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Support Tom Manning’s Parole Bid

tom maningPolitical Prisoner from the United Freedom Front, Tom Manning comes up for parole in November and has asked people to submit letters supporting his release on parole. According to Tom, “if folks can just write their own letters expressing each ones ideas rather than all of them sounding like they read a form letter – so that they put their own voice down on paper,” that would be best.

NYC ABC supports Tom’s bid for freedom using whatever means he chooses and are hoping you can take a minute to write a letter on his behalf. Please be polite––expressing your disdain for Tom’s incarceration or your political beliefs is not appropriate for these letters. Tom has been down since 1985 and we need him home.

Your letter should reference Thomas Manning #10373-016 and be sent to:

United States Parole Commission
90 K Street NE, Third Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20530

Please make a copy and send it to:
Tom Manning 10373-016
FMC Butner
Post Office Box 1600
Butner, North Carolina 27509

Biography
Thomas Manning is a revolutionary who was active in the United Freedom Front, a clandestine anti-imperialist organization that carried out targeted bombings of corporate buildings, courthouses and military facilities and also carried out bank robberies to fund revolutionary projects.   He was unjustly sentenced to 80 years in prison for killing a New Jersey state trooper in self-defense.

Life in Prison
Tom, like many political prisoners, has been designated a “high max” prisoner, which lead him to be on continual lockdown for the first 12 years in prison. Tom has also been subject to physical abuse and denied medical attention while in prison. In 2006, his artwork was taken down from a show entitled “Can’t Jail the Spirit” at the University of Southern Maine following pressure right-wing activists.

Click here to get Tom’s new books of paintings, For Love and Liberty.

Click here for more information on Tom and here to read some of his poetry and other writing.

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Illustrated Guide Version 9.3 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 revised mini-bios for several prisoners; the change of Chelsea Manning‘s legal name to, well, Chelsea; and address changes for a few prisoners. Unfortunately, this version also includes the addition of new folks– Cecily McMillan, still awaiting sentencing having been found guilty of assaulting a cop and the Transform Now Plowshares, serving between 3 and 5 years each for a disarmament action at the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear facility.

Illustrated Guide Version 9.2 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 revised mini-bios for several prisoners, the addition of birthdays for the vast majority of the prisoners, and address changes for a few prisoners. Additionally,  we removed the MI-CATS 3 (TIME SERVED!), Marshall Eddie Conway (TIME SERVED!), and Fernando González (TIME SERVED!).

NYC – Saturday, November 2nd – 5th Annual Freedom Dance

WHAT: Party With A Purpose – The 5th Annual FREEDOM DANCE
WHEN: 7:30 pm to 1:00 am, Saturday, November 2nd
WHERE: National Black Theater – 2031 5th Avenue (at 125th Street) Harlem
COST: $20 (proceeds support U.S.-held political prisoners)

Celebrate 34 years of liberation of Assata Shakur―and fight to keep her free! There will be food, drink, and dancing with music provided by DJ Revolution. And we’ll introducing the new cocktail, the ¡ASSATA LIBRE!

For more information: FreedomDancing5@gmail.com

NYC – Tuesday, October 1st – Birthday Cards for Imprisoned Comrades

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free

file in the birthday cakeIt’s no secret that winter is the baby-making season and that leaves October as the month with the most birthdays. As we know, our imprisoned comrades are folks coming from the same movements as us, not some rare breed of super-human. As a result a disproportionate number of them also share October births. In fact, there are so many upcoming political prisoner birthdays that NYC ABC is focusing our entire upcoming political prisoner letter-writing dinner on sending cards to them. So come join us for some good food and sign a whole gang of cards. We’ll see you for supper.
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Illustrated Guide Version 8.7 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 address changes for a few prisoners as well as removing Jason Hammond (OUT ON BAIL!) and Eric Marquez (TIME SERVED!). Unfortunately, this version also includes the addition of two new folks– Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff, recently arrested in Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.”

NYC – Tuesday, September 17th – Letter-Writing for Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free

tyler and kevinIt’s been a busy couple of weeks since our last political prisoner letter-writing dinner. We hosted Running Down the Walls 2013 and folks from our collective attended a North American Anarchist Black Cross conference in Colorado. Meanwhile, Raytheon the United States government continues to try and convince the world that plans to bomb Syria are justified and desirable. In this same period of time, two Los Angeles animal rights activists were arrested in rural Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.” And it is on these two NYC ABC focuses our next dinner.

After a traffic stop in which they refused consent to a police search, Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff‘s car was searched anyway. Inside, police allege they found bolt cutters, wire cutters, muriatic acid, ski masks, and camouflage clothing.

Police believed these items were “burglary tools” intended to be used in a crime, and arrested Kevin and Tyler. The two are held on felony charges which carry up to 3 years in prison. They have remained in jail since their arrest on August 14th.

There is no evidence linking them to any crime or intended crime, nor were they arrested on anyone’s property, and their history as animal advocates is the only basis for these serious felony charges. A recent call-in campaign on their behalf resulted in threats of further punishments.

If for some nutty reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Tyler and Kevin, you can write to them at:
Tyler Lang #4564
Woodford County Jail
111 East Court Street
Eureka, Illinois 61530

Kevin Johnson* #4565
Woodford County Jail
111 East Court Street
Eureka, Illinois 61530
*Kevin Olliff. Address envelope to Kevin Johnson

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