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NYCABC May Day Letter writing for Anarchist Political Prisoners

Read the latest PP/POW Updates and Announcements by NYCABC here.

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
WHERE: your home (or wherever you happen to be)
COST: Free

NYC ABC is an anarchist collective that supports political prisoners captured in liberation and anti-oppression struggles from a wide range of political or spiritual traditions. In other words, though we subscribe to anti-authoritarian principles, we don’t only support anarchists behind bars. But the May Day season is one in which we focus on those who struggle for a world without borders or bosses.

So, in remembrance of the Haymarket Martyrs—in whose honor May Day became known as an international workers’ day—we focus this week’s letter-writing on anarchists imprisoned for their beliefs and actions. Instead of getting together to sign and send May Day cards as we have in previous years, this week NYC ABC and Page One Collective are asking folks to to write letters or send books to one or more of the anarchist political prisoners we currently support, including Bill DunneCasey Brezik, and Gage Halupowski.

Unfortunately, anarchist political prisoner Eric King is currently on mail ban, so can’t receive letters. But he can receive book and magazines! Here is the link to Eric’s book wish list: tiny.cc/EK_Books

Casey Brezik #1154765
Jefferson City Correctional Center
8200 No More Victims Road
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Bill Dunne #10916-086
FCI Victorville Medium I
PO Box 3725
Adelanto, CA 92301

Gage Halupowski #21894460
Snake River Correctional Institution
777 Stanton Boulevard
Ontario, OR 97914-8335

Eric King on solitary confinement

Have you read Eric King’s detailed account of life in solitary confinement in the Bureau of Prisons? Its called Flipping the Script and you can read it on the Solitary Watch link below.

Eric has now been in segregation over 600 days and is going to trial in October 2021and is represented by lawyers from Civil Liberties Defense Center. You can buy books for him off his wishlist at tiny.cc/EK_Books 

Read Flipping the Script at https://solitarywatch.org/2020/09/30/voices-from-solitary-flipping-the-script/

Kings Bay 7 Plowshare activist released from prison!

Via Nuclear Resister

FREEDOM!!!! After three years in jails and prisons (in Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada and Washington) following the April 2018 Kings Bay Plowshares action, Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. was given time served this morning in the Tacoma federal courthouse for a 2017 probation violation that he had an outstanding warrant for (from a Bangor Trident base line crossing). As Steve says, “The nukes are not going to go away by themselves” – so onward, everyone, in continuing to work for a nuclear-free world!Photos by Dennis Apel.

More on the Kings Bay 7 Ploweshare prisoners at https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/

Kings Bay 7 Plowshare Activist Mark Colville Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

BRUNSWICK, GA—More than three years after he and six other anti-nuclear activists entered Kings Bay Naval Base, home to six Trident nuclear submarines,  a federal judge sentenced Mark Colville to 21 months in prison.

Over a video conference, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced Mark to the minimum of the recommended guidelines provided by prosecutors. Mark is the last of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 to be sentenced. Five are now in prison. Prior to the trial Mark had already served about 15 months of his sentence, which will count towards his 21 months.

Mark told the court that its refusal to recognize the right of his family and community “to live without a nuclear gun on hair trigger alert held perpetually to our heads… (has) placed it firmly in a posture of criminality.”

During our Festival of Hope earlier in the week, Mark announced that he had withdrawn six of his seven motions to the court arguing for vacating his sentence. He told supporters then that he saw no use in allowing the judge to act as if she seriously considered them.

“This government, in its lawlessness, has hidden first strike weapons with enough firepower to kill six billion people,” he read from his sentencing statement today. The court has a responsibility to “to allow the law to be applied beyond the fence at Kings Bay… a fence that I and my loved ones, with much fear and trembling, freely answered the call of faith, the call of conscience, and the call of generations yet unborn, to breach.

“In a very real sense, then, this hearing today is itself irrelevant. The court has already pronounced a sentence on me, on my family, and on my neighborhood.  We are hereby condemned to live as members of a rogue state, which, in the face of a global consensus that outlaws nuclear weapons, has budgeted what amounts to $100,000 per minute over the next ten years to upgrade its stockpile of these useless, poisonous idols.”

As with all six of his co-defendants, Mark was also ordered to share payment of restitution of $33,503.51. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

Mark called on teacher and activist Stephen Kobasa as his sole character witness.

“Mark Colville doesn’t need me here,” Stephen said. “His consistency, his passion, his fierce commitment to hope are completely apparent to anyone who has encountered him.

