NYC Anarchist Black Cross is hosting a Letter Writing dinner for the Cleveland4. Facebook event page is here
WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 WHERE: The Base – 1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below) NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet. COST: Free
First: Happy New Year! If you didn’t get a chance to come to the New Year’s Eve noise demonstration we organized, expect a reportback soon. To hear nearly so many people calling out the names of comrades locked behind walls as we stood outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center was motivating. Much of that energy still lingers, pushing us to continue the work of supporting our comrades who are still in prison. By now, you probably know that one way we do that is through every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners. We’ve lost count, but this week’s dinner will be about the 195th we’ve hosted. This week NYC Anarchist Black Cross is focusing on the Cleveland 4.
The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the PP/POW Birthday Calendar.
Directions: Getting to The Base is simple: From the M Train: Central Avenue Stop: Walk east on Myrtle Avenue (away from Hart Street, toward Cedar Street). We’re about two blocks down on the south side of the street.
Knickerbocker Avenue Stop: Walk west on Myrtle Avenue (away from Harman Street, toward Himrod Street). We’re about three blocks down on the south side of the street.
Yesterday (10-9-14) GoFundMe shut down the Cleveland4 donation page. They did allow us to remove what money was left, but told us that we could not reactivate the account. After a few email exchanes with them, we where told why.
So, we are now on Fundrazr! Check out the new donation page here You can even purchase a comic about the Cleveland4!
UPDATE 10/16/14 Our fundrazr campaign was down for a short time to verify the account and make sure it wasn't fradulent. After a good amount of emailing back and forth, it is back up, and should stay up!
From Connor's sister: "I just wanted to reach out to everyone regarding Connor. He's going through a rough time right now & he could use some support right now more than ever! These difficult times are when he would appreciate it the most.. He lost one of his absolute best friends while he's in prison... Positive vibes, a letter, a picture, anything!"
From Connor's Mom: "In 3 months time i had to email Connor twice telling him about the passing of a loved one...first his grandfather, whom he was so very close with and loved immensely. It broke his heart that he never got to see him or hug him again. Then his best friend (and the first friend he made when moving to berea) who was only 22 and this news was especially devastating...i visited Connor this past weekend and it was truly a sad...sad visit...as much as he tried not to weep in a visitation room full of inmates...he could not hold back the tears. There is usually great conversation...lots of laughter...this day there was none of that ...this is a very sad and difficult time for Connor as Brelan has expressed."
Connor Stevens #57978-060 FCI McKean PO Box 8000 Bradford, PA 16701
By the time you read this I will have started a hunger strike. I'm starting it tomorrow Friday, Sept 12th. I am going on the strike because the C.O's did a massive shakedown in the entire SHU. They took a fair amount of my personal property. It was a shakedown that was initiated just because a new assistant warden wanted to make an impression and flex his muscles so to speak. They took a lot of people's personal property but I'm the only one not accepting it lying down. Also, they cancelled our commissary next week and we only go to commissary every two weeks, so we'll have to wait two more weeks. They took all of my batteries, toothpaste, and my palm brush. It's not a lot but almost everything I own back here. Let's see where this goes. Please call and find out how they are allowed to do this. Talk to warden Jarvis.
You can write Doug at
USP Coleman 1
PO Box 1033
Coleman FL 33521
He could really use your support. He's been in SHU a few months now. Books, letters, photos, and puzzles would be a great help. His full wish list is hereUPDATE 9/18/14
Doug is off hunger strike. Commissary was returned but his items that where taken have not. He's still in SHU(Solitary)
"Just got off the phone with Doug. He said a guard has been harassing him and his cell mate. The guard totally destroyed their cell, took personal belongings and ripped up letters. In response Doug will be on a hunger strike starting today. He wants the guard to be moved out of the shu unit or he wants to be moved to a different prison."