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Is Solitary Confinement Torture? New Report From UNC School Of Law

solitary censoredFrom The State of Things

Long-term solitary confinement is a cruel, inhumane and degrading form of punishment, according to a new report from The University of North Carolina School of Law.

The 225-page report, Solitary Confinement as Torture,  identifies torture as the infliction of severe pain- physical  or psychological- for the purposes of punishing an individual for something they have done or are accused of doing. Lead author Deborah Weissman told The State of Things host Frank Stasio that solitary confinement is a form of punishment “beyond the bounds of human decency.”

It’s a form of punishment “beyond the bounds of human decency.” – lead author of Solitary Confinement as Torture, Deborah Weissman

Students who worked on this report went to prisons and spoke with prisoners who had been in solitary confinement. They listened to narratives from other sources, listened to what experts had to say on the issue and looked for other alternatives. (more…)

STUDENT ANARCHIST BREAKOUT TALK (SABOT) AT THE 5TH ANNUAL CARRBORO ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR

uncFrom Snitch Book

Hey, are you in a college anarchist group looking for comrades? An anarchist graduate student stuck in a boring Marxist reading group? A student radical who shares affinity with anarchist aspirations? A high-school student looking for friends who want to tear this system down?

We want you to come to the Student Anarchist Breakout Talk (SABOT) at 5:00 PM at the 5th annual Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair
Saturday, November 22 at The Nightlight
405 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC

We’re the UNControllables, an anarchist student club at UNC-Chapel Hill in its third year of existence. We do a lot at UNC–we host anarchist reading groups, we publish an annual “Disorientation Guide,” and we get money from UNC’s Student Congress to fly in international anarchist speakers–but we want to see even more happen, both here and at every other university in North Carolina! (more…)

Former Political Prisoner Eddie Conway To Speak at UNC and in Durham

Eddie_Conway_WebThursday, November 13th
@ 7pm @ Sonja Haynes Stone Center – Auditorium
150 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599Friday, November 14th, 2014
@ 7pm @ The Pinhook in Durham, NC
117 W. Main St. Durham, NC, 27701

Marshall “Eddie” Conway was the defense minister of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party. Framed for the murder of two Baltimore police officers in 1970, he was sentenced to life in prison. While in prison, Eddie Conway earned three diplomas, started a prison literacy program, and organized prisoner unions and libraries. Conway has authored two books from prison, Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther, and his exposé The Greatest Threat: The Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO. After serving 43 years in prison, Conway was released on March 4, 2014.

Eddie Conway will be speaking about his time in the Black Panther Party, his prisoner organizing work inside prison, and what his life has been like since being released.

You can find out more about Eddie Conway’s story here.

Register your attendance with your employer, law enforcement, and various government agencies and corporations here.

Chapel Hill Hits the Streets for Ferguson

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The Rally and the March

On the night of Friday, August 22nd, a rally was held in front of the Chapel Hill post office to support the protesters and rioters in Ferguson. An anarchist student group, the UNControllables, initially called for the rally, and other groups like the Black Student Movement and the UNC Ebony Readers Poetry Group promoted and participated in the event. Handbills were also distributed door to door, on car windshields, and at apartment complexes throughout town. This was only one of several events that have occurred in the Triangle area with regards to Ferguson—the week before saw a large vigil in Durham, a nighttime attack upon the Chapel Hill Police HQ, and events at various churches.

The rally began with speeches about growing up Black in this white supremacist culture, about the fear and hatred of the police, about local struggles like the marches and attacks against the Durham Police last winter. One speaker brought some to tears with a poem that exclaimed, “I always wanted daughters, because I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to teach my sons how to be black men.” Another speaker followed up, “That is why this march is happening in Chapel Hill. It’s not just Ferguson, but the United States.a (more…)

UNC Radical Rush 2014: The First Wave of Events

rrFrom Radical Rush Week

UNC Radical Rush 2014 is a week of events (9/2 to 9/9) celebrating the possibilities for liberation and political struggle in the UNC community.

We need to find each other. 


Did you come to UNC hoping to fight oppression? Do you dream that this university would be a space against capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia, and ecocide?  Are you looking for the on-campus resources that will connect you with the struggle against drones, surveillance, empire, deportation, austerity, sweatshops and war?
Did you come to UNC hoping to build worlds that blossom and sustain diversity? Are you hoping to build spaces where people can speak justice, and do just things together? What beautiful thing would you build as you build a community?

