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Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organisers in Montreal and NYC, and 3 Political Prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York state. The initial project was suggested by Political Prisoner Herman Bell, and has been shaped throughout the process by all of our ideas, discussions, and analysis. The outside collectives compile, edit and produce the calendar; and throughout the process, we seek the input and guidance of the 3 Political Prisoners: Robert Seth Hayes, Herman Bell, and David Gilbert. All of the members of the outside collectives are involved in day-to-day organising work other than the calendar, on issues ranging from Palestinian solidarity to gender-based violence to prisoner justice. We work from an anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, feminist, queer and trans positive position.

Click here for more about the prisoners’ history and current political organising on the bios page

Click here for more on the outside collectives working on Certain Days

Certain Days
In 2005, the calendar was named "Certain Days" to express our feelings of hope and inspiration about the struggles the calendar documents. Though some days it may be hard not to feel beat down and tired, we are certain that better days lay just ahead. These days of certainty are the promise of a near horizon that draws us through the year to the future we know is possible.

The context
Today’s anti-war, anti-globalisation, and anti-colonial movements are rooted in the history of earlier struggles for justice, including the mass movements of the 60s and 70s. Many of the Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War featured in this calendar were organisers during that period: members of the Black Panther Party, or the American Indian Movement; Puerto Ricans fighting for their homeland, or white anti-racist allies working in solidarity with oppressed peoples. Many of the Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War featured in this calendar have been in prison SINCE THAT TIME – 30 years or more. Yet these prisoners are not relics of past movements, they are still active in their political work, and despite the hardships of organising in prison, they continue to organise for justice in the present day; justice behind bars and justice on the streets. This calendar is our tribute to them.

Free all Political Prisoners!
Free all Prisoners of War!

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