May Day 2017!

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On May 1st we celebrate May Day – also known as International Workers’ Day – an international anti-capitalist holiday.

May 1st 1886 marked the beginning of a three-day general strike to
demand an eight-hour work day and improved conditions for workers. Half a million people across the United States walked off their jobs to participate in the strike. In Chicago alone, 40,000 took to the streets in what became a week-long struggle between strikers and the police. Ultimately, eight anarchists were arrested, convicted without evidence, and sentenced to death. They became known as the “Haymarket Martyrs” and their executions are widely regarded as some of the most overt political assassinations of radicals in North American history. May 1st has since been marked as International Workers’ Day in their honour, and is a day to amplify the voices of all people struggling for freedom and a better world.

Since 2006, May Day has also been a day to demand
status for all, and to protest racist immigration policies in Canada and the United States.

Strikes, pickets and protests take place all over the world on May 1st to honour and celebrate the struggles of workers, immigrants and poor people. Here in Kingston, for the seventh year in a row, we will be joining in the fun! Meet us at 5 pm in Skeleton Park for a free BBQ and at 6pm for a spirited march downtown. Come hungry, and bring your neighbours, co-workers, classmates, friends and families!

 

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Montreal Anarchist Bookfair: May 27 & 28, 2017

Mark your calendars …
MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2017

Two days: Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28
From 10am to 5pm on both days

The Anarchist Bookfair will take place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet:
– Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle
– Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman 
A short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro.

No gods, no masters, no bosses, no borders.
FREE. Welcome to all!
For anarchists, and people curious about anarchism.

-> Participants from all over Quebec and North America, booksellers and vendors, workshops, films, discussions, kids’ activities, art exhibits and more!
-> Part of the month-long Festival of Anarchy held throughout May 2017 at venues and locations all over the island of Montreal.
-> During this year’s Bookfair, tabling will take place over two days: May 27-28, between 10am and 5pm.

– DOWNLOADS (posters, flyers, logos, banners): www.anarchistbookfair.ca/downloads-2017

– CALLOUT FOR PROPOSALS (workshops, tables, events, theme rooms): www.anarchistbookfair.ca/callout-for-proposals-2017

– WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR: www.anarchistbookfair.ca/about/what-happens-at-the-bookfair

CONTACT INFORMATION:
-> e-mail: info@anarchistbookfair.ca
-> mail: Salon du livre Anarchiste de Montréal
1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 204
Montréal, Québec H3G 1N1

FOR UPDATES:
-> web: www.anarchistbookfair.ca
-> announcements list: https://masses.tao.ca/lists/listinfo/salon-annonces

SOCIAL MEDIA:
-> facebook: www.facebook.com/SalonduLivreAnarchisteMontrealAnarchistBookfair
-> twitter:  @BookfairAnarMTL

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Saskatchewan Pen Riot Interview

Last week, CFRC Prison Radio aired an interview that tells the inside story of the riot on December 14, 2016 that “completely destroyed” the medium security unit at Saskatchewan Penitentiary and resulted in the stabbing death of Jason Leonard Bird and several other injuries from gunshots. CPR spoke with Sherri who runs Beyond Prison Walls Canada and a Facebook group for prison wives. She has been in touch with several prisoners and their families who were present for the massive riot, and shared what she’s been able to find out.

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October 18th: Prison Farms Zine Launch and Discussion

Reap What You Sow: Prison Farms Zine Launch and Discussion
6:30 PM on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
AKA – (Red & black house on Queen Street at Wellington)
Free / Wheelchair Accessible

In 2010, hundreds of Kingstonians participated in the “Save Our Prison Farms” campaign to oppose the Harper government’s decision to close down the farm programs at prisons across Canada. Prison abolitionists related to this campaign in various ways. The campaign peaked in August 2010 with a 2-day blockade of Frontenac Institution in an attempt to prevent the prison farm cattle from being sent to auction. Since then, the campaign leadership has primarily pursued a strategy of lobbying opposition politicians, defeating the Harper government in elections and now urging the new Liberal government to follow through with its promise to re-open the farms.

Under Trudeau we face a new political context on the federal level, and it appears the prison farms may in fact be restored. In early 2016 a call-out was circulated to prison abolitionists to reflect on the situation and contribute to this zine, asking the following questions: Is this a victory? What have we gained? What opportunities have we missed? How did or didn’t this movement strengthen our goals as prison abolitionists? How should we relate to single-issue or reformist movements?

