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Remembering an anarchist revolutionary

category ireland / britain | anarchist movement | news report author Monday July 06, 2009 03:12author by Sean Matthews- personal capacity - Workers Solidarity Movement Report this post to the editors

The passing of US anarchist prisoner, Harold H Thompson last October marked the end of a revolutionary, a fighter for the libertarian ideal, who remained unbowed and unbroken in the face of a social order built on domination and exploitation.
Harold H Thompson 1942-2008
Harold H Thompson 1942-2008

The passing of US anarchist prisoner, Harold H Thompson last October marked the end of the life of a revolutionary, a fighter for the libertarian ideal, who remained unbowed and unbroken in the face of a social order built on domination and exploitation.

Harold lived an extraordinary life, politicised during the Vietnam War, he soon found himself on the frontline through political incarceration for expropriating the expropriators.

Undeterred by the American Gulag as he often referred to in his prison writings, Harold maintained his sense of selflessness and commitment to the revolutionary cause by becoming a ‘jail house lawyer’.

In the face of prison neglect and abuse inflicted by the prison industrial complex, attacked by white supremacist thugs, Harold was still able to build up a special relationship with supporters on the outside through his writings and letters.

I was just one of the many who wrote to Harold and tried to spread his message. The least I could do was help to arrange the spreading of his ashes in Ireland. As first generation Irish American, Harold was influenced by Irish Republicanism and the struggles here.

In the words of Harold H Thompson from one of his letters

“Someday the very earth will shake from the collective exploitative schemes to control us, capitalism and communism, into the dustbin of history. We have to live and must work for that day when our politics will be in the sun.”

As Harold used to end every letter, "They will never get us all! We have a world to win!

Please click on this link below for Harold’s supporter’s website. You can view some of his writings, Obituary and a report from his funeral.

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author by Ahma_Daeus - http://www.npsctapp.blogspot.compublication date Mon Jul 06, 2009 23:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Even if one does not ask or pretends not to see the rope and the flashing red flag draped around the philosophical question standing solemnly at attention in the middle of the room, it remains apparent that the mere presence of a private “for profit” driven prison business in our country undermines the U.S Constitution and subsequently the credibility of the American criminal justice system. In fact, until all private prisons in America have been abolished and outlawed, “the promise” of fairness and justice at every level of this country’s judicial system will remain unattainable. We must restore the principles and the vacant promise of our judicial system. Our government cannot continue to "job-out" its obligation and neglect its duty to the individuals confined in the correctional and rehabilitation facilities throughout this nation, nor can it ignore the will of the people that it was designed to serve and protect. There is urgent need for the good people of this country to emerge from the shadows of indifference, apathy, cynicism, fear, and those other dark places that we migrate to when we are overwhelmed by frustration and the loss of hope.
My hope is that you will support the National Public Service Council to Abolish Private Prisons (NPSCTAPP) with a show of solidarity by signing "The Single Voice Petition"

Please visit our website for further information:

–Ahma Daeus
"Practicing Humanity Without A License"...

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