Call to Action for a Radical Portland PRIDE

By Anonymous Contributor

The following is a call for a radical bloc at the Portland PRIDE parade on June 16th.

Fuck Rainbow Capitalism.

Portland PRIDE is full of cops, banks, and corporations. We have said, again and again, “No cops at pride!,” but the parade has always been to beholden to the State and its corporate sponsors to listen. At Detroit Pride, cops defended Nazis threatening genocide against queer participants and violently attacked queer bodies to facilitate the Nazi demonstration. In Sacramento an activist was the victim of transphobic violence from a fascist armed with a knife; the cops consistently detained the queer victim and not the fascist aggressor.

We remember that Stonewall was a riot against police brutality, police brutality that still continues today. We choose to act now against police oppression, against Nazi violence, against rainbow capitalist and the co-option of the queer liberatory movement by capital. We choose to stand in defense of our queer comrades against the violence of fascism, capital, and the state.

We are calling for radical queers, anti-capitalists, and anti-authoritarians to converge on the SW corner of NW Everett & Park at 11 AM sharp, we will be leaving to enter the parade at 11:30 AM. Bring noise makers, PA’s, banners, propaganda, and your most faggy attire.

Cover your face and any identifiable body art. We intend to march in the parade, it is likely the parade police, PPB, and the good gay citizens of Portland will attempt to kick us out for not paying the offensive fee, but fuck them. We’ll keep each other safe and make our presence known.

See you there queers. ❤

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June 11th, 2019 Statement From Indigenous Anarchist Political Prisoner Miguel Peralta

By Voices in Movement

This text in English and Spanish, comes from the Indigenous anarchist political prisoner Miguel Peralta to mark June 11th: International Day of Solidarity With Long Term Anarchist Prisoners. Miguel is currently appealing his 50-year sentence in the Third Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.

English:

The cell where I live is kind of dark. Fragments of light enter from two directions. On one side, there are the shadows of a fence with four vertical bars and four horizontal bars, all of which are not visible. Next to that, another fence can be seen but in the form of blinds, elongated, not very wide. The other side where the light enters is almost the same, but disfigured. The scarce shadows manage to reflect small figures in the shapes of small squares with different shades. Outside, in the corridor, by the window that has 24 bars covering it, is a wall, recently painted with a blue sign that says: RESTRICTED AREA.

And if you lift up your head and look, behind the wall, there are nine young almond trees, aligned, green almost all year. On more than three occasions they have been pruned, which has limited their growth. If one looks further, behind the almond trees there is an old leafy mango tree. In three years it has only come to bloom once, since the month of January. It has not produced mangos and I do not have the least idea what it needs. Even further, is a very tall coconut palm tree, approximately 25 meters in height. Its fruits are small, you almost can’t see them. Further in the distance you can look at the stars, the clouds, freedom and a bit of the universe.

Very little separates us, don’t you think? Yet we are far away. You might ask how I can see so much? The place where I am located is on the upper floor of the prison (hahahaha).

This time of the year, the heat is unbearable. You sweat at every moment. I try to get air by waving an object, a book or a shirt. Like that the night comes to an end, while I write, trying to remember to dedicate some written lines to the compas that have had long term prison sentences imposed upon them. I remember when I wrote something last year for June 11th, I still had not been sentenced to 50 years in prison. I interpreted time differently. It was like waiting for a bus to travel. I conceived the final court hearing as the correct place, space and time to take back my freedom. But in that moment, it did not happen. I had a hard time imagining, understanding and feeling how the monotonous days, years, and decades in confinement are endured. Then I imagined the compas Da Silva and Sebastián and I asked myself, what have they done to not break down, to be so strong, to endure so much humiliation from the system and its jailers, to endure the ups and downs of the day to day, the loss of loved ones and of compas to which they could not say goodbye. It seems that they only clung on to their thoughts, their actions were derived from this, they believed in what was really right. While in confinement, they preserved their human dignity and rejected humiliation.

Mumia for example, has always spread so much energy to so many compas, both inside and outside the prison. He has not allowed anxiety, sadness, injustice and the machine itself to erase the smiles of rage that come from his resistance.

