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NYC – Sunday, July 31st – Running Down the Walls 2011!


WHAT: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike
WHEN: 2:00-7:00pm, Sunday, July 31th
WHERE: Prospect Park– Lincoln Road/East Lake Drive, east of the Terrace Bridge (see the below map for exact location)
COST: $10 registration (includes food and drinks afterwards)

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity events with Running Down the Walls. Last year, we had runs in Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Denver (CO), Elmore (AL), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), New York (NY), USP Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), and Toronto, Ontario. This year we hope to expand the amount of runs in prisons and other cities, as well as increase the amount of funds raised for community projects.

This year’s run will take place on Sunday, July 31st at 2:00pm in solidarity and conjunction with runs that will take place in cities and prison yards across the country at the same time.

REGISTER AS, OR SPONSOR, A PARTICIPANT

For this to be a success, we need your support.

* Run/walk/bike/roll in the 5k – We need participants who can run/walk/bike/roll the 5k and are able to collect financial pledges to offer as donations to the run. Download the brochure, complete with registration and sponsor form right here.

* Volunteer for the run – We need folks who are willing to staff a registration/literature table, hand out water, bike the route as street medics, and help chalk the route beforehand.

* Donate to the run/sponsor a participant – If you are not able to attend, but want to support this fundraising effort, please mail donations to:

NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Your donation of $10 or more entitles you to the celebratory picnic after the event.

Each year, we split proceeds between the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Warchest Program and a local organization. This year’s partner group will be the Safe OUTside the System Collective.

The Warchest Program:
The Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) has initiated a program designed to send monthly checks to those Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. The Warchest program was initiated in November 1994. It’s purpose is to collect monthly funds from groups and individual supporters, and send that money to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks. For more information, visit: http://www.abcf.net/abcf.asp?page=warchest

Safe OUTside the System:
The Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective is an anti-violence program led by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming people of color. We are devoted to challenging hate and police violence by using community based strategies rather than relying on the police. For more information, visit: http://alp.org/community/sos

We’ll be starting here:


Directions:
From the B or Q train, get off at the Prospect Park stop. Walk to Lincoln Road and turn right into the park. We’ll be about 700 feet away.

The event will be two laps around what is known as the Inner Loop, and will total five kilometers. For the curious, here’s what it looks like:

Of course, if you have any questions, e-mail us at nycabc at riseup dot net

BK/NY – Tuesday, July 12th – Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army at Book Thug Nation

WHAT: Puppet Show History of the Prison Industrial Complex
WHEN: 7:00-9:00pm, Tuesday, July 12th
WHERE: Book Thug Nation [100 North Third Street, Between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn]
COST: Free, but we’re passing a hat (Roadshows need loot to travel. Otherwise, they’re just shows).

Join NYC ABC and Book Thug Nation as we welcome a traveling puppet show of a history of the Prison Industrial Complex from slavery to where it is today. There will also be some other road show elements and presentations as well as a few anti-capitalist fairy tales using rod puppets. The roadshow is a product of the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army, whose past work highlighted security culture in the midst of the feds and cops working to destroy our movements and communities.

The tour will raise awareness about the Prison Industrial Complex and the ways in which police and policing hurt our communities.

“Our goal in this tour is to use art to explore these relationships and brainstorm with our audiences how we can fight this brutally racist system,” said Mysterious Puppeteer Michael Snacks.

The United States currently imprisons nearly 3 million people. About 6.5 million people are presently under some form of supervision within the criminal justice system. Racism continues to be a major factor in the United States, illustrated by policies and programs that sustain white supremacy. Racism, as it is used through criminal laws that target people of color, is essential to prisons, not accidental. The Prison Industrial Complex is also fueled by dramatic and racist reporting about “crime,” “delinquency,” and “rebellion,” creating a culture of fear. As a result, people (primarily people of color, youth, and the poor) are locked in cages for longer and longer in the interests of “public safety.” The way the many parts of the Prison Industrial Complex interact is exactly what makes it so powerful and destructive. In order to fight this system, we have to recognize what drives and shapes it.

