If you consistently mail the latest updates to a specific prisoner, please let us know so we can insure there’s no overlap. The goal is to have copies sent to all of the prisoners we list. As of now, we are meeting that goal.
Part of what NYC ABC does as part of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners is pass around cards to be signed for imprisoned comrades who have birthdays in the following two weeks. Our current cards are handmade, donated by comrades in New York Year Zero.
It was during our last letter-writing that we got the incredible news that Herman Wallace had been released. We decided to hold the card until we had a stable address to which we could send Herman’s card. In the few short days that followed, Herman Wallace died. We decided that the best way to honor Herman is to show how much love was being sent to him from a small event in Chinatown, NYC. Rest In Peace/Rest In Power, Herman Wallace.
The unfortunate reality is that we have an entire population of aging comrades. If we don’t start to work on ways to get them free, and soon, we will be forced to watch what happened to Herman play itself out again and again, celebrating three days of freedom as a victory and wondering what we could have done differently. This is not an indictment, but rather a hopeful wake up call.
With the United States acting as judge, jury, and executioner abroad, we should be amazed that any of our political prisoners are captured and not just assassinated (though plenty have been). This disgusting, sinking ship is determined to take the whole world with it, whether it’s one person, one community, or one nation at a time. And while the United States may have stayed its intention to go to war with Syria, we are no closer to collective, total liberation. Until we are free, we continue to revolt and support those around us who have done the same.
Historically, the United States government has taken an (militarily and ethically) offensive position in regards to Puerto Rican political prisoners. Within the last couple of years, the FBI arrested Norberto Claudio González on charges dating back to 1983. On the same day as Norberto’s arrest, Oscar López Rivera was denied parole on the 30th anniversary of his arrest. The federal government clearly resents to successes of the movement to free Puerto Rico and is patient enough to wait 28 years to make an arrest. This should serve as a lesson to revolutionaries of all stripes– stay active, stay safe, and know that you must watch your back forever.
If for some nutty reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Norberto and Oscar, you can write to them at:
Norberto González Claudio #09864-000
FCI Coleman Low
Post Office Box 1031
Coleman, Florida 33521
Oscar López Rivera #87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808
Alex Stuck of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison at the end of this month or by early November. So , Bloomington ABC , NYC ABC , and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Alex.
“Alex…was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for attacking and stopping an organizing luncheon of white supremacists. The meeting of white nationalists and neo-Nazis took place in Tinley Park, Illinois in May 2012.
With good time, Alex will be getting out in late October or early November. Alex has enjoyed many letters, correspondences and book & commissary donations from his supporters during his time in captivity (y’all have helped to make his time much more tolerable!), but prisoner support doesn’t end when our comrades are released; transitioning out of prison can be a difficult time for former prisoners.
Having felonies on one’s record creates barriers to housing and employment. Many things about their lives and communities may have changed during their time inside, so extra effort is required to provide support and build solidarity to avoid isolation and undue financial hardship. Please help us create a gracious homecoming and a smooth re-entry for Alex.”
Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home. Donate to your ability and show an anti-fascist comrade how we welcome folks home.
If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to Alex offline, please make the check payable to Alex Stuck and mail it to:
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Post Office Box 163126
Sacramento, California 95816
If you’d like to write to Alex to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, he’d love to hear from you. His current address is:
Alex Stuck M34020
Dixon Correctional Center
2600 North Brinton Avenue
Dixon, Illinois 61021
Jeremy Hammond, who is being held right here in NYC, has an upcoming sentencing date. In preparation for that, his support crew is urging folks to write letters requesting leniency from the judge. NYC ABC, in turn, are asking you to help Jeremy and his supporters. Historically, pre-sentencing letters have proven to persuade judges’ opinions in that they show how much support someone has and how valuable they are to their communities. Jeremy deserves to be free NOW, so whatever you can do to encourage Judge Preska to do the right thing, please do it. And don’t forget to pack the courtroom on Friday, November 15th, the day on which Jeremy will be sentenced.
