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btb writes:

Prisoner Support Groups Info Night
New York City, Oct. 19, 2005

Two million people in america locked in prisons and jails...
prisoners lacking access to educational or rehabilitative programs...
families disrupted...
people with felony convictions unable to access assisted housing or get job licenses...
political prisoners in the united states...

you know about the crisis.
want to do something about it?
start here:

at ABC No Rio

hear presentations from groups committed to supporting prisoners and former
prisoners, and fighting the prison industrial complex. find out what you can do.

representatives from:
JAMIE MORAN, Friends of Jeffrey ‘Free’ Luers
RICHARD E. BUMP, Publisher of prisoners’ zines

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
on-site childcare available. (limited spots: RSVP for childcare)

ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street
between Clinton and Suffolk
F to Delancy or J/M/Z to Essex, north to Rivington and East to ABC No Rio
(212) 254-3697 x322 or btb@abcnorio.org for info

Make this netWORK

Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 6, 2005

A gathering of media makers and social justice organizers

October 6th, 7-9:30pm

Prison Moratorium Project

388 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11217

This is the third in a series of informal networking events organized to
create a space for grassroots media makers and social justice
organizers/activists to come together, get to know one another and make
the connections necessary to strengthen local campaigns and independent
media networks.

Kate Gibbons writes:

Helping Political Prisoners Overseas


This site has been created to provide comprehensive information and advice for families with loved ones imprisoned overseas or at home.

We aim to provide a 24 hour lifeline of information online. What is not currently on the site, we will research for you. Please let us know what you need at admin@prisonersoverseas.com.

We also aim to raise awareness for political and religious prisoners and the organisations that support them, and the many other organisations who tirelessly campaign for human rights.

We are also keen for people to share their experiences and submit information and research that may help families and prisoners. The hours and days after arrest can be crucial for the prisoner.

We hope to alleviate some of the stress families endure, by quick and easily accessible information online. The stress and trauma often felt by families with loved ones imprisoned overseas is often intensified by the distance and isolation this causes.

If you are a family member of a loved one imprisoned overseas or at home and would like to be put in touch with other families, please contact us at admin@prisonersoverseas.com.

'St. Patrick's Four' Speak in Church
Brian Kaviar, Cornell Daily Sun

At St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center in Cayuga Heights last night, the "St. Patrick's Four" spoke along with Sister Marilyn Pray of Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester at an event titled "Civil Disobedience and Catholic Teaching."

The Four, local members of the Catholic Workers movement, await federal trial in Binghamton this Monday for entering a local military recruitment center and pouring their own blood around the vestibule two days before the start of the current Iraq War.

The event aimed to discuss the events of March 17, 2003 for which the Four await trial, as well as the larger role of non-violent civil resistance within the Catholic tradition and the Catholic Worker movement, a group founded in 1933 and noted for its efforts to protest war as well as the unequal distribution of wealth.

Free Jeff Luers writes "http://www.freefreenow.org/heartcheck.html

Heartcheck is a 40 page zine with new, unpublished writings and artwork by political prisoners Jeff 'Free' Luers and Robert 'Los Ricos' Thaxton.

From the introduction:
"With millions of people dying, the environment being poisoned and destroyed by consumerism, there really are only three kinds of people: the victims, the problem, and the solution.

This zine is dedicated to the latter. The time for rhetoric is over. The time for action has arrived. We hope that the writings contained within will begin a much-needed discussion on real solutions and alternatives sorely lacking in radical circles. We hope these words will only be the beginning of something much larger."

*All* proceeds from the sale of this zine will benefit both political prisoners. Show solidarity for these political prisoners and get a copy [or 10!] today

karakafa writes
Historical punishment for Mehmet Tarhan

Conscientious Objector (CO) Mehmet Tarhan, whose trial has been going on for over 4,5 months already by the Military Court of Justice, has been imprisoned to a historical punishment. In the court hearing that joined two seperate claims that are namely "Insubordination before command" and "Insubordination before command for trying to escape from military service" pursuant Art. 88 of the Turkish Penal Military Code, Mehmet Tarhan was sentenced to a four (4) years of jail, 2 years from each claim.

Bernie Roddy writes:

"Statement Against Censorship of Anarchist Reading Material Mailed to Prisoners"
Harold H. Thompson, #93992

Harold H. Thompson, #93992
Northwest Correctional Complex
Route 1, Box 660
Tiptonville, Tennessee 38079


In July of 1925 a school teacher named John Scopes went on trial in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, accused of a violation of state law. His alleged crime was teaching the theory of evolution to his class in this state. The prosecutor advocating teaching only the religious doctrine Man is of Divine Creation and an advocate of the complete rejection of teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in Tennessee’s schools was William Jennings Bryan. Mister Scopes was defended by Clarence Darrow, a famous attorney of his time. Of course in the social climate of 1925 Scopes was convicted and sentenced to a moderate fine. Eventually, partially due to the worldwide publicity the trial received, the anti-evolution statutes were repealed and struck from state law. Tennessee society had evolved to the point of intellectual rejection [of the idea that] solely the Origin of Man set forth in Biblical passages was the only explanation of Man’s creation.

Bernie Roddy writes
Assata Shakur in Cuba - A Video Review

"I am an ex-political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984. I have been a political activist most of my life, and although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been one.”

“She is now 120 lbs of money,” State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. The U.S. government recently raised the bounty for the capture of Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, to $1 million. The new initiative “is going to exert pressures that weren’t in place nationally and internationally before,” said Fuentes. “And we’re going to follow up to make sure everybody is aware of this both inside and outside of Cuba.”

DN writes:

Strangers Everywhere:
Anarchists Arrested in Italy

About some anarchists arrested in Lecce and a world where no one can feel at home

On Thursday, May 12, in a massive show of force, the Digos (Italian political police) arrested five anarchists in Lecce, Italy. The arrested are Annalisa Capone, Angela Marina Ferrari (Marina), Cristian Palladini, Salvatore Signore and Saverio Pellegrino.

The police show of force in this situation could appear absurd. In operation “nighttime”, as the cops termed this series of raids, searches and arrests, one hundred and fifty cops were deployed in the region of Lecce alone. These included canine units, border cops, postal cops, units from the Central Antiterrorism service, bomb specialists, a helicopter and so on.

Update:There are now mirrors of the site available.
A propos the sequesters (of things and people)

Published on the Internet, May 27 2005

As part of the latest repressive operation against anarchist comrades, on the orders of the Rome and Bologna magistrates, the State Police has blocked the Croce Nera Anarchica (Anarchist Black Cross) page which is hosted by the Filiarmonici website.
We are not interested in recriminations regarding the web closure or in expressing empty solidarity in words to the comrades trapped on this occasion by the justice net; Filiarmonici is a site that seeks to document just how detailed and extensive is the way in which present-day society, all over the world and not just in Italy, has turned into a prison, and how consequently the traditional repressive institutions, the prisons, courts, mental hospitals, are the material foundations and the most social and socialising moments of this prison society.


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