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The Anarchist Black Cross was originated in Tsarist Russia to organise aid for political prisoners. In the late 1960s the organisation resurfaced in Britain, where it first worked to aid prisoners of the Spanish resistance fighting the dictator Franco’s police. Now it has expanded and groups are found in many countries around the world. We support anarchist and other class struggle prisoners by holding letter writing events and spreading information about different cases.

Edinburgh ABC started in 2011 with regular letter writing at The Forest Cafe. It had a lull in activity after The Forest Cafe closed but was rejuvenated in late 2011 for a fresh start in 2012.

You can contact us on edinburghabc [at] noflag.org.uk

Or pop into one of our regular letter writing events.

Articles by Edinburgh ABC

Prisons – Most Unlawful Places On Earth

The governments Legal Aid and Punishment Act 2012 which came into effect in April 2013 represents one of the Tories most serious and vicious attacks on the poorest and most disadvantaged groups in terms of their relationship with an increasingly more repressive state, removing as it does the right to publicly funded legal redress for the already most powerless in society.

Inside Stories

Edinburgh Anarchist Black Cross are holding an info and discussion evening.

We’ve invited some people who have spent time in jail to speak about their experiences and hope to discuss the role of prisoner support and solidarity as well as strategies to resist the Prison Industrial Complex.

Hopefully we’ll have tea and cake too…please come along and help spread the word.

Call Out for Submissions: Post-Prison Zine

We live in a Prison Society. Last year Her Majesty’s Prison Service incarcerated over 87,000 people in England & Wales alone (not including Scotland and Northern Ireland). Prison has long been used as a tool of oppression against anybody who does not fit in to society’s idea of a “good citizen”.

Meet-up on Monday

All are welcome to join us and find out about the group and what we do, to discuss upcoming fundraisers and events and then do some letter-writing to prisoners.

We’ll have a current list of some political prisoners but please bring information about other people you would like to support.

Monday 22nd Oct

6.30pm-8.30pm

Solidarity House Show March 10th!

We are holding a house show on March the 10th to raise awareness and funds for Jock Palfreeman who is an Australian antifacist prisoner currently being held in Bulgaria. For more information see freejock.com

Local bands will be playing and we will be showing some films and eating lots of yummy vegan cake!

Fortnightly ABC Meetings

We are now running fortnightly meetings where we discuss upcoming events, new ideas for solidarity campaigning and of course write letters to prisoners. If you’re interested in getting involved with Edinburgh ABC, come along to The Meadows Bar [42-44 Buccleuch Street] every second Thursday from 6pm – 8pm. The next event is on Thursday the 23rd of February.

Edinburgh ABC kick started for 2012

Edinburgh ABC started in 2011 with regular letter writing at The Forest Cafe. It had a lull in activity after The Forest Cafe closed but was rejuvenated in late 2011 for a fresh start in 2012. We will be organising regular letter writing events in Edinburgh so watch this space.