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Statement by Ray Luc Levasseur Regarding Tom Manning

Tom Manning’s death on July 30 has me in the grip of an emotional riptide. I feel like part of me died with him.

Tom was imprisoned at USP-Hazelton, WV at the time of his death. The ostensible cause of death, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, was a heart attack.

I received Tom’s last letter on July 15. He wrote that he was in dire circumstances, his medical needs treated with deliberate indifference, delays in receiving necessary medication, his body weak from lack of oxygen. Supporters scrambled to get a lawyer in to see him, but death arrived first.

Tom battled the Bureau of Prisons criminal negligence of his medical needs for the past 10 years, beginning when he almost died from an untreated knee infection while at USP-Coleman, FL. As a result of that infection, most of his knee was surgically removed and he was wheelchair bound for the rest of his days.

But he was not through fighting.

When he arrived at FMC-Butner, NC for further medical treatment he was kept in solitary confinement under abysmal conditions for 3 years. Much-needed knee and shoulder surgeries were repeatedly delayed until pressure from Tom’s supporters forced the BOP to act. But the surgeries came too late, and combined with the lack of necessary rehab insured that Tom remained in a wheelchair.

Tom always had the warrior spirit, right to his last breath. Many more like him, and the ruling class would tremble. The ache in my heart over his passing will be forever.

In remembrance, I offer words I wrote in 2014 for Tom’s book “For Love and Liberty,” a collection of his paintings:

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NYC ABC Has Withdrawn Support for Brandon Baxter of the Cleveland 4

As a collective, NYC Anarchist Black Cross has decided to withdraw support for Brandon Baxter of the Cleveland 4. It has come to our attention that Brandon has been problematic, abusive, and manipulative to women who have offered him support, material or emotional. Brandon has not been receptive to concerns about this behavior. We are in solidarity with those who’ve been impacted by Brandon’s toxic behavior and feel it is imperative to discontinue support so as to not facilitate any further harm to women. For these reasons, we no longer feel comfortable supporting or encouraging others to do so.
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POSTERS!

abolition-not-reform_whiteJust in time for the holidays, NYC ABC has added several posters, including the handsome one to the left, to our online store. Visit gumroad.com/nycabc to check out the posters, as well as t-shirts, tote bags, or to donate to project FANG. All posters will be sent via first class mail, in durable poster tubes. Make sure to enter the code “localpickup” if you want to get the poster(s) from us in person (maybe grab it at our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner?) and save on shipping. All funds raised go directly to supporting U.S. held political prisoners and prisoners of war.

Rest In Power Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell

hugoOn Wednesday, August 12th, our comrade in the struggle for revolution, Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell was murdered. The context for his murder remains unclear, save for the fact that it happened in the midst of a prison riot. We have no faith that the state will do anything to determine how or why Yogi Bear was murdered and presume cops and corrections officers are relishing his death. We do not doubt the possibility that he was specifically targeted and those in authority did nothing to protect him.

In the early 1970s, while imprisoned in San Quentin State Prison, Hugo Pinell made contact with revolutionary prisoners such as George Jackson, one of the Soledad Brothers, and W.L. Nolen. On August 21, 1971, there was a prisoner uprising in Pinell’s housing unit at San Quentin, led by George Jackson. At the end of the roughly 30 minute rebellion, guards had killed George Jackson, and two other prisoners and three guards were dead. Of the remaining prisoners in the unit, six of them, including Pinell, were put on trial for murder and conspiracy. Together, they were known as The San Quentin Six. Three of them were acquitted of all charges, and three were found guilty of various charges. Pinell was convicted of assault on a guard.

Activists in prison to this day continue to mark the San Quentin prison rebellion and death of Black Liberation prisoners during Black August, often with fasting.

Although Pinell was convicted of assault, and another of the San Quentin Six had a murder conviction, only Pinell remained imprisoned at the time of his death. During his astounding 50 years of imprisonment, Pinell was primarily held in solitary confinement. Though not as active in his political organizing as in his youth, Pinell was part of the historic hunger strikes that spread throughout the California prison system in 2013 to protest the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement.

According to his attorney, shortly before the August 12th, 2015 riot, Hugo Pinell was transferred to general population, though the threat of harm and history of threats against him were known to prison officials.

In this month of Black August, we raise a fist for Yogi Bear and all prison rebels—you will have neither lived nor died in vain.

Fire to the Prisons #12 is Available Now!

fttp12Comrades at Fire to the Prisons have released a new issue and it is available online. Check out the new issue, print your own copies, and view past PDFs at their new website: firetotheprisons.org (NOT to be confused with .com, which is hosted by unknown sources).

NYC ABC and East Bay Prisoner Support are helping with distribution for prisoners via snail mail. If you are a prisoner support group looking do the same, please contact Fire to the Prisons.

Fire to the Prisons is an insurrectionary periodical. It focuses on promoting a revolutionary solidarity between different struggles, prisoners, and existing social tensions that challenge capitalism and the state.

The publishers made 10,000 copies of this issue because they want to get them out as far and wide as possible. In order to create a publication with broad reach, and for free to comrades and the discontented general public, they forfeited their traditional magazine form and went with less costly newsprint. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this project and it shows.

If you would like to order bulk copies of the newspaper, please order from Little Black Cart (LBC) at their website. LBC will send out issues for the cost of postage.

All direct inquiries– ranging from questions, feedback, and requests for copies can be sent to firetotheprisons@riseup.net

The publishers are still looking to make back the $2,000 dollars in out of pocket expenses that went into printing the latest issue. If you are able to throw them some money – or better yet, organize a benefit, please get at them!

The publishers want to thank everyone who made this project possible – and all who have supported them in the past. Everyone that spent long hours looking at PDFs, those who built the new website, the friends that will help print and distribute the paper, all those who contributed to the publication, and everyone who has given encouragement along the way. Without you, this project would not have been possible.

For a borderless affinity,
For those that truly know the meaning of silence,
For all our comrades yet to be made free from the horrors of the State,
Fire to the Prisons

firetotheprisons.org
firetotheprisons@riseup.net

March 10-24: Bureau of Prisons to Reopen Comment Period on Communication Management Units

daniel mcgowan_apr 2013The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has reopened the public comment period for the Communication Management Units (CMU). You may remember that the original comment period of 2010 netted 700+ letters and emails against the restrictions outlined in the proposal. The Department of Justice ended the comment period and have sat on their hands since then in terms of getting actual legal approval to operate and maintain the CMUs. As a prisoner at Marion CMU during that time, our comrade Daniel McGowan tells us, “knowing that people outside of prison cared enough to put their concerns in writing on our behalf was heartening and re-energized my effort to close the CMUs.”

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NYCABC – We Have Prepared


First, a luxury automobile manufacturer recuperates revolutionary language and aesthetics. Then NYC ABC reclaims the footage in the name of the anarchist project.