The June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners is quickly approaching.
This year in our call, we focused on questions of sustainability and burnout, asking how we can nurture relationships and projects that can nourish us as we fight for our comrades’ freedom. These are not easy questions and we think that developing any “one solution” is bound to lead to further burn out and disillusionment. We want more than anything for June 11th to be a counter-point to deleterious forms of activism that erode the joy of living and leave us exhausted and hopeless.
It’s easy, when faced with the overwhelming odds of destroying prisons and freeing all prisoners, to lose heart and give up. The beauty of June 11th is that it attempts to take a large problem (that our friends in struggle are locked in the state’s dungeons) and convert it to real, material, and immediate acts of solidarity. Anyone can act for June 11th and contribute to a living coordination of solidarity that has persisted for over a decade. Whether one is alone or in a city with a vibrant anarchist presence, it is possible to look at your local context and formulate plans. (For example, one member of our organizing collective has organized humble actions as a lone anarchist youth, small events in a town with few radicals, and larger celebrations in an anarchist hub.) Contrary to the defeatism that surrounds us, we echo the cries of half a century ago as France burned in revolt, “Anything can happen!”
In hopes of stirring up some ideas, let’s explore some possible ways to show solidarity with the longest held anarchist prisoners.
If you have an event planned, or if you want to share news of some act of solidarity, send us an email at june11th [at] riseup [dot] net.
Post continues here – https://june11.noblogs.org/post/2018/05/11/one-month-til-june-11th-some-ideas/
Also new posters and handbills!