Karen Smith, Rebecca Hensley, and Brian McCarvill presente

Submitted by R Totale on December 3, 2020

In memory of three people who've played some kind of role in US prison struggle who passed away recently:
There's a full obituary for Karen Smith, outside organizer who played a big role in supporting prison strikes in Florida here: https://antistasisproject.wordpress.com/2020/12/01/next-step-we-burn-it-down/

There doesn't seem to be a full obituary for Rebecca Hensley from Louisiana anywhere, but a few people involved in the movement have been sharing their appreciation for her, eg here, here and here.

Lastly, Oregon anarchist prisoner Brian McCarvill passed away in September, apparently as a result of the Oregon prison system's deadly mishandling of the COVID pandemic. Not a particularly well-known name, he was involved in a successful lawsuit back in 2003 against ODOC censoring anarchist publications. You can read a 2003 write-up he did for Green Anarchist here, and here's some comments he wrote critiquing Engels' text "On Authority" (with help from a few others, including one John Z.)

R Totale

1 year 8 months ago

In reply to by libcom.org

Another tribute to Karen Smith's impact, from a Florida prisoner she worked with: https://sfbayview.com/2020/12/rest-in-power-comrade-karen-smith/