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BK/NY – Tuesday, January 12th – Letter Writing To David Gilbert

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

It’s our first every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing event of 2021 and we are starting off by writing to David Gilbert–someone close to us, both physically and in spirit. For this first event of the year, NYC ABC and Page One Collective are asking you to continue to write to from home, staying safe, while also keeping our imprisoned comrades front and center.


David Gilbert, a longtime anti-racist and anti-imperialist, first became active in the Civil Rights movement in 1961. In 1965, he started the Vietnam Committee at Columbia University; in 1967 he co-authored the first Students for a Democratic Society pamphlet naming the system “imperialism;” and he was active in the Columbia strike of 1968. He went on to spend a total of 10 years underground, building a clandestine resistance.

David has been imprisoned in New York State since late 1981, when a unit of the Black Liberation Army along with allied white revolutionaries tried to get funds for the struggle by robbing a Brinks truck. This resulted in a shoot-out in which a Brinks guard and two cops were killed. David is serving a sentence of 75 years to life under New York State’s “felony murder” law, whereby all participants in a robbery, even if they are unarmed and non-shooters, are equally responsible for all deaths that occur. While in prison, David has been a pioneer for peer education on AIDS and has continued to write and advocate against oppression. He’s been involved with the annual Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar since 2001 and has written two books– No Surrender and Love and Struggle. More information: bit.do/DavidGilbert

Please take the time to write a letter to David Gilbert (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
David Gilbert #83-A-6158
Shawangunk Correctional Facility
Post Office Box 700
Wallkill, New York 12589

BK/NY – Tuesday, December 29th – Letter Writing To Mumia Abu-Jamal

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

It’s our final every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing event of 2020 and we can’t believe it. Our last public event was on March 10th and when we decided to temporarily suspend in-person events we couldn’t envision it lasting the entire calendar year let alone the foreseeable future. Yet, here we are continuing to raise awareness and asking folx to write letters in the comfort and safety of their own homes so that we can keep the tradition alive as we collectively move through this dystopian reality. For this final event of the year, NYC ABC and Page One Collective are asking folx to write to one of the most well-known u.s.-held political prisoners–Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an African-American writer and journalist, author of six books and hundreds of columns and articles, who has spent the last 30 years on Pennsylvania’s death row and now general population. Mumia was wrongfully convicted and sentenced for the murder of a Philadelphia cop. The demand for a new trial and freedom is supported by heads of state, Nobel laureates, distinguished human rights organizations, scholars, religious leaders, artists, scientists and, as important, millions of folks like you and us. For more information, be sure to visit bringmumiahome.com.

Please take the time to write a letter to Mumia Abu-Jamal (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Smart Communications/PA DOC
Mumia Abu-Jamal #AM8335
SCI Mahanoy
Post Office Box 33028
St Petersburg, Florida 33733

BK/NY – Tuesday, December 1st – Letter Writing To Kojo Sababu

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

With rumors of war and populist coups in the air, ongoing organized state violence and femicide wreaking havoc in communities around the world, we’re gearing up for what we do best: political prisoner support. NYC ABC and Page One Collective are back for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing night, this week featuring New Afrikan Prisoner of War Kojo Bomani Sababu. These days, we find it helpful to be able to call on our elders for their wisdom through practicing reciprocal solidarity. As Kojo himself said:

“…I have no solutions but I will say this: There are some great political minds contained in America’s prisons, which are growing old as their era of life departs, this resource needs to be tapped before it expires. Do not abandon the political prisoners and POWs, they are still insightful with their knowledge and experience.”

Kojo Bomani Sababu is currently serving a 55 year sentence for actions with the Black Liberation Army and attempted prison escape with Puerto Rican Independista Oscar López Rivera. Kojo was captured on December 19, 1975 along with anarchist Ojore Lutalo during a bank expropriation. He was also charged with the murder of a drug dealer in his neighborhood. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy in 1981 and sentenced to 55 years in prison. In 1988, Kojo was convicted of conspiracy to escape along with Jaime Delgado (a veteran independence leader), Dora Garcia (a prominent community activist), and Oscar López Rivera (Puerto Rican Independista) from the federal prison at Leavenworth, where he was held.

Please take the time to write a letter to Kojo Sababu (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):

Kojo Sababu* #39384-066
USP Canaan
Smart Communications
Post Office Box 30
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
*Address envelope to Grailing Brown

BK/NY – Tuesday, November 17th – Letter Writing To American Indian Warriors

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

NYC ABC and Page One Collective are back for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing. 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 prisoners Leonard Peltier and Rattler.

