Russell Shoatz whose been in prison since 1972 is suffering from Covid and colon cancer. He is being held in inhumane conditions that’s detrimental to his health. These funds will go towards costs that the Shoatz family encounter fighting what seems to be an endless battle towards getting proper medical attention for Russell Shoatz, and someday bringing him home where he belongs.
Our friends at Certain Days just published their December Prison Break column on It’s Going Down. Covering releases, COVID-19, rebellions, birthdays and more related to U.S. political prisoners, this is not to be missed. Check out older columns here.
And check out this awesome photo of recently released political prisoner Jeremy Hammond!
Today is Giving Tuesday and like many other groups, we are asking for you to donate to our cause this day! Unlike others, the funds donated goes right to political prisoners. We give monthly stipends of $50 to 20 political prisoners and donate generously to release funds for political prisoners. e.g. like Jay Chase , David Campbell, Zolo Azania and Red Fawn Fallis.
The Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) initiated the Warchest program in November 1994 to send monthly checks to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. Its purpose is to collect funds from groups and individual supporters and send that money directly to commissary accounts of vetted Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks. Since its inception, we have distributed over $130,000 in funds.
The current batch of political prisoners who receive the ABCF Warchest:
- Xinachtli (Alvaro Hernandez)
- Jalil Muntaqim
- Joe-Joe Bowen
- Jaan Laaman
- Oso Blanco
- Malik Bey
- Hanif Shabazz Bey
- Sundiata Acoli
- Ruchell Cinque Magee
- Chip Fitzgerald
- Veronza Bowers
- Mutulu Shakur
- Eric King
- Abdul Azeez
- Ed Poindexter
- Kamau Sadiki
- Ronald Reed
- Leonard Peltier
- Doug Wright
WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
With rumors of war and populist coups in the air, ongoing organized state violence and femicide wreaking havoc in communities around the world, we’re gearing up for what we do best: political prisoner support. NYC ABC and Page One Collective are back for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing night, this week featuring New Afrikan Prisoner of War Kojo Bomani Sababu. These days, we find it helpful to be able to call on our elders for their wisdom through practicing reciprocal solidarity. As Kojo himself said:
“…I have no solutions but I will say this: There are some great political minds contained in America’s prisons, which are growing old as their era of life departs, this resource needs to be tapped before it expires. Do not abandon the political prisoners and POWs, they are still insightful with their knowledge and experience.”
Kojo Bomani Sababu is currently serving a 55 year sentence for actions with the Black Liberation Army and attempted prison escape with Puerto Rican Independista Oscar López Rivera. Kojo was captured on December 19, 1975 along with anarchist Ojore Lutalo during a bank expropriation. He was also charged with the murder of a drug dealer in his neighborhood. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy in 1981 and sentenced to 55 years in prison. In 1988, Kojo was convicted of conspiracy to escape along with Jaime Delgado (a veteran independence leader), Dora Garcia (a prominent community activist), and Oscar López Rivera (Puerto Rican Independista) from the federal prison at Leavenworth, where he was held.
Kojo Sababu* #39384-066
Post Office Box 30
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
*Address envelope to Grailing Brown