No One Wins in Patriarchy Week: Letters to Women & Trans Prisoners

Abolish Cops and Prisons and FIST are hosting a Prisoner Writing Day on Wednesday March 5th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Flaming Eggplant Cafe in Olympia, WA. All mailing supplies will be provided for free.

The patriarchy, yeah we smashin it ...

This month, for No One Wins in Patriarchy Week, we’ll be writing letters to Women & Trans prisoners. If you want us to add someone to the list below, let us know! Writing to prisoners is an easy way to express solidarity and to remind them that they are not forgotten.

WOMEN & TRANS PRISONERS:

Reverend Joy Powell
#07G0632
Bedford Hills CF
P.O. Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2499
As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. On many occasions Rev. Joy had held rallies and spoke out against the police brutality and “police justifications” in Rochester NY. As a result, Rev. Joy was accused and convicted of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault.

Janine Phillips Africa
#OO-6309
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Ave
Cambridge Springs, PA
16403-1238
Janine Africa served as Minister of Education for the MOVE Organization. Her daugher, Life Africa, was killed at three weeks old by the Philadelphia police. She was later caught in the police raid of the MOVE house where she and eight others were wrongfully convicted of the murder of a police officer who was killed by friendly fire during the raid. She has served over 30 years in prison despite her innocence. Learn more about the MOVE 9 and what you can do to help free Janine at MOVE 9 Parole 2010.

Marie Mason, ELF prisoner
Marie Mason

MARIE JEANETTE MASON #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

Marie Mason is a 46 year old mother of two. She lived and worked in the Detroit area for most of her life. Like the late Earth First! (EF!) organizer, Judi Bari, she was part of a generation of radicals who worked to link the environmental and labor movements, and was jointly active in both EF! and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). She has been charged with involvement with a December,1999 arson at a Michigan State University genetics laboratory at Agriculture Hall and a January, 2000 arson of logging equipment in Mesick, Michigan. Both arsons were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front.

Debbie Sims Africa
#OO-6307
SCI CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS
451 Fullerton Ave
Cambridge Springs, PA
16403-1238

Debbie Sims Africa is a member of the black liberation group MOVE, mother of two and political prisoner who has served over 25 years in prison after the house she was living in was attacked by Philadelphia police. During the raid an officer was killed in friendly fire and all nine MOVE members in the house were falsely charged with his murder. Debbie has been up for parole since 2008, but each year she has been denied. Find out more about the MOVE 9 and the fight for Debbie and her fellow MOVE family’s freedom at www.onamove.com and move9parole.blogspot.com

Janet Holloway Africa, a member of the MOVE 9

Janet Holloway Africa
#OO-6308
SCI CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS
451 Fullerton Ave
Cambridge Springs, PA
16403-1238
Janet Holloway Africa is a member of the black liberation group MOVE, a mother and part of the MOVE 9, nine MOVE members all falsely accused for the murder of a police officer who was shot by friendly fire when the Philadelphia police raided their house.

PVT Bradley Manning (Chelsea)
89289
1300 N Warehouse Rd
Ft Leavenworth KS 66027-2304
USA

On April 4, 2010, whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks published a classified video of a United States Apache helicopter firing on civilians in New Baghdad in 2007. The video, available at www.collateralmurder.com, shows Americans shooting and killing 11 individuals who do not return fire. Two of those killed were Reuters’ employees, including 22 year old Reuters’ photojournalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, 40 year old Saeed Chmagh. In late May 2010, Private First Class Chelsea Manning, an intelligence analyst with the US Army in Baghdad, was arrested. On June 6, 2010, she was charged with 2 counts of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including eight criminal offenses and four noncriminal violations of Army regulations. The full charge sheet is available at www.bradleymanning.org/3163/charge-sheet-html.

There’ll also be a printed list of more LGBTQ Prisoners, provided by Black and Pink.

February 26: Grand Jury Resistance in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond

grand jury resistance flyer - feb 2014
On July 25, 2012, the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force raided three anarchist houses in Portland and served Grand Jury subpoenas in Portland and Olympia, ostensibly as part of an investigation of vandalism during that year’s May Day celebrations in Seattle. Since then multiple people have been imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with the grand jury, and the anarchist milieu in the Pacific Northwest looks a lot different than it did a year and a half ago – some for the better, some much much worse. While all grand jury resisters who were imprisoned have now been released, the investigation continues and multiple resisters are still on the run or in exile.

