About Our Auction
"Then... Now!" A one-of-a-kind watercolor by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal
About/Proceeds: For years now, the nypd has focused its obscene resources on surveilling and enslaving residents of some of NYC's most impoverished neighborhoods under the pretense of so-called 'gang takedowns'. By deploying the mafia-inspired 'rico act' against Black/Brown residents based on where they happen to grow up, d.a.'s offices throughout the city leverage the full weight of a corrupt federal system boasting of 90%+ conviction rates to coerce droves of young people into taking harsh pleas regardless of 'guilt' or 'innocence'. Set back by the 2013 supreme court ruling which forced them to stop & frisk individuals with more stealth, the country's largest slavecatcher force has devised a new strategy for the large-scale targeting of Black/Brown communities. As if being terrorized by way of predawn raids where your safety, property and humanity are violated and your loved ones are seized from you weren't enough, many residents face eviction from public housing in the aftermath behind NYCHA's profoundly inhumane 'permanent exclusion' policy.
It is for those who are under the boot of this naked & brutal repression that we are raising funds for with this one-of-a-kind watercolor by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who stands in solidarity with the families, and who is himself undergoing the constant weight of state terrorism from behind the prison walls.
For more information about Mumia and to learn more about the struggle for his freedom: www.bringmumiahome.com
Watercolor measures: 8.25x11 inches
About iwoc nyc
The IWW's Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) is a liaison for prisoners to organize, unionize, and build solid bridges with fellow workers on the outside. IWOC helped coordinate the largest prisoners strike in history on September 9th 2016, and is active across the country.
IWOC is firmly committed to prison abolition, and the end of the exploitative and inhumane carceral system.
IWOC NYC supports prisoners in NY state and federal prisons; we run a combined inside/outside political study group, publish prisoner writing and artwork in Kite, our prison newsletter, and are active in the Stop the Raids Coalition against anti-'gang' raids in both NYCHA and private housing in the city.
We've held noise demonstrations outside prison facilities, fundraisers and letter-writings; we also support prisoner family members with prison visits and court appearances, and help campaign to end individual instances of repression and abuse inside.