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(en) Inside Information - Resistance #21 /AF Ireland - Prisoner Support

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Mon, 17 Mar 2003 23:05:57 +0100 (CET)


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Our movement can only be judged on how well we support
our prisoners. Why prisoner support I hear you ask?

This country has seen more than its fair share of
terror regarding prisoners through the years, I am
sure I do not have to remind you. We need to have in
place a good prisoner support group for the struggle
ahead, to take care of our prisoners of war so it will
make it even harder to break our movement in the bad
times.

We want to see the emergence of a truly radical,
decentralised, international anarchist movement, so we
have to view prisoner support work as part of the real
revolutionary movement or the state will simply
destroy us.

We want to spread the word, of our comrades struggle
on the inside, we want to build this with the
movement, so pick up a pen and write to someone, build
friendships. Do not leave it to others.

We must send a clear message to the powers that be
that we are organised enough to take care of our own.
Look at it from a selfish point of view, you could be
sent down, maybe get nicked at a RTS, ask yourself if
you would like to be supported or left by comrades to
rot away in jail.

When we become politically active and involved in the
struggle of an humanitarian and libertarian nature, we
do face very real danger of jail or worse. Our purpose
is to support those arrested and those in prison. We
are not confined to Ireland, however, and recognise
the need to support our comrades internationally. We
provide financial and moral support to those finding
themselves victims of state repression. Anyone who
feels they can help, whether it be by simply writing
afew letters, donating old books/?zines, with fund
raising etc. Or getting involved with the group,
please contact us at
Anarchist Support anarprisonersupp@hotmail.com c/o PO
Box 3355 Dublin 7

The article above was written by a member of
'Anarchist Support'.

UPCOMING BENEFIT GIG The Gingerman pub - Fenian
Street, Dublin 5 euros unwaged/ 7 euros waged CHEAP
pitchers of ale and lager Sat 22nd March 8pm Dj Phil
Bongoed - reggae, ragga Dj Cormic - hip hop Dj Oi and
Thomarse - Punk Rock Raffle on the night - bottle of
jameson, a Record Store goody bag and more. A Benefit
for Political Prisoners.

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The launch meeting of the Campaign Against Prison
Slavery was held in Leeds on 1st February.
Labour is compulsory for all prisoners in British
jails. Those failing to work face punishment including
a reduction in status (under the Incentives and Earned
Privileges Scheme prisoners are divided into 3 status
levels - Basic, Standard and Enhanced) Its nice to see
they even have a class system inside!

Prisoners are paid a pittance for what they do - one
example given at the meeting was of prisoners
receiving 9 quid for a 30 hour week. As great
restrictions are now placed on what can be sent in to
prisoners, this money will be spent virtually entirely
in the prison shop (run by Aramark) where prices do
not exactly compare to your local Tesco.

With prisoners offering such cheap labour, more and
more companies are looking to make profits at their
expense. Whilst this in itself is immoral and
exploitative, it ultimately effects all working class
people - why should an employer pay you 300 quid a
week, when he can a prisoner less than a tenth of
that? Why should an employer have to tip-toe around
your legal rights when he can get the prison service
to force a prisoner to be obedient?

Direct action has already been successfully used in
the UK against companies using prison labour -
Hepworths Plumbers in Doncaster withdrew after their
premises were occupied by demonstrators. Most
companies are very shy about letting their staff and
customers know of their involvement in these
practices. These companies are in for a shock.
Sunday 5 April will see a national day of action
against prison slavery. Get out and do something in
your community. The main focus of demonstrations will
be Wilkinson?s, just one of the many firms profiting
from prison slavery. To get involved with the campaign
Email: against prisonslavery@mail.com Tel: 07944
522001, or write to:Campaign Against Prison Slavery
Cardigan Centre, 145-149 Cardigan Street, Leeds LS6
1LJ.

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US anarchists need support

Rob Thaxton and Brian McCarvil are in the Disciplinary
Segregation Unit of the US Oregon State Penitentiary.
They are Anarchist prisoners being singled out for
repression due to their beliefs.

Letters of support are needed to be written on their
behalf. The timeline is now - until they are out of
the hole. Letters should be sent to:

Rebecca Prinslow, Inspector General, ODOC Central
Administration Office, 2575 Center Street, NE, Salem
OR 97301-4667, USA Email:
rebecca.prinslow@state.or.us

A sample letter is at:
www.ainfos.ca/en/ainfos11108.html

Send copies of all text messages and ODOC responses to
APLAN for their records at: weneversleep@ziplip.com or
by post to: Anarchist Prisoners? Legal Aid Network,
818 SW 3rd Ave PMB 354 Portland, OR 97204, USA.

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>From the pages of Resistance#21, regular monthly
bulletin of the Anarchist Federation.

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http://www.afireland.cjb.net

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