It’s supper time again, and we’re back at The Base for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner. As anarchists, it should come as no surprise that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving– we’ll take your damned day off from work, but not in exchange for commemorating the historic and ongoing genocide of indigenous folks and the 250 million turkeys who are killed each year. While we might be eating the fruits of the fall harvest, don’t confuse that with an acceptance of the Thanksgiving myth.
This Tuesday’s dinner will focus on indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier and we are fortunate to have a guest speaker from NYC Free Peltier.
Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement (AIM) warrior. In the 1970s, the United States government continued its legacy of decimating indigenous communities, focusing on those organized and prepared to challenge its authority. Peltier is imprisoned for the 1975 shoot-out between the FBI and AIM in which two federal agents and an indigenous man were killed. Four years after his imprisonment, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request released documents which prove Leonard Peltier’s innocence and the FBI’s targeting him. And still, Peltier remains imprisoned. For more information and ways to help, visit whoisleonardpeltier.info
We would also like to share that there is a call to raise money for the legal fund of indigenous Political Prisoner Oso Blanco. More info: http://freeosoblanco.blogspot.com/p/oso-blanco-fundraiser.html
If for some insane reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support the prisoners, you can write to Leonard at:
Leonard Peltier #89637-132
Send Love Through the Walls!!!!!
. This event is always a lot of fun, the food outstanding, the camaraderie lively, and the handmade cards flat out amazing. This year will be no different. So plan to bring your friends, your creativity, and a healthy appetite. We’ll have updates on the pp/pow campaigns as well as paints, markers, crayons, and envelopes.
Copies of the 2016 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendars will be on sale for $12. And Mumia’s new City Lights monograph, To Protect and Serve Who? Organizing a Movement to Abolish Police Violence, will available for $5.
Franklin Avenue Stop: Walk west on Eastern Parkway (away from Franklin Avenue, toward Classon Avenue). We’re about half a block down on the north side of the street. When you go into the building, take the elevator to your left.
For more information, contact:
Help my Prison Daughter Pat Clarke 29438-004
Shortly after I arrived at Carswell FCI in 2010, I was approached by a Guard, who was highly regarded by the prisoners. She asked me to help a young woman, Patricia Clarke, who had been in jail 20 years on a life sentence.
I sought out Pat and after she shared her story I was determined to do all I could do to aid her. I am still determined because what happened to her in this merciless “justice” system cries out. She is not a “political prisoner” except insofar as being a member of a class—poor and black– that this hammer of oppression targets with deadly accuracy.
I am going to recount for you an abbreviated version of what has happened to her. As a young teen she left home in Florida because her mother’s live-in man friend was sexually abusing her. She found refuge with her two older brothers, who were dealing drugs. Out of the frying pan, you say ? Probably but they were good to her and protected her, asking her on one occasion to act as a “mule” for a package from the Bahamas. This act, her only crime, put her into a far reaching federal drug conspiracy. Part of that and by far the most significant was the stop and subsequent search of a car driven by a New York man Pat never met or knew about. In the car was a wrapped gift box and when the Florida state Trooper opened it, there was a bomb that exploded and killed him.
Under current “law” all members of a conspiracy are responsible for all its actions whether they knew about or intended it or not Pinkerton theory
After her arrest at age 19, Pat Clarke immediately co-operated with the DEA. Her first undoing came at the hands of a court appointed attorney in Tallahassee. He told her that the Government had withdrawn the plea offer of ten years and that they would have to go to trial. That was a lie. What he didn’t tell her was that he was facing imminent disbarment and was desperate for the trial fees her case would give him. Of course, they lost and he was disbarred the following month and she was sentenced to life in prison based in part on the death of the Trooper.
Her Appeal? A lawyer came to her in jail claiming to be sent from and paid for by a religious group. This person was full of enthusiasm and promises but months later Pat heard from the Circuit court that no brief had ever been filed. They quickly rounded up a public defender who hurriedly put something together. The written opinion, confirming her conviction rested on the outmoded Pinkerton theory that no knowledge of consent was necessary to be guilty of the acts of a conspiracy.
I recently found out that Pat was now in Aliceville FCI in a desolate part of Alabama. She still suffers from Sickle Cell anemia with attacks on a too frequent basis. She is in her forties. Recently she became part of an initiative for herself and 24 other women who are serving life sentences to ask for clemency: http://candoclemency.com
They are endeavoring to get signatures on a petition before November 23. This important web site is: http://wh.gov/iEGyo
Her cry for help was addressed particularly to her church family citing Matthew 25: 35-40 Christ speaking
“…Truly I say to you,as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers/sisters, you did it to me.”
Words that resonate not only to the religious but to all of us who are caretakers of and fight for justice !!!
Pat’s address Please write and encourage her:
Pat became my “prison daughter” because she had no-one to turn to. Let her become your prison daughter or sister or granddaughter. Fight Injustice !!
Join us at the court house for oral arguments on Friday, December 18 at 10:30 am, William J. Nealon Federal Building in Scranton, PA. - http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=247585f092e945ff55b9a1bb2&id=eca062b77d&e=b26148be22
Oral Arguments have been scheduled in “Abu-Jamal v. Kerestes” for December 18th in Scranton PA. (see details below).
Bret Grote, (Abolitionist Law Center) and Co-counsel Bob Boyle of NYC will argue before Middle District Federal Court Judge Robert Mariani. Our position is that Mumia Abu-Jamal has the right to immediate life saving medically indicated treatment for his chronic and active Hepatitis C. There is a cure and it should not be denied to prisoners.
We are in the thick of this legal battle of Abu-Jamal v. Kerestes, and we plan to win– for Mumia, and for all prisoners battling Hepatitis C. bit.ly/fight4mumia
This is a case where defending medical care for one will defend the right to medical care for all prisoners.
Here is a request from Jalil Muntaqim as we begin his parole campaign for his hearing in June 2016.
Jalil would like people to contact Tavis Smiley and request that he interview Ward Churchill about Jalil’s book Escaping the Prism. firstname.lastname@example.org and www.facebook.com/TavisTalks
He would also like people to contact Amy Goodman and request that she interview Jalil at Attica: 212-432-9090 www.democracynow/contact and www.facebook.com/AmyGoodman.DemocracyNow/
Jalil will be going to the Parole Board once again in June of 2016, and he would like to form our own media campaign to counteract the PBA propaganda around his case.
Of course, he is officially known as Anthony Bottom #77A4283, so that should be included when contacting Tavis Smiley and Amy Goodman.
NEW POEM BY POW JALIL MUNTAQIM
Nestled in the upstate New York rural
Marching two by two, 40 strong,