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Here is the March Political Prisoner Birthday Poster from our comrades in North Carolina! Please print, and spread widely! Write letters to prisoners!

If you don’t know how you can come to Richmond Food Not Bombs on Sundays during meal prep/cooking time from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective to help write a collaborative birthday letter to a political prisoner each week!

 

Hello Friends and Comrades,

1)Poster
2)Bob Sheldon Award
3)Two Grand Jury Resisters Free
4)Albert Woodfox’s Conviction Overturned For Third Time
5)Lorenzo Komboa Ervin In Trouble
6)Support Fracking Saboteur
7)Destroying Surveillance Cameras
8)NYC Anarchist Black Cross Updates
9)Help Us!

1)Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for March. As always,
please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing
night of your own. We’re still experimenting with the format a little, so
this month is also a double sided 11×17 that can also be used as a poster
to promote your local letter writing night.
http://zinelibrary.info/files/march(1).pdf
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Richmond Food Not Bombs cooks from 12:30 to 3:45 every Sunday at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue.

Often there is some downtime during the meal preparation and cooking time. To take advantage of that time to do more politically with Food Not Bombs we are trying the following idea.

The Wingnut will now be providing the info and address of one political prisoner each week, who has a birthday that month, that folks can write a short note or a few words of encouragement to, which we will then mail out.

We know that a lot of folks are not used to writing full letters, and we hope that through collaborating to fill paper with notes and drawings we can bring some cheer and solidarity to folks from various radical social movements (like ours) who are incarcerated.

Folks interested in further prisoner support work should get in touch with SPARC- Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change https://m.facebook.com/pages/Supporting-Prisoners-and-Acting-for-Radical-Change/162470913799582?id=162470913799582&_rdr

From our comrades to the south- Chapel Hill Prison Books, here is your monthly update and political prisoner birthday poster:
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Hello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for February. As always,
please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing
night of your own. We’re still experimenting with the format a little, so
this month is also a double sided 11×17 that can also be used as a poster
to promote your local letter writing night.
http://zinelibrary.info/files/February-Political-Prisoner-Poster.pdf

This month’s poster is dedicated to Aaron Swartz. Here is an article we
posted about his life and death.
http://prisonbooks.info/2013/01/16/farewell-to-aaron-swartz-an-extraordinary-hacker-and-activist/

Luke O’Donovan has been released. His bail was 35K. He is in very high
spirits and is currently resting with his friends and family. Luke has
still not been indicted and there is still need for much more money to
cover lawyers and legal costs. http://letlukego.com

Accused Earth Liberation Front arsonist Rebecca Rubin has been transferred
again. Please write her letters of love and support. Remember, she is
still pre-trial so please avoid writing about anything to do with her
case.
http://prisonbooks.info/2013/01/15/another-elf-case-set-for-trial-in-eugene-rebecca-rubin/#more-2194

Rebecca Rubin #770288
Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC)
1120 SW Third Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

Activist lawyer and political prisoner Lynne Stewart breast cancer is
spreading to her lungs and shoulders. She needs immediate treatment NOW.
The prison authorities have known this since September. Please send her
letters of love and support.  More info here:
http://prisonbooks.info/2013/01/17/lynne-stewarts-health-deteriorating/

Lynne Stewart 53504-054
Federal Medical Center Carswell
Post Office Box 27137
Fort Worth, Texas 76127

Lastly, here is a link to the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War
every-other week update by the  NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots
of good updates on many political prisoners.
http://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/updates-22-jan-2013.pdf

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective
http://prisonbooks.info

Richmond had it’s first snow of the 2011/2012 winter last night, which snowed out the Visions of Abolition movie screening. So we are going to push the whole event back a week and start next Sunday! Now it will be Sunday February 26th at 7pm and Sunday March 4th at 7pm.

Come out and join a community conversation about prisons!
Visions of Abolition is a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.

We will be screening the movie’s 2 parts on 2 different nights – Sunday February 19th at 7pm and Sunday February 26th at 7pm. Both parts of the film are less than an hour long, leaving time for group discussion afterwards.

We encourage people curious about the prison industrial system, political prisoners, women and prisons, race and prisons, what alternatives there are to prisons and more to come watch and then join in the discussion.

