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LA ABCF’s Statement on the Death of Hugo Pinell

Today we learned about the death of our beloved comrade, Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell. Pinell was a member of the ‘San Quentin 6’ and was one of the longest held political prisoners in the U.S. According to early reports another inmate attacked him with a makeshift knife, which sparked a riot in California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom.

The news of his passing has weighed heavy on the hearts of the members of this organization, as well as the rest of the political prisoner support community. It is a reminder to us that many of our comrades have, in essence, been given a death sentence by the State; whether that death comes in the form of old age, disease or in a violent manner similar to the situation that happened today. It is a sad reality that unless a viable and powerful movement is created that demands the freedom of all political prisoners, Pinell’s death will be just one of many. The death of one comrade is one too many for this movement to accept.

We cannot forget our comrades that live behind the prison walls. We must not allow the death sentences to be served without with a groundswell of resistance. While we should never forget our fallen comrades, we should never allow our own to be so easily martyred. Let the numbers of those liberated overshadow the numbers of those lost. Free All Political Prisoner!

Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross

Running Down the Walls – 2015!

We Want To Run With You!

On Sunday, September 6th, 2015 at 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross Federation and RAC-LA will host the 5K Run/Walk/Bike around MacArthur Park. Runs with take place in Denver, New York, and other cities. This Run is designed to raise much-needed funds for the ABCF Warchest program and for RAC. We are attempting to reach the goal of $3,500 with the run. Funds will be divided between the two programs:

ABCF Warchest:
The ABCF Warchest program was created in November of 1994. Its purpose is to send monthly financial support to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs).  The Warchest funds are divided and distributed through monthly stipends to political prisoners who receive little or no financial aid. Prisoners use this money to cover the basic necessities of everyday living. These funds have been used by prisoners to pay for stamps, shoes, clothes, as well as assisting their families with what little they can.

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC):
In the aftermath of the May Day 2007 police riot targeting migrant workers who dared stand up for our human rights, members of the MacArthur Park area and others joined together to support those with no papers and those with no means. RAC-LA came forward to aid the community in self-organizing such that with the help of each other we might make an inhuman way of living a bit more bearable while at same time acquiring the means to one day transform this system into an image of our own humanity.

If  you are able, we would love for you to organize a Running Down the Walls in your location.  We wish to expand the solidarity runs to more cities and prisons.  In past years we’ve had runs in: Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland, (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Connecticut River, Dannemora (NY), Denver, (CO), Detroit (MI), Elmore (AL), Guelph (CAN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), Mexico City (MEX), New York City (NY),  USP. Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Sandstone (MN), Tucson (AZ), USP Tucson (AZ), and Toronto (CAN).  Regardless of how you identify politically, your support for RDTW is an important statement of solidarity for all movements for social justice.  We recognize the contributions to the struggle given by a diversity of PP/POW’s imprisoned for their pursuit of liberation.

Let Us Know:
Every year we get runners who are unfamiliar with Political Prisoners and the movements they came from.  We read statements of solidarity from PP/POW’s before each run begins because we want people to run with PP/POW’s issues on their minds

•If you are able to run, please write us and let us know that you can run and your thoughts on the run.
•If you are not able to run, we still want your words, your thoughts, your knowledge and encouragement.
•Please mail us your statements of solidarity as soon as you can.
Stay up & Stay Strong!
LA-ABCF

Los Angeles Branch Group of the
Anarchist Black Cross Federation (LA-ABCF)
PO Box 11223
Whittier, CA 90603

la@abcf.net

Running Down the Walls 2014 Los Angeles

We Want To Run With You!

On Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross Federation and RAC-LA will host the 5K Run/Walk/Bike around MacArthur Park. To see runs in Denver, New York, and other cities check out the ABCF website blog post. This Run is designed to raise much-needed funds for the ABCF Warchest program and for RAC. We are attempting to reach the goal of $3,500 with the run. Funds will be divided between the two programs:

ABCF Warchest:
The ABCF Warchest program was created in November of 1994. Its purpose is to send monthly financial support to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs).  The Warchest funds are divided and distributed through monthly stipends to political prisoners who receive little or no financial aid. Prisoners use this money to cover the basic necessities of everyday living. These funds have been used by prisoners to pay for stamps, shoes, clothes, as well as assisting their families with what little they can.

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC):
In the aftermath of the May Day 2007 police riot targeting migrant workers who dared stand up for our human rights, members of the MacArthur Park area and others joined together to support those with no papers and those with no means. RAC-LA came forward to aid the community in self-organizing such that with the help of each other we might make an inhuman way of living a bit more bearable while at same time acquiring the means to one day transform this system into an image of our own humanity.

If  you are able, we would love for you to organize a Running Down the Walls in your location.  We wish to expand the solidarity runs to more cities and prisons.  In past years we’ve had runs in: Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland, (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Connecticut River, Dannemora (NY), Denver, (CO), Detroit (MI), Elmore (AL), Guelph (CAN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), Mexico City (MEX), New York City (NY),  USP. Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Sandstone (MN), Tucson (AZ), USP Tucson (AZ), and Toronto (CAN).  Regardless of how you identify politically, your support for RDTW is an important statement of solidarity for all movements for social justice.  We recognize the contributions to the struggle given by a diversity of PP/POW’s imprisoned for their pursuit of liberation.

Let Us Know:
Every year we get runners who are unfamiliar with Political Prisoners and the movements they came from.  We read statements of solidarity from PP/POW’s before each run begins because we want people to run with PP/POW’s issues on their minds

•If you are able to run, please write us and let us know that you can run and your thoughts on the run.
•If you are not able to run, we still want your words, your thoughts, your knowledge and encouragement.
•Please mail us your statements of solidarity as soon as you can.
Stay up & Stay Strong!
LA-ABCF

Los Angeles Branch Group of the
Anarchist Black Cross Federation (LA-ABCF)
PO Box 11223
Whittier, CA 90603

la@abcf.net

RDTW_2014_3fold (Flyer in English)

RDTW_2014_3fold_ESP (Flyer in Spanish)

Yay, a new website!

Our website finally got its much-needed redesign. Please pardon the mess while we get everything set up and if you notice anything broken, please let us know. Thanks!