BK/NY – Sunday, September 7th – Running Down the Walls 2014!

Originally posted on NYC Anarchist Black Cross:

NEWNEWfrontWHAT: 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)

Every year, prisoners and supporters of political prisoners organize solidarity events with Running Down the Walls. Last year, we 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. NYC ABC’s goal with this year’s run is $2,000. You can donate online by going to gumroad.com/nycabc

This year’s run…

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Post release fund for Jason Sutherlin: Get a Tinley Park 5 t-shirt!

Originally posted on Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

Donate to anti-fascist prisoner, Jason Sutherlin’s post release fund. Monday Aug. 25- Sunday Aug. 31 only: get a Tinley Park 5 t-shirt with a $40 donation! Be sure to leave contact info.
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In May 2012 five antifascists were arrested and, in early 2013, took non-cooperating plea deals for 3 felonies each for taking part in emphatically stopping a meeting of white supremecisits organizing under the guise of the Illinois European Heritage Association at a restaurant in Tinley Park, IL. For more information, see tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com.

Jason Sutherlin is the LAST of the five to be released, rejoining us in early September. Bloomington ABC , NYC ABC , Denver ABC, and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Jason. By the time Jason is released he’ll have been locked up for almost 2.5 years, will have a felony record, and certain things just won’t be the…

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Ben Turk and Alexander Abbasi on The Final Straw

Originally posted on Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

From Asheville FM

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on August 25th through August 31st, 2014, then podcasting at radio4all.net. Also airing this week on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

If you’re in the asheville area, there will be a vigil at Pack Square in downtown at 6pm tonight, Sunday the 24th of August for those who’ve lost their lives at the hands of pigs, such as Michael Brown, the unarmed black man gunned down by pigs in Ferguson and A.J. Marion, gunned down by asheville pigs who’ve just been cleared of charges. https://www.facebook.com/events/696569130391969/

This episode features two conversations. The first is with Ben Turk, anarchist, playwrite and prison abolitionist. We chat briefly about the upcoming North American Anarchist Black Cross conference in Colorado, about what folks can expect…

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Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s birthday and parole hearing this week

shakurToday is Dr. Mutulu Shakur’s birthday. This year marks his 28th year in prison for crimes which there is no physical evidence showing his involvement. Dr. Shakur will also attend his next parole hearing this coming Tuesday, August 12th. Family and Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur have incurred legal expenses in preparing for this hearing so we are calling on supporters nationally and internationally to make contributions to help cover these expenses. Any excess funds will be used to support Dr. Shakur’s transition out of prison. This is a crucial time to show support!

Below are the 3 different ways you can contribute:

fund-drive* Credit card donations can be made by Paypal through the ‘Donate’ button at mutulushakur.com; You can become a monthly donor by selecting the option to make it recurring
* By check or money order payable to Family & Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur and mailed to: S. Wilson 1000 Park Place #3, Brooklyn, NY 11213.
* If you would like your contribution to be tax deductible, checks or money orders can be made out to: IFCO/Family and Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur, follow the directions at mutulushakur.com/site/support/ option #2.

Freed Political Prisoner Sekou Kambui in Hospital

from Freedom Archives:

Sekou Kambui, freed after 40 years in prison at the end of June, sends his thanks, love, and appreciation to all his supporters. Unfortunately, he is currently in the hospital. A tumor was found that was partially obstructing his intestines and digestive process. He is undergoing further tests. Sekou will have surgery to remove the tumor next week. He says that he’s being treated well in the hospital, and looks forward to full recovery and a return to A-1 health.

fund-driveA reminder – we raised close to $1000 for Sekou when he got out recently. You can still contribute. Make your checks out to William Turk and send them to The Freedom Archives at 522 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

If you want to send any cards of support, please send them to:
William Turk / Sekou Kambui Southeast Alabama Medical Center
1108 Ross Clark Circle, Room 297
Dothan, AL 36303

Analysis on Prison-Parole Reform Strategy by Jalil Muntaqim

jalilThis statement below is written by Jalil, if you want to write him or
read more of his writings please visit freejalil.com, or see more information on supporting parole reform in NY state.

Write to Jalil:
Anthony Jalil Bottom #77-A-4283
Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149

Dear Friends and Supporters:

As many of you may have heard on June 17, 2014, I was again denied
release on parole for the 8th time. Obviously, efforts to change the
parole system is not gaining significant or measurable traction. This is
especially daunting when considering of the two dozen prisoners
appearing before the parole board on June 17, 2014, none were granted
parole. While there has been strides made to raise public consciousness
and interest in the need for prison and parole reform, it has not
translated into unified and uniform actions resulting in a substantial
change. It appears the myriad voices on the subject and the diverse “pet
projects” has weakened the potential for a statewide determination.

There is a need for a unified strategy that challenges the specific
problem of NYS recalcitrant parole policy. As an analogy of the diverse
“pet projects” activity, it is like treating someone complaining of a
migraine headache with heroin. The headache is anesthetized, however,
the treatment creates an addiction for perpetual “reformism.” The
diverse “pet projects” are treating the symptoms of the problem, and not
the problem itself. The misdiagnosed problem is the [person] is
suffering form a brain tumor that requires precise surgical excise of
the tumor to cure the reoccurring migraine headaches.

Therefore, it is important to review the problem of parole, of which in
my opinion is based on two dynamics: 1) The disparate and vague language
in Executive Law S259i(2)(c)(a); and 2) The composition of the parole,
top heavy with former law enforcement personnel.

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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.