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Call in for Antifascist Political Prisoner David Campbell 

Sample Script for Phone and Email 
Director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Elizabeth Glazer:
E-mail: eglazer@cityhall.nyc.gov
mocj@cityhall.nyc.gov
Tweet: @CrimJusticeNYC
Call/Text (copy and paste script via text): (917) 913-2253

DOC Commissioner Cythnia Brann 
E-mail: cynthia.brann@doc.nyc.gov
Call: (718) 546-0890
Fax: (718) 278-6022
Tweet: @CorrectionNYC

Sample letter:

Dear [Commissioner Brann/Elizabeth Glazer]:

I am [calling/emailing] to draw your attention to the case of David Campbell, who is currently incarcerated on Rikers Island, has been authorized to be released by DA Vance’s office in multiple statements to journalists, but inexplicably remains detained. I implore you to use the unique powers of your office to see that he is released as soon as possible. Not only has he been a model inmate and a beloved fixture of the NYC activist community, but he is also an experienced funeral director who has served low income communities in Brooklyn for years. This skillset is unfortunately in critically high demand during this pandemic, and his former colleagues have called for his release ASAP.

As the pandemic spreads, incarcerated folks are testing positive at a horrifying rate. Detained folks and CO’s have already died. Please do the right thing. Follow the DA’s guidance in releasing David Campbell, and heed the numerous public calls to release all those detained in DOC custody immediately. This is not only the most ethical course of action, but it is also the most rational: each day folks remain in DOC custody, the worse this pandemic becomes for everyone in New York.

Sincerely,
[Name]
[ include address and contact info if you are comfortable but it is not required]

NYC ABCF Political Prisoners Updates & Announcements

NYC ABCF have been compiling, publishing and distributing an updates and announcements packet since 2011. These packets are chock-full of articles by and about political prisoners as well as events, both in NYC and beyond. Download the latest one for April 7th here. This is what they say about these valuable updates:

One part of our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinners is presenting updates and announcements. These typically relate to PPs, POWs, or are especially relevant to folks in NYC. Since February 2011, we’ve been printing and mailing hard copies of the updates and announcements to about a dozen imprisoned comrades. In April 2013, along with Denver Anarchist Black Cross and Sacramento Prisoner Support, we expanded printing and mailing to include all U.S. held political prisoners and prisoners of war.

On this page you will find an archive of what we’ve compiled since mid-March 2011. Please download and mail the current edition to prisoners with whom you correspond and share links with those who might be interested in doing the same.

COVID Letters needed for Leonard Peltier


Dear Friends, Supporters, and Family,

In light of the provisions of the CARES Act meant to decrease the risk to prisoner heath, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Attorney General has delegated to the Director of the Bureau of Prisons the authority to release certain vulnerable prisoners to home confinement. Currently, the process for identifying appropriate candidates for home confinement have not been solidified but we believe it may help to write to the BOP Director and Southeast Regional Director and ask that Leonard be immediately considered and transitioned to his home on the Turtle Mountain Reservation.

Your letters should be addressed to:
Michael Carvajal
Director
320 First Street NW
Washington, DC 20534

J.A. Keller
Southeast Regional Director
Federal Bureau of
3800 Camp Crk Prk SW, Building 2000
Atlanta, GA 30331

We have not drafted a form letter or correspondence. Your pleas should come from your heart as an individual who has supported Leonard for so many years. Say what you would like but we have put together some talking points that will assist you in your letter writing. Below are some helpful guidelines so your letter touches on the requirements of the Attorney General’s criteria for releasing inmates like Leonard to home confinement

OPENING
• Point out that Leonard is an elder and is at risk for example.” Mr. Peltier is 75 years old and in very poor health; his only desire is to go home to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and live out the remainder of his years surrounded by his family.”

MEDICAL
The AG and CDC guidelines for releasing inmates requires the health concerns cause greater risk of getting the virus. Leonard has the following conditions you can list in your letter:

• Diabetes
• Spots on lung
• Heart Condition (has had triple by-pass surgery)
• Leonard Peltier suffers from a kidney disease that cannot be treated at the Coleman1facility and impacts as an underlying condition if contracting the virus.

RISK TO COMMUNITY

To qualify for release to home confinement we must show that Leonard poses no risk to the community.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT/RENTRY PLAN
To qualify for release to home confinement we must show that Leonard has a reentry plan. Leonard has support from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Band and has family land on the reservation where he can live.

