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    Default Resistance to Trump: Abolition as a Powerful Weapon

    Resistance to Trump: Abolition as a Powerful Weapon


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    Dear Friends,

    This past week has been tumultuous for communities everywhere. In his first few days in power, Trump has removed any doubts of whether he will follow through on his racist and dangerous statements made during his campaign. So far, we have seen orders that target immigrants and sanctuary cities, commit to building a southern border wall and the fiercely resisted DAPL pipeline, and attack access to healthcare as a way to disempower and threaten the lives of women and trans people, especially people of color and the working class in the U.S. and globally. We are bracing for expansions of policing power, restrictions on travel for Muslims, and banning refugees from Muslim majority countries. Less discussed are Trump’s plans to unearth secret prisons for torture and the almost certain expansion of the prison system.

    And yet, with so much to fear and fight, we remain hopeful, steadfast, and inspired.


    Protest outside of ICE in SF on inauguration day

    The Trump regime’s barrage of executive actions and ominous promises were met with a powerfully resounding resistance from across grassroots movements, sectors, communities – here and across the globe. In cities all over the country, organizations joined one another to hold rallies, press conferences, demonstrations, and direct actions, making clear that people’s movements will not endure attacks from those in power silently and without a fight.

    Because the state’s threats seek to disempower and criminalize the broadest range of people, we are seeing an incredibly broad front demanding a commitment and radical expansion to sanctuary spaces, non-cooperation with federal repression such as ICE, the development of rapid response networks, and increased calls and efforts to not involve or rely on the police when responding to harm. Our lives are bound together, and our struggle is international. As always, we strive to highlight the importance of building with those who the state attempts to disappear in cages, just as we stand with communities everywhere that resist the separation and control of borders.



    As we anticipate more state repression and ever growing resistance, we at Critical Resistance recognize that our struggle for abolition of the prison industrial complex is fought on a long, hard road. We reflect during this time of political uncertainty, and draw on lessons from the past to sharpen our strategies for the future. For instance, in the compiled writings “The Hard Road to Renewal,” the great Stuart Hall stated that in the face of a rising right-wing Thatcher regime in the UK, the task for anti-capitalist movements was to make a radical alternative “become part of everyday life, to make itself ‘the common sense of the age.’” | Poster image by Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde

    For us today challenging Trump, the prison industrial complex, and racial capitalism more broadly, we hold abolition high as a powerful weapon. We uplift it as a practical organizing strategy in our daily lives – one that informs our political efforts and communal relationships – as well as the common sense, beautiful, and alternative vision for the world we are fighting for.


    In Struggle,
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    Resources and Reading

    Don't Be A Bystander: 6 Tips For Responding To Racist Attacks (video)
    By Project NIA and the Bernard Center for Research on Women

    Know Your Rights Materials (in English and Arabic, and for a range of issues)
    Compiled by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)

    FAQ + Information for Organizations about Trump's Immigration Orders
    By the Immigrant Justice Network

    Family Preparedness Plan for Immigrants (In English and Spanish)
    By the Immigrant Legal Resource Center

    Bay Resistance
    A rapid resonse alert network for Bay Area communities

    Oakland Power Projects - building resources and alternatives to the police
    By Critical Resistance - Oakland

    Anti-Surveillance Technical Resources
    Compiled by the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

    Hate Free Zone in Queens, NYC
    Organized by Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) and endorsed by over 50 community organizations, including Critical Resistance - NYC

    The Hard Road to Abolition // Strategies to Win (video)
    By Critical Resistance with Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Mujahid Farid (RAPP), Mariame Kaba (Project NIA), and

    Fighting Mass Incarceration Under Trump
    By James Kilgore, published in Truth-Out


    This is just a modest list. There are many, many more resources that comrades and allied organizations have created and compiled. We hope that you share these resources, explore others, pass along any you may have, and support the organizations doing this work as we move to strengthen our movements.

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    Default Build the fight against Trump’s attacks

    Build the fight against Trump’s attacks



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    The election of Donald Trump has unleashed a storm of righteous anger, as hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in cities across the country, blocking major highways, surrounding Trump-owned office buildings, and upending ‘business as usual.’ Among a broad section of people who cherish peace, progress and equality there is a deep revulsion that grows every time Trump opens his mouth or tweets another piece of his reactionary agenda.

    Trump has been crystal clear about his views about what he wants to do - he plans vicious attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women, the environment, working people and labor movement. His racist rants about Mexicans and the fact he greenlights cops who kill are telling indicators of the what Trump’s America holds in store for African Americans, Chicanos, Latinos and other oppressed nationalities. When the bigot Trump talks, he should be taken at his word and we need to act accordingly.

    Nor should anyone expect Trump to play the ‘isolationist,’ who will set about dismantling the U.S empire which dominates so much of the globe. His rants about China and Iran, the alignment with the most extreme and brutal trends in Israel, and his threats against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are signs of new wars ahead.

