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A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant

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Interview
This week Bursts spoke with Jude, a member of the Tilted Scales Collective, about the collective’s new book, A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant out from Combustion Books.
In this interview, they speak about the Tilted Scales Collective, which is “a small collective of dedicated legal support organizers who have spent years supporting and fighting for political prisoners, prisoners of war, and politicized prisoners in the occupied lands of Turtle Island (i.e., the so-called united states).” from their website, and about the book which is a comprehensive run down for people facing legal charges and how to cope with handling them.

You can visit them at https://tiltedscalescollective.org/

Announcement

From fighttoxicprisons.org:

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) is a collaboration with the Abolitionist Law Center. FTP’s mission is to conduct grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action to challenge the prison system
which is putting prisoners at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, as well as impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems by their construction and operation. At this time, FTP is focused on opposing the construction of a new federal prison in Letcher County, Kentucky.

FTP is inspired by the abolitionist movement against mass incarceration and the environmental justice movement, which have both been led by the communities of color who are hardest hit by prisons and pollution.Both these movements also have long histories of multi-racial alliances among those on the front lines of the struggle and those who can offer support and solidarity, which we aim to build on.

FTP has been informed by the ongoing research and analysis of the Human Rights Defense Center’s Prison Ecology Project, as well as the work of the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project and http://June11.org

FTP has just announced that their 2017 convergence will be from June 2-5th in Denton/Fort Worth Texas. It will include speakers, panels, workshops, protests and cultural activities, including an art show and hip-hop performances.

Some proposed topics are:
– Mapping Toxic Prisons
– The History and Future of June 11
– Building Mult-Racial Alliances Against Incarceration
– EJ Lessons from the Pipeline struggles

Why Texas?

Environmentalists know Texas as the financial headquarters of oil and gas empire that controls the nation’s political system, where fights against pipelines like Keystone XL and Trans-Pecos have captured the attention of the nation.

Prison abolitionists know Texas as home to one of the most brutal and corrupt state prison systems in the country, where extreme heat is coupled with tainted water, and vocal participants from the September prisoner strike like Keith ‘Malik’ Washington sit in long term solitary confinement, subjected to both.

You can stay updated on this event and see more about Fight Toxic Prisons at http://fighttoxicprisons.org

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Appalachia Resist! and Uprising at the Holman Unit in Alabama (03-13-2016)

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(Just noticed this hadn’t made it up on the website. This aired March 13, 2016)

This week we spoke with two members of the southern Ohio based group Appalachia Resist!, which is a social and environmental justice group that has been active since 2012 in fighting fracking, frack waste, and injection drilling in their area. We speak about the camp, which is going to be held next weekend, about the schedule and about how the two approach organizing. More about the camp and the group can be found at https://appalachiaresist.wordpress.com/

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Last night prisoners took over Holman prison in Alabama. At around
midnight a fight between inmates escalated to include guards and even
the warden. Staff fled, and the rioting prisoners have taken over
general population, lighting guard towers on fire and barricading the
doors.

News and video, here:
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/03/reported_riot_fires_at_holman.html

According to rumors, the incident began when an officer responded to a
fight between two prisoners with excessive force and was stabbed in
response. “Then they brought the warden down and the warden got to
talking crazy so they ended up stabbing the warden, and then after that
all the officers ran up out of the institution, that was like 12:00,
1:00 this morning.”

The warden and officer’s injuries were not fatal. There are videos
circulating on social media of prisoners burning the control towers and
opening all doors. “We’re tired of this shit, there’s only one way to
deal with it: tear the prison down” one of the participants stated.

At around 2 am the riot squad and police arrived. They said they were
waiting on daylight to move and try to restore control of the facility.
At this time, people haven’t heard from the occupied portion of the
prison for a few hours, but it seems the authorities have not moved in,
either. Friends and family of prisoners in Holman are asking that people
pray for their loved ones.

Holman’s capacity is 1002 prisoners, but it also has a segregation unit
and death row, which are still under the prison’s control. Prisoners in
segregation have not received their breakfast meal, four hours after it
is normally distributed. General population at Holman consists of four
open space dormitories, housing 114 people each, plus a 200 person
annex, so there may be between 450 – 650 prisoners involved in the uprising.

