hey, everyone, we're a collective of anarchists and prison abolitionists distributing rad lit to prisoners all across wisconsin (no prisoners anywhere would be are turned away, we just mostly get requests within this state cause our catalog is shared between incarcerated folks and what we do is all spread by all word of mouth at this point)
we also table shows and publish some zines of our own, all of which you can find on our website.
Tabling outside the post office—it’s getting pricey, but we don’t quit. Random folks going in to mail packages are mostly more than willing to send off some literature to prisoners!
They tried to tell us we’re not allowed to table out here, but fuck them, we don’t listen to the man!
(also, city ordinance is on our side 🤪)
Lots happened on both the state and local level in the last few weeks. Too much for us to really keep up with.
-joint finance shot down prison reform, but also expanded the DOC budget and buildings less than Evers had proposed.
-the snitch house bill and other fake police reforms went to gov Evers desk and he said he would sign them.
-the county board’s finance committee agreed with sending $300,000 of mental health money to the sheriff’s office, but rejected their overspending report.
THAT'S NOT THE POINT. Mass incarceration will always justify itself through the innocent/guilty system. Prisons NEED to be filled, people will be found, and they will be found guilty. Only through a conscious down-scaling of prisons can mass incarceration be combated.
Episode 6 is out now!
Tai hosts a discussion of “A World Without Police” by the collective of the same name and “Imagine Yourself Free” by Liberate MKE with Devin Anderson of the African American Roundtable and Maddy of the Lit Supply.
You can find it in most of the standard podcast locations, as well as on our patreon, here: patreon.com/mkelitsupply
As someone who wasn’t present for the recording or editing, i was super excited to hear this one and it didn’t disappoint—highly recommend checking it out!
New Post, from GBCI:
“He walked off and came back 30 minutes later with a seg nurse who don’t care about inmates and she say “you want to sign your refusal” “and he say “I didn’t refuse I need a wheelchair.” The officers say “you can walk. Do not getting a wheelchair.” He tried to explain what’s going on with his health but she say “I’m not here to talk about health issues.” Then they walked off. At breakfast time they found the guy in his cell dead”
read more here:
Tomorrow—Rose Park (Burleigh & MLK, Milwaukee)—5p:
We’re hosting a letter writing event & a reading of Sean Swain’s “Days of Tear Gas, Blood & Vomit” as well as setting up a table of our zines and stickers. all funds made will be given to Sean Swain to help fund his upcoming legal fees for his parole hearing.
We’ll have everything you need: paper, pens, stamps and envelopes.
"January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora."
Join us Monday May 24th, 6:30pm at Clark Park! We’ll be writing letters to Ruchell Cinque Magee - the longest held #PoliticalPrisoner in the U.S., having been locked up since 1963.
We'll also be signing cards for Palestinian freedom political prisoners:
Georges Ibrahim Abdallah
Dr. Issam Hijjawi Bassalat
We've updated the format of our catalog so that it is "imposed" (since I'm not the person who does that, i don't really know what that means, but apparently now you should be able to just open it and hit print [print on both sides])
Feel free to distro it to anyone you know who's incarcerated behind enemy lines. Also, If you've got some ideas for things we could add to the catalog we're always looking for new stuff—particularly anything written by prisoners or about prison abolition/prisoner resistance!
We are going to be overhauling the catalog at some point to scale back the anarchist stuff, this way we can include a section of @abolishmke articles as well as a section for @thefinalstrawradio podcast transcriptions!
Anyways, here's the catalog:
We’re partnering with ABOLISHmke (abolish-mke.com) and will be producing zines of their articles, which we can distro on our table and also send into prisoners who want to keep up with local prison actions and analyses.
A couple people who volunteer with us started this side project a few months ago, and we’ve decided to support them on this endeavor, grow their readership, and (hopefully) help spread abolitionist thought in our communities and behind the prison walls.
We will post printable pdfs of zines produced from their articles, as well as links to articles that we are not intending to reproduce in that way.
In the meantime, check em out! @abolishmke
"Co-creating literature with imprisoned revolutionaries is also an invaluable way to sharpen one’s own group analysis, as the nonimprisoned revolutionary can never fully comprehend the changing politics of power in plantation society without listening in to the pulse of the movement for Prisoner Liberation."
Milwaukee Event, spread the word:
March for KTL Lives
Speakers, Singers, Flyers, T-shirts, Snacks, Water, Music & More (we will also pass out signs to hold up during the march – no need to bring your own unless you want to!)
WASHINGTON PARK, MILWAUKEE, WI
March – cars, bikes, skateboards, other ways of transport also encouraged!
(Specific route is TBA – we will get everyone back to Washington Park by 3:00pm)
more info here:
rad lit for rad people
distributing rad lit to prisoners & tabling shows and other events in and around milwaukee
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