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BK/NY – Tuesday, May 24th – Letter Writing Dinner for Oscar Lopez Rivera and Kojo

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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
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Does anyone still remember that feeling that was being pushed on us from all sides about eight years ago? You know, the feeling that hope and change were just around the corner and if we just bought into the bullshit one more time we would really see a significant shift in politics. Well, now we’re being fed the same shit sandwich, but with different condiments. And we have a president who has done nothing for the folks who risked their lives and freedom for the liberation of their people. NYC ABC doesn’t claim to have the ability to free our comrades with the stroke of a pen. However, with several strokes of several pens, we can support those very comrades via our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner. This week we are writing to Kojo Bomani Sababu and Oscar López Rivera.

Kojo Sababu is a New Afrikan Prisoner of War, currently serving a 55 year sentence for actions with the Black Liberation Army. Kojo and Oscar attempted to escape from prison and was convicted of one count of conspiracy for an alleged escape plan that included the use of rockets, hand grenades, and a helicopter.

Oscar López Rivera was born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico on January 6, 1943 and moved to Chicago with his family at the age of 12. He was a well-respected community activist and a prominent independence leader for many years prior to his arrest. In 1975, he was forced underground, along with other comrades. He was captured on May 29, 1981, after 5 years of being persecuted by the FBI as one of the most feared fugitives from US “justice.”

If are unable to join us on Tuesday, you can still write to Oscar and Kojo :
Oscar López Rivera #87651-024
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

Kojo Bomani Sababu* #39384-066
USP Canaan
Post Office Box 300
Waymart, Pennsylvania 18472
*Address envelope to Grailing Brown

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BK/NY – Tuesday, November 10th – Letter Writing for Eric King

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

1265011_10151766560676743_1651319365_oThis week we are writing to fellow anarchist Eric King.  Eric is currently being charged in federal court with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO. in 2014.  Since his arrest, Eric has been repeatedly fucked with by guards and other prison officials.  He has been held in solitary confinement since January 2015 and will likely remain there for the duration of his trial.  For much of his time behind bars, Eric was denied vegan food.  Thanks to a campaign of support from both inside and outside the walls, Eric was finally given access to the food that matched his ethics and politics.  In addition to his initial denial of a vegan diet, Eric has also been denied medical care which he has repeatedly requested.  Eric’s most recent battle from inside prison has been with mail confiscation.  Apparently, the “people” who handle the mail in the prison thought that Eric’s incoming mail was actually addressed to the trash can as that is where it ended up.  Once again, thanks to support outside, the mail situation seems to have recently gotten better.  Now is the best time for us to send love and support to Eric by way of flooding the mailroom.

Despite all of this treatment, Eric has been able to keep up good spirits when he can and is fully invested in resolving his legal situation.  He has been writing a lot during his time, including a lot of poetry.  There is a fundraiser and support T-shirt sale that is ongoing and can be found here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/0yoZc 

If for whatever reason you will not be joining us this Tuesday, you can write to Eric at:

Eric King
27090045
CCA Leavenworth
100 Highway Terrace
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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BK/NY – Tuesday, October 13th – Letter Writing for Jeremy Hammond and Barrett Brown

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 13th, 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

barrett_jeremyThis week we are writing to Jeremy Hammond and Barrett Brown, both of whom are imprisoned in relation to the hacking of the private intelligence firm Statfor.

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 October 2012, Barrett Brown was indicted on three counts related to postings on websites such as Twitter and YouTube. Later in December of that year, Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts related to data from the Stratfor information leak carried out by hackers from Anonymous. Despite his lack of direct involvement in the operation and stated opposition to it, he faced these charges for allegedly pasting a hyperlink online. On January 23, 2013 he was indicted a third time on two more counts, relating to the March 2012 FBI raid(s) on his apartment and his mother’s house. In April, Brown pleaded guilty to three reduced counts. In January 2015, he was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison.

