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This weeks episode features a Sean Swain segment on the continuation of slavery in the U.S. via the prison system, an announcement (to follow) about ongoing strife at Holman CI in Alabama and a longer conversation about the June 26th anti-racist counterdemo that happened in Sacramento, CA by some organizers involved.
On June 26th, 2016, groups including the Traditionalist Workers Party, Golden State Skinheads and other White Nationalist and Alt-Right / Third Positionist groups attempted to hold a demonstration on the steps of the CA capitol in Sacramento. The reactionaries amassed about 2 dozen supporters behind police lines while their opposition numbered around 400 who ran them the F out. In the resulting fracas, 9 anti-racist demonstrators were stabbed and hospitalized.
In the next hour, we’ll hear most of a conversation with folks involved in organizing the call-out to counter the racists, folks who did medic preparation, media and legal support. In the aftermath, racists continued making online threats to finish the job, so the organizers offered protection for the hospitalized stabbing victims as well.
Due to time constraints, we couldn’t air the whole conversation in this episode, but you can hear it in its entirety here.
To offer support to those hospitalized, you can donate here: https://rally.org/June26th
For a recent article on the alt-right from an anarchist perspective, check out Peak Alt-Right on It’s Going Down.
Also, from It’s Going Down:
Inmates at Holman in Alabama took over a dorm on August 1st, setting fires, and initially resisting the CERT team which was brought in to suppress the uprising. At this time, it remains unclear if the revolt has been completely put down, or if it is continuing. Mainstream media reports that guards have restored order but rebels on the inside have yet to describe the entire scene.
The revolt began when several prisoners and at least 1 CO were injured in an altercation which lead to this most recent riot. As the altercation moved from fight to riot, a barricade was set up as the Cert Team arrived. The barricade was put in place in the C Dorm, which houses 114 prisoners. Power and water were shut off after the dorm was taken and the entire prison was put on lockdown. According to media reports, the revolt began around 3pm and last for about 6 hours, when CERT team officers entered back into the dorm without incident. As stated prior, it remains to be seen if this was, or is, the actual case.
Prisoners through various channels with outside anarchist rebels and members of support organizations are calling for news of this resistance to be spread. This is only the most recent in a series of rebellions at the prison, and it will not be the last! Those outside the prison walls are encouraged to get in touch with prisoners and get organized to support them.
In March of this year, the facility erupted in several rounds of riots and the stabbing of the warden, as inmates set fire to guard towers and took over dorm areas. The riots took place over the period of several days and brought a spotlight to the horrible conditions in the facility and also the growing radical movement of prisoners to organize against their conditions, which includes groups such as the Free Alabama Movement (FAM).
This latest riot also occurs against a backdrop of the fast approaching general strike of prisoners across the US on September 9th. On that day, prisoners have stated that they will strike against prison slavery; under the 13th Amendment, prisoners can legally be worked for free or next to nothing. This unpaid work generates massive profits for multi-national corporations and the US government and military. Prisoners are vowing to shut down prison facilities and refuse to work, as support organizations on the outside have vowed to act in solidarity.