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Over 150 in the streets for NYC ABC NYE Noise Demo

NYE 01.png2016 started strong as we welcomed home Albert Woodfox. Throughout the year, we saw more comrades released (Mohaman Koti, Jason Hammond, Rebecca Rubin, Gary Tyler, Kevin Olliff, Luke O’Donovan, Barrett Brown, and Maliki Shakur Latine). And yet, as more elders age behind the wall, we lost two true warriors, Mondo we Langa and Abdullah Majid (also, sadly, Mohaman Koti died just two months after his release). To close the year, NYC ABC organized a noise demo outside of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in order to protest, celebrate, and let folks on the inside know they are not forgotten.

We got there a little after 8:30 and others were there waiting. We greeted old comrades and folks we’d yet to meet and by 9:00pm, a decent crowd had formed. The night was relatively warm by winter standards, but friends showed up with five gallons of hot chocolate to make sure everyone’s vocal cords stayed nice and toasty as we yelled and sang upward, into the steel and cement monolith that is MCC.

There were all manner of noise makers, most folks brought their own. Hell, we even had a full-blown marching band roll through to keep this noise demo lit. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra kicked out the jams and the mood was jovial.

And while folks were there to celebrate and reach through the walls, signs and banners also expressed the brimming rage of the crowd. A crew from The Base showed up with black flags and banners to make sure all inside knew there were anarchists organizing in solidarity with them.

NYE 02.pngThe demo lasted a couple of hours, but not before folks broke out sparklers and fireworks. And not before a fair amount of cops came to observe. They didn’t have riot gear or visible plasitcuffs, so the threat was more in what a bunch of preposterous goons they are than in any potential for arrest.

We’ve been told before, by comrades who were once held in MCC, that the noise demos light up the whole place and get through to the prisoners. If you’re thinking about organizing a noise demo in your town, do it.

Shortly before the crowd started to break up and head out, the following statement was read as a call and response, ensuring that our comrades inside could hear it:
“To many it feels like we live in a time like no other with surveillance and repression at every turn, but also resistance, rebellion, and open revolt. This is neither the new golden nor dark age, it is simply another moment in time where we can collectively force conflict with a  fucked up system.

Every day there are revolts of varying scale, most of which you never hear about. For those captured in revolt, we come together in protest and celebration. Through the din of revelry and rage, we tie ourselves to those who suffer systematized white supremacy and war against the working class, behind steel bars and safety glass.

Prison is a means of social control to be absolutely destroyed.

Here’s to the total destruction of a prison-based society!

Tonight we bring with us the courage of Sundiata Acoli, the ferocity of Joe-Joe Bowen, the wisdom of Russell Maroon Shoatz.

We remember in every act of rebellion against the state, our deceased comrades Mondo we Langa and Abdullah Majid— your legacies will never be forgotten.

We hold in our hearts comrades soon to be or recently imprisoned.

YOU. ARE NOT. ALONE.

NYC/NYE – Noise Demo Against the Prison Industrial Complex, In Solidarity with PPs and POWs

NYE 2014_WEBWHAT: Noise Demo Against the PIC, for the Liberation of PPs + POWs
WHEN: 9:00pm, Saturday, December 31st
WHERE: Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC, the federal prison in downtown Manhattan); Pearl Street, between Cardinal Hayes Place and Park Row (J to Chambers Street or 4/5/6/ to City Hall)
BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!

On the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise demonstrations outside of prisons, is asking folks to join us outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Come, not to appeal to authority, speak truth to power, or any other contrivance, but rather to stand arm in arm with comrades and show direct solidarity to those on the other side of the wall.

The state, writ large, is targeting anarchists all across the United States and abroad. This will be both protest and celebration. To keep the cold at bay, comrades will again be on hand with hot cocoa to keep the vocal cords nice and warm.

