Since 2001 political prisoners Herman Bell, David Gilbert and Robert “Seth” Hayes have worked with activists in Montreal (and in 2005 and 2006 New York City) to produce these beautiful calendars. This year there has been a changeover, with a new Montreal collective taking over the outside work. The result has always been a wonderful collection of artwork and political texts addressing some of the most pressing political issues of our day.
This year’s calendar is no exception. The theme for 2007, suggested by David, is the broad topic of “immigration” – inspired by the mass demonstrations in May 2006 and embracing many struggles, from Chicano liberation in the southern united states to Indigenous resistance in canada to the targeting of immigrants and refugees for draconian “security” measures.
Contributors to this year’s calendar include Janet, Debbie and Janine Africa, Gord Hill, Jeff “Free” Luers, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Alvaro Luna Hernandez, Josh MacPhee, Tom Manning, Hazel Hill, John Bowman, Christy C. Road, Irene Monroe, Mumia Abu-Jamal and many more.
Beyond its own value, the calendar is also a worthwhile fundraising tool – funds raised from this year’s sales will go to support the work of the New York State Task Force on Political Prisoners, No One Is Illegal – Kingston and Addameer, a Palestinian Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association.
As always, i am happy to be stocking this calendar and making it available to all of you who want a copy. Stores and activist groups who want to bulk order should also get in touch, as i can offer a wholesale discount.