Radical Rush is an experiment in connecting communities with one another, and people with communities.


Let’s make the UNC campus a more vibrant space of solidarity, struggle and social justice.

(more…)

Radical Rush Week 2013 Sept 2 – 9th

weekscheduletabloidexperimentThe Internationalist Prison Books Collective is excited to be one of the supporting groups for the UNControllables Radical Rush Week.

What is Radical Rush?

Radical Rush Week is a week of events (9/2 to 9/9) celebrating the possibilities for liberation and political struggle in the UNC community.

From their website:

We need to find each other.

Did you come to UNC hoping to fight oppression? Do you dream that this university would be a space against capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia, and ecocide?  Are you looking for the on-campus resources that will connect you with the struggle against drones, surveillance, empire, deportation, austerity, sweatshops and war?
Did you come to UNC hoping to build worlds that blossom and sustain diversity? Are you hoping to build spaces where people can speak justice, and do just things together? What beautiful thing would you build as you build a community? (more…)

March 25-UNC Anarchist FAQ!‏

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Come to the UNControllables’ Anarchist FAQ!
for those interested in living without permission
What UNC frat boys are saying about anarchists:
“They are petulant, short-sighted adolescents who are openly mocked and never accomplish anything.”
“Only oppressed in their imaginations.”
“Self-declared anarchist members (a term whose very nature defies itself and thus

speaks for the absurdity of the entire issue) of the UNControllables…”

“Losers.”
WHAT DO THESE ANARCHISTS HAVE TO SAY FOR THEMSELVES???
Why direct action? Why occupy buildings? Can we really live without bosses, police, or capitalism?
Come find out at the UNControllables’ Anarchist FAQ!
Monday, March 25th
7:00 PM
FPG Union-Room 3503

New Poster Series Available, “Rape Culture is…”

rapecultureisFrom Anarchist News

This series of ten posters was created in the midst of an ongoing scandal at the University of North Carolina at CHapel Hill, which has recently been plagued by bad press for its role in suppressing information about sexual assault and in its treatment of several students raped on campus. After five students submitted a complaint to the US Department of Education, the Universityin turn threatened to expel via Honor Court one of the five women for creating an “intimidating environment” on campus for her rapist. The administration and Honor Court’s handling of events has resulted in an uproar, with large amounts of bad press, two protests, and a wave of graffiti and wheatpasting on campus.

A week prior to this initial complaint an attack anarchists smashed out five windows of a fraternity house on campus. This was followed with another act of vandalism in February. Discussions around tactics, analysis, and the role of non-students in attacking the rape culture perpetuated by structures at UNC have all been interesting and heated. The posters are not specific to the local situation, however, and we encourage to print and post them everywhere. They can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/?v11n6uabc80xuo9,lv7yc7gnhg6k4n6,fw61psdvjcrqsn…

and here in a zip file here: https://hotfile.com/dl/197148148/5376849/Archive.zip.html

there are direct links to the pdfs on sprout distro: http://www.sproutdistro.com/2013/03/15/poster-series-rape-culture-is/

Protest in Solidarity with Rape Survivors Facing UNC Retaliation

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Several protesters hold a banner in response to the Honor Court accusation that Gambill is “guilty” of intimidating her attacker.

From News and Observer

CHAPEL HILL — Pressure built Friday for the UNC-Chapel Hill student court to drop a charge against Landen Gambill, a sophomore who was accused of intimidating an ex-boyfriend after she spoke out about sexual assault.

About 200 people gathered at the center of campus to protest the university’s handling of sexual assault cases. Several dozen carried placards and whistles to show their support for Gambill, who has been called a whistleblower for joining several other women in filing a federal complaint against UNC-CH in January. (more…)

Fraternity Vandals Remain Unknown

FratBoys06From the Daily Tar Heel

Two UNC fraternity houses on Cameron Avenue have been vandalized in the past month — and police don’t know who is behind the incidents.

On Jan. 14, five windows of the Chi Psi fraternity house at 321 W. Cameron Ave. were broken around 5 a.m., according to a Chapel Hill police report.

Sgt. Josh Mecimore, spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said it appeared that rocks were thrown into the fraternity house’s windows. (more…)