    Compounding the real challenges we are up against, the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress guarantee a barrage of reactionary, rightwing legislation. In state houses around the country we can expect the Trump agenda will make itself felt with attacks on low-income people, collective bargaining, and ‘right to work’ (for less) legislation.

    In light of Trumps agenda, and the shrill rhetoric of chauvinism that accompanies it, it would be a mistake to treat all this as some kind of ‘new normal,’ or a set of topics that reasonable people can disagree over. Sure there are contradictions among the people, and yes, there are some backwards ideas out there. In our workplaces and communities what is wrong can be corrected, but at the end of the day the earth is not flat and climate change is real. Sexual assault is not ok. When speakers appear in public, making Klan type statements like “Mexicans are rapists,” it is entirely right to disrupt and shut down their events.

    The times we are now living in are anything but normal. The political center of gravity among the rich and powerful has shifted to the right and the response cannot be a search for common ground. The approach needs to be the opposite, one of steadfast struggle. Every major attack should be met with a powerful counteroffensive or with fightbacks that take as many people as far as they can possibly go. It should be a goal to make this country ungovernable.

    The very last thing we need is Washington DC is government that ‘gets things done,’ because the things it ‘gets done’ are going to be attacks that set people back and enrich the billionaire class that rules this country.

    The ascent of Trump to the White House stands as an indictment of a dying capitalism, where big business sits on top, calling the shots for its political representatives, who manage to be cartoonish without being funny. We had an election where two candidates represented Wall Street and the billionaire won. As the movement against Trump and his cronies grows and develops, everyone who can should join it, while we leave the corporate politics advocated by many leaders of the Democratic Party behind.

    Nothing about the upcoming period is going to be easy, but people are already moving and is possible to build a powerful and determined resistance to Trump, his agenda, and the system he represents. A movement can be built that brings millions into the streets. We can never accept the unacceptable. A better world is necessary, and possible.

    Read more News and Views from the Peoples Struggle at http://www.fightbacknews.org. You can write to us at [email protected]
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    Attended emergency protests in support of immigrants, refugees and Muslims in our communities.

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    A Federal Judge Just Issued a Stay Against Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban"

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    Chris,

    Now: Protests at airports and other places where Muslims are being detained under Trump’s fascist #MuslimBan

    January 28: Protests at airports and other places where Muslims are being detained under Trump’s fascist ban on refugees and immigrants. Join them! Take all the refusefascism material you can find or reproduce – the NO! stickers, the posters, etc.

    Currently, thousands are outside JFK International Terminal 4 arrivals.
    Thousands of protesters at JFK, chanting "Let them in!" and "No hate no fear refugees are welcome here!" #MuslimBan
    The crowd outside #JFK terminal 4 protesting #MuslimBan is around 2000 & still going strong. #Syria#NoBanNoWall

    Hundreds are at Dulles International outside Washington DC
    A crowd also at San Francisco International arrivals
    Los Angeles, Denver, Miami, Newark protests are planned

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    Default Protect the rights of incarcerated people by signing this petition today!

    Protect the rights of incarcerated people by signing this petition today!


    Maya Schenwar just started a petition to the United States Congress stating:

    Please pass Congresswoman Duckworth’s Video Visitation in Prisons Act, which would require that the Federal Communications Commission ensure that correctional facilities that have video visitation do not ban in-person visits.

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    Support the Video Visitation in Prisons Act,





    Dear Chris,

    I just started a petition titled: "Help Me Make it Easier to Visit Loved Ones In Jail"

    Here's why this is important:

    When my sister began serving a sentence at Illinois' Lake County jail, I wanted to visit her right away. She'd been incarcerated in the past, and visiting her in person was always crucial to maintaining some human connection within an inhumane system. However, when I looked up visiting information about this jail, I discovered that in-person visits were banned, and all visits were to be conducted via video.

    Research has proven that maintaining strong connections with loved ones helps incarcerated people endure long-term imprisonment and lowers the chances that incarcerated people will reoffend. If you believe in keeping families together, please sign this petition.

    Video visitation is an important option for people who can't afford to travel far away to see their loved ones in jail or prison, as well as people with disabilities, illnesses or time commitments that inhibit their travel.

    But according to the Prison Policy Initiative, jails are increasingly using video visitation, and, in most cases, replacing in-person visits entirely. Securus, a company providing phone calls and video visitation for jails, actually mandates this ban in some of its contracts. (The company says it will not include this clause in future contracts; whether it will keep that promise remains to be seen.)

    Companies, like Securus, only want to put tighter rules around prison visitations purely for profit. These companies company make big revenue off the families of incarcerated people, who are forced to use this technology to communicate with their loved ones. If you believe in keeping families together, please sign this petition.

    Still wanting to support my sister, I reluctantly tried video visitation. When I set up my first video visit with my sister, I ran into multiple problems. Securus' technology failed to connect me with my sister, so I spent the half hour on the phone with tech support instead, crying. I worried my sister would think I'd forgotten about our visit.

