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NYC – Tuesday, May 27th – Letter-writing to Cecily McMillan

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free
Cecily McMillan outside courtIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for NYC ABC. Our comrade Jerry Koch participated in his first post-prison public speaking event, a panel coordinated with the 2014 NYC Anarchist Book Fair. Speaking of, we also tabled the Book Fair (this year with 80% less drama!) and were able to reconnect with old friends and talk with a host of new folks. In the same time period, we also reached our goal in the release fund for antifa political prisoner Cody Lee Sutherlin of the Tinley Park Five.

And then there’s the bad news.

Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist who was assaulted by the NYPD, yet convicted herself of assault in a miscarriage of justice, was sentenced to three months in jail and five years probation.

So that lands us where we are, doing what we do. In solidarity with Cecily, and to let her know the breadth of support she enjoys, we focus our next Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner on her. We will have a special guest speaker, Lucy Parks from Cecily’s support crew, so this event is not to be missed.

If for some nutty reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Cecily (or send her a book), you can write to her at:
Cecily McMillan
Book & Case Number 3101400431
Rose M. Singer Center
19-19 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, New York 11370

For more information, be sure to visit the justiceforcecily.com
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New Campaign: Welcome Home Cody Lee Sutherlin (Tinley Park Five)

cody_2013Cody Lee Sutherlin of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison in June. So Bloomington ABC, NYC ABC, and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Cody Lee.

From j.mp/CodyLee:
“In May 2012 five antifascists were arrested and, in early 2013, took non-cooperating plea deals for 3 felonies each for taking part in emphatically stopping a meeting of white supremacists organizing under the guise of the Illinois European Heritage Association at a restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois. For more information, see tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com.

Cody Lee Sutherlin is the third of the five to be released, rejoining us in early June. Bloomington ABC, NYC ABC, and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Cody Lee. By the time Cody Lee is released he’ll have been locked up for just over two years, will have a felony record, and certain things just won’t be the same. Let’s help him make a smooth transition! Let’s raise some money and secure a release fund that will welcome him upon his release. Your donations will help Cody pay bills and costs of living while he looks for a job; buy a phone; and pay for license plates and insurance for his bike.”

Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home. Donate to your ability and show an anti-fascist comrade how we welcome folks home.

If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to Cody Lee offline, please make the check payable to Cody Sutherlin and mail it to:
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Post Office Box 163126
Sacramento, California 95816

If you’d like to write to Cody Lee to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, he’d love to hear from you. His current address is:
Cody Sutherlin M34021
Robinson Correctional Center
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454

More information is available at tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com and j.mp/CodyLee

Thank You From Recently Released Antifa Prisoner John Tucker (Tinley Park Five)

After twenty months of imprisonment, antifascist political prisoner John Tucker is free. John is the second of the Tinley Park Five to be released and he’s written a thank you letter to his supporters. The letter reads:
“These past 20 months have been an ordeal to say the least. From court drama to safety issues to just the woes of incarceration itself, this has been a trying process. Yet, even within the darkness of a cell, cut off from the world, some light could still be seen.  Your letters, donation,s and noisy solidarity were things of beauty to eyes forced to view the despair of a broken system day after day and eyes that could not help but watch as any glimmer of hope faded from so many youths as they were dehumanized by the tortuous conditions in which they were forced to dwell. Your zines brought much needed and often obscured information into a citadel of ignorance and fear, your books lifted the weight of monotonous oppression, and your donations aided in the welfare of so many with nothing but the state to care for them. A parcel of food here or some cosmetics there so often mean the difference between another night spent hungry or unclean and a good night’s rest, and never doubt the weight of one’s spirit in a time of need. Sadness, loneliness, and a lack of basic human needs often crush that vital spark necessary for a meaningful, productive, life and sadly press those “corrected” into a self-defeating cycle of unchecked violence or harsh drug use.

For so much I am thankful for the supporters, but of greatest importance was the solidarity. Your constant stream of letters and cards not only kept myself sane, but also gave tangible, physical proof of solidarity which revealed the tremendous weight of the conviction of people from the real world who likewise are willing to make a stand against the far too often accepted evils of the world, to an incarcerated populace who had often not heard of such people before. The attention brought by the constant stream of mail peaked curiosity and drove many to question what was going on. This in turn lead to discussions, which in turn lead to some longer discussions that I hope have made a difference in at least a few lives over the course of my stint of incarceration.

Now that I am free I am no less thankful for everything I have received from our amazing support network, which is in itself a testament to the will of a people willing to sacrifice to make a change. A support network populated by good hearted, noble people who have often suffered first hand under the weight of unchecked and unopposed malice. Thank you once again for everything you have done and continue to do; you are indeed an amazing people.

