International Week for Anarchist Prisoners

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This August marks the first annual Week for Anarchist Prisoners. Commencing on the anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, the week will run August 23rd-30th. A packed week of events will be hosted in Hamilton to spread information about anarchist prisoners and to fundraise in support of our incarcerated comrades.

All proceeds from the week will be donated and split between Mexico ABC and Moscow ABC.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, August 25th – Contemporary Anarchist Prisoners

7pm @ The Tower (281 Cannon St. East, Hamilton)

This evening will provide an overview of current anarchist prisoners in North America and Europe. We’ll go over the details of various cases, and discuss some ways to offer support. The presentation will be followed by a night of letter writing. Food will be provided.

Tuesday, August 26th – Historical Anarchist Prisoners

7pm @ The Tower (281 Cannon St. East, Hamilton)

Hamilton Freeskool’s ‘The History Of’ class will focus on historical cases of the repression and criminalization of anarchists.

Thursday, August 28th – 5E Anarchist Prisoners in Mexico

7pm @ The Tower (281 Cannon St. East, Hamilton)

Join us for a presentation on the case of the 5E prisoners in Mexico. Friends of the incarcerated anarchists will cover details of the case, the context of anarchist organizing in Mexico, and discuss the support work being done throughout the continent.

Friday, August 29th – Anarchist and Anti-Fascist Prisoners in Belarus and Russia

7pm @ The Tower (281 Cannon St. East, Hamilton)

Several short documentaries will be screened, followed by discussion. The films will cover the general climate of anarchist struggle in Belarus and Russia, as well as high profile cases of anarchist prisoners in the region. Following the films, a guest speaker will discuss anti-fascist prisoners in Russia.

Saturday, August 30th – Barbeque and Kegger

6pm @ Email for location 🙂

Epic Party! Delicious food, great people and lots of beer. The dinner portion of the night will be dry and family friendly. Tickets will be available in advance and at the door. All proceeds will go towards supporting anarchist prisoners.

With the exception of the party, all events will held at The Tower (281 Cannon St. East)

For updated event information, including times, check out our facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/849309688432237/

About the Week (from the International Callout):

“In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasize the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organizations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades.

This is why we have decided to introduce an annual Week for Anarchist Prisoners on August 23-30. We chose August 23 as a starting point, because on that very day in 1927 the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in prison. They were convicted of murdering two men during an armed robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Their arrest was a part of a bigger anti-radical campaign led by the American government. The State’s evidence against the two was almost totally non-existent and many people still today believe that they were punished for their strong anarchist beliefs. Given the nature and diversity of anarchist groups around the globe, we have proposed a week of common action rather than a single campaign on a specific day making easier for groups to be able to organize an event within a longer target period. Therefore, we call on everyone to spread the information about the Week for Anarchist Prisoners among other groups and communities and think about organizing event(s) in your city or town. The events can vary from info-evenings, screenings and benefit concerts to solidarity and direct actions. Let your imagination run free. Till all are free.

For more information on where the funds raised during the week are going:

Mexico ABC – http://www.abajolosmuros.org/

Moscow ABC – http://avtonom.org/en/anarchist-black-cross

Questions? Contact anarchaprisoners@riseup.net.

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