February Prisoner Writing Day (02/05/2014)

February Prisoner Writing DayAbolish Cops And Prisons is hosting a Prisoner Writing Day on Wednesday February 5th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Flaming Eggplant Cafe in Olympia, WA.

Come write letters to political prisoners who have birthdays this month. It’s an easy way to let them know that they are not forgotten. Everyone is welcome to write to any prisoner of their choice. All mailing supplies will be provided for free.

Political Prisoners with birthdays this month:

February 4th
P.O. Box 150160
Atlanta, GA 30315

Veronza Bowers (Black Panther Party)
Veronza Bowers

Veronza Bowers Jr. is a former Black Panther Party member framed for the murder of a U.S. Park Ranger. He is being illegally held past his 30 year sentences, making him one of the longest-held political prisoners in U.S. history. Veronza was convicted in the murder of a U.S. Park Ranger on the word of two government informers, both of whom received reduced sentences for other crimes by the Federal prosecutor’s office.

February 19th
Freddie Hilton (Kamau Sadiki)
Augusta State Medical Prison, Bldg 13A-2 E7
3001 Gordon Highway
Grovetown, GA 30813

Kamau Sadiki is a former member of the Black Panther Party and was convicted of a 30-year old murder case of a Fulton County Police Officer found shot to death in his car outside a service station. Learn more about Kamau and join the struggle for his freedom at www.freekamau.org

February 19th
Albert Woodfox
David Wade Correctional Center
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040

Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 that is still in prison.
Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 that is still in prison.

Albert Woodfox is part of the Angola 3, three Black Panthers, put in solitary confinement for decades in Angola Prison,Louisiana after being framed for the death of a prison guard. Robert Hillary King has been released and Herman Wallace died of cancer, leaving only Albert still locked up. To take action in support of Albert visit www.angola3.org

February 26th
Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck
P.O. BOX 305

Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck is an Indigenous rights activist serving 80 years for bank robbery, aggravated assault on the FBI, escape and firearms charges. A confidential informant reported that Oso was robbing banks in order to acquire funds to support the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico throughout 1998-99.
Support Site: osoblanco.org

An Introduction to Transformative Justice

An Introduction to Transformative Justice
\\AKA: I Don’t Want to Call the Police!//

With Community Activist and Organizer Shira Hassan of The Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP)!

How do we collectively work together to reduce our dependence on state systems and social services? How do we support each other to become accountable when we have caused harm?

Transformative justiceThis workshop will explore the basic principles of Transformative Justice and engage in honest conversation about the challenges we face when using this model.

This 2 hour interactive, multi-media talk & workshop will deepen our understanding of this complex and intimate model.

Together we practice developing new responses that mine our community’s collective strengths and create sustainable alternatives to police and state systems!

This event is FREE and open to the public.

It will be located @ The Longhouse!

Sponsored by Creating Dangerously, First People’s Advising, The Presidents Diversity Fund, Gateways: Popular Education, Alternatives to Capitalist Globalization, Narrative Strategies, How to do Things With Words, and The Academic Deans of the Evergreen State College

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (click to download a free PDF)
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (click to download free PDF copy)

“The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood of isolation and irreparable harm, including death, is even greater within LGBTQI communities. To effectively resist violence out there—in the prison system, on militarized borders, or other clear encounters with ‘the system’—we must challenge how it is reproduced right where we live. It’s one thing when the perpetrator is the police, the state, or someone we don’t know. It’s quite another when that person is someone we call a friend, lover, and trusted ally.

Based on the popular zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Homefinally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the “open secret” of intimate violence—by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships—within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex.

Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers life-saving alternatives for ensuring survivor safety while building a road toward a revolution where no one is left behind.”

“Prisoner Support During and After Incarceration”: Panel w/ Coyote Sheff & Petey S.

Join us on January 29th at the Evergreen State College to hear a panel of former prisoners talking about how we can support prisoners during and after incarceration.

Prisoner support during and after incarceration

Coyote Sheff is a self-defined anarchist who, before his release, held his own prison chapter of Anarchist Black Cross in the confines of Nevada’s maximum security prison, Ely State Prison. He is now on the outs and will speak on life post release and organizing inside and outside of prison.

Petey S. from Sacramento Prisoner Support will talk about his involvement with long-term prisoner support, and the importance of supporting people even after they have been released from prison.

Petey grew up in New Jersey, where he worked with the NJ Animal Defense League, then proceeded to be heavily involved with animal activism throughout the Northeast before moving to California in 2000.

Petey was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison after attempting to set fire to a number of dairy trucks one night in early 2001. Petey is now involved with prisoner support work as well as other activist projects where he lives in Sacramento, California.

Andrea Smith: “Sexual Violence and Mass Incarceration: Towards Abolitionists Strategies”

Come join us January 23rd at 5:30-7:30PM in Lecture Hall 2 to hear Andrea Smith talk about police/prison abolitionist strategies for confronting sexual violence.