Alabama DOC has been increasingly unstable in recent months, incidents
of violence within the institutions have been stacking up, the federal
government was on the verge of taking over the system due to poor
management and budgetary shortfalls last year.

An article from Jan 2016 about ADOC’s failure to operate safe and stable prisons: http://www.eji.org/node/1198

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Daniel McGowan on his activism, Certain Days calendar, prisoner support & mo

http://certaindays.org
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This week (last week, actually) we spoke with Daniel McGowan. Daniel is from New York City (Queens, actually) and talks about his start in activism with Earth First!, his current views on his activities with the Earth Liberation Front, Communication Management Units in the prison systems, prison gang structures, prisoner support, the Certain Days calendar designed by political prisoners and more. You can find more about Certain Days at http://certaindays.org and more about prisoner support work in New York City at http://nycabc.wordpress.com.

If you’re in New York City, check out the 2017 Calendar release party this Saturday, November 12th the Interference Archive at 131 8th St, Brooklyn at 7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/631708823654677/

To check out Marius Mason, Earth Liberation prisoner, education fund:
https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/marius-mason-s-education–2

Zolo Azania, Black political prisoner, release fund:
https://www.gofundme.com/helpzolorebuild

Barbara Curzi, formerly incarcerated United Freedom Front member, medical fund:
https://www.gofundme.com/barbaras-loving-circle-2w49vnqs

Bo Brown, formerly incarcerated George Jackson Brigade member, Medical fund:
https://www.youcaring.com/bo-brown-655777

Update on Kinetic Justice

As we reported last week, Kinetic Justice has been on hunger strike since October 21st to protest his transfer to Limestone Correctional Facility, which is a notoriously dangerous supermax facility located in Harvest, Alabama. Prison officials are currently denying him water, and his support network is fearing for his safety.

CALL WITH DEMANDS TODAY: Call the Alabama Department of Corrections and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office demanding 1) that Kinetik Justice be transferred from Limestone Correctional Facility; and 2) that Pastor Kenneth Glasgow of The Ordinary People’s Society be allowed to visit him and assess his condition immediately.

Alabama Department of Corrections
Montgomery, Alabama
(334) 353-3883
webmaster@doc.alabama.gov

Governor Robert Bentley
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7100

For more information, you can visit:
The Free Alabama Movement at https://freealabamamovement.wordpress.com/
and The Ordinary People’s Society at http://theordinarypeoplesociety.org/

Playlist: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/18105

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (or FTP) and Ben Turk on the recent prisoner strikes

https://fighttoxicprisons.org
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This week on the show we feature an interview with Panagioti, who is an organizer with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons. From their website:

“The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) is a collaboration with the Abolitionist Law Center. FTP’s mission is to conduct grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action to challenge the prison system which is putting prisoners at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, as well as impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems by their construction and operation. At this time, FTP is focused on opposing the construction of a new federal prison in Letcher County, Kentucky.

FTP is inspired by the abolitionist movement against mass incarceration and the environmental justice movement, which have both been led by the communities of color who are hardest hit by prisons and pollution.Both these movements also have long histories of multi-racial alliances among those on the front lines of the struggle and those who can offer support and solidarity, which we aim to build on.

FTP has been informed by the ongoing research and analysis of the Human Rights Defense Center’s Prison Ecology Project, as well as the work of the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project and June11.org”

You can see much more about this project, learn about the convergence, and donate or register for the event at https://fighttoxicprisons.org