“There is nothing in the world of more seriousness than what Mark and his companions in the Kings Bay Plowshares demand that we face. The weapons at Kings Bay condemn us to living each and every moment in fear of losing everything we believe matters, everything we have, in a single flash of unbearable light.

“At this very moment there are a number of courtrooms in this country where cases of the most overwhelming importance are being decided. But even George Floyd’s murder in all its horror cannot compare to the truth… about nuclear weapons.

“For, you see, if Mark is right – and he is – then most of the rest of us have failed to tell the truth, even to ourselves about nuclear weapons, because if we did we would have no choice but to do what he and his companions did, and be standing alongside him here.”

Mark was given 60 days to report to prison. Information on the other Kings Bay 7 Plowshares is available at https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/jail-addresses/

Sunday, May 2nd Action to PA to FREE MAROON!!!

Sign up at this link.

Spring the Elders – Caravan of Love to Free Maroon – Sunday, May 2, 2021
On Sunday, May 2, 2021 we will gather together for a peaceful gathering of prayers and libations in Mt. Wolf, PA to celebrate and honor our beloved elder and black liberation freedom fighter, Russell “Maroon” Shoatz. Time persists that we demand the compassionate release of Maroon from prison.

Please bring signs, car banners, instruments, flowers, a letter to the governor in support of the release of Maroon, etc. Wear white.

1:00PM Meet at Conewago Creek Recreation Area in Mt. Wolf, PA – 1098 Wago Road, Mt. Wolf, PA 17347
2:00PM Organized caravan to second location
3:00PM Park and assemble (social distanced) on sidewalk for speaking and celebration
4:00PM Heading home

InstaGram: @FreeMaroonNow
Twitter: @FreeMaroonNow

50 Years Behind Bars: Jalil Muntaqim, COINTELPRO, and Lessons for Today.

Via Coaltion for Civil Freedoms

In episode 27 of our #InjusticeAtHome webinar series, we will be speaking with former Black Panther Jalil Muntatim, recently released from prison after nearly 50 years behind bars, Mauri’ Saalakhan of The Aafia Foundation, and attorney Steve Downs, about how the FBI used COINTELPRO to systematically attack the Black Panther Party through informants, frame-ups, and assassination, and what we can learn from this today, as we are trying to free prisoners preemptively prosecuted and essentially framed by the government as part of the War on Terror.

Moderated by CCF legal director and Muntaqim’s parole attorney, Kathy Manley.Register on Zoom at http://bit.ly/jalilmuntaqim or watch live on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/civilfreedoms/live this Friday, April 9 at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT.

Prison Break April 2021

Our friends at Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar have released their monthly column for It’s Going Down called Prison Break.

Here is an excerpt:
“Spring is here, the sun is shining a bit longer, prison guards are refusing the vaccinejudges are mandating video surveillance to combat guard abuse of prisoners with disabilities, and prison mail companies are expanding their surveillance. It’s a strange and cruel world we’re in the process of dismantling. We continue to see glimmers of light; Virginia—the state with the second most executions—has finally abolished the death penalty.

Read the rest of the column at https://itsgoingdown.org/prison-break-glimmers-of-light/

We hope you like it too!

April 6th– Letter Writing To Ruchell “Cinque” Magee with NYCABC

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
WHERE: YOUR HOME
COST: Free

Image courtesy of freeruchellmagee.org

We are still mourning the loss of Chip Fitzgerald who died last week due to the neglect of the California prison system. But as the saying goes, “mourn the dead, but fight like hell for the living”. And so we must continue the struggle as Chip was not and is not the only elder still locked up, punished only for their fight for liberation. In that spirit, this week we encourage folx at home to write to Ruchell “Cinque” Magee, who is currently serving his 58th year in prison.

Ruchell Magee was unjustly captured in 1962 and given trumped-up charges. He is now 82 years old, forced to suffer mentally and physically due to the poor conditions inside California’s prison camps. With the COVID-19 crisis raging on, Ruchell needs your support and action so that he can be released, spend time with his loved ones, and better his community. After 58 years of injustice, enough is enough. Free Ruchell Magee now! More information here: https://www.freeruchellmagee.org/

Please take the time to write a letter to Cinque (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):

Ruchell Magee #A92051 #T 115
California Medical Facility
P.O. Box 2000
Vacaville, CA 95696-2000

Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners

NYCABC has released their brand-new Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (v 14.2)

“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 removing Chip Fitzgerald
(deceased, REST IN POWER!).

Direct download here.