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Announcement :: Organizing
Boston ABC needs your help!
by Boston ABC
Email: lil_red (nospam) riseup.net
14 Nov 2006
Boston ABC is a prison abolitionist organization doing both prisoner support and community defense. Please help us this coming year by making a donation so we can continue to do the work that we do!
Dear Boston Activist Community,
Every year a total of 11.5 million people are put in prison in the United States. The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, spending
$200 billion annually to keep its 2 million prisoners incarcerated. African Americans, while making up 12% of the US population and 13% of the
drug-using population, are 74% of the people sent to prison for drug possession. Relative to their populations there are seven times as many
people of color in prisons as white people. Through statistics alone it is very clear that the United States’ criminal justice system operates in
an extremely corrupt manner. Rather than spending money on public services, the United States government chooses to spend $20,000 to $30,000 a year to keep each person incarcerated. Rehabilitation programs are scarce, despite the fact that more than half of federal prisoners are
incarcerated on drug related charges.
The Anarchist Black Cross is a network of voluntarily associated prison abolitionist and prisoner support collectives from 16 locations in the United States and various others around the world. The Boston chapter, founded in 2003, works dually in the areas of prisoner support and
We provide SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT to prisoners by:
-Having regular pen pal correspondence with over 25 inmates at any given time and over 85 inmates in our existence.
-Providing free literature to hundreds of inmates regarding political subjects, especially relating to prison issues.
-Doing legal and personal research upon request
-Connecting prisoners to other resources available to them such as correspondence courses and free book programs.
We practice COMMUNITY DEFENSE by:
-Teaching Know Your Rights trainings- these have been delivered at schools, activist trainings, skillshares, music festivals, and to individual organizing groups.
-Maintaining a community bail fund which we use to bail out local activists who are arrested at protests. We have also chipped in for bail
in other states in cases where the bail is set extremely high. Altogether we have provided over $4000 to help out our comrades. In nearly every
case for which we have provided bail and support, the state has dropped the charges.
-Providing court solidarity and having a friendly relationship with the National Lawyers Guild: We try to make the arrest/court procedure as
painless as possible, connecting people with the National Lawyers Guild, putting out solidarity calls, and attending court dates. We also work
with the NLG doing legal observing at protests.
However, we cannot provide all these services without the financial support of concerned individuals like you.
ANY DONATION YOU CAN MAKE WILL REALLY HELP US!!!
$25 allows us to send our quarterly newsletter and resource guide to 20 of our incarcerated pen pals.
$40 will bail one person out of prison in Massachusetts with “ordinary” charges.
$50 will send 10 inmates our full literature packet of eight ‘zines.
$100 will provide the postage and materials for seven year-long pen pal relationships.
A greater donation will help us contribute to the larger bail needs that we sometimes have. In March 2005 the bond for the three activists
arrested protesting the war on the Boston Common was $1,500. In June 2005
we contributed to a $15,000 bond for seven activists arrested protesting BioTech in Philadelphia.
As you can see, we need your support and cannot do this alone. We hope we can count on you to help!
“Imprisonment (is) according to the theory of law, for the purpose of reforming the criminal that he may no longer be a menace to society. Logic would say that anyone who wished to obliterate cruelty from the character of another must himself show no cruelty; one who would teach regard for the rights of others must himself be regardful. Yet the story of exile and prison is the story of the lash, the iron, the chain and every torture that the fiendish ingenuity of the non-criminal class can
devise by way of teaching criminals to be good! To teach men to be good, they are kept in airless cells, made to sleep on narrow planks, to look at
the sky through iron gates, to eat food that revolts their palates, and destroys their stomachs, --battered and broken down in body and soul; and
this is what they call reforming men!”
-Voltairine de Cleyre, 1903
With grateful appreciation,
PO Box 230182
Boston MA 02123-0182
Boston ABC accepts cash and money orders. If you must send a personal check, please leave the "to" field blank and do NOT make checks payable to
Boston ABC. (Please note that Boston ABC is not a registered non-profit organization and contributions to this group are not tax deductible at this time.)
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