[Ppnews] Start 2012 with the Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

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Wed Jan 4 12:32:06 EST 2012

Start the year off with the 2012 Certain Days: 
Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, 
featuring 12 months of inspiring full-colour 
artwork and writing dedicated to shining a light 
on the struggles of political prisoners and their 
ongoing involvement in social justice movements from behind prison walls.

Order now at <http://www.certaindays.org/>www.certaindays.org.

Our collective will be happy to mail calendars 
anywhere in the world on your behalf, and we can 
even include a personalized message. Reduced 
rates are available for prisoners and for bulk 
orders (10+). Get in touch or visit our website for more details.

Show your support for Certain Days - order your 
copies today, spread the word about the calendar, 
and help us to sustain this project as we head 
into our 13th year of production.

The Certain Days collective

Certain Days: The 2012 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar
COINTELPRO: Repression & Resistance, Then & Now

ORDER NOW at <http://www.certaindays.org/>www.certaindays.org
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FEATURING amazing artwork and writings from Aric 
McBay, The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, 
Claude Marks, David Gilbert, The Denver Anarchist 
Black Cross, Emily Kantar, Favianna Rodriguez, 
Fireworks Graphic Collective, Gerald and Maas, 
Herman Bell, Jesus Barraza, Jihad Abdulmumit, 
Josh MacPhee, Kara Sievewright, Kevin ‘Rashid’ 
Johnson, Lynne Stewart, Ojore Lutalo, We Are The 
Crisis Collective, the RNC 8, Safiya Bukhari, 
Santiago Armengod, Shannon Willmott, Supporters 
of John Graham, Tim Groves and Tom Manning.

Calendars can be ordered online at 
and purchased at local bookstores, distros and 
community events. Calendars cost $12 (plus 
shipping) and $5 for prisoners. We encourage 
groups to buy in bulk ($8 each when purchasing 10 
or more) and to sell them as a fundraiser. Visit 
our website for more info - <http://www.certaindays.org/>www.certaindays.org.

Funds raised from the sale of this calendar will 
be divided between the New York State Task Force 
on Political Prisoners, the Palestinian NGO Addameer, and the Freedom Archives.


COINTELPRO: Repression & Resistance, Then & Now

The term COINTELPRO has become synonymous with 
the ‘tricks of the trade’ of state repression: 
surveillance of organizations and individuals, 
the use of infiltrators and  informants, 
frame-ups, harassing or disproportionate use of 
the legal system, and outright physical attacks. 
While the term is widely used to describe 
repression of liberation movements, at least in 
North America, the history of the actual 
COINTELPRO program – its details and the lessons 
to be learned from it – remain relatively unknown.

Recently, we have witnessed growing awareness of 
state repression of radical organizing in North 
America, although it is difficult to judge to 
what extent repression is actually increasing, 
and to what extent this reflects the success of 
the work to expose it. Certainly since September 
11, 2001, the state has new tools – and new 
social license – to go after social movements and 
marginalized sectors of the population alike, 
perhaps comparable to the Red Scare climate of 
the 1950s, when COINTELPRO was conceived of.

In some ways, this is to be expected. Effective 
movements beget repression. That being said, 
resisting this backlash – directly fighting back 
(rhetorically, legally, physically, but also via 
a more general resilience) – is fundamental to 
the survival of liberation movements.

In the wake of the repression associated with the 
summer 2010 G20 meeting Toronto, with several 
cases of infiltration in both the US and Canada 
coming to light in recent years, and with ongoing 
legislative changes giving government increasing 
power to surveil and disrupt us, the time seemed 
ripe to remind ourselves of the legacy of COINTELPRO, and resistance to it.

In putting together the Certain Days calendar, we 
always aim for a realistic balance between 
bringing to light social injustice and the 
challenges we face, and the inspiring work done 
to meet these challenges. It is important to 
speak of repression – to share examples so that 
we might learn from each others’ experiences, and 
see the patterns and trends in the state’s 
approach. But it is impossible to do so without 
also being struck by the many contemporary and 
historical examples of resistance. We hope that 
the information gathered in this year’s calendar 
can help teach the difficult lessons we need to 
learn to weather the storm and also provide the inspiration we need to do so.

The Certain Days Collective
QPIRG Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, suite 204
<tel:514-848-7583>514-848-7583 fax: <tel:514-848-7584>514-848-7584
<http://qpirgconcordia.org/>qpirgconcordia.org – 
<mailto:qpirg at qpirgconcordia.org>qpirg at qpirgconcordia.org

Certain Days - Freedom for Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War Calendar

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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