Another idea that I want to share with you all is the implications of taking a political position inside prison. On the outside for example, it is easy to manifest an idea or thought and publish something on social networks. The question, I think, is how do we transform the raw material into action. Trying to be anarchists while being locked up is very difficult. We know beforehand that we will come up against the rules, the authoritarianism, the imposition of certain behaviors. Because we navigate against the current, we are stigmatized in their attempts to align and individualize us at all times.

On the other hand, there are clear warning shots from the judicial system. The legal processes will be made as slow as possible, filled with irregularities and delays. The penitentiary system has its delicate arrogance to fuck up the prisoner’s daily existence in prison. Sometimes, in the experience of isolation, remaining silent can be a strategy, at least for a certain time. We are limited in our capacities to develop ourselves in a personal and human manner. At all times, little by little, we are trying to free ourselves, the body and the spirit, passing through various emotional stages.

We struggle for water, here on the inside of the prison. Water belongs to everyone, but here it is not sufficient, neither to drink nor for other uses. We struggle against the food that they impose on us, and we struggle in our work, to not depend on the boss. We search to collectivize some of the established processes in the prison. We are against the conditional freedom that people have experienced throughout history. As such, we will continue completing and reconstructing ourselves to be free.

Greetings to all the prisoners, to all the imprisoned compas that are in confinement.

Prisoners to the street!

San Juan Bautista, Cuicatlán

Español:

La celda donde habito es un poco oscura. Entran fragmentos de luz en dos direcciones. A un costado, saben, se refleja para variar un poco, sombras de una pequeña reja con cuatro barrotes verticales y los horizontales no se dejan ver, a su lado se visibiliza otra reja pero como en forma de persiana, alargada, poco ancha, del otro costado casi es lo mismo pero desvirtuado, las escasas sombras, logran reflejar pequeñas figuras en formas de cuadritos con matices diferentes y afuera, o sea sobre el pasillo, por la ventana que es de veinticuatro barrotes acomodados de costado se aprecia el muro recién pintado, con un letrero azul que dice: ÁREA RESTRINGIDA.

Y si uno va subiendo la cabeza y la mirada, detrás del muro encontraremos nueve almendros jóvenes, alineados, que casi todo el año se mantienen verdes y que por más de tres ocasiones los han podado y despuntado, eso ha limitado su crecimiento. Si uno sigue insistiendo, atrás de los almendros se observa un árbol de mango, de edad avanzada, muy frondoso, hace tres años que sólo se la pasa floreciendo, a partir del mes de enero y que no ha producido, no tengo la más mínima idea de lo que le hará falta. Más atrás se encuentra una palmera de coco, muy alta, de aproximadamente veinticinco metros de altura, sus frutos son pequeños, casi no se distinguen. Después de todo esto se logran mirar las estrellas, las nubes, la libertad y una pizca del universo.

Muy poco nos separa ¿no creen?, pero que alejados estamos. Bueno ustedes se preguntarán ¿cómo es que logra ver tanto? y les respondo, pues la estancia donde me tienen está ubicada en la planta alta (risas).

En estos tiempos hace un calor insoportable, sudas a cada instante, trato de echarme un poco de aire con algún objeto, un libro, una playera. Y así se va acabando la noche, mientras escribo trato de recordar que en algún momento dedique unas líneas a compas que les habían impuesto largas condenas y me viene a la memoria que cuando lo hice aún no me sentenciaban a cincuenta años de prisión, asimilaba el tiempo de forma diferente. Era como estar esperando un transporte para viajar, así concebía a la audiencia final como el lugar, el espacio y el tiempo correcto para arrebatarles mi libertad, pero en ese momento no sucedió y aun así me costó mucho trabajo realizar ese ejercicio, me refiero a mi imaginar, comprender y sentir como transcurren a los compas los días, los años, las décadas en el encierro y soportar en todo momento la monotonía. luego imaginaba a los compas Da Silva y a Sebastián y me pregunto, como le habrán echo para no decaer, para tener tanta fuerza, para soportar tanas humillaciones de parte del sistema y sus carceleros, aguantar los altibajos del día a día, la perdida de seres queridos y de compas de los que no pudieron despedirse, vuelvo y me parece que sólo se aferraron a sus pensamientos, sus acciones de esto se derivaron, creyeron en lo que realmente era justo estando en el encierro, conservaron la dignidad humana y rechazaron la humillación.

