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.

BK/NY – Tuesday, October 29th – Letter-Writing Dinner For Ronald Reed

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 29th, 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
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When you pay attention to the news, whether corporate or independent, it is impossible to avoid the realities of Black folks murdered by cops. The state understands the role of cops and does all it can to make sure that they are able to function above the law, free from consequence. Current realities look similar to those of decades ago and today, like then, we have folks in their communities organizing to fight back. With this week’s every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner, NYC ABC is focusing on just such an organizer–Ronald Reed.

Ronald Reed is a former 60s civil rights activist. In 1969, Reed was also among the students at St. Paul Central High School who demanded black history courses and organized actions against racist teachers. He was also instrumental in helping to integrate college campuses in Minnesota. During this period, Reed began to look toward revolutionary theory and began to engage in political street theater with other young black revolutionaries in the city of St. Paul.

Reed went on to join the Black United Front. In 1970 he was convicted of shooting a St. Paul police officer. Twenty-five years after the killing, Reed was arrested and convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree-murder. He is serving life in prison.

If for whatever reason you are not able to join us, please write to Ronald:
Ronald Reed #219531
Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City
7600 525th Street
Rush City, Minnesota 55069-2265

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BK/NY – Tuesday, October 15th – Come to a Green Scare(y) Halloween Card-Writing

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 15th, 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

Free Them All!It is 2019 and the US government’s war on environmental activists and animal liberationists is still being waged. A couple of years ago NYC ABC and Sacramento Prisoner Support responded with project FANG, a travel fund for earth and animal liberation prisoners and we have since provided funds to families and supporters to help ease the burden of visiting imprisoned loved ones.

With “Operation Backfire” defendant Joseph Dibee apprehended in Cuba and the continued imprisonment of Standing Rock water defenders, we are reminded of the backwards and arbitrary logic the State uses to deem who are “terrorists.” Corporate influence continues to drive policy, as recently seen in North Dakota where pipeline companies have pushed legislators to codify harsh punishment for actions such as “valve turning.” The truth is, those in power will always villainize those who seek to liberate and will always valorize those who seek to carry out real destruction.

In light of the coming holiday, we are sending Halloween cards to targets of the Green Scare as part of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners.

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…

In memory of Tom Manning – A Memorial Zine

Some friends have put together a zine collecting the public statements made in memory of Tom Manning since he passed away on July 30th.

We wanted to offer it to people today to join in spirit with all those who gathered for Tom’s memorial in Boston.

Tom was a comrade, an elder and a teacher for generations on both sides of the walls. Many of us will always continue to carry Tom’s spirit in our hearts and our work. We thought that having these beautiful statements collected in a zine would be one way to honor Tom and to help our many different projects and spaces keep Tom present with us. We also wanted to collect the statements to uplift and support the political prisoners who wrote about Tom and heed their words about our struggles as we mourn a movement elder.

Here is the reading version and the printable version of the zine.

RIP, Tom Manning.

BK/NY – Tuesday, October 1st – Letter-writing to Jeremy Hammond

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 1st, 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
jeremy_hammond_1Perpetual chaos keeps everyone so off balance that news of the navy confirming the existence of UFOs, youth around the world demanding those in power address a global environmental crisis, and workers from Appalachia to Detroit blockading to force greedy bosses to come off a little of their profits all slide by in a cycle or two. Impeachment? That’s last week’s news. Protests against authoritarianism in Hong Kong? Was that even this year? It’s enough to make one throw up their hands and ask whether or not anything can be done. NYC ABC  is here to tell you that there is plenty to get done and that it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. Focus on something that might seem small, like writing a letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war, make a connection to someone who has been pulled from a community of resistance, and build from there. We help to make those connections with our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners and this week we focus on Jeremy Hammond, currently jailed for resisting a grand jury, while also serving a federal prison sentence for “hacktivism.”

Jeremy Hammond is an anarchist computer hacker from Chicago. In November 2013, he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for leaking the personal information of 860,000 customers of private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) through the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. This information revealed that Stratfor spies on activists, among others, at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government. In early September 2019, Jeremy was transferred to Virginia and called against his will to appear before a grand jury. Jeremy is now jailed at the same spot as Chelsea Manning, who is also being held for grand jury resistance. If you want to see how principled grand jury resistance works, as well as a great list of resources, check out North Carolina Resists the Grand Jury.

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Jeremy:
Jeremy Hammond #A0182888
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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BK/NY – Tuesday, September 17th – Letter-writing to Gage Halupowski

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 17th, 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
portland antifa 2019Hey guys! Are you ready to hear something literally crazy? Guess who the United States government and its flunkies in various state and local police departments are targeting to punish with potentially decades in prison. No, not billionaire capitalists and corrupt politicians (even when they are the same person). No, the state is laser focused on individual anti-racists and antifascists with the audacity to stand up against bigotry and systematized white supremacy. A not-too-deep reading of the history of this country reveals that it is founded, and relies, on white supremacy. So don’t expect the state to eat itself, ouroboros style. So until we can collectively push the twin monsters of the state and capital over the goddamned cliff, NYC ABC will support those folks trying to do just that–political prisoners and POWs. This Tuesday’s political prisoner letter-writing dinner will focus on Gage Halupowski, currently jailed for alleged actions in Portland, Oregon. NOTE: Gage is awaiting trial, so please do not write about anything illegal, overtly political, or likely to be used against him if it shows up in a court transcript. For tips on writing to prisoners, see nycabc.wordpress.com/write-a-letter

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Gage:
Gage Halupowski #817981
Multnomah County Jail
11540 Inverness Drive
Portland, Oregon 97220

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BK/NY – Friday, September 13th – Emergency Rally At Brooklyn House of Detention

WHAT: Noise Demo
WHEN: 6:00pm, Friday, September 13th, 2019
WHERE: Brooklyn House of Detention, 275 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11201

COST: Free
flyerNew York City Council plans to move the entire Brooklyn jail population to Rikers by January 2020!

Stephen Levin and Speaker Corey Johnson for the last few months, have been secretly moving currently incarcerated people from Brooklyn House of Detention to Rikers Island! This is UNACCEPTABLE! We know Rikers Island is a torture chamber that MUST be shutdown without building new jails to replace it!

Join us at the EMERGENCY RALLY this Friday at 6pm, to DEMAND no one be MOVED to Rikers and for all City Council members VOTE NO on this disastrous jail expansion plan.

We WANT $11 billion dollars for community instead of jails.

At 7pm will be joined by our comrades No New Jails NYC, JLS Prisoners Human Rights, The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, Prisoners Human Rights Underground Railroad Movement for #Burnday Noise Demo Against Biden’s Crime Bill. We hope to see you there!

#CloseRikersNow #NoNewJails #burnday #AtticRebellion