A presentation from former political prisoner Daniel McGowan about his experiences in the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), his time in federal prison and the necessity of broadening the scope of radical movements and supporting prisoners as we face a rising of the far right.
Daniel will talk about his activist trajectory and years spent in the Pacific Northwest as well as what the Trump administration means for people that are part of resistance movements. He will argue for a broader scope to our movements and the need for leftists to fight the rising ‘alt-right’ and assorted fascist groups as well as defend & work with marginalized communities. Finally, Daniel will share what he has been up to since 2012 and how we might free and support our movement’s political prisoners.
TILTED SCALES COLLECTIVE PRESENTS
Fighting Charges, Strengthening Movements
A presentation and community discussion based on their new book, A Tilted
Guide to Being a Defendant
More information: http://tiltedscalescollective.org
Please join us for a community discussion about strengthening our struggles
for liberation when facing criminal charges. This presentation and
discussion are based on the ideas in A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant.
The Tilted Scales Collective is excited to bring to you this comprehensive
guide for radicals about facing charges in the criminal legal system.
Rather than being a how-to guide, this book offers a way of thinking about
criminal charges that is based on defendants’ goals: personal, political,
and legal. And these goals are framed with this question in mind:
“How is my case part of revolutionary struggle?”
The full book will be available at a discount and a zine version of Chapter
2, on setting goals, will be available by donation.
The government is all too successful at using criminal charges to disrupt,
destroy, and neutralize radical and revolutionary struggles. A Tilted
Guide draws on the wisdom of dozens of people who have weathered the
challenges of trials and incarceration,including many former and current
political prisoners/prisoners of war. This event is part of a nationwide
tour aiming to help strengthen our movements on all fronts and take away
the power of criminal charges. By thinking strategically and being in
solidarity with each other, we can turn terrible situations in
Tilted Scales Collective is a small collective of dedicated legal support
organizers who have spent years supporting and fighting for political
prisoners, prisoners of war, and politicized prisoners in the occupied
lands of Turtle Island (i.e., the so-called united states).
Want the book now? Order from AK Press:
https://www.akpress.org/a-tilted-guide-to-being-a-defendant.html. All sales
support the publisher Combustion Books (http://combustionbooks.org), AK
Press, and Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC), a prison abolitionist
group that sends a resource list to prisoners nationwide (
Tilted Scales Collective and Combustion Books have also created free ebook
versions to ensure this resource gets out to all comrades who need it:
The Frontlines are Everywhere: From pipelines to courtrooms to prisons, building strong movement defense.
This Spring, NoDAPL water protectors and legal team members will be facilitating trainings across Turtle Island sharing knowledge about resistance to the grand jury convened against water protectors at Standing Rock. We want to build our capacities for strong movement defense against state repression.
As extraction becomes the norm and the government ramps up its repression against those who stand in resistance, this workshop holds valuable information for those who struggle for Indigenous sovereignty, earth liberation and a future without oppression.
This two-hour workshop is open to all who have participated in the movement at Standing Rock; those who have supported the efforts on the ground from their homes and territories elsewhere; as well as all those who wish to continue fighting on the many frontlines that continue emerging across Turtle Island.
The fight isn’t over at Standing Rock, as nearly 800 Water Protectors continue their battles in the courtrooms with some facing federal felony indictments that carry a potential of 15 years in federal prison. The grand jury convened against water protectors continues, as does the resistance to it. Strong movements and interdependent relationships make us resilient against attempts to shut down our struggle.
Join us in discussing ways to defend our movements together!