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June 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come celebrate Juneteenth by joining us in a prisoner letter writing night and watching a screening of Concerning Violence: 9 Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense!
Celebrate Resistance! Fire to the Prisons!
Juneteenth is a day that marks the emancipation of slaves in Texas in 1865, the last slaves held in the United States. As a day of celebration for the end of slavery it was shortly lived as slavery merely switched forms to mass incarceration. Today the United States has over 2,200,000 people in prison, the largest prison population in history. Along with a hyped up immigration machine snatching mass numbers of people from their families and communities, and police regularly murdering around 1,000 people a year, we are living in a time of war.
But we are also living in a time of resistance. We are seeing work stoppages and riots break out in prisons all across the United States. People are throwing down against police violence and building power to do away with the police. All over the world anti-colonial movements are forcefully reasserting themselves. It is in this climate that Juneteenth marks itself as a celebration of the struggle for freedom, and a struggle against prison slavery.