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BK/NY – Tuesday, October 10th – Letter-Writing for Russell Maroon Shoatz

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
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

cropped-maroon_b-earthday_crop1.jpgThe last month on this Earth has felt pretty treacherous – major natural disasters in Texas, Mexico, Florida, and Puerto Rico, the acquittal of murderous pig Jason Stockley, and violent attacks by scores of Spanish and Catalan police in an attempt to prevent a referendum on Catalan independence… the list goes on.  However, as David Gilbert aptly reminded us recently: where there is oppression, there is struggle, and where there is struggle there is hope.

Anarchists and anti-authoritarians have sprung into action in response to all of the above mentioned and more. Between autonomous relief efforts happening in Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas, the anti-police rebellion in St. Louis, and the response to police brutality in Catalan we can’t help but feel that while at times it seems like the world is crumbling down around us, it is quite incredible to experience the resistance.

Speaking of all cops being bastards, join NYC ABC this Tuesday to write Russell Maroon Shoatz, a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party and soldier in the Black Liberation Army.

In 1970, along with 5 others, Maroon was accused of attacking a police station, which resulted in an officer being killed. This attack was said to have been carried out in response to the rampant police brutality in the Black community. For 18 months Maroon functioned underground as a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. In 1972 he was captured. Twice he escaped—once in 1977 and again 1980, but both times he was recaptured and today he is held in Pennsylvania where he is serving multiple life sentences.

We hope to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Russell at:
Russell Maroon Shoatz #AF3855
SCI Graterford
Post Office Box 246 Route 29
Graterford, Pennsylvania 19426-0244

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 thePP/POW Birthday Calendar.

Directions:
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.

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