January 8th – Oscar Lopez Rivera Birthday Party!

January 3rd, 2016

Friday January 8th, 2016, @ 7 pm-10 pm

1199/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Labor Center 310 W. 43rd St. 7th Floor
(Take the A,C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q To 42nd St. Times Square/Port Authority)

Join us Friday January 8th, 2016, as we celebrate Oscar Lopez Rivera’s 73rd birthday!

For the past 34 years, Oscar has spent his birthday (January 6th) in prison without his family or friends!  Why is he in jail?  For being a revolutionary who fought for the independence of Puerto Rico from U.S. colonialism.

Join us we celebrate life, work, and legacy of this extraordinary man!
100% of the proceeds will go to Oscar’s commissary fund!

Poetry by: Rafael Landron, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, and Mariposa

Special Invited Guests:
Representatives of the Cuban Mission to the United Nations
Representative of The Venezuelan Consulate

Lynne Stewart, former Political Prisoner

Daniel McGowan, former Political Prisoner

Nelson Denis, author of “War against all Puerto Ricans”

Estela Vasquez, 1199/SEIU

Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

Laura Whitehorn, former Political Prisoner

Francisco “Cisco” Torres, of the San Francisco 8

Artisans: Botanicafe and Jesus Mangual/Taino Cemí

Food, Music, Poetry, Birthday cards for Oscar and Fun! Donation: $5-$10 (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds)

Sponsors: The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign; Las 34 Mujeres NYC por Oscar; Call to Action on Puerto Rico; Frente Socialista NYC; PIP-NYC; NYC Jericho; Malcolm X Commemorative Committee; SODC; NYC Free Peltier; NYC Anarchist Black Cross; Daniel McGowan, Former Political Prisoner; The Campaign to Bring Mumia home; Freedom Socialist Party; Radical Women; International Action Center; Resistance in Brooklyn; Free Mumia Coalition NYC; New Abolitionist Movement; Lynne Stewart Organization; NY Fee Leonard Peltier.  List still in formation.

Sunday Poetry in Toronto

January 3rd, 2016

From the Sunday Poetry collective in Toronto:

Sunday Poetry thanks you for your support and contributions over 2015.
We look forward to our collective efforts in support of peace with social justice, self
of people, freedom for political prisoners, the rights of mother earth, civil rights, diversity, and beauty.
We wish you and your family a 2016 full of love, truth, dignity and courage!

POWER TO PEOPLE!
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES! – LA LUCHA CONTINUA!

Petition for Herman Bell – Please Sign!

December 24th, 2015

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/677/086/596/in-support-of-parole-for-herman-bell-79c0262/

To Chairwoman, Board of Parole, New York State, Tina M. Stanford
Grant parole to New York State prisoner Herman Bell

We are asking that Herman Bell be granted release on parole at his February
2016 hearing

Herman Bell has been in state custody since 1973 and has been denied
release on parole 6 times since he first became eligible in 2004.

Every time Herman has been denied, it has been for the same reason-that
releasing him would undermine the law and deprecate the seriousness of the
crime. Herman has taken responsibility and expressed regret for the
shooting of the police officer and has served 4 decades in prison for this
offense. He is by all accounts, a much different person than he was in 1971
and further incarceration serves no purpose other than vengeance. We
believe Herman has done everything he can to make amends for his crime and
we ask that he be granted parole at his 7th parole hearing in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Noise Demo Against Prison Industrial Complex – New Years Eve

December 24th, 2015

Lynne may not be able to join, but wanted to let everyone know about this event:

WHAT: Noise Demo Against the PIC, for the Liberation of PPs + POWs
WHEN: 9:00pm, Thursday, December 31st
WHERE: Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC, the federal prison in downtown Manhattan); Pearl Street, between Cardinal Hayes Place and Park Row (J to Chambers Street or 4/5/6/ to City Hall)
BRING: Noisemakers, air horns, drums, anything that is loud!

On the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise demonstrations outside of prisons, is asking folks to join us outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan. Come, not to appeal to authority, speak truth to power, or any other contrivance, but rather to stand arm in arm with comrades and show direct solidarity to those on the other side of the wall.

The state, writ large, is targeting anarchists all across the United States and abroad. This will be both protest and celebration. To keep the cold at bay, comrades will again be on hand with hot cocoa to keep the vocal cords nice and warm.

January 2016: 1.17.2016: NYC: 20th Annual Dinner Tribute to Political Prisoners & Their Families!

December 24th, 2015

1.17.2016: NYC: 20th Annual Dinner Tribute to Political Prisoners & Their Families!