We will discuss the current state of the investigation, lessons learned from the largest case of state repression of anarchists in the Pacific Northwest in recent memory, and how we might effectively respond to repression in order to come out the other side stronger and more conflictual than before.

March prisoner letter writing day & support for pro-Palestinian political prisoners

Abolish Cops and Prisons and Evergreen Students for Justice in Palestine are hosting a Prisoner Writing Day on Wednesday February 26th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Flaming Eggplant Cafe in Olympia, WA.
justice for holy land five
Come write letters to political prisoners incarcerated here in the United States for supporting the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. It’s an easy way to let them know that they are not forgotten. Unfortunately, we are unable to write to prisoners in Palestine due to the potential backlash that they could receive from Israeli prison administrators; those who receive international mail may be considered to be political leaders and therefore may experience torture and repression on the inside.

Everyone is welcome to write to any prisoner of their choice. All mailing supplies will be provided for free.

Shukri Al-Baker
Shukri Al-Baker, one of the five pro-Palestinian prisoners (known as the “Holy Land Five”) who we will be sending letters of support to.

Pro-Palestinian Political Prisoners:
The Holy Land Foundation is a Muslim charity that has provided direct humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees and have also helped in Bosnia, Albania, Chechnya, Turkey and the United States. They have been accused of providing money to organizations linked to Hamas, something the HLF has adamantly denied. The five defendants are: Ghassan Elashi, Shukri Abu-Baker, Mufid Abdulqader,Abdulrahman Odeh, Mohammad El-Mezain, Haitham Maghawri and Akram Mishal. The last two are not in the US.

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We’ll also be writing to other US political prisoners who have birthdays in March:

March 3rd
Dylan Sutherlin M34022
P.O. Box 7711
Centralia, IL 62801

Saturday May 19, 2012 five men were arrested in Tinley Park, a Chicago Suburb, for allegedly assaulting a number of white-supremacist organizers. The five have identified themselves as anti-fascist organizers, active with groups in Indiana, including HARM (Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement). In January, 2013, all five of the accused accepted non-cooperating plea bargains. They are currently serving prison sentences ranging from 3.5 to 6 years.

March 5th
Reverend Joy Powell
#07G0632
Bedford Hills CF
P.O. Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2499
As a pastor and a consistent activist against police brutality, violence and oppression in her community, Rev. Joy Powell was warned by the Rochester Police department that she was a target because of her speaking out against corruption. On many occasions Rev. Joy had held rallies and spoke out against the police brutality and “police justifications” in Rochester NY. As a result, Rev. Joy was accused and convicted of 1st Degree Burglary and Assault.

March 17th
Jason Sutherlin M34023
East Moline Correctional Center
100 Hillcrest Road
East Moline, Illinois 61244

Saturday May 19, 2012 five men were arrested in Tinley Park, a Chicago Suburb, for allegedly assaulting a number of white-supremacist organizers. The five have identified themselves as anti-fascist organizers, active with groups in Indiana, including HARM (Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement). In January, 2013, all five of the accused accepted non-cooperating plea bargains. They are currently serving prison sentences ranging from 3.5 to 6 years.

political prisoner jaan karl laaman
Jaan Karl Laaman, currently serving a 53 year sentence for his actions as part of the United Freedom Front, during the 1980s

March 17th
Ruchell Cinque Magee
# A92051
D-5 #1
P.O. Box 4670
Lancaster, CA 93539
Personal Background
Ruchell Cinque Magee is the longest held political prisoner in the U.S., having been locked up since 1963. Politicized in prison, he later participated in the Marin Countyh Courthouse Rebellion, the attempted liberation of political prisoner Johnathan Jackson. He has worked tirelessly as a jailhouse lawyer, working on his own case and helping many other prisoners win their freedom.

March 21st
Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016
USP Tucson
PO Box 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734
Jaam Karl Laaman grew up in Roxbury, MA and Buffalo, NY. His family emigrated to the US from Estonia when he was a child. He has a son. He is currently serving a 53 year prison sentence for his role in the bombings of United States government buildings while a member of the United Freedom Front, an American leftist group which robbed banks, bombed buildings, and attacked law enforcement officers in the 1980s.