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

Rattler (Michael Markus) is Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, a water protector, and one of six folks who eventually came to be known as the Standing Rock 6. The Standing Rock 6 are arrestees enduring felony charges stemming from arrests on October 27, 2016 at ceremonial resistance camps at Standing Rock. These camps were convened in North Dakota by Native peoples and their allies who gathered there to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Collectively, they are referred to as water protectors. These seven arrestees are out of the 800-some water protectors arrested, many the result of widespread police sweeps at demonstrations like October 22 with scant or no evidence to link most individuals to any crime. More information: freerattlernodapl.com

Please take the time to write a letter to Leonard and Rattler (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):

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

Rattler* #06280-073
FCI Sandstone
Post Office Box 1000
Sandstone, Minnesota 55072
*Address envelope to Michael Markus

BK/NY – Tuesday, October 6th – Letter Writing To Kamau Sadiki

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WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

This week, as part of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner, NYC ABC and Page One Collective will be writing to Kamau Sadiki, former Black Panther Party member and Black Liberation Army (BLA) soldier who is currently serving a life plus ten years sentence for the murder of an Atlanta cop in 1971. He was arrested and convicted over 30 years after the cop was killed based solely on the testimonies of former BLA comrades-turned-snitch that were not even present at the time of the action.

This should not come as a surprise as the State has never ended their war against Black people and continue to divisively target Black communities. An increased interest in what the State labels terrorism is what led to the increased interest of Kamau in 2002 when he was brought in for questioning on an unrelated matter. They were aware of his former relationship with the perennially Most Wanted Assata Shakur, with whom Kamau has a daughter. They attempted to extract information from him about Assata and tried to recruit him to lure her away from Cuba or else he “would die in prison.” When he refused to turn his back on his principles and his community, the state of Georgia vindictively moved forward with charges of the decades old crime.

Before Kamau’s time in the BLA, he was a New York City teenager who was deeply moved by the principles and organizing efforts of the Black Panther Party. At age 17 he joined up in Jamaica, Queens and volunteered in the Free Breakfast for Children program in the morning, hit the streets with BPP newsletters in the afternoon in an effort to organize his neighbors, and took part in political education classes at night. Once the FBI’s CoIntelPro was in full swing, decimating the Party and their ability to progress, Kamau and many others went underground to the more clandestine BLA for fear of being entrapped, framed, or murdered.

For more info on Kamau Sadiki, check out freekamau.com which gives an account of Kamau’s life from two former political prisoners, Safiya Bukhari and Claude Marks (freedomarchives.org).

Here is an excerpt of Kamau’s 2003 sentencing statement:
My joining the Black Panther Party and consequently the Black Liberation Army was a response to the oppressive climate that existed in America at the time. The struggle of people of color evolved out of the legacy of slavery and the subsequent Jim Crow laws of the reconstruction period. Following decades of oppression, people of color in this country recognized they had to negotiate their liberation through armed resistance and it was during this period of history that the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army were major players.

Please take the time to write a letter to Kamau (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Kamau Sadiki* #0001150688
Augusta State Medical Prison
3001 Gordon Highway
Grovetown, Georgia 30813
*Address envelope to Freddie Hilton

BK/NY – Tuesday, September 22nd – Letter Writing To Ed Poindexter

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

Fires are raging across the country, some literal, some figurative. And the fallout from the latter is showing in ongoing repression by the state. Folks are being overcharged, having their living spaces raided, and collectively face hundreds of years in prison. For those who organize support for political prisoners, that work in the struggle is becoming even more crucial.

When reflecting on a heightened level of repression by the state and cooperators, it is impossible not to think of those imprisoned under similar, past historical conditions. So join NYC ABC and Page One Collective this week to write to Ed Poindexter, a Black Panther political prisoner in Nebraska. This simple and low-stakes ritual of regularly writing political prisoners is an excellent way to keep those who have fought the system and lost present in our minds, hearts, and communities.

Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa are commonly known as the “Omaha Two.” They were leaders of the Black Panther Party in Omaha in the late 1960s and, like others, were targeted both by the Omaha police and the FBI under its notorious COINTELPRO spying and disruption program.

In August 1970, the Two were framed on charges of killing an Omaha police officer, who died after being lured into a home where a suitcase bomb exploded. They were subsequently imprisoned. After a long illness, we Langa died in 2016 after 45 years in prison, while Ed Poindexter remains locked up. Currently, a campaign to secure clemency for Ed is underway and details are available at jerichony.org/events2.html

Please take the time to write a letter to Ed (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Ed Poindexter #27767
Nebraska State Penitentiary
Post Office Box 22500
Lincoln, Nebraska 68542

BK/NY – Tuesday, September 8th – Letter Writing To Doug Wright and Skelly (Cleveland 4)

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

As the fight against police brutality rages on, we witness evidence of the centuries-long commitment the state and the non-uniformed white supremacists have to each other in this country. The murders in Kenosha following the life-altering shooting of Jacob Blake to the most recent death of Michael Reinoehl in Portland are emblematic of the tragedy that ensues when lines are drawn. The fight continues, and daily we are reminded that the state regularly cooperates with and relies on the contributions of the white supremacist, racist, fascist right wing to do their dirty work (if they aren’t willing to do it themselves).

