Updated Resources for Action Against the Police

Just about one year ago, after Tucson’s march in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, we put together a list of resources for people taking action against the police. Well, it looks like Tucson will be taking the street again in solidarity with folks resisting police violence all over the country. On Saturday, December 12th, at 6:30PM, people will be meeting at the Ronstandt Transit Center downtown for an action in solidarity with the unfolding struggles in Minneapolis, Chicago, and everywhere else that people are fighting back against the police and white supremacy. There’s a facebook event here, if that’s your thing.

So, here’s a revised version of the resource list we put out last year, with great tactical guides, thoughts on staying safe, and some more up-to-date writings on movements against police violence across the country. Versions for both reading and printing are provided when available. So, check them out, spread them around, and if you really want to get the word out, we can get free hard copies of zines and posters (including in larger quantities) to people in the Tucson area. Send us an email at tucsonabc@riseup.net if you’re interested in that.

For a world without police, prisons, or borders,
Tucson Anarchist Black Cross



What Is Security Culture? (Print Version)
Reading version available here.

Blocs, Black and Otherwise (Print Version)
Reading versions of the articles inside are here and here.

Blockade, Occupy, Strike Back

Banner Drops, Stencils, Wheatpaste & Distributing Information

How to Do It (poster)

Let One Hundred Flowerpots Bloom

10 Points on the Black Bloc
This zine is a rough transcript of Harsha Walia’s defense of black bloc tactics during a debate following actions against the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Video of her half of the debate can be seen here.

Writings from Recent Anti-Police Struggles

Dispatches from Minneapolis, Vol. 1
We generally recommend the site where this was published for updates and analysis regarding what’s going on in Minneapolis: Conflict MN.

Dispatches from Minneapolis, Vol. 2

Dispatches from Ferguson, Vol. 1 (Print Version)
Reading versions of the articles in this zine can be found at antistatestl.noblogs.org.

Another Word for White Ally Is Coward (Print Version)
Reading version here.

Revolutionary Solidarity: A Critical Reader for Accomplices
(Print and Read)

From Ferguson to Oakland: 17 Days of Riots and Revolt in the Bay Area

What They Mean When They Say Peace & The Making of Outside Agitators (Print Version)
Reading version of What They Mean When They Say Peace here.
Reading Version of The Making of Outside Agitators here.

The Thin Blue Line Is a Burning Fuse: Why Every Struggle Is Now a Struggle Against the Police (Print and Read)

CARS, GUNS, AUTONOMY: A Discussion on Anti-Police Struggles in the Bay Area and Ferguson (Print and Read)

ONE FOUR SEVEN: some notes on tactics and strategy from Durham’s recent anti-police marches (Print and Read)

Unforgiving and Inconsolable (Durham, 2013 – 2014)

The Flatbush Rebellion (New York, 2013)

Don’t Die Wondering: Atlanta Against the Police (2011 – 2012)

Denver Fights Back (2010 – 2011)

Burning the Bridges They Are Building: Anarchist Strategies Against the Police (Seattle, 2011)

Unfinished Acts (Oakland, 2009)

Historical Moments in Policing, Violence, and Resistance Series

The zines below are borrowed from http://project-nia.org/resources.php. There, you can also find tons more resources on policing, incarceration, and alternatives.

The Police Execution of Oscar Grant
by Olivia Perlow and Lakeesha J. Harris

Chicago’s Red Summer of 1919
by Elizabeth Dadabo

An (Abridged) History of Resisting Police Violence in Harlem       
by Mariame Kaba

“We Don’t Want this to Look Like a Massacre”: The Danziger Bridge Shootings
by Mariame Kaba

Other Related and Reccomended Reading

Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety (Print Version)
Reading version here.

Anarchy Works: Crime
Reading version of this text (and the entire book it’s excerpted from) here.

Why Riot?
Reading version here.


You Only Live Once

Too Many Cops, Too Little Justice


The Police

Seven Myths About the Police

FTP, Find Each Other, Fight Back


Benefit Shirt & Prisoner Zine Catalog

Tucson ABC has recently ramped up our efforts to get radical reading material into prisons in a big way! At the time of this writing, we’re receiving requests every day from prisoners requesting the zines we have to offer. We need help getting our catalog to as many prisoners as possible, especially those in Arizona facilities, as well as covering the costs of printing and mailing.

