June 11: International Day of Solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie Mason and all Eco-prisoners

neveralone2014smallJoin us in an International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and all Eco-prisoners on every June 11th. Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of environmental prisoners in the United States. This is a time to remember radical history and the strength who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society.

This year, there are almost 40 events planned across 7 countries.  See june11.org for a more information and a complete list.

Wherever you are, we are pleased to announce that the 2014 Never Alone Art Exhibit is now live and all artworks are for sale with the proceeds going to benefit Eric, Marie and other prisoners!  See neveraloneart.org.

Bushwick – June 11: Benefit shows for Eric McDavid and Marie Mason

603 bushwick ave – upstairs
9pm, $8
all ages
facebook event

starring…
lazurite
::LAZURITE
http://www.soundcloud.com/lazurite

reversus::REVERSUS
http://www.soundcloud.com/reversus

::ROBERTO POVEDA
http://www.robertopoveda.com/
smoke-bath
::SMOKE BATH
https://www.soundcloud.com/smoke-bath

::A SAFER SPACE EVENT::

All proceeds with go to support political prisoners eric mcdavid and marie mason.  june 11th is the international day of solidarity with marie mason, eric mcdavid, and all long-term anarchist political prisoners. for more info and resources: www.june11.org

Right down the street another event:


Doors at 8pm
The Ho_se
28 Lawton St #1, Bushwick

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Wednesday, May 28th: Court Support for Sundiata Acoli

Sundiata-AcoliTomorrow morning (on Wednesday, May 28th) his lawyer will present an argument on his behalf in NJ Appellate Court. This is in response to the NJ State parole board’s continued denial of Sundiata’s release after serving 40 years in prison and completing his sentence. The hearing is open to the public for anyone who would like to support and attend.

fund-driveFor those who can’t make it, contributions towards Sundiata’s legal fees are also needed. Funds can be sent by logging into to Paypal.com and sending funds to The Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign at the email address: SAFC766@gmail.com.

 

Folks can also write to Sundiata at:
Sundiata Acoli #39794-066 (Squire)
FCI Cumberland
P.O. Box 1000
Cumberland, MD 21501

Here are the details regarding the hearing:

court-supportWe must plan to be in the courtroom by 10 AM – the argument is scheduled for 10 AM. The court is the appellate division courtroom at the Hughes Justice Complex, 25 Market St, Trenton, NJ. The courtroom is on the 5th
floor.

You will need to check in through the security gate metal detector and then sign in at the check in desk where you will need a photo ID. You should should say that you are going to the Appellate Division courtroom and they will give you a pass.

Please allow at least twenty minutes (if possible, a bit longer) to walk from the parking lot, go through security and check in before the argument time.

If traveling by train from NYC, the NJ Transit Midtown Direct train from New York Penn Station to Trenton Train Station is the best route. Taxis are available from there.

 

For Love & Liberty by Tom Manning Now Available!

ForLoveAndLiberty_pitchShow Your Solidarity and Help Make this Inspiring Book Come Alive!

Tom Manning is a freedom fighter, political prisoner and prolific artist. His paintings are stories that jump off the page, revealing the outlook of people who struggle for liberation around the world. His paintings are about life and his landscapes recall times of importance.

The years of work to produce this beautiful book and important document are nearing their end and *we need your help* to fund the last phase of production!

fund-driveORDER YOUR COPY TODAY:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/for-love-and-liberty

*Featuring:*

- 86 full color reproductions of Tom’s Painting
- Preface by Robby Meeropol
- Article, “In My Time” by Tom
- Poem by Assata, “Affirmation”
- Autobiography of Tom Manning
- Afterword by Ray Levasseur
- Notes from photographer Penny Schoner

All proceeds, after production costs, will be donated to the Rosenberg Fund for Children:
Twitter: @wwwrfcorg Facebook:rosenbergfundforchildren

Tom Manning: Freedom Fighter, Political Prisoner
From the Preface by Robby Meerpol:
“Tom’s been incarcerated for 34 years. But even before he received his current life sentence he was trapped by the limited choices left to an impoverished child surviving in Boston’s infamous Maverick Street Projects. The military during the Vietnam era seemed like a way out, but that too became a hellish form of confinement.
Tom broke free, he revolted. He became a revolutionary. He committed the unforgivable sin of confronting today’s great imperial empire, the United States, on its home turf. For that, I expect the prison industrial complex will do its best to keep him confined for as long as it can.”

For additional questions please contact Penny Schoner: pennyschoner@yahoo.com

Call-in to Drop Charges against Cecily

call-inCall the Manhattan District Attorney, Cy Vance, who has the power to drop the charges against Cecily McMillan at any time. Let him know that it is time to act – (212) 335-9000.  Please also take a moment to sign the petition.  Cecily’s next hearing will be held this Wednesday at 9:30 am at 100 Centre Street, Part 41.  Her support team is also collecting donations to cover their expenses.

**Whatever your feelings towards the DA and justice system, it is imperative that this campaign of calls and tweets be respectful and courteous, for the success of the campaign and more importantly for the success of Cecily’s trial.**

Support Parole for Seth Hayes

SethThough Seth is presently awaiting an Appeals Unit release decision appeal, he is scheduled for his 10th parole hearing this June and can use letters of support.  Seth is currently in his 41st year of incarceration, and is in his mid 60′s.  Below is a long list of accomplishments.  One can choose from what Seth is currently working on or has already done, as well as a sample letter. The more personalized your letter is the better it is for the board. Thank you for your time and please add to your letter:

-State your relationship to Seth, family or supporter.

-State who you are (i.e. health care worker, citizen, mother, judge, carpenter, etc.)

-Please refrain from any profanity and be professional

write-inSend letters to Seth’s lawyer:
Cheryl Kates
P.O. Box 734
Victor, NY 14564

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Voice Opposition to Communication Management Units before March 25th

In order to try to comply with a prisoner’s lawsuit, the Bureau of Prisons has reopened the public comment period for the Communication Management Units (CMU). You may remember that the original comment period of 2010 netted 700+ letters and emails against the restrictions outlined in the proposal. The Department of Justice ended the comment period and has sat on their hands since then in terms of getting actual legal approval to run the CMUs.
write-inThe BoP has opened public comment period for just two weeks. Please check out the links below and send a clear message to them about these units and how they should be closed immediately.  Comments must be submitted by March 25.