With “Operation Backfire” defendant Joseph Dibee apprehended in Cuba and the continued imprisonment of Standing Rock water defenders, we are reminded of the backwards and arbitrary logic the State uses to deem who are “terrorists.” Corporate influence continues to drive policy, as recently seen in North Dakota where pipeline companies have pushed legislators to codify harsh punishment for actions such as “valve turning.” The truth is, those in power will always villainize those who seek to liberate and will always valorize those who seek to carry out real destruction.
In light of the coming holiday, we are asking you to send Halloween cards to targets of the Green Scare as part of our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing events, this year with 100 percent fewer spooky snitches’ fingers cookies, but 100 percent more Page One Collective collaboration, as we collectively work to keep each other safe from COVID-19 by distancing and writing from home.
Since the early 1980s, public relations hacks have been working to reify the term “eco-terrorism.” By 2004, they became successful and a phrase that a decade earlier had no real meaning was now defined by the United States government and used to introduce legislation. In the face of global ecologic destruction and animal torture, those who try to end the suffering are the ones labeled terrorists. Join us in letting the ones who have ultimately been captured know that they have not been forgotten.
Please take the time to send cards to Marius and Rattler (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online): Marie (Marius) Mason #04672-061 FCI Danbury Route 37 Danbury, Connecticut 06811 *Address card to Marius.
Rattler* #06280-073 FCI Sandstone Post Office Box 1000 Sandstone, Minnesota 55072 *Address envelope to Michael Markus.
Our wrongfully incarcerated comrade, David Cambell, is getting out on October 16th – and he needs our help! For the past year, David has been unjustly imprisoned for events that unfolded at the protest of a New York City alt-right event on January 20, 2018.
After almost two years of legal maneuvering, David took a non-cooperating plea for a sentence of 18 months in a local facility on Rikers Island to avoid a trial and a much longer sentence in an upstate prison for which white supremacist guards and Nazi gangs are known.
Despite these precautions, he is one of thousands of people incarcerated in NYC jails during the COVID-19 pandemic, left with little to no proper protection equipment or the ability to socially distance, further compromising health and safety in already bleak conditions.
It was his commitment to antifascism and his community that brought him out to the protest that night, and the combined support of his community that helped him through his sentence. He describes the broad contributions of letters, books, visits, and donations as leaving him both awestruck and humbled. We know the strength of our movement is determined by the continued support of our comrades.
Despite the precarity of the world David is coming back to, let’s give him the welcome home he deserves. If you haven’t already, please consider donating what you can to his fund, as there are still uncovered expenses resulting from the arrest, and any additional financial support will help make his transition easier.
WHAT: NYC Anarchist Black Cross Political Prisoner Letter-Writing for Kamau Sadiki WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 WHERE: YOUR HOME COST: Free
This week, as part of every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner, NYC ABC and Page One Collective will be writing to Kamau Sadiki, former Black Panther Party member and Black Liberation Army (BLA) soldier who is currently serving a life plus ten years sentence for the murder of an Atlanta cop in 1971. He was arrested and convicted over 30 years after the cop was killed based solely on the testimonies of former BLA comrades-turned-snitch that were not even present at the time of the action.
Read about the lived experience of people in the system and not experts! This article expertly describes the Kafkaesque existence of over 10,000 people being housed in segregation for at least 23 hours a day in the Bureau of Prisons. Eric is a friend and political prisoner and facing up to 20 more years in prison for being assaulted by BOP staff. More via supportericking.org.