An Anarchist Response to Reform & Reconstruction - Pamphlet & Infographic about Juvie Developers
“...A project that expresses solidarity with joy in the game of life that above all makes us free ourselves, destroys alienation, exploitation, mental poverty, opening up infinite spaces devoted to experimentation and the continual activity of one’s mind in a project aimed at realising itself in insurrection”
~ Revolutionary Solidarity
Some Recent Actions
This pamphlet is a small piece of the current struggle against the construction of the new youth jail that the city is planning to build at 12th and Alder. It is an attempt distrubte information about the contractors that have bid on the contract to build the new “Children and Family Justice Center”(CFJC). The information presented in this pamphlet is just a small portion of what is easily accessible through a quick internet search. We have ultimately choosen to share this information out of the desire to create a space for autonomous actions to occur in Seattle and else where. We do not want this information to be read once and tossed aside. This should not be thought of as just an “informative document.” It is a valuable resource to study and use in practice.
Discussions of how to resist the construction of the CFJC started nearly two years ago with a meeting at Washington Hall and an impromptu march to the current jail. The past two years have largely consisted of the distrobution of propaganda and analysis about the new jail and a few sporatic noise demos, the most recent of which occured on New Years Eve and Valentines Day.
The struggle against prison does not start or end on at the prison walls. We do not want people to fall into the logic of the yearly or monthly noise demo, giving themselves a pat on the back for the time well spent walking around an institution that permeates most of our lives every day. Every contractor that has bid on the contract to build the new jail has played an important role in the expansion of prison society. These contractors boast about their long histories of building prisons, court houses, and correctional facilities in the Northwest as well as the rest of the United States and the world. These contractors have proven themselves to be enemies and will remain enemies even if they fail to win the contract to build the CFJC. Resistance to the CFJC is just one front of the struggle against prison society. Each one of these companies will continue to build more prisons in different parts of the world at some point in time. Our hope is that the information contained here will broaden the terrain on which resistance to prison soceity can take place.
From the Inside Out
More and more our lives are modeled after prison. The surface of the city is made up of a weaving network of surviellance cameras that attempt to replicate the structure of control practiced within the prison. The routine of work and school mirrors the disciplinary structures deployed on prisoners. We are monitered and regulated by a labyrinth that consists of wage slavery, time sheets, commodity relations, CCTV Cameras, etc. These are minut aspects of a totalizing power that exist to control and dominate even the most mundane aspects of our lives. The prison society exists all around us and while prison is a particularly harsh condition imposed on many, it would be absurd to assume that the prison is a self contained and aberrant entity, simply an abcess that needs to be cut off of an otherwise healthy body.
The struggle against prison is not a question of how to abolish the institution of prison or create more humane forms of punishment, but how to destroy the physical and social edifice of the prison society that surrounds us. Action for us, as anarchists, is of a very differ- ent character then the liberal project of reform and the reconstruction of the mechanisms that produce capital.
Revolt and antagonism unfold into the social fabric of every day life on a regular basis. We are not the only ones who have a breath toward freedom. There are others that share a passion for the destruction of this world. This can be seen in small, but freqent attacks on prison guards by prisoners as well as large hunger strikes in Califonia and the Midwest, in small riots that eurpt in prisons across the country and in the large rebellions that have emerged in the wake of police killings in places like Durham, NC. In the prisons, prisoners consistantly refuse to accept their roles as prisoners and the miserable condition of prisons. On the street people consistantly find ways to resist the misery of life in the web of cops, cameras and endless buearacracy. We hope that this information will aid some in this task.
Action lies in the realm of continual re-evaluation of our current positions. The question then is how, with the capactiy we have at hand, can we continue against the prison world with animated feelings of joy and freedom?
“There is much more to destroy than to build.”