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RESISTANCE BEHIND

BARS State of
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—BOOK REVIEW—
ublished by PM Press, Victoria Law’s
first book, Resistance Behind Bars
The Struggles of Incarcerated Women,
Disunion PERCENTAGE
takes a poignant look at the history and issues PERCENT OF LET’S ORGANIZE
OF ‘WALKING
surrounding women in prison. An often GRAND JUNCTION’S VIOLATIONS’
overlooked reality in our culture, Law’s 288- POPULATION handed out by the GJPD JULY 2009 VOL. 7 NO. 5
page book seeks to raise awareness to the that is homeless: that have been given to
lives and struggles of incarerated women 2 homeless people:
across the country. With many first-hand 48
accounts of disrespect, neglect, and abuse ESTIMATED NUMBER
OF HOUSELESS AVERAGE NUMBER
RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM RETURNS TO
(physical/mental/sexual/emotional),Resistance
Behind Bar paints a picture that something is
PEOPLE
in Grand Junction:
OF HOMELESS COLORADO: HIGH COUNTRY EARTH FIRST!
STUDENTS
deeply wrong with the way we, as a society, 1000 identified by school
(mis)treat imprisoned people, especially district 51 every year:
the needs of women, which are not usually PERCENT THAT 500
considered when thinking about prisoners. INCARCERATION
However, this book isn’t just a pity RATES NUMBER OF WOMEN
party thrown to lament the woes of women for women have in Colorado Prisons:
in the prison industrial complex. Resistance increased since 1977: 2302
757
Behind Bars brings to light the many ways
NUMBER OF
in which women struggle against the system NUMBER OF EARTH DOLLARS High Country Earth First! (HCEF! )Started its Anti-I-70
for more humane living conditions. Many FIRST!ERS worth of damage eco- Expansion Campaign in Denver this past month.

E
issues, such as access to education/work arrested dropping a activist caused to the
opportunities, adequate and affordable banner at a Denver Vail Resorts in 1998: arth First! is a philosophy of resistance, sabotage, and plenty of nighttime activities.
healthcare, and family contact/visitation Home Depot: 12,000,000 not a national organization or group. The primary method of communication is the
have been fought for inside prison, regardless 2 All you need to do to be an Earth Earth First! Journal, a bi-monthly magazine
of known reprecussions and punishment. DATE OF First!er is to agree with the general principles which is currently put out by a collective in
WHO CAN HELP GRAND JUNCTION’S of Earth First! The battle cry of Earth First! is Tucson, AZ (www.earthfirstjournal.org).
Law seeks to discount the general keep The Red Pill in NEXT CRITICAL “No compromise in defense of Mother Earth”, There is also a national rendezvous twice
assumption by academics and prison activists print: MASS:
alike that women in prison merely accept you 7/31/09 which means that we will not compromise our a year of EF!ers to come together and share
their conditions and do nothing to change values and morals when fighting to protect stories and skills, plan future campaigns and
it. While many prison riots and protests the environment, and we won’t take half have a good time in the woods (this summer
that occur in men’s prisons may be often * Sources for the State of Disunion can be found at a clearcut forest over an intact ecosystem the rendezvous will be in Cascadia). Groups
known about or covered in the media, similar www.gjredpill.org (“cough”Sierra Club“cough”). It also means form and function autonomously, often based
incidents in women’s facilities fail to get that we will protect wilderness and the on their bioregion or a specific campaign. In
the same media attention. In addition to
direct action, many women also exhaust the CA L L T O AC T I O N environment by any means necessary, from
rowdy protests and sit ins, to letter writing,
Colorado, the last EF! groups which were
outwardly active existed in the late 90s as part
The Red Pill is looking for volunteers: graphic designers, tree sits, road blockades and the use of the of vigorous campaigns against the expansion
‘official’ procedures to combat mistreatment.
writers, poets, cartoonists, artists, and photographers are ever elusive ‘monkey wrench.’ We believe in of ski areas into critical lynx habitat. HCEF!
Complete with numerous helpful end
needed. Get your work published now. Help distribute direct action and in not compromising with is an attempt to revive the wild spirit of
notes, a glossary,
The Red Pill in your community, church, and school: those who destroy our earth for profit. We resistance in this part of the Rockies and
and a section
contact us at gjredpill@hotmail.com. You can also do also believe in biocentrism and deep ecology, bring folks out of the woods who until now
on resources
your part to keep us in print by donating time, paper, that all life and ecosystems have inherent may have been operating as ‘lone wolves.’
for incarcerated
film, copies, and of course money (it doesn’t print itself). value beyond their ‘usefulness’ to humans. HCEF! is a network of smaller EF!
women, Resistance
Behind Bars offers Ecosystems and wild places have the right groups throughout the state from Denver
the public a new to exist for their own sake, not because we and the Front Range, to here in the Grand
and realistic look want to use them or ‘conserve’ them. These Valley/Western Slope, all the way to the
into the lives of are some of the basic tenants of Earth First! four-corners area and back again. With
the forgotten and but the philosophy is constantly evolving. focuses on the oil and gas industries, the
the oppressed. From a historical perspective, Earth First!, ‘clean’ coal movement (new plants/mines),
The Red Pill is collectively produced by Grand Junction in its current form, started up in the southwest uranium mining/milling, the I-70 expansion
Resistance
Alternative Media, with the aim of publishing stories and in the late 1970s, and has since evolved into and stopping urban sprawl, and of course
Behind Bars is
ideas that the mainstream media won’t cover. It is distributed an international movement fighting on many protecting wildlife and their ecosystems.
available through
free, collects no advertising, and is completely staffed by fronts. EF! Has popularized many creative If you are interested in getting involved
PM Press at
volunteers. All materials are copyleft, no rights are reserved. tactics in wilderness defense such as tree sits, with HCEF! or just want to know what’s going
pmpress.org.•
PH O T O C O P Y A N D D I S T R I B U T E AT W I L L ! long term road blockades, tree spiking, hunt on, email: highcountryearthfirst@riseup.net•