Speaking of the state and cooperators, please join NYC ABC and Page One Collective this week to write the two folks from Cleveland still finishing their sentences after being entrapped by the FBI during Occupy Cleveland. This simple and low-stakes ritual of regularly writing political prisoners is an excellent way to keep those who have fought the system and lost present in our minds, hearts and communities as these battles in the streets rage on.

Douglas Wright and Joshua Stafford (aka “Skelly”) are two Occupy Cleveland activists. 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

Please take the time to write a letter to Doug and Skelly (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Skelly* #57976-060
USP McCreary
Post Office Box 3000
Pine Knot, Kentucky 42635

*Address envelope to Joshua Stafford.

Douglas Wright #57973-060
USP Victorville
Post Office Box 3900
Adelanto, California 92301

BK/NY – Tuesday, August 25th – Black August Letter Writing

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

Due to the pandemic and uprisings against white supremacist policing (redundant, we know), many of us are too overwhelmed to even notice the full-blown war being waged by cops and the ruling class. It is real and it is continuing. And of course there is another war—the war against folks imprisoned for their political beliefs and actions. And here’s where we bridge the two. Nearing the end of Black August, NYC ABC and Page One Collective will be sending letters to Black revolutionary political prisoners and there’s an easy (too easy? POSSIBLY!) way for you to help, just by writing from home. Please post a photo of your addressed envelope on social media and tag us (with your return address blurred out) and we will share it. Use Page One’s recent zine, “Current Political Prisoners of Black Liberation Movements,” for up-to-date addresses.

Tuesday, August 11th – Letter-writing to Jaan Laaman

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME

COST: Free
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Hot on the heels of our formal announcement regarding Running Down the Walls 2020, NYC ABC is back with another letter-writing event. Again collaborating with Page One Collective, and still encouraging folks to write from home as we navigate the continued threat of the novel coronavirus, focusing on anti-imperialist political prisoner Jaan Laaman. It is impossible to think about Jaan without thinking of his United Freedom Front co-defendant Tom Manning, who died in prison at the hands of medical neglect and state tyranny. Your spirit lives with us, Tom!

Jaan Laaman is imprisoned for actions carried out by United Freedom Front (UFF). The UFF was a clandestine revolutionary organization active in the United States in the early 1980s. The group targeted government institutions and major corporations that had ties to the South African Apartheid system or right-wing paramilitaries in Central America. This included taking actions directly against the South African and United States governments. The UFF carried out targeted bombings of corporate buildings, courthouses and military facilities as well as bank robberies to fund revolutionary projects, while insuring that those buildings were empty when targeted. Prior to his role in the UFF, Jaan was deeply involved in anti-South African apartheid organizing.

Please take the time to write a letter to Jaan (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016
USP McCreary
Post Office Box 3000
Pine Knot, Kentucky 42635

 

 

Tuesday, July 14th – Letter-writing to Xinachtli

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME

COST: Free
alvaro luna hernandez xinachtli 2020_FBAs efforts build to coordinate support for those arrested and facing repression as a result of the uprising against cops killing Black folks (and policing in general), the state is using federal grand juries and sending agents to knock on doors in hopes of gathering evidence. Locals cops and overzealous bootlicking reactionaries have murdered protestors in an attempt to directly stop them and intimidate others. And of course the state is using this moment in history to further punish those already imprisoned—with lockdowns, transfers, neglect, and outright brutality. One way to support those in prison is through the simple act of writing a letter. This week NYC ABC, in collaboration with Page One Collective, are encouraging you to write to Chicano political prisoner Xinachtli.

Xinachtli, fka Alvaro Luna Hernández, is a Chicano-Mexicano political prisoner sentenced to 50 years in prison for aggravated assault on a cop when he disarmed a sheriff attempting to shoot him.

Deeply effected by witnessing the murder of one of his friends by a known racist cop (yes, it’s redundant), Xinachtli dedicated his life to fighting police brutality, especially as it was manifest against the Chicano community. From 1976 through 1990, Xinachtli was falsely accused of murder (and after public outcry eventually released) and severely beaten by police, all the result of his work to end police brutality in Houston, Texas.

In 1996, some corny county sheriff came to Xinachtli’s house, allegedly to arrest him for robbery (side note: the robbery charge was summarily dismissed). The cop didn’t have an arrest warrant and when Xinachtli, unarmed, questioned the cop’s abuse of power, the cop pulled his gun. Before he could shoot, Xinachtli disarmed the cop without injuring him, and fled.

Upon his capture, Xinachtli was found guilty and sentenced to an unbelievable 50 years in prison. Since his imprisonment, he has been denied access to library materials, faced increasing censorship of his mail, and had to deal with retaliation from prison staff over his filing of grievances.

Most recently, the state is subjecting Xinachtli to a campaign of harassment and repeated discriminatory cellblock assignments, although he has violated no prison rule.

Please take the time to write a letter to Xinachtli (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Xinachtli* #255735
James V Allred Unit
2101 FM 369 North
Iowa Park, Texas 76367
*Address envelopes to Alvaro Luna Hernández, cards/letters to Xinachtli.