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Announcement :: Organizing
Black Dove Support Network's New Website
08 Mar 2009
This website is meant to be an online resource for anti-prison organizing
and prisoner solidarity work. Here one will find a collection of prisoner
news and updates as well as developments on the organizing to abolition
prisons. We hope y'all enjoy.
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We are proud to announce the launch of the BDSN's new website.

Check it out at Blackdovesn.blogspot.com

Black Dove Support Network

Welcome to the age of prisons. An era which creates a George Orwell-an
notion of fear and imprisonment. This is a period in the U.S. history
where the government may boast of capturing and holding 2.3 million
individuals behind bars. These mass incarcerations are not a
representation of a properly functioning penal system. If that were the
case we would not have the 2.3 million people behind bars. Or the
startling facts which prove people in Black, Latino, and Native American
communities now have a greater chance of going to prison than of a getting
a deceit education. Rather these truths point to a justice system which is
fueled by oppression, racism, and slavery. For instance, after the
abolition of slavery in post civil war America, the south instituted
various laws which basically made living for a Black person impossible.
Laws which outlawed improper spending of money, vagrancy, absence from
work, breech of job contract, possession of firearms and so on. The
punishment for being convicted of one of these “crimes” was to be placed
in a hard labor camp. In other words, back into slavery. So, though
slavery was technically abolished, various southern capitalists used these
laws to legitimatize this form slavery through the states force. Which
ultimatley increased their wealth. These were and are the foundations from
which the current justice system, prison system was built. This is a
system that does not allow race, gender, and/or sexual orientation to be
separate from any conviction. Need we mention the 1 out of every 100
adults in this country that are behind bars? Or of those numbers 1 out of
every 9 Black Americans from the age of 20-34 are behind some from of bars
in this country. This is institutionalized racism. This is internalized
slavery. As early as 1883 Frederick Douglass writer, feminist,
abolitionist had written about the government’s ability “to impute crime
to color,” which is merely highlighting issues that are still completely
relevant today. We must be clear, that it is not our intentions to suggest
we are an authority upon the prison industrial complex, nor that we have
answers to this sherade which dances under the false pretenses of justice.
However, it is our intentions to say this prison system is completely
fucked and as long as the prison industrial complex continues build
prisons at the same rate in which they are filling them. We will raise our
voices and bodies in defiance.

This website is meant to be an online resource for anti-prison organizing
and prisoner solidarity work. Here one will find a collection of prisoner
news and updates as well as developments on the organizing to abolition
prisons. We hope y'all enjoy.


The Black Dove Support Network is a collective group of individuals who
help facilitate prisoner emotional and material needs. The group is
consensus based, with its major emphasis being placed upon the abolition
of all prisons and other forms of state enslavement. This is to be
achieved through the continual rejection of the state and its
interconnected hierarchal oppressive facets. In addition, we maintain
solidarity with all those who oppose the state and its dominant behavior.
If you would like contact us, hit us up at blackdove (at) riseup.net

This work is in the public domain
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