Joel is free!!

Guelph ABC:

On Thursday, September 11th 2014 Joel Bitar was driven to the border, where he was met with loved ones.  Below is his statement from his blog. Thank you to everyone who gave Joel support!! To the end of prisons!!

Joel’s Blog: Free at Last!

For folks who have been following my blog over the months you may have noticed that I hadn’t posted anything in a while. There was a reason. Back in mid-August my parole (parole for deportation) was granted!

A couple of days ago, 2 weeks after my parole eligibility day, I was driven to Niagra Falls by Canadian border police in handcuffs and dropped off on the U.S. side. U.S. Customs and Border Police then took my fingerprints, scanned my passport for outstanding warrants and eventually a door was opened and my freedom became official.

My parole conditions are basic: don’t associate with anyone with a criminal record, attend counseling and don’t attempt to return to Canada. If I return to Canada they can hold me for the duration of my sentence, which is September, 2015.

So it’s finally over, I can’t believe it. Getting out of jail is one of the best freaking feelings in the world. It’s also kind of overwhelming. Emotionally speaking, I got out of there relatively unscathed. I did pick up a bunch of scars, bumps and injuries (mostly all connected to jail soccer games, therefore totally worth it). All-in-all I feel the same. If anything the experience made me tougher, stronger and wiser. I hope to be a source of information and support for those who will inevitably be put through the prison system in the future.

I want to thank everyone who submitted parole letters on my behalf. The parole board received over 30 letters (they couldn’t believe it, they were shocked) and they read every single one. Each letter was integral in winning my freedom. Thank you to each of you who took some time to do that, I wouldn’t be free right now if it wasn’t for you.

I also want to thank everyone who corresponded with me over the past 7 months and I want to apologize to those whom I never replied. Each letter I received made my day a little brighter and allowed me to maintain emotional stability during dark times. My incarceration was a case study in how to do solid prisoner support work. The amount of solidarity I received throughout the process was outstanding and I wouldn’t be in such good shape right now without it.

So thank you, thank you, thank you folks. I can’t wait to give you all a hug when I see you. My heart is filled with so much joy right now.

Freedom is a must!!!

Resisting Repression From the Inside Out: Former Prisoners Speak Out

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Join ABC and political prisoner support chapters across the continent in this panel discussion featuring 8 former U.S. political prisoners:

Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
Kazi Toure
Bo Brown
Petey S.
Dane Rossman
Jordan Halliday
Jerry Koch
Coyote Sheff

Spanning generations of political struggle for liberation in the U.S., we are proud to help host this panel that will prove to be informative, inspirational and will help us build a stronger movement of support around resistance to repression by the State.

Also, there will be BBQ!! (including vegan options)

Donations are encouraged, and will go towards the 4th Annual North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference.

We’ll see you there!

 

Monday 9/8: Call-in against racist repression and censorship in Indiana prisons!!

RACISM IN INDIANA’S PRISONS MUST BE STOPPED

The Indiana Department of Corrections is taking cruel and racist actions in a number of their prisons.

A New Afrikan prisoner was recently transferred from New Castle (because of their intolerance of his political organizing) to Pendleton, where Internal Affairs are seeking revenge on him for past political organizing. He is being threatened with state court for alleged weapons possession, while many members of the Aryan Brotherhood have recently been caught with upwards of 5 knives each and been only lightly penalized by comparison.

Another prisoner at New Castle dared to organize against the for-profit prison’s lack of transitional programming and transfer-to-population opportunities. For this, he was transferred back to the Secure Housing Unit, where he’s now indefinitely locked up in solitary confinement.

These men are clearly being targeted and excessively punished by a chauvinist administration which allows racist groups to form and thrive within their walls while snuffing out any and all sparks of radical organizing.

New Castle’s mailroom is another venue for racism and subjugation; it’s standard procedure for them to throw away or deny prisoners access to anything of an explicitly political/revolutionary nature, as well as anything related to black liberation and/or black empowerment. This blatantly racist repression will not be tolerated!

Additionally, Pendleton recently implemented a ludicrous new policy regarding the books prisoners are allowed to receive: they’re currently accepting publications from only three bookstores, two of which are religious (one Christian, one Islamic). This is obviously a move to stifle political action, as radical reading materials are invaluable in fostering connections between prisoners and enabling political organizing in an isolating environment.

Today, Monday, September 8th, join us in protest: call in to the DOC office to demand that they abolish the stifling of radical politics/black empowerment through mailroom censorship, and allow inmates to receive books from any publisher they choose.

Call-in numbers:

DOC central office: #(317) 233-6984

Pendleton mailroom supervisor: #(765) 778-2107 extn.1264

NEWS FLASH!! TAKE ACTION NOW!!

From the Ida B. Wells Coalition:

9/5/2014: This morning there was a full scale take over at Holman prison
by riot cops. Everyone is on lockdown now after 3 cops were beaten, a cell
block got lit on fire, and 1 cop was taken hostage. Holman prison is
dangerously overcrowded and lacking proper air conditioning. These
conditions are illegal, inhumane, and they unnecessarily agitate people in
prison. This is happening now. Follow it now on Twitter, and stay tuned for updates.

CALL NOW!!

Demand that the State of Alabama eliminate overcrowding now!

Call Commissioner Kim Thomas at 334-353-3870

Call Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-514-2001

F.A.M./F.M.M. Radio Show Tonight!

From F.A.M.

Join Free Alabama-Mississippi Movement United tonight, Sept. 1st at 7 P.M. (Central) on our blogtalkradio show “The People’s Platform,” as we start our series “We Got Power.” To join, dial 646-716-4936 (or visit BlogTalkRadio). We are scheduled to be joined by a special guest from California tonight, Bro. Malik El Ghandi, as we begin to educate the People as to why we MUST organize a plan around the economic structure of the modern slave empire called Department of Corrections.

This is an ongoing radio show with 28 episodes already archived. The link will be available on our blog under “Ongoing Campaigns.”

Sean Swain Re-Launching his “Fire Trevor Clark” Campaign

Sean Swain is pushing to end the career of one Trevor Clark, lawyer, shithead, and now the target of Swain’s signature satirical wrath. Show no mercy!notwanted

 

Petey of SPS on Which Side Podcast: Prisoner Support, NA ABC Conference

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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