800Years of Legacy, Commitment & Sacrifice: Honoring our captive Black Freedom Fighters

Sun. January 17, 2016 • 3 – 7pmMLK 1199 Labor Center, 310 W. 43rd St, New York, NY

Buy tickets now! $40 advance/$45 door–All Proceeds go to the Commissary Accounts of PP/POWs Represented at Dinner

http://www.mxcc519.org MALCOLM X COMMEMORATION COMMITTEEPO BOX 380-122, Brooklyn, NY 11238,718-512-5008, MXCC519@Verizon.netNovember 8, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! MALCOLMITES ANNOUNCE 20TH ANNIV OF ANNUAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS TRIBUTE!

On Sunday, January 17th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host its 20th anniversary of their endearing annual tribute to Black Political Prisoners and their Families! This moving event will place at the Martin Luther King Jr., 1199 Labor Center, located at 310 West 43rd Street in Manhattan. The event is from3-7pm with dinner served promptly at 4pm.The theme of this milestone event is*”800 Years: Legacy, Commitment, Sacrifice, Honoring Our Captive Black Freedom Fighters!”

*This incredible event will be highlighted by special guest speakers *SekouOdinga* and *Lynne Stewart*, both recently released freedom fighters! Odinga, a veteran of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army,endured 33 years in the NY prison system. Stewart, a brave and much beloved people’s lawyer nearly died in prison from breast cancer, but was released on the consequence of a mass medically compassionate release campaign.

For more information about the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, pleasecall 718-512-5008 or email mxcc519@gmail.com

Lynne Asks Everyone to Come Support Mumia in Court!

December 14th, 2015

The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home

Dec 9th, 2015

Dear Friends:

We have a rare, one-time opportunity to get Mumia the medical attention he desperately needs. Please join us in and outside of the court in Scranton, PA on Friday, December 18. A bus and caravans are leaving from New York and Philadelphia.

US Federal District Court Judge Robert Mariani will conduct am extensive public hearing on Mumia’s medical crisis and he has asked for a testimony from Mumia. Credit for this victory is due in no small part to the public outcry.

Our attorneys and the attorneys of Department of Corrections will present arguments.

Our attorneys will argue that Mumia has the right to immediate life-saving treatment for his chronic and active Hepatitis C.

The other side will insist that treatment be withheld until the final stages of the condition. In other words, until it’s too late to save him.
A legal victory in Mumia’s case will also be a victory for the other 10,000 PA prisoners afflicted by Hep C who have filed a class action suit.
Bus and caravans will leave from New York on
Fri, December 18 at 5:45AM sharp

To secure a spot and for tickets, please email us immediately with your name and contact info at bringmumiahome@gmail.com

We will be leaving from Local 1199, 310 West 43rd street and will remain in Scranton until the court hearing has ended for the day, probably at 4 or 5 o’clock.

When: Fri, Dec. 18, 2015
Caravan Leaving From NY: 5:45AM

Email us: bringmumiahome@gmail.com

Tribute to John Trudell

December 14th, 2015

From: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/12/10/joy-harjo-tribute-john-trudell-162718#.VmoxyCw38O0.twitter

Joy Harjo: Tribute to John Trudell

One of our beloved messengers left this world December 8, 2015
In the early hours of the morning,
When the dreamers and teachers walk the earth
Speaking to us as we imagine the new day into being,
All of us here essential to the story in the great imagining.
They took John with them. It was time.
And he was ready, he’d said his goodbyes, only for now
Because we live in eternity together.
And was circled by those he loved: his children,
People whose lives he shared from his many travels
In this world to speak and sing the dreams and visions
He’d been given to take care of, to share.
And contingents of young warriors, from all over the country
Including Hickory Ground or Oce Vpofv people, from one of the last
Calls John answered for justice from the East, and other groups
From the North, West, and South arrived to pay respect
Because he was one of them, grown older and wise
After paying the terrible costs of being human
In a society broken by lies, greed, and our failures.
Everything has a cost. Read the rest of this entry »

Save the Date: Oscar Lopez Rivera Birthday Party in January

December 14th, 2015

SAVE THE DATE:
HAPPY 73RD BIRTHDAY OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA!
Friday January 8th, 2016, @ 7 pm-10 pm
1199/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Labor Center 310 W. 43rd St. 7th Floor
(Take the A,C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q To 42nd St. Times Square/Port Authority)

Join us Friday January 8th, 2016, as we celebrate Oscar Lopez Rivera’s
73rd birthday!

For the past 34 years, Oscar has spent his birthday (January 6th) in prison without his family or friends!  Why is he in jail?  For being a revolutionary who fought for the independence of Puerto Rico from U.S. colonialism.

