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Illustrated Guide Version 14.1 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. Unfortunately, we are adding prisoners to the guide this month–Plowshares activists Clare Grady and Martha Hennessy and Water Protector Steve Martinez.

BK/NY – Tuesday, March 9th – Letter Writing To Grand Jury Resister Steve Martinez

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

Hey, everyone, who likes sweet and sour? Us, too! But what we’re being fed right now by the state’s lapdog–corporate media, is saccharine sweet to keep some of us placated, ultra sour to keep others of us divided, and 100% rotting us from the inside. This steady diet of nothing keeps most of us distracted from the hammer held above our heads, just out of sight, ready to fall when we step out of line. For those who refuse the distraction, who face the full brunt of state repression, NYC ABC and Page One Collective again come together to show support. Please join us this week in writing letters to water protector and grand jury resister Steve Martinez.

Steve Martinez, an Indigenous and Chicano activist who participated in the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota in 2016, is being held on charges of contempt of court for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.

Steve invoked the Fifth Amendment in an effort to avoid participation in the grand jury. The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from being forced to testify against themselves in court. In a common procedure intended to coerce testimony, the judge in the case granted Steve immunity, meaning that he could no longer be charged with crimes associated with his testimony. In so doing, the judge created the conditions by which Steve could be forced to testify or jailed if he refused to do so. Steve can now be held for as long as the grand jury before which he has been called remains empaneled. For more information and resources on grand jury resistance, visit supportstevemartinez.com

Please take the time to write a letter to Steve (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Steve Martinez
Burleigh County Detention Center
Post Office Box 2499
Bismarck, North Dakota 58502

Illustrated Guide Version 14 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. Unfortunately, we are adding prisoners to the guide this month–Plowshares activists Patrick O’Neill and Carmen Trotta. We are thankful to remove Rattler (halfway house!) and Joseph Dibee (pre-trial house arrest).

BK/NY – Tuesday, February 11th – Letter-Writing Dinner For Water Protectors

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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

At a recent event in support of political prisoners, we were once again reminded by elders who either have spent time behind bars themselves or have supported those who have, that supporting folks snatched up by the State is of the utmost importance for any political movement and associated communities. Throughout the history of European expansion across the globe, indigenous folks have put their bodies on the line in order to stop the spread of colonialism. This struggle has shown itself in recent years in the fight against the expansion of American capitalist and colonial powers onto indigenous land to build pipelines that threaten not only the sovereignty and autonomy of those who live there, but also the water and ecology which sustains the region. Time and time again we see repression chasing down the strength of those who fight against these forces in an effort to isolate folks and put a stop to these movements. Water protectors are no exception. With that in mind, NYC ABC will be writing to Red Fawn Fallis and Rattler (Michael Markus) for our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner.

red fawn_outline_2019On October 27th, 2016 Red Fawn and over 140 other water protectors were arrested on the front lines of Standing Rock during a massive police raid on a camp of resisters. Red Fawn was initially accused of firing on local cops while being arrested and charged with attempted murder but those charges have since been dropped and Red Fawn was then transferred into federal custody to face three federal charges related to possessing a firearm while being a felon. Red Fawn has been steadfast in her dedication to the struggle by putting her body on the line despite the endless attacks of the local cops and private security hired by the pipeline company and being arrested on two other occasions during her stay.  In 2018 Red Fawn took a non-cooperating plea deal in which the State dropped the charge which carried the longest sentence (10yrs-life) with the stipulation that she plead guilty to the other two charges. For more info on Red Fawn: standwithredfawn.org

rattler_outline_2019Rattler’s charges stem from alleged actions that took in the previously mentioned police raid at Standing Rock on October 27th, 2016.   He was initially charged with Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to Commit a Federal Felony Offense. The latter carries a minimum of 10 years imprisonment. In 2018, Rattler took a non-cooperating plea deal in which the State dropped the Fire charge he plead guilty to the Civil Disorder charge. He was subsequently sentenced to three years in federal prison. For more info on Rattler: freerattlernodapl.com

If for whatever reason you are not able to join us, please write to Red Fawn and Rattler:
Red Fawn Fallis #16358-059
FCI Dublin
5701 8th Street–Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568

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

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BK/NY – Tuesday, November 26th – Letter-Writing Dinner For American Indian Warriors

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
WHERE: The Base1302 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: Freeleonard_rattler_red fawnIt’s supper time again, and NYC ABC is back at The Base for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner. 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, Rattler, and Red Fawn Fallis.

Rattler and Red Fawn Fallis are two of the folks known as the Standing Rock 6. The Standing Rock 6 are arrestees facing 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 (DAPL). Collectively, they are referred to as water protectors. These six 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. Currently two of the Standing Rock 6–Red Fawn Fallis and Rattler, are in prison. More information at waterprotectorlegal.org

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

If for some wild reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support the prisoners, you can write to Dion, Leonard, Little Feather, and Red Fawn at:
Rattler* #06280-073
FCI Sandstone
Post Office Box 1000
Sandstone, Minnesota 55072
*Address envelope to Michael Markus

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

Red Fawn Fallis #16358-059
FCI Dublin
5701 8th Street–Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568

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Illustrated Guide Version 14.2 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. Unfortunately, we are adding two prisoners to the guide this month–anti-racist Eric Hancock and grand jury resister Chelsea Manning. We are thankful to remove water protector Dion Ortiz (halfway house!).

Illustrated Guide Version 13.10 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.

Illustrated Guide Version 13.7 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. Unfortunately, we are adding two prisoners to the guide this month–Puerto Rican May Day protester Nina Droz Franco and pipeline protester Ellen Sue Gerhart. We are thankful to remove water protector Michael Foster (completion of sentence!).

Illustrated Guide Version 13.6 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. Unfortunately, we are adding a prisoner to the guide this month–Water Protector Dion Ortiz. We are thankful to remove Robert Seth Hayes (released on parole!) and Nicole Kissane (completion of sentence!).

BK/NY – Tuesday, March 27th – Letter-Writing Dinner For Michael Foster

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, March 27th, 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

We typically start the invitation to our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner with commentary on current events or the state of the world. This time, NYC ABC would rather simply congratulate our comrades in the Jericho Movement on their upcoming 20th anniversary. We struggle for a world in which there will be no political prisoners or prisoners of war locked up and in need of outside support. Until then, groups like Jericho provide a template for thoughtful, consistent work that centers those imprisoned. Those who organize in their name don’t do it for praise or recognition, but we feel compelled to offer both. Thank you, comrades! To honor this work, we will do what we’ve been doing for over a decade and invite you to another dinner. This week, we are focusing on recently imprisoned water protector/”valve turner” Michael Foster.michael foster 01In February 2018, Michael Foster was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison for actions taken as a “valve turner.” Foster and four others physically halted the flow of tar sands pipelines by closing valves along TransCanada’s Keystone 1 pipeline, which shoots some 590,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to refineries on Texas’s Gulf Coast. At one point, the valve turners faced charges two criminal felonies and three misdemeanors, including a couple of felony reckless endangerment charges.

If for some unforeseeable reason you are unable to make it Tuesday, please take the time to write to Michael on your own time:
Michael Foster #51974
Missouri River Correctional Center
Post Office Box 5521
Bismarck, North Dakota 58506

 

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