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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Bottle drive for 4strugglemag. Help us print Issue 24!

Spring is here, and that means… Spring cleaning! Long weekend! Empty beer and wine bottles!
The arrival of spring also also means that the new issue of 4strugglemag.org is ready. Unfortunately, we do not have enough funds to cover postage to send free copies to over 700 subscribers in prison.
So, we’re having a bottle drive! Help us by donating your empty beer and wine bottles and cans.
Toronto ABC Bottle Drive
Tuesday, May 20
5 – 8 p.m.
3 ways to participate: 
1. Come visit us:
The Beer Store
65 Brock Ave. (in the parking lot)
 
Drop off your empties, and we’ll be there to thank you in person!
2. If you have a larger amount of empties to donate, contact us (torontoblackcross@gmail.com) and we can discuss pickup in the Toronto area.

3. You can also support our Virtual Bottle DriveJust return your empties and donate to us here: http://4strugglemag.org/subscribe/

Every little bit helps!
Thanks,
4strugglemag and Toronto Anarchist Black Cross
About 4sm:
For 10 years, 4strugglemag.org has been a voice for prisoners and their supporters. 
Over the course of 23 issues, our online and print magazine has covered many issues, from struggles against war and imperialism, to conscious hip-hop, to reflections on global uprisings, to resisting sexism, homophobia and transphobia. We feature letters, articles and art from prisoners and activists around the world.
We send free copies of each issue to 700 prisoners across North America, and reach many hundreds more through shared copies. It costs us $2000 each issue to print and mail free copies to our prison readers.
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Toronto ABC letter writing night for Palestinian political prisoners

Each April, Toronto ABC devotes our monthly letter writing dinner to Palestinian prisoners.
This year we will be hosting the event on april 20th, 2014 at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham street.

Join us for an update on the situation for Palestinian prisoners, recent hunger strikes, and how you can help. We’ll be writing letters of solidarity to several prisoners and their families.

As always, we’ll provide a tasty vegan meal, and all of the information and materials you need. Join us for a relaxed and social night of discussion!

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Toronto ABC Monthly Letter Dinner: Supporting Palestinian Prisoners

Sunday, April 28
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
 
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. 
 

Each April, Toronto ABC devotes our monthly letter writing dinner to Palestinian prisoners.

Join us for an update on the situation for Palestinian prisoners, recent hunger strikes, and how you can help. We’ll be writing letters of solidarity to several prisoners and their families.

As always, we’ll provide a tasty vegetarian meal, and all of the information and materials you need. Join us for a relaxed and social night of discussion!

For the latest report from Addameer on Palestinian prisoners and abuses against them, check out this PDF: http://www.addameer.org/files/Quarterly%20Update%2001_09_12%20to%2015_01_13(1).pdf

Thanks to Beit Zatoun (beitzatoun.org) for their ongoing support of our letter nights for prisoners. On the last Sunday of each month, we gather for food, camaraderie and to learn more about political prisoners and how we can support them. For more info, email torontoblackcross@gmail.com.
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