Update: Write to Red Fawn Fallis

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Please support Red Fawn Fallis, an indigenous water protector from Denver who has been charged with attempted murder at Standing Rock during #NoDAPL pipeline protests. We have been told that she has been moved due to state attempted murder charges being dropped and new federal charge of posession of a firearm as a convicted felon has been applied.

You can write to her at

Red Fawn Fallis
Stutsman County Correctional Center
205 6th st. SE, Ste 201
Jamestown, ND 58401

More details here
Denver Woman Charged In Shooting During Pipeline Protest

No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!

Saturday, November 19 at 5 PM – 12 AM MST
Denver Capitol Building – 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

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Note: This is happening tomorrow! Please if you haven’t, spread the word, bring a friend, invite everyone you know in Denver! This is the beginning of a very long struggle, and in this critical moment its important that we show that Denver is up to the task that lies ahead! All power to the people!

As we did last Thursday, let’s stand together and demonstrate our power to the city… and to each other. Let’s show our solidarity with everyone affected by the rise of the right—by the rise of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, ableism, and austerity—here and around the globe!

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A fascist, a xenophobe, a homophobe, an overt racist, a misogynist, a rapist, and a know-nothing has been elected president. Within his first few days as president, Trump has vowed to deport three million people. He has already put a white supremacist in charge of his strategy and looks poised to gut Obamacare. This is not a time to call for calm. No one is coming to save us. It’s up to us to rise up!

Now is the time to build a material force that can bring about the change we want now, not to get sucked into the trap of electoral politics, which offers nothing but more of the same. How do we begin building a movement that will make Trump’s campaign promises impossible? Do we only want our voices to be heard or do we want to let our bodies follow our voices and resist what is coming? The government doesn’t care if “our voices are heard,” and our society of inverted totalitarianism depends on it, it’s woven right into it fabric, like a cross on a KKK hood.

War is here. People at Standing Rock know it, people in Ferguson know it, and any person of color that’s ever been stopped by the police knows it. There is a war on women’s bodies. A war on Black people. On LGBTQ folks. A war on Latinos. A war on Muslims. When workers stood together in the 20s against the national guard to fight for the 8 work day, they shut entire cities down. When MLK and the folks who rallied with him waged civil disobedience, it caused massive disruption. Stonewall was never considered a peaceful protest. Capitalism is pure violence. Resistance is not meant to be a purely feel good exercise, if it were it would have no effect.

White supremacy already runs Denver, Mayor Hancock did nothing as people of color were pushed out of their homes to make way for people with money who came here for weed. The city council did nothing as entire black and latino neighborhoods have been stripped of their history and filled with coffee shops and art galleries. Police Chief White has done nothing to bring justice to cops in this city who have killed Dion Avila Damon, Michael Marshall, Ryan Ronquillo, Jessica Hernandez, Paul Castaway and the list goes on. What has being patient and passive gotten us? This system is a boot on our necks, the only difference now is that we see that boot for what it is. We don’t want a kinder and gentler boot on our necks, we want to live in a world where no one has a boot on their neck.

The revolutionary potential of this city has only grown since Occupy, since Black Lives Matter, and with Trump’s election we can all come together and build a broad based movement to fight back and build the kinds of institutions that we need, the sort of institutions that can’t get voted out. Everyone in the streets does not want the same thing, and that is where our power lies, in our diversity. Now is not the time for a one size fits all answer, it is the time for a multitude of people, acting in a multitude of ways that rises to the occasion.

The stakes couldn’t be higher, this city is very good at managing and squashing dissent, and if that happens at this critical moment in human history we very well could wake up in a modern version of Nazi Germany, or something closer, yet unimaginable.

There are no bosses in the streets. Non-profit organizations, politicians and movement managers are here to manage our dissent, to control it, to stifle it. We will not yield to those who would walk us off a cliff.

No Justice, No Peace, Fuck Donald Trump!

If you or your organization wishes to sign onto this call out, please message us to be added to the FB Event.

Help former political prisoner Barbara Curzi deal with cancer!

