Black Bird Liberation Cinema| Letter Writing Night for Kelly Pflug Back

Black Bird Liberation Cinema| Letter Writing Night for Kelly Pflug Back & All G20 Toronto Political Prisoners

Sunday, August 12th (VENUE TBA)

6PM – Free (Vegan/Vegetarian) Meal

6:30PM – Letter Writing (Begins) for Kelly Pflug Back and All G20 Toronto Political Prisoners

7:30PM – Radical Film Night!

Mapuche & Anti-Authoritarian Documentary Shorts:

“MAPUCHES” + “A UN AÑO DE LA MASACRE EN LA CÁRCEL DE SAN MIGUEL” [“The First Anniversary of the San Miguel Prison Massacre”]

FEATURE FILM:

“LA NOCHE DE LOS LAPICES” [“The Night of the Pencils”]

**All Films in Spanish with English Subtitles**

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Prison is the only place where power can manifest itself completely, in its greatest and excessive dimensions, justifying itself as a moral power.”

The WCCC invites everyone to come for a night of radical film and letter writing for this year’s Prisoner’s Justice Week to support our sister, Kelly Plug-Back, who was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison (with four months credit due to time served for a total of 11 months) for events that happened during the Toronto G20 Summit in 2010. The criminalization of dissent has been at the forefront of all Toronto G20 charges with Kelly (and most women-identified Toronto G20 Political Prisoners) as being one of the primary examples of extent of State repression on our communities in resistance.

This Prisoner’s Justice Week, we will be remembering our friends, comrades, and political prisoners by not only extending our affection through the written word, but also by looking at the past through film and educate ourselves on those who gave and continue to give their lives for the struggle. [Please see synopsis of films below]

Free Kelly Pflug-Back, Mandy Hiscocks, Alex Hundert and All Toronto G20 Political Prisoners!!

Freedom for our Mapuche, Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarian Political Prisoners in so-called $hile!!

MARRICHIWEU!!!

The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]

https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com

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Film Summaries:

MAPUCHES [Wallmapu, 2008]

The history of a people in permanent struggle for indigenous sovereignty, autonomy and liberation, first from the Inca Empire, then the Spanish colonizers and finally the Chilean State. The resistance of our People in prison through the use of hunger strikes and remembering our Mapuche Warriors Alex Lemun and Matias Catrileo murdered by Chilean Police.

“A UN AÑO DE LA MASACRE EN LA CÁRCEL DE SAN MIGUEL” [“The First Anniversary of the San Miguel Prison Massacre”] [Chile, 2011]

The portrayal of the San Miguel Prison massacre in December 2010 where more than 81 people lost their lives in a fire, demonstrating the miserable conditions of isolation and indignity lived by those considered undesirable to the State, and who are thereby separated, put in cages and constantly surveyed.

The use of the Panopticon as an initial design for prisons which has expanded throughout the entire city. Today, thousands of cameras register our steps every day, establishing a society of control that seeks to place new relations of discipline, where every measure of security and “social rehabilitation” becomes a profitable business for private companies, since prisoners today are the new merchandise.

**FEATURE FILM: THE NIGHT OF THE PENCILS [Argentina, 1986]**

In September 1976, during the first months of the military dictatorship in Argentina, 7 adolescents of city of La Plata were kidnapped, imprisoned, tortured and murdered due to their involvement in the student movement protests against the hike of student transit fares. The film is told through the story and presence of the only remaining survivor: Pablo Diaz. This would be the beginning of thousands of systematic disappearances, imprisonments, and murders by the State during the military dictatorship in that country for political dissent.

A MUST SEE Film: an unforgettable, moving story describing the horrors of clandestine prison, the power of the youth/student movement and the spirit of solidarity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y41L4oZfWrg

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Pack the Courts! Sentencing Date for Toronto G20 Arresttee Kelly Pflug-Back

Thursday, July 19th @ 2:15 PM

ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT

361 University Avenue

Room TBA

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This is it folks! The judge moved the date to Thursday July 19th @ 2:15PM at the Ontario Supreme Court to deliver the final speech on the sentencing of our sister Kelly Plug-Back.

The Crown [prosecuter] has asked for 18 -24 months of prison for events that happened during the Toronto G20 Summit in 2010. We stand by Kelly and will continue to support her and her loved ones in the face of this ongoing criminalization of dissent by the patriarchical/colonial system. Let’s come out in the same/greater numbers to show the Courts that she is not alone!

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The WCCC calls to pack the courtroom at Ontario Superior Court Thursday (2:15 PM) for the final verdict of our sister’s trial, Kelly Rose Pflug-Back. Kelly is being convicted of six counts of misc…hief over $ 5000, as well as one count of being masked with the intent of committing a crime regarding the actions that took place during Toronto G20 Summit in 2010. Kelly has been a fierce inspiration as an anti-poverty activist in creating harm reduction programs for street involved youth and has also been involved in solidarity with indigenous struggles across Turtle Island for the defence of their territories.  She has been targeted by the police and the media as being one of the sole authors of so-called mayhem on Toronto streets during the Toronto G20 protests, and has had to endure one of the most restrictive bail conditions since her release from pre-trial custody, including several months on house arrest/recent curfew, no public demonstration conditions, and non-association with many dozens of people including her closest friends and comrades.

This Thursday, let us make it clear to the courts that Kelly is not alone in the face of this ongoing criminalization of dissent that has heavily impacted our communities in resistance. We will be there at the court to support her, her family and friends during this difficult period. She will continue to be an inspiration to her friends, comrades and community at large, and that this conviction will only serve to further our solidarity, love and rage against this broken/bankrupt system. If one falls, ten shall rise up.

MARRICHIWEU!

WCCC [Toronto] https://wccctoronto.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/132943610174631/

For More info on the Case: http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/story/behind-black-mask-and-shattered-glass-pre-sentencing-interview-g20-arrestee-kelly-pflug-back-c

http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/777

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