prisons

Prisons and Police Brutality: Last Line in the Defence of Exploitation and Oppression (Part II)

Over the past year in the United States and across the world, police violence against primarily black and brown working-class people has received renewed attention. The events that followed the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police set off a wave of rebellion and protest beyond the US and across the world. The protest movement was quickly co-opted by sectors of the bourgeoisie, but the aftermath of the heady urban rebellions is that questions about the role of police and racism as tools of the capitalist class in dominating the workers are now asked more frequently than before.

Prisons and Police Brutality: Last Line in the Defence of Exploitation and Oppression (Part I)

Although the issue goes well beyond the individual, it has been the brutality of individual law enforcement officers against individual workers (who are usually black, brown and/or mentally ill) that have been highlighted in the media in recent times. Because of this we find it relevant to shed some light on the conditions inside the prisons (which contain over 40,000 people) in Australia and the brutality and negligence of law enforcement officers.

Wildcat UK #9 1986

Wildcat #9 July 1986.

Taken from Splits and Fusions archive.

Prisoners - Black Flag

Mark Barnsley

Round up of prisoner solidarity from Black Flag #218, 1999.

Taking Liberties newsletter - Anarchist Black Cross (Sheffield/London)

Partial online archive of Taking Liberties, a 1990s newsletter of the Anarchist Black Cross covering prisons, prisoner solidarity, miscarriages of justice etc. Originally produced in Sheffield, later issues in London.

At least 21 issues were published from 1991 until 1997.

Anarchist Black Cross news - Black Flag

Prisoner news and support from Black Flag #213 1998.

Prison News - Black Flag #216

Some of the shorter prison news items from Black Flag #216 1999.

They Call It Suicide, We Call It Murder - Black Flag

On 5 March 1998 the Italian police arrested 3 anarchists on serious charges of “subversive association for the purpose of constituting an armed gang”. They were accused of various actions linked to the popular struggle against the construction of the high speed railway through the Val di Susa in Piemonte. Now only one of the 3 arrested anarchists remains alive.

Article from Black Flag #215 1998.

Detainment is Death in the Pandemic!

Inmates and persons deprived of liberty are at high risk of dying due to COVID-19. The state's campaign of mass arrests and detainment of so-called quarantine violators risks spreading the disease to detainees. As it is the poor who bares the brunt of the state's policing and incarceration, prisons and police must be abolished as they mostly only target the poor.

Class Struggle in the Time of Coronavirus: An Incomplete Chronicle of Events (16-21 March)

The following review is a small depiction of what’s happening in the world, outside Italy (for the situation in Italy, see: leftcom.org).