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REVOLUTIONARY MEDIA: AN INTERVIEW
WITH THE STIMULATOR

W e have been fans of radical film maker


Franklin Lopez and his group SubMedia
for years. His short films, “Why I Love
Shoplifting From Big Corporations” and “Join
ie an extended break. But it was never my
intention to quit altogether. Not doing the show
is akin to not taking a shit. If I don’t take one
in a while, my insides could explode. In any
the Resistance, Fall in Love” went viral on event, it feels good when people email you
the web, and exposed many to anarchist and crying that they are pissed that “I’m quitting.”
anti-authoritarian ideas. Lopez’s most recent I always email back to chill motherfuckers out.
project is the semi-regular radical newscast,
“It’s the End of the World As We Know It TRP: You must know a lot of
and I Feel Fine.” Hosted by the foulmouthed motherfuckers in the resistance, how do
“Stimulator,” the show delivers radical news, you think the revolution is shaping up?
street action,
and more with a Stimulator:
healthy dose of Revolution is
humor, music, moving and
and resistance. growing. I
Keep up with see it every
the revolution motherfuckin
by checking day. Peeps
submedia.tv or are waking
youtube.com up to the fact
for the most that industrial
recent (s)edition. capitalism is not
working, that we
The Red are destroying “STIMULATOR” FROM PAGE TWO actions while protecting people’s identities.
Pill: How the the planet and dig what I’m doing and want to learn some See you in the streets of
fuck are you? that there’s not skillz while helping spread my potty mouth occupied VanCity on Feb 2010•
a lot of time left. around. I’ve been rocking shit solo for years
Stimulator: Withthatsaid,we
support
and I felt it was about time I asked for help. And
Happy, in love and fuckin hectic. Putting need to spread the word like our life depended I got it, tenfold. So big upz to Rosalee, Paul,
the final touches on the west coast tour, on it, because with the economy collapsing, Annette and super bigs to Linda of 4ZZZ in
editing a section of END:CIV and ready things could go in a bad direction right quick. Aussie who’s been pimping me like Flavor Flav
to rock another motherfuckin sedition.

