History of Anarchist Black Cross
Anarchist Black Cross(formerly Anarchist Red Cross) was founded between 1900 and 1905 in Russia and initially focused on supporting Anarchists who were exiled in Siberia. In the last 100 years it has developed into a larger Anarchist organization which seeks to provide support and defense to all political prisoners and prisoners of war. More information on the Federation can be found on their page at: abcf.net .
-Houston ABC is not a part of the official ABC Federation, but we aim to uphold the principles of the organization in our work to support and defend prisoners and liberatory social movements. We are a non-hierarchical, collectively run organization. We do not have membership fees or requirements and seek to invite Anarchists and Non-Anarchists to join us in providing support and solidarity to Political Prisoners/Prisoners Of War and other prisoners of the state. We are not seeking a profit and plan to fund raise towards our efforts at sending literature, correspondence and financial assistance to prisoners. We are only beginning to organize as of August 2013 and have not yet gotten fully up and running! We are going to begin hosting events and sending out literature at the end of October.
– We support all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of war. By our own definition, this includes prisoners prosecuted for political acts associated with social movements, acts of class war, prisoners of the Drug War, people in immigration facilities, people prosecuted under gender and sexuality related laws, people prosecuted for self defense, and people prosecuted unjustly by corrupt officials. We also support politicized prisoners as they are also part of the movement against prisons and towards a better society.
– We seek to provide support through literature, correspondence, financial assistance and other means as well as showing solidarity through direct action, protests, and amplifying the voices of the prisoners we support. We also seek to help provide educational workshops on prison related issues and how to support prisoners. We see prison abolition and prisoner solidarity as a piece of a larger struggle against Capitalist and State repression and seek to join a struggle to dismantle oppressive structures and build a better world for all of us. We do not see prisons as a part of any free society, and we also see that the struggle against violence, oppression and for a better collective future involves addressing the whole system.
– We are currently focused primarily, but not solely, on supporting prisoners in the Gulf Coast area. We do not see state lines or national borders as a determining factor, but we do have limited resources at this time.
– We view prison abolition, an end to the Drug War, anti-fascism, racial justice/anti-racism, anti-imperialism, ecological and animal defense, adequate mental health care, end to age based and gender based violence and oppression, and liberation for people of all gender identities and sexualities as part of a parallel struggle for collective liberation that the prisoners we support are a part of, and thus we seek to lend support to all of these causes as well.
– We do not support prisoners with racist, fascist, patriarchal, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise oppressive ideologies.
We can be reached by email at: email@example.com
and our mailing address is:
PO Box 88202
Houston, TX 77288