Practical Abolition from the Inside Out
Reflections on Prisoner Solidarity Organizing by Some Members of the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project
- Added to Catalog: 2023
- Pages: 16
- Size: 8.5 x 5.5
- Publisher: Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project
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This text shares some lessons learned by the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project from Hamilton, Ontario in Canada. The project was started to develop connections between anarchists on the outside and prisoners inside. To that end, the group maintains a phone line and PO box to facilitate contact and does social media/press work and organizes rallies and other events. The project – which operates as a closed collective – has helped out with hunger strikes, pressuring prisoner administrators, and more. The zine talks at length about how they define their work politically and practically and they discuss some of the challenges they face.
We in BAPSOP are no different than the people on the other end of the phone -- we too risk prison through the lives we lead, and and we too live in its shadow. We see ourselves as personally invested in ending the prison system, even as our motivations are also ethical and strategic. Understanding this makes it easier to step into your role in the struggle against prison on the outside -- to be independently invested in fighting and winning, rather than just being a supporter.
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