June 11th 2017 – International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

June 11 is the international day or solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners! We will be screening If A Tree Falls (2011), writing letters and cards of support to anarchist prisoners and selling vegan tamales at a sliding scale to raise money for Marius! For more information on this see https://june11.noblogs.org/.

Children are very welcome and Solidarity Houston has a children’s corner with books, crafts, and games.

Solidarity Houston is wheelchair accessible space through the front entrance, and has one gender neutral wheelchair accessible bathroom (does not have an accessibility bar). The space is not currently scent free. Service animals always welcome, non-human animal companions are welcome as well. If you have any other accessibility needs or questions, please email us at houston_abc@riseup.net!

Parking is in the back of the space, along the train tracks. We recommend you don’t park in the Mi Charro lot, as they are known to tow people, but if you need an accessible space to park make sure you don’t park in a marked spot. Bikes can come into the space. The new green line of the metro rail has a stop right in front of the space, for those using public transportation.

RSVP on Facebook! Come through and bring friends!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In Remembrance of Sekou Kambui

Sekou Kambui

Last night, we lost a Black revolutionary elder, a former political prisoner, a civil rights leader and a good and kind person.

Sekou Kambui was a New Afrikan political prisoner had 47 years of his life stolen from him by the carceral state. Born in Gadsden, Alabama in 1948, Sekou was involved in groups such as the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He got involved in the Black Panther Party while living in Chicago and New York in the late 1960s, and later joined the Republic of New Afrika and Alabama Black Liberation Front, among others. He was also a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He was captured in Birmingham in 1975 and falsely charged with the murders of two white men in retaliation for his revolutionary political organizing. He was sentenced to two life terms, but received parole in June 2014. During his time in prison he was an accomplished jailhouse lawyer, advocating for the rights of other inmates. He suffered tremendous retaliation and abuse for his organizing and advocacy on the inside. After his release he worked with the Free Alabama Movement and continued to travel, speak, and organize against prison slavery and mass incarceration.

We were lucky enough to be part of his support team through the parole process. He was a good man, and we will miss him deeply. We honor his passing by remembering his life, his sense of humor, and the ways he changed the world for the better. Rest in power, Sekou.

 

Sekou Kambui on Life After 47 Years as a Political Prisoner: https://vimeo.com/175268039

Interview with Sekou Kambui: https://houstonabc.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/interview-with-formerly-incarcerated-political-prisoner-sekou-kambui/

Remembrance of his life from the Aboriginal Writer / Radyo Inteligenta Indigena:

https://aboriginalwriter.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/rip-bro-sekou-kambui-republic-of-new-afrika-bppbla-veteran-and-former-political-prisoner/

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Updates

This is late getting to the blog, but if you don’t follow us on Facebook or aren’t on our support member list, you may not have seen this!

ABC is at a critical moment! Recent changes have left us with only one member based in Houston, and we’ve been struggling for a while to keep the group fully functioning due to various issues in collective members’ lives. Regardless, we’re working hard to keep our important prisoner support work going. We’ve received lots of help in the past year from our amazing support members, and we hope that there are folks out there interested in maintaining ABC.

Our plans include:

– Regular letter writing/open collective meeting times so it’s easier for folks to get involved on Tuesdays 6-8 pm at Solidarity Houston!
– Finally releasing our newsletter of writings and art from incarcerated folks
– Expanding our zine catalog and focusing on sending literature out (we’ll be sending out a call to zinesters for contributions soon!)
– Collaborating with Austin ABC to expand our Queer Prisoner Pen Pal Project
– Collaborating with the amazing folks at Houston IWOC

If any of this interests you, or you have your own ideas, hit us up! We hope that by reaching out, we’ll be able to keep ABC going.

See you at our next meeting!

Lena

 

Email with any questions!: houston_abc@riseup.net

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Death Row Exoneree Ronald Keine to speak at Solidarity Houston

The US houses the biggest prison population in the world and is one of only a few “industrialized” countries that continue to implement the death penalty. Houston ABC invites you to join in the larger conversation regarding death penalty abolition in the US as we present the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement (DPAM) and death row exoneree Ronald Keine. DPAM will present problems with the death penalty from both ethical and economic perspectives, while Ronald Keine will discuss his experiences as an innocent man on Death Row. Ronald Keine will also discuss the effects of his imprisonment on his family, friends, and community.

More information on DPAM can be found here: http://www.abolitionmovement.org/

More information on Ronald Keine can be found here:
http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/exonerees/ron-keine.html

WHEN: April 10th, 2016, 6-8PM

WHERE: Solidarity Houston, 6733 Harrisburg Blvd. Houston, TX

The event is free and open to the public.

keine_flyer_abc

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cindy Milstein’s Taking Sides Tour

When/Where: Tuesday March 29, 6:30-9:30 PM at Solidarity Houston, 6733 Harrisburg, Houston TX 77011

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/979929825418012/

Event Description: Join Cindy Milstein for a discussion of the topics of the new anthology “Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism”. We will have a community discussion following Cindy’s talk to examine the issues raised in “Taking Sides” and how they play out in Houston.

ABOUT “TAKING SIDES”
The lines of oppression are already drawn. The only question is: which side are you on in the struggle against the violence that is white supremacy and policing? “Taking Sides” supplies an ethical compass and militant map of the terrain, arguing not for reform of structurally brutal institutions but rather for their abolition. Its thirteen essays are sharp interventions that take particular aim at the role of nonprofits, “ally” politics, and “peace police” in demobilizing rebellions against hierarchical power. The book offers tools to hone strategies and tactics of resistance, and holds out the promise of robust, tangible solidarity across racial and other lines, because in the battle for systemic transformation, there are no outside agitators.

Cindy is the editor of this collection of essays, notable partly for the dialogue it contains: many of these essays actively disagree with each other, sharpen each other’s thinking, and together, are a powerful book.
For more on the book, including its contents, see:
https://www.akpress.org/takingsides.html

this is a FREE event. Cindy will be selling copies of Taking Sides at the event for $12.

Solidarity Houston has a copy of Taking Sides in the library, for folks that would like to read it before this event.

ACCESSIBILITY / PARKING / NO COPS NO JERKS
Solidarity Houston is a wheelchair accessible space with one gender neutral bathroom. We are not currently scent free. If you have accessibility needs, please message the organizers at least a couple days before the event and we will do our best to accommodate.

Parking is in the alley behind the building, on both sides of the train tracks. Do not park in the Los Charros parking lot, YOU MIGHT BE TOWED.

Solidarity Houston is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, anti-racist and feminist space.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

Houston ABC, Rice Left and Rice Queer Resource Center present a screening of Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria  on March 9, 2016.
Screaming Queens chronicles the events leading up to and following the riots against police harassment at Compton’s Cafeteria in 1966. This is one of the first trans riots in the US and predates the famous Stonewall riots by approximately 3 years.

The event is free and open to the public.

Where: Rice Cinema 2030 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 (http://ricecinema.rice.edu/Events.aspx)
When: Food and reception at 6:30PM , Film begins at 7PM
screamingqueensflyerFINALV2-1

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ghosts of Attica Screening with IWW

Sunday February 28, 1 PM, @ Solidarity Houston 6733 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011

The Houston chapters of Anarchist Black Cross and Industrial Workers of the World Houston present Ghosts of Attica, a film that documents the Attica prison rebellion, and a short discussion following the screening. This will be a potluck, so please bring food if you can!

Those driving to the event can park behind SH along the train tracks, and bikes can come into the space!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment