BK/NY – Tuesday July 17th – Letter Writing Dinner for International Antifa Prisoners


WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
WHERE: The Base1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

Folks….
The remaining charges on all the remaining 39 J20 inauguration day protesters have been dismissed! All of em!  Every single one!

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As NYC ABC celebrates this victory, brought by the work of the defendants themselves, those in the community who supported them, and the legal and support teams that destroyed and exposed the State’s cases/lies in the the previous J20 trials, we are reminded of the importance of supporting folks who put themselves on the line in direct action against State, capitalist, and white supremacist power. You won’t see anyone resting on any laurels here in NYC. With that in mind, this week we will once again answer this call for support in the Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners by sending cards to antifascist prisoners overseas.

From NYC Antifa:

Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.

Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman—an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans—the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.

This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners—the comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trial—because they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

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Illustrated Guide Version 13.5 Uploaded!

We’ve finished the latest version of the NYC ABCIllustrated 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 updated mini-bios, photos, and address changes for several prisoners, as well as the removal of Debbie Africa (released on parole!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, July 3rd – Letter Writing Dinner for Rayquan Borum

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

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With hundreds of thousands of folks across the country taking the streets to make the demand to #AbolishICE, NYC ABC invites you to support others held captive by the state. For this week’s political prisoner letter-writing dinner, we are writing to Rayquan Borum.

Rayquan Borum was arrested during the Black Lives Matter uprising in Charlotte, North Carolina. Revolutionaries in the city firmly believe he is falsely being accused of murdering a young man, in a cover up attempt by the “authorities.”

If for what ever reason you can’t make it out to write Rayquan in the company of fellow anarchists and vegan food, we hope you’ll still find some time to write to him here:
Rayquan Borum #0000400226
Mecklenburg County Jail
Post Office Box 34429
Charlotte, North Carolina 28234

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BK/NY – Tuesday, June 19th – Letter Writing Dinner for Eric King

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

It’s rare we get good news in the political prisoner support world, or even the anarchist world as you all well know. But this week NYC ABC was thrilled to find out that Debbie Africa, one of the MOVE 9 women, was released on Saturday, June 16th after serving an abominable 40 years in prison.  WELCOME HOME DEBBIE! You can support Debbie at patreon.com/move9

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Debbie reunited with her son Mike, after 39 years.

This week NYC ABC will be writing to anarchist prisoner Eric King, who certainly feeds off of news of fellow political prisoners to keep his fire burning while inside. Eric is a vegan anarchist prisoner serving a 10 year sentence for an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, Missouri in September 2014. Eric was charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both incendiary devices failed to ignite. The second annual International Day of Solidarity with Eric King is coming up on June 28th so we encourage folks to send him a card or letter and spread the word about him if not already doing so. More information can be found at supportericking.org.

If for what ever reason you can’t make it out to write Jeremy in the company of fellow anarchists and vegan food, we hope you’ll still find some time to write to Eric here:
Eric King # 27090045
FCI Florence
Federal Correctional Institution
Post Office Box 6000
Florence, Colorado 81226

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Running Down the Walls 2018: A Reportback

If you weren’t able to join us, but still want to support this year’s run, donations can be made at paypal.me/nycabc

Running Down the Walls (RDTW) 2018 was a success in building relationships, feeling the solidarity of running as our imprisoned comrades did the same, and raising funds for the ABCF Warchest and the Revolutionary Abolitionist Community Bail Fund which works to bail people out that are incarcerated at Riker’s Island.

We arrived early to claim our spot, hoping to stake our rightful claim to the commons that is (should be) Prospect Park. Unfortunately, due to the food circus we refuse to name that operates its melee disguised as an overpriced food truck parade, we were nudged out of our usual spot and forced to set up across the path. Originally surly with the hall monitor employed by the unnamed food circus who snitched on us, the consensus at the end of the day was that we enjoyed the new location.

The course was the same as last year, one single loop around the park which amounts to just about a 5K distance. Typically we start the run off by playing a recording by Jaan Laaman but because he was moved this year and could no longer send the recording, he instead submitted a handwritten statement that we read aloud along with solidarity statements from Hanif Bey, David Gilbert, and Eric King.

Although it was a bit cooler this year, participants admitted that they were relieved to save some sweat enduring the course. We had printed bib numbers for the participants. The flipside of the bib numbers had information about NYC ABC and guidelines for writing to prisoners, making it both a memento and a useful reminder to write to folks.

We were thrilled to have three former political prisoners join us in biking, running, walking, eating, and hanging. It was lovely to have folx there from various groups that do political prisoner support including NYC Jericho Movement, the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, the Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition, and Eric King Support Crew to name a few. Additionally we were happy to share space with folx from other local organizing groups including NYC Anarchist Book Fair, Black and Pink, Friends of the Island Academy, Rojava Solidarity NYC, The Base, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, Pop Gym,  and Books through Bars, among others.

Most folks had left by 6:00 pm and those who stayed did so to help clean up and transfer everything to the cars. So the event went as scheduled, almost to the minute.

Knowing the history of the run and the imprisoned comrades with whom we ran in solidarity elevated Running Down the Walls 2018 to an even more inspiring level.

And that’s how we get down (the walls).

-NYC ABC

 

BK/NY – Tuesday, June 5th – Send Cards For Eid al-Fitr

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
WHEREThe Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Free

The first letter-writing after Running Down the Walls is typically one of celebration. This time, as it coincides with the ending of Ramadan, we will be sending Eid al-Fitr cards to our imprisoned Muslim comrades. We will send the cards a few days after our event to try and make sure they get there on or about June 15th.

Four days later, on Juneteenth, there is a call to #CaptureTheFlag. More information on that over at itsgoingdown.org

If you can’t make it to letter-writing, please take the time to send a card or letter from home. We have a guide to writing prisoners as well as one with mini-bios and addresses of the folks we support to make as easy as possible.

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Illustrated Guide Version 13.4 Uploaded!

We’ve finished the latest version of the NYC ABCIllustrated 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 updated mini-bios, photos, and address changes for several prisoners, as well as the removal of Herman Bell (released on parole!).