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NYC – 7:00pm, Friday, June 12th – Punk Rock Karaoke for Marius Mason and Longterm Anarchist Political Prisoners!

punkrockkaraokeWHAT: Punk Rock Karaoke
WHEN: 7:00pm, Friday, June 12th
WHERE: ABC No Rio156 Rivington Street New York, New York 10002
COST: $5-20, sliding scale (it’s a benefit y’all).

Every year in New York City, founding members of Marius Mason‘s support group and NYC Anarchist Black Cross have hosted an event for the Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason, Eric McDavid, and All Longterm Anarchist Prisoners, and this year Punk Rock Karaoke NORTHEAST is getting in on the action!

We once again will storm the venerable punk halls of ABC No Rio for a night of punk rock sing-a-longs! All money raised will benefit Marius Mason and Eric McDavid.

This event is BYOB. We will be selling set-ups (cups, ice, and mixers) so all you have to do is bring a bottle — we’ll handle the rest. We will also be selling incredible vegan baked goods — sweet and savory.

Tell your friends and come ready to have an awesome time!

More info on the benefit:
Marius Mason is serving a 22-year sentence for acts of environmentally motivated property destruction and is fighting to gain access to gender-affirming health care after announcing his transition last year.

Eric McDavid was originally sentenced to almost 20 years in prison after being entrapped by an agent provocateur, and after a surprise ruling by the federal courts, was released this year after almost a decade of incarceration. Building a new life for himself is the next phase of struggle for Eric, and we are committed to continuing our solidarity with him post-release.

Short talks from:
Lawyers who represent Marius Mason
Members of his support group
Former political prisoners on what support means to people on the inside

For more information on June 11: June11.org
For more information on Marius Mason: supportmariusmason.org
For more information on Eric McDavid: supporteric.org

Punk Rock Karaoke is a DIY, fund-raising event that benefits a different community group each time.

Featuring songs from:
Against Me!, Bikini Kill, Black Flag, Bratmobile, Buzzcocks, Choking Victim, The Clash, Circle Jerks, Crass, Dead Kennedys, Descendents, Devo, Flogging Molly, Fugazi, Gogol Bordello, Gorilla Biscuits, Jawbreaker, Joy Division, Minor Threat, The Misfits, NOFX, Operation Ivy, Pixies, The Pogues, Ramones, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Sex Pistols, Sham 69, Sleater-Kinney, The Smiths, The Specials, Stiff Little Fingers, Wire, X, X-Ray Spex + More!!!

Welcome home fund for Kevin Chianella

Kevin Chianella received a 2 year prison sentence for his participation in the G20 protests in Toronto in 2010. Chianella, 18 at the time, got a heftier sentence because he attacked a cop car with a canvas bag full of rocks. He is also presumed to have fueled and sustained a fire set on another cop car. Chianella, from Queens, was supported in court by his family, among them, his 90-year-old grandmother.

Now, we are nearing Kevin’s release. Not only will Kevin face the same financial hardships many face once released from prison, but he also owes friends and family members who took on significant financial burdens throughout his trial and imprisonment. With that, NYC ABC has organized an online fund raiser. To donate, visit youcaring.com/Chianella

Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home.

For more information on Kevin and his case, visit notorontog20extradition.wordpress.com

BK/NY – Tuesday, May 26 – Letter-writing to Oscar López Rivera

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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
oscar through the yearsIn 2014, at our last letter writing dinner for the Puerto Rican political prisoners, we wrote letters to Norberto González Claudio and Oscar López Rivera. Since then, Norberto was released from prison and returned to Puerto Rico leaving Oscar as the last remaining Puerto Rican political prisoner.

On May 30th to mark the anniversary of Oscar’s 34th year in prison, and to demand his immediate release, a broad and vocal contingent of community organizations, churches, labor groups and more are organizing a huge rally and march. So, in a lead up to this event, NYC ABC is focusing on Oscar for our upcoming political prisoner letter-writing dinner.

Oscar López Rivera, regarded as a member of the FALN and a champion in the fight for Puerto Rican independence, was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives. In 1988 he was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to escape from prison. In 1999, clemency was offered to Oscar and 13 others but he refused, citing that it was not offered to his two co-defendants (Carlos and Haydee Beltran Torres). Oscar has been denied parole but continues to speak out and write on salient topics.

