Insurgent Prisoner Mail Project

The Insurgent mails out the newspaper to hundreds of prisoners across the country, and many of those prisoners respond with simple or complex asks, often for their essays to be transcribed, for their art to be uploaded and shared, or for additional newspapers. The Insurgent will need help processing and responding to these requests in the coming weeks. This project is in its growing phase, so patience with the process is appreciated, as is any expertise or advice. If you are interested in assisting in responding to and processing these letters and essays, whether you have experience corresponding to prisoners or not, please contact the Insurgent staff, and they will connect you with the other people working on this project.         As we struggle to build a different world, we must constantly dismantle the obstacles standing in our way. By amplifying the voices of incarcerated people, we can understand the power and mechanisms of the State that keep them in bondage. Their world is often one of abuse, trauma, and struggle, and it is always distressing to know these struggles in a more personal way, but each story from incarcerated people that can be shared is a victory. The horrors people face while incarcerated by the State need to always be brought into the public eye, and the Insurgent hopes to help in this endless task.

The UO “Demonstration Team”

…to surveil social media and spy on community protests. Student organizers have known for some time that the administration was monitoring their activities, but until an email conversation disclosed through…

ASUO Burns Down Athletics Contract and helps out students during the pandemic

At 3pm on February 2, 2021, an email abruptly materialized in university students and staff’s inboxes announcing that the administration was giving ASUO until 6:30pm to vote on a $1.7M…

Grants Pass High School Protest – Student Response

…two GPHS students and a supporting community member. A student, who asked to stay anonymous, touched on these events. “It is obviously not a secret that cops were at the…

ASUO Vetos Threat to Student Autonomy

…A coalition of student groups and current & former senators began the process of unraveling what was revealed to be an overwhelming seizure of student assets by the administration. On…

A Letter from the Editors

currently sorting through all the mail that’s piled up. We have a LOT of mail. Most of this mail is subscription requests – we’re slowly but surely working on updating…

UO Student Under Quarantine

In the winter of 2020 Ari was approached by a Chinese recruitment agency, specializing in assisting native English-speaking teachers obtain work contracts throughout China. With the current political relations between…

Day of Demands: Ducks Demand Democracy

…Appoint community members, not capitalists!  Divest from fossil fuels and discontinue reliance on prison labor.  These demands epitomize the event’s goals, but the array of groups in attendance approached these…

Vaccine Privilege in the United States

…in current vaccination rates, with higher income countries like the US having vaccination rates (first dose) upwards of 60%, and lower income countries like Afghanistan still having less than 2%…

A Statement on the Ukraine Crisis

I am writing on behalf of the staff of The Insurgent on the matter of the current crisis in the Donbass region of Ukraine. We, at The Insurgent, are opposed…

Reclaim UO Movement Update

…and direct-action strategies with the primary goal of overturning the current UO Board of Trustees structure under Oregon Senate Bill 270 and replacing it with a democratic campus community model….

Shelly Hart’s Early Life

events that happened to her: her mother’s voice still in her head, “squeeze my hand when it hurts baby, it’ll be okay.” This was Shelly’s reality throughout her childhood, as…

Charlie Landeros: A Memorial

…in the ways they helped to shape,” she said. Ariel also announced plans to continue holding memorial events annually in the future. Some events, she said, would be informative, such…

Living and Fighting, indeed: Atlanta Activists Show Eugene How it’s Done

Not so long ago Eugene, Oregon was the hotbed of the green anarchy movement: a reputation that resulted in feds kicking doors down in the Whiteaker and the Chicago Tribune…

Labor Updates from Solidarity News

…of the three-year contract. EEA President Sabrina Gordon acknowledges that these rates are lower than the current 7% inflation rate the country is experiencing, but says that these are much…