Building Skills for Solidarity: Jail, Bail, and Abolition
In December 2020, House the Bay, the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee, and Oakland Abolition and Solidarity held a 201 level skillshare on how to deal with arrests. Arrests are a common tactic for state repression, and this skillshare covered a variety of topics including: a detailed overview of the process of being arrested/booked/released, how to provide more effective jail support for arrested comrades, advice for better security culture and interacting with cops, how to post bond, and how to support incarcerated folks beyond just your comrades.
House the Bay is a group of housed and unhoused community members who are tired of waiting for our cities to address the very immediate need for housing.
The Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee is a group that provides support for actions that are anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-imperialist & anti-capitalist. They provide education on resisting state repression and run a bail fund.
Oakland Abolition & Solidarity is a group that supports prisoners’ efforts to organize. They run jail release support nights at Santa Rita, help run a hotline for Santa Rita inmates, and generally act as a liaison between inside and outside support for incarcerated folks.
RESOURCES FOR JAIL SUPPORT, NAVIGATING BAIL, AND ABOLITION
Helpful NLG Hotlines
- Demonstration support when in jail: 415-285-1011
- Demonstration support outside of jail: 415-909-4NLG
- FBI Hotline (call if the FBI visits you in the Bay Area): 415-285-1041
- Santa Rita Jail Hotline: 925-551-6500
HELPFUL URLS FOR PROTESTING
- Safe Protest Tips (covers a ton of key points): https://www.safeprotest.tips
- Black Flag Catalyst Protest Guide: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/black-flag-catalyst-the-black-flag-catalyst-protest-guide-v1-2
HELPFUL URLS FOR JAIL SUPPORT
- NLG SF arrestee form (if in the Bay Area, fill this out when you get out of jail or have your jail support people do it): https://arrestee-form.nlgsf.org/
- Online inmate locator for Alameda County: https://www.acgov.org/sheriff_app
- Alameda County Court Livestream: http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/live-stream
- For adding money to your phone so an arrested person can call you: https://www.globaltel.com/jail-call-signup.aspx?gclid=CjwKCAiA_Kz-BRAJEiwAhJNY7yTBmjF3SphN2JWYBFjMQHkxcovjS58N7s0-41zVjBSJix_A2S6iTBoCAEoQAvD_BwE
HELPFUL ARTICLES AND FORMS
- Detailed jail support overview from Up Against the Law: https://upagainstthelaw.org/jail-support-and-solidarity
- Downloadable sample jail support form from Rose Hip Medics: http://www.rosehipmedics.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Jail-Support-for-Public.pdf
- Tips for surviving a felony trial by Crimethinc: https://crimethinc.com/2017/02/08/how-to-survive-a-felony-trial-a-guide-to-keeping-your-head-up-through-the-worst
- If An Agent Knocks 2020 (detailed guide on police encounters): https://docs.google.com/document/d/176Yds1p63Q3iaKilw0luChMzlJhODdiPvF2I4g9eIXo/edit
- Testimonies from Santa Rita + other resources: www.srjsolidarity.org, can email email@example.com