We will also have handouts and literature from the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross at these screenings.

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space located at 2005 Barton Avenue. Please call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more information.

More about the movie:

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).

November’s Really Really Free Market – an excellent alternative to holiday consumerism- will be happening tomorrow from Noon until 3pm in Monroe Park at the corner of Main and Laurel.

The weather looks great- sunny and 65- so come hang out!

Bring your excess belongings to give away- books, clothes, movies, food, appliances, music, and more! Come discover the treasures of community events and maybe a knick knack you like.

Also, letter writing at the Really Really Free Market:

Come join the Anarchist Black Cross at the monthly Really Really Free Market (on the last Saturday of every month) to write letters to prisoners who will be celebrating their birthdays the following month. We will have a table set up with instructions, addresses and descriptions, envelopes, and people to help answer any questions. rvaabc@gmail.com to get in touch!

We will be using the prisoners’ birthdays posters created monthly by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective, and will also have additional prisoner addresses available.
This is a monthly event that will repeat every last saturday of each month.


This event occurs from 12-3pm at the corner of Main and Laurel in Monroe Park. Come on out to support political prisoners and talk to people interested in prison abolition.

 

Join the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross at the 2011 Richmond Zine Fest on October 8th from 11pm to 6pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond at 1407 Sherwood Avenue.

We will be hosting a workshop at 2pm- The Green Scare with the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross
This workshop will be a discussion of what the Green Scare is (think Red Scare), how it affects activists today, and what can be done to fight it. There will be a lot of intro level material, but folks with more knowledge are encouraged to come share their thoughts and ideas.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is a prison abolition and political prisoner support organization. The RVA ABC is non-hierarchical and works both locally and nationally to support prisoners and fight the prison industrial complex. The RVA ABC has been working in Richmond for over 3 years.

Since the August Really Really Free Market got rained out, you might have missed your opportunity to write the political prisoners who have birthdays in September.

Fear not! With most of the month left to go there is plenty of time. You can download the September Political Prisoner Birthdays poster (created by the Internationalist Prison Books group from Chapel Hill North Carolina)  online here:

http://prisonbooks.info/2011/09/01/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-september-is-now-available/

We also have print copies available at the Wingnut, if you wanted to come by Open Hours sometime this month to pick one up!

Come on out to the September Really Really Free Market on the last Saturday of September from 12 to 3pm at the corner of Main and Laurel to join the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross in writing letters to Political Prisoners. Material and guidance provided!

On Friday September 2nd at 7pm, Insurgent Theater will be presenting their play “In the Belly” at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be tabling with information about prison abolition and prisoner support.

There is no cover charge but please bring donations for Insurgent Theater!

Wingnut events are sober. Our events are usually All Ages, but due to nudity and graphic nature of this performance we ask that all kids be accompanied by an adult or talk to us ahead of time. The nature of the subject matter of this performance means that some folks may find the nudity, violence, or other aspects triggering. We will provide a safe place for people who become uncomfortable to hang out in if they decide to leave the performance.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights. We can be contacted at 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and frequently touring the country since August, 2008. Insurgent was founded in Milwaukee, WI, but is now located in Columbus, OH.

In the belly is where things digest, where they are broken down so their value can be extracted. This is where things are made to rot. If our society is a beast, it’s belly is the prison system. This new work from Insurgent Theatre seeks to manifest imprisonment on stage, overlays it with critical analysis of the system, and follows up with in-depth discussion about abolishing prison in America.

Created in workshop by Weslie Coleman, Kate Pleuss, and Ben Turk, with assistance from Harmony Bench and Rebecca Riley.

Touring the US in 2011. Raising funds for RedBird Prison Abolition. Supporting prisoners in Ohio.

This show contains nudity, violence and other sad realities of the US prison system. (more…)

Just a reminder that the next monthly Anarchist Black Cross Meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday May 10th at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

If you are interested in working with a non-hierarchical organization to do prisoner support as well as advocate for prison abolition please come out to find out more.

Some possible agenda items include the new Anarchist Bail Fund, buttons, new literature, the Denver ABC’s conference in August, the Richmond City Jail and more.

You can email rvaabc@gmail.com or call 804 303 5449 for more information

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. It is a sober, all ages space.