[Pnews] Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar 2018 — Back from the Printers!

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  Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar 2018 — Back from
  the Printers!

October 9, 2017

To see thumbnails of the artwork in this year’s calendar, scroll down —

The following is this year’s statement from the CD collective:


This year’s theme has been a bit of a moving target. We wanted to 
showcase different groups and movements who are Awakening Resistance to 
the current political climate, the one brought to the fore by Trump’s 
entry into office, though it clearly goes beyond that one person and has 
deep roots that precede his election. When we put out our call for 
submissions in March, many of us were working to understand the changes 
in tone and substance of the political establishment, and to 
respond—both personally and as a movement—to the increased blatancy and 
viciousness of far-right attacks, as well as increased state repression. 
In the intervening months, much analysis has emerged to explain this 
political moment, and to help understand the history that brought us 
here. On both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, though the context 
differs, organizations and campaigns have formed to fight back. But much 
remains to be done.

The contributions we received for the 2018 calendar range from 
confronting the far-right to building resistance inside prisons. Many 
highlighted campaigns and projects began well before Trump ran for 
office, underscoring the fact that this “new” political reality is 
simply an outgrowth of processes that extend far back in time. In the 
face of increasingly bold racism and xenophobia, people are stepping up 
to challenge Islamophobia, anti-immigrant measures, and attacks on 
reproductive justice. Important dialogues have opened up—or been 
revitalized—on the role of antisemitism in upholding white supremacy, 
and on the relationship between the far-right and the mainstream 
capitalist establishment. We invite you to use this edition of Certain 
Days as a tool to further these efforts. Discuss these articles with 
fellow organizers. Use the calendar to fundraise for your project, or as 
a conversation-starter in your community around these issues. Get in 
touch with our contributors to continue the conversation.

David Gilbert’s essay below describes the landscape we find ourselves 
in, and the task ahead. We encourage you to read it as a preface for the 
rest of the articles.

As we work to build the calendar, Certain Days is also growing our 
collective. This year, we have added the category of “supporting 
member,” and welcome several people aboard in that capacity—some of whom 
have already been helping to make this project possible for many years.

– the Certain Days collective: Sara Falconer, Helen Hudson, Daniel 
McGowan, Amy Schwartz
– supporting members: Josh Davidson, Aric McBay, Tasha Zamudio

      *The Decline of Imperialism: Dangers and Opportunities, by David

Trump’s election has set off an exciting eruption of protests; at the 
same time, the challenges we face are daunting. To fully grasp the 
dangers and opportunities ahead we need to look at the decline of 
imperialism, which is the context for the rise of this loathsome 
demagogue. Increased divisions, confusion, and strategy ip- ops within 
the ruling class are further signs of decline. “Decline” does not mean 
“collapse,” far from it. The convulsions of world capitalism have been 
in process for 45 years and still have a ways to go. The predatory 
beast, now wounded, can lash out in even more vicious ways, but that 
vehemence stems from its vulnerability.

Imperialism brutally beat back the revolutionary challenges of the 
1960s, globally and within the U.S. But the system failed to achieve 
well-functioning stability. Indeed, since 1971 the economies of the U.S. 
and other rich nations have been mired in stagnation (chronically slow 
growth) and have been teetering in and out of crises. The responses 
typically have entailed even greater concentration of wealth at the top 
and expanding the balloon of speculative nance—temporary “solutions” 
that pave the way for more severe problems in the future. We can expect 
them to race even faster down this dead end road now that Trump’s 
“populist” billionaires are in the driver’s seat.

In the Global South, international nance imposed a ruthless regime of 
debt peonage, which they call “structural adjustment programs,” to 
extract even more wealth from the wretched of the earth—wreaking 
devastating damage on the peoples and environment there. At the same 
time, the CIA fostered reactionary sectarian forces to undermine the 
unity needed for national liberation. A range of military interventions 
turned whole countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, 
Sudan—into killing fields of chaos and suffering. On top of the 
disruptions of wars, droughts made terribly worse by global warming 
threaten the lives of tens of millions of human beings with famine.

At home, imperialism has preferred to rule by keeping the majority 
loyal, or at least placated, with a rising standard of living. But since 
1971, what had been decades of rising wages levelled off and job 
insecurity got worse. The rulers have deflected (with various ups and 
downs rhetorically) white working class frustrations toward racially- 
coded scapegoats: “welfare queens,” “criminals,” immigrants, Muslims. 
This despicable approach has a strong foundation in a U.S. built on 
white and male supremacy and on imperial expansion. Repression, both 
state and extra-legal, is likely to get worse. Our movements need to be 
prepared—psychologically, with support and legal networks, and by 
building communities of solidarity across issues and identities.

At the same time, Trump’s more naked exposure of the obscenities of 
capitalism has created wider interest in anti-racist education, 
organizing, and mobilizations. The range of people under attack can be a 
basis for forging unity and promoting an understanding that the problem 
is the system as a whole.

Imperialism’s great strength from global exploitation is also, 
potentially, its downfall in that the vast majority of people in the 
world have a fundamental interest in revolutionary change. For those of 
us in the Global North, critical tools for hewing a path toward unity 
entail a sorely needed anti-war movement and an environmental struggle 
that has a deeply global perspective. Such developments could also 
provide a basis for showing at least a sector of white workers the 
potential, the more viable alternative, of developing a cooperative 
economy that prioritizes equality and environmental recovery, and that 
learns from, as well as gives back to, the Global South and to people of 
colour communities within the U.S. and Canada.

We face the fight of our lives, with the very survival of humanity and 
countless other species at stake. History calls on us not only to be 
creative and courageous but also to operate fully with love in our hearts.

      *Some Artwork from the 2017 Certain Days Calendar:*

by Jesus Barraza


by Serena Tang


by Roger Peet


by Sophia Dawson


by EE Vera


by Fernando Marti


by Billie Belo


by Marius Mason


by UB Topia


by Design Action Collective


by Annie Morgan Banks and Mutope Duguma


by Zola

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