I don’t have any answers to how we can build a movement that takes on both the horrors of capitalist business-as-usual and the authoritarian nationalists who offer the promise of change and false solutions to those horrors. But I do know a few things that we can’t afford to let ourselves do. Crucially, I think we can’t afford to let those who are singled out for repression go through the experience alone. No movement – whether it’s to protect the climate, to defend workers’ rights and organisations, or to stand up to racist police terror – will get far if those individuals who the state picks out as targets are left burnt-out and embittered by a lack of support during the experience.
On that note, Josh Williams, the young man jailed for 8 years for starting a fire during the protests after the police murder of Antonio Martin*, will be spending his 21st birthday behind bars on November 25th, so those of us outside the US should get cards in the post in the next few days to reach him in time. The details of other Ferguson-related prisoners can be found here.
His postal details are:
Joshua Lamar Williams #1292002
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
*by way of comparison, one of Josh’s fellow Missourians was recently convicted of one charge of arson against a mosque and two counts of arson against a Planned Parenthood clinic, and was given a considerably shorter sentence of 63 months.