    Aside from unreliable technology, video visits cost money, and many families go into debt to cover the costs.

    But there's some hope. Please sign my petition to ask Congress to pass Congresswoman Duckworth’s Video Visitation in Prisons Act, which would require that the Federal Communications Commission ensure that correctional facilities that have video visitation do not ban in-person visits.

    Face-to-face visits help people in correctional facilities retain vital ties with loved ones on the outside. Jail and prison, by definition, are places of isolation and disconnection. We cannot allow for the removal of one of the few opportunities for connection -- and one of the few human rights -- granted to people who are locked in cages.

    Thank You,
    Maya Schenwar

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    More than 900 protest Trump at pre-Super Bowl action

    By staff

    Over 900 people took to the streets during pre-Super Bowl actions in Houston to protest the reactionary agenda of Donald Trump. Demonstrators came from many struggles, particularly the immigrant rights and anti-racist movements.

    They began at city hall with some speeches, and then marched to a major site where pre-Super Bowl activities were being held. Because many from Atlanta had come out for the game, they chanted "Move Trump, get out the way, get out the way Trump get out the way," an allusion to a well-known song by the Atlanta rapper Ludacris. Many of the people attending Super Bowl events loved the chant and started chanting along.

    After rallying in front of the George R Brown Convention center, the police attempted to stifle further action by caging the protesters. They would not allow the protesters to march further, which resulted in a large confrontation. They chanted, "Whose streets, our streets" and demanded that police chief Acavedo let them march. After about 30 minutes, the protesters marched past the police and headed to the NRG Stadium where the Super Bowl was taking place.

    During the march, the police became aggressive, snatched one of the protesters leading the action, and arrested him. This is only a few days after the police arrested a prominent member of the Peoples New Black Panther Party who was filming a police officer harassing a group of homeless people during a homeless solidarity rally. The police attempted to arrest more protesters at another large rally at the Super Bowl itself.

    The action was organized by FIEL, an immigrant’s rights organization, and attended by members of Students for a Democratic Society, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Resist Houston, and Socialist Alternative.

    Read more News and Views from the Peoples Struggle at http://www.fightbacknews.org. You can write to us at [email protected]
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    Default On Trump's Pro-Policing Executive Orders

    On Trump's Pro-Policing Executive Orders


    KEEP FIGHTING, KEEP RESISTING
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    Yesterday, on the heels of swearing in Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Trump signed three executive orders that bolster, back, and expand the authority of law enforcement and policing in the U.S. Trump’s three executive orders are “fully and totally” supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the country with more that 330,000 cops in its membership, clearly demonstrating whose interests are being served. Trump and Sessions chose to use lies about the “threats of rising crime,” in order to claim that these latest executive orders are about protecting the “health and safety of America.” However, in September 2016, the FBI showed in its latest Crime in the United States report that crime rates overall remain at historic lows and that violent crime in particular is 16.5% lower than a decade ago. And, even then, we know policing is not a solution to what they call crime, nor does it ever increase healthy and safety.



    Despite the lies of Trump, Sessions, and the Fraternal Order of Police, we know policing itself is a health hazard and an inspiring, broad movement has been mounting to fight it. Last year, the APHA passed a milestone policy statement entitled “Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue.” The statement abstract puts it clearly: “Harassment and violence by law enforcement officers result in deaths, injuries, trauma, and stress, which disproportionately affect people of color and other marginalized populations such as immigrants, individuals experiencing homelessness, members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, and individuals with mental illness.” The APHA statement joins growing and broad demands to decrease the violence of policing and divest from law enforcement, as it has a decades-long, if not centuries-long relationship of violence to people of color and other marginalized communities.

    More than 1,000 people were killed by cops in 2016. This is the tip of the iceberg of the violence of policing: the 2.3 million people who are currently imprisoned were harassed, detained, arrested and abused by police officers before being caged. An additional 4 million people on parole and probation are also living under threat and risk of interactions with police which could send them back to prison and separate them from their loved ones, communities, and livelihood. And every day, people are stopped, ticketed, fined, and humiliated by law enforcement. As many other media outlets have noted, no mention was made of these continual/repeated acts of state violence that communities are forced to endure, despite outrage and resistance. Trump’s position seeks to protect his own interests, citing the deaths of police officers who died in 2016. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, being a police officer doesn’t even make it into the top ten list of most dangerous jobs.

    Under the liberal rule of Obama, we faced a status quo that endorsed reforms that reinforced policing and did not reduce it. Now, under Trump, we instead have to fight a policing that is growing and bolstered with overt law and order enthusiasm. These executive orders will increase funding for programs that train and assist local police; increase resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to further criminalize immigrants and those involved in street organizations all with the goal of putting more people behind bars. It is this same type of federal assistance to states that made possible the beginning of the growth and expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex in the mid-1960s to what we know it to be today. We hope that we can rely on the strong movements we have built and the lessons learned from the Stop the Injunctions campaign to NY’s efforts to delegitimize Stop and Frisk as we seek to curb this escalation in policing.

