WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
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.
Perpetual chaos keeps everyone so off balance that news of the navy confirming the existence of UFOs, youth around the world demanding those in power address a global environmental crisis, and workers from Appalachia to Detroit blockading to force greedy bosses to come off a little of their profits all slide by in a cycle or two. Impeachment? That’s last week’s news. Protests against authoritarianism in Hong Kong? Was that even this year? It’s enough to make one throw up their hands and ask whether or not anything can be done. NYC Anarchist Black Cross is here to tell you that there is plenty to get done and that it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. Focus on something that might seem small, like writing a letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war, make a connection to someone who has been pulled from a community of resistance, and build from there. We help to make those connections with our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinners and this week we focus on Jeremy Hammond, currently jailed for resisting a grand jury, while also serving a federal prison sentence for “hacktivism.”
Jeremy Hammond is an anarchist computer hacker from Chicago. In November 2013, he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for leaking the personal information of 860,000 customers of private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) through the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. This information revealed that Stratfor spies on activists, among others, at the behest of corporations and the U.S. government. In early September 2019, Jeremy was transferred to Virginia and called against his will to appear before a grand jury. Jeremy is now jailed at the same spot as Chelsea Manning, who is also being held for grand jury resistance. If you want to see how principled grand jury resistance works, as well as a great list of resources, check out North Carolina Resists the Grand Jury <https://ncresiststhegrandjury.com>.
We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Jeremy:
Jeremy Hammond #A0182888
William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center
2001 Mill Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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.
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.
From the L Train:
DeKalb Avenue Stop: Walk south on Stockholm Street (away from Wyckoff Avenue, toward Irving Avenue). We’re about four blocks down, at the intersection of Stockholm Street and Myrtle Avenue.
From the J Train:
Myrtle Avenue Stop: Transfer to the M train and follow the above directions.