Help Zolo Rebuild His Life

zolo_azaniaFrom Zolo’s release fundraiser:

Political prisoner and former death row inmate, Zolo Agona Azania, needs your help. Zolo will finally be released in a few short months, in February 2017, after spending 35 years in prison, 27 years on death row. Zolo is a prolific writer and an accomplished artist. His writings and art reflect his deep commitment to the Black freedom struggle and a just world for all people.

Zolo will exit prison practically penniless and will face enormous financial challenges. He will need to pay for housing, food, clothing, transportation, furniture, a cell phone, utilities, and the many other expenses we all encounter.

Zolo will seek employment but at the present time he has little savings. He has been paid $.35 an hour during most of the time he has worked inside Indiana’s prisons.

Let’s ease Zolo’s path and make sure he does not confront his  financial challenges—and all the challenges he will face–alone. Please donate generously.

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Post-Release Support for Freed Eco-prisoner Eric McDavid

eric-mcdavidEric McDavid is an anarchist and environmental activist who was entrapped by an FBI informant and charged with a single count of “conspiracy to use fire or explosives to damage corporate and government property”. In May of 2008 Eric was sentenced to an outrageous 19 years and 7 months in prison.

On January 8th, 2015, after serving 9 years in prison his judgment and sentencing were vacated when it became known that the FBI had failed to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense. Eric plead guilty to a lesser charge that carried a 5-year maximum sentence and was released almost immediately.

You can also still donate via the PayPal link on supporteric.org.  If you would rather donate through other means contact info[at]supporteric[dot]org.

Support Jason Hammond as he begins his 41-month Sentence

jason-hammondJason Hammond, Jeremy’s twin brother, accepted a non-cooperating guilty plea and was sentenced to 41 months in prison on January 2015 for his part in an organized direct action taken against a group of white supremacists.

In 2012, a group of racists and white supremacists organized a ‘White Nationalist Economic Summit’ in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park. Groups of anti-fascists and anti-racists from the Midwest decided to confront the meeting and successfully shut down their event through a righteous melee. In the aftermath, 5 people were arrested and were dubbed the Tinley Park 5. All five were sentenced to upwards of 3 years and have since been released. Jason is the last person to have been arrested for this action.

fund-drivePlease read Jason Hammond’s sentencing statement for his thoughts and feelings about the situation, as well as Jeremy’s statement on his brother’s sentencing.  You can donate online.

Donations Request for Millions March Defendants

millions-marchAs of 9am on Saturday, December 20, comrades of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee – NYC have surrendered to the custody of the NYPD, for their alleged involvement in an incident on the Brooklyn Bridge on the night of the Millions March.

NYPD Detective William Aubry called the incident, in which one cop received a bloody nose and another a few bumps and bruises, “right up there with being one of the most violent acts that I’ve seen.” Apparently Aubry and the NYPD have forgotten the meaning of the word “violent.” They have not once used the term to describe the police murder of Eric Garner, the execution of Ramarley Graham and Akai Gurley, or the countless others harassed and brutalized by the police.

For the past week–while Eric Garner’s murderer, officer Daniel Pantaleo, has walked the streets a free man–the NYPD has pursued a vicious campaign of harassment and repression against NYC activists. Seemingly random visits to the homes of activists and their associates have involved raids by dozens of officers, threats of deportation, and beatings. The city has employed the lure of a $25,000 bounty in a desperate attempt to make arrests. Yet our movement remains unbowed.

The Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee – NYC commends all demonstrators across the country who refuse to leave their friends in the hands of murderous, abusive police. If this movement has taught us anything, it is that resistance is not only justified, but necessary. We will stand behind our comrades as they face whatever charges the city will throw at them. We know they are the victims here – not the NYPD. We are all victims at the hands of the white supremacist, capitalist state. For the same reason, we are the ones to overturn it.

We ask that you support our comrades too by donating to the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee bail and legal fund. Our comrades have had our backs. It’s time to have theirs.

fund-driveDonate here: http://goo.gl/Tf3YAg

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

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.