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BK/NY – Tuesday, July 3rd – Letter Writing Dinner for Rayquan Borum

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
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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With hundreds of thousands of folks across the country taking the streets to make the demand to #AbolishICE, NYC ABC invites you to support others held captive by the state. For this week’s political prisoner letter-writing dinner, we are writing to Rayquan Borum.

Rayquan Borum was arrested during the Black Lives Matter uprising in Charlotte, North Carolina. Revolutionaries in the city firmly believe he is falsely being accused of murdering a young man, in a cover up attempt by the “authorities.”

If for what ever reason you can’t make it out to write Rayquan in the company of fellow anarchists and vegan food, we hope you’ll still find some time to write to him here:
Rayquan Borum #0000400226
Mecklenburg County Jail
Post Office Box 34429
Charlotte, North Carolina 28234

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BK/NY – Tuesday, June 19th – Letter Writing Dinner for Eric King

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
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

It’s rare we get good news in the political prisoner support world, or even the anarchist world as you all well know. But this week NYC ABC was thrilled to find out that Debbie Africa, one of the MOVE 9 women, was released on Saturday, June 16th after serving an abominable 40 years in prison.  WELCOME HOME DEBBIE! You can support Debbie at patreon.com/move9

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Debbie reunited with her son Mike, after 39 years.

This week NYC ABC will be writing to anarchist prisoner Eric King, who certainly feeds off of news of fellow political prisoners to keep his fire burning while inside. Eric is a vegan anarchist prisoner serving a 10 year sentence for an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, Missouri in September 2014. Eric was charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both incendiary devices failed to ignite. The second annual International Day of Solidarity with Eric King is coming up on June 28th so we encourage folks to send him a card or letter and spread the word about him if not already doing so. More information can be found at supportericking.org.

If for what ever reason you can’t make it out to write Jeremy in the company of fellow anarchists and vegan food, we hope you’ll still find some time to write to Eric here:
Eric King # 27090045
FCI Florence
Federal Correctional Institution
Post Office Box 6000
Florence, Colorado 81226

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BK/NY – Tuesday, June 5th – Send Cards For Eid al-Fitr

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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

The first letter-writing after Running Down the Walls is typically one of celebration. This time, as it coincides with the ending of Ramadan, we will be sending Eid al-Fitr cards to our imprisoned Muslim comrades. We will send the cards a few days after our event to try and make sure they get there on or about June 15th.

Four days later, on Juneteenth, there is a call to #CaptureTheFlag. More information on that over at itsgoingdown.org

If you can’t make it to letter-writing, please take the time to send a card or letter from home. We have a guide to writing prisoners as well as one with mini-bios and addresses of the folks we support to make as easy as possible.

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Illustrated Guide Version 13.4 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 Herman Bell (released on parole!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, May 22nd – Letter Writing Dinner for Jeremy Hammond

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
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

The weather is getting better and we are drawing ever so nearer to this year’s Running Down the Walls on June 3rd in Prospect Park. In solidarity with our friends, families, and comrades on the inside we look to each other to support the efforts of the radical recipients of this year’s raised funds: the ABCF Warchest and the Revolutionary Liberation Bail Fund (you can donate at PayPal.me/nycabc). We also look to the broader community to take this opportunity to introduce them to anarchist ideals and principles through the support of those who have taken ultimate risks and/or suffered consequences unfathomable to most in order to make their communities and the world at large a better place. We also should probably take the opportunity to show out of towners that not everyone running on the beautiful NYC streets is a disgusting bigoted attorney as this week’s news would understandably, hilariously, lead people to believe.

But just because we are preparing to throw this amazing run/picnic/fundraiser, don’t for one second think we aren’t going to still be hosting our every other week letter writing dinner. This week we are writing to Jeremy Hammond.

jeremy hammondJeremy 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.

If for what ever reason you can’t make it out to write Jeremy in the company of fellow anarchists and vegan food, we hope you’ll still find some time to write to Jeremy here:

Jeremy Hammond #18729-424
FCI Milan
Post Office Box 1000
Milan, Michigan 73189

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BK/NY – Tuesday, May 8th – Letter Writing Dinner for Sundiata Acoli & Dr. Mutulu Shakur

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
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


This week NYC ABC will focus on Sundiata Acoli and Dr. Mutulu Shakur, a former Black Panther Party member and a former Black Liberation Army member who are serving time for charges connected to Assata Shakur and/or her successful 1979 prison break and escape.

A New York Black Panther, Sundiata Acoli endured two years of prison awaiting trial for the Panther 21 Conspiracy Case. He and his comrades were eventually acquitted on all the bogus charges. The case was historic and a classic example of police and government attempting to neutralize organizations by incarcerating their leadership. As a result of this political attack and because of the immense pressure and surveillance from the FBI and local police Sundiata, like many other Panther leaders went “underground.”  On May 2, 1973, Sundiata Acoli, Assata Shakur and Zayd Shakur were ambushed and attacked by state troopers on the New Jersey Turnpike. Assata was wounded and Zayd was killed. During the gun battle a state trooper was shot and killed in self defense. Sundiata was tried in an environment of mass hysteria and convicted, although there was no credible evidence that he killed the trooper or had been involved in the shooting. He was sentenced to thirty years. Sundiata was ordered released on parole by a state appeals court in New Jersey in September 2014 when the court ruled the parole board had “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” when it previously denied him parole. The State of New Jersey has appealed the decision. More information: sundiataacoli.org

In 1987 Dr. Mutulu Shakur was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment for his role in the Black Liberation Movement. In March 1982, Dr. Shakur and 10 others were indicted by a federal grand jury under a set of U.S. conspiracy laws called Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) laws. These conspiracy laws were ostensibly developed to aid the government in its prosecution of organized crime figures; however, they have been used with varying degrees of success against revolutionary organizations. Dr. Shakur was charged with conspiracy and participation in the Black Liberation Army, a group that carried out actual and attempted expropriations from several banks. Eight incidents were alleged to have occurred between December 1976 to October 1981. In addition, he was charged with participation in the 1979 prison escape of Assata Shakur, who is now in exile in Cuba. After five years underground, Dr. Shakur was arrested on February 12, 1986. While he was on the street, Dr. Shakur challenged the use of methadone as a tool of recovery for addicts. He believed in natural remedies instead and, based on those beliefs, founded the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America. Many people credit Shakur with saving their lives. Dr. Shakur has worked to free political prisoners and to expose government abuses against political organizers. While in prison, he has struggled to create peace between rival gangs. More information: mutulushakur.com

If for some insane reason you cannot join us Tuesday, please write them at home:
Sundiata Acoli* #39794-066
FCI Cumberland
Federal Correctional Institution
Post Office Box 1000
Cumberland, Maryland 21501
*Address envelope to Clark Squire

Dr. Mutulu Shakur #83205-012
USP Victorville
Post Office Box 3900
Adelanto, California 92301

The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the PP/POW Birthday Calendar.

Directions:
Getting to The Base is simple:
From the M Train:
Central Avenue Stop: Walk east on Myrtle Avenue (away from Hart Street, toward Cedar Street). We’re about two blocks down on the south side of the street.

Knickerbocker Avenue Stop: Walk west on Myrtle Avenue (away from Harman Street, toward Himrod Street). We’re about three blocks down on the south side of the street.

From the L Train:
DeKalb Avenue Stop: Walk south on Stockholm Street (away from Wyckoff Avenue, toward Irving Avenue). We’re about four blocks down, at the intersection of Stockholm Street and Myrtle Avenue.

From the J Train:
Myrtle Avenue Stop: Transfer to the M train and follow the above directions.

Illustrated Guide Version 13.3 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.