Harsha Walia, author of Undoing Border Imperialism is coming to the Evergreen State College on October 17th at 12:00pm in Lecture Hall 1.
Join us to hear Harsha discuss her recent book and her extensive work building immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire. Harsha delves into the challenging questions that face us as activists and organizers today and explores strategies to overcome the borders within our movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving and sustainable communities of resistance.
This event is sponsored by Abolish Cops and Prisons , MEXA de Evergreen , Evergreen Students for Justice in Palestine , The Center for Community Based Learning + Action and the Black Cottonwood Collective.
This coming Wednesday, October 15th, from 1-3PM, Abolish Cops and Prisons will be hosting the first of our monthly prisoner letter writing days for the 2014-2015 school year, where we write letters of support and send cards to US political prisoners whose birthdays are in October.
The event will be held in the Flaming Eggplant Cafe (on the upper floor of the CAB building at the Evergreen State College). Writing to prisoners is an easy way to express solidarity and to remind them that they are not forgotten. Come and send a card to a prisoner – it only takes a few minutes!
All mailing supplies will be provided for free. The weekly ACAP meeting will just be held at the same time/place, and might run on a little after the workshop if folks are feeling it! …
Prisoners with birthdays this month include: Justin Solondz, Skelly, Jamil Abdullah, David Gilbert, Michael Davis, Eric McDavid, Malik Smith, Robert Seth Hayes, Antonio Guerrero, Jalil Muntaqim, and Edward Good.
(If you know of any other prisoners who have birthdays in October, that you’d like to add to this list, please send their names, mailing address, and a brief description/bio or just bring that info with you to the workshop next Wednesday)
After going dormant over the dreary summer months, ACAP is back in action for the 2014-2015 school year. We’ve had a couple of group meetings so far, and have done some brainstorming about what we want to do this year. Here’s a whirlwind tour of some of the stuff we’ll be working on (and we hope you’ll show up to the next meeting and add to the list!):
* We will (just like last year) be hosting all kinds of educational events related to mass incarceration and police repression, and alternatives to police and prisons (transformative justice, community self-defense, anti-racism/anti-capitalism/anti-imperialism). If you want to be notified when these events are happening, you can subscribe to our events/announcements mailing list by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org
* We will be organizing on campus to educate the Evergreen community about mass incarceration and police violence in the United States, and about how we can organize to create a society without police and prisons. This will be done through our educational events, literature distribution and tabling, and a variety of other activities on campus and in the Olympia community at large ….
* We will be working to support the efforts of local organizations like Books to Prisoners and EGYHOP (Emma Goldman Youth & Homeless Outreach Project) whose work we feel is aligned with our mission of creating a society without police and prisons. This means hosting them to give workshops where they can talk about their organizations and how people can get involved, and also finding ways that we can collaborate with them on projects in the community.
* We will be providing direct support to prisoners in the form of letter writing workshops and mailing of educational materials and news articles that they request.
* We will be exploring how the prison-industrial complex and police repression affect us here at Evergreen. For instance, we will be examining the role of prison labor in producing most of the furniture on campus, organizing against the campus food service run by the prison profiteering corporation Aramark, and continuing the campus-wide discussion about the infiltration of TESC student groups by military/intelligence agents during the Port Militarization protests in 2009.
If you want to get involved, come to one of our open weekly meetings, every Wednesday at 2pm in the Flaming Eggplant Cafe (located on the upper floor of the CAB building ). Or, if you have any questions/comments/ideas, feel free to contact us and let us know!
In this workshop, Emnet Getahun & Danny Scar of the Prison Doula Project will be covering the economic and policy changes which have led to the rising numbers of incarcerated women and transfolks, and we’ll pair that with a timeline, the connections between CPS and Incarceration, birth and pregnancy behind bars, a conversation about conditions/stories from Purdy and resistance work that’s being done.
Ed Mead and Mark Cook, former prisoners and former members of the George Jackson Brigade will discuss their experiences organizing against the prison system both from the inside and out.
