As summer nears its end, what better way to send it off than with some solidarity to US held political prisoners and POWs. This Tuesday’s NYC ABC political prisoner letter-writing dinnerwill focus on anti-imperialist political prisoner Jaan Laaman, imprisoned for actions carried out by United Freedom Front(UFF). It is impossible to think about Jaan or the UFF without thinking of Tom Manning, who recently died in prison at the hands of medical neglect and state tyranny. Your spirit lives with us, Tom!
The UFF was a clandestine revolutionary organization active in the United States in the early 1980s. The group targeted government institutions and major corporations that had ties to the South African Apartheid system or right-wing paramilitaries in Central America. This included taking actions directly against the South African and United States governments. The UFF carried out targeted bombings of corporate buildings, courthouses and military facilities as well as bank robberies to fund revolutionary projects. Jaan was deeply involved in anti-South African apartheid organizing.
We expect to see you on Tuesday. If you can’t make it, please take the time to write a letter to Jaan:
Jaan Karl Laaman #10372-016
Post Office Box 3000
Pine Knot, Kentucky 42635
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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.