Andrea will explore the connections between sexual violence in our communities and state violence in the forms of policing and incarceration. Through her experience as co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, Smith will discuss alternative methods and examples of dealing with sexual violence and abuse without strengthening the Prison Industrial Complex and contributing to mass incarceration.

Andrea Smith: “Sexual Violence and Mass Incarceration: Towards Abolitionists Strategies” (January 23 @ 5:30-7:30PM in Lecture Hall 2, TESC


Andrea Lee Smith is an intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship. Formerly an assistant professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Smith is currently an associate professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

*Members of the Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) will in attendance as advocates for survivors or anyone who wishes to process and talk.*

Co-hosted by Abolish Cops And Prisons (ACAP), Feminists In Solitary Together (FIST!), and Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV). This event is a part of No One Wins In Patriarchy month.

Media Island Monthly Community Benefit Brunch with GATEWAYS for Incarcerated Youth

Community Brunch w Gateways for Incarcerated YouthMedia Island International — Monthly Community Benefit Brunch with GATEWAYS for Incarcerated Youth — December 1, 2013 @ 11-2PM
816 Adams St SE, Olympia, WA

The vision of Gateways is to break the cycle of incarceration, recidivism, and community violence. By utilizing methods of popular education, self-determination and cultural identity, Gateways envisions a world that values youth, their development and contributions as future members of society. The mission of Gateways is to encourage incarcerated youth to achieve self-determination through youth-driven leadership in a collaborative learning environment.

Please join us for a pancake brunch and learn about the important work happening in the Gateways Program.


Vikki Law: Resisting Gender Violence Without Cops or Prisons

“While citing the important work of INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence, Law argues that “today, abuse is treated as an individual pathology rather than a broader social issue rooted in centuries of patriarchy and misogyny. Viewing abuse as an individual problem has meant that the solution becomes intervening in and punishing individual abusers without looking at the overall conditions that allow abuse to go unchallenged and also allows the state to begin to co-opt concerns about gendered violence.”

Furthermore, “the threat of imprisonment does not deter abuse; it simply drives it further underground. Remember that there are many forms of abuse and violence, and not all are illegal. It also sets up a false dichotomy in which the survivor has to choose between personal safety and criminalizing and/or imprisoning a loved one. Arrest and imprisonment does not reduce, let alone prevent, violence. Building structures and networks to address the lack of options and resources available to women is more effective. Challenging patriarchy and male supremacy is a much more effective solution, although it is not one that funders and the state want to see,” says Law.

In our new video interview, Law builds upon her earlier prison abolitionist critique by discussing practical alternatives for effectively confronting gender violence without using the prison system. She cites many success stories where women, not wanting to work with the police, instead collectively organized in an autonomous fashion. Law stresses that at the foundation of these anti-violence projects is the idea that gender violence needs to be a seen as a community issue, as opposed to simply being a problem for the individual to deal with.

One group spotlighted, Sistah II Sistah/Hermana a Hermana, in New York City, was formed to confront both interpersonal violence and state violence. They formed discussion groups where experiences are shared and the women collectively decide what tactics and strategies to employ. In one instance, they confronted an ex-boyfriend, who was stalking a member of the group, by going to his workplace, where they demanded he stop and successfully enlisted the support of his employer and co-workers.

Self-defense advocacy and training is another tactic employed by many of the groups cited by Law. For example, in the 1970s, two feminist martial artists founded Brooklyn Women’s Martial Arts (BWMA), later renamed the Center for Anti-Violence Education in the 1980s. Along with teaching practical self defense techniques at sliding-scale classes, Law emphasizes that the Center also focused on the larger picture of how violence “holds different types of oppressions together,” resulting in a complex situation for poor women of color.”

November Prisoner Writing Day @ The Flaming Eggplant Cafe

Abolish Cops And Prisons is hosting a Prisoner Writing Day on Tuesday November 12th 2013 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Flaming Eggplant Cafe.

Come write letters to political prisoners who have birthdays this month. It’s an easy way to let them know that they are not forgotten. Everyone is welcome to write to any prisoner of their choice. All mailing supplies will be provided for free.

Info about Political Prisoners with birthdays this month will be posted soon.

Turn the iron houses of oppression into schools of liberation

ACAP facilitates prison abolition workshop at Stonewall Youth’s “SASS: Bodies Behind Bars”

SASS Workshop -- people in circle

SASS workshop -- What is PIC and who does it target?
First everyone came up with a collective definition of the “prison-industrial complex” and then we discussed who is targeted by this system.
People working on prison-industrial complex timeline in SASS workshop
People broke off into small groups to discuss important historical events in the development of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex
SASS workshop -- PIC timeline (development of mass incarceration)
After everyone was done talking in their groups about their specific events, we came back together into the circle and put together this timeline showing the development of the PIC and discussed patterns we saw and other events that hadn’t been listed
SASS workshop - comparing reform and abolition
Then we discussed in prison reform vs. prison abolition. How do these two approaches differ, and how can reform be sought within the framework of abolition? Where do they conflict with each other, and what types of reforms can bring us closer to abolition?

SASS workshop -- Happy ACAPers afterwards