The formation of this coalition was compelled by the need to draw connections between national and international struggles, and between political prisoners and social prisoners, who are mostly working-class victims of poverty, racism, marginalization and neglect. The mass uprisings against anti-Black police violence, along with the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of imminent death faced by prisoners hastened this effort. Made up of organizations and individuals spanning five continents, our position regarding prison abolition is informed by the need for an alternative to capitalism because capitalism is carceral and authoritarian.
Atefeh Rangriz is a writer and activist in Iran who was arrested in 2019 during a May 1st International Workers Day public gathering in Tehran, and was sent to the notorious Gharchak women’s prison. Rangriz launched a hunger strike on October 18 to protest her prolonged detention and abuse in prison as well as the … Continue reading Iran: Prisoner on Hunger Strike Sends Solidarity Message to Gaza, Palestine
GPAC has been part of this solidarity campaign, and will be coordinating followup work on building alliances against enforced disappearances in Pakistan in the future. Please get in touch for more information on [email protected]. To sign this letter of solidarity click here. ON THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR DEEN MOHAMMAD’S DISAPPEARANCE We sign this letter in … Continue reading Letter of Solidarity Against Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan
It’s been almost two months since the massive fire in Burundi’s Gitega central prison on 7 December 2021, which killed at least 38 prisoners and injured 69 others. To this date, no proper investigation has taken place by the Burundian government of what caused the fire, and the actions of the prison administration.The numbers and … Continue reading After the Fire in Burundi’s Gitega Prison
By Global Prison Abolitionist Coalition For the last three years, since the start of the pandemic in 2019, the globally incarcerated population held in carceral spaces of state violence has been one of the most affected demographics. From prisons to concentration camps to refugee detention centers, not only have incarcerated and detained people been made … Continue reading From Rikers Island to Palestine & beyond: Solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike!
by GPAC member Ozlem Goner “Among the thousands of Kurdish political prisoners in Turkish colonial prisons, Aysel Tuğluk, who has been in captivity for nearly five years, has been sick and her medical condition requires immediate release from prison, which the Turkish state continues to deny. Her friends report that Tuğluk’s medical condition got worse after the racist attacks during her mother’s … Continue reading Aysel Tuğluk Must Be Released Immediately: A Life of and Against the Turkish Colonial Prison System
We continue highlighting instances of prison resistance from around the world on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion. Canada – On January 4, 2021, around 90 prisoners inside the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre and Pine Grove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert began a hunger strike, demanding the resignation of Saskatchewan’s … Continue reading Prison Resistance Highlights: North America
As we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Attica Prison Rebellion, we will be sharing examples of prison resistance from around the world since the beginning of the pandemic. The goal is to highlight the ubiquitous struggles against carceral tools of oppression. We’re starting with Middle East / West Asia following the escape of 6 … Continue reading Prison Resistance Highlights From Around the World: Middle East / West Asia
Interview with Afghan Women’s Mission, published on RAWA’s website. RAWA: “In the past 20 years, one of our demands was an end to the US/NATO occupation and even better if they take their Islamic fundamentalists and technocrats with them and let our people decide their own fate. This occupation only resulted in bloodshed, destruction and … Continue reading RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) Responds to the Taliban Takeover
The Global Prison Abolitionist Coalition invites you to a panel titled Global Prison Rebellions and Racial Capitalism on September 12, 1PM EDT. The link to a livestream will be published before the event here. Speakers: Milena Ansari, Juliana Góes, Anthony J. Ratcliff This panel marks the 50th anniversary of the Attica rebellion. The racism, abuse, … Continue reading GPAC Panel: Global Prison Rebellions & Racial Capitalism, Sept 12, 1PM EDT
by Nicole Froio for Shadowproof “From the construction of the new prisons in Egypt, to the isolation of the long imprisoned leader of the Kurdish Workers Party, Abdullan Ōcalan, the situation of political prisoners in India, the imprisoned and disappeared women in Syria, the missing people in Balochistan, and state violence in Venezuela, and many … Continue reading Interview with GPAC: “In Building Global Solidarity, Abolitionists Look for Links between Struggles”