Wednesday, 5 April 2017

From Activist to 'Terrorist' - three messages

On Tuesday evening, April 4th, Jake Conroy spoke at Tory St in Wellington. Jake describes himself as 'a scrawny white American vegan who got sentenced to time in a US prison'. About 40 people attended his talk 'From Activist to Terrorist'. He left us with three key messages:

  • Think about prisons and prisoners, the lives people are forced to live there - the spaces they are forced to inhabit. One simple thing to do is write letters to people inside. 
  • Don't be scared of the threat of state repression.
  • Do fight-back. Figure out what you can do and find like-minded people and strategise how to bring about liberation.

At the Freedom Shop we have a range of books written by people inside or those involved in prison abolition and penal politics, including:
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Abolitionist Demands: Toward the End of Prisons in Aotearoa by No Pride in Prison

Outrage: An Anarchist Memoir of a Penal Colony by Clément Duval

Hauling Up the Morning: Writings and Art by political prisoners and prisoners of war in the US by Tim Blunk (Editor); Ray Luc Levasseur (Editor); Assata Shakur (Introduction); William Kunstler (Preface)
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Inside/Out: Selected Poems - by Marilyn Buck

Writing On The Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law

If you would like to write to a person in prison, No Pride In Prison have contacts of people wanting letters. There are also numerous websites with lists of people imprisoned because of their political beliefs and actions - check out ABC websites (Anarchist Black Cross), write to asylum seekers detained by Australia.

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