Tear Down the Walls - 25 March Newcastle

Tear Down The Walls” is the rallying cry of abolitionists around the world.
For those people  who understand the harm caused by prisons, the concept of dismantling  the prison-industrial-complex seems like the most logical conclusion.  But there are still those who cannot imagine a world without prisons.
This March, members of the Empty Cages Collective will be  traveling the country to host workshops on the prison-industrial-complex and prison abolition. 
What is the prison-industrial-complex? What are the alternatives to prison?
Come along to find out more…
 
12.30pm, Tuesday 25 March, Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle, NE1 2NP
 
Refreshments and lunch available.
Not only does the UK have the  highest prison population per capita in Europe, but it also has the  most privatised prison system with 11.6% (over 10,000) of prisoners held in private prisons. Plans are already under way to build the country’s  first “super prison” in Wrexham that would hold 2,000 people alone.
 
There are currently  85,690 people held in prison, not including people detained under the  Mental Health Act, in Secure Children’s homes or in Immigration  detention. The prison population of Britain has doubled over the last  twenty years.

The aim of the Tear Down The Walls Tour is to highlight the importance of prison abolition as  part of the wider struggle against oppression and spread literacy around the prison society. They will also be promoting their project, Prison  Abolition 2014, which is a year of action & organising against the  prison-industrial-complex.

See http://www.prisonabolition.org for more info.

Get involved in these events this coming week!

Sunday 16 March, 4pm - 5.30pm. Frack Free Tyne And Wear Action Meeting,  Star and Shadow Cinema. In addition to regular meetings, Frack Free Tyne & Wear can be found at: http://frackfreetyneandwear.wordpress.com/  https://www.facebook.com/groups/388423141258799/

Sunday 16 March - 11am - 6pm. Leeds Zine Fair. Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ. http://leedszinefair.footprinters.co.uk/

Tuesday 18 March, 6.30pm. Beyond Borders - General Meeting. Come along to get involved in action & solidarity on Tyneside.

Wednesday 19 March, 1pm. Striking Back - fast food workers in the USA. North East Free Education Network discussion and film showing on the American fast food workers fighting for the minimum wage. Newcastle University https://www.facebook.com/events/520787344696424/

Friday 21 March, 8pm. Unity’s 8th Birthday Party! Glasgow. Come and celebrate 8 years of Unity providing practical support & solidarity with migrants. https://www.facebook.com/events/520787344696424/

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March - Bookfair! Hundreds of second-hand books! Ranging from fiction, children’s, sociology, film, history, music, autobiography, cookery…and more! All weekend come and browse the great selection of fantastic titles. We also have records and DVDs. Donations of books welcome. Prices from just 30p! Delicious cakes and snacks available. All profits to Star and Shadow Cinema. Star and Shadow Cinema http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/event/1361

Saturday 22 March, 11am - 12.30pm. Helen Fenwick, Professor, Durham University Law School – Talk - Counter-terrorism law & policy post 9/11 and the future of the Human Rights Act. Prof Fenwick will explore whether human rights have been compromised in combating the threat of international terrorism post 9/11 and consider the link between use of counter-terrorist measures and the future of the Human Rights Act. -  St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s RC Church, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB. Contact northumbrians_for_peace@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday 22 March 10am - 6pm - SolFed Workplace Organiser Training, Edinburgh.
The Solidarity Federation workplace organiser training programme is designed to give workers the tools and confidence to organise in their workplaces, whether or not there’s an existing union. Even if you’ve had training from another union, you may find the direct action based approach we adopt offers a fresh perspective. Open to all workers, apart from managers, you do not have to be a SolFed member or an anarcho-syndicalist to come along.
If you would like to attend, please email training[AT]solfed.org.uk

http://www.solfed.org.uk/solfed/solidarity-federation-workplace-organiser-training-in-edinburgh

Great Events This Coming Week!