QNS/NY – Wednesday, November 16th – Book Drive at Topos Books

WHAT: Book Drive
WHEN: 7pm Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
WHERE: Topos Bookstore Café788 Woodward Avenue, Ridgewood, New York 11385

COST: Book donations

You can help your fellow comrade by donating books to US prisoners. It is extremely difficult for prisoners to access good, educational, up-to-date reading material on the inside which should be a basic right.

Join us by donating your gently used or new paperbacks to Books Through Bars. There has been a donation bin at Topos since November 1st, and we will also be holding this culmination event on November 16th.

On the 16th we will offer light refreshments and will be having discussions, readings, and conversation about the prison industrial complex and helping your fellow comrades on the inside.

Please bring at least one donation to this event to show your support!

Below are the needs of BTB NYC

Paperbacks in good condition in the following subject areas:
African-American history, especially 20th century; Native-American history; Latin-American history; Social sciences; How-to (drawing, origami, chess, knitting, sign language…); Mayan and Aztec history; Memoirs and fiction by people of color; Mythology; Dictionaries, thesauruses, GED studies, atlases; Language studies; Sudoko/puzzles; Guides to starting a business; Yoga and pilates guides

BOOKS WE CANNOT ACCEPT:
Hardcover books; Encyclopedias; Religious texts (INCLUDING BIBLES); Old magazines; White supremacist literature; Books advocating racial animosity, sexism, or homophobia; Computer books; Books with notes or underlining; Heavily worn books; Outdated books

 

Running Down the Walls 2016 – A Reportback

all_cats_are_beautifulRunning Down the Walls (RDTW) 2016 was a success in building relationships, feeling the solidarity of running as our imprisoned comrades did the same, and raising funds for the ABCF Warchest and the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP is a collective Alternative to Detention (ATD), detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers, those that are recently released from detention centers, and undocumented folks in New York City).

The fear factory National Weather Service gave us pause and we considered rescheduling this year’s event with tropical storm Hermine looming just off the coast. As it turned out, we had no floods, no rain, no high winds, just perfect weather for running. Crisis averted!

We arrived early, to avoid getting beaten to a sweet spot in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, by the gaggle of goofs clawing to get to a food circus we refuse to name. This gave us time to set up our hand-painted RDTW banner and tables of literature & food. The aforementioned mall food court for the self-perceived well-heeled was dropped squarely in the middle of our run path last year, so we switched it up on ’em. This year, our 5k was more like 5.2k (sorry, distance nerds) and consisted of a single lap around what is known as the Main Loop.

Given that this was also a picnic—outdoors, breezy, and mildly unpredictable, we set up a scaled down version of our literature table. This meant our ubiquitous red wire rack of free literature, including copies of the recently published Conditions of Confinement (writings by anarchist prisoner Casey Brezik), the NYC ABC Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoner and Prisoners of War, and all of the tri-fold pamphlets about many of the prisoners we support.

We had printed bib numbers for the participants. The flipside of the bib numbers had information about NYC ABC and guidelines for writing to prisoners, making it both a memento and a useful reminder to write to folks.

A few serious runners arrived as early as 1:30pm, though the announced time of the event was 2:00-7:00pm and we typically use the first half hour to register folks and take sponsor forms from those who hustled to get sponsors. Even with this schedule in mind, anarchist time prevailed and the run actually started closer to 2:45, following a group photo around the RDTW banner.

Before the run, an NYC ABC collective member went over some basics, while also kicking facts about political prisoners and state repression. We then played a greeting from Jaan Laaman, recorded specifically for the event.

Of the 60-70 folks who came to RDTW 2016, about 45 participated in the 5(.2)k. The age range was 4-72 years old. Hashtag multi-generational. Several runners were serious, several were fast, and the venn diagram of those two categories resulted in the same few folks running the fastest laps this year as last.

After running, bronchial passages fully dilated, what sounds better than a plate of barbecue and potato salad?

The picnic consisted of Texas-style barbecued jackfruit sandwiches with fresh pickles; potato salad; a variety of chips & cold drinks; and some outstanding cranberry blondies. Yes, a lot of folks came just for the food.

