Their prisons and our gardens: mid-March round-up

Opening up this round-up of stories, it seems like there’s been a lot of news on the legal/repression front: over in the US, Dante Cano, an anarchist arrested for participation in the popular revolt against racist police killings last year, is facing trial, and is currently trying to raise funds to pay for his bail. If you can afford to spare anything, please consider donating, if not, then you can still write to him at:

Santa Rita Jail
Dante Cano BIX230
5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568

You can also write to Davontae Smith, another prisoner of the post-Ferguson revolt being held in the same jail, at:
Santa Rita Jail
Davontae Smith BGK969
5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568

Meanwhile, there’s a solidarity campaign being launched for Alexander Kolchenko, a Crimean anarchist being held by the Russian regime under nonsensical charges that he belongs to Ukrainian far-right group Right Sector, and over in China, the police rounded up five feminist activists on the eve of International Women’s Day – see the Free the Five tumblr or Free Chinese Feminists facebook page for more information about how to support them. Back in the UK, Emma Sheppard is still imprisoned, and has been moved to a new address, while Silhan/Shilan Ozcelik, a young Kurdish woman, is now being held in remand on charges that she wanted to go to Syria to fight with the YPG/YPJ against ISIS. You can sign a petition in support of her here, or write to her at Silhan Ozcelik, c/o Av. Ali Has, Morgan Has Solicitors, Bank Chambers, 1st & 2nd Floor, 133 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0PH. The UK’s system of detention centres for migrants seems to be seeing an outbreak of rebellion, as tracked on the Detained Voices blog.

Meanwhile, over in Ireland, a somewhat more positive story: the four jailed water charges protesters have been released, and appear to have overturned the basis for their contempt conviction. While the water charges movement seems to be going from strength to strength in the Republic of Ireland, the North also seems to be seeing some level of fight against austerity, with a huge public sector strike taking place last week.

In workplace news, Brighton SolFed are reporting yet another victory in their ongoing organising against wage theft, and rank-and-file construction workers in London are calling for a mass picket of the Construction News Awards to stop the sackings of workers raising safety concerns at Crossrail, which will be at 6pm, Wed 18th March, Construction News Awards, Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. This week has also seen former undercover cop Peter Francis confirm that police spies colluded with employers to help blacklist militant construction workers, among others. And speaking of spycops, South Wales anarchists will be in the courts next week fighting to hold the police accountable for the conduct of undercover cop Mark Jacobs, and are asking supporters to join them in Cardiff on the 24th and London on the 25th.

Other upcoming events include the national day of action against benefit sanctions on Thursday, and then action against neo-nazis at opposite ends of the country next weekend, with National Action attempting to march through Newcastle on the 21st and an anti-Semitic demo planned for London that’s going to be opposed by a musical taking the piss as well as more conventional street opposition. Next Saturday will also see a talk in Brighton by the Invisible Committee – I have to admit that I’ve never read much of their stuff, and what I have read I didn’t get that much out of, but it sounds worth a look if you’re into that kind of thing.

And finally, just to end on a positive note, folk in New Cross are trying to raise funds for a new public garden to serve as a genuinely common space and a resource for self-managed local events and activities. It sounds like an interesting attempt to create a welcoming community space that’s not run by the state or private companies, and might be worth chucking a few quid their way if you have any to spare.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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