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Illustrated Guide Version 12.5 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, as well as the removal of Krow (released to house arrest).

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Illustrated Guide Version 10 Now 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 as well as removing the remaining Cuban Five prisoners (PRISONER EXCHANGE!), Norberto González Claudio (TIME SERVED!), George Horton (TIME SERVED!), Eric McDavid (TIME SERVED!), and Tsutomu Shirosaki (TIME SERVED!). Sadly, we must also remove Phil Africa, who recently died in prison. R.I.P., Phil– you will not be forgotten.

A Letter From Connor Stevens (Cleveland 4)

NYC ABC,

I very much appreciate the letters. Despite my slacking on keeping up with correspondence, these letters, whether from groups or individuals, help me to maintain my focus and sense of perception. It is all-too-easy to go through life with blinders on, cutting ourselves off from our greatest sources of strength and purpose.

I am interested in learning how I can, in however small the contributions, offer more to our ongoing struggle.

I am currently engaged in the perpetual challenge of keeping up with the letter writing, as well as continuing my studies.

There is much I would like to mention, but for now I will limit this letter to an expression of my interest in being recognized as a political prisoner.

I hope my tardiness may be forgiven, as extenuating circumstances have until now caused me to be hesitant in pursuing both identification as a political prisoner specifically, and political engagement more broadly. But such silence must be broken.

With a gentle strength in a hard place, in living solidarity,

Connor Stevens

BK/NY – Tuesday, January 6th – Letter-Writing Dinner For the Cleveland 4

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
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
cleveland fourFirst: Happy New Year! If you didn’t get a chance to come to the New Year’s Eve noise demonstration we organized, expect a reportback soon. To hear nearly so many people calling out the names of comrades locked behind walls as we stood outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center was motivating. Much of that energy still lingers, pushing us to continue the work of supporting our comrades who are still in prison. By now, you probably know that one way we do that is through every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners. We’ve lost count, but this week’s dinner will be about the 195th we’ve hosted. This week we are focusing on the Cleveland 4.

The Cleveland 4 are four Occupy Cleveland activists— Brandon, Skelly, Connor, and Doug.  They were arrested on April 30th, 2012, days before national May Day protests. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge.  However, the real story is that FBI informants and undercover agents had a heavy hand in creating the alleged plot, produced the explosives, and coerced the four into participating. For more information, be sure to visit cleveland4solidarity.org

We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter (or send a book) to the Four:
Brandon Baxter #57972-060
FDC Oakdale
Post Office Box 5010
Oakdale, Louisiana 71463

Skelly* #57976-060
USP Tucson
Post Office Box 24550
Tucson, Arizona 85734
*Address envelope to Joshua Stafford.

Connor Stevens #57978-060
FCI McKean
Post Office Box 8000
Bradford, Pennsylvania 16701

Douglas L. Wright #57973-060
USP Coleman 1
Post Office Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521

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Queens – Tuesday, March 5th – Joint Letter-writing with Occupy Astoria-LIC

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
WHERE: Redeemer Episcopal Church – 30-14 Crescent Street Astoria, New York 11106 (directions below)
COST: Free

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Normally we open the announcement for our every-other-week letter-writing dinners with something scathing or silly or pop-culture referential. However, this week we’re facing good and bad news very near to us. Comrades in the northwest, refusing to cooperate with a federal grand jury, have been released. One of the Angola 3 had his conviction overturned for a third time in 40 years and might finally get free. In worse news, the Canadian government is on a witch hunt to capture and extradite U.S. citizens they hope to scapegoat for property destruction during the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto.

So, while many in this country are distracted by the latest celebrity gossip, we continue to have friends and comrades getting locked up and subpoenaed. There is still an active, international fight against the state and capital and an equally active campaign to quell it. While the wealthy and their lapdog media attempt to ignore or downplay these realities, we’re still here supporting our comrades. Part of that support includes being there for those who have been locked up. And with that comes another Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner!

This week, NYC ABC is hitting the road, linking up with comrades from Occupy Astoria-LIC. In the six years that we’ve been hosting our every-other-week events, we’ve held them in four of the five boroughs. You’re next, Staten Island!

On the suggestion of Occupy Astoria-LIC, this week we’ll be sending cards to Occupy-related folks who are currently locked up. You can learn about the cases of the following Occupy movement-related prisoners and write letters to them:

NATO 5
Cleveland 4
Eric Marquez
Jack Rusk
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Queens – Tuesday, December 4th – Joint Letter-Writing with Occupy Astoria LIC

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
WHERE: Redeemer Episcopal Church – 30-14 Crescent Street Astoria, New York 11106 (directions below)
COST: Free

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Hey, do you want to talk about Lindsay Lohan getting arrested again? Good, neither do we. While many in this country are distracted by the latest celebrity gossip, we continue to have friends and comrades getting locked up and subpoenaed, and not for getting into a fight outside a swanky nightclub or bumping a pedestrian with their car. There is still an active, international fight against the state and capital and an equally active campaign to quell it. While the wealthy and their lapdog media attempt to ignore or downplay these realities, we’re still here supporting our comrades. Part of that support includes being there for those who have been locked up. And with that comes another Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner!

This week, NYC ABC is hitting the road, linking up with comrades from Occupy Astoria-LIC. In the nearly six years that we’ve been hosting our every-other-week events, we’ve held them in four of the five boroughs. You’re next, Staten Island!

On the suggestion of Occupy Astoria-LIC, this week we’ll be sending cards to Occupy-related folks who are currently locked up. You can learn about the cases of the following Occupy movement-related prisoners and write letters to them:

NATO 5
Cleveland 4
Eric Marquez
Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resistors
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NYC – Tuesday, July 3rd – Letter-Writing for Cleveland Five

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 3, 2012
WHERECAGE – 83A Hester Street New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free
Hold on to something solid, because we have a bomb to drop on you. With Independence Day upon us, we have something startling to share. NYC ABC, collectively, could not give two shits about this holiday! Sacrilege, we know. Sarcasm aside, the state, writ large, and the United States government in particular, has nothing to do with independence and we’re not going to bore you with another polemic arguing as much. Nothing speaks as clearly to how little the U.S. government cares about independence than its production and treatment of political prisoners. In opposition to this logic, we again host our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner. This week we are writing to five pre-trial comrades, entrapped by the state— the Cleveland Five.

In the run-up to May Day actions planned across the country, the FBI took to its “go to” strategy– entrapping folks to distract from the actions at hand, draw resources from our communities, and attempt to scare us with heavy-handed arrests and prosecutions. Five folks from Ohio, most closely associated with Occupy Cleveland, were arrested and charged in an alleged plot to destroy a municipal bridge.

PLEASE REMEMBER: The Five are pre-trial. Take care with what you write and do not talk about the case. Scavil and Connor have written public letters, as has the father of one of their comrades. These are good starting points to begin conversations with them.

If you are unable to make it to dinner, please take the time to write a letter to these comrades at:
Brandon Baxter #57972060
Anthony Hayne #57975060
Joshua Stafford #57976060
Connor Stevens #57978060
NEOCC
2240 Hubbard Road
Youngstown, Ohio 44505

Douglas L. Wright*
150 High Street NW
Warren, Ohio 44481
*Please be sure to include Doug’s middle initial, L., when addressing letters to him as there are two Douglas Wrights at Trumbull County Jail in Warren.

For more information, visit http://cleveland5justice.org

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