These shows are child-friendly and we greatly encourage you to bring younger folks to this event. The focus is not sub-culture specific, in an attempt to make it more appealing to a larger number of folks.

For more information, please visit:
Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army: mrpuppetarmy.wordpress.com
NYC Anarchist Black Cross: nycabc.wordpress.com
Book Thug Nation: bookthugnation.com

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, February 15th – Letter-Writing for Anti-War Prisoners

What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Cost: Free


Resistance to dictators is gaining traction throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. People are organizing in non-hierarchical ways to determine their own collective destinies. And yet here, in the United States, folks who stand up to the grossest military aggressions on Earth are labeled as traitors or terrorists and thrown in prison. This week, we are writing to two anti-war prisoners– Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Dr. Rafil Dhafir is believed to be the only U.S. citizen imprisoned for violating the sanctions on Iraq. He is an American Iraqi-born physician, who was sentenced on October 28, 2005, to 22 years in prison for violating the Iraqi sanctions by sending money to Iraq through his charity Help the Needy. From the outset of the case against Dhafir, the prosecution was duplicitous. Using unfair tactics and innuendo, and aided by a compliant media, the government transformed Dhafir’s community image from a compassionate humanitarian into a crook and supporter of terrorists.

Bradley Manning is a United States Army soldier who was charged in July 2010 with the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, namely to the non-profit media organization WikiLeaks. He has been detained since May 2010, and is being held in “maximum custody” solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico, Virginia. Manning is expected to face a pre-trial hearing in May 2011 to determine whether or not he should be court-martialed.

For more information, visit:
dhafirtrial.net
bradleymanning.org

In case you aren’t able to make it to dinner, here are Rafil’s and Bradley’s addresses so you can join in from home:

Rafil A. Dhafir #11921-052
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

Bradley Manning
c/o Courage to Resist
484 Lake Park Avenue, #41
Oakland, California 94610

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

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Tuesday (January 18th) – Letter-Writing for Black Liberation Prisoner Sekou Kambui

What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Cost: Free


Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s cold. And mostly gross. We get it, nature, you’re unpredictable and ungovernable. But that doesn’t change the fact that this coming Tuesday, NYC ABC is hosting another great letter-writing dinner. Brave the freezing rain to warm yourself up with great food, camaraderie, and correspondence with one of our long-held political prisoners. This week we’re writing to Sekou Kambui.

On January 2, 1975, Sekou was captured in north Birmingham for allegedly running a yield sign and/or speeding. During this stop, a 9mm pistol was found in the car lying between the front seats. Subsequent investigation by police on the scene discovered that the pistol was listed as stolen during a Tuscaloosa, AL murder. A wide-ranging investigation followed, which included inquiries into his personal relationship with a white woman. At one point during the investigation, while being transported, Sekou was told by one of the investigators, “…we don’t really give a damn whether you committed these crimes or not, but you should have because we’re gonna hang your ass with them anyway…” Sekou was falsely arrested and charged with the murder of two white men: a KKK official from Tuscaloosa and a multi-millionaire oil man from Birmingham. The trial was racially charged from the beginning with a black civil rights leader being accused of killing two white men in the state of Alabama.

Even a cursory review of the history of the case shows that Kambui was nowhere near the scene of either murder and that as a Black activist being charged for the murder of two white men in Alabama, he never stood a chance of a fair trial.

In case you aren’t able to make it to dinner, here’s Sekou’s address so you can join in from home:

Sekou Cinque T.M. Kambui (s/n William James Turk) #113058
Staton Correctional Facility (B1-21)
Post Office Box 56
Elmore, Alabama 36025-0056

NOTE: The envelope should be addressed to William Turk, the enclosed letter to Sekou Kambui.

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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