Tuesday (December 21st) – Letter-Writing Dinner For Shaka Shakur
What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Are you imbued with the holiday spirit? NYC Anarchist Black Cross is guessing that you are, which means that we’ll be expecting you tomorrow at letter-writing dinner, to spread holiday cheer to our political prisoners! Why not come and get a letter out, before you check out from now till new years?
This week we’ll be focusing on Shaka Shakur. Shaka is a politicized prisoner, originally locked up for shooting a white man in a white neighborhood when he was 16. Throughout the nearly three decades of his incarceration, he has consistently educated and politicized his fellow prisoners, and often faced severe repercussions for doing so. In 1991, he helped to lead a historic hunger strike at MCC (Maximum Control Complex) Westville, which lasted for 37 days, and involved 16 prisoners, with many other prisoners acting in solidarity.
In an Indiana State Prison during the week of July 21, 1996, six prisoners were convicted of conspiring to riot and threaten staff with bodily harm. The prisoners were given sentences of up to five years. This time is spent in solitary confinement, isolation time in a control unit, which means 23 hour lock-down, sensory deprivation, non-contact visits (at best), and mental torture. This was a frame-up with no evidence and no victims. The planned state execution of Ziyon Yisrayah threw the Indiana Department of Corrections into a panic-ridden purge of progressive prisoners who dared to SPEAK out against the execution. On Thursday, June 6, ten prisoners were transferred from the Indiana State Prison (ISP) in Michigan City to Westville Maximum Control Complex (MCC). They were transferred to “keep the peace” in advance of the execution of Yisrayah. Shaka Shakur was among these six targeted prisoners.
After a series of protests and lawsuits, Shaka Shakur was transferred out of Westville to the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. He has continued to organize within the prison. This organizing has including everything from more hunger strikes to prison uprisings. As a response to the inhumane treatment doled out by guards and corrections officers, Shakur and others planned an attack on prison authorities. This resulted in an unprecedented 63 year addition to his existing sentence. Shaka Shakur’s expected release date is now 2040 and he is currently being held in the Wabash Valley Long Term Segregation Unit.
In case you aren’t able to make it to dinner, here’s Shaka’s address so you can join in from home:
Shaka Shakur #135647
Wabash Valley Long Term Segregation
Post Office Box 1111 S.H.U.
Carlisle, Indiana 47838
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 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.–
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Free all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!
For the Abolition of State Repression and Domination!