In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. They found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ’political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, 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.
At a gathering of radicals in Rosia Montana the following activities took place in response to the call out:
Letters to prison (workshop): Prison is isolation, a letter can be the high point of the day. At this workshop tips to write letters to prisoners were shared, the cases of some some anarchist prisoners around the world were read loud and participants wrote ** letters to different anarchist prisoners.
Mask up! (solidarity picture): A banner with the slogan of the week was made, and people in solidarity with prisoners took a picture of themselves with the banner. The picture will be edited into a postcard and printed, to be use to write our comrades in prison.
Anarchist prisoners board: A board was hanged on a visible place telling the cases of some anarchist prisoners we know about, along with info about the Week of Solidarity, contacts of prisoners support groups around the world and a summary of the history of Anarchist Black Cross.
Read here the original call out for the week.
Poster of week of solidarity here
“Letters to prison” workshop module here
Some anarchist prisoners cases used at the workshop and shown on the board here
ABC history summary here
Prisoners support groups around the world here
No one is free until all are free!