TRP: What the fuck inspired you


People could start to blame immigrants and
what not and racist Bible beaters could form
legions of Jesus Zombies with Mack 10’s and
on VH1. Muah!Also other peeps are writing
on submedia.tv - ShiftShapers, Zoe Blunt local media
to start ITEOTWAWKIAIFF? well... you can see how bad that would be. Heh!
and Isaac. Double fist pumps for those kids. red pills, cds, zines,
Stimulator: I used to work with some bad TRP: What the fuck is an anarchist
Also, organizing video ninja’s for the
anti-Olympics convergence in Feb
patches, underground
ass motherfuckers on TV Radio show called
“Democracy Now!” I got hooked on news, but
and why do they need thier own
media like ITEOTWAWKIAIFF?
of 2010 in my motherfuckin town. comics, books used and
Go to no2010.com for more info
felt the news I wanted to see/hear, news about
resistance, alternative lifestyles, solutions etc, Stimulator: To me an anarchist is a
new, fair trade coffee
Finally, editing a film about environmental
were hard to find. And when I did find them, motherfucker who is on a constant path to defenders called “END:CIV” inspired and teas, t-shirts,
the formats were pretty lame. So I said “wait finding and creating freedom. Anarchists don’t by the writings of Derrick Jensen.
a motherfuckin minute! I can do this from my wait for revolution, every day is time for revolt Go to endciv.com for more info magazines, dvds, art,
closet.” So when I moved back to Vancouver, I and creativity. So taking on that philosophy I
took my beat up laptop and my camcorder and try to be an anarchist all the motherfuckin time TRP: Any words of advice for up stickers, buttons and
got to work. That was about 60 episodes ago. and the fuckin show is part of that. We need and coming media revolutionaries,
more anarchist media to remind ourselves and those in the fucking streets? much more.
TRP: Why the fuck do you announce the end of
theshowattheendofeachseason?Itmakes ussad,
and then happy when another episode comes out.
that we are out there, that there’s a shitload of
us, to not give up, give in, get co-opted and to
keep on, keeping on. Life! Fuckin Eh. Word.
Stimulator: Media nerds gotta get working
on free software solutions for postproduction.
confluence
Stimulator: Heh! I think it was poor choice
of words on my part. One time I said it was
TRP: What is fucking new at Submedia?
A lot of the options out there are super basic
and we need to stop sucking Steve Job’s cock.
People on the streets fuckin shit up must
books
the last episode.... Until the RNC and DNC Stimulator: Fuckin interns man. Peeps who continue fuckin shit up but we need to have 600 white ave. suite 302
klusterfucks, then after the conventions I was “STIMULATOR” ON PAGE SEVEN a conversation on how to best cover street grand junction
so fuckin burned out that I annouced a hiatus
FASCIST, FANATICS, AND ESCAPIST HOUSING FIRST! NO MORE DEATHS!
I n April 2009, Grand Junction
Alternative Media released it’s fi rst
published book. Fascists, Fanatics
& Escapists, written by local author/artist
T he Red Pill has been covering homeless
issues for many years. Finally,
Grand Junction is seeing movement
from and for the homeless community. A
really is possible if we stand together.
Little did the city know, a coalition
of radicals and homeless people had been
forming quietly for months, and were about
Quinten Collier, is a collection of poetry. ‘Call to Action’ has been distributed by the to start publicly organizing and agitating
Quentin has been writing since the Housing First! No More Deaths! campaign, for necessary reforms. Housing First! No
age of twelve, and some of his influences and the city put fuel on the fire last week. More Deaths! had its first generally meeting
include: Jose Saramago, Pablo Neruda, On Monday June 29th, the City of on Tuesday July 7 in Whitman Park.
Eugene O’Neill, the Beats, Gabriel Grand Junction tried to pass two emergency The homeless, the activists, the local
Garcia Marquez, Tom Waits, Leonard ordinances outlawing “soliciting,” also media, the concerned spiritual community
Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Federico Fellini. known as ‘flyin’ a sign’ or spanging. What and many others from all walks of life
In April 2009, Quinten won the stopped the city from moving forward with made up the over 70 attendants. The
Mark Fischer Poetry Prize for his these ordinances was a strong, large, and loud meeting was filled with community
poem “Thirty Years Till Birth”, which group of homeless people, younger radicals building, cheering, excitement, diversity,
is published in Fascists, Fanatics, & and other concerned community members. a sense of action-ready-to-happen, and
Escapists. Quentin has many projects No one came to support the proposal, it made for a great start to the campaign.
in the works, including another poetry and over a hundred people came to oppose Housing First! No More Deaths!
book, several plays, and numerous songs. it. Solidarity Not introduced their
So keep your eye out for more awesome Charity (our FNB four demands:
writing from Quinten Collier. Support local out here in GJ)
artists! Support local, independent media! provided food •No More Deaths!
You can purchase your own copy and water serving •Housing First!
of Fascists, Fanatics & Escapists or on City Hall’s Housing Now!
any of our other titles at Confluence lawn. Live tunes •Homelessness is
Books at 600 White Ave. #302 in Grand were provided by Not Illegal!
Junction or on-line at www.gjredpill.org.• local band Fast •Housing, food,
Food Kings and water and medical
out-of-towners care are basic
Chicken Little. Human Rights!
The ACLU