If for whatever reason you will not be joining us this Tuesday, you can write to Jeremy and Barrett at:
Jeremy Hammond #18729-424
FCI Manchester
Post Office Box 4000
Manchester, Kentucky 40962

Barrett Brown #45047-177
FCI Three Rivers
Post Office Box 4200
Three Rivers, Texas 78071

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BK/NY – Tuesday, September 15th– Letter-Writing for Russell Maroon Shoatz

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

maroon_shoatz_illustrationIt has been great to be apart of and to attend so many inspiring events this September, and we are just barely through half of it.  From the amazing turnout and response to this years Running Down the Walls, to the wonderful vibes at the Dead Prez, Rah Digga, Rebel Diaz and Tef Poe show, to the discussion and call to action with the No New Animal Lab campaign, to the Party Against Prisons, and the upcoming The Promise Of Anarchism: An International Panel Discussion.  We have certainly kept ourselves busy, but could not feel better doing so.  We want to keep this momentum going in this week’s letter writing night for activist, author, and soldier Russell Maroon Shoatz.

Russell is a dedicated community activist and founding member of the Philadelphia based organization Black Unity Council, which eventually merged with the Black Panther Party (1969). 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 expect 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 244
Graterford, Pennsylvania 19426-0244

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Brooklyn – Tuesday, August 4th – Letter-writing for Luke O’Donovan

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, August 4th, 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
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lukeIf you missed our event last week on the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, you missed out on a a great deal of inspiring videos of antifa action and inspiring speakers discussing the way the state punishes those who take action against fascism across the world.

It is with fighting fascism in mind that we focus our next political prisoner letter-writing dinner on Luke O’Donovan. On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Luke was seen dancing with and kissing other men at a house party. Later in the night he was insulted with homophobic slurs, and attacked by several people. Luke unsuccessfully attempted to escape, at which point several witnesses reported watching between 5 and 12 men ganging-up on Luke and stomping on his head and body, evidently with the intent to kill him. Luke was called a faggot before and during the attack. Throughout the course of the attack, Luke and five others were stabbed. Luke was subsequently imprisoned and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as one count of attempted murder while none of the other individuals involved in the altercation were charged.

Luke’s trial concluded on August 12, 2014, when he accepted a plea deal. While initially facing over 100 years in prison, the deal Luke accepted includes two years in prison and eight years on probation. At the time of sentencing, the judge added to the negotiated plea that Luke will be banished from the state of Georgia, except for one small county away from his home, family, and friends, for the eight years of his probation.

While we expect to see you on Tuesday, if you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Luke:
Luke Patrick O’Donovan #1001372271
Washington State Prison
Post Office Box 206
Davisboro, Georgia 31018
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BK/NY – Tuesday, July 21st – Letter-writing to Albert Woodfox

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 21st, 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
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This week we are writing to Albert Woodfox, who is one of what is known as the Angola 3. If you’ve heard Albert’s name lately, you may be confused about why we are writing him because in June he was ordered to be released without the possibility of retrial. This order was over four decades late as Albert has been in solitary for 43 years for allegedly stabbing a prison guard.  In actuality Albert, along with Herman Wallace and Robert King Wilkerson, were targeted with these charges in response to them organizing prisoners to build a movement within the walls to desegregate the prison, to end systematic rape and violence, for better living conditions, and worked as jailhouse lawyers helping prisoners file legal papers.  This targeting continued the day following the release order when the Louisiana Attorney General filed for a stay of his release while he appeals the ruling.  Albert Woodfox is still in prison.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to dinner, please take the time to write Albert:

Albert Woodfox #72148
West Feliciana Parish Detention Center
Post Office Box 2727
St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775
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NYC – Tuesday, September 2nd – Letter-writing to Walter Bond

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free

walter_bondOkay, so it’s almost over. First it’s Labor Day, then Running Down the Walls, and the next thing you know it’s autumn. We’re pretty sure we know calendars and that’s how they work– Independence Day [sic], Labor Day, Running Down the Walls, end of summer. You can use that in planning for the remainder of your year. “Is it Running Down the Walls already? I swear it comes earlier and earlier every year. I’d better start stacking firewood and get my rake ready.” And so we set our gaze on fall. Of course, in NYC ABC all that changing weather means is a different menu at our every-other-week letter-writing dinners. And before we can get to Running Down the Walls 2014, we have another dinner to serve. This week we are focusing on Walter Bond. We’re very lucky to have a guest speaker who will present the history and recent updates of Walter.

Walter Bond is an imprisoned Animal Liberation Front operative who in the Summer of 2010 was arrested for the A.L.F. Lone Wolf arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado, the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah.

If for some bizarre reason you can’t make it to dinner, please write to Walter (and/or send him a book) from home. His address is:

Walter Bond #37096-013
USP Marion – CMU
Post Office Box 1000
Marion, Illinois 62959

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