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BK/NY – Tuesday, January 14th – Letter-Writing Dinner For David Gilbert and Jalil Muntaqim

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
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
david jalil 2020
While the majority of Americans use New Years Eve as an excuse to drink as much alcohol as they can consume only to ‘turn over a new leaf’ the following day by joining a gym, we at NYC ABC are doing the work we always do. We were excited to see your smiling faces at our annual New Year’s Eve Noise Demo at MCC in Manhattan. And as per usual, we will be kicking off yet another calendar year of bi-weekly letter writing nights and hope to see y’all there, too.

NYC ABC is starting the first month of the year by focusing on comrades near to us, both in affinity and proximity–David Gilbert and Jalil Muntaqim, two of our New York state political prisoners.

David Gilbert was moved in 2019 to Shawangunk Correctional Facility, luckily closer to some comrades and unfortunately farther from others. David is a long time anti-racist and anti-imperialist who is serving a life sentence for his involvement as a white comrade to the Black Liberation Army during an attempted expropriation, better known as the Brinks Robbery. He has continued the struggle while held captive. For more information, see here.

Jalil Muntaqim has been rejected by the New York state parole board a total of thirteen times. September 2019 was the last time Jalil appeared before the Board, and the thirteenth time he has been denied, despite having an excellent record and meeting all requirements to be released on parole. Jalil has submitted a request to Governor Cuomo requesting commutation of sentence to time served, as the parole board is obviously biased. A fair and just parole hearing is impossible for Jalil and our other New York State political prisoners. More information at freejalil.com

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to David and Jalil:
David Gilbert #83-A-6158
Shawangunk Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 700
Wallkill, New York 12589-0700

Jalil Muntaqim* #77-A-4283
Sullivan Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116
*Address envelope to Anthony Bottom.

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Illustrated Guide Version 14.10 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. We are thankful to remove Joseph Dibee (pre-trial bond).

BK/NY – Tuesday, December 10th – Letter-Writing Dinner For Jay Chase

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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

jared jay chase 2019It’s rare, but every several years, the calendar works against us. Consistently having an event every other Tuesday for over a decade means eventually one of the events will land on a holiday. That’s what would happen if we tried to host our regular letter-writing dinner in another two weeks, or even the week after, so this week will be our last of the year. NYC ABC will reset and come back strong for 2020, but only after co-hosting the annual Send Love Through the Walls holiday card making party with Resistance in Brooklyn, organizing an online fundraiser for project FANG that runs through the end of the year, and after getting loud at our New Year’s Eve noise demo. Until then, please join us this week to send letters to the last of the NATO 3 political prisoners, Jay Chase.

Jay is one of a group of activists who were entrapped by two undercover Chicago cops in 2012 leading up to protests of the NATO summit and found guilty of possession of an incendiary device with the intent to commit arson, possession of an incendiary device with the knowledge that another intended to commit arson and mob action. Jay received the longest sentence of the NATO 3 and is the only one still locked up.

His sentence was extended by a year after an alleged interaction with a guard during another bid in segregation.  While in prison, Jay was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, an incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects cognition, muscle coordination, and behavior. For up to date info on Jay visit freethenato3.wordpress.com

If you are unable to join us this Tuesday please write to Jay:
Jared Chase M44710‬
Dixon Correctional Center‬
2600 North Brinton Avenue‬
Dixon, Illinois 61021Read more…

Illustrated Guide Version 14.9 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–Plowshares activist Stephen Kelly. We are thankful to remove Nina Droz-Franco (halfway house!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, November 26th – Letter-Writing Dinner For American Indian Warriors

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
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: Freeleonard_rattler_red fawnIt’s supper time again, and NYC ABC is back at The Base for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner. As anarchists, it should come as no surprise that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving–we’ll take your damned day off from work, but not in exchange for commemorating the historic and ongoing genocide of indigenous folks and the 250 million turkeys who are killed each year. While we might be eating the fruits of the fall harvest, don’t confuse that with an acceptance of the Thanksgiving myth.

This Tuesday’s dinner will focus on indigenous political prisoners Leonard Peltier, Rattler, and Red Fawn Fallis.

Rattler and Red Fawn Fallis are two of the folks known as the Standing Rock 6. 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 (DAPL). Collectively, they are referred to as water protectors. These six 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 two of the Standing Rock 6–Red Fawn Fallis and Rattler, are in prison. More information at waterprotectorlegal.org

Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement (AIM) warrior. In the 1970s, the United States government continued its legacy of decimating indigenous communities, focusing on those organized and prepared to challenge its authority. Peltier is imprisoned for the 1975 shoot-out between the FBI and AIM in which two federal agents and an indigenous man were killed. Four years after his imprisonment, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request released documents which prove Leonard Peltier’s innocence and the FBI’s targeting him. And still, Peltier remains imprisoned. For more information and ways to help, visit whoisleonardpeltier.info

If for some wild reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support the prisoners, you can write to Dion, Leonard, Little Feather, and Red Fawn at:
Rattler* #06280-073
FCI Sandstone
Post Office Box 1000
Sandstone, Minnesota 55072
*Address envelope to Michael Markus

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
Post Office Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521

Red Fawn Fallis #16358-059
FCI Dublin
5701 8th Street–Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568

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BK/NY – Tuesday, November 12th – Letter-Writing Dinner For David Campbell

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
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

david_campbell_netsA couple of months ago, we broke the shocking story of how the United States is founded on white supremacy and to this day brutally punishes those who resist it (NOTE: sadly, this was not breaking news, but has been known and allowed to continue since this country’s inception). With this week’s every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner, NYC ABC is focusing on David Campbell, a local to this city who showed up to protest the status quo of the far right and it now serving 18 months in Rikers Island.

David Campbell is a lover of language and the arts, who was two weeks away from moving to Paris to study French translation when his dedication to combat the alt-right drew him to a protest. At the protest a brawl broke out in which a 56-year-old intoxicated alt-right man was knocked unconscious. Cops stepped in and broke David’s leg in two places. When cops injure someone, it is common to overcharge the person in an attempt to justify such actions and that’s what happened to David. Video surveillance later failed to serve as useful evidence for the prosecution, so they dropped the charges. However, rather than let this case be done, and in some blatant “both sides-ist” bullshit, the District Attorney’s office filed gang assault charges against David. Faced with the prospect of losing at trial and being sent upstate, with its known problems of white power gangs and white supremacist prison guards, David took a non-cooperating plea agreement. Under this agreement, David is able to serve 18 months at Rikers Island, with no additional parole or supervised release after the fact.

If for whatever reason you are not able to join us, please write to David:
David Campbell #3101900657
Eric M. Taylor Center
10-10 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, New York 11370

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Illustrated Guide Version 14.8 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–anti-racists Gage Halupowski and David Campbell.