    We know that these actions will impact our communities: materially, emotionally and socially. We remain resolute in our commitment to resistance. We look to you all, our comrades, allies and partners in struggles, to strengthen our way forward. As the enemy is attacking on many fronts, we must back each other and deepen our commitment to the struggle against policing and white supremacy.

    KEEP FIGHTING, KEEP RESISTING.



    RESOURCES AND EDUCATION:

    - See CR’s “Origins of Policing” timeline, which we created for our Abolition of Policing workshop, linked here for an in-depth look at the roots and ideology of policing.

    - Understand how Trump's Executive Orders are part of the Prison Industrial Complex (diagram and text below).

    - Read up: Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter and more, here.



    Looking at our diagram of the prison industrial complex, a visual designed by CR-Los Angeles, we see how the sets of interests in the middle (politicians, governments, law enforcements, unions protecting the violent, coercive State arms such as guards and police) are driving and benefitting from these orders. These orders and Trump’s regime are empowered by racism, xenophobia, sexism, capitalism, and homophobia. They are using the tools of policing, criminalization, social control, the media, militarization, courts and prisons. Trump and Sessions are rolling them out as a response to social problems and political dissent. Given that policing is not a neutral set of relationships, we know (both historically, theoretically, and from living in our current moment) that orders to increase and strengthen policing will have a violent impact on people of color, immigrants, poor people, young people, queer people, women, and political dissenters.

    Increases in policing produces these results: insecurity; broken families and occupied communities; divestment of public resources for education, health, recreation, housing; disenfranchisement for communities targeted by policing and courts; fear and hatred; more inequality; more racism; more human rights abuses; more violence; public debt as the militarized state redoubles itself; and environmental injustice.

    Download the Prison Industrial Complex Concentric Circles Diagram here. If you re-use it, please credit CR-Los Angeles.

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    Chipping away at mass incarceration


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    To Congress:

    Pass the Video Visitation Act, H.R.6441, to ensure that prisons that have video visitation services do not ban in-person visits.

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    To Congress:

    Ban solitary confinement for youth prisoners in state custody. It causes serious psychological, physical, and developmental harm, resulting in persistent mental health problems, and suicides.

    Learn more and sign here.




    To Pennsylvania Department of Corrections:

    In January 2017, Pennsylvania Judge Robert Mariani ordered you to provide Mumia Abu-Jamal with potentially life-saving treatment for his active, chronic hepatitis C infection. Do so immediately, for him and for all prisoners suffering from hepatitis C.

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    > Washington Post: Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons
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    International Women's Strike and Resistance


    Stand against gender oppression and violence
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    "Against state and personal violence, we demand that our lives and labor be treated with dignity for they form the basis of this society."



    Critical Resistance is proud to be one of over 100 organizations endorsing the internationalist and anti-imperialist platform authored for International Women's Strike for a global day of action today, March 8th. The platform, below, echoes the many platforms that CR has amplified and authored over the years as we work towards an end to the interlocking components of the prison industrial complex. This platform names these harms directly: the violence of policing, immigration raids, state policies that worsen and consolidate poverty, and the devastating impact of state violence on Black and Brown communities. Abolition of the prison industrial complex is an essential strategy for women, queer, and trans liberation, Black liberation, and Third World self-determination.

    In addition to standing with the other organizational endorsers who "come from many political traditions but are united around the following common principles," we also want to lift up the life and dignity of all women and gender non-conforming people who, from inside jails, prisons, and detention centers, have been leading struggles for freedom and ending state violence. We cannot forget the bold and creative organizing that people behind bars push forward, despite being under the harshest conditions of confinement and state repression. Nor can we forget the survival and resistance of transgender and cisgender women outside of imprisonment who endure economic and social hardships while simultaneously fighting for their loved ones.

    As CR Los Angeles member Shabina Toorawa points out, “as women of color, as mothers, and as primary care givers, we support reproductive justice and trans power, and we know what true gender empowerment is. It certainly isn’t imprisonment, lock-up, and jail expansion.”



    As Critical Resistance continues to fight againstthe proposed women's jail expansion in Los Angeles, defend the victory against new jails in San Francisco, and fight the proposed cuts to visiting hours for maximum security prisons in New York that would cause additional hardship on women, loved ones, and children, we uplift this platform as a radical and internationalist guide to inspire our struggle not just on March 8, but every day that we fight for freedom.


    International Women's Strike US Platform

    An End to Gender Violence

    All women deserve a life free of violence, both domestic and institutional. Working women, trans women, and women of color face the worst aspects of direct institutionalized violence, be it in the form of police brutality, immigration raids, or day-to-day violence in the form of state policies that create and consolidate poverty in our communities. Against all such state and personal violence, we demand that our lives and labor be treated with dignity for they form the basis of this society.


