This has been quite the weekend if you are engaged in political prisoner support in NYC. In Manhattan, there was the premiere of the first installment of “Inside the Activist Studio” featuring their first guest, released political prisoner Sekou Odinga. Just a few blocks away was the first film shown in a series in support of political prisoner Leonard Peltier. In Brooklyn, there was a fundraiser in solidarity with transgender prisoners which raised funds for Black & Pink. Not too far from there will be a fundraiser for recently released political prisoner Albert Woodfox.
Now that we know you have the ability and energy to be in at least three places at once, we know you will have no problem joining NYC ABC this Tuesday as we write Brian Vaillancourt. Brian was arrested in early 2013 for allegedly attempting “to burn down a slaughterhouse known as McDonalds.” He was sentenced to 9 years in prison. In a letter published by the EarthFirst! Newswire, Brian made this statement: “It is not enough to be compassionate. We must act! Action out of compassion–when something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with helping our voiceless & planet, one needs to be engaged, involved.”
If you will not be joining us for a warm vegan meal, pleasewrite to Brian:
Robinson Correctional Center
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454
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 thePP/POW Birthday Calendar.