Tucson Anarchist Black Cross is an abolitionist group engaged in direct prisoner support work. We hope to provide aid and encouragement to those inside prison walls fighting oppression, through letter writing campaigns and advocating for the interests of all prisoners. We aim to connect their struggle to ongoing movements for freedom outside prison, through outreach campaigns, joint organizing and action, and developing effective and liberatory community responses to conflict and abuse.
Below are some general points of unity to help understand the goals and perspective of Tucson Anarchist Black Cross. These points do not perfectly or completely describe the complex and nuanced politics of the group or its members, but hopefully give an idea of where we’re coming from and what we’d like to do as a project.
1. We are interested in the total abolition of prisons, borders, police, and ultimately, the state.
2. We believe that abolition is both an offensive project, seeking to attack and dismantle, and a creative one, striving to build anti-authoritarian methods of dealing with conflict and abuse. We feel that both these projects can and must happen simultaneously. That is, we cannot simply abolish prisons and police without working on creating alternative models, nor can we wait until alternative models are established (let alone perfected) to do away with these institutions. We want to do all of the things.
3. While support for political prisoners is central to our work, we’re as interested in building relationships with and providing support for all prisoners, regardless of whether or not they’re incarcerated for (overtly) political reasons. This is especially true for those held in prisons and detention centers here in Arizona.
4. We are flag-waving anarchists. As such, we are vehemently anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, feminist, pro-queer, and striving towards trans liberation as well as the total destruction of white supremacy. We seek to abolish all forms of oppression and hierarchy while refusing to consider any form of oppression as “more central” or “more urgent” than any other.
5. We reject dogmatic non-violence. While our current work can clearly be considered totally non-violent, our embrace of a diversity of tactics is reflected in the people we support, the movements we immerse ourselves in, and the media we produce and distribute.
Until the last prison is empty,
Tucson Anarchist Black Cross
Occupied Tohono O’odham Land