BK/NY – Sunday, September 4th – Running Down the Walls 2016!

web poster 2016WHAT: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike
WHEN: 2:00-7:00pm, Sunday, September 4th
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. In the last few years, we’ve 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. NYC ABC‘s goal with this year’s run is $3,000. You can donate online by going to gumroad.com/nycabc

This year’s run will take place on Sunday, September 4th 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

To raise our goal of $3,000, we need your support.

* Promote – print and distribute this poster and/or this flyer to friends and local businesses, your doctor’s office, laundromat, food co-op, wealthy benefactor, et cetera.

* 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 online at gumroad.com/nycabc

* 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 Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP).

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. Its 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. Over the last two decades, the ABCF warchest has dispensed over $75,000 to political prisoners in the United States. Currently, there are ten imprisoned comrades who receive a monthly stipend as part of the program; they are:
Joseph Bowen
Xinachtli (FKA Alvaro Luna Hernandez)
Herman Bell
Robert Seth Hayes
Maliki Shakur Latine
Ruchell Magee
Sundiata Acoli
Hanif Bey
Oso Blanco

For more information, visit: abcf.net/warchest-program

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP):
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a collective Alternative to Detention (ATD), detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers, those that are recently released from detention centers, and undocumented folks in New York City. For more information, visit qdep.org

We’ll be starting here:


Directions:
From the 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 one lap around what is known as the Main Loop, and will total five kilometers. For the curious, here’s what it looks like:

Main Loop

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

BK/NY – Tuesday, August 30th – Solidarity With International Anarchist Political Prisoners

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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: Freecirlce a

We won’t let our excitement for this year’s Running Down the Walls (Sunday, September 4th) get in the way from having our every other week letter writing dinner for political prisoners.  We won’t let our sharing of the sponsorship form, promotional flier, and updated online donation spot stop us from being psyched as always to see you all this Tuesday.  For sure we couldn’t allow ourselves to remind you the importance of sustaining the ABCF Warchest Program, the 22 year long running fund that currently gives money to ten US held political prisoners on a monthly basis, in our announcement for our biweekly gathering.  Have we mentioned the amazing work that the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is doing and how happy we are they will also be benefiting in this year’s Run?  We have and we will again this Tuesday as we participate in the week of International Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners by sending cards to anarchist prisoners internationally.

Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organizations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries.

Here in the states, folks are being persecuted for possibly even associating with anarchists or animal liberationists. Around the globe, the state and capital collude in much the same way, and as a result rebels are imprisoned for acting on their desire for a free world. Please join us in sending cards to these imprisoned comrades. We’ll see you at supper! Read more…

Illustrated Guide Version 11.6 Now 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 and removes Luke O’Donovan (TIME SERVED!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, August 16th – Black August Card Writing Dinner

WHAT: Black August Card Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
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
black_augustHopefully you’ve been training in preparation for Running Down the Walls 2016. The competition will be fierce, the food at the after party will be delicious, and the solidarity with our imprisoned comrades will be infinite. Please take this opportunity to get more folks to sponsor you as a participant and help build the ABCF warchest and the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. As a lead in to this year’s run, we are hosting another of our every other week Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinners. This week, NYC ABC will be hosting a Black August card signing.

Maybe you’ve 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.  We will be sending greeting cards to Black revolutionary 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 2nd – Letter Writing Dinner for Ronald Reed

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
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

The every other week political prisoner letter writing dinner is happening this Tuesday.  This week we will be focusing on Ronald Reed.

Ronald Reed, a former member of the Black United Front, was convicted of the 1970 shooting of a St. Paul police officer. Thirty-five years after the killing, Reed was arrested and convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. He is currently serving life in prison.
reedReed is a former 60s civil rights activist. In 1969, Reed was among the students at St. Paul Central High School who demanded black history courses be offered and organized actions against racist teachers. He was also instrumental in helping to integrate college campuses in Minnesota. During this period, Reed began to look toward revolutionary theory and started to engage in political street theater with other young black revolutionaries in the city
If you are unable to make it to this weeks letter writing dinner, you can still write to Ronald:
Ronald Reed #2195311
MCF-Oak Park Heights
5329 Osgood Avenue North
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082-1117
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BK/NY – Saturday, August 13th – Eric McDavid: Over Ten Years To Talk About

WHAT: Speaking Tour
WHEN: 7pm Saturday, August 13th, 2016
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
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From Sacramento Prisoner Support:
Eric McDavid, a former anarchist prisoner, will be talking about ten plus years of experiences including federal prison time, the post release period, and moving forward. Eric will discuss the importance of supporting political prisoners along with so much more. If you are in the area, please come, check it out and tell a friend!

In the six month span between when his first and second co-defendants took deals to cooperate with federal authorities and testify against Eric, he started down a long road as an anarchist prisoner. If being charged with “conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and explosive” and utilizing an entrapment defense, it doesn’t make things any easier if one’s co-defendants agree to make up testimony, simultaneously betraying larger struggles to avoid any discomfort.

After twenty-eight months in “total separation,” a form of isolation at the Sacramento County Jail, Eric was convicted at trial. Subsequently, Eric was sentenced to an outrageous 19 years and 7 months due to a terrorism enhancement, and shortly after taken into the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Eric was then transferred to a medium security federal prison– FCI Victorville, where he ended up spending the majority of the sentence before being moved to a low security prison in San Pedro, California.

While Eric was imprisoned, he and his support crew laid the groundwork for an appeal. At the same time, a new federal prosecutor was assigned to the district in which Eric was initially tried. When, through multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Sacramento Prisoner Support found there was sufficient documentation of withholding evidence at trial, and after a habeas petition was filed, the new prosecutor made an offer to Eric’s attorneys that would eventually bring him home. If he would agree to a single felony charge of general conspiracy, which carried a maximum sentence of five years, and if the district judge would sign off on it, Eric would be released with time served plus a maximum of two years supervised release.

It has been over a year and a half from the day of his release and Eric has a lot to share– the nine years he endured from arrest through supervised release as well as all he has experienced since. There’s more, much more, but we’ll wait for him to tell you about that.

To learn more about Eric’s case, please visit: supporteric.org

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BK/NY – Tuesday, July 19th – Send Cards to Anti-fascist Prisoners

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
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
finland-antifa-prisoner-support
As an anarchist collective, NYC ABC opposes capitalism, the state, and all forms of oppression. Naturally, this includes totalitarianism and fascism. So when the call for an international day of solidarity with anti-fascist prisoners was made, we answered. Our next every-other-week letter-writing dinner will be dedicated to sending cards to folks imprisoned for the actions they have taken in the name of fighting the spread of fascism around the world. From the call for solidarity:

Antifascists are on the front lines in the fight against these fascist and other Far Right nationalist nightmares. In the U.S. we have already seen a large increase in antifa arrests at increasingly confrontational demonstrations against KKK and similar rallies. Internationally, there has also been an increase in street confrontations, and unfortunately this means more repression by the State. We will not allow our comrades—surrounded by steel cages and concrete walls—to be forgotten.”

If you are unable to make it to our dinner, but want to write to the prisoners, please reference this list complied by NYC Antifa.

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