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This week we spoke with Romina and César, who are two members of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation in LA. We talk about what it’s like organizing in a federation model of anarchism, about anarcho-communism, and tensions and points of unity between non federation and federation organizing. We wanted to interview these folks in order to present another model of possible engagement, for folks who perhaps are looking for ways to plug in. This conversation is somewhat introductory, and we welcome any feedback you have. To see more on this project, you can visit http://www.blackrosefed.org/
Tonight, Sunday the 5th of March from 5 to 7:30pm at Firestorm in
Asheville, join Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross for an evening of
solidarity in the form of letter writing for long term political
prisoners: people who are locked up for their activism and resistance to
systems of domination and oppression. Supplies will be provided as well
as copies of the March 2017 prisonbooks Political Prisoner birthday
calendar. More info can be found at https://brabc.noblogs.org
On Thursday, March 23rd, check out the Tranzmission book packaging
party, also at Firestorm. Tranzmission prison project is an all
volunteer, books-and-zines-to-prisoners project that focuses on getting
materials to incarcerated LGBTQI prisoners. This event starts at 6pm.
On Sunday March 12th at the Odditorium in Asheville, there’ll be a
benefit for folks facing charges attached to the J20 Inauguration
protests in DC this January. The door is at 8pm, it’s a sliding scale
donation and an all-ages show. Bands include: Gullible Boys; Mother
Moses; Maitland +more TBA
Water Crisis in PA Prisons
Since August of 2016, Mumia Abu-Jamal and other Inmates at the State
Correctional Facility in Mahanoy, Pennsylvania, have been plagued with
unsafe drinking and bath water.
For several months now, inmates have complained about brown, oily water
in both the showers and the faucets of their cells. This has been an
on-and-off problem from August 2016 to this very day. One of the inmates
at SCI Mahonoy, Lorenzo Cat Johnson, when asked of the matter, stated
that one week the water seems good and another week, when run, the water
seems to go from the color gray to the color brown.
As recently as last week in a conversation with MOVE Political Prisoner
Edward Africa, Eddie was asked what he did for water and he stated that
he obtained his water from a hot water filter that was on his cell block.
So other than the alternative to obtain a little water from a hot water
filter, men are being forced to shower and wash in brown water. Eddie
stated that the only time inmates can get bottled water is when they are
on a visit in the visiting room. All the while, prison staff are being
provided bottled water at SCI Mahanoy and are being told not to drink
the water because it’s unsafe.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is suffering from a very serious skin condition due
to Hepatitis C, is required to take specialized baths in the prison
infirmary, but has not been able to take these baths due to the water
hazard. Grievances have been filed on this matter, but to no avail–the
water situation has not been resolved.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
On March 6, 2017 there will be a National Day of Action aimed at both
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary
The power is in the hands of the people; the only way to make these
officials respond is through massive public pressure, so we are upping
From 9 am to 12 noon, folks are being asked to call, fax, and tweet
theoffice of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
(P) (717) 787-2500
(F) (717) 772-8284
(Twitter) @Governor Tom Wolf
From 1 to 3 pm, folks are being asked to call, email, and tweet
Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.
(P) (717) 728-2573
(Twitter) @john e Wetzel
These Are the Demands:
(1) Inmates at SCI Mahanoy are provided immediately with clean waterboth
for their bathing and other personal needs.
(2) An environmental Protection Agency testing of the water at both SCI
Mahonoy and SCI Frackville.
(3) Bottled water be provided immediately to inmates in all Correctional
Facilities across Pennsylvania.
Let’s keep the pressure on to get clean water for the men and women
across Pennsylvania’s state prisons.
For more info, people can go to http://www.freemumia.com/