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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Running Down The Walls 2016 report back!

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Solidarity runs took off in Buffalo and NYC on September 4th, and yesterday in LA, Chico, Lake Worth, Middletown, Seattle, Turners Falls, Denver, and the Twin Cities. Running Down The Walls 2016 was a total success!

Starting at around 9:00am, Denver ABC and friends arrived at Sunken Gardens Park to set up our check-in table, literature, and the route. The weather was already amazing and remained sunny throughout the day. At about 9:30 the first few participants showed up to check-in and get their t-shirts. The shirt graphic features Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell, who was murdered in prison on August 12th, 2015 (Rest In Power Yogi Bear). Soon around 45 people had gathered in our corner of the park. The literature table was busy and Denver Food Not Bombs arrived with tasty food and beverages. At 10:30 we made welcoming announcements and initiated group stretches. Three wonderful folks volunteered to work the water stations. As soon as water stations were set, the run/walk/roll ignited! “Let’s go!”

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The route crossed Speer Blvd at 11th Ave then moved to 12th Ave, eventually turning right on Ogden St. After another right on 9th Ave and left on Logan St, we soon found ourselves outside the Governor’s Mansion. Many of us took a moment to raise our middle fingers and scream profanities about the shit-bag who lives inside.

A few stayed behind to start grilling vegan hot dogs and making other meal preparations. Denver Food Not Bombs made the best fruit salad in addition to juice drinks, and granola bars. A good amount of water, chips, and salsa were donated by others. Thank you Food Not Bombs and everyone who brought food/drink items!

Once everyone was back at the park we gathered for a group photo and started eating. Announcements were made about upcoming events to support the #PrisonStrike. We hung out for the next few hours, building stronger connections to our community and revolutionaries inside. Enormous thanks to all who participated this year. It means so much to our imprisoned comrades. They will never give up the fight, and neither will we! Thank you Denver community for making our 8th Running Down The Walls another success. Together we raised around $1500 with more donations still rolling in. You rock!

Funds from the event go to support both the ABCF Warchest and Denver ABC Warchest. The Warchest program sends stipends to political prisoners in need of financial assistance.

Love & Solidarity,
Denver Anarchist Black Cross

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Solidarity statements from PPs for RDTW 2016!

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Political Prisoner Hanif Shabazz Bey’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

hanif-shabazz-beyMuch respect to the organizers of this annual run, and the participants. I have been a runner since 1970, but now as I am turning 66, and the only place I have access to run is around a concrete basketball court, my running is limited, in an effort to preserve my knees.

I would run much more if I could run on a dirt surface, but for now, I do “Jumping Jacks”, “Burpees”, and work the “Universal Machine.” However, on September 4th and 11th, I will run for a half hour on each of those days, because running is a very spiritual act. So on those days, I will run with you in the spirit of Geronimo, Nat Turner, and Joe Hill in fervent resistance!

Regardless of who goes into the White House, Hillary or Donald, 2017 promises to be a year where the downtrodden masses will have to circle the wagons in order to withstand the walls of oppression. So let us all have a strong run, with resistance to oppression on our minds!

STRONG RUN!
Hanif S. Bey

Write:
Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)
#5161331
Seguro Correctional Center
1252 E. Arica Rd.
Eloy, AZ 85131

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Chicano Political Prisoner Alvaro Xinachtli Hernandez’s solidarity statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

alvaro-luna-hernandezAs salaam aliakum! Alhamdulillah!
In the true spirit of internationalism and solidarity with all resistance movements of the oppressed against global capitalism and imperialism worldwide, especially amongst the domestic internal colonies enslaved by yankee colonialism and imperialism in the occupied territories of the U.S. southwest. I salute all of you with a firm revolutionary embrace and a clenched fist in the air from within the belly of the beast, and thank you for the many years of persistent support, financial and otherwise that the ABCF Warchest has given me. From the bottom of my heart, I say GRACIAS! Thank you! Much success in the upcoming Running Down The Walls event for 2016!

