BK/NY – Tuesday, July 5th – Letter Writing Dinner for Eric King
WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
WHERE: The 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.
“This court is a farce. I stand by what I did. I’m happy I did it. I’m sorry that I got caught. I would have loved to attack more government buildings.” – Eric King
We hope to keep the momentum of the spirit of solidarity going following this Monday’s Noise Demo outside of MDC in Brooklyn for the Eastchester 120 and prisoners everywhere with a letter writing dinner to anarchist political prisoner Eric King. Eric was recently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempting to burn down a congressman’s office that was empty at the time of the attack.
While we fully understand that there are many reasons to internalize the rage one may feel against the State in their courtrooms and not express it in a verbal or physical manner during its proceedings, we must recognize how inspiring Eric’s continued defiance is. Reports from Eric’s sentencing hearing state that in addition to the above quote, Eric flipped off the prosecutor, told the judge to shut-up, and gave the State a lesson in perspective. According to UnicornRiot, Eric felt it necessary to point out that the government was “disgusting” for its favoring racist police and the “oppressive treatment of the poor and persons of color.”
As we have previously stated here on this website and at length in our PP/POW Updates + Announcements packet, Eric has had a particularly awful experience at CCA Leavenworth, which is a capitalist, profit-driven, private prison. Recently there was a campaign to get him properly fed vegan food in accordance with his ethics as his malnourished body was suffering on a daily basis. It is likely that Eric will be moved to a federal prison within the next 1-2 months. However, in the mean time, he can still be reached at:
Eric King 27090045
100 Highway Terrace
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
The support crew for Eric is holding a fundraising drive in which you can contribute money to help out Eric buy food and other items from commissary, make phone calls, get books, and help cover the travel cost of his friends and family who visit him. For donations of $20 or more you can choose to receive a beautiful Support Eric King T-Shirt. https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/316cDf
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 PP/POW Birthday Calendar.
Getting to The Base is simple:
From the M Train:
Central Avenue Stop: Walk east on Myrtle Avenue (away from Hart Street, toward Cedar Street). We’re about two blocks down on the south side of the street.
Knickerbocker Avenue Stop: Walk west on Myrtle Avenue (away from Harman Street, toward Himrod Street). We’re about three blocks down on the south side of the street.
From the L Train:
DeKalb Avenue Stop: Walk south on Stockholm Street (away from Wyckoff Avenue, toward Irving Avenue). We’re about four blocks down, at the intersection of Stockholm Street and Myrtle Avenue.
From the J Train:
Myrtle Avenue Stop: Transfer to the M train and follow the above directions.