Black has died. We met Lonnie years ago when we all belonged to the Ct. Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Civil Rights and the Ct. Stonewall Congress. Lonnie as a poet came to the Stonewall Congresses and read his poetry and was a strong ally in the LGBT communities fight for civil rights. We also worked along Lonnie on many issues facing our community. Lonnie was also a force in Hands On Hartford, a social service non-profit that serves Hartford’s neediest residents, and a co-founder of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and the driving force behind Northeast Magazine’s publication of poetry. He served as poet in the classroom on every level from elementary through post-secondary, conducted creative writing workshops and master classes throughout Connecticut.


In from UltraViolet some great news.

Protestors Seek ‘Pink Slip’ For Embattled Judge

News broke last night that Judge Aaron Persky, the judge in the Stanford rape case, has been removed from all criminal cases. He will no longer preside over cases like the one in which he sentenced Brock Turner to just six months in jail.1 This is huge.

More than one million UltraViolet members–including you–demanded Persky be removed from the bench, and the announcement came just a day after UltraViolet members gathered outside the California Commission on Judicial Performance with giant pink slips. This news shows just what we can accomplish when we all stand up together in the face of injustice.

Ever since the story about Judge Persky and Brock Turner broke, UltraViolet members have been mobilizing to keep the pressure on. Together, we did not give up. Our work generated thousands of press hits across the country, and legal agencies in California received hundreds of calls demanding accountability for Judge Persky. Here’s just a little bit of what we accomplished together:

  • More than one million UltraViolet members–including you–signed a petition demanding Persky be removed from the bench.

  • Bay Area members delivered these signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance on June 10.

  • UltraViolet flew a plane over Stanford University before commencement ceremonies with a banner reading: “Protect Survivors. Not Rapists. #PerskyMustGo.”

  • We took out a full-page ad in The Stanford Daily’s graduation issue inviting students and alumni to take a stand against rape culture. More than 1,000 Stanford alumni signed on to a letter to the Commission to remove Persky from the bench.

  • At the June 29 meeting of the Commission, survivors of sexual assault and their allies shared their stories and called for Judge Persky’s removal from the bench.

  • More than 4,500 UltraViolet and Courage Campaign members in California pledged to never serve in Judge Persky’s courtroom.

  • And finally, just this week, UltraViolet members gathered outside the Commission’s meeting to read aloud the survivor’s powerful letter, and deliver pink slips for Judge Persky.

There is still work to do, but together we have taken a huge step toward ending rape culture. Thanks for being part of it.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, and Emma, the UltraViolet team

P.S. Check out some of the pictures from the campaign here.



1. Judge In Stanford Sex Assault Case Will No Longer Hear Criminal Cases, BuzzFeed, Aug 25, 2016

In from

“Who’s outside right now?”
“The police.”
Korryn Gaines: “What are they trying to do?
Her five year old son: “Kill us.1

Korryn was killed by the police shortly after this conversation with her son was broadcasted on Instagram. Facebook silenced Korryn by taking down her videos because the police didn’t like them.

Tell Facebook not to act for and on behalf of the police. The police should not control the media the public sees.

For months Korryn Gaines documented police harassing her on Instagram. She had to teach her five year old to record police stops to protect himself. Then on August 1, Korryn was shot and killed by a SWAT team meant to serve a basic warrant, as her son sat on her lap.2

What was the police justification? The same old story—the police felt afraid for their lives, so why shouldn’t they take away Korryn’s life? After her killing, the police asked Facebook to take down all of the evidence of police brutality that Korryn had so carefully documented. And, Facebook complied without a fight.

Facebook’s actions and words don’t line up. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said: “What we really want is to enable people to share what they want.” Just last month, the company hung a massive #BlackLivesMatter banner on its campus, discussing how heartbreaking the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were.3 And yet, by taking down Korryn’s videos, Facebook allows the police to perpetuate the myth that Black women are violent and deserve to be shot. Tell Facebook that words are not enough, actions count. In the past, Facebook has buckled to public pressure, and they will listen if enough of us speak up.4

Sign the petition now to Mark Zuckerberg: stop Facebook’s censorship of police brutality.

Facebook’s censorship affects all of us. The Latinx community recently lost 14-year old Jesse James Romero to the police.5 Just in 2016, 94 Latinx people have been killed by the police.6 Facebook’s videos are powerful tools to document police brutality and misconduct. We need all the tools we can to end the epidemic of police violence against people of color.