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The second segment in today’s show is an interview with Ben Turk
conducted by members of The Prison Radio Show collective at CKUT, on the
campus of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada about the prison
strikes across the U.S. and the buildup towards calls for a general
prisoner strike on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison uprising on
September 9th.
For a link to this show, follow: https://ckut.ca/en/content/prison-radio-april-14-5-6pm-ben-turk-ending-prison-slavery-0
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From the website, It’s Going Down dot org, the regular segment called
Bloc Party is a great source for recent uprisings in the streets and in
prisons around North America. We’d like to highlight a few of these
items. First off, the article summarizes a number of the May Day
disturbances that took place last Sunday, including brief report-backs
from May Day noise demos and street parties in NYC, Hamilton (Ontario) &
Chicago, riots in Seattle and prison work strikes in Alabama at Holman,
Elmore, and St Clair facilities. More details and photos from those
prison strikes and solidarity protests, including ones in Minneapolis &
Milwaukee plus arrestee support links can be found at
http://supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org
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Also from that post are announcements of the June 12th birthday of Jay
Chase of the NATO3 who’s been struggling with some health and legal
hurdles of recently as well as information on the upcoming June parole
dates for longstanding Black Liberation political prisoners Robert Seth
Hayes and jalil Muntaqim with links to their support campaigns and also
a new mailing address for Joseph Buddenburg, recently sentenced to 2
years for a non-cooperating plea for releasing thousands of minks from
fur farms. We spoke about his case alongside that of Nicole Kissane.
Check out http://itsgoingdown.org to check it out in detail.
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Finally, we’d like to share a part of the crowd sourcing request for the
U.S.-based, English-language insurrectional anarchist journal, Fire To
The Prisons which is asking for help in the publication of it’s 16th
issue. In the request, FTTP describes the sorts of content it’s covered
and plans to cover, including wanting:
“to expand our coverage, scope, and the reach of the publication while
remaining true to the spirit of Fire to the Prisons. We will continue
with our long term commitment to counter-information, original writing
and content, and the amplification of the
anti-authoritarian/anti-prison/anti-repression struggle that you have
come to expect from us.

We will have both a domestic and international voice this issue. While
remaining true to reporting on repression and anti-prison resistance
across the states, Canada, and Mexico, we have committed articles from
abroad promising insight on struggles and happenings that will help to
bridge and unify an array of social tensions through a mutual awareness
and solidarity.

We truly want FTTP to become a global publication and one that links
anarchists and other autonomous combatants together in a dialog about
the commonalities that we all face, as well as a discussion on the
actions and struggles that we can all engage in.

We will be covering the resurgence of fascism in mainstream American
politics, as well as updates on communities resisting further
eco-devastation across the states. We have committed articles from
prisoners domestic and international. We have commitments from NYC
Anarchist Black Cross to use the project as a resource for raising
awareness on repression and prisoner status in North America. We will
also focus on the pacification of favelas in Brazil, the current reality
and history of anarchist struggle in Chile, and the refugee situation in
Greece. We will have further reports on anti-police struggle across the
United States, and will be continuing a tradition of news on broader
prisoner strikes across America since our last issue. We are also intent
on original articles on indigenous resistance in western Canada. Plus
accounts and updates of the struggle in Rojava and general Kurdistan.
Also all our featured articles will be available in Spanish for free on
our website.

We are a committed collective. We are prepared to invest a lot of time
and energy into producing this project, but we ask any and all
sympathetic readers to help us with printing and distribution. by
donating to our funding page. To print 10,000 copies of this it will
cost us $2,000 dollars. While in the past we have had to ask people to
pay the postage to our distributor, we would like to be able to send out
more copies for free, to encourage broader distribution. We are asking
for another $2,000 dollars for this. With maximizing our distribution
efforts through contacts and friends across the world, we can distribute
and mail out almost all of the new issues to anyone interested in
distributing it. This leads us to asking for $4,000 dollars. We know
this is an ambitious amount, and most likely those supporting us aren’t
very wealthy, but it will absolutely secure this project, and help with
the expansion of our readership. We hope that reaching out this way will
put a dent into that fiscal goal, as our collective members are all
working people.”

The collective is soliciting submissions and comments via email at
firetotheprisons@riseup.net and invites folks to read and download old
issues in pdf form from the website at: http://firetotheprisons.org

Donations can be made at
https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/help-print-and-distribute-fire-to-the-prisons-13

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5e3 prisoners are released, Updates on Krow of Penokee Defenders, Hunger Strikes at OSP Youngstown and music

https://penokeedefenders.wordpress.com/This week’s show, we rebroadcast an interview from 2013 with Krow, aka Katie Kloth, followed by updates on the 2-week old hunger strike at OSP Youngstown, the release of the 5e3 prisoners in Mexico & recent metal, deathrock and punk from around the world.

Krow is an anarchist, environmental and indigenous rights activist. At the time of the original interview, Krow had been facing charges stemming from a protest where eco-activists found workers from Global Taconite, a mineral mining company attempting to extract iron ore from the hills of Iron County, Wisconsin, secretly test-drilling. Krow was charged with throwing a worker’s camera away and minor assault which was caught on a video. A link to the video will be included in this episode’s blog post.

