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Announcement :: Human Rights : Social Welfare
A call for solidarity from Boston ABC, your local legal defense organization
by Boston Anarchist Black Cross
01 Feb 2010
Dear friends and comrades,
Boston ABC needs your help! We've had an event-filled year of activities and actions, but, like always, the costs of our solidarity work and legal defense have caught up with us. Please help us sustain and expand our vital efforts by contributing to the Boston ABC Defense Fund.
We are a small collective relying entirely on individual donations from comrades. Last year we spent over $650 for postage and supplies to send newsletters and literature to prisoners! Thanks to your support, we were able to send more newsletters and literature than ever!
We spent $1025 this year on solidarity donations and legal defense. You may remember that last year we sent you an urgent call for donations because our Defense Fund was at its lowest level since 2005. Luckily, you responded, and helped us out a lot, and our numbers for this year left us feeling a lot more stable. However, we need your help again to make sure that we can continue with this work in the coming year, especially since two of our core collective members are moving out of Boston this coming summer.
We have lofty goals for 2010, including revamping our 'know your rights' workshops, more than quadrupling our literature distribution list, organizing marches on prisons and educational events about prison abolition, extending our work to reach even more women and transgender prisoners, and more!
Take a look at all we do:
Prisoner support is our core mission, in which we fulfill numerous
requests for legal research and anarchist literature. In 2010 we are vastly expanding our literature distribution list, from 11 zines to over 50, covering a much wider variety of topics. We maintain regular correspondence with many prisoners, an endeavor that assuredly brightens the lives of our pen pals, as well as provide valuable research that helps our comrades with information for taking legal action and accessing resources.
In 2007, we helped to launch Prison Action News, a semi-annual forum for prisoners to share their reports of resistance from the inside. This project generated tremendous interest and has really taken off! Issue #5, sent to over 300 prisoners around the country in our January mailing (that's 100 more than last year!), can been seen at http://boston.indymedia.org/usermedia/application/1/Panvol3iss1FINAL.pdf.
We serve as the "free world" contact group for several prisoner groups, including the Texas Prisoner Freedom Agenda campaign
(www.myspace.com/txprisonersfreedomagenda), and Free Battered Texas Women, for whom we held a successful film series fundraiser this Fall and raised over $100.
We actively support groups and individuals who are oppressed by the system. We also donate money to our comrades in prison, on trial, or facing other legal issues, often incurring enormous expenses for defense and related activities. Recipients in 2009 included:
-BJ Veihl and Alex Hall, two Utah activists charged with violating the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act"
-Two members of Bash Back, who were arrested at an anti-nazi rally in Minnesota.
-Oso Blanco, an American Indian political prisoner, who needed to hire a lawyer after being ruthlessly beaten, and having his religious rights violated.
-Members of the Ottowa Panhandler's Union who were arrested.
-Shark, a member of the Native Youth Movement from the Ohlone & Chumash Nations, who was arrested for participating in direct action to protect the Secwepemc mountains in "British Columbia."
-I-69 resisters in Indiana.
-Jason Vassell, a UMass Amherst student who continues to face racially motivated charges and experienced severe police brutality.
In addition, we donate to a wide range causes important to the movement.
- Medical expenses for a former Puerto Rican political prisoner who suffered a stroke.
-Helping TJ's House of Vegan Pizza (a recently-closed local workers' collective) stay afloat during their last months of business.
-Supporting political prisoners, both on the inside, and recently
released, by sponsoring a runner in the 2009 "Running Down the Walls" event.
-Our regular monthly contribution to Jericho Boston's commissary fund to support 4 political prisoners and help them obtain basic needs on the inside.
And this is not even counting the $500 we raised and sent down to Pittsburgh in September to help with legal costs of G20 protests, and the $200 we sent down to Washington DC in April with our New England comrades, in case they got arrested while protesting the IMF (they didn't!).
We want to continue the work that we do. We all know full-well that the situation will not improve for our comrades on the inside or outside soon. We know as well as you that Obama's vow to "end torture" does not extend to those in US prisons, who face torturous conditions and treatment each and every day.
Please give what you can! Even small donations help- every dollar goes to the cause. Plain old donations of money (well-concealed cash) or checks (please leave "To:" line blank: ABC has no bank account) can be sent to Boston ABC, PO Box 230182, Boston MA 02123. Or just give your donation to one of us the next time you're around. We can also now accept donations VIA PAYPAL! Send money to bostonabc (at) riseup.net.
We also welcome and encourage donations of stamps, envelopes, and other mailing supplies.
Check out our upcoming fundraising events, filled with fun and useful information!
On February 14, we're having a Saintless Valentines Dinner. It's a 4 course meal (with a drink) starting at only $15! LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS IS TODAY (FEB 1). EMAIL ASAP!!! (or stop by the Lucy Parsons Center).
On March 13, back by popular demand, it's the Self-Styled Anarchist Fashion (and Craft) show! Featuring awesome handmade designs by local radicals, modeled by local radicals. Stay tuned for more details.
With deepest gratitude and in undying solidarity,
Boston ABC (Check out all our events at www.myspace.com/abcboston)
http://www.baamboston.org/abc * http://www.myspace.com/abcboston
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