Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Please join us for a community discussion about strengthening our struggles for liberation when facing criminal charges. This presentation and discussion are based on the ideas in the recently published book, A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant. The Tilted Scales Collective is excited to bring you this comprehensive guide about facing charges in the criminal legal system. Rather than being a how-to guide, this book offers a framework for thinking about criminal charges that is based on defendants’ goals: personal, political, and legal. This framework exists within the context of two guiding principles:
– criminal charges are part of revolutionary struggle
– we can handle our charges in ways that don’t help the State lock people in cages.
The full book will be available at a discount and a chapter-length excerpt (Chapter 2, on setting goals) will be available by donation.
The government is all too successful at using criminal charges to disrupt, destroy, and neutralize radical and revolutionary struggles for liberation. The defendant’s guide draws on the wisdom of dozens of people who have weathered the challenges of trials and incarceration, including many former and current political prisoners/prisoners of war. This event is part of a nationwide tour aiming to help strengthen our movements on all fronts and take away the power of criminal charges. By thinking strategically and being in solidarity with each other, we can turn terrible situations in movement-building ones!
Tilted Scales Collective is a small collective of dedicated legal support organizers who have spent years supporting and fighting for prisoners in the occupied lands of Turtle Island (i.e., the so-called united states).
Want the book now? Order from AK Press: https://www.akpress.org/a-tilted-guide-to-being-a-defendant.html. Proceeds also support Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC), a prison abolitionist group that sends a resource list to prisoners nationwide (http://prisonactivist.org).
This tour is also working to raise awareness of and support funds for the Washington, DC J20 (inauguration) defendants who are currently facing multiple felony counts—including conspiracy to riot—that carry up to 75 years in prison. More information can be found at http://defendj20resistance.org. On January 20th, the DC police “kettled” (surrounded and arrested) 230 people in the street: protesters, legal observers, medics, and journalists. They were held for hours and hours without access to food, water, or bathrooms. Once they were finally arrested and processed, they were charged with inciting a riot and other offenses, which meant they were all facing 10 years in prison. Since then, some charges were dropped and some new defendants were indicted after the prosecutors issued a superseding indictment including the conspiracy to riot charge. More than 200 people are still facing charges and over 130 of them have agreed to “Points of Unity” that include commitments not to cooperate against each other or help the state convict defendants at trial.