forum on community self defense and criminal legal system

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

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About A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant...

This book - by Combustion Books and the Tilted Scales Collective - is meant to help people facing criminal charges not only figure out how to handle their legal cases, but also how to think about their cases. Rather than being a how-to guide, this book offers a way of thinking about criminal charges that is based on defendants' goals: personal, political, and legal. 


The government is all too successful at using criminal charges to disrupt, destroy, and neutralize radical and revolutionary struggles. This book aims to strike a blow against state repression by helping defendants turn their cases into strategic moments for advancing their movements and struggles—even if they are new to political organizing.


Want a sneak peak? Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness has created a zine version of the conceptual heart of our book that is entitled “The Criminal Legal System for Radicals: Setting and Balancing Personal, Political, and Legal Goals.”


For more information:

http://tiltedscalescollective. org/ /


Pre-orders are now available through AK Press.


In the spirit of solidarity and mutual aid, a portion of proceeds from this book will benefit Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC), a prison abolitionist collective that produces a free resource directory that is mailed to prisoners nationwide on request.


Similarly, any defendant facing felony charges can request a free copy of the zine or full book by emailing or writing:


Tilted Scales Collective

c/o PARC

P.O. Box 70447

Oakland, CA 94612


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