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Monday 10 March, 19:00 to 22:00 - Miners Shot Down: Special Preview of a film about the Marikana Massacare – hosted by North East Labour History Society & North East Humanists, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/miners-shot-down-special-preview-of-a-
film-about-the-marikana-massacare-tickets-10581606871. Miners Shot Down charts the seven days leading up to the killing of 34 striking miners by the South African Police. The film uncovers disturbing new footage showing a line of police firing live ammunition on a crowd of miners - challenging the police narrative that they acted in self-defence.
This film asks questions not only of the new South Africa, but also of collusion between states and international corporations, of the need for justice, and the importance of truth. The screening will be introduced by lawyer Jim Nichol, born and raised in a North Walbottle mining family, who has been working pro bono to represent the families of the
killings at the Marikana enquiry. Following the screening there will be a question and answer session with Jim. Suggested voluntary donation of £5.00 on the night to be paid to the Marikana family support fund. contact@nelh.org The Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, NE1 1SE
Tuesday 11 March, 7pm - Conversation Group Beyond Borders Benefit Night - food, music and conversation! More info to follow. Star and Shadow Cinema. http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/gig/628
Thursday 13 March, 7pm -Teesside Solidarity Movement, General Assembly https://www.facebook.com/events/221589051365977
Saturday 15 March, 11am - 4pm. - Crossings Art and Craft Fair - Crossings is holding an Arts and Craft Fair to raise funds for its cross-cultural music activities with refugees and asylum seekers. A big day with storytelling, music from around the world, and food baked by lovely Crossings members. St George’s Church Hall, Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle. http://www.crossings.org.uk/
Saturday 15 March - Sheffield Zine Fair. http://sheffieldzinefest.wordpress.com/
Sunday 16 March - Frack Free Tyne And Wear Action Meeting, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Star and Shadow Cinema. In addition to regular meetings, Frack Free Tyne & Wear can be found at:
http://frackfreetyneandwear.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/388423141258799/
Sunday 16 March - 11am - 6pm. Leeds Zine Fair. Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ. http://leedszinefair.footprinters.co.uk/

March News from Canny Little Library!

Hello from the Canny Little Library! Loads happening again this month - enjoy!

1. Books of the Month!
Cooking from the Heart - The Comfrey Project Cookbook
Forty-five asylum-seekers & refugees, grew and then cooked the ingredients of these sixteen delicious dishes from around the globe. With full colour images and easy to follow recipes this cookbook is an essential addition to your world food library. How to get it: http://thecomfreyproject.org.uk/how-to-order-our-cookbook/

The Chainbreaker Bike Book: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance - In the library now!
This is a great book if you’re a bit afraid of bike maintenance. Illustrated by hand, it makes repairing your bike accessible to everyone with a complete guide to bike mechanics. It also has the collection of Chainbreaker zines in the back.

2. Stuff Happening

Regular things:
Sundays - Canny Little Library is open, 3-7pm.
Last Sunday of the month – Canny Little Café, with tasty vegan snacks at the Canny Little Library.

Newcastle Food Co-op was set up by a group of students to provide ethical food and an alternative social hub. It isn’t exclusive to students, so everyone is welcome. The co-op is based in Newcastle Students’ Union (for now!). It’s a non-hierarchical, not-for-profit store run by volunteers. This makes it cheap too! All of the members have an equal say in what we do, so everyone can put forward their ideas. Currently open 12-3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. http://nclfoodcoop.tumblr.com/

March Critical Mass Newcastle - see here for time and date -https://www.facebook.com/groups/criticalmasstoon/

1 & 2 March - Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Great Coal Strike of 1984/5 - Tyneside Irish Centre, Gallowgate, Newcastle - talks, discussions, films, exhibitions. For jobs, community and dignity. Full timetable at https://www.facebook.com/events/256402397868925/permalink

Discussion - Sunday 2 March, 6.00pm

at the Canny Little Library, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, NE1 2ND - Self-organization is possible.

Experiences from the South (Italy, Spain and Mexico)

Monthly Prisoner Letter Writing

Sunday 24 February at 4pm

Please join us as we write letters to Radical, Anarchist, Class War & political prisoners. Writing letters and cards is a simple, fun and cooperative way to show solidarity with people who find themselves on the wrong side of state & government oppression. It also helps to alleviate the feelings of isolation the prison system imposes.
Come along and find yourself a new penpal! We have everything you need to get started, from information about prisoners to writing materials.
This is the second of the new monthly prisoner letter writing sessions for 2014: the last Sunday of each month, along with Canny Little Cafe!