2015 Certain Days Calendar Launch Party and Letter Writing Night!

Those in the Toronto area! Sunday, October 26th! Save the Date!

Certain Days and the Toronto ABC are teaming up for the October letter writing night. It will be held at Beit Zatoun (612 Markham, near Bathurst and Bloor), starting at 7pm., ending at 10pm.

We will be screening Til The Cows Come Home by Lenny Epstein and hosting a discussion afterwards with Aric McBay, author of Deep Green Resistance.

There will be space for people to write letters to the prisoners who contributed to the beautiful 2015 Certain Days Calendar. If you have never written to a prisoner before, don’t worry, we can provide you with a tip-sheet as well as answer any specific questions you may have.

Accessibility info: Vegan snacks, and refreshments will be provided. Child care will also be available. Beit Zatoun has three steps, a small landing plus another step in the front entrance. We can provide a ramp to get into the building. The bathrooms are in the basement and there is a steep staircase. The event is free (calendars will be available to purchase for those who are interested)!

If you are at all uncomfortable in the space, organizers will be around to talk with you, if needed.

Lastly, even if you aren’t able to make it could you please share with your networks!

Here is the Facebook event page for those of you who have Facebook accounts: https://www.facebook.com/events/366005600231084/

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A birthday message from Leonard Peltier!

4struggle:

Leonard Peltier is 70 and still fighting. His latest message about his fundraising initiative to get him the best legal support possible.

Originally posted on Sacramento Prisoner Support:

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(Leonard Peltier’s birthday was September 12th – SPS)

Friend —

Greetings my Friends, Relatives and Supporters

I want to send you all this personal message on what is now my 70th Birthday. I really want to thank you all for your years and years of support and love, I would have never made it this long without your love and support.  As you can imagine, it has been a VERY long path. At times, more difficult than I could have ever imagined.  I don’t regret any of it for one minute.

It has been my honor to stand up for my Native brothers and sisters and all good peoples of the world.  I am very proud to have fought what we call “the good fight” for our future generations. For me, there is no other way.  Unfortunately, we have not won the struggle for freedom and today we live in…

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This Sunday! September 28th 6-9, Toronto ABC Letter Writing Night

Hey Folks!

September is almost over and our letter writing nights are starting back up! Join the Toronto Anarchist Black Cross for our monthly night of conversation and letter writing.

This month we’ll be writing to both new and old local political prisoners. A detailed list will be provided at the meeting. We will also be sending birthday cards out to prisoners from a list provided by NYC ABC.

Accessibility: This child-friendly event is free and a vegan meal will be provided. Beit Zatoun is two steps from street level and washrooms are located in the basement. A mobile ramp is available for the entrance stairs.

Sunday Sept 28th 6pm-9pm
Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham St (Bathurst and Bloor)

Facebook info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/278523009005672/?ref=22

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Good News Everyone! Joel Bitar is out!

We found out this weekend that Joel Bitar was granted parole! On September 11th 2014 he was dropped off at the Niagara Falls border, met by customs and told he cannot return to Canada or he will serve the remainder of his sentence (Sept 2015); he of course had a few other basic conditions- not to associate with anyone who has a criminal record and attend counseling.

We are so happy for him, his friend, and family.

Let the celebrations in NYC begin!

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Petey of SPS on Which Side Podcast: Prisoner Support, NA ABC Conference

4struggle:

A great interview with Petey from Sacramento Prisoner Support! Also a great podcast to check out if you don’t already know about it.

Originally posted on Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

From Which Side Podcast:

We talk with Petey of Sacramento Prisoner Support & Organizer with this years North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference. We discuss Prisoner Support, The Anarchist Black Cross, Animal Rights, writing prisoners and much more.
Please consider donating to this years North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/ek5vc/ab/f3E260 we will be giving everyone who donates a free membership. Just let us know. #fsd

P.S. Pay close attention to Petey’s great pie-making tips!

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George Hortin – Back in jail; in Linsday, ON

Approximately two weeks ago George Hortin lost his appeal against charges he received during the G20 of June 2010. 

George has been a great support of other G20 defendents and prisoners. 

