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Sekou Odinga on “Millenials are Killing Capitalism” podcast

Be sure to check out this interview with former politcal prisoner Sekou Odinga!

In this episode we are honored to interview Sekou Odinga. Odinga is a former member of Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity, a founding member of New York Chapter of the Black Panther Party and one of the falsely charged New York Panther 21. He was also a founding member of the International Black Panther Party chapter which set up an embassy in Algeria.

After returning to the US, Odinga joined the Black Liberation Army. In 1984 he was convicted of multiple charges, including the liberation of Assata Shakur. While he contested the charge legally, after serving almost 34 years for the conviction, he has acknowledged that he is honored to be connected with the Assata’s liberation.

Sekou Odinga shares reflections, memories and lessons from the struggles of his era. He also joins us specifically to highlight the need to bring home political prisoners. The political prisoners from his generation are all elders, many of them with compromised immune systems, who have all served decades in prison for their political activity. 

Introducing… The Free Eric King Playlist

A list of songs and artists compiled by vegan anarchist political prisoner Eric King. Compiled from his prison cell, where he’s facing an additional 20 years on trumped up charges. Enjoy the songs, read about and write to Eric, and let’s bring him home where he belongs!

With songs by Against Me!, Ryan Harvey, Taylor Swift, The National, Liz Phair, Bon Iver, The Shins, Demi Lovato, Janelle Monáe, Tim Barry, Eric Church and Laura Jane Grace.

Listen and donate via https://fundrazr.com/e1cKo1
https://supportericking.org

Giving Tuesday is here! Donate to the Warchest!

It’s Giving Tuesday so why not donate to the ABCF Warchest? The ABCF Warchest program distributes $40 in funds every month to 17 long-time political prisoners and has been doing so since 1994.

Donate:
http://paypal.me/abcfwarchest
https://cash.app/$Timabcf

The following political prisoners receive assistance from the Warchest currently:
Sundiata Acoli
Joseph Bowen
Ruchell Magee
Oso Blanco
Hanif Bey
Malik Smith
Alvaro Hernandez
Jaan Laaman
Jalil Muntaqim
Veronza Bowers
Eric King
Mutulu Shakur
Abdul Aziz
Ed Poindexter
Chip Fitzgerald
Kamau Sadiki
Ronald Reed

More info:
http://www.abcf.net/b…/the-abcf-warchest-needs-your-support/

Support for former political prisoner Little Feather

Support for our political prisoners does not end at the prison gate. Little Feather could use our support right now. Please donate to his fundraiser! Little Feather is a former political prisoner who served a 36 month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement. He is one of several water protectors federally sentenced in relation to the NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock.

There are still political prisoners from the NoDAPL protests at Standing Rock imprisoned. See https://www.nodaplpoliticalprisoners.org for info on Water Protectors Red Fawn Fallis and Rattler.

Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director had some bullshit to say

22 dead prisoners & 1 dead staff
540 COVD positive prisoners & 323 COVD positive staff at 45 prisons and 15 halfway houses and this is what colossal asshole Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal had to say.

The list of politcial prisoners in the federal prison system include: Mutulu Shakur, Veronza Bowers, Sundiata Acoli, Jamil Al-Amin, Kojo Sabubu, Bill Dunne, Eric King, Jeremy Hammond, Marius Mason, Joshua Stafford, Doug Wright, Byron Chubbuck, Leonard Peltier, Red Fawn Fallis, Rattler, Joe Dibbee, Jaan Laaman.

Read about these people on our prisoner page.

Don’t forget about Political Prisoners during COVD-19 Pandemic

There is a lot of news to read and much of it focuses on the COVD-19 pandemic. We just want to remind everyone not to forget about political prisoners during this time. Some of them are at prisons that have active COVD-19 deaths but all are dealing with lockdowns, loss of visits and restricted access to commissary. Add to that, a whole lot of stress and uncertainity and you can see the need for us to reach out and check in with them.

We recommend checking out our Political Prisoner list or for a graphical display, check out the NYC ABC Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners which is updated monthly. Please do not forget about political prisoners during the pandemic or ever!

Political Prisoners and COVD19

Two political prisoners are currently at Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities in which there are people with COVD infections.

Veronza Bowers is at FCI Butner II which is right next door to FCI Butner I where there are 45 prisoners and 25 staff positive. 4 people at FCI Butner have died this past week.

Marius Mason is at FCI Danbury where there are currently 37 prisoners and 32 staff members who are COVD positive.

Please shoot both of them a letter and check in with them.

Veronza Bowers #35316-136
FCI Butner Medium II
Post Office Box 1500
Butner, NC 27509

Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061
FCI Danbury
Route 37
Danbury, CT 06811
*Address card/letter to Marius Mason.

Certain Days Call for Submissions for 2021 calendar

Call for Art and Article Submissions: A Generation of Support Through the Bars – the 20th edition of the Certain Days calendar|

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective will be releasing our 20th calendar this coming autumn. The 2021 theme is “A Generation of Support Through the Bars,” reflecting on the roles of political prisoners in social justice movements, historically, currently, and as we look to the future.

We are looking for 12 pieces of art and 12 short essays to feature in the calendar, which hangs in more than 6,000 homes, workplaces, prison cells, and community spaces around the world. We encourage contributors to submit both new and existing work. We especially seek submissions from people in prison, so please forward to any prison-based artists and writers.

