Bottle drive this week!! Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th

If you live in the Toronto area and have empties for us, please let us know! Between Tuesday the 23rd and Thursday the 25th, we will come to you to pick them up – OR you can drop them off at 1031 Dovercourt in the backyard (in the marked bins) between 9am-9pm!

Email us at torontoblackcross (at) gmail.com to arrange a pick up.

All money raised will help to fund our operating costs and printing costs for 4strugglemag.

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Rally and Court Support- STOP LINE 9 – Tuesday June 16th

Support the ongoing fight to stop Line 9

Chippewas of the Thames First Nations is appealing the National Energy Board’s approval of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline which runs through Southern Ontario and is set to carry tar sands diluted bitumen east for export. The Chippewas court case centers on the lack of consultation with the community on the reversal project which crosses through the First Nation’s traditional territory and would massively impact its land and water in the case of a spill.

Rally and Pack the Courts Tuesday June 16 9:30a.m./11a.m.
Where: 180 Queen Street West, Toronto
When: Tuesday, June 16th, 9:30am and 11:00am

9:30am: PACK THE COURTS! If you are able to, please attend court proceedings at 180 Queen Street West on the 7th floor to show your support for the community. Court will start right on time so try to arrive a little early. If the court room is full, there will be an overflow room to watch the proceedings live on screen.

11:00am: COURT SUPPORT RALLY outside with speakers and performers!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/706501579458858/

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TO folks – Save us your bottles!

We are taking the summer off from letter writing to focus on fundraising, as well as organizing a workshop and a large letter writing event for the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair! This month, please save us your empties, and during the last week of June, we will come pick them up from you. We are also organizing a drop off location too.

The money we receive will help us with our operating costs, which are primarily used for stamps, printing, food, and honorariums. A small portion of the funds we receive will also be saved to help members travel to attend prisoner support events.

For those who don’t have empties, but who still want to donate, we are setting up a donation page – as well as organizing an online auction for 2011 Certain Days prints! So please stayed turned for more info!

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Denver Anarchist Black Cross 2014 Year End Report Out Now!

4struggle:

A great 72 page report of the work the Denver ABC has completed in 2014. So amazing to see it all compiled in one document.

Originally posted on Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

DABC--YER_2015-COVER[web3] Denver Anarchist Black Cross Annual Report Back 2014 (click above image) Friends, Comrades,

You have in your hands the 2014 Year-End Report back for the Denver Anarchist Black Cross. A formidable volume, yes? For us, this represents a year of hard work, ups and downs; a hard, quantified record of what we do every day in constant struggle with the State and it’s horrifying prison system, all while juggling our personal lives. These tribulations are a reason why it has taken so long to get this report into your hands in June of 2015. Embarrassing as this is, it is because of the immense amount of work being done this year by DABC in conjunction with all of the other radical organizing in Denver at this time that we have been unable to get this to you until now. This, as you all are aware is the nature of the…

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Words for Mumia: A Night of Letter Writing & Fundraiser for Prison Radio

On Sunday May 31st Toronto ABC will be working with community partners to host Words for Mumia: A Night of Letter Writing & Fundraiser for Prison Radio.

Prison Radio has been a longtime supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal, and throughout his recent health issues have been covering significant portions of his medical costs. They also put out a weekly radio show discussing various political issues and political prisoners.

On Sunday May 31st, in place of our monthly letter writing night, we will be hosting Artists for Mumia, an evening of poetry, letter writing, love and support for Mumia. We will be asking for donations at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Vegan/veggie snacks will be provided, and child care will be onsite within the common spaces of the event. Child noise is to be expected throughout the entire event.

The event is located at Beit Zatoun, the building is two steps up from street levels, and washrooms are located in the basement. The flight of stairs is steep, with a handrail. A mobile ramp is available for entry into the building, if needed.