In Solidarity,
John Tucker”

While John is now out of prison, he undoubtedly needs the kind of support that those nearest to him can provide. At the same time, three of the Tinley Park Five remain imprisoned. Please take this time to write to them. Their addresses are:

Cody Sutherlin M34021
Robinson Correctional Center
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454

Dylan Sutherlin M34022
Centralia Correctional Center
Post Office Box 7711
Centralia, Illinois 62801

Jason Sutherlin M34023
East Moline Correctional Center
100 Hillcrest Road
East Moline, Illinois 61244

NYC – Tuesday, February 4th – Letter-Writing Dinner For Bill Dunne and Zolo Azania

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free
azania_dunneTAKE TWO (having been polar vortexed into postponing this event):

If NYC ABC were a factory (obviously in which we’ve seized the means of production and offed every goddamned boss in sight), we would be upping our productivity. Between co-hosting an amazing workshop, roadshow and traveling protest by the Bunny Alliance; a talk on the No More Deaths project in Arizona; the fundraising drive for antiracist prisoner John Tucker; and and our upcoming solidarity demo with imprisoned comrades in Mexico, we are busy. Thrown into the mix is our cornerstone– the Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner. This week we will be writing Zolo Azania and Bill Dunne.

For decades, the State of Indiana was trying to kill Zolo, a former Black Panther and community organizer, for allegedly killing a cop during a 1981 armed robbery. However, Zolo’s innocence quickly became clear, on the basis on false evidence and two trials which excluded Black jurors. While in 2009, he finally won his battle to drop the death penalty, he still currently faces the prospect of life in prison for actions that he never committed.

Bill Dunne is an anti-authoritarian sentenced to 90 years for the attempted liberation of an anarchist prisoner in 1979. Dunne and his former co-defendant, Larry Giddings, were accused by police of being “members of a small, heavily armed group of revolutionaries,” associated with the Wellspring Communion. The two successfully freed Artie Ray Dufur, but were arrested after an exchange of fire with police as they were fleeing the scene.

Come find out more about Zolo and Bill, and other political prisoner news, and enjoy a meal with friends (new or old).

In the unthinkable event that you are not able to attend, but still want to support the prisoners, you can write to them at:
Zolo Azania #4969
State Prison Minimum Unit
1 Park Row
Michigan City, Indiana 46360

Bill Dunne #10916-086
USP Pollock
Post Office Box 2099
Pollock, Louisiana 71467
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New Campaign: Welcome Home John Tucker (Tinley Park Five)

john_tuckerJohn Tucker of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison at the end of this month or by early February. So , Bloomington ABC , NYC ABC , and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for John.

From j.mp/JohnTucker:
“John Tucker, the second of the Tinley Park 5 to be released, will be free in JANUARY! The Tinley Park 5 are 5 men from Indiana charged with multiple felonies for an altercation with active white supremacists at a restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois. (more info here)

John’s health has been neglected while imprisoned, so he is facing medical expenses, including dentistry and dermatology, when he gets out. John will also be responsible for court costs and court-mandated “anger management” classes.

John has enjoyed many letters, book & commissary donations, and correspondences from his supporters during his time in captivity (y’all have helped to make his time much more tolerable!), but prisoner support doesn’t end when they’re released; transitioning out of prison can be a difficult time for former prisoners. Having felonies on their records creates barriers to housing and employment. Many things about their lives and communities may have changed during their time inside, so extra effort is required to provide support and build solidarity to avoid isolation and undue financial hardship. Please help us create a gracious homecoming and a smooth re-entry for John.

If you cannot provide financial support at this time, we recommend writing the 3 still inside and writing, visiting, and building relationships with other incarcerated folks to continue struggles like those for which the TP5 are imprisoned. Support your local prison rebels!”

Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home. Donate to your ability and show an anti-fascist comrade how we welcome folks home.

If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to John offline, please make the check payable to John Tucker and mail it to:
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Post Office Box 163126
Sacramento, California 95816

If you’d like to write to John to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, he’d love to hear from you. His current address is:
John Tucker M34024
Lincoln Correctional Center
Post Office Box 549
Lincoln, Illinois 62656

More information is available at tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com and j.mp/JohnTucker

NYC/NYE – Noise Demo Against the Prison Industrial Complex, In Solidarity with PPs and POWs

WHAT: Noise Demo Against the PIC, for the Liberation of PPs + POWs
WHEN: 9:00pm, Tuesday, December 31st
WHERE: Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC, the federal prison in downtown Manhattan); Pearl Street, between Cardinal Hayes Place and Park Row (J to Chambers Street or 4/5/6/ to City Hall)
BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!
cook_county_jail_nye_noise_demoOn the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise demonstrations outside of prisons, is asking folks to join us outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Come, not to appeal to authority, speak truth to power, or any other contrivance, but rather to stand arm in arm with comrades and show direct solidarity to those on the other side of the wall.

