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BK/NY – Tuesday, September 11th – Letter-Writing Dinner For Water Protectors

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
WHEREThe 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.
COST: Free
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As much of the media, corporate or otherwise, ignores or distorts the realities of the nationwide #PrisonStrike, we see the way the state preemptively punishes any resistance, real or perceived. As imprisoned comrades throughout Pennsylvania’s draconian prison system endure an open-ended lockdown, we have seen equally brutal responses to those who resist on this side of the wall. In Louisiana, water protector activists are being violently arrested and charged under new state legislation by off-duty cops hired goons. So it is with the bravery of those resisting on both sides of the walls in mind that NYC ABC hosts our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner. This week we are focusing on water protectors, including those imprisoned as part of the Standing Rock 6 as well as Ellen Sue Gerhart.

The Standing Rock 6 are arrestees facing felony charges stemming from arrests on October 27, 2016 at ceremonial resistance camps at Standing Rock. These camps were convened in North Dakota by Native peoples and their allies who gathered there to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Collectively, they are referred to as water protectors. These seven arrestees are out of the 800-some water protectors arrested, many the result of widespread police sweeps at demonstrations like October 22 with scant or no evidence to link most individuals to any crime. Currently three of the Standing Rock 6–Red Fawn Fallis, Little Feather, and Dion Ortiz, are in prison. More information at waterprotectorlegal.org

Ellen Gerhart is an outspoken advocate, not only to protect her own land but also to protect the hundreds of waterways impacted across Pennsylvania by ETP’s Mariner East 2 pipeline project. Ellen and her family’s ongoing opposition to the project has led to significant intimidation and harassment on the part of ETP, their private security contractor TigerSwan, and local authorities. On Friday, August 3, Huntingdon County Judge George Zanic sentenced the 63-year-old grandmother, retired teacher, and landowner to two to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine for indirect criminal contempt of court.

If for whatever reason you are not able to join us, please write to these water protectors:
Dion Ortiz
Heart of America Correction Center
110 Industrial Road
Rugby, North Dakota 58368

Ellen Gerhart #18-0983
700 Rishel Hill Road
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823

Little Feather* #25201-075
USP Hazelton
Post Office Box 2000
Bruceton Mills, West Virginia 26525
*Address envelope to Michael Giron

Red Fawn Fallis #16358-059
FMC Carswell
Post Office Box 27137
Fort Worth, Texas 76127

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Illustrated Guide Version 13.7 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. Unfortunately, we are adding two prisoners to the guide this month–Puerto Rican May Day protester Nina Droz Franco and pipeline protester Ellen Sue Gerhart. We are thankful to remove water protector Michael Foster (completion of sentence!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, August 28th – Solidarity With International Anarchist Political Prisoners

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
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: Freecirlce a

Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organizations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries. So it is with that that NYC ABC answers the call for a week of international solidarity with anarchist political prisoners by writing to them as part of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner.

Here in the states, folks are being persecuted for possibly even associating with anarchists or animal liberationists. Around the globe, the state and capital collude in much the same way, and as a result rebels are imprisoned for acting on their desire for a free world. Please join us in sending cards to these imprisoned comrades. We’ll see you at supper!

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BK/NY – Tuesday, August 14th – Black August Card Writing Dinner

WHAT: Black August Card Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
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
black_augustAs a lead in to two great events NYC ABC has coming up–a workshop on transformative justice and a noise demo in solidarity with #NatTurnerDay and the nationwide prison strike–we are hosting another of our every other week Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinners. This week, we will be hosting a Black August card signing.

Maybe you’ve been working too many hours a week to even notice the full-blown war being waged against you by cops and the ruling class. It is real and it is continuing. And of course there is another war– the war against folks imprisoned for their political beliefs and actions. And here’s where we bridge the two.  We will be sending greeting cards to Black revolutionary political prisoners and there’s an easy (too easy? POSSIBLY!) way for you to help. Just come by, eat some food, sign some cards, maybe meet folks you don’t already know, and show some base level solidarity with those behind bars.

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Illustrated Guide Version 13.6 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. Unfortunately, we are adding a prisoner to the guide this month–Water Protector Dion Ortiz. We are thankful to remove Robert Seth Hayes (released on parole!) and Nicole Kissane (completion of sentence!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, July 31st – Letter Writing Dinner for the MOVE 9

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
WHEREThe 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.
COST: Free

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It’s uncommon that we are able to relate good news, but this week we can. Robert Seth Hayes has been released on parole, having met all criteria for release according to his sentence and after serving 45 years in prison. Welcome home, Seth! It’s impossible to celebrate Seth’s release without remembering that we have so many comrades still in prison. So NYC ABC will do what we do and host another of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners. We are so close to the 40th anniversary of the police attack on the MOVE house that we are focusing this week’s event on the MOVE 9.

The MOVE 9 are a family of strong, serious, deeply committed revolutionaries who have endured decades of violent oppression at the hands of the racist state. They are innocent women and men who have been in prison since August 8, 1978, following a massive police attack on them at their home in the Powelton Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. This was seven years before the government dropped a bomb on MOVE, killing 11 people, including 5 babies. You will notice only six addresses below. That is because the state would rather see our comrades dead than free and allowed both Merle and Phil Africa to die while imprisoned. ¡Presente! Just last month, in June 2018, Debbie Africa was the first MOVE prisoner to be released on parole. Welcome home, Debbie!

If for some reason you can’t make it out on Tuesday, take a minute to write these folks from home (NOTE: Pennsylvania will ONLY accept mail in plain white envelopes):
Janet Hollaway Africa #OO6308
Janine Phillips Africa #OO6309
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403-1238

Delbert Orr Africa #AM4985
Charles Sims Africa #AM4975

SCI Dallas
1000 Follies Road
Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612

Michael Davis Africa #AM 4973
SCI Phoenix
Post Office Box 244
Collegeville, Pennsylvania 19426

Edward Goodman Africa #AM4974
SCI Mahanoy
301 Morea Road
Frackville, Pennsylvania 17932

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BK/NY – Tuesday July 17th – Letter Writing Dinner for International Antifa Prisoners


WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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

Folks….
The remaining charges on all the remaining 39 J20 inauguration day protesters have been dismissed! All of em!  Every single one!

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As NYC ABC celebrates this victory, brought by the work of the defendants themselves, those in the community who supported them, and the legal and support teams that destroyed and exposed the State’s cases/lies in the the previous J20 trials, we are reminded of the importance of supporting folks who put themselves on the line in direct action against State, capitalist, and white supremacist power. You won’t see anyone resting on any laurels here in NYC. With that in mind, this week we will once again answer this call for support in the Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners by sending cards to antifascist prisoners overseas.

From NYC Antifa:

Since the last July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, the worldwide struggle against the nightmare of fascism and the far-right has grown and intensified. The news bulletins steadily report the racist and bigoted attacks, the harassment of journalists, the demonization of refugees and migrants, and the increasing presence and violence of organized fascist and far-right groups. While the bigoted, nationalist imagination reproduces itself on a global scale, it also attempts to turn us all into prisoners of the border.

Originating in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman—an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men from an attack by fascist football hooligans—the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners aims to break down the borders and build an international response against fascism. By having an event, raising money, or dedicating an action to these comrades, we can simultaneously strengthen our local movements by ensuring that those who have acted to protect our communities against the fascist threat are never forgotten, as well as create the links of a powerful international solidarity which can transcend both the prison and the border wall.

This July 25th, we call on antifascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners—the comrades who have been behind bars for many years, the friends who have just begun their sentences, the mates still awaiting trial—because they are in there for us, and so we must be out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

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