#ShutDownAdelanto (8/20/16)

In collaboration with the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice and Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), CultureStrike and AgitArte participating in a culture-build and week of action (8/16/16 – 8/20/16) with community members of the Inland Empire in California to bring attention to the nation’s largest private immigrant detention center, operated by The GEO Group, Inc.: the Adelanto Detention Center.

Check out the video and share it! #ShutDownAdelanto #EndFamilyDetention #Not1More

 

 

Video by Jesús Iñiguez, Culture Strike

#ShutDownAdelanto Week of Action

 

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AgitArte will be joining forces with ‪#‎Culturestrike‬ in SoCal August 16-21 to ‪#‎shutdownadelanto‬.

Adelanto, CA is home to the biggest immigration detention center, removed and away from everyone, these prison systems need to be shut down!

Tag visual artists below who are in the area and would like to support! ‪#‎shutdowndetentioncenters‬ #shutdownadelanto ‪#‎immigration‬ ‪#‎artivist‬ ‪#‎culturebuild‬ ‪#‎schoolsnotprisons‬ ‪#‎qtpoc‬ ‪#‎translivesmatter‬ #‎immigrationisbeautiful‬

The Artists and Activists Who’ve Aimed at the Roots of Injustice

Sweet review for Hyperallergic by Alexis Clemens:

 

A few years ago I was covering a panel discussion for Hyperallergic featuring members of Gran Fury, an ACT UP affinity group focused primarily on producing what group members themselves called “propaganda” against a government hellbent on isolating, vilifying, and smugly looking on as tens of thousands of their citizens died of AIDS. There were a number of young people in the audience at the event and more than once the hand of one of these audience members rose to ask how they could do something similar — how they could employ similar tactics and ideas in political struggles happening today.

Reading the book When We Fight, We Win!: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte, with input from Rinku Sen, Antonia Darder, and David Goodman, felt, in certain ways, like an answer to those questions.

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One Rise, One Fall: Organizing, resisting, and grieving for Pulse by SONG

We were closing out the last day of our largest annual membership gathering of the year, SONG Gaycation, when we got the news. Nearly everyone of us slept in a little that morning. We turned over to our long-term lovers, our crushes, our best friends, and we slumbered to the dining hall for breakfast and goodbyes. Nobody remembers who heard the news about the massacre of our LGBTQ kin in a gay bar in Orlando first, but it spread quickly filling us with questions, with sadness, with fury. We glued ourselves to our phones hoping the service was good enough to find out more, to find out if our close friends and family were in that gay bar, to let other people know that we weren’t. We watched the body count rise over the hours. We stared at each other and hugged each other. We rubbed each others backs. We floated around wondering what to do with ourselves in the eerie air. We cried, a lot. We built an altar to hold space for our grieving as best as we could. We remembered the night before many of us were dancing with one another in a dusty old lodge, sharing tales of coming out by the fire, flirting, listening to our elders share stories of coming home to gay bars and the lovers and orgasms they would never forget. Gaycation has always been a place of joy and celebration, one of the many places of sanctuary we’ve created together from the multi-racial, intergenerational kinship network that is SONG.

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A Gathering Storm, A Rising Tide. By SONG

A Gathering Storm, A Rising Tide,
The political will and imagination we need now to organize a world free from fear in the age of HB2

Here is a piece collectively shaped by SONG staff. It is long. It is heavy. It is heartfelt. Often, we claim that we are not experts. You will not find any of us with PhDs or elaborate resumes on any of the subjects mentioned below (though we have called upon many in the SONG family who do!). We do claim, however, that we are experts of our own lives. Here we have attempted to trace the trajectory of some of those lived experiences to the experiences of our ancestors and the living survivors and fighters in our communities. We have worked to trace the trajectory too of their resistance, political imagination, and brilliance that is connected to our own present day purpose in fighting for our survival and livelihood.

