PP/POW Updates & Announcements (5.18) from NYC ABC

Here’s the latest compilation of every other week updates:
https://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/updates-18-may-2021.pdf

NYC ABC, along with several other individuals and prisoner support
crews, now send hard copies to all political prisoners and prisoners of
war we support.

If you consistently mail the latest updates to a specific prisoner,
please let us know so we can insure there’s no overlap. The goal is to
have copies sent to all of the prisoners we list.

We’ve also been told that some prisoners are not receiving the copies
sent in, yet we aren’t getting rejection notices. If you are in steady
contact with a prisoner, please ask them whether or not they are
receiving the updates and let us know.

Free ’em all,
NYC ABC
[email protected]

NYC ABC Letter writing for Dr. Mutulu Shakur

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
WHERE: your home (or wherever you happen to be)
COST: Free

With the COVID related restrictions and guidelines around this country beginning to be lifted or eased, it is as important as ever to recognize those inside prison walls who remain captive by the white supremacist structures that have continued to thrive throughout this pandemic. Between the proliferation of this deadly virus behind bars, the inequity in treatment of the disease to people of color, the unending stream of police killing Black folks, and the attempts to literally erase the already vastly understated mentions of America’s ongoing racist colonial history from school books, this country is having a historic year of maintaining white supremacy. Just this month it was revealed that the remains of the victims of the Philadelphia police bombing of the MOVE family’s house were either sent to be “studied” and gawked at by elite museums and universities or ordered by city officials to be burnt to ash. This latest obscene iteration of this country’s mission to control Black bodies with cruelty and indignity is just one of an immeasurable number.

With these injustices fresh in our minds, we turn to political prisoner Dr. Mutulu Shakur, who has actively fought against that bodily control by dedicating his life to the physical, political, and social health and well being of the Black community.

Read more at https://nycabc.wordpress.com/2021/05/16/tuesday-may-18th-letter-writing-to-dr-mutulu-shakur/

Write Dr. Shakur at
Mutulu Shakur #83205-012
FMC Lexington
P.O. Box 14500
Lexington, KY 40512

June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

June 11th is upon us and with that, a new (long) call and links to their new zine.

“Against another year of state encroachment, against the restriction of free movement under the auspices of “safety,” against the continued brutalization of our friends in prison, we call for a renewal of solidarity on June 11, 2021: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & All Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners. For 17 years, June 11th has been an occasion for celebration, mourning, and revolt. It has been a moment to breathe, to remember those fallen and those in cages, to remind ourselves of why we remain committed to the Beautiful Idea of anarchism. Through our letters, demonstrations, fundraising, and solidarity attacks we keep the beacon lit for those who have given years of their lives for their conviction that the State is a horror against which we must wager our lives.”

Download the zine [PDF for printing] [PDF for reading]

Read more at https://june11.noblogs.org

How to write Political Prisoners video

This is a brief instructional video, outlining how to write U.S. political prisoners, including a brief history of the Anarchist Black Cross. It’s intended as a resource to be shown at local political prisoner letter writing events, or watched by individuals looking to learn some basics about writing political prisoners. It was produced by a collaboration between Page One and Burning Books.

Much of the model presented here was developed over several years of practice by the New York City Anarchist Black Cross. Special thanks to the Buffalo Committee Against State Repression, the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, the Friends of Jeff Luers, and the Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan.

Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu-qpGOwsSg

Find political prisoners to write at https://www.abcf.net/prisoner-info/

Our Political Prisoner list

Check out the list below and write one or more of the political prisoners! You can also check out the NYCABC Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and POWS at https://nycabc.wordpress.com/guide/

ABDUL AZEEZ (Virgin Island 3)
(Warren Ballentine)

ANDREW MICKEL

BILL DUNNE

CARMEN TROTTA

CASEY BREZIK

CLARE GRADY

DAVID GILBERT

DOUG WRIGHT (Cleveland 4)

ED POINDEXTER (Nebraska 2)

ERIC KING

FRED “MUHAMMAD” BURTON

GAGE HALUPOWSKI

HANIF S. BEY (Virgin Island 3)
(Beaumont Gereau)

JAAN LAAMAN

JAMIL ABDULLAH AL-AMIN

JOSEPH “JOE-JOE” BOWEN

JOSEPH DIBEE

JOSHUA “SKELLY” STAFFORD (Cleveland 4)

REV. JOY POWELL

KAMAU SADIKI

KOJO BOMANI SABABU

LEONARD PELTIER

MALIK BEY (Virgin Island 3)
(Meral Smith)

MARIUS MASON (address envelope to M. Mason)

MARK COLVILLE

MARTHA HENNESSY

MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

DR. MUTULU SHAKUR

OSO BLANCO (Byron Chubbuck)

PATRICK O’ NEILL

RONALD REED

RUCHELL CINQUE MAGEE

RUSSELL “MAROON” SHOATZ

SUNDIATA ACOLI (C. Squire)

VERONZA BOWERS JR.

XINACHTLI (Alvaro Luna Hernandez)

Forgetting And Forgotten: Older Prisoners Seek Release But Fall Through The Cracks

These ‘old law’ prisoners include people like Leonard Peltier, Bill Dunne, Veronza Bowers and Dr. Mutulu Shakur. The time to release them is now.

“Davon-Marie Grimmer has been struggling to get help for more than year for her cousin, Kent Clark. Sometimes, when he calls from prison, he asks to speak with relatives who are no longer alive. Sometimes, he forgets the name of his cell mate.

“As far as I know, he hasn’t received any medical attention for the dementia, and he’s just so vulnerable in there,” Grimmer said. “He’s 66 years old. He can’t take care of himself.”

Clark is one of about 150 people in federal prison who time mostly forgot. This group of “old law” prisoners committed crimes before November 1987, when the law changed to remove the possibility of parole. But even with the grandfathered-in chance for parole — and despite a push to reduce prison populations — dozens of men in their 60s, 70s and 80s still have little hope of release.”

Read more at https://www.npr.org/2021/05/11/994273368/forgetting-and-forgotten-older-prisoners-seek-release-but-fall-through-the-crack

The Black Panther Party Has Never Been More Popular. But Actual Black Panthers Have Been Forgotten.

While the Panthers have become a staple of pop culture, veteran members of the group remain invisible.

On October 7, 2020, Jalil Muntaqim exited the Sullivan Correctional Facility in upstate New York a free man. A member of the Black Panther Party and its more militant, clandestine offshoot, the Black Liberation Army, Muntaqim was 19 years old at the time of his 1971 arrest, which was followed by his conviction three years later for the murder of two NYPD police officers, Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini. After nearly a half-century behind bars and over a dozen parole requests, Muntaqim’s parole was approved last September, one month before his sixty-ninth birthday.

Read the rest here. Write political prisoners here and here.

NYCABC’s Political Prisoner updates & announcements

NOTE: If you currently send the updates to Steve Martinez, please stop,
as he was recently released.

Here’s the latest compilation of every other week updates:
https://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/updates-4-may-2021.pdf

NYC ABC, along with several other individuals and prisoner support
crews, now send hard copies to all political prisoners and prisoners of
war we support.

If you consistently mail the latest updates to a specific prisoner,
please let us know so we can insure there’s no overlap. The goal is to
have copies sent to all of the prisoners we list.

We’ve also been told that some prisoners are not receiving the copies
sent in, yet we aren’t getting rejection notices. If you are in steady
contact with a prisoner, please ask them whether or not they are
receiving the updates and let us know.

Free ’em all,
NYC ABC

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