Facebook has already created a law enforcement portal, which allows police to access user data for investigation purposes. This portal, however, has no guidelines allowing Facebook to take down user data based on police requests.7 And yet, in 2015 alone, Facebook received 855 emergency requests by the police to take down content on user’s pages, AND complied with 73% of them.8 By shielding police misbehavior and cutting people off from crucial support networks in the midst of police encounters. Facebook is standing against some of the best things social media has given us.

Tell Facebook: We will not allow Facebook to take away people’s right to post videos evidencing police brutality.

Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

– Matt, Favianna, Oscar, Erick, and the team.

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

1. “Korryn Gaines Full Instagram Videos From Traffic Stop & Standoff.” August 2, 2016.
2. “Korryn Gaines, killed by police in standoff, posted parts of encounter on social media.” The Washington Post. August 2, 2016.
3. “Facebook just put up a huge ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign at its headquarters.” Fusion. July 8, 2016.
4. “Some Privacy, Please? Facebook, Under Pressure, Gets the Message.” The New York Times. May 22, 2015.
5. “Family of 14-year-old boy shot by LAPD calls for release of body cam footage.” Los Angeles Times. August 12, 2016.
6. “Why aren’t more people talking about Latinos killed by police?” PBS. July 14, 2016.
7. “Facebook removes potential evidence of police brutality too readily, activists say.” The Intercept. August 8, 2016.
8. “Facebook Says Emergency Procedures In Place For Account Takedowns.” Buzzfeed News. August 11, 2016.

Women’s Rights Day 2016 –

Vote socialist & fight the right

Ninety-six years ago, women in the United States won the right to vote after a century of struggle. Suffragettes were mocked, demonized, beaten and jailed. They refused to back down and finally on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution became law.

Today many feminists are thinking of using that hard-won right to vote for Hillary Clinton. They want to vote for the first female president, an historic event, and to vote down the frighteningly sexist, racist Donald Trump. Radical Women urges a different course.

For decades, U.S. voters have been pushed to choose between the lesser of two evils. And there’s no doubt about the evils in this election. Trump’s disgusting statements on immigrants, African Americans and Muslims have won him the endorsement of KKK leaders. To him, women are “animals,” “ugly dogs,” “slobs” and “gold diggers”—essentially subhuman. Some have treated Trump as a colossal joke but the fascist forces swirling at his base are no laughing matter.

Who will defend working-class women and men of all colors, creeds and ethnicities from this vicious right-winger? Not Hillary Clinton, that’s for sure. In Clinton’s term as Secretary of State she promoted expanding the wars in the Middle East and championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement that would eliminate jobs, labor rights and environmental protection laws.

Clinton promises to push for equal pay for equal work and doubtless she will—for women CEOs and executives. Female Walmart workers can tell you she did nothing for them during the six years she sat on the Walmart board as the company screwed them out of pay and promotions. Clinton’s position on abortion is appallingly weak: “legal but rare” she says. (more…)

In from Color of Change.

My name is April, and I am a Core Organizer with Black Lives Matter DC. And because I am standing up for Black lives, I am now under police surveillance.

Stand with me and demand the FCC stop police use of Stingray surveillance!

A few hours after sending emails about being under police surveillance, I was targeted by an officer at the 7-11 near my house. I made sure to avoid him while in the store but when I left he was waiting for me, standing right outside the door. As I turned to walk to my car he yelled sarcastically, “Have a good evening Ms. Goggans” and then began to hostilely bully, threaten and harass me.

Knowing law enforcement is watching you is not thrilling or full of action like many well-known movies. It is omnipresent. It dictates how you move in the world, it makes you second-guess your associates, friends, co-workers and people you walk by on the street. Nothing is the same after you are sure “they” are watching you. There have been times I haven’t answered the door, my phone or gone to certain events because of the emotional labor and mental alertness it would take to be out in the world, even if only briefly.

This is the power of the military-grade surveillance tool that police across the country are using and have used against me – the Stingray. These devices can monitor everything you do on your phone or be used to block your cell service. These Stingrays are being deployed daily by police to vacuum up the personal data of entire neighborhoods.

Stand with me and demand the FCC stop police use of Stingray surveillance!

The first time I saw “the truck” was in early spring. I was representing BLM while participating in an action with a local organization a few blocks from my home. A group of wealthy developers had purchased tickets for the “gentrification bus” to ride through predominantly Black, working class neighborhoods to scope out property to buy and develop there. We blocked the bus until it had to literally back out of our neighborhood. It was an exhilarating win until it disappeared down the street. Before we could react, a dozen police units rushed into the area, jumped out of their cars and started escalating, threatening, and antagonizing us. Then we saw “the truck.” We didn’t know what it was but knew we hadn’t seen it at any protest before. (more…)

We can not wait to go to see this. Our love for Charlotte Moorman runs deep.