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Year-end Giving for Political Prisoners

As 2021 comes to a close, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation is stronger than ever before. With community support, we have been able to donate thousands of dollars so far this year to political prisoners. Plus, the ABCF can now accept tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor. With your continued support, we can further the struggle for freedom for all political prisoners.

This year was huge for the ABCF. We welcomed home several comrades after many years in prison: Jaan Laaman, David Gilbert and Russell Maroon Shoatz. As the struggle continues, we also added some newly incarcerated people to the list of people we support: Jessica Reznicek, Dan Baker. We are following cases coming out of the George Floyd uprising and ready to jump in lending support as needed. In solidarity beyond the imperialist border of the U.S., we officially extended our direct support to political prisoners held in Mexico who are now also on our list: Fidencio Aldama, José Antonio Arreola, José Luis Jiménez and José Gerardo Talavera. We also do our part in sustaining the international database of political prisoners on prisonersolidarity.com and have been able to lend monetary support for political prisoners internationally.

In addition to one-time contributions of funds upon a political prisoner’s release or in other urgent situations, our Warchest Program currently provides 17 prisoners with $50 a month to cover basic needs like stamps and phone time. From its inception in November 1994 to date, we have distributed over $158,000 in funds [view our latest Warchest Report accounting for funds raised]. Our internal fundraising has been solid with large and successful Running Down the Walls events, but we want to do so much more in 2022.

We are an all-volunteer organization, dependent on contributions from people who are passionate about social justice. Please make a gift and invite your friends to do the same. Opportunities to free political prisoners are in reach– help us make them come to fruition!

To donate directly to the ABCF, send check or money order made out to Tim Fasnacht to Tim Fasnacht, P.O. Box 8682, Lancaster, PA 17604 or use the links below. To get a tax deduction for donations of $500 or more, make your check out to GLACTS and send to Philly ABC, P.O. Box 8643, Philadelphia, PA 19101 so that it arrives no later than December 28th.

Urgent Action Alert to Support the Nahuatzen 3

The Nahuatzen 3 were sentenced to 7 years in prison for “sabotage,” ostensibly for their work as Purépecha rights defenders through Concejo Ciudadano Indígena de Nahuatzen. The Indigenous Citizens’ Council is a direct democracy-style community government in the state of Michoacán, which began a process of gaining autonomous status for the indigenous community in 2015, and has worked to defend the rights of the indigenous people of Nahuatzen. José Antonio Arreola and José Luis Jiménez are part of the Indigenous Citizens’ Council, which, in 2017 was recognized as an indigenous authority by the Electoral Tribunal of the State of Michoacán and the Federal Government of Mexico. José Gerardo Talavera was supporting the council by renting out a space for it to carry out its functions.

The three were arrested when they were evicted from the offices of the National Development Sistem (DIF), accused of stealing a vehicle and other objects that were in the offices a few days before. However, it is believed that the charges against them are an act of retaliation for their work and that of the Indigenous Citizens’ Council in the fight for self-determination for the Nahuatzén community. Due to the dubious circumstances around their case, they were granted a review by the Supreme Court that is supposed to be completed this month!

Nahuatzen community members at a demonstration outside the Supreme Court to support the review of the case

There are two ways you can take action at this critical juncture to support the release of the Nahuatzen 3:

1) Send a message to Jorge Mario Pardo Rebolledo, the Supreme Court justice that is supposed to be issuing a ruling on their case this month. He can be emailed at [email protected] or through the contact form on the Mexican Supreme Court website.

Example email:

Suprema Corte de Justicia de La Nación

Estimado Ministro Pardo Rebolledo:

Me dirijo a usted para expresar mi apoyo a la revisión del caso de José Antonio Arreola, José Luis Jiménez y José Gerardo Talavera. Considero que este caso ejemplifica graves violaciones a los derechos humanos durante el proceso penal, que me gustaría que se rectificaran con su liberación. Ellos son líderes comunitarios de Nahuatzen condenados por delitos falsos y yo estoy abogando para que la Corte anule el caso.

Gracias por su atención a este asunto.

Atte.
[Nombre]

English translation:

Supreme Court of Mexico

attn: Justice Pardo Rebolledo

I am writing to express support for the review of the case of José Antonio Arreola, José Luis Jiménez, and José Gerardo Talavera. I believe that this case exemplifies serious human rights violations during the criminal process, that I would like to be rectified with their release. They are community leaders in Nahuatzen convicted on false charges and I am advocating for the Court to overturn the case.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

[Your Name]


2) Donate to the community of Nahuatzen as they continue to solidify their autonomous infrastructure. A recent interview of one of the Nahuatzen 3 describes the public works the community has been able to accomplish in a short time since becoming autonomous including an underground sewer system and an expanded electrical grid. If you would like to donate to support the Nahuatzen 3 and the ongoing work in the community, email phillyabc[at]riseup.net for information on how to transfer funds.


NYC ABC Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners v14.9 released

Via NYC ABC

We’ve finished the latest version of the NYC ABC “Illustrated Guide to
Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War” and it’s available for viewing
(and download) at https://nycabc.wordpress.com/guide/

This update includes updated mini-bios, photos, and address changes for
several prisoners. Unfortunately, we are adding a prisoner to the guide
this month–antifascist Daniel Baker.

Download at https://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/nycabc_polprisonerlisting_dec2021.pdf

Get your hands on the 2022 Certain Days calendar

Get your hands on the Certain Days calendar today! Your favorite intercontinental, inside/outside collective has produced our SECOND calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic and despite major obstacles, we think you will love it.

