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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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#Hamilton, #Ontario: John A MacDonald Statue Painted Red

Hamilton. ON. Early in the morning on November 9th, a few of us tread into the night to pay visit to Sir John A Macdonald in Gore park downtown Hamilton. With a loaded fire extinguisher, we painted him red, symbolizing his blood-soaked legacy. We did this in solidarity with the land defenders out 1492 Landback Lane, our neighbors from Six Nations, who are facing intense police violence in their attempt to save their land from another cheap and hollow suburban development.

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1492 #Landback Lane Solidarity Demo in #Hamilton, #Ontario! – Reportback

So-called Canada. Last Sunday (on August 23rd), I showed up at a public demo in support of the 1492 Landback Lane reclamation site on Six Nations of the Grand River territory. I saw the event page on Facebook and was really glad for an opportunity to support the land defenders out there. It is absolutely disgusting that the OPP decided to raid the camp and kick Haudenosaunee people off of their own land, and to use such force to boot.

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#Hamilton #ON: If the OPP Come Knocking: Info about Police Harassment

Hamilton. Ontario. This morning, August 13, 2020, an individual in Hamilton was approached by plain clothes OPP officers in a park while they were out walking their dog. The officers knew not only the person’s name, but also that of their dog and family members, and they seemed to know the person’s routine well enough to be waiting for them. They made vague threats to the person about them being “a good person” and wanting them “to be safe” in case “anything bad happens” and asked to talk with them further. They were likely being approached in order to inform on others.

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#Hamilton, #ON: Collective Action For The Win! Hunger Strike in #Barton Quickly Forces Concessions from the Admin

Hamilton. ON. Today (july 29, 2020) at noon, we learned that four ranges on the Barton Jail’s fourth floor had resumed a hunger strike, with at least 60 prisoners confirmed to be participating.

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#Hamilton, #Ontario: Statement from a Striking Prisoner and Solidarity Demo Reportback

Hamilton. ON. Two Recent Updates From the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project.

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#Hamilton, #ON: Hunger Strike in the #Barton Jail

Hamilton. ON. At about 4:30pm on June 19th, 2020, all prisoners of the 4B range, in the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Center (aka Barton Jail), sent back their trays and announced a hunger strike. Since COVID-19 measures hit jails some months back, the quality of food has greatly declined.

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