NYC Anarchist Black Cross: Letter Writing Dinner for Jalil Muntaqim and Eric King

No doubt we are not alone in our feelings of disdain for the state as they yet again flex their imperialistic muscles, roll up their sleeves, and unite across party lines to rain down the repression and violence overseas and here in the so called United States.

However there are plenty of anarchist news outlets bringing the realness- Its Going Down, Unicorn Riot, Which Side Podcast, The Final Straw, … we want instead to actually mention a couple of the positive things happening in the Political Prisoner support world:

Mumia Abu Jamal finally began his medical treatment for Hepatitis C and Robert Seth Hayes was finally given an insulin pump (although the monitor is still missing, wouldn’t be the pigs if they just made it easy). Both of these have been months if not years in the making and the fighting from the inside and out.

In other positive (as positive as updating about comrades held in cages can be) news, Jalil Muntaqim was transferred out of the hellhole that is Southport Correctional Facility to Shawangunk CF which is only a couple of hours from the city. Eric King is settling into FCI Florence and gets off of phone, visit, and commissary restriction today, April 10th! Join us Tuesday as we write to these two folks.

Jalil Muntaqim is a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member who, in 1971, was arrested in California and ultimately convicted for the killing of two New York City cops. In 1974, Muntaqim was convicted and received a prison term of twenty-five years to life. Jalil is a writer, a poet, a scholar, and an educator. He has taken the same persistence and dedication he had on the outside engaging in the Black Liberation struggle to the inside, dedicating his time there to improving the lives of those who have found themselves behind the same bars.
In December of 2016 Jalil was thrown in the SHU for a lesson he taught as a part of the prison approved Black History class he was teaching. He then got sent to Southport CF, known as the “SHU prison” where the most dangerous or most threatened prisoners are sent. A few weeks ago he was finally transferred out and is currently being held at Shawangunk Correctional Facility.

Eric King is a 30 year old vegan anarchist prisoner who’s currently serving a 10 year sentence for an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO in September 2014. Eric was being charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both incendiary devices failed to ignite. Eric was identified as a suspect by local police because he had previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police graffiti. On March 3, 2016, he accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement to one count of using “explosive materials to commit arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce. ”Then almost three months later on June 28th, at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri. Eric King was sentenced to ten years, the statutory minimum and maximum for the charge he plead guilty to.

In January Eric was unexpectedly transferred to FCI Florence and held in SHU there awaiting a disciplinary hearing. He is at the tail end of completing the sanctions he got as a result: loss of commissary, visits, and phone for a total of 93 days (that started before the disciplinary hearing). He is now currently in general population at FCI Florence.

If for some insane reason you cannot join us on Tuesday, please write them at home:

Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283
Shawangunk C.F.
P.O. Box 700
Wallkill, NY 12589-070
*address card/letter to Jalil Muntaqim*

Eric King # 27090045
FCI Florence
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 6000
Florence, CO 81226

Tuesday, April 11th