To help with expenses, we did a run of these shirts which we’re selling for $20 including shipping, all the proceeds of which will go directly towards printing and mailing zines to prisoners!


Burning cop car image from the White Night Riots!


Buy Now Button

Medium – SOLD OUT


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Buy Now Button

And for anyone who has friends, family, or anyone else currently doing time, feel free to either print our catalog and send it in to them, or get in touch and we can get one to them. We’re also really interested in working with anyone who has people inside to organize concurrently out here, so we can talk about that as well!

Upcoming: To Change Everything & Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Two events hosted by Tucson ABC coming up in November.


To Change Everything: The Promise of Anarchism
An International Panel Discussion
November 3rd, 6:30PM
at Revolutionary Grounds Books & Coffee, 606 N. 4th Ave.

This panel brings together organizers from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to discuss the significance of anarchist ideas and tactics in the 21st century.

The participants will compare experiences from the wave of protests and uprisings that has swept the world since 2010—exploring the role of demand-based politics in both catalyzing and limiting movements, examining a variety of forms of repression, and critically evaluating experiments with direct democracy. They will conclude by assessing the prospects of contemporary struggles for self-determination in an era of globalized capitalism and state control.

All of the presenters are contributors to a recent outreach and dialogue project, To Change Everything, which appeared earlier this year in over twenty languages.

Local organizations will be tabling this event.

More info on the To Change Everything tour at:
Facebook event

Prisoner Letter Writing Night
November 5th, 7PM
at Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas Ave.

Join us for our next letter writing night to support those on the inside. Writing letters to prisoners can help break the isolation imposed by prisons, and strengthen relationships of resistance between those inside and out!

As usual, writing and mailing supplies will be provided, as well as addresses for prisoners throughout Arizona and beyond.

If you’re new to writing to prisoners, see this primer by NYC Anarchist Black Cross: http://nycabc.wordpress.com/write-a-letter/

Until every cage is empty!



This Friday, Jessie has a pre-trial status conference in Phoenix. She has been offered a plea deal in which the prosecutor wants her locked up for another 10-12 years. On Friday, Jessie has to choose whether to take the deal.

Here is a carpool spot for those who can come and be with Jessie as she faces this decision. She has said in the past that seeing supporters in the courtroom makes a difference in her life. She has been in solitary since the beginning of 2014; this could be her last court date. Come wearing blue.

Location and time are on the event page for people who are heading to Phoenix on their own. More info at FreeJessieB.org and the Free Jessie B facebook page, . If anyone wants to write Jessie a postcard or donate gas money, get in touch with Tucson ABC.

Friday September 4
12 noon
Mansfield park (off 6th ave, south of Grant)

Friday September 4
3:30 pm
Central Court Building (CCB) 201 W. Jefferson Phoenix, AZ 85003-2243
Event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/853302364746176/

Jessie Burlew’s Trial in Phoenix Postponed to August 17

Thank you to everyone who planned to come to Phoenix and support Jessie at her trial on July 8. It has been rescheduled for August. Please email tucsonabc@riseup.net to get connected for sharing rides to Phoenix:

August 17
Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County
201 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ
Free parking for Superior Court jurors is available at the Forensic Building – 701 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ, South of Jefferson Street and 8th Avenue.

There will be a support rally before Jessie’s trial begins, to send a clear message to the media, judge and prosecutor that there is an entire community supporting Jessie and trying to get her home. Independent media is strongly encouraged to attend. Bring signs, wear blue and share Jessie’s story!

For more info on Jessie’s case, visit freejessieb.org

Event on June 13: International Day of Solidarity with Longterm Anarchist Prisoners


Please join us on Saturday, June 13th to honor the International Day of Solidarity with Longterm Anarchist Prisoners:

Casa Mariposa
127 N. Palomas Ave. Tucson AZ 85745

We imagine the event to function largely as a way for radicals in the area to build connections that will strengthen our networks so that we can help each other build more fierce and conscious resistance to state power. Below is a website with the international callout for the Day of Solidarity (which is technically on June 11). It reads, in part,

“We are committed to building a model of solidarity that is both long-term and capable of flexibility responding to new developments. It is also vital to constantly build new links of solidarity between prisoners and between struggles, rather than fall back on static networks of personal links and contacts…Part of our proposal this year is to build stronger relations of solidarity with trans prisoners in struggle, both to offer immediate personal and political support, and to prepare to offer more meaningful aid in future struggles for safety, hormones/other medical resources, and dignity.”

