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NYC – Tuesday, June 24th – Letter-writing to Barrett Brown, Jeremy Hammond, and Chelsea Manning

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free
barrett_jeremy_chelseaWho doesn’t love really good sports talk, right? Of course you saw the way sporting team defeated their rivals at the Big Game™. In the latest global distraction, we’re rooting for the protesters, including those imprisoned for challenging the state and capital as they’ve colluded to further disenfranchise the poor. As our solidarity extends to comrades jailed in Brazil, we also return to the way we’ve been supporting U.S. held political prisoners for the past several years. The simple way NYC ABC does that is through every-other-week letter-writing dinners.

This week, we are writing to three imprisoned comrades— targeted by the state for their work to expose the atrocities committed by, and in service to, the United States government and the economic system that feeds it.

Having previously been raided by the FBI on March 6, 2012 and not arrested or charged, on September 12, 2012 Barrett Brown was again raided and this time arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was online participating in a Tinychat session. He was subsequently denied bail and detained without charge and adequate medical treatment for over two weeks while in the custody of US Marshals. In the first week of October 2012, he was finally indicted on three counts. related to alleged activities or postings on popular websites such as Twitter and YouTube. He was later indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts related to data from the Stratfor breach, and a third time on two more counts, relating to the March 2012 FBI raid(s) on his apartment and his mother’s house.

Jeremy Hammond, a former member of the hacking network Anonymous who has become a cause célèbre for hacktivists, civil libertarians and those concerned about the rights of whistleblowers, is a gifted young computer programmer who is currently spending a decade in prison. His crime? Leaking information from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, information which revealed that Stratfor had been spying on human rights activists at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government.

The trial of military whistle-blower and democracy advocate Chelsea Manning (known as Bradley Manning until her Aug 22, 2013 announcement) finished on August 21st, 2013. After a prosecution which starkly showcased US government officials’ misplaced priorities when it comes to human rights, Army whistleblower PVT Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. This case sets a dangerous precedent for the first amendment, opening whistle-blowers and those who help them to extreme prosecution.

If, for some crazy reason, you can’t join us, please write to Barrett, Jeremy, and Chelsea (or send a book) from home:
Barrett Brown #45047-177
FCI Seagoville
Post Office Box 9000
Seagoville, Texas 75159-9000

Jeremy Hammond #18729-424
FCI Manchester
Post Office Box 4000
Manchester, Kentucky 40962

Chelsea E Manning 89289
1300 North Warehouse Road
Ft Leavenworth, Kansas 66027-2304

For more information about Barrett, visit freebarrettbrown.org
For more information about Jeremy, visit freejeremy.net
For more information about Chelsea, visit chelseamanning.org

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NYC – Friday, November 15th – Noise Demo For Jeremy Hammond

NoiseDemoWHAT: Noise demonstration for Jeremy Hammond
WHEN: 6:00pm, Friday, November 15th
WHERE: 150 Park Row – Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), near the northeast corner of Park Row and Pearl Street (directions below)
COST: Free

At 6:00pm on Friday, November 15th, NYC Anarchist Black Cross is organizing a noise demonstration outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in solidarity with Jeremy Hammond. Earlier in the day, Jeremy will be sentenced, having pled guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Jeremy Hammond is a long-time anarchist and hacker from Chicago. He is currently being held prisoner at the MCC in Manhattan for taking part in attacks carried out by Antisec/Anonymous against global intelligence company Stratfor. In these attacks, the website was taken down and defaced and millions of internal e-mails were submitted to Wikileaks.

Regardless of the sentence Jeremy receives, let’s let him know he is not alone. He has the support of revolutionary comrades around the world, particularly in the city that pathetic Lulzsec snitch Hector Xavier Monsegur calls home. This will be a noise demo so please bring noisemakers, banners, and whatever else will help communicate our solidarity.

Directions:
2/3 trains to Fulton Street
4/5/6 trains to City Hall
J/Z trains to Chambers Street

More info on Jeremy’s case: freejeremy.net
Pack the court for Jeremy’s sentencing:
http://freejeremy.net/giant-banner/pack-the-courtroom-show-support-for-jeremy-at-his-sentencing

BK/NY – Tuesday, February 15th – Letter-Writing for Anti-War Prisoners

What: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
When: 7pm (sharp), Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Where: 885 Park Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (see below for directions)
Cost: Free


Resistance to dictators is gaining traction throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. People are organizing in non-hierarchical ways to determine their own collective destinies. And yet here, in the United States, folks who stand up to the grossest military aggressions on Earth are labeled as traitors or terrorists and thrown in prison. This week, we are writing to two anti-war prisoners– Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Dr. Rafil Dhafir is believed to be the only U.S. citizen imprisoned for violating the sanctions on Iraq. He is an American Iraqi-born physician, who was sentenced on October 28, 2005, to 22 years in prison for violating the Iraqi sanctions by sending money to Iraq through his charity Help the Needy. From the outset of the case against Dhafir, the prosecution was duplicitous. Using unfair tactics and innuendo, and aided by a compliant media, the government transformed Dhafir’s community image from a compassionate humanitarian into a crook and supporter of terrorists.

Bradley Manning is a United States Army soldier who was charged in July 2010 with the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, namely to the non-profit media organization WikiLeaks. He has been detained since May 2010, and is being held in “maximum custody” solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico, Virginia. Manning is expected to face a pre-trial hearing in May 2011 to determine whether or not he should be court-martialed.

For more information, visit:
dhafirtrial.net
bradleymanning.org

In case you aren’t able to make it to dinner, here are Rafil’s and Bradley’s addresses so you can join in from home:

Rafil A. Dhafir #11921-052
FCI Terre Haute
Post Office Box 33
Terre Haute, Indiana 47808

Bradley Manning
c/o Courage to Resist
484 Lake Park Avenue, #41
Oakland, California 94610

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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