This Thursday 22nd November @ 7pm the Red and Black Umbrella will host a discussion about the armed group, Revolutionary Struggle in Greece. This will be a good opportunity to discuss armed struggle and it’s effects, how such groups are perceived by the state, the states reactions to such groups and a general overview of the Revolutionary Struggle cases so far.
For information on Revolutionary Struggle see here.
There will also be room to discuss the ongoing struggles against austerity across Europe, and the diversity of tactics being used. From clashes in Spain, Italy and Portugal; to demonstrations in Greece, Italy and France; and international rail strikes in Belgium – as part of the ‘European Day of Action and Solidarity’.
Social revolution is not a past; it is the present and future of the world.
Regarding the call for international solidarity and action
As assembly for the Revolutionary Struggle case and in continuance of solidarity actions for the same cause, we address an open callout for a solidarity campaign at both the local and international level on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of November 2012.
We have decided to break the wall of silence surrounding the RS case, and thus demonstrate that the comrades currently undergoing trial are not alone, that the RS case is everyone’s case in regard to the essence of the struggle itself. We therefore call comrades from across the world to contribute their action and send their own message of Solidarity and Struggle.
Our goal is to diffuse the dynamic resistances under a revolutionary perspective. Our aim is to expand the struggle for the overthrow of the existent, showing its historical necessity and importance in the present, as well as our factual solidarity with the comrades on trial.
The three-day international call for solidarity, counter-information and action for the RS case is part and continuation of the class and social war towards subversion and Revolution. This is how we perceive the RS case and how it can be recorded historically as a whole.
Act for freedom now/ receives and transmits:
At midnight November 5th around fifteen masked-up anti-authoritarians rolled up outside the grim walls of Cardiff Prison to fire and throw fireworks over the wall, released a smoke bomb at the traffic intersection there. shouting against prisons, screws and the police and with a mobile sound system blasting and spotlights and alarms going off in the prison, the response was righteous from inside!! Prisoners shouted back from their cell windows and there was a big feeling of rage outside and inside meeting in shouts of ACAB and cheers as fireworks banged and whizzed. The fireworks got let off, there was some shouts back and forth then the motley crew dissapeared before any cops showed up.
Prisoners in Cardiff have recently protested about poor food (undernourishment) and generally shitty conditions at the old 19th century constructed hellhole. We stand against prison and the society that is based on mass imprisonment for self-organised struggle, defiance and contempt for the authorities and the snitch citizens.
Its time to come out loud and come out proud for Freedom and Revolt
Spread rebellion and the values of freedom through every way – by breaking the silence, talking, writing, flyposting, graffiti, marches, direct action.
Its time to attack and struggle against the system that is crushing us!
November 5 – gunpowder, treason & plot!!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE RESISTORS IN THE BRITISH PRISON SYSTEM
FREEDOM FOR JOHN BOWDEN
FREEDOM FOR KEV THAKRAR
FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE
From Red & Black Umbrella:
To mark the arrival of the Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner Art Tour featuring the artwork of a number of revolutionary and rebellious prisoners worldwide, we invite you to a short notice presentation and discussion of prison and the society that creates it. Monday Nov 5 we’ll be meeting at 7pm at the Red & Black Umbrella to have an informal discussion and an opportunity to look at & perhaps be inspired by the artwork of these imprisoned freedom-lovers.
Tea & Coffee provided, anything else up to your creative genius…
SEPTEMBER 2012: London – Colorama #2
OCTOBER 2012: London – Freedom Bookshop (London ABC)
NOVEMBER 2012: Cardiff – Red & Black Umbrella (Cardiff ABC)
DECEMBER 2012: Nottingham – Sumac Centre (Autonomous Nottingham)
JANUARY 2013: Bradford – 1 in 12
FEBRUARY 2013: Liverpool – Next to Nowhere
MARCH 2013: Brighton – Cowley Club (Brighton ABC)
APRIL 2013: Plymouth – Venue TBC
MAY 2013: Bristol – Emporium (Bristol ABC)
JUNE 2013: Belfast – Warzone Collective
JULY 2013: Dublin – Seomra Spraoi
After a debut viewing at Kebele Social Centre in Bristol, the Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner Art Exhibition in September 2012 began it’s UK tour; visiting 13 venues in 10 cities across England, Wales and Ireland over 11 months. The exhibition features over 30 pieces, as well as poetry, from current and past radical prisoners including – Phil Africa, Peter Collins, Lucy Edkins, David Gilbert, Alvaro Luna Hernandez Hier and Thomas Meyer-Falk. The tour aims to show the artistic and poetic talent of those behind bars, as well as highlighting the political cases of the prisoners themselves. Additionally the exhibition features a wealth of sketches and writings from a Close Supervision Centre (CSC) prisoner, yet to be revealed.
Commenting on the art exhibition in July 2012, Ben Gunn a recently released lifer who spent 33 years inside said; “In attempting to see into the darkest corners of the states activities, we are privileged to have the spotlight provided by prison artists… Struggling to obtain their bare tools for creativity they tower above their captivity to reveal their unique perspective – I hope that their art invites you to think – and be moved to ACT.”
