Annual Holiday Card Writing Party! Sunday November 30th!

Send some love through the walls this season! Join us for a night of conversation, tasty vegan snacks and card-writing for dozens of prisoners across North America.

We will be sending cards to a lot of people. For a list of who we’re writing to, check out NYC ABC’s excellent Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War: http://nycabc.wordpress.com/guide/

Date and time:
Sunday November 30th, 6pm-9pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St near Bathurst and Bloor
Free!

Accessibility info: The entrance into Beit Zatoun has two steps, a small landing, and one step up to the front door. Once inside, there are two steps to get up to the main space. A fold out ramp can be provided. The bathroom is in the basement, which requires navigation of a steep staircase – with a handrail.
Vegan food, and refreshments provided. Child care will be available, advanced notice for childcare is not required, but will help us to provide age appropriate activities.
During the event, if you are at all uncomfortable in the space, organizers will be around to talk with you, if needed.

If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact us at torontoblackcross@gmail.com

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Captive Revolution, Book Launch, Friday October 30th @ Beit Zatoun.

The exciting new book Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Struggle in Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System, will be available at Beit Zatoun’s book launch tomorrow, Friday October 30th!

This is a free event, 6:30-9:00pm.

“Nahla Abdo’s Captive Revolution seeks to break the silence on Palestinian women political detainees, providing a vital contribution to research on women, revolutions, national liberation and anti-colonial resistance. Based on the stories of the women themselves, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their treatment as political detainees.”

A discussion about the book will he hosted by Professors:
Himani Bannerji: Professor of Sociology,  York University
David Mcnally: Professor of Political Science, York University
Alan Sears: Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University

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Jeremy Hammond in solitary

Update from Jeremy’s support website. He has been put in solitary confinement as of October 10th 2014. They believe the actual reason for this is retailitory punishment for making complaints of his mail being held.

Please do not call the prison as his support feels this could make the situation worse.

However, you can still write letters of support to him; let him know we support him on the outside.

You can get more info from his support website: https://freejeremy.net/2014/10/20/jeremy-in-solitary-here-is-what-we-know/

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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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