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Hamilton, Ontario: Cops can’t flatten the curve

Hamilton. ON. Like millions of other people in Ontario, I woke up this morning in a world where the police had been given the authority to stop you at any time, question you, demand information without any reason, and make orders which have to be followed. In practice, a lot of this stuff already happens, but formalizing what is usually an abuse of power is a huge blow.

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Hamilton, Ontario: Negotiations underway inside the Barton Jail

Hamilton. Ontario. It’s been a big week. The short version is the admin at Barton promised movement on a crucial demand by striking prisoners, the ability to order books from outside. However, they have not yet followed through. Negotiations are ongoing, but public attention is needed to remind the admin that stalling or dishonesty is an unacceptable way of dealing with the legitimate demands of Barton Jail prisoners.

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Hamilton, Ontario: There is Always Resistance — Prison Demo Reportback and Solidarity with Koufontinas

Hamilton. Ontario. March 6 2020 — As the covid outbreak in the Barton Jail continues to worsen, about forty people gathered outside to show their support to those locked up. There are over 65 confirmed cases at the time of writing, with numbers only rising in spite of the inhuman lockdown prisoners have been facing for weeks.

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Hamilton, Ontario: Pride Defender Update! Some charges withdrawn, others going to trial

Hamilton. ON. From the Pride Defender Solidarity Committee. Solidarity statement from CUPE 3906 below. The charges against the two defendants that were expected to be withdrawn have been.

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Hamilton, Ontario: Report back on Land Defender Solidarity Demo

An anonymous submission to Northshore Info. The land defender in question was released this morning.

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Always Against Prison — From Hamilton to Minneapolis

Hamilton. ON. This evening, we dropped a banner over highway 403 going towards Toronto in solidarity with the five people in Minneapolis facing serious felony charges in connection to a New Year’s eve noise demo in that city. Although we’re glad all five are out on bail, the arrests and charges mark a significant escalation of repression against an international anarchist tradition.

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Ontario: Hamilton New Years Noise Demo

Hamilton. ON. For the 12th* year in row, folks in Hamilton rung in the new year with a noise demo outside the Barton jail. COVID has changed a lot of our organizing context this year, and made a lot of traditions harder to keep, but was too important to miss.

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Hamilton, Ontario: Banner Drop in Solidarity with Freedom Camp

Hamilton. ON. December 14. 2020. One week ago today, the 14 day occupation of Hamilton City Hall known as Freedom Camp came down voluntarily. For two weeks, Black and Brown youth organized the tent city and gathering place to demand a 50% reduction in the Hamilton Police budget and to have that money reallocated towards free housing for houseless folks who have been left out in the cold during a pandemic. Meals and shelter were provided to any houseless folks who came to find some help, until of course the city came in and ripped down all of their tents as is their disgusting mission these days. But those youth stayed strong and held out, helping folks come down from drugs in a gentle way, keeping people warm, and pressing the limits of what Sad Fred (the mayor) could handle. At one point, they even brought a coffin to his front yard.

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#Hamilton, #Ontario: November Update from the #Barton Jail

Hamilton. ON. As the pandemic surges and lock-down measures loom large, we wanted to offer an update about the situation in Barton jail. Our phone line has slowed down in recent months, but we’re still in regular contact with a few prisoners on different floors of the jail.

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