 

A Gathering Storm, A Rising Tide

 

SONG has carried forth this call in our daily organizing and culture building as an unapologetic devotional to women, queer people, transgender people, native people, Black people, immigrant people, disabled people, working people, and poor people. Our work has long called for us to pay attention to the bleeding points, the sites where our bodies are being caged, controlled, policed, surveilled, assaulted and murdered by the State or with its sanction. We too have seen these points as sites of potential resistance, possibility, and transformation. It is simply not enough to say that these abuses must stop. We must also fight for the full liberation of our bodies with an urgency best demonstrated by the abuelas who u-lock their necks to detention center gates so that their children inside can hear the chanting, by the teenagers of Ferguson who did not hesitate to break curfew, by the trans liberators dancing in defiance in front of governor’s mansions, and by each of us who make choices small and large every day to honor our truths, our lives and our people even when the potential consequences lay heavy on our spirits.

There is a call across movement, across sector, across geography, and across identity to answer this political moment with the urgency required of each of us to move in step, sometimes coordinated and sometimes in a different dance, to claim a future that is rightfully ours to live with our desire, autonomy, sovereignty, and self-determination. We cannot afford to be divided, each working on our issues in silos, while ultra-conservative leaders and institutions dismantle our social safety net and poison the collective political imagination.

 

Kindred Choirs, Cantastorias, and Puppets with AgitArte! by SONG

SONG and the folks from AgitArte recently had the opportunity to begin the journey towards a very beautiful collaboration. AgitArte, in their own words, are a group of folks who work in communities threatened by under-development, displacement and gentrification, using the arts and cultural work to educate and to organize for social and economic justice. At SONG, we are amped to step up our cultural work game, and who better to do that with, than with these folks? Dey and Jorge of AgitArte came to Atlanta to facilitate a training with SONG members and staff around the work that they do and how we can incorporate helpful aspects of that into our ongoing organizing work.

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Then they walked us through brainstorming how SONG wants to utilize these tools: What narratives and voices are we trying to lift up? What political interventions are we trying to build? For SONG, it is clear that through cultural work we want to:

1. Build popular education and political education
2. Showcase and focus our history and legacy as LGBTQ Freedom Fighters
3. Create a vision of a South free from fear

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Students Swarm City Hall After Walking Out Ask City Councilors Not to Vote on Proposed Budget

“Students from several Boston high schools organized a walkout for the second time this spring to protest a budget shortfall that will affect BPS high schools, special education students, and early learning centers, among others. “I can’t speak on behalf of everyone here, but I have siblings in the BPS system and I want to make sure they get the education they need to be successful in life. My ask is to say no to the budget” said Aliyah Jackson, senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy at the City Council hearing on BPS Academics and Social Emotional Learning and Wellness.

Before the hearing, hundreds of students walked out of their schools and headed to City Hall, where they rallied with their peers and allies from the community, chanting “What do we want? Our education” among the peaceful crowd. Students packed the chambers into the overflow room and waited hours to testify in front of City Councilors and a panel of BPS officials. We are so proud of BPS students for organizing around the budget and speaking out for their education.” BSAC Newsletter

Please contact BSAC at info@youthonboard.org for more information.

 

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Photo by CRAIG F. WALKER, The Globe

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Comix from the Real Cost of Prisons Project. Interference Archive Presentation (3.26.2016)

Watch Lois Ahrens and Kevin Pyle speak at Interference Archive about their collaboration on the Real Cost of Prisons Project, and show comics by incarcerated cartoonists. The project includes comic books, a website, workshops and organizing focused on ending mass incarceration. Visit RealCostofPrisons.org & see InterferenceArchive.org to see other events related to the Our Comics, Ourselves exhibit.

Published on Mar 26, 2016 by Interference Archive

Make Room for Voices From Prison by Prison Radio

Continuing in the tradition of Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others…

People in prison deserve a place in our media. Help us open the airwaves.

#mumia #media #prisonradio #prison #freedomofspeech

For 25 years, Prison Radio has aired the voices of some of the most progressive political prisoners. Now we need your help to keep this going.

Thanks to supporters like you, we broadcast testimonies on local radio stations, national networks, and international channels. You’ve gotten to hear Mumia Abu-Jamal’s social commentaries in the global media, along with breaking news from over 100 journalists reporting from inside U.S. prisons.

We believe that people in prison must play a central role in the dialogues and movements that challenge injustice, mass incarceration and political imprisonment. That’s why we are launching a new campaign to give voice to:

*Women, trans, and queer folks serving time in prison,
*people held in solitary confinement,
*undocumented activists detained in ICE centers,
*youth serving life sentences, and
*those held in Pennsylvania prisons (where a recent law sought to silence all PA prisoners).

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