Ed Mead is a former political prisoner who was arrested for his participation in actions done by the George Jackson Brigade in the northwest during the 70s. He spent 18 years in prison and while at the Walla Walla Correctional Facility helped found Men Against Sexism which stopped prisoner-on-prisoner rape while he was held there. He also co-founded Prison Legal News.
Mark Cook was born and raised in Seattle, growing up in a poor family and moving frequently from school to school. At the age of 17, he was arrested, sent to a state mental hospital, and subsequently abused by the facility staff. Later, he served a sentence for armed robbery.
Released in 1967, Cook became active in a growing leftist paramilitary underground in Seattle, which perpetrated a series of high profile bombings and robberies. In and out of prison, he was co-founder of the Black Panther Party chapter in the Walla Walla State Penitentiary and served as its Lieutenant of Information for many years. In 2000, he was released after serving 24 years in prison for his participation in a bank robbery and jail break associated with the George Jackson Brigade in Seattle. His interview provides a detailed and startlingly honest account of the social organization and violence of prison life, as well as his extensive efforts to improve the conditions for prisoners.
Where:Lecture Hall 3 @ The Evergreen State College
When: Monday, April 14 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Following the recent lawsuit administered by previous TESC students and anti-war activists of attempted entrapment by a CIA informant named John Towery, a member of the Force Protection Services at Fort Lewis, questions have arisen around the Evergreen State College Police Service’s involvement of sharing information about radical students and student groups with outside state and county police as well as the FBI.
As students we seek transparency about whether or not this true and if there is a sustained protocol to spy on the student body.
Please join us for a Town Hall to discuss the details of the John Towery case and to create a plan of action!
Students for Justice In Palestine
Students for a Democratic Society
Abolish Cops and Prisons
Evergreen Political Information Center (EPIC)
Students United For Reproductive Justice
Geoduck Student Union
Tuesday, April 8 come out and hear Robert H. King speak on his experiences in solitary confinement in Angola Prison. The talk will be held in Lecture Hall 2 at the Evergreen State College, from 5-7PM.
Robert H. King is a freed member of the Angola 3. Along with his comrades Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace (who has recently passed away), they were targeted for their activism as members of the Black Panther Party inside Angola prison in the 1970s. After 31 years in Angola prison in Louisiana, 29 spent years in solitary confinement, Robert King was released on February 2001 after proving his innocence.
Since his release, Robert H. King has spoken across the country demanding the release of Albert Woodfox along with the end of solitary confinement. King will speak about his own experience in Angola Prison as a Black Panther, the case of the Angola 3, and will explain how the prison system refuses to free Albert Woodfox even after his conviction has been overturned three times!
History of the Angola 3
41 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000 acre former slave plantation called Angola.
Peaceful, non-violent protest in the form of hunger and work strikes organized by inmates caught the attention of Louisiana’s elected leaders and local media in the early 1970s. They soon called for investigations into a host of unconstitutional and extraordinarily inhumane practices commonplace in what was then the “bloodiest prison in the South.” Eager to put an end to outside scrutiny, prison officials began punishing inmates they saw as troublemakers.
At the height of this unprecedented institutional chaos, Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace, and Robert King were charged with murders they did not commit and thrown into 6×9 foot solitary cells.
Albert Woodfox’s murder conviction was overturned for a 3rd time in February of last year, and for a third time, the State of Louisiana appealed. As Woodfox, now 67, prepares to enter his 42nd year in solitary confinement, he continues to maintain his innocence.
The third member of the Angola 3, Herman Wallace, was released last October from 41 years of solitary confinement after his conviction was overturned, but died 3 days later of advanced liver cancer at the age of 72. A group of U.S. Congressmen saw fit to mark his passing by entering a tribute to Wallace into the Congressional record, describing him as a “champion for justice and human rights.”
Abolish Cops and Prisons is hosting a Prisoner Writing Day on Wednesday April 2th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Flaming Eggplant Cafe (The Evergreen State College). All mailing supplies will be provided for free. This will be followed by an ACAP meeting at 3 pm at the Flaming Eggplant.