This year’s theme is “Creating a New World in the Shell of the Old” and features art and writings by Alanna Kibbe, Comrade Z, David Gilbert, Daniel McGowan, Eric King, Hanif Bey, Jesus Barraza, Leila Abdelrazaq, Martha Hennessy, Montclair Mutual Aid, Oso Blanco, Peter Railand, Roger Peet, Shukri Abu-Baker, Tauno Biltsted, Wendy Elisheva Somerson, Windigo Army, Virginia Lee, Xinachtli and Yumigou.

Here is how to get them:
U.S. Orders
Burning Books
AK Press
justseeds

Canadian Orders
(1-9 copies)
Kersplebedeb/Left Wing Books

U.K. Orders

10+ copies (Bulk Discount)

Order for prisoners

Stores that carry the calendar

Decolonizing Our Work & Supporting Political Prisoners held by the Mexican State

Historically, the ABCF has supported political prisoners in the so-called United States. So as to not base our work around imperialist borders, we are now explicitly supporting political prisoners held on all of Turtle Island. To this end, we have added four political prisoners to our list of people we support:

Fidencio Aldama: an indigenous political prisoner of the Yaqui Tribe, from the town of Loma de Bácum, Sonora. He is serving 15 years and 6 months after being wrongfully convicted of homicide. It is believed that he was targeted due to his support for the indigenous community’s opposition to a gas pipeline.

The Nahuatzen 3: sentenced to 7 years in prison for “sabotage” ostensibly for their work as Purépecha rights defenders through Concejo Ciudadano Indígena de Nahuatzen: José Antonio Arreola, José Luis Jiménez, José Gerardo Talavera

We encourage folks to read about their cases and extend support to them. Notably, all four of these prisoners are indigenous rights activists who have been repressed and criminalized by the Mexican state.

Some additional cases to lend support to as they face charges and repression for promoting indigenous rights:

Fredy García Ramírez: spokesman for the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI), was arbitrarily arrested on November 6th, 2019. CODEDI is an organization that has a long-term commitment to the promotion of the rights of indigenous communities to land, autonomy and self-determination. It focuses on the defense of human rights violations produced by hydroelectric and mining projects in the state of Oaxaca

The Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón 7: locked up for defending autonomous Indigenous governance against cacíques and political parties held since 2014 without trial: Jaime Betanzos Fuentes, Herminio Monfil Avendaño, Fernando Gavito Martínez, Alfredo Bolaños Pacheco, Isaías Gallardo Álvarez, Francisco Durán Ortíz, and Omar Hugo Morales Álvarez

NYCABC PP updates 11.16.21

Here’s the latest compilation of every other week updates:
https://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2021/11/updates-16-nov-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

Live discussion on Jamil Al-Amin’s case- November 11th

The live discussion will provide background on the unjust trial of civil rights and Muslim leader Imam Jamil Al-Amin aka H. Rap Brown, his relationship with Imam Luqman Abdullah who was killed by the FBI, and the ongoing effort to free him from unjust incarceration.

The speakers will include Attorney Kairi Al-Amin who is the son of Imam Jamil, and Attorney Maha ElKolalli who serves as legal counsel for Imam Jamil.

For more background information, read the recent Time magazine article “The Many Lives of H. Rap Brown.” 

Streaming live at: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRMichigan

Certain Days 2022 calendar is back from the printer!

Back from the printer!!!! It’s the 2022 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar! If you ordered already, they will be going out ASAP.
Now is your chance to order them. Here is how:

U.S. Orders:
Burning Books https://burningbooks.com

AK Press https://akpress.org/certaindays2022.html

Canadian Orders:
https://www.leftwingbooks.net/product/certain-days-freedom-political-prisoners-calendar-2022-creating-new-world-shell-old

Canadian orders (10 or more)
https://www.certaindays.org/order/

Prisoner orders:
https://certaindays.org/order/prisoners/



Your favorite intercontinental, inside/outside collective has produced our SECOND calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic and despite major obstacles, we think you will love it.

This year’s theme is “Creating a New World in the Shell of the Old” and features art and writings by Alanna Kibbe, Comrade Z, David Gilbert, Daniel McGowan, Eric King, Hanif Bey, Jesus Barraza, Leila Abdelrazaq, Martha Hennessy, Montclair Mutual Aid, Oso Blanco, Peter Railand, Roger Peet, Shukri Abu-Baker, Tauno Biltsted, Wendy Elisheva Somerson, Windigo Army, Virginia Lee, Xinachtli and Yumigou.

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. Founding members Herman Bell and Robert Seth Hayes (RIP) were happily welcomed home from prison in 2018. Learn more about them at certaindays.org

Teach in on Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s case

November 3rd at 6pm
Zoom Meeting ID 840 7659 5973
bit.ly/freemutulu

Sharing an Important Request to support the commutation of Dr. Mutulu Shakur through an event co-hosted by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and other networks!: 

“We, the undersigned, demand President Biden, the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Prisons to immediately commute the sentence of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, a father, grandfather, healer, and human rights activist. Mutulu has imprisoned by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for over 35 years and has served his time. Dr. Shakur is 71 years old, has suffered 2 strokes, glaucoma, and has been battling Stage 3 bone marrow cancer for the last 2 ½ years. Despite being diagnosed with life-threatening bone cancer and catching COVID, was denied compassionate release and has been denied parole nine times. We must win his immediate release and the freedom of all political prisoners and prisoners of war.
For more information on Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s, visit https://mutulushakur.com/

1.Sign and Share the petition: https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/grant-clemency-for-dr-mutulu-shakur-a-father-grandfather-healer-human-rights-activist
2.Write Dr. Mutulu Shakur: Dr. Mutulu Shakur #83205-012 | FMC Lexington | P.O. Box 14500 | Lexington, KY 4051
3. Donate: in multiples of $35 to mark the 35 years Mutulu has been held at https://www.cadnational.org/ 

For More info: bit.ly/FreeMutulu