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  1. Screening and Q&A: Miners Shot Down and Fallism in Contemporary South Africa

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    Sunday, February 21st, 2pm

    In August 2012, mineworkers in Marikana, one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines, began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government, and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiraling violence, and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre.

    Since Marikana, protest movements representing significant challenges to state and corporate power have proliferated across South Africa. Within the last year, students and workers at public universities have successfully challenged their administrations and the government by organizing under banners such as #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall, #EndOutsourcing, and #PatriarchyMustFall. These escalating challenges to state and corporate power are remarkable for garnering victories and international attention by naming the unfulfilled promises of the end of apartheid. Join us for this screening of Miners Shot Down, followed by a Skype Q&A with current organizers within South Africa’s student and labor movements.

  2. [VENUE AND TIME CHANGE] Film Screening: Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes of Anti-Imperialist Defense

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    **!NOTE VENUE AND TIME CHANGE!**

    Friday, January 30th 2015
    8:30 pm
    at Verso Books, 20 Jay St., Brooklyn, NY, Ste. 1010

    In 2014, Interference Archive and the Marxist Education Project hosted reading groups focused on the works of anti-colonialist philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon. On Friday, January 30th, both groups will come together to view and discuss Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes of Anti-Imperialist Defense, a documentary based on Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth and crafted from footage of armed struggles for decolonisation from the 60s and 70s. Join us!

    *please note that the film depicts graphic (revolutionary) violence*

  3. [POSTPONED] No More: Challenging State Violence From Mexico to NYC

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    Due to the blizzard this event will be rescheduled for a date TBD.

    Tuesday, January 27th 2015
    7:00 pm

    After decades of expanding police power and neoliberal policies, the last few years have brought about unprecedented organized responses to state violence. Organizing against the criminalization and legalized killing of Black people in the U.S., catalyzed by the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin, and around the 43 students disappeared on their way to their college in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, in September, 2014, has engendered mobilizations in both countries that have surpassed most moments of popular resistance in recent history.

    On January 27th, Interference Archive hosts a report-back and discussion with people who have been organizing in New York City and Guerrero to discuss where the movements find commonality and difference, as well as the role of gender, hashtags, and drug war. With Melissa Forbis, visiting researcher at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico City; Cherrell Brown, Community Organizer with Justice League, NYC; and Asha Ransby-Sporn, Co-Chair of Black Youth Project 100, NYC.

    (Photos by Humberto Arellano for El Diario/@CBCTheNational)

  4. Steps Toward Prison Abolition: A Strategic Conversation

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    Thursday, November 13th
    7-9 pm

    As part of Self-Determination Inside/Out, Milk Not Jails and RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) host this informal discussion about the different political strategies organizers and activists embrace in the fight for prison abolition.

    What have people dedicated to abolishing the whole prison industrial complex discovered through education, advocacy and lobbying? What is working and not working? How can collaboration become more than showing up for events and rallies? What are creative ways to combat the media’s dominant narratives on crime and corrections?

    Self-Determination Inside/Out serves as inspiration to step outside of the day-to-day operations of criminal justice organizing projects to reflect on personal and collective struggles to end mass incarceration. Join us at this special exhibit to learn from the past and each other towards an abolitionist future.

  5. Riot, Conspiracy, or Rebellion: The Pontiac Brothers Slideshow

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    Sunday, November 9 **PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!**
    4-6pm

    Dr. Toussaint Losier, Assistant Professor in African Americans and the Law at the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, presents a 35mm slide show created in the late 1970s to raise consciousness and support for the Pontiac Brothers, and discusses the reaction of the state of Illinois, which prosecuted 17 of the incarcerated men for murder. We will examine how the Pontiac and Stateville prison revolts reverberate through organizing into the present day.

    Initially publicized as Thursday, October 30th, Interference Archive is pleased to announce that this presentation of the Pontiac Brothers Slideshow will take place on Sunday, November 9th.