If you want us to add someone to the list below, let us know! Writing to prisoners is an easy way to express solidarity and to remind them that they are not forgotten.
Charles Sims Africa
SCI Dallas 1000 Follies Road Dallas, PA 18612
Delbert Orr Africa
SCI Dallas 1000 Follies Road Dallas, PA 18612
Janet Holloway Africa
SCI Cambridge Springs 451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403
Janine Phillips Africa
SCI Cambridge Springs 451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403
These are members of the black-liberation group, MOVE. MOVE works towards resisting “man’s system from imposing on life, to stop industry from poisoning the air, water, and soil and to put an end to the enslavement of all life”. Under constant conflict with the Phili Police Dept., police raided their home in Powelton Village in 1978. The raid included SWAT teams, house destruction, tear gas, and fire dept water cannons. One of the police officers involved in the raid was shot and killed. There is no proof that any of the MOVE members shot the cop -all maintain their innocence, yet nine of the folks present were charged with third-degree murder.
Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald
Kern Valley State Prison D-2-118 Post Office Box 5104 Delano, California 93216 Address envelope to Romaine Fitzgerald, address card to Chip
Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. In September 1969, Chip was wounded and arrested in connection with a police shoot-out. He was tried for assault on police and other, related charges, including the murder of a security guard. He was convicted and sentenced to death. He was 19 years old.
USP Marion – CMU Post Office Box 1000 Marion, Illinois 62959
Walter Bond is an imprisoned Animal Liberation Front operative who in the Summer of 2010 was arrested for the A.L.F. Lone Wolf arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado, the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah.On February 11, 2011, Bond was sentenced to 5 years in Federal prison for the Colorado fire, and on October 13, 2011, he was sentenced to 7 years, 3 months for the Utah fires, to run consecutive to the first sentence. His expected release date is March 21, 2021. Bond’s experiences as a 19-year-old slaughterhouse construction worker propelled him into Veganism and a life focused on ending our culture’s enslavement and exploitation of animals and the natural world. As a prisoner of the war for the liberation of Animals, Bond continues to influence and motivate other activists dynamically via his essays and public statements
8A20 Multnomah County Inverness Jail 11540 NE Inverness Drive Portland, Oregon 97220
A member of Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. Rubin freed 400 wild horses from a federal land management corral in Oregon as others set the property on fire, she also set participated in a setting fire to a ski complex in Colorado.
Cook County Department of Correction Post Office Box 089002 Chicago, Illinois 60608
A member of Nato-3, three folks who were protesting NATO who were arrested after a no-knock midnight raid of their homes, in which police found materials that indicated allegedly indicated plans for arson.
Joyceville Institution Highway 15
Post Office Box 880
Kingston, Ontario K7L 4X9 Canada
Kevin Chianella received a 2 year prison sentence for his participation in the G20 protests in Toronto in 2010. Chianella, 18 at the time, got a heftier sentence because he attacked a cop car with a canvas bag full of rocks. He is also stated to have fueled and helped sustain the fire that was set upon another cop car (Still in Prison?)
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a former member of the Black Panther Party and supporter of Philadelphia’s radical MOVE organization. He is an internationally celebrated black writer and radio journalist, author of six books and hundreds of columns and articles and organizer and inspiration for the prison lawyers movement. He has spent the last 30 years in prison, almost all of it in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s Death Row. Mumia Abu-Jamal was tried, convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, an incident which took place on December 9,1981.
Brandon Baxter was part of the Cleveland 4. The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists. They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. However, the real story is that the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.
On April 7 from 3-5PM, come out to the Evergreen State College (SEM II A1105) to see “The Path From Migrant Worker To Criminal To Dignity”, a panel on immigration and mass incarceration.
