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Here is the may Political Prisoners Birthday Poster! And also some rad updates from the Prison Books Collective in North Carolina! We encourage you to send birthday cards to these prisoners. If you want tips on how to write letters to prisoners, come by the Wingnut and we can teach you!

Hello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for May. The file is a
little big this month so give it a second to open. As always, please post
this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your
own.
http://prisonbookscollective.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/may-letter-writing-62.pdf

Mother’s Day began not just as a day to honor mothers, but as a day for
mothers to express solidarity with one another and against the wars that
left widows and orphans impoverished. This Mother’s Day, in honor of this
tradition, we are calling for a global day of solidarity with incarcerated
mothers and against a penal system that disproportionately cages people
based on race, class, and gender non-conformity. Please circulate this
call far and wide and help organize a noise demo outside a prison or jail
near you that holds women captive.
http://prisonbooks.info/2013/04/09/global-noise-demo-mothers-day-2013/

Here is a flyer that was made for one mother’s day demo that you can pass
out at yours.
http://prisonbookscollective.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/mdhalfsheet.pdf

June 11th is the international day of solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie
Mason, and all long term anarchist prisoners. You still have plenty of
time to organize something in your town. You can find more info on
organizing an event and what has happened in previous years here.
http://june11.org/

The campaign to get former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz out of
solitary is still going on. He has been held in torturous conditions of
solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons for the past thirty years.
From April 8 to May 10, 2013, the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz
is calling for an intense call-in and write-in campaign to bring pressure
on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), to release Maroon
from solitary confinement and into the general prison population. You can
find out all about it and download action packets on his support page.
http://russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/action-alert-russell-maroon-shoatz-call-to-demand-his-immediate-release-from-solitary-confinement/

Jason Sutherlin of Tinley Park 5 wrote a really sweet and powerful letter
to all of his supporters thanking them for all the support and birthday
cards he’s been getting.
http://prisonbooks.info/2013/04/16/jason-sutherlin-of-tinley-park-5-thanks-his-supporters/

We are thrilled to announce that our friends in Croatan Earth First! will
be hosting next summer’s Earth First! rendezvous in North Carolina. The
Round River Rendezvous is the annual gathering of the Earth First!
Movement. Each Summer, this week-long camp-out attracts several hundred
Earth First!ers from around the world.
http://summerrondy2013.wordpress.com/
Help promote the event, nationally and internationally by downloading and
printing these quarter sheets:
http://croatanearthfirst.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/rondyflyerquarter.pdf

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/2013/05/updates-30-apr-2013.pdf

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

http://prisonbooks.info

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
(more…)

Reposting from our friends in North Carolina, thanks for all your hard work and putting this information together! The content below is from the Prison Books Collective in Chapel Hill, NC:

Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Poster
2) Free Luke
3) Get Grand Jury Resisters out of solitary
4) New Year’s Eve and Free Carlos
5) Radio Show on Multi-generational Movements
6) Political Prisoner Updates

1)Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for January. As always,
please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing
night of your own.
http://prisonbookscollective.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/january.pdf

2)Nineteen year old anarchist Luke O’Donovan is being charged with 5 (more…)

From our friends in North Carolina, the August Political Prisoners Birthday Poster can be picked up at the Wingnut or downloaded here:

http://prisonbooks.info/2012/07/28/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-august-is-now-available-2/

A message from the Prison Books Collective, including more good links:

A hunger strike has begun at  multiple prison facilities in North
Carolina. Reports are still coming in as to the scope of the strike. A
list of the strikers demands and phone numbers you can call can be found
here.
http://prisonbooks.info/2012/07/18/prisoners-begin-hunger-strike-at-three-facilities/

On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids
against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed
several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers,
black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in
Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland. A website has
been created to spread information about the raids and to support the
victim´s of the FBI´s Harrassment.
http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/

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/2012/07/updates-17-jul-2012.pdf

Until Every Cage Is Empty,
The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective
http://prisonbooks.info/

Please make calls to the wardens at these facilities, over 100 men starving
themselves and willing to die to get basic human rights met. Your call
matters!

At the end you will find prison books statement of support. If your group
would like to sign on, please let us know.

Prisoners at Three Facilities Begin Hunger Strike

On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in Windsor,
Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh. Targeting a wide
range of conditions related but not exclusive to solitary confinement, the
prisoners have vowed not to eat until their demands are met.

Prisoners have encouraged supporters to call or fax the administrations of
these different facilities as well as Director Robert Lewis (see information
below), to “march or protest in front of Central Prison and others,”
“boycott all products being sold in these prisons,” and to “contact media
outlets and let them know what we are doing.”

The prisoners have listed the following demands (listed at the bottom),
though
they are also encouraging others to include any other grievances specific to
their conditions. It is still unclear how many prisoners are currently
participating, but correspondence with those on the inside has made it clear
that the strike has spread to three at least three different facilities.

Constant attention and pressure on administrations can help make this
strike a
success, and protect those who are putting their lives on the line. Prisoners
have asked folks on the outside to call everyday to check on fasting
prisoners
and pressure administration. You can contact officials at:

Robert C. Lewis, Director of Prisons

phone: 919.838.4000

fax: 919.733.8272

Central Prison Warden Ken Lassiter

phone: 919.733.0800

fax: 919.715.2645

Bertie CI Warden Renoice Stancil

Phone: 252-794-8600
Fax: 252-794-4608

Scotland CI Warden Sorrell Saunders

Phone: (910) 844-3078
Fax: (910) 844-3786

PRISONERS’ DEMANDS

1.Law Libraries. We are tired of being railroaded by the courts, and
having our rights violated by prison staff and officers. NC Prison Legal
Services are inadequate and oftentimes do not help us at all. A law
library is needed to enable us to legally defend ourselves.

2.An immediate end to the physical and mental abuse inflicted by officers.

3.Improve food, in terms of quality and quantity.

4.A better way to communicate emergencies from cells; many emergency call
buttons are broken and never replaced, and guards often do not show up for
over an hour. At least one prisoner has died this way.

5.The canteens that serve lock up units need to make available vitamins and
personal hygiene items. (more…)

Our friends in the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective have come out with the April Political Prisoner Birthday Poster! Check it out, read a little bit about various prisoners and their cases, and send people birthday letters!

Either download the pdf here, or go to their website below!

free all political prisoners

http://prisonbooks.info/2012/04/03/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-april-is-now-available/

From Chapel Hill Books to Prisoners- the February Political Prisoner Birthday Poster! Please download and print the poster to send cards to political prisoners having birthdays this month. Or come by the Wingnut to pick up a hard copy.

Also, if you want some help with writing to a prisoner, you can come to Prisoner Letter Writing Night on February 22nd from 6-10pm at the Wingnut.

There have been many recent actions in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. We encourage you to look on the website for more information about regional actions and prison issues:  www.prisonbooks.info

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.

Good news, Mumia Has Been  Transferred to General Prison Population. This is the first time Mumia has been in General Population since his arrest in 1981.

Also, February 4th is an International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier.The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegally imprisoned for 36 years! More info here.

Lastly, Occupy Oakland has called for February 20th to be a “National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.” Occupies across the country are having demonstrations outside of prisons, jails, juvenile halls and detainment facilities and other actions. More info here.

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective

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.

In case you missed us in July, here is a link to the poster for prisoners with birthdays in August! Please take the time to write someone in support, it means a lot!  http://prisonbooks.info/