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ACAB: Durham Police Cruiser Set on Fire

September 22, 2014

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(from ABC 11)

Durham police are investigating after one of their vehicles was set on fire early Sunday morning.

Authorities had set up the cruiser at Old Trail Drive and Covington Lane in an effort to deter burglaries in the area.

Police and the fire marshals are investigating.

Anyone with information should contact Durham police or Crimestoppers at (919) REV-ENGE

Words of Fire 8 is Out!

September 21, 2014

Hello Friends and Comrades,

Greetings! The 8th issue of Words of Fire, our semi-regular ‘zine of prisoners’ writings, drawings, poetry, and news is out!!

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WoF 8 Cover

We have some amazing poems, essays and drawings! Our cover image was even a submission from a prisoner. We had amazing geographic diversity in our submissions. This issue includes submissions from as far away as California, as well as Mississippi, Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, and of course North Carolina.

It has been a busy year since the last issue (in summer 2013), impossible to summarize in one short introduction. Suffice to say, we’ve done our best to stay busy here on the outside, as you can see from our blog.

Stay tuned to the blog. We’ll soon be publishing a longer essay that was too long to fit in Words of Fire, but that we wanted to get out there.

You can download both print-ready and web versions of Words of Fire 8 and Words of Fire 7 on our Projects page.

With love and solidarity!

FLOOD EVERYWHERE

September 18, 2014

floodeverywherehandbill (1)From FLOOD EVERYWHERE

A march has also been called for in Chapel Hill on Sunday at 1:00PM.

Ecologically, socially, the present moment is an unfolding tragedy. We’re teetering on the edge of an historical cliff: on one side lies the ecological death of the planet, absolute spiritual bankruptcy, universal anxiety; on the other, the end of this way of living and the start of something completely new.

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on Manhattan to join the largest climate march in history. If the scale of this event is unprecedented, it is because it expresses truths that have become universally recognized: amid the toxification of life, the increasing militarization of urban space, and the obvious inadequacy of any “solution from above,” we have found each other in a whirlwind of global upheaval. From Cairo to New York City, from Ukraine to Ferguson, millions of people around the world have stood up to fight against this untenable way of living.

Many have called to #FLOODWALLSTREET in a wave of disruption and occupation. With the intention to elaborate this movement beyond New York City and beyond the given form of a single march, we have adopted this call as our own. We have the opportunity to transform the People’s Climate March from a one-day event into a new, indefinite movement to act within and against the climate crisis. Read more…

THE HOWS AND WHYS OF PRISON ESCAPES

September 16, 2014

swimming-to-freedomFrom Vice News

Over the course of his 50-year career, Donald E. Westlake wrote more than 100 books, the vast majority of them crime fiction—most often seen from the point of view of the criminals. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America gave him their highest honor, naming him Grand Master, largely on the strength of his two classic series: one featuring hard-boiled burglar Parker (played on screen by Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall, Mel Gibson, and Jason Statham, among others), the other portraying hapless heister John Dortmunder (who lucked out and got Robert Redford—go figure).

Along the way, Westlake wrote a fair amount of nonfiction, usually relating in some way to the crime genre. In October, the University of Chicago Press will publish a selection of that nonfiction in The Getaway Car: A Donald E. Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany. The piece below, an essay originally published in 1961 in the third issue of Ed McBain’s Mystery Book, is a selected history of the hows and whys of great prison breaks. As a writer, Westlake always enjoyed putting his characters into agonizingly difficult situations and seeing how they get out; that enthusiasm for an impossible puzzle animates this essay.  Read more…

Cell Phone Guide for US Protesters

September 16, 2014

cellphone1From Electronic Frontier Foundation

With major protests in the news again, we decided it’s time to update our cell phone guide for protestors. A lot has changed since we last published this report in 2011, for better and for worse. On the one hand, we’ve learned more about the massive volume of law enforcement requests for cell phone—ranging from location information to actual content—and widespread use of dedicated cell phone surveillance technologies. On the other hand, strong Supreme Court opinions have eliminated any ambiguity about the unconstitutionality of warrantless searches of phones incident to arrest, and a growing national consensus says location data, too, is private.

Protesters want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world. So they’ll be carrying phones, and they’ll face a complex set of considerations about the privacy of the data those phones hold. We hope this guide can help answer some questions about how to best protect that data, and what rights protesters have in the face of police demands. Read more…

The Ex-Worker #28: Anarcha-Feminism, Part II

September 15, 2014

dont-try-to-break-us-well-explode-bFrom Crimethinc.

Back in Episode 26, theEx-Worker shared a panorama of dramatic stories from the lives and struggles of 19th and early 20th century anarchist women… but we didn’t focus much on their ideas. In the second episode of our three-part series on anarcha-feminism, we return our focus to the first generations of rebels who brought together anarchist and feminist currents, this time to explore their distinctive revolutionary visions. We survey the context of early revolutionary and feminist ideas, and the distinct perspectives of early anarcha-feminists on marriage, sexuality, economic and bodily autonomy, suffrage, revolutionary sexism, and strategies for women’s emancipation. The Chopping Block discusses Free Women of Spain, Martha Ackelsberg’s classic study of the Spanish anarchist women’s group Mujeres Libres. Listeners weigh in on sports, a special guest contributor offers a correction about indigenous resistance to fracking, and we begin a fascinating conversation on solidarity actions and anonymity amidst the news, event announcements, statements from political prisoners, and more.

Trigger warning: This episode includes a few passing references to sexual or domestic violence: nothing too graphic, but we wanted to give all of you a heads up. The references appear at 11:40, 35:50, 41:25, 1:04:50, and 1:33:44.

You can download this and all of our previous episodes online. You can also subscribe in iTunes here or just add the feed URL to your podcast player of choice. Rate us on iTunes and let us know what you think, or send us an email topodcast@crimethinc.com. You can also call us 24 hours a day at 202–59-NOWRK, that is, 202–596–6975.

From One North Carolina Prison, Reports of an Eight-Month Lockdown

September 11, 2014
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From Solitary Watch/ by Lisa Dawson

Across the United States, even prisoners who have not been placed in solitary confinement or any form of “segregation” can be subjected to a “lockdown” in which they may be held in solitary-like conditions, confined to their cells nearly round-the-clock. Brief lockdowns are a common occurrence, and lockdowns lasting months or more are not unusual. Individuals subjected to lockdown are generally denied even the pro-forma review processes afforded to most others placed in solitary confinement.

In the “Close Custody” unit–a single celled, high-security unit–at North Carolina’s Scotland Correctional Institution, nearly 800 men have been on indefinite lockdown since December 28, 2013. Individuals subjected to the lockdown have been confined to their cells for 22 to 23 hours a day for eight months and counting.

When asked by Solitary Watch about the status of Scotland, North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NC DPS) spokesperson Keith Acree stated that he was unaware that the prison was on lockdown. Read more…

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