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This week we spoke with Alex about Bend the Bars conference which is taking place in Columbus OH on the weekend of August 26th-29th. This is a gathering which was called for in direct support for the September 9th national prisoner work strike, and is one of the only gatherings that we know of which explicitly centers the work of people doing direct support with incarcerated folks as opposed to NGOs and non profits. In this conversation we speak about the intentions for the conference as well touching on the prison condition in the US, the National Work Strike, and many other things.
You can learn more about this event by visiting https://bendthebars.noblogs.org/, and you can RSVP to this event or correspond with the organizers by emailing email@example.com
And, to visit the news sources that our guest mentioned, and to learn more about the upcoming national prisoner work strike to be called on September 9th, you can visit the following websites:
Free Alabama Movement
Support Prisoner Resistance
Additionally there is Prison Legal News, which is a resource for folks who want more information about the day to day litigation that affects convicts and their families.
But first here is an announcement regarding AntiFenix by our comrades in the so called Czech Republic:
“Last week the appeal court hearing took place in the High Court in Prague. Russian, vegan, straight-edge anarchist Igor Ševcov, who was appealing his sentence – a 2 year expulsion from the Czech Republic for video recording someone else graffitiing prison walls during a support demonstration (complicity to criminal damage) – was given a new sentence.
The judgement remained the same – the high court still finds him complicit in criminal damage, but the judge changed the penalty. The new sentence: Igor is banned from attending any sporting or cultural event or any event like a manifestation, demonstration, benefit, mobilization, protest or any other action within the anarchist movement.
We do not know yet what it means exactly, but it’s likely that Igor will have to visit a probation office any time there is a big action, and he will be surveilled during any other event by under cover state agents and spies. If he violates his sentence he can be put behind bars for up to 3 years.
We do not know if Igor will follow this sentence, try to oppose it legally or just follow his own agenda and feelings and see what happens in the future. In any case, he has our full support.
If you want to support Igor, rather than congratulating him on his “better” sentence, ask him what kind of support he needs, for he is in a very uncomfortable situation. And mostly, keep changing your environment into a world where repression, exclusion and borders are exchanged for mutual solidarity and freedom.”
To learn more about this situation, you can visit their support website at https://antifenix.noblogs.org
Alongside this week’s episode we have an hour long conversation with
organizers of the June 26th antifascist rally in Sacramento, CA, that
routed the attempted organizing on the Capitol Steps by white nationalist
groups, the Traditionalist Workers Party and the Golden State Skinheads
(among other groups). The TWP & GSS rally was an attempt to take
symbolic space and inspire further and more public demonstrations by
these and affiliated groups however the 40 members who showed up were
quickly routed by the diverse antifa numbering 400 or so. In the
ensuing fracas, 9 antifa were hospitalized, most serious among them for
stab wounds. During the hour long podcast, hear 3 organizers talk about
medic preparation, what the event looked like, media responses,
post-confrontation security for those hospitalized and more. It’s well
worth noting that money is still being raised to help cover medical
costs of those injured on June 26th. To help, you can visit
This podcast, soon to be aired as an episode, can be heard here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/87575
While national coverage continues surround reactions to police killings
of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in Minneapolis, and
so many other people of color, and significantly black men killed by
police, protests continue here in Asheville around the police killing of
Jai “Jerry” Williams on July 2nd of this year. Jai was shot 7 times and
killed by Sgt. Tyler Radford at the Deaverview Apartments in West
Asheville on July 2nd. Since then family, community members and
activists have continued acting in public to make sure the police
account of what happened July 2nd does not go unchallenged. This
activity includes presenting a different version of the story, working
to support family and make space for their needs, marches downtown,
flyering, interceding at public meetings, vigils outside of the
Asheville Police HQ and also a sit-in that ran for about 36 hours in the
HQ lobby and leading to the arrest of 7 on July 22nd. The demands of
the sit-in included the firing, arrest and indictment of Sgt. Radford
for the murder of Jai Williams.
Support and resistance events continue. If you’re in the Asheville area
and want to help out and draw attention to the case and bring home the
message that this touristic mountain town suffers the same plague as the
rest of the U.S. in terms of police unaccountability and systemic
racism, you can join folks in the streets in vigil outside of the
downtown police headquarters at the daily vigils at 6pm and plug in.
Much respect to those resisting, solidarity with the family. Shut it down.