The state, writ large, is targeting anarchists all across the United States and abroad. This will be both protest and celebration. Let’s make it another night in which we show them we’re never scared.

Book drive for Cody Sutherlin (Tinley Park Five)

cody_2013With one of his co-defendants recently released, Cody Sutherlin— a member of the Tinley Park 5, is collecting books for his prison’s library. He says, “The library here is full of garbage and people want something with substance…I’m asking that people send whatever they can as long as it’s not too extreme [or it won’t get in]. History, politics, biographies, and quality fiction would be nice. Let’s flood this motherfucker with some good shit!”

One of Cody’s supporters met in person with the library volunteer at Robinson Correctional Center on Friday. The volunteer explained the review process– books are not allowed if they describe how to make weapons, depict or describe penetration (other sexually explicit material is okay), or are on the topic of negotiation. Those were the only topics not allowed, though Cody thinks that graphically violent or explicitly illegal content will also be barred. Books that fail the review process are destroyed.

You can send books to:
Library Services
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454

If you are near Robinson, Illinois, you can also drop them off at the prison.

Spread the word!
More information at tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com

October 23rd-30th – New Incentive For Alex Stuck (Tinley Park Five) Donors

tinley park five t-shirt designsFrom October 23rd-30th, whoever makes the largest donation of over $30 to the Alex Stuck release fund can choose a t-shirt with either of the two designs pictured above.
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New Campaign: Welcome Home Alex Stuck (Tinley Park Five)

Welcome_Home_Alex_StuckAlex Stuck of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison at the end of this month or by early November. So , Bloomington ABC , NYC ABC , and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Alex.

From j.mp/alexstuck:
“Alex…was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for attacking and stopping an organizing luncheon of white supremacists. The meeting of white nationalists and neo-Nazis took place in Tinley Park, Illinois in May 2012.

With good time, Alex will be getting out in late October or early November. Alex has enjoyed many letters, correspondences and book & commissary donations from his supporters during his time in captivity (y’all have helped to make his time much more tolerable!), but prisoner support doesn’t end when our comrades are released; transitioning out of prison can be a difficult time for former prisoners.

Having felonies on one’s record creates barriers to housing and employment. Many things about their lives and communities may have changed during their time inside, so extra effort is required to provide support and build solidarity to avoid isolation and undue financial hardship. Please help us create a gracious homecoming and a smooth re-entry for Alex.”

Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home. Donate to your ability and show an anti-fascist comrade how we welcome folks home.

If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to Alex offline, please make the check payable to Alex Stuck and mail it to:
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Post Office Box 163126
Sacramento, California 95816

If you’d like to write to Alex to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, he’d love to hear from you. His current address is:
Alex Stuck M34020
Dixon Correctional Center
2600 North Brinton Avenue
Dixon, Illinois 61021

More information is available at tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com and j.mp/alexstuck

A request from Alex Stuck (Tinley Park Five)

Alex StuckBy way of Sacramento Prisoner Support and Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross, we’ve received a request from Tinley Park Five prisoner Alex Stuck. Alex is looking for books and articles. The requests read:
“Alex Stuck of the Tinley Park 5 wanted it to be spread around a little that he’d very much appreciate any book by Milton Erickson or Moshe Feldenkrais. He’d also like  articles on hypnotherapy. He did not request any specific titles, just anything by Milton Erickson and anything by Feldenkrais or by others about the Feldenkrais method. he is also interested in transpersonal psychology and kinesics.”

Anything you can do to help this antifascist comrade is appreciated. If you do decide to send a book, please contact folks from the Hoosier Anti Racist Movement (H.A.R.M.) or Bloomington ABC and let them know. This will help insure that Alex isn’t receiving multiples of the same titles. E-mail H.A.R.M. at harm@riseup.net or Bloomington ABC at ellicit@riseup.net.

Here are some suggested titles:
Milton Erickson
Hypnotic Realities (With Ernest L. Rossi)
Healing in Hypnosis SENT
Hypnotherapy – An Exploratory Casebook (With Ernest L. Rossi)
Experiencing Hypnosis (With Ernest L. Rossi)
Time Distortion in Hypnosis (With Linn F. Cooper)

Moshe Feldenkrais
The Elusive Obvious
The Master Moves
Awareness through Movement SENT
The Potent Self
Practical Unarmed Combat
Judo: The Art of Defense and Attack
Higher Judo (Groundwork)

Books, articles, and letters can be sent to Alex at:
Alex Stuck M34020
Dixon Correctional Center
2600 North Brinton Avenue
Dixon, Illinois 61021

For more information on sending letters, articles, and books, checkout our guide to writing a letter.