Anarchist Black Cross
The Anarchist Black Cross
is an anarchist political
organization, first started in Russia
as the Anarchist Red Cross
, a support organization for political prisoners
. During the Russian Civil War
), the group's name was changed, so as to avoid confusion with the Red Cross
. The Black Cross declined in influence during the Great Depression
; however, during the 1960s
, it was reformed in Great Britain
and, during the 1980s
, expanded into North America
. The group is notable for its efforts at providing prisoners with political literature
- "We believe, as most Anarchists do, that prisons serve no useful function and should be abolished along with the State. We believe in the abolition of both the prison system and the society which creates it. We believe in direct resistance to achieve a stateless and classlessless society. We share a commitment to revolutionary Anarchism. We see a real need for Anarchists to be militantly organized."
- "When power is challenged, be it in South Africa, occupied Palestine, Chile, Ireland or Canada, it inevitably turns to violent repression and political imprisonment to maintain itself."