The forces of fascism, outside and inside the prison walls, are on the rise, fanned and fueled by the cycle of “presidential electoral politics,” where the established elitist parties fight over who is to be slave-master extraordinaire who holds the capitalist cat-o-nine-tails whip over the working class. They intensify their traditional racist, reactionary, fear and hate mongering, their xenophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, sexism, classism, the stereotyping of immigrants as “criminals,” the militarization of police in communities of color, the police terror of unarmed, innocent civilians, their nurturing of a culture of “government snitches,” to create mistrust and dived the people, as their war against the poor, immigrants, people of color and the working class. There is no way out of these capitalist conditions and tyranny but through class struggle. Workers must unite internationally, seize control of their own communities, seize political power, take control of their own destiny and dismantle the current capitalist system and be a truly free people. The Republican and Democrat political parties are one and the same animal that feeds from the same pig trough. They do not respect the interests of the workers, but are parties of the rich and elite one percent in perversion of their “capitalist democracy” and their lavish corporations and their extravagant lifestyle and their insane “values” they represent as masters and rulers of society and the world. Which includes their system of genocidal mass incarceration of people of color as “surplus accumulation” for their prison industrial corporations sustain by brute prisoner slave labor. Only a political economic system in the total control of workers’ collectives, of the ownership and distribution of the means of production and distribution to meet social and human needs, not make the rich richer, can we all be free of these capitalist barbarians!!!

Keep pounding the ground! We are in here for you!! YOU MUST continue to be out there for us freedom fighters!!!

Hasta la Victoria, siempre! Venceremos! All power to the people!

August 1st 2016 – in memory of all Black August Martyrs!!!

In solidarity,
Xinachtli

Write:
(Nahuatl for “Germinating seed”)
Alvaro Luna Hernandez #255735
James V. Allred Supermax Control Unit
2101 FM 369 North
Iowa Park, TX 76367

(outside contact: freealvaronow@gmail.com or twitchon@hotmail.com)
please circulate worldwide!!!

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Political Prisoner Jaan Laaman’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

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jaan-laamanHello, this is Jaan Laaman and I want to send a positive, powerful revolutionary salute to all you freedom runners, runners for justice, for human rights, for dignity, for political prisoners and all prisoners, held in cages across the United States.

Here in 2016, America remains the biggest prison house in the world, over 2 ¼ million men, women and children are locked up in state, federal, local and private prisons from see to shining sea.
But being in prison, does not mean that we cannot and should not continue to struggle for human rights, justice and freedom. Running Down the Walls is one good way for all of us, in prison yards, segregation rec pens, in city parks and streets, to call for justice and freedom for America’s political prisoners and all prisoners.

Yes, here in the federal pen in Tucson, a multinational group of young and old runners will be joining with all of you across the country in Running Down the Walls. We will be running on September 4th and we will be joining you in spirit, will all of you September 11th runners too.

So, enough talking, let’s get to running, running down these walls.

Jaan Laaman

Write:
Jaan Laaman
#10372-016
USP Tuscon
Post Office Box 24550
Tuscon, Arizona 85734

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Political Prisoner Bill Dunne’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

bill-dunneSalutations and Felicitation to All My Running Down the Walls Comrades,

We share today activity to build solidarity and community between the diverse parts of our body politic. We sweat and strain to develop and demonstrate our commonality. We carry for our vision of the most equitable social reality. We include our present and potential comrades in this work, this effort, this labor of love and struggle – and especially include those who circumstances let only their spirits run with us. We all run toward the same goal: the social revolution in which all of us will have the greatest possible freedom to develop our full human potential. We else would we go?

The Future Holds Promise
Bill Dunne
FCC Lompoc-Medium

Write:
Bill Dunne #10916-086
USP Lompoc
3901 Klein Boulevard
Lompoc, California 93436

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Political Prisoner Kojo Bomani Sababu’s Statement on Running Down the Walls 2016

kojo-bomani-sababuComrades:

Although I’m, unable to contribute with the funding due to my immursement, my words of encouragement should fill the void.

Your energy, synergistic as it is, ensures that our struggle has a human face, one that exhibits concern regardless of the condition.

Everyone feels the upliftment you provide.
Kojo Bomani Sababu POW

Write:
Kojo Bomani Sababu (Grailing Brown)
#39384-066
USP Canaan
Post Office Box 300
Waymart, Pennsylania 18472

Kojo Bomani Sababu is a New Afrikan Prisoner of War, currently serving a 55 year sentence for actions with the Black Liberation Army and attempted prison escape with Puerto Rican Independista Oscar López Rivera. Sababu was convicted of one count of conspiracy for an alleged escape plan that included the use of rockets, hand grenades, and a helicopter.

