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Certain Days: the 2020 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

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Certain Days: the 2020 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar
Certain Days: the 2020 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

Certain Days 2020: Knitting Together the Struggles

This wall calendar is full of essays, beautiful artwork and important dates in social justice history!

Now in its 19th year of publication, the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is required reading for radicals, leftists, and all who support political prisoners and advocate the end of mass incarceration.

Each calendar has 12 thought-provoking essays and 12 pieces of beautiful art that address a yearly theme - in 2020, the theme is finding ways of Knitting Together the Struggles. You'll feel inspired every day of the year, with radical historical dates and lots of space for your own plans.

Featuring: Annie Banks, Aric McBay, Bitty, Christi Belcourt, Cindy Milstein, David Gilbert, Eric King, Ethan X. Parker, Fernando Marti, Garen Zakarian, Jaan Laaman, Marius Mason, Mary Tremonte, Molly Fair, No New Jails, Oso Blanco, Richard Rivera, Stephen Wilson, teev, Termite Collective, Victoria Law, Xinachtli and more

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Hamilton, New York and Baltimore, in partnership with a political prisoner being held in maximum-security prison in New York State, David Gilbert. Co-founders Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell were released from prison in 2018.  Learn more and support them at www.certaindays.org.

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$10 of the retail price goes directly to Certain Days and their work supporting political prisoners and the other $5 goes to Neither/nor Zine Distro. Thank you for your support <3 Jess

Introduction to Certain Days 2020

Knitting Together the Struggles

As the last years, decades, and centuries have taught us, our freedom is inextricably linked with the freedom of others. The anti-colonial struggles that raged across Africa during the mid-twentieth century inspired those fighting for liberation in the United States, leading to the Civil Rights Movement. In turn, the movement for Black Liberation was a catalyst for the second wave of feminism, and for the ongoing work of both the queer and trans communities. As Angela Y. Davis—who so masterfully combines Black feminism with prison abolition—continues to remind us, “Freedom is a constant struggle.”

It makes sense then, that if our freedom is interwoven, so therefore are our struggles. The fight to protect asylum-seekers and migrants, the ongoing battles to defend the environment and other living beings, the ongoing movement to abolish capitalism… the list is endless, and yet the struggle is singular. It is a struggle against oppression, against greed, but also a struggle against indifference and ignorance. It is a struggle for life itself.

There is tremendous power in creating connections between generations, between movements, across borders, and across prison walls. Yet all too often (and with the unswerving assistance of corporate media), we are unable to connect the dots that unite our struggles. While we may notice that the ongoing imprisonment of children of colour reflects the United States’ internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, we must also make the connection between these horrendous actions and the privatization of the Global South, the expansion of the carceral state, and the growing authoritarianism of state governments. Similarly, we see the threads that connect the Indigenous struggle for land (and against drilling and pipelines on their land) with the fight for a living wage, the growing demand for a more equitable distribution of resources, and the need to confront white supremacist policies and practices.

We hope that you will find examples to help deepen your own connections in our Knitting Together the Struggles calendar for 2020. Only by uniting our work to directly confront oppression will we see concrete results.

In a 1970 letter to a then-imprisoned Davis, James Baldwin wrote, “If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own—which it is—and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.”

None are free until all are free.

p.s. Visit certaindays.org for more great art and articles from prisoners, supporters, and abolitionists.

-the certain days collective: Amy, Daniel, Helen, Josh, Sara

-supporting members: Aric, Erin, Tasha