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Jaan Laaman’s Message to Running Down The Walls 2013

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:

Jaan Laaman’s Message to Running Down The Walls 2013

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

Jaan Laaman’s Organizing Announcement for Running Down the Walls 2013

It’s time to lace up those running shoes for Running Down The Walls 2013. Political Prisoner Jaan Laaman explains the history of the event and implores listeners to get organized for 2013′s run. Thanks go out to Prison Radio for recording this.

Jaan Laaman Organizing Announcement

Runners, walkers, Human Rights supporters and people of positive consciousness, it’s time to lace up your running shoes and get ready to participate in the 2013 Running Down The Walls.   Hello, this is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice coming to you from the u.s. prison in Tucson, Arizona.  Let me tell you about this annual 5k run, that takes place in dozens of cities  and  towns, and behind   state and federal prison walls across the usa and in some Canadian cities too.

Running Down The Walls was started 14 years ago in Los Angeles by the ABC Federation, to support and bring attention to the reality of political prisoners in the United States.  More broadly this run helps to publicize the denial of Human Rights and abusive conditions, that so many men, women, and children locked up in american prisons, face daily.

In addition to the runs held in cities around the country, prisoners organize solidarity runs in prison yards, also across the country.  These solidarity runs allow us to join with and show our support for the folks running outside.  Also, this shows unity among ourselves, old, young, Black, white, Latino, Native and all prisoners, running together for a positive goal of justice and freedom.

This year Running Down The Walls will take place on Sunday, September 1st.

If there is no run in your area yet, why not pull one together yourself? Join in, with the thousands of runners — inside and out on September 1st.  We might be separated by miles and bars,  but we are united in our goals of Justice, Human Rights, and Freedom!

Until next time, remember, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle.

NYC – Tuesday, April 30th – May Day Card-Writing for Anarchist Political Prisoners

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
WHERECAGE - 83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free

May Day GarlandYou’ve probably been working too many hours a week to even notice the full-blown war being waged against you by the ruling class. It is real and it is continuing. And of course there is another war– the war against folks imprisoned for their political beliefs and actions. And here’s where we bridge the two. This week, NYC ABC will be hosting our sixth annual May Day card-writing night. We will be sending greeting cards to anarchist political prisoners and there’s an easy (too easy? POSSIBLY!) way for you to help. Just come by, eat some food, sign some cards, maybe meet folks you don’t already know, and show some base level solidarity with those behind bars.

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BK/NY – Tuesday, April 24th – May Day Card-Writing for Imprisoned Comrades

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
WHERE: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
COST: Free

Red and Black, Class Attack

We’re closing in on May Day, and the cops in NYC are on edge. After being outmaneuvered by 150 anarchists during an anti-cop street demonstration, the cops decided to crack some skulls. When threatened, they attack. We’re expect plenty of attacks in the next ten days.

Maybe you’ve probably been working too many hours a week to even notice the full-blown war being waged against you by cops and the ruling class. It is real and it is continuing. And of course there is another war– the war against folks imprisoned for their political beliefs and actions. And here’s where we bridge the two. This week, NYC ABC will be hosting our fifth annual May Day card-writing night. We will be sending greeting cards to anarchist political prisoners and there’s an easy (too easy? POSSIBLY!) way for you to help. Just come by, eat some food, sign some cards, maybe meet folks you don’t already know, and show some base level solidarity with those behind bars.

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BK/NY – Tuesday, August 16th – Support Recently Transferred New York State Political Prisoners

What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Cost: Free

In the words of The Clash, London’s burning. Folks there have had enough of being bullied and murdered by cops and they are fighting back. It’s incredible to see how they’ve come together to drive out the police who have all of the crown’s resources and training at  their disposal. There is plenty to be learned from what is happening there, not to mention the uprisings that continue around the world. During times like this, it serves us to reflect upon those in the United States who have similarly struggled and, in turn, have been captured. With that, NYC ABC brings another of our political prisoner letter-writing dinners. This week we are writing to three folks in our own state, all recently transferred to other prisons. Please join us in writing to Herman Bell, David Gilbert, Seth Hayes, and Jalil Muntaqim.

While we expect to see you on Tuesday, if you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters to Herman, David, Seth, and Jalil:

Herman Bell #79-C-0262
Great Meadow Correctional Facility
11739 State Route 22
Post Office Box 51
Comstock, New York 12821-0051

David Gilbert #83-A-6158
Auburn Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 618
Auburn, New York 13021

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

Jalil Muntaqim* (Anthony Jalil Bottom) #77-A-4283
Attica Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 149
Attica, New York 14011-014
9
*Note: Make sure to address the envelope to Anthony Bottom and the letter to Jalil.

The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the 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.

DIRECTIONS:
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.–

NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

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BK/NY – Tuesday, August 2nd – Come Support Canadian Revolutionary Joseph Clement

What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Cost: Free

Well hot damn if Running Down the Walls 2011 here in NYC wasn’t amazing. We had a good turnout, not much hassle from the cops, and perfect weather. A good chunk of loot got raised for the ABCF Warchest and the Safe OUTside the System Collective (SOS), some genuinely amazing picnic food was shared, and folks are already talking about next year’s run. If you couldn’t make it, but still want to donate to the warchest, e-mail us or send a donation to the NYC ABC post office box (both addresses listed below).

Never content to rest on our laurels, we’re heading back into the NYC ABC staple– our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner. Anticipate having your mind blown by the food this week, but come for the person to whom we’re writing– Joseph Clement.