Since the beginning of the 20th Century the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) has been on the frontline supporting and showing solidarity for those imprisoned for struggling for freedom and liberty. The organisation has by many states been deemed illegal, “terrorist” and many members have been tortured, killed, arrested, imprisoned, and fled persecution. ABC in the early years took part in the 1905 Russian Revolution (where six members were imprisoned), organised defensive units under the anarchist Black Army in Ukraine, fought against the Bolsheviks regime a decade later, and aided anarchists fleeing fascism during the Spanish Civil War and Second World War in the 1930’s.
After it’s revival in 1967 in England to aid prisoners of the Spanish resistance, ABC eventually grew into a global network of anarchist prisoner support groups; organising international days of solidarity, letter writing nights, prison demos, financial aid for prisoners, art shows, supporting struggles inside (and on top) of the prisons, and much more.
With this tour we therefore distance ourselves from mainstream, state-funded prisoner art shows, such as the exhibition launched in London by Koestler Trust this month, campaigning instead for abolition of the prison industry and all states. Or as social prisoner John Bowden puts it: “There are frontlines of class struggle thoughout the whole of society, violent interfaces where the poor and their oppressors confront each other, and prison represents one of the most overt and undisguised frontlines of class struggle that exists.” – Solidarity without prejudice article, 2009. Read More…
November sees the launch of Cardiff ABC, as well as Cardiff Defendant Solidarity (CDS), with a bunch of events to go along with it. The Red and Black Umbrella will be hosting a legal observer training evening with CDS including overviews on stop and search, custody scenarios and public order policing. (Date TBC but 7pm Tue 14th Nov is likely)
One of the most important aspects of prison is how people end up there. For many, by knowing the law they could have made their time more bearable or even avoided it completely.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn valuable information on the law and arrest process from a no bullshit perspective.
Cardiff ABC will be hosting the second leg of the Prisoner Art Tour featuring artwork from past and current radical prisoners.
After an initial preview in Bristol, and exhibitions in London, we are proud to be hosting the exhibition for the month of November at the Red & Black Umbrella, 57-58 Clifton Street, with a launch night on the 2nd. The event includes live music, doors at 7pm, with a pay what you can – donations appreciated style tax.
September 25th, 2012
An Open Letter to Striking Prisoners in Greece
We, the Red and Black Umbrella Anarchist Social Centre, wish to extend solidarity to the striking prisoners of: Larissa, Trikala, Grevena, Domokos, Malandrino, Komotini, Koridallos, Patras, Corfu, Chios, Nafplion, Diavata and Alikarnassos prisons in Greece; and every rebel that is mobilizing against the inherently unjust and inhumane prison system.
Due to the lack of information in English, we do not know the depth and breadth of the situation but feel an urgent need to show our support for your actions.
As a small gesture we have reprinted the demands of the Larissa prison (see here), posted them up along with a copy of this letter and hung a banner on the exterior of the social centre. We do this not only to express our solidarity, but to echo the voices in your struggle for dignity and to inspire other people in their personal and collective struggles.
We hope that your spark amongst many others will ignite the fires that turn the prison system to ashes.
Love & Rage
The Red and Black Umbrella Social Centre (Cardiff)
From Act For Freedom Now:
“At 5:00pm the 12th of June there was a banner drop and hundreds of flyers were thrown from a multi-storey car park in the centre of Cardiff, as part of the international day of soliarity for the nine imprisoned Anarchists in Turkey.
The banner read: “Free the Anarchist May-Day Prisoners In Turkey”.
Two weeks later, the homes of activists were simultaneously raided and sixty people were arrested in connection with these actions.
Nine of these people remain detained in prison. We demand the immediate release of those nine anarchist comrades in prison.
Solidarity with anarchists in Turkey.”
The flyers were blown throughout the city and many people picked them up out of interest. The banner remained on the car park the entire night, but was taken down at some point the next morning.
Fire to the banks and prisons!”
From Act For Freedom Now:
At 3:30pm on Saturday 31st of March around 25 local residents, children and anarchists gathered outside a local leisure centre for a noise demo at Cardiff prison, to show support for the prisoners and raise awareness about I.P.P. sentencing, a type of sentence that has destroyed lives in the local community.
They came accompanied with black flags, a sound system and two large banners (reading “Abolish I.P.P.” and “Solidarity”).
The police presence was completely disproportional to both the size of the group and the nature of the demonstration. They demanded that the participants made their way to the prison in groups of no more than 3. The entire group was opposed to this, and the police resorted to pushing people around to try and keep the group split up. However, with a bit of dodging, diving and determination the group remained united on the way to the prison.
The local community was receptive to the demonstrators on the way to the prison and many cars honked in support. Information was distributed, music was played and chants were shouted by young and old alike. Upon arrival at the prison the demo was met with yet more police, whose presence had now doubled. With whistles and airhorns the group went about making as much noise as possible, and chants of “Free the I.P.P.’s” and “Freedom for all! Break down the walls!” broke out.
The prisoners did their best to reciprocate the noise being made outside and the police got a torrent of abuse directed at them. The group moved along the prison to make contact with more of the prisoners and ended up on a small hill, just outside the walls, where the banners could be seen from the busy road opposite the prison. The group continued with their messages of solidarity through a megaphone, threw fists and waved red and black flags.
After at least an hour of noise the group gave their parting messages, and a promise to return time and time again until all are free.