We typically start the invitation to our every-other-weekpolitical prisonerletter-writing dinner with commentary on current events or the state of the world. This time, NYC ABC would rather simply congratulate our comrades in the Jericho Movement on their upcoming 20th anniversary. We struggle for a world in which there will be no political prisoners or prisoners of war locked up and in need of outside support. Until then, groups like Jericho provide a template for thoughtful, consistent work that centers those imprisoned. Those who organize in their name don’t do it for praise or recognition, but we feel compelled to offer both. Thank you, comrades! To honor this work, we will do what we’ve been doing for over a decade and invite you to another dinner. This week, we are focusing on recently imprisoned water protector/”valve turner” Michael Foster.
In February 2018, Michael Foster was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison for actions taken as a “valve turner.” Foster and four others physically halted the flow of tar sands pipelines by closing valves along TransCanada’s Keystone 1 pipeline, which shoots some 590,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to refineries on Texas’s Gulf Coast. At one point, the valve turners faced charges two criminal felonies and three misdemeanors, including a couple of felony reckless endangerment charges.
If for some unforeseeable reason you are unable to make it Tuesday, please take the time to write to Michael on your own time:
Michael Foster #51974
Missouri River Correctional Center
Post Office Box 5521
Bismarck, North Dakota 58506
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.
Tuesday, March 27th