“Visions of Abolition” Film Screening & Group Discussion on Prison Abolition

Come join us on Thursday, February 20 in Lecture Hall 2, to watch the film Visions of Abolition, a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement. There will be a brief discussion after the film about prison abolition.

Visions of abolition - documentary about prison abolition and mass incarceration in the United States

Part I “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” weaves together the voices of women caught in the criminal justice system, and leading scholars of prison abolition, examining the racial and gendered violence of the prison system. Our film features the work of Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated mother who established A New Way of Life, a group of transition homes for women coming home from prison in South Los Angeles (39 mins).

Part II “Abolition: Past Present and Future,” documents the recent history of the prison abolition movement through the organizing efforts of Critical Resistance and explores the meaning of abolitionist politics. By focusing on the collaboration between Critical Resistance and A New Way of Life, (known as the L.E.A.D. Project) the second half of the film unfolds a vision of abolition in practice (48 mins).

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9BODVxzNQk

How The Film Was Made

The direct material catalyst and inspiration for this film was a videography project, undertaken by Cameo Watkins and Patricia Naqi. As interns with the L.E.A.D. Project, (a sub-project of Critical Resistance, Los Angeles) they conducted video interviews with community members in Watts about their experiences with the police. After viewing their footage, Setsu Shigematsu, Jolie Chea and Cameron Granadino and other students at UCR decided to embark on a new film project about the politics of prison abolition, as an urgent alternative to the failure of the criminal justice system.

About the Filmmakers

Director, Writer & Producer:
Setsu Shigematsu has worked as a volunteer educator and organizer with the LEAD Project since 2005. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California Riverside Campus.

Editor & Co-Producer:
Cameron Granadino is a Media and Cultural Studies Major from the University of California, Riverside. He is an Independent Filmmaker, and member of Active Students Against Prisons and Policing.

Assistant Producer:
Jolie Chea is a member of Critical Resistance-Los Angeles and has participated in the LEAD Project since 2006. She is also a graduate student in American Studies & Ethnicity at USC.

Olympia Books To Prisoners Speaks: Offsetting the Dehumanizing Effects of Prison One Book at a Time

Event Description: “We will have an opening workshop to shed light on who is in prison and why. We will give the history of Books to Prisoners and talk about how we run, what we do and why. We’ll read letters and discuss the implications of prison conditions through the requests of those incarcerated.”

When: February 12, 2014 at 3PM

Location: SEM II D1107 at The Evergreen State College

Books to prisoners flyer - feb 2014

ABOUT BOOKS TO PRISONERS:
Books To Prisoners (BTP) is a Seattle-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sends books to prisoners in the United States. BTP believes that books are tools for learning and opening minds to new ideas and possibilities. By sending books to prisoners, we hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.

Founded in the early 1970s and sponsored by Left Bank Books, BTP receives 1,200 to 1,300 requests for books each month. Volunteers work two evenings a week opening letters, finding books in our collection that correspond to the request, and wrapping and mailing parcels. Because of continuing backlog of requests, prisoners sometimes wait up to six months to receive their books.

Prisoners request a variety of books. Most prisons accept paperback books only. The most popular requests are dictionaries, thesauruses, African American history and fiction, Native American studies, legal material, GED materials, and languages (particularly Spanish.) Other common requests include fiction, vocational-technical manuals, politics, anthropology, art and drawing, psychology, and health and fitness.

February Prisoner Writing Day (02/05/2014)

Abolish Cops And Prisons is hosting a Prisoner Writing Day on Wednesday February 5th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Flaming Eggplant Cafe in Olympia, WA.

February Prisoner Writing DayCome write letters to political prisoners who have birthdays this month. It’s an easy way to let them know that they are not forgotten. Everyone is welcome to write to any prisoner of their choice. All mailing supplies will be provided for free.

