Repression round-up: prison and court news for early August

A few updates and things dealing with prisons and the legal system:

If you’re at a loose end in London this Tuesday morning, there’s a call for a solidarity presence at Hammersmith Magistrate’s Court to support someone who was nicked at an arms fair last month.

The Empty Cages Collective and Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee will be organising a joint Northern tour of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Durham and Lancaster in late September.

Fighting future prisons tour

The announcement for the tour mentions that “British prisons are currently recognised as undergoing one of the most serious deteriorations of conditions in living memory, recently exposed as being the most violent ever recorded.” As if to prove the point, within the last few days the governor of HMP Wayland was hospitalised by an inmate, while two separate officials were attacked in a single day at HMP Northumberland, causing a member of staff to complain that “We have lost control of the jail and there will be another major incident if something isn’t done. We are massively under staffed and staff are scared to go to work.”

The Clapton Ultras have published advice on writing to jailed anti-fascist Michelle Smith, while Freedom have published an article from the Legal Defence and Monitoring Group aimed at people who want to be involved in anti-fascism while minimising their chances of ending up in jail.

Further ahead, the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign will be holding a free conference in Sheffield on October 1, with speakers from the Shrewsbury 24, the Blacklist Support Group and Police Spies Out Of Lives among others. More details to follow, but it looks worthwhile for anyone interested in state dirty tricks and the resistance to them.

Finally, over in the US, the ongoing resistance in prisons there is as heated as ever: prisoners recently took over a dorm in Holman prison in Alabama, a place that’s seen repeated rebellions in the recent past, Ben Turk has written a strong essay on why the Black Lives Matter movement needs to include incarcerated lives, and there’s just over a month left till the planned attempt at a nationwide prison strike on September 9th.

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