Krow was sentenced to 9 months in jail this January, 2015. In addition, according to the Ashland Daily Press, Krow will have five years of probation with the felony charge and two years with the misdemeanor including a work release where they’ll be pressed to work a full-time job as a way of normalizing them and their activities. Otherwise known as domestication. Krow is now also facing charges from District Attorney Martin Lipske of bail jumping for allegedly participating in an anniversary protest in a “forbidden zone” in the Penokkee range controlled by Global Taconite along with 45 other people. Lipske appears to have it out for Krow, who had initially filed charges could have resulted in a 15 year sentence for Krow.

After the conversation with Krow, I’ll read their post-sentencing statement. For more on the case, check out http://penokeedefenders.wordpress.com & http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2015/01/22/wisconsin-eco-activist-krow-sentenced-to-9-months-for-2013-mining-disruption/

You can write to Krow at:
Katie Kloth
Iron County Jail
300 Taconite Street
Hurley, WI 54534

Also this hour we announce the recent news of the release of Amelie, Carlos & Fallon from prison in Mexico on March 13th. They were charged with a molotov attack January 5th of 2014 on a Nissan dealership and the neighboring government offices of the Mexican Department of Transportation and Communication and had faced serious charges relating to terrorism because people were in the government office at the time. The 3 collectively were known as the 5e3. Amelie and Fallon, both Quebecoise, were deported back to Canada. We’re happy that they’ve been able to rejoin their friends and loved ones and that Carlos Lopez Martin with his child.
To hear some words from Amelie & Fallon while they were imprisoned in Mexico, check out thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org and search 5e3
Translations of their letters can be found here: http://waronsociety.noblogs.org/?tag=5e3

Also of note in prison-related things:

From LucasvilleAmnesty.org

On Monday March 16th, over 30 supermax prisoners at Ohio State Penitentiary went on hunger strike. Warden Jay Forshey and OSP staff are refusing to meet their demands or negotiate with them. Some of the hunger strikers have not even been met and consulted with regarding their demands. Eleven prisoners remain on hunger strike and are committed to staying through to the end, if necessary.

Playlist pending: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/11926

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June 11th announcements then METAL

neveralone2014This week’s episode features a couple of announcements about the upcoming June 11th Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and Longterm Anarchist and Eco Prisoners. For info on the cases of Eric & Marie and other folks needing support, along with ideas of what solidarity might look like, check out http://june11.org

Here in Asheville, there will be a 4pm picnic at Carrier Park where folks will talk about June 11th, Eric & Marie’s cases, solidarity and prison realities. Food will be present, but bring your own sides to share, especially if you have dietary restrictions.

At 9pm on June 11th, there’ll be a show at the Odditorium. The benefit requests a $5-20 donation. Bands include Aneides and Uninhabitable from Asheville, Burnt Books from South Carolina and Harsh Words from Georgia. Items’ll be raffled off and there’ll be plenty of info available and folks to chat with. On Fakebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452424341665913/

For more events in your town, check out june11.org. Also announced was the online art exhibition curated by the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project and featuring the work of 23 different artists, many of whom are eco-prisoners. Check out http://neveraloneart.org for flyers and more info. It’ll be up and online from June 11th to June 30th.

Bursts read a statement by Sean on this episode concerning the U.S. economy and the role that counterfeiting money plays in it. Very informative, as always.

Following the announcements, we heard Cervidae, Ancient Oak, Deafest and more! Check out the playlist here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/9379

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11/17/2013: Lelsie James Pickering on surveillance and radical history

L.J. Pickering & Co
L.J. Pickering & Co
This week Bursts spoke to Leslie James Pickering about a range of different subjects. Mr. Pickering worked for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office (NAELFPO), acting to spread the message and communiques of the ELF, from 1997 to 2002. Obviously, he experienced heavy state oppression during that period of time. And recently, it’s become apparent that the state hasn’t forgotten him.