We will be joined by Benjamin Ramos, of ProLibertad who will provide information about Oscar, recent events in Puerto Rico, and the struggle for a free and independent Puerto Rico.

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters to Oscar:
Oscar López Rivera #87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

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Illustrated Guide Version 10.3 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 as well as adding Krow (radical environmentalist serving nine months after protesting bore hole-mining in the Penokee Hills) and removing NATO 3 prisoner Brent Betterly (released on parole!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, May 12 – Letter-writing to Bill Dunne and Casey Brezik

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
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
bill dunne + casey brezikWe’ve been told that last week a historic fight took place, but those who keep talking about it seem confused. The real fights have been taking place in Baltimore, in Seattle, in Ferguson. And these fights still rage. We in NYC ABC are fighters, too. We fight for those comrades who are imprisoned and this week we are focusing our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner on two such folks. This week we are writing to anarchist prisoners Casey Brezik and Bill Dunne.

In 2010, anarchist Casey Brezik tried to assassinate the governor of Missouri. In June of 2013, he was convicted and sentenced to a dozen years on each of three counts – assault and two armed criminal action charges – and seven years on a second count of assault. All sentences will run concurrently.

Bill Dunne is an anti-authoritarian sentenced to 90 years for the attempted liberation of comrades from Seattle’s King County Jail in 1979 and for attempting to break himself out of Leavenworth Penitentiary in 1983. Dunne was charged with possession of an automatic weapon, auto theft, and with aiding & abetting the escape. Charges further alleged the operation was financed by bank expropriations and facilitated by illegal acquisition of weapons and explosives. Bill went before the parole board in the winter of 2014, was rejected and given a 15 year “hit” (meaning he cannot go back to the board for that time period).

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write letters (and send books) to Casey and Bill:
Casey Brezik #1154765
Jefferson City Correctional Center
8200 No More Victims Road
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

Bill Dunne #10916-086
FCI Herlong
Post Office Box 800
Herlong, California 96113

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27-30 April – Call and Fax in for Robert Seth Hayes

sethRobert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the United States. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As you may know, the Medical Justice Project for Prisoners of War and Political Prisoners waged a medical campaign for Seth a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns have been addressed to date. The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS) states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

Please join the phone and fax campaign!
Talking points and sample letter below.

THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1) On Monday, 4/27 and Tuesday, 4/28 please call:

  • Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at 518.457.8134
  • Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at 518.457.7073
  • Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services, at 518.445.6176

2) On Wednesday, 4/29 and Thursday 4/30, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

  • Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: 518.457.0076
  • Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D. at Fax: 518.457.2115
  • Nancy A. Lyng, MS at Fax: 518.445.6157

Suggested talking points:

  • State who you are calling about and include his prisoner number: Robert Seth Hayes,  #74-A- 2280 at Sullivan Correctional Facility;
  • Say that you are requesting:
    nnn1) an assessment and modification of his insulin treatment,
    nnn2) that he is given a full work-up to have potential malignancies been ruled out considering his weight loss, and,
    nnn3) that he is finally prescribed a diabetic diet.

Please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let them know what response you receive.
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BK/NY – Tuesday, April 28 – May Day Card-signing for Anarchist Prisoners

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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
mayday2015NYC ABC has been busier than usual. For some, that might seem hard to imagine. However, between hosting a packed-house event with CrimethInc at The Base and the NYC Anarchist Book Fair the following day, it’s been an assiduous couple of weeks. And as we look forward, May Day is just around the corner. So, in honor of the Haymarket Martyrs, and anarchists imprisoned for their beliefs and actions, we focus this week’s letter-writing dinner on them. Instead of writing letters, this week we will be asking folks to come sign cards for the thirteen anarchist political prisoners we currently support. There will be plenty of time for eating food, socializing, and scheming to bring about a world in which we want to live.

If there’s absolutely no way you can come eat a ton of food and sign a lot of May Day cards, but still want to support political prisoners, please consider sending some books from their wish lists.

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