Before we got too deep into socializing, we read solidarity statements written for the event by Bill Dunne, Kojo Bomani Sababu, Hanif Bey, and Xinachtli.

One participant garnered over $1,000 in sponsors, and several others raised hundreds of dollars each. All told, we raised a respectable amount of loot.

Folks sitting around, talking, having just shared the run, felt good. The group consisted of folks from diverse backgrounds, many of whom were new faces to our collective. Instagram followers brought IRL friends, and comrades & allies turned up as well. Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP), NYC Jericho Movement, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine, the campaign the Bring Mumia Home, Marius Mason’s support crew, the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, and the campaign to Free the MOVE 9 prisoners were among the represented organizations that explicitly work on political prisoner support. There were also folks from NYC Animal Defense League, the NYC Anarchist Book Fair, Black and Pink NYC, Rojava Solidarity NYC, Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee NYC (IWOC), WESPAC, and Books Through Bars, among others. We were also thankful for the presence of Sekou Odinga and Susan Rosenberg, former political prisoners and consistent examples of solidarity through action.

Most folks had left by 6:30 and those who stayed did so to help clean up and transfer everything to the cars. So the event went as scheduled, almost to the minute.

Knowing the history of the run and the imprisoned comrades with whom we ran in solidarity elevated Running Down the Walls 2016 to an even more inspiring level.

And that’s how we get down (the walls).

NYC ABC

BK/NY – Sunday, September 4th – Running Down the Walls 2016!

web poster 2016WHAT: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike
WHEN: 2:00-7:00pm, Sunday, September 4th
WHERE: Prospect Park– Lincoln Road/East Lake Drive, east of the Terrace Bridge (see the below map for exact location)
COST: $10 registration (includes food and drinks afterwards)

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity events with Running Down the Walls. In the last few years, we’ve had runs in Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Denver (CO), Elmore (AL), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), New York (NY), USP Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), and Toronto, Ontario. This year we hope to expand the amount of runs in prisons and other cities, as well as increase the amount of funds raised for community projects. NYC ABC‘s goal with this year’s run is $3,000. You can donate online by going to gumroad.com/nycabc

This year’s run will take place on Sunday, September 4th at 2:00pm in solidarity and conjunction with runs that will take place in cities and prison yards across the country at the same time.

REGISTER AS, OR SPONSOR, A PARTICIPANT

To raise our goal of $3,000, we need your support.

* Promote – print and distribute this poster and/or this flyer to friends and local businesses, your doctor’s office, laundromat, food co-op, wealthy benefactor, et cetera.

* Run/walk/bike/roll in the 5k – We need participants who can run/walk/bike/roll the 5k and are able to collect financial pledges to offer as donations to the run. Download the brochure, complete with registration and sponsor form right here.

* Volunteer for the run – We need folks who are willing to staff a registration/literature table, hand out water, bike the route as street medics, and help chalk the route beforehand.

* Donate online at gumroad.com/nycabc

* Donate to the run/sponsor a participant – If you are not able to attend, but want to support this fundraising effort, please mail donations to:
NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Your donation of $10 or more entitles you to the celebratory picnic after the event.

Each year, we split proceeds between the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Warchest Program and a local organization. This year’s partner group will be the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP).

The Warchest Program:
The Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) has initiated a program designed to send monthly checks to those Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. The Warchest program was initiated in November 1994. Its purpose is to collect monthly funds from groups and individual supporters, and send that money to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks. Over the last two decades, the ABCF warchest has dispensed over $75,000 to political prisoners in the United States. Currently, there are ten imprisoned comrades who receive a monthly stipend as part of the program; they are:
Joseph Bowen
Xinachtli (FKA Alvaro Luna Hernandez)
Herman Bell
Robert Seth Hayes
Maliki Shakur Latine
Ruchell Magee
Sundiata Acoli
Hanif Bey
Oso Blanco

For more information, visit: abcf.net/warchest-program

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP):
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a collective Alternative to Detention (ATD), detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers, those that are recently released from detention centers, and undocumented folks in New York City. For more information, visit qdep.org

We’ll be starting here:


Directions:
From the Q train, get off at the Prospect Park stop. Walk to Lincoln Road and turn right into the park. We’ll be about 700 feet away.