    Reproductive Justice for All

    We stand for full reproductive justice for all women, cis and trans. We want complete autonomy over our bodies and full reproductive freedom. We demand free abortion without conditions and affordable healthcare for all, irrespective of income, race or citizenship status. The history of sterilization of women of color in this country goes hand in hand with the attack on abortion rights. Reproductive justice for us means the freedom to choose both whether to have children and when to have them.


    Labor Rights

    Labor rights are women’s rights because women’s paid labor in the workplace and unpaid labor at home is the basis of wealth in our society. All over the world millions of women are forced to work for slave wages in dangerous sweatshops and other ‘hell factories’ that kill thousands every year. In the United States 46% of union members are women and a majority of them are women of color. All women, irrespective of citizenship status, sexuality or race, must have equal pay for equal work, $15 minimum wage, including for caregivers, free universal child care, paid maternity leave, sick leave, paid family leave and the freedom to organize a fighting union in the workplace. As working women who hold up half the sky we refuse to be divided over the kind of labor we perform, whether skilled or unskilled, formal or informal, sex work and domestic work.


    Full Social Provisioning

    Decades of neoliberal policies have seen the violent dismantling of social provisioning that has affected all women. While our working lives have been made increasingly precarious, social services that might have provided a safety net against such harsh exploitation of labor, have either been attacked or removed completely. Against these attacks, we demand an expansive restructuring of the American welfare system to serve the needs of the majority, such as universal healthcare, robust unemployment and social security benefits, and free education for all. We demand that the welfare system work to support our lives rather than shame us when we access such rights.


    For an Antiracist and Anti-imperialist Feminism

    Against the open white supremacists in the current government and the far right and anti-Semites they have given confidence to, we stand for an uncompromising anti-racist and anti-colonial feminism. This means that movements such as Black Lives Matter, the struggle against police brutality and mass incarceration, the demand for open borders and for immigrant rights and for the decolonization of Palestine are for us the beating heart of this new feminist movement. We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine.


    Environmental Justice for All

    We believe that both social inequality and environmental degradation are due to an economic system that puts profit before people. We demand instead that the earth’s natural resources be preserved and sustained to enrich our lives and those of our children. The struggle of Water Protectors against the Dakota Access Pipe Line inspires us. The emancipation of women and the emancipation of the planet must go hand in hand.


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    100 Disruptions: Support your local library


    Chris,

    As any bookworm knows, libraries rank among the best places in the world — and right now they're a powerful part of the resistance. Librarians across the country are fact-checking the Trump administration’s lies, promoting books about refugees, and hosting community discussions about critical thinking. And many libraries are serving as sanctuary spaces in reaction to the Muslim ban and deportation orders.

    Today's action is to support your local library. You can do that by participating in any of its resistance efforts, making a donation or suggesting ways to combat Trump's hate. This article and the @LibrariesResist account on Twitter are great resources if you need to nudge your local library to move in the right direction.

    Thanks for all that you do—

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    Trump and the Current Political Moment

    "Now is the time to stand with our free-world allies as they daily protest Trump's latest ugly declarations and executive orders. In our thoughts and in our prayers, with our hearts and with our words, we stand with the oppressed and all progressives fighting for social justice. Never before have I been so surprised and inspired by the outpouring of unity that's coalescing in the sea of courageous people stepping up against tyranny."


    Robert Chan, imprisoned at California State Prison - LA County


    "Trump's regime will greatly affect me, along with the community at large as well as all presently incarcerated people... Trump's regime serves a deliberate and specific purpose in sustaining white terror, power, and domination. In other words, the relationship between people of color, along poor white folks in America and the holders of state power in the United States is similar to that which exists between the colonized and the colonial master."
    Asar Imhotep Amen, imprisoned at California State Prison - LA County

    As we continue our work chipping away at the prison industrial complex, Critical Resistance honors freedom fighters past and present who have been imprisoned, policed, surveilled, or killed by the state in an effort to squash our movements. We reject the normalization of repression, systematized imprisonment, and routine law and order policing. In so doing, we understand that abolition is commonsense and crucial to fighting state repression.

    We are entering an era of potentially greater political repression, isolation, and silencing of dissent, and it is imperative that we do what we can to bolster inside/outside organizing and share even more of the experiences and analysis of imprisoned people speaking out against the prison industrial complex. Since our founding, Critical Resistance has received guidance, research, analysis, and partnership from imprisoned contacts that propels our campaigns forward towards abolition.

    Recently, we asked imprisoned people to share their reflections on Trump's presidency and how to strengthen our resistance to what some see as rising fascism. Lacino, Robert, and Asar (quoted here), as well as others have generously offered their analysis and experience. Their letters are compiled together in a narrative form and also shared in full on our Prisoner Analysis webpage. The testimonies include excerpts of letters from immigrants, Black men and other men of color, people sentenced to the death penalty or life without parole (the other death penalty), gay people, and people imprisoned in California, Pennsylvania, Florida, and South Carolina.

