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-

sekou-cinque-t-m-kambui-aka-william-j-turk-113058a

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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G20 Sentencing Monday – Support BC Activist Eva Botten

http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/816

Monday March 25 @ 1pm
Ontario Superior Court (361 University Ave – near St Patrick Stn) 
(look up Botten at the desk for room number)

Arrested in the fall of 2010, Eva is an activist from BC who was found guilty of 6 counts of mischief over $5k and 1 count of disguise with intent this past January 2012. The Crown alleges she caused over $300k of damages to corporate targets, police headquarters and banks.

Eva would appreciate your support at her sentencing this Monday.

The prison industrial complex likes to isolate individuals and prevent communication with those on the outside. Jail time in Ontario will mean extra support is needed to help Eva stay in touch with her family and community in BC. Love and solidarity from Southern Ontario is also needed and welcomed.

[Prior to sentencing Eva still faces bail conditions, including nonassociation with many people such as those who belong/belonged to AW@L, SOAR and No One Is Illegal. If you think this might be you, please still come to court! but wait for her lawyer to be present if you are going to talk to her. After sentencing, this no longer applies so stay tuned for updates on where to write her.]

Check out http://web.resist.ca/~vancouverg20support/updates.php for more info on Eva’s case, updates and how to donate funds.

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Lock Down Refusal in Penetang: G20 Prisoner in the hole

Reposted from Guelph ABC

As of today, January 17th 2012 Alex Hundert has been held for 6 days in segregation (the hole). He is facing institutional charges (which are different from criminal charges, but can prolong his sentence and assign punitive time in the hole) stemming from a refusal of lock down to protest general degrading of conditions in the jail.

The lock down refusal took place on Saturday January 12th, around 4 units participated and their demands were to reclaim 30 minutes at the end of the day (lockup at 7 instead of 6:30) so people could have more time to use the phones to call their families when the rates are significantly cheaper. That is also when relatives and friends are home from work and can take calls. At 6:50pm, after a 20 minute stand-off, fifty to sixty guards stormed the range and forced everyone into their cells. One guy was tackled, assaulted and dragged off the range in cuffs.

Alex was charged and taken to the hole. According to policy a prisoner at the Central North Correctional Complex can be help for up to 10 days before a hearing or questioning.  Alex is in fine spirits and is feeling strong.

Write to Alex to keep his spirits up:

Alex Hundert
c/o C.N.C.C.
1501 Fuller Ave.
Penetanguishene, Ontario
L9M 2H4 Canada

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4strugglemag issue 21!

Toronto ABC will be making an effort to update our site more often. Please stay tuned, and send us anything you think we should share – torontoblackcross [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!
At long last, issue 21 of 4strugglemag is online! Read the introduction from editor Jaan Laaman below, and check out the rest of the articles at 4strugglemag.org
4strugglemag is in dire need of financial support. Please help us continue to send hundreds of free copies of each issue to prisoners!
You can subscribe or donate here: 4strugglemag.org/subscribe

NEXT ISSUE: Combating Sexism, Homophobia and Transphobia

OCTOBER 4, 2012
Welcome to 4sm, issue 21. We are very glad to finally get this issue out, in Fall 2012. I know a lot of readers, friends and activists have been wondering what happened to 4strugglemag? This is the first issue we are putting out in 2012. It is a combined Summer and Fall issue. Normally 4sm comes out three times a year (March, July/August, November). This is the first time we have had to combine two issues into one.

Some people may have been wondering about my ability to continue working on 4sm, after the death of my son last October. Without any doubt, the death of Rick was and continues to be the hardest reality in my life. This was not the reason for the delay in issue 21. We have had medical and personal problems with key outside people. A valued precious sister (Sara), who does so much to make 4sm a reality, seriously broke her arm in a bicycle accident earlier this year.

