Prison Strike Statement to the Press, August 28, 2018 — Enough is Enough!

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Statement regarding the ongoing Nationwide Prison Strike. Issued August 28, 2018 (week two of the strike) by the Prison Strike Media Team.

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#Sydney: Solidarity with Anarchists in #Yogyakarta — Enough is Enough!

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Statement about a solidarity action in Sydney during the annual week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners.

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Oliver Mc Gowan’s horrific death yet no NHS accountability

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Thomas-Oliver-McGowanOliver was an athletic, handsome, mild mannered 18 year old, who had never been involved in any altercations, living happily with his family and was about to start a BTEC at a National Star college.

He was much loved by his family and friends and had travelled the world.

His only crime was to catch meningitis as a baby and develop mild autism and epilepsy.

But unnecessary, enforced antipsychotic medication caused his horrific death at just 18.

The result of an appalling catalogue of NHS arrogance, illegality, incompetence and their staggering inability to see their own medications were causing his problems and could kill him.

Yet there has been no enquiry, Coroner’s condemnation, nor anyone blamed.

The coroner concluded the antipsychotic drug that killed Oliver had been properly prescribed, regardless of lack of consent.

Here are the details of Oliver’s treatment by the NHS.
In October last year, Oliver was…

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Taking a Global View of Repression: The Prison Strike and the Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners

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In the United States, a practically unprecedented prison strike is underway, setting new precedents for coordination between struggles in prisons and detention centers and for solidarity from those not behind bars. Meanwhile, August 23-30 is also the sixth annual week of global solidarity with anarchist prisoners, when anarchists around the world coordinate solidarity struggles between different countries and continents. We strongly believe that every prisoner is a political prisoner, and that the best way to support anarchist prisoners is to build a movement against the prison-industrial complex itself. At the same time, the week of global solidarity is an excellent opportunity to get context from our comrades in other parts of the world about the different strategies of repression that various governments are employing today and how to counter them.

In the following text, we’ll explore contemporary patterns of repression targeting anarchists around the world and some of…

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Getting DLA/PIP? – then you won’t need Discretionary Housing Payments!

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Whatever happened to ‘dignity, fairness and respect’? Yes, it is legal for councils to refuse Discretionary Housing Payments on the grounds that people can use their disability benefit to pay the rent – these payments are, after all, discretionary – but that doesn’t make it right. We were shocked to learn that this is happening in Dundee – especially as the council has generally been good at helping and advising people on benefits – and have written the following letter to the council leader, with copies to our two MSPs. Please tell us if you know of other councils that are demonstrating a similar lack of basic empathy.

We are writing because we were recently informed that the council regularly takes account of DLA/PIP income when deciding whether to award Discretionary Housing Payments. We realise that DWP Guidance allows care/daily living payments to be considered ‘on a case by case…

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AngryWorkers go stateside – Report from a visit to the US

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In 2017 AngryWorkers organised a series of events about what’s going on politically in the USA. We spoke to comrades involved in grassroots activities to try and get a sense of what’s happening on the ground. What’s actually going on behind a lot of the headlines and rhetorical bluster that is often generated by the Left and the press more largely?

Some reports of these events can be found here:

https://itsgoingdown2017.wordpress.com/

But we also wanted to visit America and so when the chance arose to go to the labornotes conference in Chicago we decided to combine this with a little tour to meet various people and get a sense of the atmosphere post-Trump. This is a short report of our scattered impressions of this 3-week trip in April 2018.

Firstly, the labornotes conference itself. It was huge! Around 3000 people were said to have attended the event, which brings together…

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Calls blast against prison repression, August 29th

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Happening tomorrow:

Join us for a call blast against repressive prisons! From 2-4pm EST groups in New York, Albuquerque, Humboldt and San Bernadino will be barraging prisoncrats with calls! Join us and call in where ever you are. Make some calls and post in this event page about the results! You can also call any time from 9am to 5pm if necessary.

We’ll be announcing the phone numbers the day of the event on this page and on twitter.

We will be making calls about three situations:

Keith Malik Washington is a politicized prisoner in Texas who is facing horrendous repression. As an outspoken and courageous voice for human dignity he has been recently targeted with harassment and mistreatment in new and cruel ways. In the new facility his cell regularly rises to 115 degrees, his mail is being destroyed, and he has to endure new heightened levels of…

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