    In spite of walls and cages attempting to separate us, we are encouraged and inspired by imprisoned comrades who continue fighting and sharing their analysis and experiences.

    "Repression doesn’t come and go, it merely becomes more or less evident, as its "spectacular episodes" are spaced closer or farther apart. Donald Trump being an expression of a "spectacular episode". Repression is a permanent blanket covering the movement. Many people don't think this is so, because you don't notice the difficulty you have trying to breathe. This is because you’ve become accustomed to the reality and the weight of the blanket, long gaps between "spectacular episodes” have given many of us the impression that the blanket had been "pulled back” or “lifted". But it’s been here all the time, before Trump was elected president, and we’ve learned to move under its weight, and now consider this type of repression to be normal."

    Lacino Hamilton, imprisoned at Chippewa Correctional Facility, Kincheloe, Michigan


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    You know I think that many oppressed poor people who voted for Donald Trump, have not changed their minds and still support Donald Trump and the whole Republican Party. This country, the USA with all its bright lights, shinning stuff out there in the cities, commercial centers, and the way people live, sort of turn people into a drugged mental state (but without drugs). The way of life, the whole system, the urban planning, the excess of capitalist utopian propaganda. The excess of utopian, ultra-optimist thinking (a crazy anti-real, Matrix movies mentality, beautiful magic kingdom virtual reality believe, makes people get out of real-reality and live in an ultra-optimist fake-belief alternative reality).

    And that's why they idealize Donald Trump like a sort of revolutionary progressive small business economic system Bernie Sanders, progressive anti-war Ron Paul, a progressive John F. Kennedy, Eisenhower, a progressive Jimmy Carter. And I think that's the way most people who support Donald Trump still see him. They are falling in love with the Donald Trump family. Such a great leftist revolutionary family. Ivanka Trump even lied in one of the pre-elections Donald Trump events and meetings. About how all poor US citizens are like her own family. This is the way these people lie. How the hell can Ivanka Trump claim that she loves poor people, when her father is about to privatize medicaid, medicare, food-stamps, family first, social security programs and public school education and public university education.

    But the millions of americans who are drugged with a dose of utopian-thinking, ultra-optimist Harry Potter, Snow White, Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland magical thinking are still waiting for the socialism of wealth that Donald Trump will provide to them. This is the way people are. When peoiple fall in love with a celebrity, baseball star, politician or any popular person. They don't see the real-reality of that person. Because when people love politicians and popular celebrities, love itself blinds reality, destroys reality and all they see is a perfect person, like Romeo and Juliet. Thats why Napoleon Bonaparte claimed that love is dangerous, because love destroys rational thinking. And maybe what is happening is that millions of americans have fallen in love with their messiah Donald Trump and I think that's what happend with Obama. That millions of black, latinos and poor americans fell in crazy love with Obama and voted him into power in 2012, despite Obama being just like Bush-2
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    Here's the thing, Tom. It's very tempting to look at these rural workers and believe that it's Trump economic populism that attracts them. I myself remembered when he scrapped the TPP and I was actually ready to believe that Trump supporters were genuine economic populists rather than the vile, racist dirtbags that they are.

    But in the end, the sad truth we have to face is the workers at this point don't care about themselves. They would sell their own children into slavery if it meant that they can bash immigrants and make America white again. The media has this narrative they like to play where people "held their nose" and voted for Trump - that it was actually it his populism that attracted voters and in spite of his downsides. But that's just a load of garbage. Trump brought more first time voters to the booth than any politician in recent memory; Trump flipped a lot of democrats; Trump flipped won a lot of independents. It's not because these people agree with his economic views - he doesn't even have economic views, it's just a load of hot air - it's because he attracted racists from every side and from under every rock; he gave these people a voice, and mobilized them. And now this country has regressed about 50 years because of it.

    There was a time when my idealism and pro-worker attitude extended to these rural whites along with all workers - I saw them as victims, too. Now I don't care anymore. If they want to destroy themselves by going down this road, let em. I don't honestly don't even care anymore at all. I give up.
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    In honor of Women’s History Month, #FREEAMERICA is sharing the stories of women impacted by the criminal justice system. Some women have incarcerated loved ones, some were incarcerated themselves, and some fight every day to change the criminal justice system.

    Only 5% of the world’s female population lives in the United States, but our country accounts for nearly 30% of the world’s incarcerated women. The U.S. incarcerates twice as many women as China and four times as many women as Russia.

    Luckily, advocates are working tirelessly to flip the script on mass incarceration and its effects on individuals, families, and communities.

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    $1.4 Trillion to War?!