Mumia por ejemplo, desde siempre, ha transmitido tanta energía a un chingo de compas, afuera y adentro y que no ha permitido que la ansiedad, la tristeza, la injusticia y la maquina logren borrar las sonrisas de rabia que brotan de su resistencia.

Otra situación que deseo compartirles, es sobre las implicaciones que conlleva asumir una postura desde el aislamiento, afuera por ejemplo, es fácil manifestar alguna idea o pensamiento y publicar algo en las famosas redes sociales, la cuestión pienso, es como le hacemos para transformar la materia prima en una acción, tratar de ser libertario desde el encierro es bien complicado, sabemos de antemano que nos toparemos con reglas, con formas autoritarias, con imposición de conductas, con la estigmatización y pues navegamos contracorriente, porque pretende alinearnos e individualizarnos todo el tiempo.

Por otro lado, nos queda claro, que es un tiro cantado con el sistema jurídico y que los procesos trataran de llevarlos lo más lento posible, las omisiones jamás faltaran, y bueno el sistema penitenciario cuenta con su delicada arrogancia condimentada para joder todos los días la existencia y la estancia del preso, a veces, en el camino del aislamiento, callar es una estrategia por determinado tiempo, porque estamos limitados a desarrollarnos personal y humanamente, poco a poco vamos intentando liberarnos en todo momento, del cuerpo y del espíritu pasando por varias etapas emocionales.

Luchamos por el agua, aquí adentro, que es de todos, pero luego no es suficiente, tanto para beber como para otros usos, por la alimentación que nos imponen y por el trabajo, para no depender del patrón, buscamos colectivizar algunas formas que están establecidas, estamos en contra de la libertad condicional que han vivido los pueblos a través de la historia y así seguimos complementando y reconstruyéndonos para ser libres.

Saludo a todos los presos, a los compas presos que están en el aislamiento.

Presos a la calle!

San Juan Bautista, Cuicatlán.

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Silk Road 2.0 admin will see no prison time

By Free Ross Ulbricht

News reports announced that Blake Benthall, the admin of Silk Road 2.0 (a bigger replica of the original Silk Road), was offered a plea deal. He only faces tax fines while Ross was sentenced to two life sentences + 40 years without parole. Last April, Thomas White, the creator of Silk Road 2.0, was sentenced in the U.K. to 5 years and 4 months.

Today, Ross shared the following: “Can someone explain to me why I have to grow old and die in this cage while the man who ran Silk Road 2.0 walks free?”

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Office Demonstration Disrupts Humboldt Redwood Co. Offices to Demand Safety for Tree Sitter

By Save the Mattole Ancient Forest

Forest defenders report on continuing actions to defend the ancient Mattole forest. Recently, the Humboldt Redwood Company has attempted to forcefully remove a tree sitter. For updates, check Blockade Babes.  

Scotia, CA— At 2 P.M. Thursday, June 13, a dozen protestors engaged in an office demonstration in Scotia to establish communication directly with Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC) decision-makers, and make clear their demands, in light of the increased threat from HRC to protesters opposing logging in the forest on Rainbow Ridge.

They entered the Humboldt Redwood Company offices, requesting to speak to John Andersen (director of Forest Policy at HRC) about the safety and treatment of tree-sitter Rook. They were given Andersen’s cell phone number by the receptionist. The protestors then marched through the entire two floors of the facility with drums and chants, demanding that HRC’s hired security “Leave Rook alone! Protect Rainbow Ridge!” While in the office, they took time to inspect the maps posted in the HRC offices.

This demonstration was in direct response to HRC’s attempt to drive out Rook the tree sitter by dispatching a masked climber Thursday morning, who scaled Rook’s tree and cut down vital food and water supplies, while physically threatening the tree sitter’s safety, as supplies hurtled toward the ground from above Rook’s head. Guards at the base of the tree shouted violent threats into the forest in attempts to deter possible resupply efforts from other forest defenders.

Rook commented on the situation and increased threats from guards and climbers. “Whatever their intentions, the men who guard this tree, who hunt us in the woods, who escort the loggers to work each morning, are doing their part to create the future their descendants will inherit — one of famine, climate migration, global poverty. They are enabling the ecological collapse. They are making me watch the destruction of a place I love.”