Joseph is a Canadian comrade who, in late 2010, firebombed a bank. No one was injured and it is clear that was by design. Joseph has been an active organizer for decades and his imprisonment is a loss to his community.

Once arrested, along with two other folks, Joseph remained steadfast in his decision to neither give names, testify against others, nor cooperate with the state. Unfortunately, at this point in history, such a stance is noteworthy as we’ve seen seemingly committed folks turn to the most disgusting and treacherous acts in an attempt to shave a little time off of a potential sentence. As a direct result of Joseph’s strength of character, his co-defendants were not tried for the bombing.

While we expect to see you on Tuesday, if you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Joseph at:

Joseph Roger Clement FPS-666866F
Pittsburgh Institution
Highway 15, Number 3766
Post Office Box 4510
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 5E5
Canada

The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the 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.

DIRECTIONS:
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.–

NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

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Jaan Laaman’s Address to Running Down the Walls 2011

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.

Jaan Laaman RDTW 2011 Address

REMINDER: June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason and Eric McDavid

WHAT: Solidarity BBQ + Raffle For Marie Mason and Eric McDavid
WHEN: 2:00pm to Late, Saturday, June 11th
WHERE: 190 Orchard Street  (Between Houston & Stanton), LES Manhattan
COST: Cheap Drinks (alcoholic and not) and Eats (vegan burgers, dogs,and sweets). Please do not BYOB.

It’s hot outside!  Join us on a Lower East Side rooftop for drinks, food, and music, all in support of two long-term greenscare anarchist political prisoners!  Events in support of Marie Mason and Eric McDavid are happening on four continents– come and be a part of this worldwide day of international solidarity!

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.

 

And if you can’t make the BBQ, you can support Marie and Eric by buying tickets for the June 11th Raffle!

Raffle tickets are ON SALE NOW!  

Available for purchase at the BBQ and ahead of time at Book Thug Nation (100 North 3rd Street) in Williamsburg.

Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.

Win prizes from:

Spectacle Theater
Book Thug Nation
Champs Family Bakery
Autonomedia
Black and Red Books
Mooshoes
Lula’s Sweet Apothecary
Acupuncture by Famous
Sparrow Media
Arissa Media
Kingsland  Sandwich  Shop
Green is the New Red
Bluestockings
Amie’s Vegan Truffles
Local Artists
& many more!!

For more information, visit:
june11.org
SupportMarieMason.org
SupportEric.org

BK/NY – May 29th – Anarchist Memorial Day Comes A Day Early

WHAT: Anarchist Memorial Day BBQ and Flag-Burning
WHEN: 4:00pm-Midnight, Sunday, May 29th
WHERE: 60 Vernon Avenue (between Nostrand and Marcy Avenues), Brooklyn (G to Myrtle/Willoughby or J/M to Myrtle)
COST: No cover, cheap food and drinks!

Look, we’re rarely on time for anything. On the upside, we’re usually early. And while we’re happy to get an extra day off from work, we’re celebrating our memorial day a day early. Fuck your heroes, fuck your flags.

Want to escape the plaguing patriotism? Sunday May 29th, NYC Anarchist Black Cross will be having a barbecue to support our troops, raising funds for anarchists in trouble. Cheap drinks, cheap food and no cover! Bring you friends, burn some flags and party with us.

All Proceeds go to the Anarchist Defense Fund- to bail out comrades who step up the game.

No BYOB, but by all means, BYOF (bring your own flag…to burn)!

BK/NY – Tuesday, May 10th – Letter Writing for Alvaro Luna Hernandez

What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Cost: Free

Do you ever feel like maybe, for once, you got just enough sleep? The world looks a little less miserable, life feels more…lifelike. Maybe it’s the weather in NYC, maybe there’s some well-worn metaphor about Spring, renewal, and new life that we should be carting out. Whatever it is, there’s work to be done and there’s no other time to do it. With that, we are hosting another of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners.

This week we are focusing on Alvaro Luna Hernandez. Alvaro Luna Hernandez is a Chicano-Mexicano political prisoner sentenced to 50 years in prison for aggravated assault on a cop when he disarmed a sheriff attempting to shoot him.

Deeply effected by witnessing the murder of one of his friends by a known racist cop (yes, it’s redundant), Alvaro dedicated his life to fighting police brutality, especially as it was manifest against the Chicano community. From 1976 through 1990, Alvaro was falsely accused of murder (and after public outcry eventually released) and severely beaten by police, all the result of his work to end police brutality in Houston, Texas.

In 1996, Brewster County Sheriff Jack McDaniel came to Alvaro’s house, allegedly to arrest him for robbery (side note: the robbery charge was summarily dismissed). The cop didn’t have an arrest warrant and when Alvaro, unarmed, questioned the cop’s abuse of power, the cop pulled his gun. Before he could shoot, Alvaro disarmed the cop without injuring him, and fled.

Upon his capture, Alvaro was found guilty and sentenced to an unbelievable 50 years in prison. Since his imprisonment, he has been denied access to library materials, faced increasing censorship of his mail, and had to deal with retaliation from prison staff over his filing of grievances. A recent call-in campaign was announced to address these injustices.

If for some bizarre reason you can’t make it to dinner, please write to Alvaro from home. His address is:

Alvaro Luna Hernandez #255735
Hughes Unit
Route 2, Box 4400
Gatesville, Texas 76597

For more information, visit freealvaronow.blogspot.com

The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the 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.

DIRECTIONS:
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.–

ABCF-NYC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

nycabc[at]riseup[dot]net
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Free all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!
For the Abolition of State Repression and Domination!

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