Hamilton New Years Noise Demo Reportback 2023

For the 15th year in a row, we lit up the sky with fireworks to deliver warm new years greetings to prisoners in Hamilton, ON. 

Our first stop was to the George R Force Group Home, an open custody and detention facility for youth (ie. some residents may be allowed to leave at times, others aren’t). Whatever the name, this is a jail for kids, and is part of a prison system that we want to completely destroy. Around 30 of us filled the street outside, displaying our Happy New Year banner and setting off fireworks. We could only be sure that one kid caught the show, but hopefully it made a difference in their night.  Read More …

Hamilton: Free Gaza Banner Drop

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info On November 4 2023, a small group of anti-colonial feminist organizers in Hamilton, Ontario dropped a banner over Highway 403 in solidarity with the people of Gaza and all Palestinians who are experiencing the current genocidal peak of Israel’s violent settler-colonial state project. Reading ‘FREE GAZA’, the banner was dropped in response to a call for a Day of Action across Turtle Island to Read More …

Hamilton L3Harris Shut Down

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info L3Harris in Hamilton, ON Shut Down! Location: 50 Leavitt Blvd, Waterdown Over ten thousand Palestinians have been murdered; at least 4237 of them children. Thousands more have lost their friends and family. Entire lineages of kin have been erased from their homes and homelands with prejudice. For those watching and cognizant, it’s not hard to draw at least some parallels between the State of Read More …

Standing Ground on Our Back Foot: A Look at September 20th Counter-Protests in Hamilton and Guelph

September 20th, 2023, saw coordinated protests billed as the “1 Million March 4 Kids” take place at various school boards, city halls and other such locations across Canada and a bit of the U.S. They were spurred on by the Hands Off Our Kids organization. HOOK, under the guise of “protecting children” and their “rights,” and couching itself in the language of Liberal inclusiveness, seeks to eliminate what they have referred to as “LGBTQ+ ideology” from schools. This article does not exist to defend any government institution or politician: its purpose – like our presence at the counter-protests – is to defend queer existence and marginalized communities from the creeping tide of hate and opportunistic fascism. We are two Hamilton queers who put ourselves in the midst of the action in Guelph and in Hamilton, at different stages. We, Ripley and E.D., have set out here to provide our on-the-ground perspectives on the protesters, what took place in both cities, as well as on what comes next. Read More …

Announcing the Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair 2023

Submitted by the Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair Announcing: the Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair 2023! Mark your calendars and join us September 30th 2023 for a day of rad vendors, workshops, and seeing old friends and making new connections! Applications for tables and workshops are open now at https://hamiltonanarchistbookfair.noblogs.org/ – deadline is August 4th. Location to be announced soon. Free to attend. Saturday: Bookfair 10am-6pm Sunday: Community BBQ and pick-up softball game Keep Read More …

Hamilton: Reflections on Ongoing Hunger Strike in the Barton Jail (Spring 2023)

This past Wednesday, April 19, 2023, we received word that prisoners on all the ranges on the fourth floor of the Barton Jail had coordinated to begin a hunger strike. At the same time and without knowing about what was going on upstairs, prisoners on the third floor had drafted and circulated a five-page letter outlining their issues with conditions in the prison. It was signed by all prisoners on several ranges and was delivered to the superintendant. Once the prisoners on 3 learned about the strike, they joined in the next day, on April 20. Read More …

Hamilton: Letter Writing Night in Solidarity with Atlanta Arrestees

Anonymous Submission to North Shore Counter-Info On Saturday, we brought some friends together to write letters to the people accused of domestic terrorism and held without bond in Georgia. We talked about the case and about cop city and sent out as many letters as we could. It’s a small thing, but small gestures of solidarity like this are happening all over and we thought it might be worth saying Read More …

Bailing on Justice and Rearranging the Chains: Fuck Prison

So-called Canada’s 13 premiers recently signed a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging stricter bail requirements. “The time for action is now, our heroic first responders cannot wait”. Hopefully, this short analysis can shed some light on the recent preparations made by the state to strengthen their security-apparatus. Hopefully, this will help us make our own preparations. Read More …

Practical Abolition from the Inside Out: Reflections on Prisoner Solidarity Organizing

In the US and Canada, it doesn’t get that much lower than the prisoner. Excluded in every way, stripped of their most basic rights, exposed to humiliation and violence regularly, deprived of basic necessities, prisoners are at the very bottom of the social hierarchy, scorned and blamed by all the other classes. Prison crystalizes all forms of oppression and also props them up, and so organizing around prison can be a way of getting at the core of exploitative power relations in a community.

In Hamilton, our local prison is right in middle of the city, in between the cheap grocery store and the beer store. We pass it all the time, and it literally casts it shadow over us. Our goal in starting the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project (or BAPSOP) in 2018 was to “thin the walls” and make it so we could hear the voices of our neighbours on the inside, make them feel a little less alone. Read More …