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This Month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night April 16th!

The Internationalist Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

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Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00pm

Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of April.

Bring snacks and money to help with postage!

Letter writing is an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. If you can’t make it to the letter writing night then please send a birthday card from home.
http://prisonbooks.info/2014/04/02/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-april-2014-is-now-available/

Recently freed political prisoner Eddie Conway, when asked by Amy Goodman what gave him hope for the 44 years he was in prison, said
“Well, I appreciate you asking me that, because I want to take this opportunity to thank the tens of thousands of people that have supported me over the years and that have sent letters, postcards, marched, rallied, organized across America, around the world. Those letters, postcards, rallies, marches, organizing, etc., gave me hope, gave me encourage, gave me energy, and kept my spirit high. And it made me know that I was loved. And that same love needs to go out to the other political prisoners that remain locked up today for almost 40 years, most of them. And one of them is a little over 44 years. They need to have that same kind of support, that same kind of encouragement and that same kind of work to help get them free, because I think when you know that people work and love you, then you can do work yourself. And I think those are what political prisoners are doing, work in their particular areas, and they need to be encouraged to do that by people coming out and giving them that kind of support that I got.”

This Wednesday “Shop For Prison Abolition”

rumorsThis Wednesday 12/4 Rumors Boutique located at 106 c North Graham St in Chapel Hill will be donating 20% of their proceeds to the Prison Books Collective.  It’s called “Shop for a Cause” and they do it for a different group every Wednesday in December. So if you’re in the mood for some hip, pre-loved clothes, Wednesday is a great day to get them and support the work of the Prison Books Collective.

September Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

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On Wednesday, September 18th the Internationalist Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of September.

It’s an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. If you can’t make it to the letter writing night then please send a birthday card from home. You can find their addresses here.

August Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

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On Wednesday, August 21st the Internationalist Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of August.

It’s an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. If you can’t make it to the letter writing night then please send a birthday card from home. You can find their addresses here.

FREE ALL MOTHERS: A Reportback from the Mother’s Day Demo

img_1311From Prison Books:

On Mother’s Day, May 12th, between 50 and 75 people met up in Raleigh to show their solidarity with women at NCCIW and RCCW, two of the largest women’s facilities in the state. The demo was part of a national call-out initiated by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective. Noise Demonstrations also happened outside prisons and jails in Bloomington IN, Pittsburgh PA, New York City and Muskegon MI. In Raleigh anti-prison activists, anarchists, Catholic Workers, and others, ranging in age from 5 to at least 70, banged on drums and pots and pans, carried signs and black flags, and lofted banners that read “Free All Mothers,” “ACAB,” and “Love for All Prison Rebels.”

The crowd initially marched up to the fence bordering the dorm buildings of the minimum custody RCCW. We were greeted by women waving and banging on their cell windows, before being pushed back by newly arriving police and panicking guards. We then proceeded to march to and around most of NCCIW, a huge medium custody facility that houses most of North Carolina’s female prison population. NCCIW has been subject to increased scrutiny in the media lately, as joint lawsuits have been filed by women against rapist guards. The facility was the site of a major riot in June 1975, when for five days women prisoners fought guards with broken concrete, metal poles, and landscaping tools.

On numerous occasions we tried to get on to the prison property to be in better view of the prisoners. Though we were prevented from doing so by guards, and had few plans for direct confrontation, we did manage to make contact with several women waving from their cells. Earlier correspondence with several women prisoners involved in radical study groups had already insured that prisoners would be aware of the demo. Handbills were also given out to curious onlookers in the yards and sidewalks of the heavily policed, working-class neighborhood that surrounds the two facilities, and the ACAB banner got special love from drivers and pedestrians alike.

All in all the demo seems to have been a success. The crowd was broader and more age-diverse than previous demos; feeling relatively low-risk and high reward, such demos have been a good place to invite new friends and potential comrades to meet up for the first time. Several conversations with neighbors reinforced the fact that these prisons were surrounded on three sides by a population that detests the constant police presence. In retrospect, given the interest and support received from the area, far more outreach could have been done ahead of time in the immediately adjacent neighborhood, and we hope to do more in the future.

For mainstream coverage of the event, check out: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/12/2888689/group-bangs-the-drums-for-imprisoned.html

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