Through the Walls

is a one-person project by Tessa Through,

*doing and advocating political prisoner/ prisoner of war support and movement building

* and thinking through how to sustain solidarity as part of everyday life.

This blog is part of it.

Tessa Through

is a celtic, sick genderqueer femme who prefers she and her pronouns. — I’m taking a step back from years of organizational work and trying to be my own animal. I’m also white and middle class and carrying plenty of privilege and bad habits so please let me know if I slip up and act offensively or oppressively online.

Aiming toward the following inter-connected goals of breaking through the walls . . .

* through the prison walls. Support political prisoners and prisoners of war, particularly those held in north america, who are imprisoned for political activity to help free all of us from domination, coercion, and oppression and build towards a more egalitarian, communalistic, and democratic society. Refuse to let prison walls divide freedom fighters from each other and from their respective communities and social movements.

* through the everything walls. Focus all endeavors toward the end of state power, coercion, domination, oppression, and bondage. All efforts toward liberation.

*through the label walls. Use and encourage real talk and new (and old) ideas to try and attract some new faces to activism, prisoner support, revolutionary struggle,  solidarity, or whatever we want to call it when people make an effort to live for each other rather than for themselves at the expense of others and for the pecking order that’s been imposed on them, at the expense of themselves. This will involve approaching solidarity as something that can be integrated into real life, real families, and real communities– not something for a chosen few to wear themselves out with in isolation, while neglecting other concerns,  in short-term cycles.

* through the mental walls.  Provide and collect resources to help and encourage activists and activist groups to integrate political prisoner and prisoner-of-war support into their everyday work. Break down the notion of prisoner support as a specialization rather than what it is— an opportunity that very few can really afford to pass up.

* through the border walls.  Try and encourage more back and forth across the arbitary and false partitions that try and convince us that one side is mexico, one side is the u.s., one is canada, and so forth, and that the people on each side have nothing to do with each other and can’t possibly collaborate on solutions.

* through the generational walls.  The idea that the legacy of 1960′s-1980′s anti-imperialist and/or national liberation movements, who still have freedom fighters in prisons, has nothing to do with 1990′s-present day movements and tendencies, some of which also have freedom fighters in prisons– the newer stuff includes zapatismo and the other campaign, transgender liberation, transfeminism, queer liberation, body positivism, the anarchist resurgence, anti-stigma organizing, anti-fascism, earth and animal liberation, the muslim and arab left, the new generation of indigenous sovereigntists, revivals of revolutionary labor organizing, the occupy phenomenon, and all the many other things that have been going on in the last 30 or so years that I may be neglecting to mention. It’s necessary for older and younger generations to understand that for either to understand each other will require some deep, paradigm-shifting thinking. No belief systems can be reconciled, or made to enhance one another, by thoughtlessly tacking one onto the other. Same goes for different movements and tendencies who originate and coexist in the same time periods.