Words for Mumia: A Night of Letter Writing & Fundraiser for Prison Radio

On Sunday May 31st Toronto ABC will be working with community partners to host Words for Mumia: A Night of Letter Writing & Fundraiser for Prison Radio.

Prison Radio has been a longtime supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal, and throughout his recent health issues have been covering significant portions of his medical costs. They also put out a weekly radio show discussing various political issues and political prisoners.

On Sunday May 31st, in place of our monthly letter writing night, we will be hosting Artists for Mumia, an evening of poetry, letter writing, love and support for Mumia. We will be asking for donations at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Vegan/veggie snacks will be provided, and child care will be onsite within the common spaces of the event. Child noise is to be expected throughout the entire event.

The event is located at Beit Zatoun, the building is two steps up from street levels, and washrooms are located in the basement. The flight of stairs is steep, with a handrail. A mobile ramp is available for entry into the building, if needed.

Date: Sunday May 31st
Location: Beit Zatoun 612 Markham St (Bathurst and Bloor)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: Suggested $10 donation or PWYC (no one turned away)

You can get more info for Prison Radio here: http://www.prisonradio.org/

Updates on Mumia can also be found from the Free Mumia website:http://www.freemumia.com/

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The 2015 Toronto Anarchist Bookfair – July 18-19

Copied from the email sent out from the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair Collective 

Callout for Tables and Workshop Proposals

Whether you’re new and curious about anarchism, or you have been an anarchist for decades, come join us for a jam-packed weekend of books and zines, workshops and discussions, good food, good friends, and more.  On Friday July 17, the night before the bookfair, we’ll meet up for games night in the park. July 18-19, the sixth annual Toronto Anarchist Bookfair takes place at the Steelworkers’ Hall at 25 Cecil Street just south of the University of Toronto main campus.

All anti-authoritarians are urged to get involved to make this year’s Bookfair a success. We need to hear from you about:

  • TABLES – if you are an anti-authoritarian publisher, a zine creator or distributer, an artist, an activist group, a community organization, an infoshop, a distributer or none of the above who has something to share, get in touch. Let us know if you want to reserve a table at the Bookfair for one day or both. You will be able to store your books and materials overnight in the locked Steelworkers Hall if you’d like.
  • WORKSHOPS – if you have an idea for a workshop or conversation that you would like to facilitate, please email us a title and a short description.  We will accept as many as we can fit. Workshops are 90-minutes long. Our goal is to have one stream of “introductory” workshops and one stream of “in-depth” workshops running simultaneously. Please let us know which stream you think your workshop would fit better in.

    The deadline for workshop proposals is Sunday June 15.
     
    ·       PROMOTION – is there an event going on around the same time that you’d like us to promote? Can you help promote the bookfair? Let us know!

    ·       HELPING OUT – if you have some time to help out with the Bookfair, from postering to food prep, please give us a hand!

Contact  toanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

We are committed to making the Bookfair as accessible and welcoming as possible: The Steelworkers’ Hall is wheelchair accessible; there will be childcare and kids programming; there will be a People of Colour space. And as always the Bookfair will abide by our Safer Space and Sexual Assault and Consent policies (which you can read about on our website).

If you have other ideas or suggestions for improving the accessibility of the event please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate you.

In Solidarity,

The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair Collective
Email: toanarchistbookfair@gmail.com

Website: ttp://torontoanarchistbookfair.wordpress.com/

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Jason and Jeremy Hammond discussed on Political Prisoner Radio

This month we will be writing to Jason Hammond. Have a listen to Grace Fire discussed the brothers with host Scotty Reid.

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http://www.blacktalkradionetwork.com/2015/03/08/political-prisoner-radio-hacktivist-and-anti-racist-activists-jeremy-and-jason-hammond-w-grace-fire/

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March 29th – Letter Writing Night for Jason Hammond

Come join us at Beit Zatoun (612 Markham St.) on Sunday March 29th at 6pm!

We will be learning about, and writing to, Jason Hammond. He was arrested on July 11th 2013 for allegedly being involved in the interruption of a meeting of white supremacists in Tinley Park, in May 2012. Jason plead guilty on Jan 22nd 2015 and will serve 41 months.

