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NYCABC Letter Writing for Iman Jamil al-Amin 6.15.21

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday June 15th, 2021
WHERE: your home (or wherever you happen to be)
COST: Free

Sometimes it seems that the struggle for a free society is reduced to something so simple as the struggle to remember. The ruling class hates to be reminded that it wasn’t bootstraps but the ongoing violence of settler colonialism that bought them their Sunday brunch. Or that Stonewall wasn’t a commercial for a big box store, or an isolated event in the centuries of rebellions big and small by those on the losing side of patriarchal supremacy and its false binaries. And right now, as ‘we’ are ‘getting back to normal,’ the triumphalism that callously asserts the needs of domestic markets in the face of a still raging international pandemic insists that we forgot the suffering and wide scale preventable deaths that were all most of us could think about for the past year.  We are told to take off our masks, get back to work, and go to brunch, and to forget those who got sick and especially the hundreds of thousands who died. In a very similar way we are told that Black Panthers are comic book characters and fashion symbols to appropriate, safely ancient history if they were ever real at all; that Indigenous resistance to genocide is a thing of the past; that de-colonial freedom struggles were a ’boomer fad, and that the “united states” doesn’t have any political prisoners.

But what if we choose to remember?
What if we insist on remembering that those who resisted and fell, those who were captured, are human beings?
What if we got to know them as people with aches and pains and senses of humor and wisdom won through decades of principled struggle?
What would happen if we remember that the struggle continues?

This week NYC ABC and Page One Collective are asking you write to Imam Jamil Al-Amin (formerly known as H. Rap Brown)Jamil Al-Amin is a long time community leader and organizer, falsely imprisoned for killing a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia. He was convicted in 2002 and after some time in Georgia state prison, the state decided to bury him in federal custody at the notorious Florence Supermax in Colorado before being held in Arizona. The Imam has bone cancer and other health issues, so his family and supporters are currently pushing for an appeal to his trial and for his return to Georgia to receive better medical care and to be able to take a more active role in appealing his case. More information on what you can do is available at whathappened2rap.com

We are asking folks to take the time to write a letter to Jamil (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online). Please note that as it states on his support site “Imam Jamil is not receiving proper medical care and is now blind as a result.” We are suggesting to send typewritten letters in a large font (size 18 font and over) to let him and those holding him captive know that he is far from forgotten:

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin #99974-555
USP Tucson
PO Box 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734

Support Anti-fascist political prisoner Gage Halupowski

Support Gage Halupowski! Gage is an antifascist political prisoner from Portland, OR who was arrested while countering a far-right demonstration in June 2019. He is currently two years into a six-year sentence.

Write Gage messages of solidarity & support:
Gage Halupowski #21894460
Snake River Correctional Institution
777 Stanton Blvd.
Ontario, OR 97914-8335

The origins of the June 11th Day of Solidarity

Civil Liberties Defense Center article on the origin of the June 11th day of solidarity for Marius Mason and anarchist prisoners.

“June 11th is a reminder to us that though we spend our days outside of a prison many of our friends and allies spend theirs behind bars having sacrificed what little freedom they had to fight for something greater than themselves. We have a responsibility to them and to ourselves to struggle and fight until all are free.”

– Jeff “Free” Luers, former Green Scare prisoner

When you’re a political prisoner, the cards are stacked against you in a very purposeful way by the carceral State. Prisoners who feel isolated from their families and friends, uncared for, and forgotten, are more easily demoralized and depoliticized. For these reasons, it means so much for supporters on the outside to show solidarity with incarcerated comrades by maintaining contact through letters, sending books, and raising funds for their commissary needs. Sharing ongoing updates with your networks about how prisoners are faring while locked up is an act of resistance. New York City Anarchist Black Cross compiles and publishes a newsletter every other week for just this purpose.

Through June 11 and other campaigns, activist supporters from all over the world are regularly reminded that the collective work for liberation and the abolition of the prison industrial complex is intimately linked to prisoners’ struggles. After all, any one of us who demonstrates our defiance of the State’s profit-driven, racist ecocide could be next. Movements cannot afford to abandon prisoners who have put their freedom on the line — sometimes for decades — for acting upon their ethical convictions.