    Check out the PPSC Support Coalition Newsletter in the event image at http://freedomarchives.org/Documents/Finder/DOC510_scans/Pontiac_Brothers/510.pontiac.prisoners.support.coalition.newsletter.nd1.pdf or in your hands the next time you’re at Interference Archive!

  6. Revolution from within: political prisoners in the 45-year narrative of U.S. prisons

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    Saturday, October 25th, 2014
    2:00-4:00 pm
    Revolution from within: political prisoners in the 45-year narrative of U.S. prisons

    As part of Self-Determination Inside/Out, former political prisoners, family members and advocates (including Dequi Kioni-Sadiki of the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee and the Jericho Movement and former political prisoner Laura Whitehorn) lead a tour of “Self-Determination Inside/Out,” focusing on the struggles that produced political prisoners, their lives and work within the prisons, and their contributions to the communities behind bars and on the outside.

  7. Screening: Control

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    Tuesday, October 14
    7-9pm

    As part of Self-Determination Inside/ Out, Interference Archive will be screening Control, an observational documentary about the ways the juvenile justice system permeates the lives of the people it targets. Join us for this screening and discussion about the impacts of the juvenile justice system and some of the current struggles against it. With filmmakers Chris Bravo and Lindsey Schneider, and special guests TBA.

    To learn more about the film, check out: http://www.controldocumentary.com/

  8. “Prison is a form of violence against women.”

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    Thursday, October 9
    6:30-8pm
    **NOTE LOCATION** at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., NYC

    Part of Self-Determination Inside/ Out, Interference Archive and the CUNYGC Center for the Study of Women and Society present “Prison is a form of violence against women.”, a video program and discussion about the motivations for and processes of organizing against prisons as gender violence. With Victoria Law, Cecily McMillan, Amy Meacham, and Sharon Richardson.

    N.b. The organizers of Self-Determination Inside/Out took care to refer to people in prison as people, foremost. We were greatly influenced by the work of Tina Reynolds and Eddie Ellis on this front. Learn more:
    Tina Reynolds’ glossary (from Interrupted Life)
    Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS) Letter on Language

    [event image from rally to free Joan Little, 1978? via At the Dark End of the Street photo gallery: http://atthedarkendofthestreet.com/photo-gallery/joan-little-gallery/]

  9. Shattering Captivity: Struggles of Incarcerated People Against Solitary Confinement, Control Units, and Communication Management Units

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    art by Rini Templeton, via Dignidad Rebelde

    Thursday, October 2
    7-9pm

    As part of Self-Determination Inside/ Out, Interference Archive brings together people and family members of people formerly incarcerated in isolation for Shattering Captivity: Struggles of Incarcerated People Against Solitary Confinement, Control Units, and Communication Management Units. This spirited discussion will explore the history of isolated confinement, as well as historical and contemporary organizing against it. With Tyrell Muhammad, Five Mualima-ak, Susan Rosenberg, and Sharmin Sadequee.

    [event image artwork by Rini Templeton, via Dignidad Rebelde]

  10. Private Prisons Fueling Criminalization: Climate Change, Immigration, and Prisons

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    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
    7-9pm

    Private prisons and their major investors are fueling the criminalization and incarceration of immigrants and people of color. As climate change accelerates and creates large refugee communities of color, how will the prison industry respond?

    As part of Self- Determination Inside/Out, this discussion, hosted by Enlace, will look at prison investors here in New York, and how local public institutions and pensions are enabling mass incarceration by investing in the prison industry. We’ll feature active campaigns in New York and internationally that are building multiracial and intersectional movements to end mass incarceration and immigration enforcement.

    Featuring guests from National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR), Families for Freedom, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, CUNY Prison Divest, Columbia Prison Divest, and Enlace.

    For more information, please contact Enlace staff Daniel Carrillo at 646-741-7490 or Daniel@enlaceintl.org.

    [image designed by Melanie Cervantes]