Some material in this issue covers events from earlier in the year, but all of it remains important and pertinent. Regular readers know that 4sm always runs a section on Black August in our summer issue. Because 21 is coming out so late this summer, there is no usual Black August section. We are running some significant insight and analysis, by Mumia Abu Jamal, George Jackson and his nephew Jonathan Jackson Jr., about the events of August 7, 1970 (the Marin Courthouse Raid and the deaths of Jonathan Jackson and others on that day).

Also, because of the late arrival of this issue, we are not helping to announce and organize this year’s Running Down the Walls, which takes place on September 2. We do want people who participated in RDTW, both inside prisons and out in cities across the country, to send us words and photos of your run. We will use some of this material in the next issue.

There are many other important and informative articles in this issue. Definitely check out the reports on Occupy. Also check out the lengthy section on prisons. Finally take time to read David Gilbert’s letter, calling for discussion and action around the issue of sexist and male chauvinist attitudes and behavior in activist and radical communities. This is a serious and ongoing problem and 4sm hopes many readers will respond and begin a discussion on this.

We welcome our readers’ thoughts and responses to everything in 4sm. Send us your thoughts and best writing. Issue 22 will be out in the winter. And yes, there is another election coming up in the United States in November. The Republicans seem to be more reactionary and backwards than ever. Certainly Mitt Romney is a shameless member and advocate for the corporate imperialist 1% elite. He also would be a horror for prisoners. I was in Walpole state prison in Massachusetts when he was Governor, and I can tell you from personal experience, the Mass DOC got even worse under his rule. As for Obama and the Democrats, more war, more secrecy, more drone attacks and little real help for all the rest of us – unemployed, underemployed, still losing homes, mounting college loans and other bills, and well over 2 million people in prison. One thing is for sure, no Washington politician will secure a better future for the vast majority of the people. Both imperialist parties – Republicans and Democrats – have no plan or intention to change the inherently unequal, unjust, racist and warlike USA capitalist imperialist system. It is time for more activism on all levels – more unity and more direct action and participation of the people. Some time tested slogans seem appropriate and called for now:

Black and white, unite and fight…Less talk, more action…

All Power to the People!

On that thought, we’ll see you in issue 22.

Jaan Laaman, editor

Jaan Karl Laaman
#10372-016
USP Tucson
P.O. Box 24550
Tucson, AZ
USA 85734

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UTA Interviews Mandy Hiscocks

Incarcerated last week on G20 related chargesOne week before she began serving a 16th month sentence related to her participation in organizing the G20 protests, UTA sat down with Amanda Hiscocks for a wide ranging discussion about her situation as a political prisoner and her analysis of the fallout of state repression against those organizing against the G20 summit in Toronto in 2010. This interview will be published in a forthcoming issue of UTA, but we are making the raw audio available here so that activists can get a better a sense of Mandy’s assessment of the features of state repression and what needs to be done to support the G20 political prisoners.

Mandy Hiscocks

Mandy is a member of the UTA advisory board, and has been a radical political activist working out of the town of Guelph, Ontario since the mid-1990s.

The interview was conducted on January 6th, 2012 in Toronto by Tom K. of the UTA Editorial Committee. Please feel free to share this audio widely through your social networks. If you want to play it on your local community radio, we’re cool with that, but please contact us at uppingtheanti@gmail.com to let us know. We will be making a written transcript of the interview available soon.

Note: Mandy is now incarcerated at the Vanier Detention Centre. She has a blog up at http://boredbutnotbroken.tao.ca/ and you can send letters to:

Amanda Hiscocks
Vanier Centre for Women
655 Martin Street
Box 1040
Milton, ON
L9T 5E6

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G20 to C-10: Repression, Austerity, and the Prison Boom

http://www.facebook.com/events/312644912086662/  

Community meal and panel discussion benefit for 4strugglemag

Join us on December 11th, 2011 for an evening of food, conversation and support as we celebrate the release of the 20th issue of 4strugglemag and the launch of the 2012 Certain Days calendar.

