USA November 2020 : Hyper-criminalization of protests has brought a new wave of political prisoners (Alliance for Global Justice)


2020_-RACISM-REPRESSION-FIGHTBACK-3 A re-surged movement against police brutality, white supremacy, and state violence come to be known as the largest sustained mobilization in modern U.S. history continues to reignite public discourse around issues of systemic racism and the need to organize collectively across race lines for transformative change.

It’s followed that this new wave of resistance has been met with violent and ruthless political repression: the militarization of police forces, a rise in mass arrests and indefinite detentions, hyper-criminalization of the right to protest, bolstered state surveillance of activist activities, and a spike in extrajudicial executions with the support of emboldened right-wing paramilitaries and reignited white supremacist terrorism.

As human rights monitors and a solidarity organization aimed at helping to build a stronger and more unified grassroots movement, we hope to equip activists with infrastructure they need to mobilize for direct action and continue to organize their communities in the pursuit of truth, memory and justice. As part of that effort, we’ve developed an informational report summarizing research findings and documenting human rights violations connected to the most recent wave of racist political repression in the U.S. Its highlights are summarized below.

Read our full report here


Prison activist and editor. Luk Vervaet is the author of « Le making-of d'Anders B. Breivik » (Egalité=Editions, 2012), « Nizar Trabelsi : Guantanamo chez nous ? (Editions Antidote, 2014), " De grote stap achterwaarts, teksten over straf en gevangenis" (Antidote & PTTL, 2016). He is co-author of « Kim et Ken, mes enfants disparus » (Editions Luc Pire, 2006), « Condamnés à la prison? Ecrits sur un monde caché » (Revue Contradictions, 2008) et « L'affaire Luk Vervaet : écrits sur un interdit professionnel » (Revue Contradictions, 2011).

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