Resisting FBI Repression – A speaking tour with Leslie James Pickering

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Join us Wednesday, September 14th at 6:30PM!
Tivoli Room 442 (1363 E. 9th Avenue)
https://www.facebook.com/events/114894128966233/

Over the last two decades, Leslie James Pickering has been a target of the FBI, accumulating a file over 30,000 pages long.

Beginning with his work as Spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office in the ’90s, Leslie has sustained two Joint Terrorism Task Force raids, several federal grand jury subpoenas, threats, infiltration and extensive surveillance.

This repression has continued through Leslie’s political prisoner support work and the founding of Buffalo’s radical bookstore, Burning Books. Between 2012 and 2014, the FBI used two informants in an attempt to paint Burning Books as a front to form a 9-person eco-terrorist cell and Leslie as its “mastermind sociopath.” See secret FBI files detailing this investigation for yourself and hear Leslie’s struggle to continue to be a voice for revolution in the face of decades of state repression.

 

Running Down The Walls 2016

Submitted to It’s Going Down:

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Since 1999, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation, political prisoners and support organizations across the country have held a 5K non-competitive run/jog/walk/bike event to raise awareness and funds for the numerous political prisoners currently held in North American prisons.

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Runs will be held on September 4th or September 11th at various cities and prison yards around the continent.

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In past years, we’ve had runs in Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Denver (CO), Elmore (AL), FCI Sandstone (MN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), USP Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Tucson (AZ), and Toronto, Ontario. Our comrades on the inside also engage in solidarity runs at the same time as ours on the outside.

This year the big runs will be held in:

Smaller solidarity runs will be held in:

Funds raised are typically split between the ABCF Warchest and a community group chosen by the host organization.

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The ABCF Warchest is a program designed to send monthly checks to those Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. The Warchest program was initiated in November 1994 and sends money to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks.

For more information, see
http://www.abcf.net/warchest-program/

If you want to organize a solidarity run, please be in touch with LA ABCF at la@abcf.net

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Running Down The Walls 2016!

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Watch the promo video from 2015: https://youtu.be/mPwWnPRuVSM

It’s time again for Denver’s annual Running Down the Walls 5k benefit. This will be our eighth annual run/walk in solidarity with U.S. held political prisoners and prisoners of war. Last year was the best year, and we need your help to make this year’s event even bigger!

Join us Sunday September 11th by the playground/picnic tables at the Sunken Gardens Park, 1099 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204 at 10am with the run starting at 10:30am! Runs will be taking place in other cities and in prisons. Please be sure to arrive early to sign in and get your t-shirt. Food will be provided afterwards. Vegan options included. Bring everyone!

Every year prisoners and ABC chapters organize Running Down the Walls events to raise awareness and funds for political prisoners who are in need of support.

Donations can be made here, or at the event in person.

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From NYC ABC:

The Warchest Program:
The Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) has initiated a program designed to send monthly checks to those Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have been receiving insufficient, little, or no financial support during their imprisonment. The Warchest program was initiated in November 1994. Its purpose is to collect monthly funds from groups and individual supporters, and send that money to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POW) via monthly checks. Over the last two decades, the ABCF warchest has dispensed over $75,000 to political prisoners in the United States. Currently, there are ten imprisoned comrades who receive a monthly stipend as part of the program; they are:
Joseph Bowen
Russell Maroon Shoatz
Alvaro Luna Hernandez
Herman Bell
Robert Seth Hayes
Maliki Shakur Latine
Ruchell Magee
Sundiata Acoli
Hanif Bey
Oso Blanco

For more information, visit: abcf.net/warchest-program

Eric King has a new address!

From Support Eric King:

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Eric was picked up from Grady County Jail in Oklahoma at midnight last night and taken on a plane to the prison he was designated. We just received a phone call and he has been placed at FCI Englewood! Over the past two years pre-trial, all of the fights and horrible experiences, seeing the Rocky Mountains was a moment in which he knew he could finally breathe. Tonight he looked out his window and watched the sunset over those mountains just 30 minutes away from his partner and many friends. In all of this shittiness this is one thing that we can be thankful that for tonight. While there is a long road ahead, tonight we know that Eric can find some peace as he closes his eyes.

Send Eric some love!!

Eric King  27090045
FCI ENGLEWOOD
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO  80123

We will update all of the page info and re-activate his book list soon!