The result was a zine called Reap What You Sow: Radicals Reflect On Kingston’s “Save Our Prison Farms” Campaign, which is comprised of five diverse submissions and published by 613 Anarchy in Spring 2016. This event will feature short presentations from some of the zine contributors, followed by a facilitated discussion focused on the lessons of the prison farms campaign, and the sharing of ideas and perspectives on how radicals might relate to similar campaigns in Kingston in the future.

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Flyering visitors at Collins Bay Institution

Last Saturday, September 17th a small group of people wore orange vests and intercepted cars entering Collins Bay Institution at the start of visiting hours for the day. We were distributing flyers to visitors encouraging them to let their loved ones know about the U.S. prison strike and solidarity being organized in Canada, and to get in touch with us if they want to know more or otherwise correspond. We had many short, positive exchanges with visitors over the course of about an hour and a half. A copy of the flyer is pasted below.

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A Major Prison Strike Is On Across the United States

Since September 9th, 2016 – the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising – prisoners across the U.S. have gone on strike to end prison slavery. This is expected to be one of the largest prison strikes in history, and is being coordinated by groups such as the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, the Free Alabama Movement, and a diverse network of prison abolitionist and prisoner solidarity groups across the U.S.

In Canada, we have helped circulate a call from La Solide into Canadian prisons to make connections across the border, and a letter of support has been published by the Termite Collective in Quebec. There have been info nights and banner drops in Montreal. If you know someone inside, let them know what’s going on and that we’d love to hear from them.

To stay up to date with what’s happening, follow It’s Going Down, Support Prisoner Resistance, and live updates from Mask Magazine.

 

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Talking Radical Radio interview

A few of us were interviewed by Scott Neigh for Talking Radical Radio in Hamilton about EPIC’s attempts to challenge prison in Kingston. Check it out!

 

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Flyer distributed outside prison farms town hall

We heard Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was in town to hear people talk about re-opening the prison farms, so we distributed a flyer to people gathered outside about ending migrant detention. Here’s the text of the flyer:

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Detained migrants in two Ontario jails were on hunger strike for several weeks in July. Through their courageous hunger strike they have succeeded in exposing the cruel and unjust treatment of migrants by the Canadian Government. Along with their families and supporters, they have been calling for Ralph Goodale to meet with them and grant the following demands:

1 – Freedom for the wrongly jailed: Release all migrant detainees who have been held for longer than 90 days.

2 – End arbitrary and indefinite detention: If removal cannot happen within 90 days, immigration detainees must be released. Limits on detention periods are recommended by the United Nations, and are the law in the United States and the European Union.

3 – No maximum security holds: Immigration detainees should not be held in maximum security provincial jails; must have access to basic services and be close to family members.

4 – Overhaul the adjudication process: Give migrants fair and full access to judicial review, legal aid, bail programs and pro bono representation.”

In recent days, Chief Jailer and Notable Asshole Ralph Goodale has responded to these demands by announcing a number of upcoming reforms in a $138 million makeover of the immigration detention system, including “increasing the availability of alternatives to detention” and “improving physical and mental health care.”

“Immigration detention including in immigration holding centres is imprisonment without charges or trial. It should end, not be expanded by throwing over a hundred million dollars at it” – Tings Chak, End Immigration Detention Network

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After several years of Harper’s “tough on crime” agenda, the Liberal government is now discussing various prison reforms – such as the return of the prison farms program and several changes to the immigration detention system. We celebrate prisoners winning their demands for better programs and conditions on the inside but we feel it is also important to remember that such reforms often expand and strengthen prisons in Canada, not dismantle them. We can support prisoners fighting to make their lives and the lives of other prisoners less unbearable and also clearly state that we wish an end to detention for all – not only those who are properly “rehabilitated” or those who were never “criminals” in the first place.

NO PRISONS – NO BORDERS

FREEDOM TO MOVE!

FREEDOM TO STAY!

FREEDOM TO RETURN!

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Pride Toronto has a prison problem

We’re happy to share an article recently published by Now Magazine that was written by Chester Abbotsbury, a pseudonymous ex-prisoner who has been an active contributor to various prison-related projects over the years including our newsletter Over the Wall.

Take a look here:
https://nowtoronto.com/news/pride-toronto-has-a-prison-problem/

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New Prison Farms Zine

We’re excited to announce “Reap What You Sow: Radicals Reflect on Kingston’s Save Our Prison Farms Campaign” a new zine from EPIC with diverse contributions from past and present collective members and friends. It is available for reading and printing over at 613 Anarchy … and get in touch if you would like hard copies at cost. Please share widely and as always we welcome your thoughts and feedback!

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