Jan 22nd – International Day of Trans Prisoner Action & Solidarity

Please join us, Prisoner Correspondence Project-Toronto, and OPIRG Toronto for an evening of films and discussion as we mark this important date, January 22nd, International Trans Prisoner Day of Action & Solidarity. We will also be writing cards and postcards to those on the inside.

Friday January 22nd at 7:00pm
OSIE Room # 5280
252 Bloor St W  (Just west of Bedford and Bloor – St. George Subway Station)
Free Food and Childcare
Accessible Washrooms and Elevators

Bustin’ Out: From Solitary To Re-Entry by Janetta Johnson

Transgender activist Janetta Johnson’s short film about solitary confinement and re-entry for transgender women in the prison system. This film was made for Black Girl Dangerous‘s MagniFLY! project for trans women of color visibility.

Transgender Activist On Being In A Men’s Prison
CeCe McDonald, a transgender activist who served time in prison after using deadly force to protect herself during a transphobic and racist attack, talks about her struggle and her activism

This grassroots project was initiated by Marius Mason. He is an imprisoned transgender anarchist, serving 22 years for acts of eco-sabotage. Marius is incarcerated at Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, a small, high–security facility; he receives few visits, his mail is monitored, and he is intensely socially isolated.


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The Final Straw: Support Nicole & Joseph and Mumia Abu-Jamal’s push for prisoner Hep C treatment

Listen to this great interview that covers both Mumia’s current health status, and his push for Hep C treatment, as well as updates on Nicole and Joseph’s case.

Orie Lumumba talks about Mumia Abu-Jamal. Mumia contracted Hep C in 1981 from a blood transfusion related to the shooting surrounding his arrest. Mumia & his supporters are now trying to get access for him and the other 10,000 prisoners in the state of PA who are known to have Hep C but which the government is denying due to the cost of treatment. For more info on Mumia’s incarceration, writings and activism, check out http://freemumia.com and for his and others radio commentaries, check out http://prisonradio.org

Petey, a supporter of Nicole Kissane & Joseph Buddenberg, talks about the two animal activists living in the Bay Area facing charges of conspiracy under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Petey talks about the people,  the case so far and a bit about the potential of a chilling affect left by AETA terrorism charges on the animal rights and animal liberation movements in the U.S. More on the case can be found at http://supportnicoleandjoseph.com

The interview! (go the bottom of the page to download the episode)

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Holiday party and Certain Days 2016 Calendar Launch!


Come join us at Beit Zatoun on Sunday November 29th from 6pm-9pm for our annual holiday card writing party. December can be a difficult time for many people, especially those on the inside. We are making sure that dozens of political prisoners in North America and across the globe receive at least one card :)

We’re also helping launch the new 2016 Certain Days Calendar. The artwork is amazing – which you can see for yourself here. They will be sold for $10 at the event (reg. $12).

There will be music, vegan snacks, and childcare on site (please expect child noise). Beit Zatoun is located three steps above street level. There is a ramp that can be used (as well as people around for assistance) to enter the building. The bathroom is in the basement, down a steep flight of stairs – there is a handrail.

Date: Sunday November 29th 2015
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St near Bathurst and Bloor

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Fight the Good Fight


The THIRD ANNUAL FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT fundraiser is being held at : Six Degrees Community Health on SUNDAY NOV 15th from 11am – 6pm
Located at 204 Spadina Ave, 2nd Floor.

They will be offering a variety of treatments at Sliding Scale rates to raise funds for Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Doctor of Acupuncture. This year they are collaborating with Black Lives Matter – Toronto Chapter for a necessary and educating panel on health & accessibility.

The Schedule:

Heal and Honour:
11am – 5pm
NADA Circle, Community Acupuncture, Individual Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Massage Therapy, Ayurvedic Head Massages, Naturopathic Consultations
All Treatments are at a sliding scale donation of $20-$60

Educate and Empower Panel:
5pm – 6pm
As part of this year’s education and empowerment component we are joining with Black Lives Matter – Toronto Chapter. The panel will discuss how healthcare workers are pushed out of mainstream awareness due to capitalism, racism, and colonization. How does this impact people. How is this different in Communities that are impacted by Anti-Black Racism?

Visit the FB site here or the website here

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Krow gets out November 1st 2015 – Please donate!