Another focus of this year’s Day of Solidarity is how we might more effectively support each other once someone is no longer behind bars. We are excited to share insight around all these things in the context of our area and our solidarity networks.

The space can fit about thirty people comfortably. Might be crowded if a lot of folks show up; there’s also a front porch if people need a break or some space. Children are more than welcome. This is a residence and has a couple of small steps that we can work with in terms of wheelchair accessibility — get in touch with specific needs but we’ll try and find a piece of wood to serve as a ramp either way. There will be translations in both Spanish and English. No alcohol please. There will be pupusas for $5 a plate or $20 to take home a dozen, and the proceeds will help transwomen in their transitions out of detention.

Here is the link to the general callout:
http://june11.org/ (English)
http://june11.org/SpanishCallout2015.pdf (Spanish)

We hope to see you there, and if anyone has thoughts they’d be willing to share around what kind of support has helped them or others while locked up or in transition processes, please come with them in mind! If you want to share but don’t like speaking in this kind of situation, maybe you’d like to write out your insights. One of us would be happy to read them out loud.

In Solidarity,
Tucson Anarchist Black Cross


Acompáñenos este sábado el 13 de junio para honrar el Día Internacional de Solidaridad con Lxs Presxs Anarquistas de Larga Condena:

Casa Mariposa
127 N. Palomas Ave. Tucson AZ 85745

Vemos este acontecimiento como un espacio en cual las personas radicales en esta región puedan conectarse para fortalecer nuestras redes y ayudarnos mutuamente a crear una resistencia más feroz y más consciente en contra al poder estatal. Abajo hay un enlace que contiene el anuncio internacional para el Día de Solidaridad (Lo cual normalmente se honra el 11 de junio). Un fragmento del anuncio dice:

Estamos comprometidos con la construcción de un modelo de solidaridad que a la vez sea de largo plazo y capaz de responder con flexibilidad a los nuevos escenarios. También es vital para construir de una manera constante nuevos lazos de solidaridad entre lxs presxs y entre las luchas, en lugar de recurrir a las redes estáticas de vínculos personales y contactos… Parte de nuestra propuesta de este año es construir relaciones más fuertes de solidaridad con lxs prisionerxs transexuales en la lucha, tanto para ofrecer apoyo personal y político inmediato, y prepararse para ofrecer ayuda más significativa en las luchas futuras en materia de seguridad, hormonas u otros recursos médicos, y la dignidad.”

Otro foco que existe para el Día de Solidaridad de este año es la cuestión de ¿Cómo podríamos apoyar aun más eficazmente a alguien que acaba de salir del cárcel? Queremos que todos puedan compartir su conocimiento y sus percepciones para que podamos entender mejor el contexto de nuestra región y nuestras redes de solidaridad.

El acontecimiento tomará lugar en una casa particular, donde cabe más o menos 30 personas confortablemente. En el caso de que venga mucha gente, también hay un patio afuera. Los niños están bienvenidos!! Hay unos escalones en frente y de cualquier manera vamos a buscar algo que sirva como una rampa, pero si requiere una rampa para entrar, por favor avísenos de antemano. Vamos a dar traducciones en español e ingles. Por favor, no traiga alcohol. Vamos a ofrecer una cena de pupusas ($5 por plato o $20 por docena para llevar a casa) y las ganancias apoyarán a mujeres trans en su transición de vida después de salir de detención.

Enlaces a los anuncios generales:
http://june11.org/ (English)
http://june11.org/SpanishCallout2015.pdf (Español)

Nos vemos el sábado y por favor, si los quiere compartir, traiga sus pensamientos, ideas y experiencias en cuanto al tema del apoyo que ha ayudado a usted o a otra persona dentro del cárcel o durante la transición a la vida después de salir. Si quiere compartir pero no le gusta hablar en frente de otras personas, siéntese libre de escribir sus pensamientos y podemos leerlos para usted.

En Solidaridad,
Tucson Anarchist Black Cross