The Blue Agave Revolution: Poetry of The Blind Rebel is a collaboration among radical author, indigenous freedom-fighter, and political prisoner Oso Blanco (aka Byron Shane Chubbuck, aka Robin The Hood) and Michael Novick–a Brooklyn-born veteran of SDS/Prairie Fire Organizing Committee, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, publisher of Turning The Tide journal, and all-around tireless anti-fascist activist–along with numerous contributors who have supported, and continue to support, Oso Blanco over the years spanning his imprisonment.
A joint work of poetry and speculative/magical realist fiction, The Blue Agave Revolution: Poetry of the Blind Rebel is also profusely illustrated with historical and contemporary photos and artwork by Oso Blanco and others. Its 300 pages contain tales of the historical Mexican Revolution of 1910-20, reports and analysis of the contemporary struggle for Indigenous sovereignty, freedom, and a better world, and imaginings of what future struggles may look like.
Imprisoned by the US government for expropriating funds from banks in support of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), Oso Blanco continues to use his art to fulfill his mission. At Oso Blanco’s request, all funds from sale of the book will help fund The Children’s Art Project in support of the children in Chiapas.
Copies may also be purchased through our friends at Burning Books. Price: $23.99
**Copies will be available for purchase directly through the official support website soon! For now, to purchase a copy or to inquire about bulk orders, feel free to email his support crew at [email protected].
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective is releasing its 23rd calendar in 2024. With twelve pieces of beautiful art and twelve essays, these radical calendars have a history of hanging in thousands of homes, workplaces, prison cells, and community spaces around the globe—both educating and reminding us of those behind bars in the struggle for a better world.
Having your work featured in the Certain Days calendar is a prestigious honor and a unique opportunity to use your words and your creative abilities to create a vision of an abolitionist future free of prisons, power structures, and authority. We especially seek to raise the voices of people who are or were incarcerated, so please forward this call for submissions to any prison-based artists and writers in your circles.
With the proceeds from these beautiful, educational calendars you are able to directly support organizations working to aid political prisoners and abolish the prison industrial complex.
Beneficiaries from the 2022 calendar include Release Aging People in Prison – RAPP, Mutulu Shakur legal support, The Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign release fund, Puget Sound Prisoner Support, Coalition to Decarcerate IL, Appalachians Against Pipelines, Community Resource Initiative, Burning Books expansion, P4W Memorial Collective, Cascadia Forest Defenders, and the Atlanta Solidarity Fund.
Submit your abolition-themed art or writing now and help raise funds for those struggling on the front lines of social change. See guidelines below for further information.
Submission Deadline: May Day, Sunday, May 1, 2023
• 400-500 words max. If you submit a longer piece, we will have to edit for length.• Poetry is also welcome but needs to be significantly shorter than 400 words to accommodate layout.• Please include a suggested title.
• The calendar is 11” tall by 8.5” wide, so art with a ‘portrait’ orientation is preferred. Art does not need to fit those dimensions exactly.• We are interested in a diversity of media.• The calendar is printed in color and we prefer color images.
Due to space limitations, submissions may be lightly edited for clarity and concision, with no change to the original intent.
Submit Your Art or Writing Today • Send submissions by May Day, May 1, 2023, to [email protected] or mail to: Certain Days, c/o Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY 14213. • ARTISTS: You can send a low-res file as a submission, but if your piece is chosen, we will need a high-res version of it for print (600 dpi). • You may send as many submissions as you like. Chosen artists and authors will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar. Because the calendar is a fundraiser, we cannot offer money to contributors.
About the Calendar
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers across North America and political prisoner Xinachtli (s/n Alvaro Luna Hernandez) in Texas. The calendar has been in production since 2001 and features twelve pieces of art and twelve essays. We were happy to welcome founding members Herman Bell and Robert Seth Hayes (Rest in Power) home from prison in 2018, and founding member David Gilbert home from prison in 2021. We work from an anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, feminist, queer- and trans-liberationist position.
The 2024 call for submissions is available as a PDF here. Please share with friends, both in and out of prison.
On December 16, 2022, Dr. Mutulu Shakur was released from being imprisoned for over 36 years. Dr. Shakur has dedicated his life to the struggle of ‘Black’ liberation since the age of 16 years old. He is a 72 year old grandfather, father, respected healer, and movement elder and is in need of our support to continue to live the rest of his life in dignity.
Join us at the Historic King Solomon Church located at 6100 14th St, Detroit, MI 48208on Friday, February 3, 6-9pm — the same church where Malcolm X delivered two of his most remembered speeches, “Message to the Grassroots” and “Ballot or the Bullet” — where We will be screening the film “Dope is Death”, and be privileged to talk with Dr. Mutulu Shakur via Zoom following the screening.
ZOOM VIEWING OF THE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR EVENTBRITE TICKET PURCHASERS ONLY !!!
“DOPE IS DEATH” is a 2020 film dedicated to Dr. Mutulu Shakur. It tells a fascinating and inspirational true story, full of drama and commitment to human well-being. And it is being screened to raise funds to support this elder who has sacrificed much in the service of freedom and healing others.