Activist Calendar
sent a letter to the They
City Council just hours before the meeting also encouraged those suffering from
stating the ordinances’ unconstitutionality police harassment, which usually takes the
and its underlying intent to criminalize form of petty tickets, to plead not guilty
Every Tuesday • 10am February 10th-15th • 2010 an entire class of people. The comments to all charges in hopes of clogging the
Housing First! No More Deaths! meets to devise creative Convergence agiants the Winter Olympics made from housed or non-housed folks unjustice system. One man had four tickets
grassroots solutions to homelessness, and prevent Vancouver, British Columbia touched on many of the same subjects. in his wallet, and claimed to have three more
homeless related deaths. www.no2010.com The city voted unanimously against in his other wallet. He said that he plans to
Whitman Park
EVERY SATURDAY • 5:00PM one statute and 5-to-2 in favor of the other plead not guilty to all of the charges. TRP
Solidarity Not Charity meets at Whitman Park to serve one, but since they were trying to pass these also found that he plead not guilty, and some
Wednesday, August 5th • 5PM
Drinking Liberally gets together to drink and talk free food for free people. laws without the usual democratic process of the ticket were immediatly thrown out.
politics the first Wednesday of the month. For more info: 257-9520 they needed to pass unanimously. The city The group also plans on attending
Kannah Creek Brewery, Grand Junction will now begin the process of bringing these City Council meetings every other
October 23rd-25th
ordinances through the proper process. Monday and Wednesday at 7pm at City
West Rising! A Growing Resistance
Friday, July 31st • 6PM a confrence on radical organizing.
While people ate food and listened Hall in order to educate through public
Critical Mass. Bring your bike or skate for a Denver University to the music outside of city hall, others comment and keep the issues fresh in
community ride. We are traffic. www.westrising.org were speaking to the council. A banner ‘our leaders’ minds. They also plan on
Lincoln Park, Grand Junction appeared on an adjacent building having workshops/skill-shares in the park
EVERY SATURDAY • 12:00PM that read “We are Everywhere.” to educate themselves and the community.
Tuesday, July 14th • 1pm The Red Pill meets at Confluence Books. Those in opposition held signs With over 70 people in attendence at
Know Your Rights When Dealing With Law Enforcement GET INVOLVED! during the meeting saying things like the first meeting, most of the local media
training/workshop. For more info: 245-4442 “Homelessness is not illegal. God Bless.” in town, a srong spirit of resistance, and the
Whitman Park 600 White Ave. #302 Grand Junction, CO and “Will Work For Free Speech.” and desperate need to get the four demands met,
“Asking For Help is Free Speech.” They the kick-off to the Housing First! No More
RED PILL LOCATIONS also booed and cheered and were, according Deaths! campaign was a huge success. The
You can pick up your copy of The Red Pill at the following locations: Planet 9, Heart of the Dragon, to the GJPD Sergeant, ‘relatively civil.’ people are riled up and ready for action.
Planet Earth, Moe Ping’s Kool Things, The Hot Tomato, Kleen Sting, Colorado Java, Contemporary Glass The grandest victory at this event Housing First! No More Deaths! will meet
Works, Orr’s Trading Post, Coffee Muggers, Triple Play Records, Dream Child Entertainment. was that many people felt empowered again on Tuesday at 10am in Whitman Park.
Download the Red Pill at: http://www.gjredpill.org and started to see some hope. It showed
Become our friend on myspace.com @ http://www.myspace.com/gjam_theredpill a lot of people on the street that it Will you join the movement?•
Talking Backwards
REBUILDING NEW ORLEANS we are casualties
take off your brain —AN ESSAY IN VERSE— point your guns at me
put it on the mantel my brothers in arms
beside the virgin
BY QUINTEN COLLIER living’s so hard
of Guadeloupe candle I was in New Orleans volunteering after Katrina and I found an old tape recorder in the it makes dying look easy
we are that we may desire school which our organization, “Common Ground,” was using for a base of operations. but when the veils drawn
to be as we are not I decided to write and record some songs on it during my stay. Here’s the lyrics, in the blind still don’t see how they’ve been
chronological order, to five of those songs. The rest, I’m sure, has been explained.
i am that i may desire wronged