Political Prisoners with birthdays this month:

February 4th
VERONZA BOWERS JR.
#35316-136
P.O. Box 150160
Atlanta, GA 30315

Veronza Bowers (Black Panther Party)
Veronza Bowers

Veronza Bowers Jr. is a former Black Panther Party member framed for the murder of a U.S. Park Ranger. He is being illegally held past his 30 year sentences, making him one of the longest-held political prisoners in U.S. history. Veronza was convicted in the murder of a U.S. Park Ranger on the word of two government informers, both of whom received reduced sentences for other crimes by the Federal prosecutor’s office.

February 19th
Freddie Hilton (Kamau Sadiki)
#0001150688
Augusta State Medical Prison, Bldg 13A-2 E7
3001 Gordon Highway
Grovetown, GA 30813

Kamau Sadiki is a former member of the Black Panther Party and was convicted of a 30-year old murder case of a Fulton County Police Officer found shot to death in his car outside a service station. Learn more about Kamau and join the struggle for his freedom at www.freekamau.org

February 19th
Albert Woodfox
72148
NIA #3-CCR
David Wade Correctional Center
670 Bell Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040

Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 that is still in prison.
Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 that is still in prison.

Albert Woodfox is part of the Angola 3, three Black Panthers, put in solitary confinement for decades in Angola Prison,Louisiana after being framed for the death of a prison guard. Robert Hillary King has been released and Herman Wallace died of cancer, leaving only Albert still locked up. To take action in support of Albert visit www.angola3.org

February 26th
Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck
#07909-051
USP LEE
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 305
JONESVILLE, VA 24263

Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck is an Indigenous rights activist serving 80 years for bank robbery, aggravated assault on the FBI, escape and firearms charges. A confidential informant reported that Oso was robbing banks in order to acquire funds to support the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico throughout 1998-99.
Support Site: osoblanco.org

An Introduction to Transformative Justice

An Introduction to Transformative Justice
\\AKA: I Don’t Want to Call the Police!//

With Community Activist and Organizer Shira Hassan of The Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP)!


How do we collectively work together to reduce our dependence on state systems and social services? How do we support each other to become accountable when we have caused harm?

Transformative justiceThis workshop will explore the basic principles of Transformative Justice and engage in honest conversation about the challenges we face when using this model.

This 2 hour interactive, multi-media talk & workshop will deepen our understanding of this complex and intimate model.

Together we practice developing new responses that mine our community’s collective strengths and create sustainable alternatives to police and state systems!

This event is FREE and open to the public.

It will be located @ The Longhouse!

Sponsored by Creating Dangerously, First People’s Advising, The Presidents Diversity Fund, Gateways: Popular Education, Alternatives to Capitalist Globalization, Narrative Strategies, How to do Things With Words, and The Academic Deans of the Evergreen State College

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (click to download a free PDF)
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (click to download free PDF copy)

“The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood of isolation and irreparable harm, including death, is even greater within LGBTQI communities. To effectively resist violence out there—in the prison system, on militarized borders, or other clear encounters with ‘the system’—we must challenge how it is reproduced right where we live. It’s one thing when the perpetrator is the police, the state, or someone we don’t know. It’s quite another when that person is someone we call a friend, lover, and trusted ally.

Based on the popular zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Homefinally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the “open secret” of intimate violence—by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships—within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex.

Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers life-saving alternatives for ensuring survivor safety while building a road toward a revolution where no one is left behind.”

“Prisoner Support During and After Incarceration”: Panel w/ Coyote Sheff & Petey S.

Join us on January 29th at the Evergreen State College to hear a panel of former prisoners talking about how we can support prisoners during and after incarceration.

Prisoner support during and after incarceration

Coyote Sheff is a self-defined anarchist who, before his release, held his own prison chapter of Anarchist Black Cross in the confines of Nevada’s maximum security prison, Ely State Prison. He is now on the outs and will speak on life post release and organizing inside and outside of prison.

Petey S. from Sacramento Prisoner Support will talk about his involvement with long-term prisoner support, and the importance of supporting people even after they have been released from prison.

Petey grew up in New Jersey, where he worked with the NJ Animal Defense League, then proceeded to be heavily involved with animal activism throughout the Northeast before moving to California in 2000.

Petey was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison after attempting to set fire to a number of dairy trucks one night in early 2001. Petey is now involved with prisoner support work as well as other activist projects where he lives in Sacramento, California.