back pocket press signs onto statement of solidarity with #DisruptJ20 defendants

The following statement was drafted by supporters of those arrested at Inauguration protests in DC on January 20th, with the intent of providing a public platform for organizations around North America to express their collective opposition to these charges. The list of signees will be posted and continually updated at defendJ20resistance.org and several other sites.

To have your group or crew sign on, send an email to J20endorsements@protonmail.com.

 

On January 20, 2017, tens of thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. for the #DisruptJ20 protests to oppose the inauguration of Donald Trump. A combination of blockades, marches, and festive demonstrations shattered the spectacle of a peaceful transition of power, and made it clear around the world that people do not recognize Trump’s authority. What could have been a day signaling resignation and defeat became a moment of defiance and resistance. As such, the protests on J20 set a tone and precedent for the events that unfolded shortly after, including the notably successful, mass direct actions at airports against Trump’s Muslim ban, as well as ongoing resistance to deportations. While Trump and his alt-right footsoldiers have encountered few meaningful obstacles from liberal politicians in the halls of power, grassroots resistance has continued to prove a substantial force.

Unfortunately, however, with resistance comes repression. In addition to shooting pepper spray and concussion grenades indiscriminately at protesters, including children, the elderly, and people with disabilities, DC police cordoned off an entire block and mass arrested more than 230 people in an attempt to stop an anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march. While mass arrests are not unheard of, in this case arrestees were a originally charged with felony riot, a charge that potentially carries ten years in prison. On April 27, the prosecution announced additional felony charges against the entire group — inciting to riot, rioting, conspiracy to riot, and five counts of property destruction.

With these heightened charges the state is trying to set a precedent for harsh crackdowns of disruptive protest in the future, so that Trump can proceed with his agenda unimpeded by anything but symbolic hand-wringing. This strategy corresponds with a broader wave of repression and reaction, from the arrests and grand jury investigations of Indigenous water protectors at #StandingRock to backlash against #BlackLivesMatter and black-led uprisings against police. The arrests at J20 also inform local strategies for repression, including anti-protest laws that have been proposed in 18 different state legislatures, which further criminalize commonly used tactics like highway takeovers and in some cases make it legal for drivers to knowingly hit protesters marching in roadways.

The charges against J20 defendants are an experiment. If the courts are able to successfully prosecute those arrested at J20, this will send a green light to the forces of repression seeking to contain, control, and eliminate social movements around the country. Just as all of our struggles are connected, we understand these arrests to represent a real threat to all efforts towards true freedom, dignity, and autonomy. We call for the immediate dropping of all charges, and express our sincere solidarity with and support for those arrested, and encourage others to do so as well.

Signed:

AK Press

Aztlan Media Kollective, Los Angeles

Back Pocket Press

Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee

Black Lives Matter Cincinnati

Cincinnati DIY

Dayton Anti-Racist Action

The Final Straw Radio

Grand Rabbits Support Crew

Inside Outside Alliance (Durham, NC)

Institute for Global Education

It’s Going Down

KilledbyPolice.net

La Casa de Conciencia y Salud (Colombia)

La Horde (France)

M@’s House NYC

Monkeywrench Books

Orlando Antifa

NCJ20Defense Crew (North Carolina)

NYC Anarchist Black Cross

Realicide Youth Records

Resist This! (DC)

Rising Tide North America

Scuffletown Anti-Repression Committee, Richmond, VA

Socialist Alternative – Grand Rapids

SoFlaExit

Tilted Scales Collective (Minneapolis, MN)

UNControllables (Chapel Hill, NC)

University of Texas National Lawyers Guild

Up Against the Law Legal Collective (Philadelphia)

Workers World Party

Nancy Lowental, Esq.

Chris Purdoms

This statement also appears on It’s Going Down.

sticker extravaganza for antifa legal defense fund!

new sticker batches for the legal defense fund!

shown in the first picture are newly printed stickers of varying sizes, all black and white except for the matches, not water proof but very fit for indoor application on a variety of surfaces.

second picture shows hand screen printed stickers, some in black and white, some in color, some dual screened with color and black accent. also not water proof.

buy one or buy them all, but donate generously to our antifa legal defense fund!

poster extravaganza for anti-fascist defense fund!

we’re expanding our offerings of non-zine materials to include these four posters –

including two, limited edition, locally designed and hand cut ones! the white panther poster kicks off a series about local history with more to come.

the posters vary in size from 8.5×11″ to 17×22″ and all are black and white except for the line 5 which features the great lakes in blue.

buy one or buy them all, but donate graciously to our anti-fascist legal defense fund!

june 11th: international day of solidarity with marius mason & all longterm anarchist prisoners

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june 11th marks the international day of solidarity with marius mason & all longterm anarchist prisoners. our friends over at supportmariusmason.org sent us a package with handbills and stickers to spread the word about the day.

marius mason is, among other things, a longterm anarchist political prisoner from southeast michigan currently serving a nearly 22 year sentence in federal prison. since we opened the distro we’ve continually included support materials for marius on our tables and in our packages. the collective house our distro is based out of hosts monthly prisoner letter writing gatherings.

celebrate this day by writing marius a letter, getting together with friends to talk about his courage, throwing a fundraiser, or commemorating him or other long term anarchist prisoners in some other way.

more information at june11.org.

an update to end all updates

the back pocket press cats are stretching our paws as we finally get back to zine distro business!

we’ve lost track of how many months it’s been that we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to keep tracking of everything personal and political. the spring has brought with it a modicum of free time and so we’re newly able to breathe some life back into this here website. what has been going on with the distro while we’ve been neglecting our digital duties?

we almost closed but got ourselves a rubber stamp – and a new sense of purpose – instead:

all of our printed material will now come stamped with our logo – the little present we purchased for ourselves after looking at the tough decision of closing or revamping. along with that stamp and decision came some changes: we moved from a priced model to a suggested donation, sliding scale model with all of our merchandise. we opened an anti-fascist legal defense fund, started offering free printing to folks involved locally in social justice work, and announced an ongoing zine scholarship for young writers!

the legal defense fund has already been able to funnel money towards local pro-black organizing, a local anti-hate crime self-defense class, and the mississippi stand folks who locked down a backhoe that was involved in DAPL construction, as well as raise a significant amount of money for people all over michigan facing legal repression following J20. we’re thrilled to be able to raise and direct money this way.

we tabled at NASCO institute:

each year since we opened we’ve tried to make an appearance at the weekend-long, co-op based conference that takes place in the neighboring town over. we share a tabling space with boxcar books & the beehive design collective and get to spend two whole days networking and talking with interesting and rad folks from all over the country!

we became a distributor of the slingshot periodical:

at the request of a local friend, we now carry the quarterly slingshot journal. ask and ye shall receive!

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mapping our madness, re-released

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mapping our madness: a workbook for navigating crisis, extreme states, or just foul moods

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22 pages of resources, suggestions, and workbook pages to fill in to create a ‘mad map’ of how to recognize and navigate oncoming crisis. now with an new introduction, updated resources list, and a cover in color!

sliding scale $0-2, pay what you can.
pdf download available free at http://www.mediafire.com/view/l8l87sf4j8vb6xo/MappingOurMadness.pdf

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place an order.