WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
WHERE: CAGE - 83A Hester Street New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
You’re gearing up for the inauguration, right? Of course you are. Who isn’t excited about the second term of a president who signed into law indefinite detention for U.S. citizens; has expanded the use of drones for murder, including the murders of civilians and low-grade military personnel; and would be tried as a war criminal if the Nuremberg principles were applied? Sarcasm aside, we’re sure you have other things to do besides watch the televised sham that is U.S. democracy. Like get to work at your second job to avoid being evicted from your home. We in NYC ABC have other things to do as well, such as get ready for our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner. This week, in response to a call for events for Marie Mason‘s upcoming birthday, we are sending letters to her.
Marie Mason is a loving mother of two and a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, she was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000 – damaging an office connected to GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) research, and destroying a piece of logging equipment.
Mason was sentenced on February 5, 2009 in federal court to almost 22 years – the longest sentence of any Green Scare prisoner. An appeal for a reduction in her sentence was denied in 2010. For more information on Marie’s case, visit: http://supportmariemason.org
If, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to dinner, please take the time to write Marie a letter:
Marie Mason #04672-061
Post Office Box 27137
Fort Worth, Texas 76127
What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Here we are, not a full week into Autumn, and the streets are brimming with dissent. The state murdered Troy Davis; prisoners in California, facing severe repression, are planning to resume a hunger strike; and, locally, comrades have been arrested and brutalized by the NYPD.The pendulum is swinging and we in NYC ABC are having another letter-writing dinner to support those who continue to push that motherfucker until the string snaps. This week, we need you to come and write letters to the judge getting ready to sentence a warrior named Walter Bond.
In 1998, Bond was convicted of burning down the home and meth operation of a multi-million dollar drug dealer that was selling poison to his family and friends. In the Summer of 2010, based on information provided to the FBI by his brother, Walter was arrested for the “ALF Lonewolf” arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado, the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Tiburon Restaurant, which sold Foie Gras in Sandy, Utah. Walter was sentenced to five years in federal prison for the first of these actions and now awaits sentencing for the remaining two.
Walter has written extensively about his history and philosophy and we encourage folks to take the time to read him.
Sentencing is set for Thursday, October 13th, 2011 and we are requesting you write a letter to Judge Ted Stewart, requesting the minimum sentence for Walter. Your letter will help to give a three dimensional and personal perspective on the positive character attributes Walter possesses and how highly he is valued by his friends and associates. The judge who presided over Walter’s case in Denver made a point to say that she read over 50 letters sent from people like you before handing down the minimum penalty.
If you are unable to join us, please write a letter to the judge and mail it to:
Nathan Crane, Esq.
Stirba & Associates
215 South State Street, Suite 750
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
IMPORTANT: DO NOT MAIL THE LETTER DIRECTLY TO JUDGE STEWART.
Address a formal business letter to:
The Honorable Judge Ted Stewart
United States District Court
District Of Utah
350 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Include your address and the date. The salutation is, “Dear Judge Stewart:” and the reference is “United States of America v. Walter Bond.” Tell Judge Stewart why you think Walter Bond deserves his leniency. By doing this, you will actually increase Walter’s chances of a receiving the minimum.
Keep Walter informed by sending him a copy of your letter. Walter’s mailing address is:
Walter Bond #2011-03339
Davis County Jail
Post Office Box 130
Farmington, Utah 84025-0130
The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friendsand comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information aboutthe prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the Anarchist Birthday Brigade.
Getting to 885 Park Avenue is simple:
From the J/M/Z:
Flushing Stop: Walk southeast on Broadway (toward Sumner Place, away from Thornton Street) and make a right on Park Avenue. We’re halfway down the block, on your right.
Myrtle Stop: Walk northwest on Broadway (toward Melrose Street, away from Troutman Street) and make a left on Park Avenue. We’re halfway down the block on the right.
From the G Train:
Flushing Avenue Stop: Walk south on Marcy Avenue (toward Hopkins Street, away from Wallabout Street) and turn left on Park Avenue. We’re three and a half blocks down on the left.
Myrtle-Willoughby Avenues Stop: Walk north on Marcy Avenue (toward Stockton Street, away from Vernon Avenue) and turn right on Park Avenue. We’re three and a half blocks down on your left.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll see you at supper.
This event is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Anarchist Black Cross.–
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Free all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!
For the Abolition of State Repression and Domination!
*********SAVE THE DATE*********
With the recent indictment of Jesse Waters on charges dating back to over a decade ago, it’s clear the specter of the Green Scare has yet to recede. In response to this and the call for an International Day of Solidarity with MarieMason and Eric McDavid, Support Marie Mason NYC and NYC Anarchist Black Cross are hosting a barbecue and raffle to provide material support for the two Earth and animal liberation prisoners serving the longest sentences. Disproportionately long sentences are one characteristic of the government’s campaign against Earth and animal liberationists known as the Green Scare.
Be on the lookout for more details about this event, as well as where to buy raffle tickets, in the next couple of weeks. Please tell your friends and comrades and we’ll see you on June 11th.