Dr. Shakur was at the forefront of healing amerika’s first opioid epidemic in the 1970s, as heroin swept thru ‘black’ and poor communities. When Black Panthers and Young Lords in New York took over a Bronx hospital towards getting better healthcare for the community, Dr. Shakur brought leadership to this new dignified, revolutionary healthcare system, in particular, developing methods of using acupressure and acupuncture to detoxify and treat people addicted to drugs. Dr. Shakur had learned of the innovative practice of acupuncture to address a variety of human ailmentsand jumped in head first to learn the art and bring this holistic practice to successfully treat heroin addiction, trauma, and other ailments.
The detoxifying success of acupuncture, in contrast to the government’s choice of methadone (another addictive narcotic only slightly weaker than heroin), led to the establishment of the Lincoln Detox Center. Dr. Shakur traveled to Canada to advance his knowledge of acupuncture, and was certified in 1976. The success of the Lincoln Detox Center led him around the world to help spread this revolutionary approach to the scourge of drugs.
Film tickets are only $15. We also have new MUTULU IS HOME t-shirts for sale as part of the fundraiser for $20. Get a film ticket and t-shirt together for only $25! !
I just learned today that my friend Manny was murdered by cops in the Atlanta Forest.
I send my love, sympathetic outrage and condolences to everyone who knew Manny and loves them. I send their parents all my love, outrage, admiration and respect for raising this person who became a hero who put into practice the values which make human life meaningful. We need to come together as a community to take care of Manny’s family from now on. In Rojava, the families of the martyrs are shown special reverence and provided for for the rest of their lives.
As a community we need to uphold this revolutionary practice of gratitude and respect, which even this corrupt and murderous government fails to show the fallen of its own in any meaningful way. I have spent time with the parents of martyrs and if Manny’s parents are willing I will spend time with them one day and try unsuccessfully to materially repay them for their contribution to the betterment of the world in the way they raised Manny. But we owe them a debt that can never be repaid, because the life of a single martyr like Manny is worth more than all the wealth in the world combined.
I won’t pretend that I knew Manny well but I will tell you what I do know. I know that Manny heard about me, my case and what the cops and feds did to me, and that Manny was moved to tears for my sake and came to my trial. This means a lot to me. We live in a world where less than 2% of the world’s water is drinkable and Manny shed precious tears for my sake. Now It’s my turn to do the same. While I’ve been in prison Manny sent me money, wrote to me and we spoke on the phone. These simple gestures mean the world to political prisoners and to me personally.
Manny completed higher education at Florida State University, which is more than I can claim to have accomplished.
They studied a field which explored compassionate treatment for traumatized peoples. This speaks to the high quality of Their character. I am told they were a very compassionate person who felt deeply moved enough to take altruistic action to defend people, plants and animals from fascist death squads. They put themselves between those killers and what remains of the living world and they lived and died defending that worthy cause. This is a hero’s death. This is what it means to give your life for a cause and for those who are precious to you. Manny is a martyr of this revolutionary struggle for liberation for all beings.
10,000 Manny’s will take their place, people will name their children after them, dedicate their activism to their memory and organizations bearing their name will liberate more beings than we can measure. I will personally make sure of this for the rest of my life. Please send me everything you can about Manny’s life and about this tragic murder, including their picture.
We must remember Manny. We must say their name, share their face, hang up their picture in homes all over the world, and spread their memory far and wide on every platform available.
In Rojava, when a friend is martyred by the enemy tens of thousands of people line the roads from the hospital morgue to the burial ground and chant their names, carry their pictures and celebrate the life and memories of the martyred friend with gratitude and determination to make sure their sacrifice is not forgotten, not in vain. They chant SHEHID NEMARIN – THE MARTYRS NEVER DIE. Manny lives on in our works, in our hearts and the fire in our eyes. The blood of the martyrs cries out from the soil of the Atlanta forest.
We’ve finished the latest version of the NYC ABC “Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War” and it’s available for viewing (and download) by clicking on the link at the top of this email. This update includes updated mini-bios, photos, and address changes for several prisoners. Unfortunately, we are adding a prisoner to the guide this month–anti-racist Alex Stokes.
Marius Mason is a transgender anarchist, environmentalist, and animal rights prisoner. He was convicted of sabotage and arson as part of the struggle against environmental destruction and all forms of domination in 2009. Marius was arrested during a period of targeted repression known as the Green Scare and is serving a 22 year sentence.
Marius Mason #04672-061 FCI Danbury Route 37 Danbury, CT 06811
4 prizes up for grabs with 100% of funds raised going to Eric’s release fundraiser.
Entry Info: -Tickets are $2 each, each ticket purchased is an entry. -Each item purchased on our website is an entry with 10% of purchase donated -Each digital release purchased is an entry with 100% of Bandcamp digital sales donated
To purchase tickets: Venmo/CashApp: painchain Please include your IG handle in the notes If purchasing on the website, message or email us your IG handle. Raffle closes and winners will be announced January 20.
This month we will be focusing on writing to trans prisoners. Come join and bring a friend! All supplies provided, no experience necessary. We will also have Certain Days calendars for $15. All proceeds go to running this project.
More than coffee or peanut butter Or Big Bang returns all night through more than a warm shower or 100 laps in a loop more than some decent toothpaste or a couple of great books to read would be for someone to say “hey how are you doing, are you OK? “ Merry Xmas
My inside bars are green so I pretend to be in the forest there’s predators lurking big &small, gotta keep your wits about you the climate is unpredictable it just takes one miscalculation and your ass is lost I scrounge what I can find to eat keep my shadows close to me the jungle is an unforgiving place such is the BOP