From Sacramento Prisoner Support:

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Dear Friends,

Carol Saucier, Ray Luc Levasseur and I write today to ask that you help our dear sister and former co-defendant, Barbara Curzi. Barbara is a former political prisoner, one of the Ohio 7, who, after their arrests in Ohio in 1984, went on trial for actions by the United Freedom Front against corporations who upheld apartheid in South Africa and contributed to the wars in Central America. (Please donate).

Unfortunately, Barbara was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive form
of breast cancer. She is beginning an intensive six-month chemo regimen and then is expected to undergo surgery, possibly followed by radiation.
Barbara lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her cats and dog and hopes she can keep her home while she fights this terrible disease. Barbara hasn’t been well for a while most especially since she lost her beloved son, Ricky (whose father is political prisoner, Jaan Laaman) five years ago. The more health problems she had, the more she has struggled financially to keep a roof over her head and is now dangerously close to losing that.

She was about to get a part-time job just before her diagnosis,to
supplement her disability check but now instead finds herself way behind
not only on her mortgage and utilities, but can’t get Internet and phones
services back until she pays them off completely. Fortunately, the amount
to keep her in her home and get her back to functioning, is not so
insurmountable that we can’t raise enough to at least take those worries
away from her. Once caught up, Barbara would still need some support to
keep up with her monthly expenses, while waging this battle. Her struggle
will be compounded by additional expenses related to trying to get better, including travel and integrative treatments, among other things. Suffice to say that she is in dire straits and those of us who love and respect her, want to reach out to others who can chip in whatever they can to help alleviate her burdens.

Barbara served 7 years of a 15 year sentence she received after conviction in Brooklyn, New York for Conspiracy. She returned to Massachusetts after her release from the federal prison system to rebuild her life with her children. As many former prisoners, and especially political prisoners, Barbara has struggled to find work and survive, but she is still deeply committed to the struggle for justice.
If you would like to contribute to the effort to minimize the stress to
survive for Barbara, and help her make it through this battle, please see
the linked “Go Fund Me” page at: https://www.gofundme.com/barbaras-loving-circle-2w49vnqs

Barbara’s daughters, Lucia and Nina Colombaro, have set up a “Lotsa Helping Hands” page to help organize care and comfort for Barbara, so if you think you can help with practical matters or would like to follow Barbara’s progress, please see: mycancercircle.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/737929/

Donations received will go directly to Barbara to help alleviate her
troubles. Please spread the word by sharing this email and contribute
whatever you can. Thank you.

Love,
Pat (Rowbottom, formerly Levasseur)
Carol (Saucier, formerly Manning)
Ray Luc Levasseur

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Help Zolo Rebuild His Life

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From Zolo’s release fundraiser:

Political prisoner and former death row inmate, Zolo Agona Azania, needs your help. Zolo will finally be released in a few short months, in February 2017, after spending 35 years in prison, 27 years on death row. Zolo is a prolific writer and an accomplished artist. His writings and art reflect his deep commitment to the Black freedom struggle and a just world for all people.

Zolo will exit prison practically penniless and will face enormous financial challenges. He will need to pay for housing, food, clothing, transportation, furniture, a cell phone, utilities, and the many other expenses we all encounter.

Zolo will seek employment but at the present time he has little savings. He has been paid $.35 an hour during most of the time he has worked inside Indiana’s prisons.

Let’s ease Zolo’s path and make sure he does not confront his  financial challenges—and all the challenges he will face–alone. Please donate generously.

Zolo is alive today due to his efforts and the work of his supporters and a strong legal team. The Indiana Supreme Court twice reversed his death penalty conviction due to racially discriminatory practices that occurred during the trial process.

Zolo is a jailhouse lawyer. He has done legal work on his own behalf and for other inmates. He has acquired a paralegal certificate and has gained an associate degree by completing 2 years of college work.

In spite of his difficult circumstances, Zolo is a positive person with a quick smile and a vibrant laugh. Let’s answer his positivity with support.