Rook’s report from the tree told the story of telling the climber that he was a safety threat, as the climber sawed branches and cut ropes, Rook informing him that he would have to climb over them, which he did, several times. Rook said the climber cut a folding saw off Rook’s harness, and used a chainsaw to cut large branches around the sit, nearly cutting the net that is the living space, with Rook on it. Other gear was destroyed. The climber cut two 6-gallon jugs of water from above Rook’s head, nearly hitting them if the jugs had not bounced off a branch. By the time the climber descended, Rook’s food and most of their water supply was gone, along with most of the gear brought up the tree. There was one rope left to descend. Rook remains in the tree as of this writing.

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Prisoners and Activists Stop New Prison on Coal Mine Site in Kentucky

By Fight Toxic Prisons

A report from Fight Toxic Prisons on the recent victory to block the construction of a prison in Kentucky.

Washington, DC — In response to a federal lawsuit filed by Green Justice attorneys, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced it withdrew its intent to construct a new $510 million federal prison in Letcher County, Kentucky, the most expensive proposed federal prison in U.S. history. The lawyers represented prisoners and activists concerned about the new facility being sited on a former mountaintop removal coal mine and near an active mine and coal sludge pond.

Marianne Cufone, lead attorney with Green Justice, said, “The lawsuit highlighted that both the process and actual building of the USP Letcher facility conflicted with various federal laws. The Bureau of Prisons did the right thing in withdrawing its construction plans.”

Twenty-one federal prisoners from around the country, the Abolitionist Law Centerand Friends of Lilley Cornett Woods and North Fork River Watershed brought the lawsuit against the Bureau of Prisons. The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisonssupported the plaintiffs in their case with a grassroots organizing campaign, which garnered support across the country.

“This outcome couldn’t have happened without the courage of local residents in Letcher County and current inmates, all who risked significant blow back for standing up to oppose this prison,” according to co-founder the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, Panagioti Tsolkas.

“Spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new prison makes no sense with the substantial decreases in the federal prison population over the last several years,” said Dustin McDaniel, Executive Director of the Abolitionist Law Center. “We hope the BOP’s action ends this prison project permanently, and that it also signifies a turning point nationally, away from investing money in prison construction, and toward increased investment in communities devastated by mass incarceration.”

One of the prisoner-plaintiffs, Jason Palacios agreed with McDaniel, “Spend money to rehabilitate–NOT incarcerate.”

The initial lawsuit was filed by attorney Emily Posner in 2018, after more than three years of a controversial environmental impact analysis process. She said, “Some proponents of the new prison speculate that this withdrawal is temporary, but that seems misguided, given the many problems with the project. In these times of climate uncertainty, this is not the type of federal investment needed, funds should be used to create meaningful and sustainable economic opportunities for the people of southeastern Kentucky.”

In April 2019, Friends of Lilley Cornett Woods, whose individual members have long opposed the prison due to its likely impacts on surrounding natural areas and threatened and endangered species, joined together to participate in the case. The amended complaint can be found here.

Elvenia Blair said, “This prison would have threatened the health and well-being of inmates, correctional workers and our already fragile environment, including habitat for several endangered bat species. I am so relieved this project is not moving forward.”

Winning this outcome is an important step toward changing the U.S. prison system. Publication of the withdrawal notice is expected in the Federal Register by Monday, June 17th.

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Abolitionist Law Center is a public interest law firm organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States. ALC is a plaintiff in Barroca v. Bureau of Prisons and has participated in every NEPA public comment period related to the proposed prison in Letcher County, KY.

Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons conducts grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action to challenge the prison system which puts prisoners at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, as well as impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems by their construction and operation.

Friends of Lilley Cornett Woods and North Fork River Watershed – exists for the purpose of conserving and strengthening the environmental integrity of Letcher County and the human and natural environments of the broader Appalachian region. By fighting against extractive economic development based on the exploitation of natural resources and marginalized communities, FOLC advocates for a future economy based on a just transition away from resource extraction and prison construction.

Green Justice – is a virtual law firm that connects independent lawyers with special expertise and law students nationwide, to collectively work cases that defend people, wildlife and habitats from injustices in the natural and built environments.

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