6:00pm: Food will be served, opening ceremony by Wanda Whitebird
6:30pm: Panel Discussion
Door: $5-35 sliding scale… (no one turned away for lack of funds)
@The Raging Spoon (761 Queen St. W., Toronto)

Speakers will include:

WANDA WHITEBIRD
(Wanda Whitebird does support work with incarcerated Aboriginal women and is currently at the Women’s Outreach/Support Services of Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy.)

SK HUSSAN
(Hussan is a researcher, writer and migrant justice, anti-war, indigenous solidarity organizer in Toronto and is a G20 conspiracy defendant who recently had his charges withdrawn.)

MANDY HISCOCKS
(Mandy is an organizer from Guelph who has had quite a few run-ins with the law and is about to start her first jail sentence. Strangely enough, she’s more nervous about public speaking than about serving time.)

JOAN RUZSA
(Joan Ruzsa has been the coordinator of Rittenhouse: A New Vision since 2000. Rittenhouse is an agency that promotes abolition and transformative justice through public education and direct service. Joan also works at PASAN (Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network) in the Youth Outreach and Education Program.)

Attempts have been made to shatter our movements. Since the 2010 G20 meeting in Toronto, the legal system has kept many silent, unable to speak about their experiences of repression. Join us on December 11 to hear from those charged with conspiracy at the G20 and those about to go to prison.

As the federal government prepares a massive expansion of the prison-industrial complex through its Crime Omnibus Bill (C-10), it is important that we understand the impact of imprisonment on our communities and movements, and build bridges between the many parts of the anti-austerity struggle in order to organize more effective resistance and solidarity.

At the same time that militant labour unions have seen their ability to strike taken away, public sector workers are being laid off and services are being cut by Ford, McGuinty and Harper, there is a massive influx of money in to building prisons and immigration detention centres, passing crime bills, further policing and criminalization of sex workers, drug user, queer people, poor people and indigenous and racialized people. All of this while Canada builds war ships, buys fighter jets, opens up foreign military bases and gives massive subsidies to oil and gas companies.

We must ensure that we keep the voices of prisoners among us when we organize. Two publications that maintain this priority are 4strugglemag and the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar. The goal of 4strugglemag is to have political prisoners contribute to contemporary political discussions. 4strugglemag is edited by Jaan Laaman, a U.S. anti-imperialist political prisoner. This magazine is sent to over 500 prisoners free of charge, supported by outside subscribers. The Certain Days calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between organizers in Montreal and Toronto as well as three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. This event will be a fundraising and subscription drive for future issues of 4strugglemag.

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The space is wheelchair accessible. We acknowledge that no space is fully accessible so please get in touch about any accessibility issues jolitical@gmail.com.

Children are welcome but venue limitations do not allow for a separate childcare space.
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In Solidarity with Occupy Toronto‏

As an organization of migrants, settlers, and allies fighting for migrant justice in Toronto, we recognize that migrants, people of colour and undocumented people are among those facing the worst exploitation in this system created for the 1%. As the Canadian immigration system increasingly functions in service of corporations demanding cheap exploitable labour with little regard for human dignity or community – we recognize the need now more than ever to unite behind a movement like Occupy Toronto – a movement to reclaim public space, to build points of solidarity between diverse communities of indigenous people, people of colour, migrants, workers, queer, trans, disabled, homeless and poor people, and to start building the kind of world we want to see.

This movement is fraught with challenges that we have been facing and overcoming every day for over a month now. Every day we learn to live together. Every day we grow stronger. Every day we prove that we are all we need.

We are starting to scare them.

Today, one day after Bloomberg in New York joined the crackdown on dissent in Oakland, London, Victoria, Halifax, Vancouver and elsewhere, forcibly preventing people from gathering together and creating a future beyond the tyranny of a capitalist colonial empire, Rob Ford is trying to do the same to us here in St. James Park.

We have faced this before. Many of us dealt with police repression during the G20 last year when we brought thousands to the streets to demand a better world. We will face it again.

We are calling on all supporters, allies, and friends to resist the forced eviction of Occupy Toronto. Come to the Occupy site as soon as you’re able. A solidarity demo has been called for 11pm tonight. Join us. We’re not going anywhere.

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