not to be at all Compassion- where did it go?
our lady of capricious light The Spell of Utopia
what is the essence we’re wrapped so tight by politics
your self proclaimed of each breath you take or just plain cowardice
yet uninhabited radiance at the laundromat Compassion- where did it go?
the clothes in the machine in this world where you no longer fit?
gives me a dull there’s no where to go
throbbing bit of skull ache spin into a white vortex i was born broke
like a hurricane contained within a bubble & nothing to hold
full of vipers huddled with all souls adrift & i still ain’t rich
from a sulfur landscape like clouds in a blender is life the pursuit
shattered by the twinge everyone here is tripping through the revolving of fast cars & women?
doors a door is a universe unto itself
at the end of a wet dream not a barrier to be traversed i would jump ship
& i’d rather not understand a bed is the end & beginning of consciousness but i don’t know where i’d land
glory is practicing of innocence is there paradise
on a tight rope of experience where we’re born & where we’ll return
our clean faces in a magazine water is a gasp & a plunge to the depths in my hands but i still can’t touch it?
constantly on the phone yet none of us are naive enough to believe our- Compassion- where did it go?
selves of a sea that’s devoured its shores
with someone we’ll never know lament drifts between sad ecstasy & grief we’re wrapped so tight by social tricks
locked in the chemical compound in my pocket i have a New York quarter pleasure at love’s expense
one from South Carolina & cares not whose lips its upon
where nothing but smog grows Compassion- where did it go?•
our prophecy is carving our & one from Maryland
the three bald eagles if our lives were silent
likenesses in icicles then let our deaths
if you are just wrap their talons around rockets
what fitting emblems of a power ring on forever
trying to impress me Spiritual Extortion
knit a woman out of clouds i have no need to possess
the heat from the dryer warms my feet what is the essence
a tiger out of leaves what the hell are we fighting for?
the tv elevated above our heads of each breath you take
pull a man out of water laws to enforce & wills to defeat?
serves as a reminder in this world where you no longer fit?
a panther out of moss new order in a chaos that will never cease?
that the only way to kill a comedian there’s no where to go
so i can watch them devour the blind are leading the sick into the inferno
is to stop laughing & nothing to hold
then become each other what the hell are we fighting for?
no matter how austere or elegant i dress huddled with all souls adrift•
then consume madcap judges & circus justice?
& become themselves i always feel that my outfit is inappropriate to die by the gun or live now on crutches?
on days like this Compassion
princess, darling, the weak are hidden & the maligned reported
your handwriting is illegible when it’s too cold to be Louisiana i was long gone what the hell are we fighting for?
the voice in the whiskey bottle i stand in the parking lot before i got here genius guerillas waiting to explode?
attempts to convince me & let the wind smoke my cigarette• & i didn’t come captive students watching a bitter coup unfold?
that i’m clinging to rescue anyone we are bound to lose but we will never conform
to a hopeless dream Unification & Prosperity i played my part what the hell are we fighting for?
for the sake of clinging the same fool i’ve always been the taste of oil or the scent of gravel?
to something hopeless home is a door that hangs on its hinges & i recognize a wheelchair in the sun or a bandage in shadow?
but i ask the the paint that peels from the wood that don’t mean a whole hell of a lot the reflections by the water have been contorted
whiskey in response youth is a bed where you first learned to pray Compassion- where did it go? what the hell are we fighting for?
what else should i be doing? to the cross & the girl from church we’re wrapped so tight in self defense no way out now the trains run backwards
& no matter how long i sit a shadow is a watermark high as the ceiling finance & logic just relax & gorge yourself on horror
talking backwards that occupies all time & space Compassion- where did it go? while those who fought bravest are deemed
to an empty shot glass age is a lament, a plea to the endless unimportant
i still don’t get an answer• for a scrapbook that can’t be replaced of these cruel laws what the hell are we fighting for?•

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