In the wake of the current work and hunger strike involving 1,200 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, immigrant rights organizers from across the Pacific Northwest will be joining us for a panel discussion concerning the connection between immigration, migrant labor, and incarceration. This panel comes at a time when detainees at the Northwest Detention Center are struggling for human rights and dignity. Each panelist has their own experience organizing around these issues and will bring a unique perspective to the panel.
Maru Mora Villalpando – Latino Advocacy and the Dignity Campaign
Maru Mora Villalpando is a bi-lingual statewide community organizer and trainer and Director of Latino Advocacy with more than ten years experience primarily focusing on immigrant rights and racial justice issues. She was one of the lead organizers for the 10th Annual March for Immigrant rights in Seattle, WA where thousands of people demonstrated their support for immigration reform. Ms. Villalpando has been instrumental in grassroots organizing efforts ranging from national health care reform to advocating for changes to the presence of ICE in local police jails through the Secure Communities program. Currently she has been the key community organizer in the recent hunger strikes at the GEO Corp. operated NW Detention Center in Tacoma, WA.
The Dignity Campaign is a national grassroots effort that has crafted a human rights based comprehensive immigration reform platform from the grassroots up, through the convening of Dignity Dialogues.
Edgar Franks – Formacion Civica, C2C
As part of the C2C Team Edgar is the Coordinator for the Formación Cívica (Civic Engagement) Project. He leads the coordination of the Campaign to End Racial Profiling in Whatcom County. Raised in Skagit County, WA, Edgar comes from a farmworker family and is proud of his farm worker roots. He was a member of MEChA throughout High School and College; a volunteer for the Farm Worker Solidarity Organizing Committee from 1999-2011 and Co-Chair of this committee in 2001-2003. Edgar also is a national leader through the Grassroots Global Justice and the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum. Edgar represents c2C on various local community groups that look for policy solutions to the increased policing through racial profiling of Latino Youth.
Angelica Villa – Community to Community
Angelica is a farm worker and is originally from Oaxaca Mexico and arrived in the United States in 1989 at the age of 18 to start a family in Los Angeles, CA. She is a single mother with four children, ages 10, 14, 17 and 20. She has worked many jobs to provide for them; in the fields, restaurants, and hotels. Angelica lives in rural Whatcom County, which borders Canada and she sees on a daily basis the harassment of workers by the Border Patrol and the cooperation of local police officers with them in detaining farm worker families, many of them Mothers with small children. She is a community organizer with C2C and sees first- hand how quickly hardworking farm workers are racially profiled and labeled criminals and deported. She accompanies them to immigration court hearings and supports their families when they are detained at the NW Detention Center.
Ramon Torres – Familias Unidas por la Justicia
Ramon was elected President of Familias Unidas por la Justicia by over 300 farm workers that went on strike in July of 2013 at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm. They have since
Formed their own organization and continue to organize for fair wages in the fields and also oppose the federal guest worker program – h2a – which they believe is being used
To displace local experienced farm workers. Most of the members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia are indigenous people from Oaxaca and undocumented. Ramon works daily with entire families that have to deal with making a living while undocumented and also are trying to create a happy life for their children.
Tara Villalba – Raices Culturales Youth Project C2C
Tara leads the Raices Culturales Youth project at c2C. She develops programming that develop leadership within the Latino youth in Whatcom County.
As the key organizer with Latino youth Tara understand the intersection of race, class and gender when it comes to how local police agencies deal with enforcement of
Community policing responsibilities.
RETHINKING PRISONS MONTH is a series of events at The Evergreen State College that addresses issues around mass incarceration, the Prison Industrial Complex, and alternatives to police and prisons.
WHY THIS MATTERS: 2.5 million people are incarcerated in the United States— the largest prison population in the world, and more prisoners per capita than any other country. Another 8 million people are under some form of correctional supervision, including parole, probation, house arrest, etc. The criminal legal system disproportionately targets people based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability, along with people who actively work to undermine these systems of control and domination. Despite these obstacles, it is imperative that we connect across differences to struggle together for our collective liberation, and start building community-based alternatives to the prison-industrial complex.