Deadline:  Sunday, May 17, 2020
THEME GUIDELINES
When the first Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar went to print over two decades ago, the list of political prisoners and prisoners of war numbered over 100. That number has diminished considerably in the last 20 years, sometimes as a result of successful campaigns and strong outside support, but all too often due to attrition. Medical neglect combined with years of confinement has meant that too many political prisoners have joined the ancestors before we were able to free them.

The Certain Days project was intergenerational when it began: the inside members and almost all of the prisoners featured were involved in the freedom struggles of the 1960s and 70s. The outside collective were in our twenties when the project began, eager to learn from our elders and to provide concrete solidarity across prison walls. Now, 20 years later, the world has changed but the need for solidarity remains as strong as ever. As new movements have risen up to confront forces of repression, we have seen an increase in political prisoners from Indigenous struggles and Earth and Animal liberation movements, to anarchists, anti-fascists, Grand Jury resistors and hacktivists.

While we have covered many themes connecting political prisoner solidarity work over the last two decades, for this 20th anniversary issue we wanted to focus our attention on the core reason for the calendar’s existence: the ongoing place of political prisoners in social justice and revolutionary movements.

*Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The role of longtime political prisoners in ongoing struggles for liberation, whether as inspiration, mentors, and/or as active participants.
  • How do we provide meaningful support to prisoners? How has this role changed over time, and what does it mean to support activists who are now at risk for involvement in ongoing movements?
  • The relationship between political prisoner solidarity and the broader movement for prison abolition.
  • Our understanding of political prisoners/prisoners of war, and how this has evolved over time.
  • How can we bring the voices of political prisoners into our everyday lives and organizing efforts?
  • Political prisoners are often involved in raising the consciousness of fellow prisoners, as well as prison organizing and legal support. How has this role changed in the face of escalating state repression?

FORMAT GUIDELINES

ARTICLES:

• 500 words max. If you submit a longer piece, we will have to edit for length.
• Poetry is also welcome but needs to be significantly shorter than 500 words to accommodate layout.
• Please include a suggested title.

Due to time and space limitations, submissions may be lightly edited for clarity, with no change to the original intent.

ART:
1. The calendar is 11” tall by 8.5” wide, so art with a ‘portrait’ orientation is preferred. Some pieces may be printed with a border, so it need not fit those dimensions exactly.
2. We are interested in a diversity of media (paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, computer-designed graphics, collage, etc).
3. The calendar is printed in colour and we prefer colour images.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
1. Send your submissions by Sunday, May 17, 2020 to info @ certaindays.org.
2. ARTISTS: You can send a low-res file as a submission, but if your piece is chosen, we will need a high-res version of it for print (600 dpi).
3. You may send as many submissions as you like. Chosen artists and authors will receive a free copy of the calendar and promotional postcards. Because the calendar is a fundraiser, we cannot offer money to contributors.

Prisoner submissions are due Sunday, June 7, 2020 and can be mailed to:
Certain Days c/o Burning Books 
420 Connecticut Street  
Buffalo, NY 14213 
USA 
OR
Certain Days c/o QPIRG Concordia
1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8
Canada

ABOUT THE CALENDAR
The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal, Hamilton, New York, and Baltimore, with two political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons: David Gilbert in New York and Xinachtli (s/n Alvaro Luna Hernandez) in Texas. We were happy to welcome founding members Herman Bell and Robert Seth Hayes (Rest in Power) home from prison in 2018, after serving over forty years each. All of the current members of the outside collective are grounded in day-to-day organizing work other than the calendar, on issues ranging from migrant justice to community media to prisoner solidarity. We work from an anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, feminist, queer- and trans-liberationist position.

Call in for Antifascist Political Prisoner David Campbell 

Sample Script for Phone and Email 
Director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Elizabeth Glazer:
E-mail: eglazer@cityhall.nyc.gov
mocj@cityhall.nyc.gov
Tweet: @CrimJusticeNYC
Call/Text (copy and paste script via text): (917) 913-2253

DOC Commissioner Cythnia Brann 
E-mail: cynthia.brann@doc.nyc.gov
Call: (718) 546-0890
Fax: (718) 278-6022
Tweet: @CorrectionNYC

Sample letter:

Dear [Commissioner Brann/Elizabeth Glazer]:

I am [calling/emailing] to draw your attention to the case of David Campbell, who is currently incarcerated on Rikers Island, has been authorized to be released by DA Vance’s office in multiple statements to journalists, but inexplicably remains detained. I implore you to use the unique powers of your office to see that he is released as soon as possible. Not only has he been a model inmate and a beloved fixture of the NYC activist community, but he is also an experienced funeral director who has served low income communities in Brooklyn for years. This skillset is unfortunately in critically high demand during this pandemic, and his former colleagues have called for his release ASAP.

As the pandemic spreads, incarcerated folks are testing positive at a horrifying rate. Detained folks and CO’s have already died. Please do the right thing. Follow the DA’s guidance in releasing David Campbell, and heed the numerous public calls to release all those detained in DOC custody immediately. This is not only the most ethical course of action, but it is also the most rational: each day folks remain in DOC custody, the worse this pandemic becomes for everyone in New York.

Sincerely,
[Name]
[ include address and contact info if you are comfortable but it is not required]