All funds will go directly to Zolo and will be deposited into a fund managed by a team that has supported him for 13 years. For more information contact: zoloazania.org and the Chicago Committee to Free Black Political Prisoners.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Help spread the word!

Marius Mason’s Education

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Support college classes for political prisoner Marius Mason!

Marius Mason is an anarchist, environmental and animal rights activist, musician and artist currently serving a nearly 22-year sentence in federal prison for acts of property damage carried out in defense of the planet. The actions, years earlier, resulted in no injuries. In 2009, the draconian sentence, the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date, was imposed on Marius.

Marius is incarcerated in the high security Administration Unit at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, a particularly isolating prison facility, where visits and other contact with the world outside the prison walls is difficult. Marius has maintained an amazing spirit, writing poetry, creating art, and keeping up with political and environmental issues that have been central to his life.

After several years, his effort to access educational opportunities has finally met with an approved avenue to construct an academic program. Marius needs support for this very important opportunity!

Marius has just applied to Ohio University Correctional Education – one of only a small number of colleges that offer full correspondence (rather than on-line) courses. As soon as all the paperwork is completed and expenses met, he will be starting his first course. Marius is really excited about starting classes!

There are, of course, costs. The coursework costs $343 per credit hour (each class is 3-4 credits), plus an application fee and books, totaling an estimated $1200-$1300 for the first course.

Marius wants to study psychology in order to, in his words, gain a better understanding of how the mind works, to develop a deeper understanding of his own diagnosed gender dysphoria,  and the way in which we all develop a sense of self and our relationship to the larger society. He adds, “When I am released I don’t want to be a burden to my family. I have a huge fine and will also have many costs to pay for my lifetime of probation. It will be necessary to provide for those costs, in order to avoid a return to prison…and more than anything else, I’d like to think that I could contribute something meaningful to society, to be a help and support as so many others have helped me through these prison years.”

The other expenses we are committed to covering for Marius include use of the prison’s video calls to family members and close friends. Marius was recently approved for use of this system, and it has provided a huge boost to his general state of being to be able to have video calls with his two grown children and a few close friends.

Our fund-raising goal is $3000—a totally achievable target! The benefit afforded to someone serving a long sentence in prison is immeasurable. Please help us reach that goal quickly so that this hard-won access to classes and communication is made available immediately!

Thank you so much.

For more in depth information about Marius, and to see his poetry and art, please visit supportmariusmason.org.

Empty the Cages: Former Political Prisoners Speak Out

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https://www.facebook.com/events/754237618050159/

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

Thursday October 13th
Doors open at 6:30pm
Speakers 7-9pm
Location: Whittier Community Center, 2900 Downing St.

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.

Speakers:
Sekou Kambui
Daniel McGowan
John Tucker
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Sekou Kambui:
Sekou is a New Afrikan/Cherokee former political prisoner who survived 47 years of incarceration. Throughout the 1960’s, Sekou participated in the Civil Rights movement, organizing youth for participating in demonstrations and marches across Alabama, and providing security for meetings of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Sekou became affiliated with the Black Panther Party in 1967 in Chicago and New York. While in Detroit, he became a member of the Republic of New Afrika, before returning to Birmingham. Back in Alabama, Sekou coordinated community organization activity with the Alabama Black Liberation Front, the Inmates for Action (IFA) Defense Committee and the Afro-American People’s Party in the mid 1970’s. Sekou was also a soldier in the Black Liberation Army (BLA) during these years before his capture.