The event will be one lap around what is known as the Main Loop, and will total five kilometers. For the curious, here’s what it looks like:

Main Loop

Of course, if you have any questions, e-mail us at nycabc at riseup dot net

BK/NY – Saturday, August 13th – Eric McDavid: Over Ten Years To Talk About

WHAT: Speaking Tour
WHEN: 7pm Saturday, August 13th, 2016
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
eric-mcdavid-forest
From Sacramento Prisoner Support:
Eric McDavid, a former anarchist prisoner, will be talking about ten plus years of experiences including federal prison time, the post release period, and moving forward. Eric will discuss the importance of supporting political prisoners along with so much more. If you are in the area, please come, check it out and tell a friend!

In the six month span between when his first and second co-defendants took deals to cooperate with federal authorities and testify against Eric, he started down a long road as an anarchist prisoner. If being charged with “conspiracy to damage and destroy property by fire and explosive” and utilizing an entrapment defense, it doesn’t make things any easier if one’s co-defendants agree to make up testimony, simultaneously betraying larger struggles to avoid any discomfort.

After twenty-eight months in “total separation,” a form of isolation at the Sacramento County Jail, Eric was convicted at trial. Subsequently, Eric was sentenced to an outrageous 19 years and 7 months due to a terrorism enhancement, and shortly after taken into the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Eric was then transferred to a medium security federal prison– FCI Victorville, where he ended up spending the majority of the sentence before being moved to a low security prison in San Pedro, California.

While Eric was imprisoned, he and his support crew laid the groundwork for an appeal. At the same time, a new federal prosecutor was assigned to the district in which Eric was initially tried. When, through multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Sacramento Prisoner Support found there was sufficient documentation of withholding evidence at trial, and after a habeas petition was filed, the new prosecutor made an offer to Eric’s attorneys that would eventually bring him home. If he would agree to a single felony charge of general conspiracy, which carried a maximum sentence of five years, and if the district judge would sign off on it, Eric would be released with time served plus a maximum of two years supervised release.

It has been over a year and a half from the day of his release and Eric has a lot to share– the nine years he endured from arrest through supervised release as well as all he has experienced since. There’s more, much more, but we’ll wait for him to tell you about that.

To learn more about Eric’s case, please visit: supporteric.org

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BK/NY – Monday, July 4th – noise demo in solidarity with the Eastchester 120 and prisoners everywhere

WHAT: Noise Demo
WHEN: 3:00pm, Monday, July 4th
WHERE: Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC, the federal prison in Brooklyn); meeting at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 30th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11232(D/N/R to 36th Street or R to 25th Street)
BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!
noise demo
July 4th is a day set aside for Americans to celebrate their freedom. What about the freedom of the 120 individuals taken into custody by nearly 700 police in gestapo style raids on April 27th? Many of these people were rounded up solely because of their manner of dress and without any evidence of them being involved in gang activity. The entire community was terrorized in order to awe its members into submission with a gratuitous display of the state’s ostensible omnipotence. We stand against this manifestly illegitimate state and stand in solidarity with the 120 people who were taken on that day, as well as with the two million others locked up behind bars in this country.

“The Land of the Free” is a collection of empty words when 2 million people are locked up in order to generate profit for a few; even more so when many of those folks are forced to work in slave labor conditions, devaluing and destabilizing work done by fellow workers on the outside. It’s imperative we understand that it’s only in collective solidarity with one another that we stand a chance against the few at the top who are willing to destroy our very lives in pursuit of profit. To this end, we stand in solidarity with the nation wide prison strike taking place on September 9th, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising. Without our collective submission to their rule, those at the top are powerless. It’s toward this end of realizing our collective power that we direct this effort. Join NYC ABC, IWOC NYC, and Take Back the Bronx as we make some noise, hears stories from the families terrorized by cops, and show palpable solidarity to folks on the inside.