Posts Tagged ‘SPARC’

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Shadow of Lucasville-
The film is 60 minutes long, and is followed by call-in / Q&A with one of the prisoners who was involved in the uprising.

Organizations involved in prison issues and prisoner suport are highly encouraged to come table and share info!!!

Friday August 9th at 7pm

2005 Barton Ave

sober, all ages, by donation

consent policy, directions/bus routes, allergies/accessibility online

https://www.facebook.com/events/170132149823363/

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Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change (SPARC) is pulling together to raise funds to get folks to visit incarerated loved ones at Red Onion State Prison and Wallens Ridge State Prison. Due to the fact that these prisons are so far away, it is nearly impossbile for family and friends to visit.  Together we can raise funds we need to buy a van, and we need your support to do it!

SPARC has been renting a van every couple of months to make these rideshares happen, but it has now become a regular enough event that it just makes more sense financially to purchase a 15 passenger van and use that for these trips.

Owning a van will also allow SPARC to possible expand the rideshare program, or offer rides for members and supporters to various other related events and meetings.

Any funds that are raised above and beyond the purchase price of the van we buy will be put towards the insurance and registration and fuel for these trips.

Link to the fundraiser page here:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/we-need-a-sparc-mobile-to-support-prisoners-and-their-families/x/957048

From: http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/2013/04/hunger-strike-begins-at-wallens-ridge.html?m=1

Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers
Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers has been formed to supportand publicize the hunger strike being launched by prisoner comrades at Wallens Ridge State Prison beginning Monday April 15th when men in segregation refused their first meal.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hunger Strike Begins at Wallens Ridge State Prison

On Monday, April the 15th it was brought to the attention of the Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers Coalition that a hunger strike has been initiated at Wallens Ridge State Prison located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.Based off inside information there are at least 16 individuals participating in this hunger strike. The status of the strikers is unknown at this time. Last May a hunger strike was initiated at Red Onion State Prison, which is located 30 minutes north of Wallens Ridge State Prison and could be considered its sister site. Between the prior hunger strike and the current one, the VADOC has conducted a new effort to transport many of the prisoners formerly held at Red Onion to Wallens Ridge. Although Wallens Ridge is a lower-level security prison it is commonly said by prisoners and ex-prisoners that Wallens Ridge is a more brutal and corrupt prison than Red Onion. Even though the technical status of Wallens Ridge is security-level 4 there has now been a new security-level designation within Wallens Ridge, in correspondence with Red Onion transfers, known as security-level S. According to the VADOC January newsletter the reasoning behind this campaign is to “give…offenders more programmatic opportunities and more pathways to lower security prisons” and that it has resulted in “..a reduction in the number of Administrative Segregation offenders, a reduction in incidents, and a reduction in offender grievances.” The fact that these young men are compelled to risk their lives in order to gain a little more fairness, a little more decency, refutes whatever the official line of the VADOC may be in its efforts to keep the population under its thumb.

The VADOC and its agents are culpable for all torture and brutality that is inlicted upon generations of young black men who are living at the mercy of a justice system that specifically targets them based on their race and class. We support these hunger strikers and their demands against the oppression they face daily at the hands of correctional officers and the negligence of the VADOC itself.

Suport the Hunger Strikers!

Meet Their Demands!

End Prison Torture!

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The Wingnut Anarchist Collective and SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change) are co-hosting a How to Copwatch Training on April 4th at 7pm at the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue)

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…Anyone with an interest in monitoring the police and holding them accountable for their actions is welcome to come. Bring yourself, your friends, and lots of ideas!

Have you ever felt like your rights were violated by the police? Have you ever seen bad behavior from the police? Want to find ways to build stronger communities that are protected from the police? Learn How to Copwatch!

All Ages, Sober, Free

It is better if you have gone through the Know Your Rights Training first, but even if you haven’t please come out to learn how best to observe and record the police!

The Central Appalachian Prisoner Support Network has generously offered to match dollar for dollar up to the next 150 dollars donated to this cause! Please donate today!

https://www.wepay.com/donations/prisoner-fund-for-jailhouse-lawyers-manuals-and-comissarycommunication-materials

Fundraiser for Jailhouse Lawyers Manuals and Comissary-Communication Materials 33 days remaining

Information

Supporting Prisoners Acting for Radical Change corresponds with over a hundred prisoners in the Virginia prison system. Through this effort we develop political consciousness with the prison population by providing free revolutionary theory. It is our hope to diffuse the costs of correspondence on behalf of the prison population by providing commissary funds for the purchase of paper, pens, envelopes and stamps. If you agree with the intent of this initiative please contribute what you can so that this drive can relieve the burden of costs upon the prisoners and their families.

Sincerely,

The Secretary of SPARC-Richmond
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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

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We will also be having a How To Copwatch Training on Thursday April 4th at 7pm, and we highly recommend that folks do the Know Your Rights Training as a prerequisite.

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

sparcRichmond SPARC is fundraising to get manuals and materials to prisoners in the Virginia Prisons.

 

Click here to go to the We Pay site to donate to this cause!