Transcription Chronicles

Hey comrades,

Just another thank you for your support. We've been consistently transcribing and producing zines of our episode since the start of the year with the money you and others have been contributing. We've been mailing pamphlets in to our friends Sean Swain, Comrade Easley and Comrade Z. Sean had to fight to get the transcripts in as he (like most prisoners who organize) was getting his mail messed with until an outside judge threatened the facility and the mail began to flood in. David has not received his zines, they are being held currently, but hopefully we can pressure Toledo CI to release them and we're waiting to hear back from Z about the success of our attempts.

We've even gotten to transcribe past episodes, like the interview with Matt Meyers on the updated and expanded edition of the Kuwasi Balagoon collection, including A Soldier's Story. Kuwasi was a bisexual, New Afrikan Anarchist in the Black Liberation Army, former member of the Panther 21. He escaped multiple times and was involved in many expropriations and was an all-around bad-ass. He died of AIDS in prison in 1986. Michael Kimble, a Black, gay anarchist in prison for defending himself against a homophobic racist in Alabama, contributed some questions for the interview but is not within listening distance of the podcast, so your money was able to get a print copy into his hands to enjoy the interview he helped to create.

We also got a very kind message from the Eric King support crew, who will be sending the above transcribed interviews to him. Eric is an anarchist, vegan and anti-fascist prisoner who's doing a 10 year sentence for the attempted late-night arson-ing of a Missouri Democratic congressperson's office in solidarity with the Ferguson Uprising in 2014. During his time inside, he's been moved across the country (away from his working class partner and kids in MO) to various BOP facilities, pitted in fights at more than a few of these places against gangs of white supremacists and is facing a 10 year hit to his sentence for defending himself against a Lt. screw in a total setup situation. He's been tortured and targeted, refused mail, books, magazines, visits and phone calls on and off for years for his cartoons of prisons burning or just his anti-racist politics. Eric has used the time he can to learn, share his yoga practice with other prisoners and try to survive and thrive with his values inside. We got to interview Eric during a brief respite (he was being transferred and got access to a phone) in 2019. 

Currently, the Civil Liberties Defense Center is filing a lawsuit on Eric's behalf about the issues named above (torture in 4 point restraint, beatings, transfers, fixed fights against nazis).  Kiteline Radio, a comrade project on CZN, got to interview Lauren Regan about the suit and Eric's case recently.

A final note to make is that German comrades have translated and re-broadcast the Tigray and Myanmar interviews, the Tigray interview was published in Organise! #94 out of the UK!

We're not really good at marketing or sexy self-promotion, so we appreciate the support from y'all and just wanted you to see a little of where the money is going.

Solidarity,

Bursts of TFSR

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