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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 [UPDATE: he is supposed to issue a ruling by January 9th so keep emailed up until then]. 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.


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 27th.

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

Running Down the Walls 2018: June 3rd

ABCF’s Annual Running Down The Walls 5K Run

Every year Political Prisoners look forward to the day that we all collectively Run Down The Walls together. These events link us forever in struggle, together in solidarity we all set out on our paths with the same intentions. We jog for justice, we walk for peace, and we run for our comrade’s freedom.  This event (while only metaphorically liberating) is insurmountably important to those behind the walls, they need to know that we are here and we not only stand with them but we will run with them. Continue reading

Running Down the Walls 2017: September 17th

ABCF’s Annual Running Down The Walls 5K Run

www.abcf.net

Every year Political Prisoners look forward to the day that we all collectively Run Down The Walls together. These events link us forever in struggle, together in solidarity we all set out on our paths with the same intentions. We jog for justice, we walk for peace, and we run for our comrade’s freedom.  This event (while only metaphorically liberating) is insurmountably important to those behind the walls, they need to know that we are here and we not only stand with them but we will run with them. Continue reading

Get Involved in Running Down the Walls (RDTW) 2015

 

ABCF’s Annual Running Down The Walls 5K Run

WHAT: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike

WHEN: Sunday, September 6th, : 2:00-7:00pm EST (10am PST)

WHERE: Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity events with Running Down the Walls. In the last few years, we’ve had runs in Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Denver (CO), Elmore (AL), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), New York (NY), USP Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), and Toronto, Ontario. This year we hope to expand the amount of runs in prisons and other cities, as well as increase the amount of funds raised for community projects.

YOU CAN DONATE AT:

https://www.paypal.com send your donation online to the email address “[email protected]” (Tim Fasnacht). Mark as RDTW2015. If you’d prefer to stay anonymous or are donating in the name of an organization, let us know.

You can also donate at: gumroad.com/nycabc

http://www.youcaring.com/u-s-political-prisoners-406831

This year’s run will take place on Sunday, September 6th in solidarity and conjunction with runs that will take place in cities and prison yards across the country at the same time.

REGISTER AS, OR SPONSOR, A PARTICIPANT

* Run/walk/bike/roll in the 5k – We need participants who can run/walk/bike/roll the 5k and are able to collect financial pledges to offer as donations to the run.

* Volunteer for the run – We need folks who are willing to staff a registration/literature table, hand out water, bike the route as street medics, and help chalk the route beforehand.

* Donate to the run/sponsor a participant – If you are not able to attend, but want to support this fundraising effort, please mail donations to:

Denver-ABC, P.O. Box 100277, Denver, CO 80250

LA-ABC, P.O. Box 1122, Whittier, CA 90603

NYC-ABC, P.O. Box 110034, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Continue reading

Running Down the Walls 2014

This year’s annual Running Down the Walls 5K run is scheduled to be held
on Sunday, September 7th. Several ABC chapters and political prisoners
are planning runs. Other groups and individuals are encouraged to
organize runs or other simultaneous events.

Denver Sept 6th

10AM (run starts at 11) in Curtis Park

New York

WHAT: Running Down the Walls – 5k Run/Walk/Jog/Bike
WHEN: 2:00-7:00pm, Sunday, September 7th
WHERE: Prospect Park– Lincoln Road/East Lake Drive, east of the Terrace Bridge (see the below map for exact location)
COST: $10 registration (includes food and drinks afterwards)

Los Angeles Sun Sep 7th

Flyer in English, Spanish

10:00 AM Macarthur Park 5K walk/run

lamaan-rdtw-2012

Background:

Running Down The Walls is an annual 5K run in solidarity with political prisoners and prisoners of war, held since 1999. Every year, prisoners and supporters organize runs. In sync with each other, we will collectively pound the pavement with our feet and bike tires as we exhibit our strength and stamina as examples of our tireless effort to free our imprisoned comrades. In past years we had runs in: Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland, (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Connecticut River, Dannemora (NY), Denver, (CO), Detroit (MI), Elmore (AL), Guelph (CAN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), Mexico City (MEX), New York City (NY), USP. Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Sandstone (MN), Tucson (AZ), USP Tucson (AZ), and Toronto (CAN).

ABCF Warchest:

The proceeds from this event are generally split between the ABCF Warchest (www.abcf.net/warchest-program/) and another organization. The ABCF Warchest program was created in November of 1994. Its purpose is to send monthly financial support to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs). The Warchest funds are divided and distributed through
monthly stipends to political prisoners who receive little or no financial aid. Prisoners use this money to cover the basic necessities of everyday living. These funds have been used by prisoners to pay for stamps, shoes, clothes, as well as assisting their families with what little they can.

Support the Struggle:

We must remember that many of those arrested in the past or present are not far from us. Many of them were and are community and labor activists, queer, and environmental activists; people who decided to speak out against various forms of oppression and paid the price of their freedom for their actions. We must remember that anyone of these people could have
at one time stood beside us in a demonstration, at a speak-out, or even at an organizing meeting. At any given moment it could be us who finds ourselves in this situation, so it is imperative that we ensure that a strong enough community of support exists for these people as well as ourselves. The strength of our movement is determined by how much we
support our fallen comrades. So please help us, help them! Help us help you!

We encourage people to participate in helping us raise funds for the Warchest, which can be done in the following ways:

Be a runner:

We are asking people or groups who are running to collect as many sponsor
for the run as possible. Remember the money received is going to help
imprisoned comrades who need your support. The person who collects the
most amount of funds will be given a prize for their involvement and
dedication to helping our fallen comrades.

Sponsor a runner:

This can be done through a flat donation to the runner of your choice,
each flyer is a sponsor sheet. We ask from those who wish not to run to
actively support those who are running in hopes of collecting as much for
our comrades as possible.