Thank you for visiting our blog to support Vanessa, a transwoman and devoted activist incarcerated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). We are Austin Anarchist Black Cross.
Here is a little bit about who we are, what we do, and how we met Vanessa.
The Austin Anarchist Black Cross is a volunteer-run collective whose goal is prison abolition and our tactics to achieve this goal is through prisoner defense.
We define a prisoner as anyone who is imprisoned within the confines of an illegitimate, oppressive system or structure. These structures and systems include, but are not limited to: the prison industrial complex, the capitalist system and the inequality it breeds, institutionalized and socialized homophobia, sexism, racism, hierarchy, and classism, and the prison of coercion. As a prison abolition collective, the Austin Anarchist Black Cross wishes to among other things, abolish all prisons and institutions that wish to incarcerate free and autonomous individuals. The Austin Anarchist Black Cross collective believes in a consensus based community and life for all people.
We meet every Wednesday at MonkeyWrench Books (located at 110 N Loop Blvd E, Austin, TX 78751) from 7pm to 10pm, sometimes later depending on the energy of the group.
We met Vanessa through our work around the first annual day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners, more information found at: https://transprisoners.net
While composing a zine filled with essays, art and poems by LGBTQ inmates across Texas, Vanessa’s story spoke to us and we decided to extend support and help that was within our capabilities. One of our members formed a strong friendship with Vanessa and has since been visiting her about once a month to connect and carry her story beyond the walls. This blog is an attempt to gain a stronger media platform to keep her supporters updated and engaged in her struggle.