Eric King: New Support Material and Update on fundraiser

From Support Eric King:

So first of all I would love to announce that our primary fundraiser goal has been met thanks to his amazing comrades! We are so excited overwhelmed by everyone’s solidarity be it donating to the fundraiser,  making sure Eric stays connected by dropping him a letter or even by sending him a book. We will continue to be taking donations and also “selling” t-shirts on his fundraiser.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/0yoZc/ab/a4jVK6

We received an amazing zine that was beautifully put together and sent to us by Causerie Publishing. We wanted to share it with all of Eric’s supporters. Take a second to read it, pass it on, or print it out for tabling. It is a great collection of his poems and writings.

eric king writings zine

We do want to add that we had a little bit of outdated possible sentence info up and he is actually facing life. Luckily thanks to the group Supporting Vegans in the Prison System Eric never had to go on the hunger strike!

New poems from Eric King

From Support Eric King:

“We Forget”

Hometown heroes forget we exist within morality

the person shooting up was once someone’s everything

cuddly kids call the president a primate, cause they hate his pigment

not racist if it’s politics just more social biggots

one pump of blood away from being a fleeting memory

once pump and pull away from an unwanted family

villains in our lives aren’t just symbols they’re existing

placing more importance on critical moments

instead of having joy in simply loving

rascal radicals ditching ethics and street battles

rather duplicate love w/bubble gum flavored capsules

loving all life in 8 hour segmants

then rushing off to the bathroom to get in line for seconds

as soon as the crash begins re-up or we’re all dead

every moment sober is a moment to forget

born with so much privilege we’ve forgotten how to live

all our positivity is wrapped with foil in the fridge

road splits to decency but we’ll never cross that bridge

can’t fight the state when our hands shake too much to make a fist

one more bump to get us going + we’ll swear life is bliss

creating all our drama so we created this

to be happy in this moment to recall what love is

“A poem about being institutionalized”

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art found here http://apiedimonte.deviantart.com/art/Jail-cell-1of-2-39677420

There’s no more bridges

roses, flowers or gardens

mutual friendship is foreign

a dream like a soft mattress

territorial beast w/out their homes

no take out, just shake downs

felt to be disowned

only madness to look forward to

calender days an abstract time away

by the time they’ve parted  the gates

the whole world has changed

Letter from Manuel Salas

Denver ABC lists Manuel Salas as one of our politicized prisoners. Manuel recently sent us this letter and asked that it be broadly distributed.

“My name is Manuel C. Salas, founder of National Animal Rights and Anarchist Network (NARAN). I ask everyone to remember we only stay blind as long as we allow ourselves not to grow and see the injustice and differences between what is lies and what is truth. And justice is not just for one, but for all and should be the same for all and not juggled by the color of one’s skin, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other factor.

I write this page to request support and to get more information out on the injustices going on with me as I move on with my fight to get justices. So that I do not repeat myself, people can see my other updates on my web page listed at the end of this page.

After being moved to the Waupun in January of 2011 I had to go through hell to get my vegan food back. After making the Department of Corrections (DOC) change their policy, the DOC started to harass me more in every way they can. But I have had more problems that are very serious.

The serious medical problems are due to staff—both security, HSU and kitchen staff—at WCI playing games with my food. I am a vegan and eat NO animal products at all.

For a long time, every few days I have been getting animal products on my food trays being given to me, but it got worse after two officers started working on the seq wing I’m on causing it to where I have been forced to not eat on the first shift for over 28 days. My blood sugar went as low as 48—as the medical papers show—and also causing a lot of other problems. On Valentines Day I blacked out and staff third shift had to get me emergency medical treatment.

And then on 2/21/2012 Second Shift, staff—all rookies except for two—battered me by using force on me. Photos were taken of my leg, arm and hand. I’m just taking one day at a time. I was having medical problems with my blood sugar and staff would not do their job. So what do they do? Batter me.

I want to stand up and what better way than 4-19-2012. I do not have the support I need, but I would like to get a protest/rally outside of the Waupun Correctional Institution in Waupun, WI. This would be to show support to me and to all prisoner vegans! And to stop the unjust conditions behind prison walls.

4-19-2012 would be the day I want to get this together because of the history of the day and what better way to show respect to our comrades and activists that died that day fighting for justices.

Any support would be greatly appreciated and anyone that would be willing to help me get this protest/rally going please let me know ASAP.

People can look me up at http://www.supportmanuel.com to see and read other things and movements that I’m going through to fight the injustice. And people can write to me at the address below, just please print.

In Solidarity,

Manuel C. Salas #504212

Waupun Correctional Institution

PO Box 351

Waupun, WI 53963-0351”