In 1975, Sekou was falsely arrested and charged with the murder of two white men: a KKK official from Tuscaloosa and a multimillionaire oil man from Birmingham. There was absolutely no evidence against him, only coerced testimony from individuals who subsequently recanted their statements. The judge refused to allow the recanted statements to be stricken from Sekou’s record. He continued the fight throughout his time in Prison. On June 30th, 2014, Sekou was released on parole.
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Daniel McGowan:
Daniel is an environmental and social justice activist from New York City. He was charged in Federal court on counts of arson, property destruction and conspiracy, all relating to two actions in Oregon in 2001, claimed by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). McGowan was facing a minimum of life in prison if convicted when he accepted a non-cooperation plea agreement. His arrest is part of what the US government dubbed Operation Backfire; a coordinated, multi-state sweep of over 15 activists by the federal government who have charged the individuals with practically every earth and animal liberation action in the Pacific Northwest left unsolved. Many have considered this round up indicative of the government’s ‘Green Scare’ focus which has activists being arrested and threatened with life in prison. Many of the charges, including Daniel’s, were for crimes whose statute of limitations were about to expire. Daniel was released from prison on December 11, 2012.
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John Tucker:
John was one of five antifascists arrested in May 2012, after an altercation between white supremacists and antifascists in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park that left ten injured fascists, three of which needed hospitalization. The case of the Tinley Park 5 received an overwhelming amount of public support. Despite the fact that the meeting was organized by violent white supremacist organizations including the National Socialist Movement, Council of Conservative Citizens, and Ku Klux Klan, the state showed their cozy relationship with white supremacy by refusing the accused antifascist activist bail or a plea deal comparable to any other criminal defendant in Cook County. In January 2013 the Tinley Park Five accepted a non-cooperating plea deal. John Tucker was released in February 2014. As of September 2014, all of the TP5 are released.
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Donations are encouraged, and will go towards the 6th Annual North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference.

If you can’t make it and would like to help cover travel costs for the panel and the conference, please donate here!
https://fundly.com/na-abc-conference?showsteps=1

We’ll see you there!

Pack the court room – Support Coyote Acabo and family

coyote-acaboPlan your trip. Book your flight or map your drive. Comrade Coyote Acabo and his family need our love.

On October 3rd, please join us as we support them though Coyote’s trial. These are tough times as repression doesn’t just affect Coyote, it’s devastating and emotionally draining for his beloveds who rely on him for support. Incarceration has and will, add a tremendous strain on his partner and child, in addition to what they’re already dealing with.

Coyote Acabo is an anarchist of color in Olympia WA, who is facing multiple criminal charges stemming from protests in solidarity with Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin (two black men who were shot in by police in Olympia). On July 19th, while protestors gathered to show solidarity, neo-nazis arrived to disrupt the demonstration and attacked protestors. Coyote, an anti-racist activist, now faces assault related charges and needs all the support we can provide. Please save the date and literally PACK THE COURT ROOM.

When: Monday, October 3rd at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Thurston County of – Courthouse Complex Information
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, Washington 98502

Support info: https://www.facebook.com/events/396228157168010/

The judge appreciates formal dress so to the extent you feel comfortable please come dressed nice.

-Go to https://rally.org/supportcoyoteacabo to help support Coyote and his family financially through this.
-Go to https://www.youcaring.com/chaplin-thompson-family-360252 to support Andre and Bryson

Please RSVP to the event because there will be a meeting regarding Coyote’s accountability process that we would like to encourage trial attendees to come to as well.

*We ask that supporters be aware that when Coyote is on trial his family is on trial with him. These are devastating and emotionally draining times for his beloveds and those who rely on him for day to day companionship and support. His family is unable to operate as if this were a social event. If you don’t know them, this trial may not be the time to introduce yourself. Please respect their need for space and understand that it isn’t personal.*

* We need help wrapping up some logistics before he serves his next period of time and before any additional sentence is imposed. As of now he plans to turn himself in on the 25th to serve his next 20 days for municipal charges. Specifically we need help: packing up his stuff at the Alley Palace and putting it in storage, as well as figuring out something to do with his van; stockpiling foods; and gathering funds for phone calls etc. And especially during the trial and likely during part of his twenty days, I will need help getting Devon to and from school. An event page will be going up soon specifically for Coyote’s court support. Also, Tyd takes Coyote’s absence really hard and becomes super clingy, so it is really hard to get a lot done when I am flying solo. Any kind of adult interaction helps release some of that pressure, so please reach out. All of this takes an enormous toll on our family, and we genuinely need, and are deeply grateful for, all the help we can get. Thank you so much for being here through this time.

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