Krow is an environmental activist who was incarcerated earlier this year for standing up to Goegebic Taconite which was trying to level the ancient Penokee hills to create the world’s largest taconite mine.

Now Krow needs our help! November 1st is rapidly approaching and we can help Krow get back on her feet and tackle the mounting legal fees and fines. Currently the bills are totaling around $9000. The mine has been stopped, and now we need to support those who gave up part of their lives to make that happen.

Please donate anything you can – see the fundraiser site below the photo!

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Sunday October 25th – Letter Writing to anarchist prisoners!

This month we’re having a letter night for a handful of anarchist prisoners, which includes Eric King, Bill Dunne, Marius Mason Jay Chase (formerly Maya Chase), Fernando Castillo, Casey Brezik, Nyki Kish, Jeremy Hammond, Jason Hammond, and the Cleveland 4.

And, heck yes, you can come to the event and pick up an Eric King t-shirt for $15. All of the cool kids are doing it….

Date: October 25th 2015
Where: Beit Zatoun 612 Markham St (Bathurst and Bloor)
When: 6pm-9pm
Cost: Free!

Accessibility Info: There will be free vegan snacks provided for all. Child care will be available onsite in the same room – child noise to be expected. There is a ramp that can be provided to enter the front door, which is three steps above street level. The bathrooms are located in the basement down a steep flight of stairs.

If you’re on the facebook you can see the event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1645720725698533/

Writing letters to prisoners keeps their spirits high and lets them know we have not forgotten about them. If you have never written a letter before, don’t worry, we can walk you through the does and don’ts. If you are unsure about your writing skills, we can totally help out with that too! Everyone is welcome :)

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Former prisoner panel uploaded for you to watch!

Resisting Repression from the Inside Out: Former Prisoners Speak

Please check out the former prisoner panel held this past week in Denver. Watch these six awesome former prisoners share their experiences, and learn about their cases. Get more info from the Denver ABC by clicking on the photo below – click the link to watch the panel.


Source: Denver Former Political Prisoner Panel 9/24/15

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Next letter writing night – Sunday Sept 27th!

Unfortunately summer is coming to an end, but this means that it’s time to start back up our monthly letter writing nights. We’ve been busy over the summer fundraising and planning our new project, VPAL – as well as doing some lake-side relaxing (self care ya’ll!).

Our next letter writing night will be on Sunday Sept 27th, at Beit Zatoun (612 Markham St – Bathurst and Bloor), starting at 6:30pm.

This month we will be focusing on local and international environmental and animal liberation/defense prisoners. We will discuss their cases and write letters. If you have never written a letter to a prisoner, don’t worry, we got ya covered – we will go over the do’s and don’ts of writing to a prisoner.

Some of the prisoners we will focus on this month include: Krow, Kevin Oliff, Rebbeca Rubin, Debbie Vincent & more.

Childcare and vegan snacks will be provided. Please expect child noise while discussing, and writing. There is a ramp that can be used to enter Beit Zatoun. The washrooms at in the basement, down a steep set of stairs (approximately 12 steps).

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We need volunteers! Vanier Prisoner Assistance Line

We’re gearing up to start our new project V-Pal (Vanier Prisoner Assistance Line), and we’re looking for volunteers who are interested in working the phone line.

It requires a 4 hour monthly commitment, plus a mandatory training session. We will be scheduling a few training to accommodate various schedules. You will be able to work from wherever you’d like – everything will be either given to volunteers in advance or accessible online.

Volunteers are expected to be able to answer the phone, send texts, phone messages, or emails to prisoner’s loved ones on their behalf, do internet searches, or access social service resources.

If you are interested in working with VPAL please let us know! Email torontoblackcross@gmail.com


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Justice for Andrew Loku, killed by Toronto Police

Monday July 27th | 5:00pm
Eglinton Gilbert Parkette | 504 Gilbert Ave
**Steps from where Andrew Loku was murdered**

We’re outraged by the death from Andrew Loku, a 45 yr old father of five. He was killed in his apartment building near Eglinton and Caledonia – a unit provided by CMHA, the Canadian Mental Health Association – by a Toronto Police Officer who asked him twice to drop his weapon (a hammer) before fatally shooting him.

Black Lives Matter are organizing an event this coming Monday, July 27th at a parkette close to Loku’s building. Allies are encouraged to bring tokens, water, and food for support.


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