RISK OF COVID 19
To qualify for the release to home confinement must show that Leonard is at reduced risk to exposure of COVID 19 by release than he is at Coleman 1. Currently Rolette County, ND has no cases of COVID 19, Sumter County has at least 33 cases.Questions and comments may be sent to info@freedomarchives.org

Eric King needs solidarity

Our comrade, political prisoner Eric King is in need of solidarity. Eric has been held in solitary confinement at FCI Englewood awaiting trial on an assault charge since August 2019. He is raising funds for his legal defense fund and it is slow-going as most people are dealing with COVD-19 related stress and costs. Please donate if you can at https://fundrazr.com/e1cKo1

Follow Eric on social media at:
https://supportericking.org
https://www.facebook.com/SupportEricKing/
https://twitter.com/SupportEricKing
https://www.instagram.com/supportericking/

Eric King is an imprisoned parent, artist, poet, and partner who needs support defending himself as he faces serious federal charges from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Eric is currently serving a ten year sentence in BOP for Use of Explosive Materials to Commit Arson. On September 11, 2014, Eric threw two molotov cocktails and a hammer through a window of an unoccupied Kansas City congressional building. Eric was charged in the federal court in Kansas City; in 2016 he accepted a non-cooperating guilty plea and a mandatory minimum 10-year federal sentence for the case. As part of his plea and sentencing Eric publicly and proudly acknowledged that his intent was to take direct political action in solidarity with the community of Ferguson, Missouri following the August 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, Jr.   He has been in BOP custody since he was sentenced in 2016. Even in prison, Eric is committed to using his poetry, art, and writing for liberation and a world free from domination and oppression.

Write Political Prisoners Always (but especially during the COVD-19 pandemic)!

Check out our list of US-held political prisoners and prisoner of war and send a letter to one or a few people. Many of these folks are on lockdown right now- locked in their cells or dorms. They have no visits, many of them do not have access to commissary and none have access to protective equipment or adequate cleaning supplies to keep them safe.

They do have mail right now and many have email so shoot a letter out and let them know you care and see what they need. Our comrades at NYCABC have a great letter writing how-to as well as their Illustrated Guide to PPs to check out as well.

Briefly, Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs) are “those persons incarcerated as a result of political beliefs or actions consciously undertaken and intended to resist exploitation and oppression, and/or hasten the implementation of an egalitarian, sustainable, ethical, classless society, predicated on self determination and maximization of all people’s freedom.(Bill Dunne)

The ABCF Warchest Needs Your Support

Donate at  www.paypal.me/abcfwarchest 

The ABCF Warchest program distributes $40 in funds every month to 17 long-time political prisoners and has been doing so since 1994. All of the poltical prisoners who receive assistance from the fund  have been receiving insufficient, little or no financial support during their imprisonment.

The Warchest  is replenished from proceeds of the annual “Running Down the Walls” 5K runs held every autumn. With the COVD-19 pandemic upon us, the certainity of having 5 or more  runs all across the country in September is uncertain and our ability to distribute funds are somewhat hampered.

We are asking for donations to beef up the ABCF Warchest capacity. Currently, there are 17 political prisoners who receive monthly assistance plus released political prisoners who have received one-time checks to help them prepare for release.

Current recipients of Warchest assistance are:
Sundiata Acoli
Joseph Bowen
Ruchell Magee
Oso Blanco
Hanif Bey
Malik Smith
Alvaro Hernandez
Jaan Laaman
Jalil Muntaqim 
Veronza Bowers
Eric King
Mutulu Shakur
Abdul Aziz
Ed Poindexter
Chip Fitzgerald
Kamau Sadiki
Ronald Reed

In the last two years, the following released political prisoners have received donations to their release funds:Delbert Africa, Chuck Africa, Janine and Janet Africa, Eddie Africa, Connor Stevens, Little Feather and Nina Droz Franco.

You can easily donate online at www.paypal.me/abcfwarchest  You can also make a check or postal money order out to Tim Fasnacht and send to Tim Fasnacht, PO Box 8682, Lancaster, PA 17604. Please put “Warchest” in the memo line. Any questions can be directed to la@abcf.net Thank you for your solidarity.

New Warchest Report for March 2020

The ABC Federation prides itself on accountability, especially when it comes to the funds received and disbursed under the ABCF Warchest. As part of this effort in transparency, the ABCF issues the Warchest Fund Report, which shows the recent activity of the Warchest.

To review the ABCF Warchest Report, please click here.