“We are currently collecting letters of support to ask Judge Loretta Preska for leniency in sentencing.
WHAT: Party With A Purpose – The 5th Annual FREEDOM DANCE
WHEN: 7:30 pm to 1:00 am, Saturday, November 2nd
WHERE: National Black Theater – 2031 5th Avenue (at 125th Street) Harlem
COST: $20 (proceeds support U.S.-held political prisoners)
Celebrate 34 years of liberation of Assata Shakur―and fight to keep her free! There will be food, drink, and dancing with music provided by DJ Revolution. And we’ll introducing the new cocktail, the ¡ASSATA LIBRE!
For more information: FreedomDancing5@gmail.com
It’s no secret that winter is the baby-making season and that leaves October as the month with the most birthdays. As we know, our imprisoned comrades are folks coming from the same movements as us, not some rare breed of super-human. As a result a disproportionate number of them also share October births. In fact, there are so many upcoming political prisoner birthdays that NYC ABC is focusing our entire upcoming political prisoner letter-writing dinner on sending cards to them. So come join us for some good food and sign a whole gang of cards. We’ll see you for supper.
We’ve finished the latest version of the NYC ABC “Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War” and it’s available for viewing (and download) by clicking on the tab at the top of this page. This update includes address changes for a few prisoners as well as removing Jason Hammond (OUT ON BAIL!) and Eric Marquez (TIME SERVED!). Unfortunately, this version also includes the addition of two new folks– Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff, recently arrested in Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.”
It’s been a busy couple of weeks since our last political prisoner letter-writing dinner. We hosted Running Down the Walls 2013 and folks from our collective attended a North American Anarchist Black Cross conference in Colorado. Meanwhile,
Raytheon the United States government continues to try and convince the world that plans to bomb Syria are justified and desirable. In this same period of time, two Los Angeles animal rights activists were arrested in rural Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.” And it is on these two NYC ABC focuses our next dinner.
After a traffic stop in which they refused consent to a police search, Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff‘s car was searched anyway. Inside, police allege they found bolt cutters, wire cutters, muriatic acid, ski masks, and camouflage clothing.
Police believed these items were “burglary tools” intended to be used in a crime, and arrested Kevin and Tyler. The two are held on felony charges which carry up to 3 years in prison. They have remained in jail since their arrest on August 14th.
There is no evidence linking them to any crime or intended crime, nor were they arrested on anyone’s property, and their history as animal advocates is the only basis for these serious felony charges. A recent call-in campaign on their behalf resulted in threats of further punishments.
If for some nutty reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Tyler and Kevin, you can write to them at:
Tyler Lang #4564
Woodford County Jail
111 East Court Street
Eureka, Illinois 61530
Kevin Johnson* #4565
Woodford County Jail
111 East Court Street
Eureka, Illinois 61530
*Kevin Olliff. Address envelope to Kevin Johnson
Long-term anti-imperialist prisoner Jaan Laaman has always been a great promoter and participant in Running Down the Walls. This year is no different and he’s given us an audio address for the event. Via prisonradio.org:
UPDATE: We’ve also received, via Los Angeles ABCF, a report from Jaan on Running Down the Walls that happened in the prison that currently holds him captive:
Hello everybody – hope this has been/is being a good running day for all of you. About 30 of us in here – young and old, Black, white and Latino, did a real nice RDTW this morning. We got together before taking off, had some words about the meaning of Running Down the Walls and it’s origin and ongoing reality. Then we took off and got a real decent 5k – some walked some laps, but most ran all the miles. Afterwards we all drank a cold soda and talked about people running in other cities and towns, in other kamps too, some at that very moment. So it was a positive morning and a good run and we hope and expect that all of you and many many others, even in Switzerland! I hope they had a good run today too. Now let’s hope Obama does NOT launch a new war in the mid-east, in Syria and, of course, I know we will all do what we can — Freedom Is A Constant Struggle ! jaan