    Dear Friends,

    My name is Sam Koplinka-Loehr. I work as a nanny for two kids where I live in Philadelphia. I am also a part-time community organizer with the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC). Besides having a very long name, here’s the short version of what we do: we support people who refuse to pay federal income taxes that fund war and redirect their tax dollars instead.

    As we approach tax day on April 18th, Trump's proposed budget for the coming year promises increased military spending and drastic cuts to discretionary spending. In this moment I write to say we are not alone, and there are more comrades than we realize. Can you give $25 today to support WRL’s work—to Disrupt, Resist, and Build—for the coming year?



    War tax resistance is one way to challenge the violence and oppression of our government. From federal prison cells to Standing Rock to the streets of Ahwar in southern Yemen, our government is targeting Black, Brown, and Native people for destruction. Whether by drone strikes or police bullets, the U.S. government is in the business of maintaining white supremacy with violence--a business paid for by our tax dollars.

    This coming year, an estimated $1.4 trillion, that's 48%, of the federal budget will go to the military. On top of that, an additional $23 billion will go to federal prisons and law enforcement, not to mention the military equipment that is transferred to local police departments and used in our streets.

    War tax resistance is direct action, literally refusing to pay for state violence. Instead, war tax resisters redirect money to resistance led by Black, Brown, and Native, and working-class organizers. Disrupting, resisting, and building, all at the same time.

    The Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes “Pie Chart” flyer is a resource created by WRL and NWTRCC. We hope it might become a tool for you to DISRUPT with. If you take a look at the back, you’ll notice that extreme, exorbitant military spending is not new. War Resisters League’s NoSwatZone campaign addresses the totality of militarization in places around the U.S., while WRL’s nonviolence strategy and trainings make our activism smarter and our movement stronger. RESIST war taxes that pay for violence, and redirect those funds to BUILD with those who are imagining and creating the world anew.

    This work is far from over but with your help, WRL will continue the struggle. Can you pitch in to help today?

    As long as there has been oppression, there has been resistance. As long as taxes have been used for violence, we have refused to pay.



    Onwards in solidarity,


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    Default Support US Army Pvt. Ryan Johnson, Imprisoned War Resister

    Support US Army Pvt. Ryan Johnson, Imprisoned War Resister


    Support War Resister Pvt. Ryan Johnson

    Imprisoned a decade after refusing crimes of his country

    Please support US military war resister Army Private Ryan Johnson by making a tax-deductible donation to his support fund, hosted by Courage to Resist. Doing so will help Ryan through the remainder of his prison sentence, and help Ryan and his wife Jenna relocate after his release. Donate today:
    https://couragetoresist.org/support-ryan



    Courage to Resist. March 23, 2017

    We at Courage to Resist are reaching out to you to help imprisoned Army soldier Ryan Johnson and his wife Jenna. We’re helping them get on their feet upon Ryan’s expected May release from Miramar Brig in Southern California. Your support is critical to help them begin their next chapter.

    Ryan Johnson hasn’t gotten many easy breaks. He lost his father at the age of three. Growing up he would face years of abuse at the hands of a new stepfather. As a teen Ryan escaped into patterns of drug abuse, self-harm, and finally dropped out of high school. Now he endures insult of military imprisonment after literal injury serving the US armed forces. This pall of unfortunate circumstances doesn’t mean there isn’t light in Ryan’s life. He has persevered, with his compassion, kindness, and conscience intact.

    Another bright spot appeared in Ryan’s life when he met Jen at a concert in 2000, through a mutual friend. They bonded immediately, and they’ve been inseparable since. In Jen’s statement to Ryan’s court martial judge she shared a touching story. Early in their relationship Jen was driving when Ryan turned and thanked her. “For what?” she queried. “For inspiring me to want to be a better person”. Ryan had found hope. Soon after they planned to marry, using their union as a fulcrum toward a new start for the both of them.

    In spite of their thriving relationship, work options in their California valley town were sparse. The US Army was an escape route that promised deliverance for Ryan and his new wife. In 2003 Ryan Johnson and the United States Army entered an agreement. The Army never intended to honor its agreement (which his superiors confirmed), yet expected 100% unconditional compliance from Ryan.

    The US Army promised Ryan a lot of things it wouldn’t deliver, and delivered a lot of things it didn’t promise. Ryan was promised a non-combat supply logistics career. He got a transfer to a non-supply combat unit. He was promised military healthcare. He received medical malpractice- an untreated spinal cord injury with 2 crushed vertebrae. Also a broken jaw, nine missing teeth, and a floating bone fragment from a dental procedure gone awry. Ryan was promised honorable service to his country. He instead got orders to an illegal war, injuries be damned. With a year’s worth of opiates and a duffel bag, the Army was set on sending a broken soldier to a war zone. Ryan and his wife of now 15 years were forced to make an impossible decision. The stakes were high: Ryan’s well-being, that of Ryan’s fellow soldiers, and his very freedom.