Leslie James Pickering is no longer allowed to enter Canada (despite no relevant arrests in the last decade and a half) and has found that he’s got a “Mail Cover” via the Post Office where his mail is photocopied and tracked by an as yet unidentified Law Enforcement Agency. He’s also had friends on the West Coast contacted by the Buffalo (NY) FBI Office and asked if Leslie has enemies or do direct action and business contacts of Leslie’s have been subpoenaed to Grand Juries around Burning Books Radical Bookstore. Leslie is an owner of that radical bookstore in Buffalo, which carries books, zines and hosts political events and via which, according to the FBI, Leslie is “stirring up the youth.”

We spend most of the hour talking about government surveillance in his case in particular and in general in the U.S. and also about the prosecution of Jeremy Hammond. Leslie shares some thoughts on parts the forgotten history of radical resistance in the U.S. In particular, he talks about his recent book on the Evan Mecham Eco Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC), a predecessor to the ELF, as well as his earlier book on a radical, white, working class radical named Sam Melville who bombed government and capital centers in New York and inspired the Weather Underground. Melville, who’s the focus of Pickering’s book “Mad Bomber Melville”, went on to organize at Attica before and die during the Attica Prison uprising in 1971. In Pickering’s view, the importance of recognizing and learning from radical history allows us to better strategize for current and future struggles.

Lastly, we briefly touch on the story of Martin Sostres, who’s ideological journey brought him from Nation of Islam through Black Nationalism to Anarchism. Sostre was framed up on drug charges in order to silence his organizing and shut down his bookstore in Buffalo, NY, in 1967 and served 10 years before having his case overturned. Martin Sostre now lives in New York City. There was a 1974 documentary about his case called “Frame-Up!: The Imprisonment of Martin Sostre” (Pacific Street Films). The film HAS been available for streaming at christiebooks.com, alongside MANY other films in many languages.

http://lesliejamespickering.com where you can find news of, updates on and writings/speeches by L.J. Pickering

http://burningbooksbuffalo.com/

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When THE MAN knocks, health in the coal fields of West Virginia and METAL/PUNK!

FBI cartoon
freeze…
This week’s show features two interviews. The first is a conversation is with Mark of Croatan Earth First! about the recent visits by JTTF/FBI to anti-fracking activists on the East Coast, climate-change activists on the West Coast and and GJ-targetted Anarchist communities in NYC.

The second conversation takes place between our friend, Wren Awry (AFM news hour) and Dustin Steele about Dustin’s work with the Beards Fork Health Survey to gather information on the health effects of surface mining in West Virginia with an eye toward mutual aid.

The last half of the show features new songs from Bellicose Minds (PDX), Anniversary (D.C.), Wiccans, and Criminal Damage. And more!

http://www.croatanearthfirst.com
http://www.jerryresists.net
http://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-%28-booklet%29

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https://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/

The playlist for this show can be found here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/7543

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Eric McDavid’s Thoughtcrime

Eric McDavid
Eric McDavid
This week’s show features a conversation with Jenny, who works with Sacramento Prisoner Support. Jenny and Bursts discuss the case of Eric McDavid, a Green Anarchist prisoner in the U.S., in terms of the green scare and the upcoming June 11 Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners.

Briefly, Eric and two other activists were entrapped by a government informant who went by the name, Anna. Anna, over a series of months, attempted to pressure the 3 to plan and execute radical actions to save the earth, paid for all of the means, even plied Eric with romance. Despite the fact that the 3 kept walking away from actions proposed by Anna, the FBI raided them and convicted Eric of conspiracy (the younger Lauren Weiner and Zach Jensen took a plea and turned on Eric).

We discuss Eric’s health, how to support Eric and other prisoners, increased use of conspiracy and terrorism charges by the State, how to support each other when repression happens and how to resist bullies pushing bad ideas!

http://www.supporteric.org
http://june11.org

The Never Alone Tour prior to June 11 last year

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Root Force: Demolishing Colonialism at it’s Foundation

Root ForceThis week we speak with Toby and Ben, two organizers with Root Force about industrial civilization and organizing in solidarity with indigenous communities against the spread of capitalist infrastructure projects in Latin America. We talk about La Parota Dam in Mexico, Anillo Periférico Highway in El Salvador and Corridors of the Future across North America.

Root force aims to stop the spreading of those infrastructure projects (bridges, dams, highways, factories…) that allow for the spread of neoliberal capitalism into comparatively less “developed” environments in hopes of helping protect environments and their stewards and force an economic retraction of imperial projects of the north.

www.rootforce.org


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