Since 2004, when June 11 was established as the International Day of Solidarity with ecoprisoner Jeff “Free” Luers, people from around the world have come together to show their support for anarchist and other political prisoners through a variety of tactics that have ranged from letter-writing events to banner drops, and more. We invite you to join the day of solidarity by attending a local event or simply writing a letter from wherever you are.

Marius Mason, a trans Green Scare prisoner and (previous CLDC client), is an anarchist environmental, animal rights, and labor activist currently serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of property damage carried out in defense of the planet. He is also a painter and poet. You can learn more about Marius and how to support him HERE.

CLDC client Eric King, is another prisoner who urgently needs support. Eric is an anarchist political prisoner serving a 10-year sentence for attempted arson of a government official’s office in Kansas City, Missouri, in September 2014. He acted in solidarity with the Ferguson uprising and rebellion — a movement that took place over the summer of 2014 in response to the Ferguson police murder of Michael Brown. Last month we filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Eric’s behalf against the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) and more than 40 of its correctional officers. His constitutional rights have been continually violated since 2018 and his life and safety are regularly in jeopardy in retaliation for his political and anti-racist actions while incarcerated. King has been held in solitary confinement (the Special Housing Unit, or SHU) for over 1,000 days with no explanation or legal justification, in violation of BOP and federal statutory policy. He is currently one of only 80 people who have been held in the SHU for more than a year, let alone almost three years.

You can learn more about other incarcerated anarchists, by visiting the June 11 website, which also includes information about how to reach out and show your support — which is appreciated more than those of us on the outside could know. If you have never written to a prisoner before, that’s OK! You can learn more about sometimes very stringent prison rules regarding mail to prisoners and how to start HERE.

‘Til the walls fall!

Kings Bay Plowshare reports to prison

Mark Colville reported to the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in the afternoon yesterday, June 8, to serve the remainder of his 21 month sentence. He had been incarcerated for 15 months prior to trial so should have to serve about four more months. He does not want to apply for any early release to home confinement or a halfway house as he views that type of intrusive supervision and wearing an ankle monitor as worse than being in a prison.

You can write him at
Mark Colville   #03610-036          
Metropolitan Detention Center                                                                          
PO Box 329002,    
Brooklyn, NY 11232

More via https://kingsbayplowshares7.org

Brand new Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War 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) by clicking on the tab at the top of
https://nycabc.wordpress.com

This update includes updated mini-bios, photos, and address changes for
several prisoners. Unfortunately, we are adding a prisoner to the guide
this month–Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendant Mark Colville. We are
thankful to remove whistleblower Reality Winner (halfway house)!

DIRECT LINK:
https://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/nycabc_polprisonerlisting_jun2021.pdf

Philly Political Prisoner Porch Fest!- June 5th

A Musical Appreciation of Our Freedom Fighters!
Saturday, June 5, 2021 4 to 8 pm
52nd Street between Spruce and Larchwood, Philadelphia
Cash App donations to +1 267-335-7089
Facebook event

Join us on June 5th for our Political Prisoner Porch Fest event, an annual music festival, featuring musicians and DJs playing free shows on porches throughout the neighborhood!

This year’s festival in West Philadelphia will be to focus on our fight to free all of our political prisoners and prisoners of war in the U.S.! They are aging, elderly, ill and deserve compassionate releases, so they can be freed from these cages and can empower our communities and movements for self-determination and liberation.
DJs will be set up along 52nd St., from Spruce St. to Larchwood St., with various artists and musicians performing during the event. This festival will bring our communities together to demand: FREE EM ALL!

 

NYCABC Updates and Announcements- 6.1.2021

Here’s the latest compilation of every other week updates:
https://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/updates-1-jun-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

NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

[email protected]

Prison Break- June 2021 ” Tearing Down The Walls”

Check out the latest Prison Break column produced by our friends at Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar on Its Going Down.

“While thousands take to the streets in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and even more in the streets commemorating the 1-year anniversary of the brutal killing of George Floyd, it looks like it’s going to be a long, hot summer again this year. There is still a call to #DropTheCharges against all Black Lives Matter protesters and others who have been arrested during recent conflicts with the police, so be sure to check out this toolkit and offer support if you can. ”
Read the rest of the column at https://itsgoingdown.org/prison-break-june-2021/