New Zine Printed!

Hey yall, just an announcement that we’ve laid out and reprinted in zine form an excellent article that was originally printed in Fire to the Prisons #10, called Take Your Mark, Get Ready, Ablate: 3 Positions Against Prison. You can download it in our downloads section above. The following is from our introduction:

The following is a brief but thorough statement on prisons
and those who would contest them. It offers a broad
critique of many commonly-held assumptions and positions
that could characterize leftist and anarchist political
practice with regard to prison and prisoners. In particular
we chose to reprint the article here (it originally appeared
in the magazine Fire to the Prisons #10) because of its
poignant criticism of the prison “abolitionist” movement
which has grown in the last few years.
While we recognize that not all prison abolitionists
are the same, this movement has predominantly portrayed
itself as an attempt to “shrink” the Prison-Industrial
Complex into non-existence while gradually replacing the
prison with other less brutal (but, inevitably, state-controlled
or sanctioned) insitutions. This means not so much
the dissapearance of prisons but the permeation of their
mechanisms (constant surveillance, the militarization of
police, etc.) throughout all of society. It indicates not
prison abolition but prison ablation: the removal of one
aspect of an oppressive body politic while all the structures
that gave rise to it remain.
Unfortunately, some anarchists have taken up not
only the rhetoric of the prison abolitionist movement, but
even its methods: policy campaigns, the negotiation of
demands, the separation of political from social prisoners,
appeals to amnesty and innocence, the avoidance of
engaging with actually rebellious prisoners on the inside.
In other words, those tactics characteristic of a gradualist
As revolutionaries, we believe there are other
options. As demonstrated by recent waves of demonstrations
outside jails and prisons which declare proudly
“Free All Prisoners,” not to mention the massive strike
that shook Georgia prisons last December, or even the
repeatedly successful attacks upon immigrant detention
centers in Italy, there are other ways to attack the prison
that do not necessitate capitulation or ablation. We print
this in the hope that such methods will spread, and the
ideas behind them will find good soil in which to grow.
-the NC Piece Corps

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