In this episode, we at the Ex-Worker's Collective steal enough hours from our jobs to discuss the state of the US prison system, the prison abolition movement, and the destruction of prisons. A comrade from supermax lock up and Midwest Pages to Prisoners Zine Distro join us! News and a review of Between Predicates, War by the Institute for Experimental Freedom round out the episode asking us to wonder where dat file, what's the fastest way outta this prison society!
Notes and Links
Much thanks for Fire to the Prisons, an uncompromising 11-issue, now deceased magazine written by and for the discontented about the ALF/ELF prisoner support, prison struggle and the nexus of the forces of capital and government constricting role in our lives; Os Cangaceiros a seemingly ethereal, yet tremendously encouraging group of anarchists who fought development of the French prison system tooth and nail; and Locked Up, which stirs the necessary of the destruction of all prisons and was written by Alfredo M. Bonanno while in prison. All of the above either inspired or provided material that we adapted for the theme segment.
John Bowden wrote in his 2009 article Solidarity Without Prejudice, “There are frontlines of class struggle throughout the whole of society, violent interfaces where the poor and their oppressors confront each other, and prison represents one of the most overt and undisguised frontlines of class struggle that exists.” For more writing of John Bowden quoted in the podcast, please visit bristolabc.wordpress.com
Gabriel Pombo Da Silva is an anarchist who has been writing and causing trouble as a fugitive or prisoner for more than thirty years, the following are some of his writings: Huye, Hombre, Huye in Spanish and excerpts in English; and other writings.
More information about and the writing of international anarchist prisoners
In our conversation with Jessie Symth about the Midwest Pages to Prisoners (Indiana specific) Zine Distro, he discusses the pitfalls and success of books-to-prisoners and prisoner correspondence projects. For information about prisoner literacy and correspondence projects here in North America: Queer Prisoner Correspondence Project, Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective, DC Books to Prisoners, and Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners.
Addresses for political prisoners with upcoming birthdays:
Delbert Orr Africa (June 21)
1000 Follies Road
Dallas, PA 18612
Abdul Majid (June 25)
Elmira Correctional Facility
PO Box 500, 1879 Davis St
Elmira, NY 14902–0500
Thomas Manning (June 28)
Federal Medical Center
PO Box 1600
Butner, NC 27509
Music for the Ex-Worker provided by Underground Reverie.