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BK/NY – Tuesday, November 21st – Letter-Writing Dinner For American Indian Warrior Leonard Peltier

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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

leonard-peltierIt’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 prisoner Leonard Peltier and we are fortunate to have a guest speaker from NYC Free Peltier.

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 Leonard at:

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

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BK/NY – Tuesday, November 7 – Letter Writing Dinner for Joe-Joe Bowen

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
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

joejoeAs prison uprisings continue to take place across the country by those who are facing some of the harshest forms of state repression, most recently in Kansas, South Carolina, Arkansas and North Carolina, this week we’ll be focusing on Joe-Joe Bowen, who is no stranger to rebelling against captors as a path towards collective liberation. We’re very lucky to have a guest speaker who will present the recent updates of Joe-Joe.

A native of Philadelphia, Joe-Joe was a young member of the “30th and Norris” street gang before his incarceration politicized him. Released in 1971, his outside activism was cut short a week following his release when Joe-Joe was confronted by an officer of the notoriously brutal Philadelphia police department. The police officer was killed in the confrontation, and Bowen fled. After his capture and incarceration, Bowen became a Black Liberation Army combatant, defiant to authorities at every turn. In 1973, Joe-Joe assassinated Holmesberg prison’s warden and deputy warden as well as wounded the guard commander in retaliation for intense repression against Muslim prisoners in the facility.  In 1981, Bowen led a six-day standoff with authorities when he and six other captives took 39 hostages at Graterford Prison as a freedom attempt and protest of the prison conditions.

 

If you will not be able to join us this upcoming Tuesday, you can still write to Joe-Joe (as per Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, only plain white envelopes are accepted) :
Joe-Joe Bowen* #AM4272
SCI Coal Township
1 Kelley Drive
Coal Township, Pennsylvania 17866-1020
*Address envelope to Joseph Bowen.

BK/NY – Tuesday, October 24th – Come to a Green Scare(y) Halloween Card-Writing

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
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

Free Them All!In light of the coming holiday, NYC ABC is sending Halloween cards to targets of the Green Scare as part of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners. We will also have hot off the presses copies of the 2018 Certain Days: Freedom For Political Prisoners calendars available. The theme of this year’s calendar is Awakening Resistance.

Since the early 1980s, public relations hacks have been working to reify the term “eco-terrorism.” By 2004, they became successful and a phrase that a decade earlier had no real meaning was now defined by the United States government and used to introduce legislation. In the face of global ecologic destruction and animal torture, those who try to end the suffering are the ones labeled terrorists. Join us in letting the ones who have ultimately been captured know that they have not been forgotten. Read more…

Illustrated Guide Version 12.8 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.

BK/NY – Tuesday, October 10th – Letter-Writing for Russell Maroon Shoatz

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
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

cropped-maroon_b-earthday_crop1.jpgThe last month on this Earth has felt pretty treacherous – major natural disasters in Texas, Mexico, Florida, and Puerto Rico, the acquittal of murderous pig Jason Stockley, and violent attacks by scores of Spanish and Catalan police in an attempt to prevent a referendum on Catalan independence… the list goes on.  However, as David Gilbert aptly reminded us recently: where there is oppression, there is struggle, and where there is struggle there is hope.

Anarchists and anti-authoritarians have sprung into action in response to all of the above mentioned and more. Between autonomous relief efforts happening in Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas, the anti-police rebellion in St. Louis, and the response to police brutality in Catalan we can’t help but feel that while at times it seems like the world is crumbling down around us, it is quite incredible to experience the resistance.

Speaking of all cops being bastards, join NYC ABC this Tuesday to write Russell Maroon Shoatz, a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party and soldier in the Black Liberation Army.

In 1970, along with 5 others, Maroon was accused of attacking a police station, which resulted in an officer being killed. This attack was said to have been carried out in response to the rampant police brutality in the Black community. For 18 months Maroon functioned underground as a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. In 1972 he was captured. Twice he escaped—once in 1977 and again 1980, but both times he was recaptured and today he is held in Pennsylvania where he is serving multiple life sentences.

We hope to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Russell at:
Russell Maroon Shoatz #AF3855
SCI Graterford
Post Office Box 246 Route 29
Graterford, Pennsylvania 19426-0244

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BK/NY – Tuesday, September 26th – Letter Writing Dinner for Herman Bell

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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: Freehbell-blog
The first letter-writing after Running Down the Walls is typically one of celebration. This time, however, we are writing out of rage over the assault of an elder.

As you may have already heard, elder political prisoner Herman Bell was recently viciously attacked guards. As usually happens, guards turned this around to say that it was Herman who slapped one of them first (a blatant lie) and Herman was charged with assault on staff. This took place right before he was scheduled to have his first 3-day family visit in over 2 years and not so long before he again faces the parole board.

Herman’s support team have been asking people to send letters to the DOC Commissioner on his behalf. NYC ABC will use this letter writing dinner to both send these letters and also to write letters to Herman so he knows we are thinking of him.

Herman is a mentor, a father, a scholar, a coach, and a former Black Panther who was very active in the movement for Black Liberation. He has been in prison for 43 years for his alleged role in the murder of a NYC cop. He has been denied parole 7 times despite his productive time behind bars that has resulted in receiving two Bachelors of Science degrees and a Masters degree, becoming known throughout the New York state prison system as someone who has helped many others inside. You can learn more about Herman here and find out how you can send a letter or email on his behalf.

If you can’t make it out on Tuesday, take time to write from home:
Herman Bell #79C0262
Five Points Correctional Facility
6600 State Route 96
Caller Box 119
Romulus, New York 14541

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Illustrated Guide Version 12.7 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.