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Illustrated Guide Version 9.5 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 and address changes for a few prisoners. Additionally,  we removed Sekou Kambui (PAROLED!), Cecily McMillan (TIME SERVED!), and Richard Morano (TIME SERVED!).

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Letter-writing Campaign for Sekou Kambui

kambui copySekou Cinque T. M. Kambui (state name William J. Turk) has requested a letter-writing campaign asserting his innocence in preparation for his upcoming parole hearing, that may happen as soon as April 2014. Time is of the essence and NYC ABC is asking folks for a last minute push in this ongoing campaign.

Sekou maintains that he has committed no crime, and yet has been under the heel of the State since 1975, when he was accused of murdering a wealthy white oil-man and a KKK member in Alabama. He was pulled over in January of 1975 and accused of and arrested for the December 1974 murder after a pistol was found in his car. After his first trial, multiple witnesses later reported that they had been coerced into testifying against Sekou. Further, every defense witness was driven out of the state by police intimidation. No proven murder weapon has been found, and neither Sekou nor the pistol found in his car has never been linked to the crime scene.

Sekou was a member of the Black Panther Party and an organizer with a variety of organizations, including Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Republic of New Afrika. As a result of his activism, Sekou was caught up in the COINTELPRO dragnet— part the State’s effort to suppress dissent and make activism criminal. He must be freed!

So, what can you do? The first thing could not be simpler. Sign this petition (also available at http://j.mp/Sekou_Kambui) . What next, you ask? Take the time to write a letter to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. We’ve even included a sample letter after the break to get you started. Letters should be sent to:
Offices of Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway & Campbell, L.L.C.
ATTN: Attorney Faya Ora Rose Toure
1 Union Street
Post Office Box 1290
Selma, Alabama 36702-1290
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BK/NY – Sunday, September 1st – Running Down the Walls 2013!

RDTW 2013
WHAT
: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike
WHEN: 2:00-7:00pm, Sunday, September 1st
WHERE: Prospect Park– Lincoln Road/East Lake Drive, east of the Terrace Bridge (see the below map for exact location)
COST: $10 registration (includes food and drinks afterwards)

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity events with Running Down the Walls. Last year, we had runs in Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Denver (CO), Elmore (AL), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), New York (NY), USP Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), and Toronto, Ontario. This year we hope to expand the amount of runs in prisons and other cities, as well as increase the amount of funds raised for community projects. NYC ABC’s goal with this year’s run is $2,000.

This year’s run will take place on Sunday, September 1st at 2:00pm in solidarity and conjunction with runs that will take place in cities and prison yards across the country at the same time.

REGISTER AS, OR SPONSOR, A PARTICIPANT

To raise our goal of $2,000, we need your support.

* Run/walk/bike/roll in the 5k – We need participants who can run/walk/bike/roll the 5k and are able to collect financial pledges to offer as donations to the run. Download the brochure, complete with registration and sponsor form right here.

* Volunteer for the run – We need folks who are willing to staff a registration/literature table, hand out water, bike the route as street medics, and help chalk the route beforehand.

* Donate to the run/sponsor a participant – If you are not able to attend, but want to support this fundraising effort, please mail donations to:

NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Your donation of $10 or more entitles you to the celebratory picnic after the event.

Each year, we split proceeds between the Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s Warchest Program and a local organization. This year’s partner group will be The Base.

The Warchest Program:
The Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) has initiated a program designed to send monthly checks to those Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. The Warchest program was initiated in November 1994. Its purpose is to collect monthly funds from groups and individual supporters, and send that money to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks. Over the last decade, the ABCF warchest has dispensed over $60,000 to political prisoners in the United States. Currently, there are eleven imprisoned comrades who receive a monthly stipend as part of the program; they are:
Joseph Bowen
Russell Maroon Shoatz
Tsutomu Shirosaki
Alvaro Luna Hernandez
Herman Bell
Maliki Shakur Latine
Ruchell Magee
Sundiata Acoli
Hanif Bey
Sekou Kambui
Oso Blanco

For more information, visit: http://www.abcf.net/abcf.asp?page=warchest

The Base:
The Base is a new sociopolitical space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of radical-left ideas and organizing. The mission of the space is to spread ideas and practices to the broader populace and provide a place where individuals can learn, grow, and organize outside of traditional activist and educational institutions. For more information, visit: thebasebk.org

We’ll be starting here:


Directions:
From the Q train, get off at the Prospect Park stop. Walk to Lincoln Road and turn right into the park. We’ll be about 700 feet away.

The event will be two laps around what is known as the Inner Loop, and will total five kilometers. For the curious, here’s what it looks like:

Of course, if you have any questions, e-mail us at nycabc at riseup dot net

Tuesday (January 18th) – Letter-Writing for Black Liberation Prisoner Sekou Kambui

What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Cost: Free


Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s cold. And mostly gross. We get it, nature, you’re unpredictable and ungovernable. But that doesn’t change the fact that this coming Tuesday, NYC ABC is hosting another great letter-writing dinner. Brave the freezing rain to warm yourself up with great food, camaraderie, and correspondence with one of our long-held political prisoners. This week we’re writing to Sekou Kambui.

On January 2, 1975, Sekou was captured in north Birmingham for allegedly running a yield sign and/or speeding. During this stop, a 9mm pistol was found in the car lying between the front seats. Subsequent investigation by police on the scene discovered that the pistol was listed as stolen during a Tuscaloosa, AL murder. A wide-ranging investigation followed, which included inquiries into his personal relationship with a white woman. At one point during the investigation, while being transported, Sekou was told by one of the investigators, “…we don’t really give a damn whether you committed these crimes or not, but you should have because we’re gonna hang your ass with them anyway…” Sekou was falsely arrested and charged with the murder of two white men: a KKK official from Tuscaloosa and a multi-millionaire oil man from Birmingham. The trial was racially charged from the beginning with a black civil rights leader being accused of killing two white men in the state of Alabama.

Even a cursory review of the history of the case shows that Kambui was nowhere near the scene of either murder and that as a Black activist being charged for the murder of two white men in Alabama, he never stood a chance of a fair trial.

In case you aren’t able to make it to dinner, here’s Sekou’s address so you can join in from home:

Sekou Cinque T.M. Kambui (s/n William James Turk) #113058
Staton Correctional Facility (B1-21)
Post Office Box 56
Elmore, Alabama 36025-0056

NOTE: The envelope should be addressed to William Turk, the enclosed letter to Sekou Kambui.

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 Anarchist Birthday Brigade.

DIRECTIONS:
Getting to 885 Park Avenue is simple:
From the J/M/Z:
Flushing Stop: Walk southeast on Broadway (toward Sumner Place, away from Thornton Street) and make a right on Park Avenue. We’re halfway down the block, on your right.
Myrtle Stop: Walk northwest on Broadway (toward Melrose Street, away from Troutman Street) and make a left on Park Avenue. We’re halfway down the block on the right.

From the G Train:
Flushing Avenue Stop: Walk south on Marcy Avenue (toward Hopkins Street, away from Wallabout Street) and turn left on Park Avenue. We’re three and a half blocks down on the left.
Myrtle-Willoughby Avenues Stop: Walk north on Marcy Avenue (toward Stockton Street, away from Vernon Avenue) and turn right on Park Avenue. We’re three and a half blocks down on your left.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll see you at supper.

This event is brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Anarchist Black Cross.–

ABCF-NYC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

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