Join us we celebrate life, work, and legacy of this extraordinary man!
100% of the proceeds will go to Oscar’s commissary fund!
Read the rest of this entry »

Support Leonard Peltier!

December 1st, 2015

Last week, there was a spiritual Rally for Leonard Peltier in front of the White House, part of a series of vigils and actions in DC. The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee included the following call for support among those who could not attend in person:

You can help support this important series of events. Clemency now!

Call President Obama for Leonard Peltier: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414; email President Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments; post a comment on Obama’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/potus/?fref=ts&hc_location=ufi; send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS; and/or write a letter to: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

November 26, 2015 – Day of Mourning

Brothers and Sisters,

It makes my heart happy to know so many of you are keeping this Day of Mourning event going.

I hear there is going to be a National Geographic movie this month called “Saints and Strangers” about the REAL Thanksgiving. I want you to know that I believe… I KNOW this has only come about from your continued protest and determination to expose what really happened. But, damn, huh has it ever taken so long! 🙁 Let’s hope this film DOES tell the truth. I, for one, thank you very much, as this is what it was and is all about—getting the real history told about the genocide that was committed against us as a race of people and against our Nations. If we don’t do this, then it can and will happen again until we have all been exterminated.

I’m so proud of you young People out there too, all over the country, standing up for our Nations and taking over because some of us can no longer get out there to stand by your sides—or to stand there with you and shake your hands.

February 6, 2016, will make it 40 straight years in here. Under the laws I was indicted with, a life term was seven years. I have served over six life sentences! As you know, I was sentenced to only two. To Native Peoples this is also not surprising. In fact, this is something that happens on a regular basis throughout Indian Country. And, as always, this is not acceptable to us. So we protest, and we protest some more.

Over the last four decades, I have been supported by people of all backgrounds, races, and religions. As we approach the one-year mark on President Obama’s remaining time in office, it is crucial for my survival that everyone who has ever supported my release to please contact my official Committee that works on my behalf, and coordinate and organize with them.

In 2008, when asked about my case, then Senator Obama supposedly said, “Show me the support.” If all of you dedicate some of your time in 2016 to support my bid for clemency, I believe this President has the courage to do the right thing and let me go home.

Remember, too, that we have brothers and sisters who are themselves wrongfully incarcerated, and I ask that we all coordinate to put an end to these injustices.

I wish I could lie to you and tell you I’m doing O.K., but that would not be fair to you. Today, I have another call out to the prison clinic. I guess some of the results must have come back from my last blood work. I know I’m not feeling very well. It seems as if there are so many things wrong with me… I don’t know what to do or say to you, or even where to start. Hell, I cannot even sit for any length of time. When I get up my plexis area hurts so bad, I cannot walk but very slowly and while hanging on to someone for support. But after a few steps I’m O.K. So I move right along with the crowd. 🙂 But those first few steps are awfully painful. I asked for a cushion, but was told they don’t have any here—and to make one myself from a blanket. Well, news flash. I did this and every time I did they took it away. Yep, for some reason this is illegal. Then I have to deal with the other medical problems. So, yeah, this is my Sundance. But you know what? You’re all worth it and I would not hesitate to suffer for any of you again and again.

Well, I better end this before you get bored with me. 🙂 So, again, thank you—all of you—for being decent loving human beings.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse…

Doksha,

Leonard Peltier

Letter-writing Dinner for Leonard Peltier

November 20th, 2015

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
WHERE: The Base1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
COST: Free

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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
USP Coleman I
Post Office Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521

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Holiday Card Writing Party for US Political Prisoners

November 20th, 2015

Send Love Through the Walls!!!!!
Resistance in Brooklyn & NYC Anarchist Black Cross (NYC ABC)
invite you to a
Holiday Card-Writing Party
for US-Held Political Prisoners & POWs
Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 4-8 p.m.
At 263 Eastern Parkway (between Franklin and Classon,
#2,3,4,5 to Franklin Ave./Eastern Pkwy—left elevator to # 5D)
718-783-8141
Cost: FREE (Donations to cover the cost of stamps greatly appreciated)

In what many prisoners have told us is their favorite event of the year, Resistance in Brooklyn and NYC Anarchist Black Cross again join forces to bring you the annual holiday card-writing party

for U.S. held political prisoners, prisoners of war, and prisoners of conscience

. 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.

Directions:
Getting to 263 Eastern Parkway is simple:
From the 2

/3/4/5 or Franklin Avenue Shuttle:

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:
Resistance in Brooklyn– resistanceinbrooklyn07 at gmail dot com
NYC Anarchist Black Cross– nycabc at riseup dot net

SAVE THE DATE: Oral Arguments in Abu-Jamal v. Kerestes Scheduled for DECEMBER 18

November 16th, 2015

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.

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