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Tues (24 Nov): Letter-Writing in Bed-Stuy

WHAT: Political-Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner!
WHEN: Tuesday, November 24th, 7pm EST
WHERE: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (Directions Below)
COST: Free
Free Them All!
It’s supper time again, and we’re back in Brooklyn for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner. As anarchists, it should come as no surprise that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving– we’ll take you’re damned day off from work, but not in exchange for commemorating the historic and ongoing genocide of indigenous folks and the 45 million turkeys that are killed each year. So this week we turn our attention to indigenous political prisoners. While we might be eating the fruits of the Fall harvest, don’t confuse that with an acceptance of the Thanksgiving myth.

A NOTE ON THE LOCATION: With the eviction of the 1-2-3 community space, the NYC Anarchist Black Cross collective has gone mobile. Until 1-2-3 finds a new home, we are alternating our letter writing nights between the South Bronx and Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. This week, we are back in BK. Make sure you write to nycabc at riseup dot net to get on our mailing list so you don’t miss a single night.

This Tuesday’s dinner will focus on two indigenous Political Prisoners: Oso Blanco and Leonard Peltier.

Oso Blanco was labeled “Robin the Hood” by the FBI for repeatedly expropriating funds from banks, only to give the money to folks in the hood and to the Zapatista rebels of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Also known as Byron Chubbuck, Oso Blanco is now serving 80 years in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Unwilling to renounce his politics, Oso Blanco is periodically attacked and tortured by guards. For updates and ways to help, visit osoblanco.org

Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement (AIM) warrior. In the 1970s, the United States government continued its legacy of decimating indigenous communities, focusing on those organized and prepared to challenge its authority. Peltier is imprisoned for the 1975 shoot-out between the FBI and AIM in which two federal agents and an indigenous man were killed. Four years after his imprisonment, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request released documents which prove Leonard Peltier’s innocence and the FBI’s targeting him. And still, Peltier remains imprisoned, recently again denied parole. For more information and ways to help, visit whoisleonardpeltier.info

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.

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 for some insane reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support the prisoners, you can write to them at:

Byron Chubbuck #07909 051
USP Lewisburg
Post Office Box 1000
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Lewisburg
Post Office Box 1000
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

This event is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Anarchist Black Cross.

Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

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