He is expected to stay at the Central East Correctional Centre in Linsday, ON for 4-8 months. You can write to George to show your support here:

George Horton
Central East Correctional Centre
541 Hwy 36, Box 4500
Lindsay, ON K9V 4S6

For more info on George please check out the Guelph ABC site.

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Running Down the Walls Sept 6-7th

We won’t be organizing an event for Toronto this year but instead are supporting those in other cities.

Check out this video for Denver’s event. The Denver ABC is hosting their 5th annual 5k run/walk for US political prisoners. This years event is dedicated to Ryan Ronquillo, who was murdered by the Denver Police on July 2, 2014. To sponsor a runner, contact the group at denverabc@riseup.net or

Over in NYC the Running Down the Walls event will be supporting the RAPP campaign (Release Aging People in Prison). Check our their site for more info! If you’re not in the NYC area you can still support participants by mailing donations to 

NYC ABC
Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211

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Anarchy Camp at the People’s Social Forum

If you are going to be heading to the People’s Social Forum next weekend be sure to check out Anarchy Camp! The folks involved in the Anarchist Welcoming Committee have put in a lot of effort to organize space for anarchists in social, learning and comfort settings.

See the pamphlet below!

Anarchist Welcoming Committee at the Peoples’ Social Forum, Aug 21 – 24.

 

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Letter writing to start in September 2014

Thanks to those of you who came out to say hello at the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair last month. We had a good time.

We did not do a letter writing night in July and will not be doing one this month either. Members of the Toronto ABC will be moving around for conferences, assemblies and also for fun! We don’t have the capacity to host a letter writing night this month.

We will start back up again in September. Remember it’s the last Sunday of every month! Hope to see you then.

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Sekou Kambui parole hearing coming up!

Hey all,

Sekou’s parole hearing has finally been scheduled for the 18th of June! We
are making one last push for letters of support, petition signatures, and
funds to get myself and another supporter (and more folks, if possible)
down to Alabama for the hearing. In the state of Alabama, parole hearings
are held outside of the prison, and prisoners cannot attend. Supporters,
however, can pack these hearings, and it would be of great help to Sekou to
have vocal support there.

Below is the link to an EverRibbon page set up by a fellow Sekou supporter
in Colorado, Jennifer Murnan. If there’s any money you can donate, please
do so here:

https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/16973

And again, please continue to send in letters of support for Sekou’s
release, addressed to:

Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, Al 36130-2405
Chairman Clifford Walker
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and William W. Wynne Jr.

Please send copies (and/or originals) of all letters to:

Aaron Schaefer
C/O DABC
P.O. Box 11236
Denver, CO 80211

There is also an online petition for Sekou’s release, found here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/alabama-board-of-pardons-and-paroles-free-political-prisoner-

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Support letters and hard copies of the petition will be hand-delivered to
the parole board on the 18th.

*Letter Template [If you need it]*
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, Al 36130-2405
Chairman William W. Wynne Jr.
Associate Members Robert P. Longshore and Cliff Walker

Chairman, Members of the Board,

I am writing to request the timely parole of William J. Turk, #113058A,
also known as Sekou Kambui. William/Sekou asserts his innocence of the
crimes he has served almost forty years of his sentence for. Despite the
fact that he has been up for parole five times in the last decade, and
despite the fact that there is no solid evidence linking William/Sekou to
the scene of the murders he has been charged with, he is still inexplicably
in prison. Major witnesses for both his first trial and appeal reported
being coerced to testify against William/Sekou, and the misconduct of the
Alabama court system, the Birmingham Police Department, and the Jefferson
County Sheriff’s Department at the time of Sekou’s arrest and trial is
obvious. [More detailed information on Sekou's case can be found Denver
ABC and ABCF sites, and in the petition for his release below, if you wish
to include it]
[Include any positive/pertinent personal interactions with Sekou,
correspondence, etc. that you may have had]
William Turk/Sekou Kambui is innocent, and has suffered decades in
prison due to a unfair arrest, investigation, and trial. William/Sekou is
being punished for his activism during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s
and 60s, not any real crime. I ask you, the Alabama Board of Pardons and
Paroles, to recognize his innocence and grant him parole at his upcoming
hearing.

Sincerely,

[name and signature]

Free Sekou, and all Political Prisoners/POWs!

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