Date: Sunday May 31st
Location: Beit Zatoun 612 Markham St (Bathurst and Bloor)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: Suggested $10 donation or PWYC (no one turned away)

You can get more info for Prison Radio here: http://www.prisonradio.org/

Updates on Mumia can also be found from the Free Mumia website:http://www.freemumia.com/

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The 2015 Toronto Anarchist Bookfair – July 18-19

Copied from the email sent out from the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair Collective 

Callout for Tables and Workshop Proposals

Whether you’re new and curious about anarchism, or you have been an anarchist for decades, come join us for a jam-packed weekend of books and zines, workshops and discussions, good food, good friends, and more.  On Friday July 17, the night before the bookfair, we’ll meet up for games night in the park. July 18-19, the sixth annual Toronto Anarchist Bookfair takes place at the Steelworkers’ Hall at 25 Cecil Street just south of the University of Toronto main campus.

All anti-authoritarians are urged to get involved to make this year’s Bookfair a success. We need to hear from you about:

  • TABLES – if you are an anti-authoritarian publisher, a zine creator or distributer, an artist, an activist group, a community organization, an infoshop, a distributer or none of the above who has something to share, get in touch. Let us know if you want to reserve a table at the Bookfair for one day or both. You will be able to store your books and materials overnight in the locked Steelworkers Hall if you’d like.
  • WORKSHOPS – if you have an idea for a workshop or conversation that you would like to facilitate, please email us a title and a short description.  We will accept as many as we can fit. Workshops are 90-minutes long. Our goal is to have one stream of “introductory” workshops and one stream of “in-depth” workshops running simultaneously. Please let us know which stream you think your workshop would fit better in.

    The deadline for workshop proposals is Sunday June 15.
     
    ·       PROMOTION – is there an event going on around the same time that you’d like us to promote? Can you help promote the bookfair? Let us know!

    ·       HELPING OUT – if you have some time to help out with the Bookfair, from postering to food prep, please give us a hand!

Contact  toanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

We are committed to making the Bookfair as accessible and welcoming as possible: The Steelworkers’ Hall is wheelchair accessible; there will be childcare and kids programming; there will be a People of Colour space. And as always the Bookfair will abide by our Safer Space and Sexual Assault and Consent policies (which you can read about on our website).

If you have other ideas or suggestions for improving the accessibility of the event please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate you.

In Solidarity,

The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair Collective
Email: toanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

Website: ttp://torontoanarchistbookfair.wordpress.com/

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Jason and Jeremy Hammond discussed on Political Prisoner Radio

This month we will be writing to Jason Hammond. Have a listen to Grace Fire discussed the brothers with host Scotty Reid.

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http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/2015/03/08/political-prisoner-radio-hacktivist-and-anti-racist-activists-jeremy-and-jason-hammond-w-grace-fire/

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March 29th – Letter Writing Night for Jason Hammond

Come join us at Beit Zatoun (612 Markham St.) on Sunday March 29th at 6pm!

We will be learning about, and writing to, Jason Hammond. He was arrested on July 11th 2013 for allegedly being involved in the interruption of a meeting of white supremacists in Tinley Park, in May 2012. Jason plead guilty on Jan 22nd 2015 and will serve 41 months.

Accessibility: This child-friendly event is FREE and a vegan meal will be provided. Beit Zatoun is two steps from street level and washrooms are located in the basement. A mobile ramp is available for the entrance stairs

Please help spread the word about our event by sharing the poster! If you’re on Facebook you can share the event info

Jason Hammond Event

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Meanwhile in Mexico: Amelie, Carlos, and Fallon have had their federal charges dropped!

Good news everyone!

Having their federal charges dropped means they can appeal their local charges. Lets think positive thoughts.

See the brief update on anarchistnews

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Community Meeting re: Toronto South Detention Centre

We will be attending a community meeting on Thursday February 26th regarding the conditions of the Toronto South Detention Centre.

We of course believe that all forms of detention are cruel and tortuous. There are some local community members who are enraged at the two recent deaths in the detention centre, one from an overdose and the other a suicide. There has also been a recent lockdown of the centre for seven days straight.

The detention centre has been labelled as a state-of-the-art health care unit. We all know that is far from the truth. Local community members want people to know that the two deaths and horrible conditions are not going unnoticed. We fully endorse the commitment of local communities to challenge the Ontario/Canadian prison systems.

Please come out and meet with us and many concerned individuals to talk about what we can all do to support those on the inside. 

Thursday February 26th @ 5:30pm
526 Richmond St. E.
Toronto, ON
(Richmond and Parliament)

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