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

Please help spread the word about our event by sharing the poster! If you’re on Facebook you can share the event info

Jason Hammond Event

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Meanwhile in Mexico: Amelie, Carlos, and Fallon have had their federal charges dropped!

Good news everyone!

Having their federal charges dropped means they can appeal their local charges. Lets think positive thoughts.

See the brief update on anarchistnews

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Community Meeting re: Toronto South Detention Centre

We will be attending a community meeting on Thursday February 26th regarding the conditions of the Toronto South Detention Centre.

We of course believe that all forms of detention are cruel and tortuous. There are some local community members who are enraged at the two recent deaths in the detention centre, one from an overdose and the other a suicide. There has also been a recent lockdown of the centre for seven days straight.

The detention centre has been labelled as a state-of-the-art health care unit. We all know that is far from the truth. Local community members want people to know that the two deaths and horrible conditions are not going unnoticed. We fully endorse the commitment of local communities to challenge the Ontario/Canadian prison systems.

Please come out and meet with us and many concerned individuals to talk about what we can all do to support those on the inside. 

Thursday February 26th @ 5:30pm
526 Richmond St. E.
Toronto, ON
(Richmond and Parliament)

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Global Week of Action Against the AETA

Starting this past Sunday, Feb 8th 2015, there is a week of talks, workshops, film viewings, protests, etc. to educate the public about federal US laws that specifically target animal advocates whose work attempts to stop a person or company from profiting from the use of nonhuman animals (which could include nearly all types of non-reformist activism, from protests to liberatory actions).

The only events happening in Canada are in Vancouver, and the closest events to Toronto are happening in NYC. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be involved. Earth First! has tons of resources on the AETA for you to read, and you can support Kevin Johnson by writing him a letter. He was targeted by the AETA. For more info on Kevin’s support network check out his site here http://supportkevinandtyler.com/

His mailing address:
KEVIN JOHNSON 47353-424
MCC Chicago
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

For all of the info on the Global Week of Action Against the AETA visit Earth First! http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2015/02/08/global-week-of-action-against-the-animal-enterprise-terrorism-act/

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Rotating Radio Radicals – Interview with one of our members!

Claire was interviewed by Vic on Rotating Radio Radicals.

She had a lot to say! She talked about organizing in Toronto, her roots in the animal rights community, prisoner support work, the projects ABC are currently working on, and how much she hates talking to the public.

Enjoy! https://soundcloud.com/rotatingradicals/toronto-anarchist-black-cross-why-prisoner-solidarity-work-builds-resilient-communities

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Anti-fascist, Jason Hammond sentenced to 41 months for action against white supremacists.

Originally posted on Sacramento Prisoner Support:

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http://freejasonhammond.blogspot.com/

I write this statement after pleading guilty to state charges against me for my participation in an organized direct action taken against a group of white supremacists in May of 2012. I would like to share my thoughts about this action. First, major thanks and love to my friends and family who have supported me, for my amazing partner who kept me sane, my band for letting loose and my lawyer Sara Garber who has been ridiculously helpful in fighting this case with me.

While Chicago was in rebellion against the western military super-alliance NATO summit in 2012, a small group of racists organized their own ‘white nationalist economic summit’ in the nearby suburb of Tinley Park. They booked a restaurant to hold a luncheon under the guise of the “Illinois European Heritage Association.” For over six months this event was promoted on Stormfront.org, a very popular online forum…

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Journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months, his allocution/sentencing statement

Originally posted on Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

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On 1/22 journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, and to pay $890K in restitution

https://freebarrettbrown.org/

Barrett Brown’s allocution / sentencing statement

Good afternoon, Your Honor.

The allocution I give today is going to be a bit different from the sort that usually concludes a sentencing hearing, because this is an unusual case touching upon unusual issues. It is also a very public case, not only in the sense that it has been followed closely by the public, but also in the sense that it has implications for the public, and even in the sense that the public has played a major role, because, of course, the great majority of the funds for my legal defense was donated by the public. And so now I have three duties that I must carry out. I must express my regret, but I must also express my gratitude. And…

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