    Ryan made the decision not to go to war; he and Jen packed their car in the wee hours and drove off base. With assistance from the GI Rights Hotline, they learned their options. They found they weren’t alone in resistance. They attended a court-martial for Navy war resister Pablo Paredes. They met Army conscientious objector Camilo Mejia. They met prominent Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan. They were seeing resistance was possible.

    When the Johnsons didn’t feel safe at home in California, they packed up and sought refuge in Canada. Ryan and Jen became active among a tight-knit group of US war resisters in Toronto. They helped launch a chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War for GI’s north of the border. Ryan went on a Canadian national tour to bolster support for US resisters in the country.

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    Why Trumpcare could have passed


    Chris,

    Trumpcare went down in flames, thanks to you.

    The Republican plan—which would destroy Medicaid, raid Medicare, raise insurance premiums for Americans who need them most, and leave 24 million uninsured, all to give a massive tax handout to billionaires, health insurance CEOs, and big pharma—was just abandoned by its biggest cheerleaders, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. Social Security Works members and allies delivered more than one million petition signatures and made thousands of phone calls to Congress.

    Massive resistance from grassroots activists around the country won this battle. But our fight is only beginning.

    Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, insurance companies have continued to raise premiums, and drug corporations have continued to raise prices. The ACA did a lot of good, but it depended on insurance companies to do their part. And they have instead acted as cold blooded profit-making machines.

    That’s why we fight to expand Medicare and Social Security. That’s why we fight to lower prescription drug prices.

    The best way to keep insurance companies honest is to allow Medicare to compete with them. We should lower the eligibility age—not raise it. And we shouldn’t stop lowering the age until it hits zero.

    Defeating Trumpcare is an extraordinary feat. But we can’t rest. Paul Ryan and Donald Trump won’t.

    We are in this for the long haul. We are fighting to expand Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and lowering prescription drug prices for everyone.


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    Law enforcement agencies are using surveillance technology more and more. But studies show that police surveillance chills free expression, disproportionately harms communities of color, and is used to target protesters — especially people demonstrating against police violence.1

    Equipping police departments with surveillance technology doesn’t make communities safer. Our friend Laura Moy has done extensive research on this topic through her work at the Center on Privacy & Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center.

    Today’s action is to read her article “Want to Reduce Chicago Gun Violence? Fund Community Programs, Not Police Surveillance” and share it with a friend.

    Thanks for all that you do—

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    Private prisons are truly abominable. Companies make a profit off the suffering of others: the suffering of crime victims and the suffering of people incarcerated in some of the worst conditions in the United States.

    Private prisons are consistently found to be less safe, offer less support and do a worse job of rehabilitating their inhabitants. Not only that, but they're more expensive than government-run facilities. That's why former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates' groundbreaking order to phase out private prisons was such a welcome idea.

    But with one paragraph, new Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken us back to an expensive, ineffective system.

    Frankly, I'm not surprised. Private prison operators are hefty donors, and the GOP's love affair with free markets and private industry withstands all facts and appeals to reason. It's simply more important to reward wealthy private donors than to actually do a good job at running the federal prison system.

    Join me to help ensure not one more taxpayer dollar is spent on cruel and inefficient private prisons. Tell Attorney General Sessions to rescind his reversal and continue phasing out private prisons.

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    The Abolitionist is here, get the latest issue!


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    We are excited to announce that we've just released our latest issue of The Abolitionist, themed around the Black Panther Party's Ten Point Program. Help us send it free to over 5,500 imprisoned people across the country:

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    In the face of the separation, isolation, and control of imprisonment, The Abolitionist is a valuable resource for prisoners and people on the outside to share information, analysis, and organizing tools against state repression and the violence of the PIC. With our latest issue of the paper themed around the Panther Party's Ten Point Program, currently imprisoned people including Mumia Abu-Jamal and Lacino Hamilton, educators such as Robyn C. Spencer and Alykhan Boolani, and organizers including Manuel La Fontaine and Picture the Homeless, offer their reflections on the Ten Point Program through a contemporary lens.

    Our current political climate is characterized by increased attacks on communities, the stripping away of access to resources, and the bolstering of the state's repressive forces and institutions. Yet it has also been marked by some of the largest demonstrations of resistance in recent years. With the growing need to build strong movements and effective formations of resistance, it is even more important that we study and learn from the legacy of the Black Panther Party and other movements for liberation.

    This type of analysis and reflection from prisoners and outside organizers is integrated into and directly informs our work for abolition. Below is the most recent example of sharing testimonies from imprisoned people in New York State against state efforts to shore up the violence of imprisonment. Join us in this work and the fight for abolition!



    Our chapter in New York City is part of an effort to defend visitation to people in the state's maximum security prisons. To support that work, CR NYC reached out to imprisoned people who receive The Abolitionist to solicit their responses and testimony against the proposed visiting cuts. See what people on the inside are saying, and sign the petition demanding that people be allowed to visit their family members and loved ones locked inside.

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