A Letter Writing Night with SPS!
Join us on Thursday, December 4th from 7-9 pm at the Coffee Garden(2904
Franklin Blvd, Sacto). We’ll be sending birthday cards to 4 political
prisoners and a ‘We Support You’ card to 5 others to remind them that
we are out here thinking of them. We’ll have plenty of cards that we can
fill with individual notes from everyone. If there are other prisoners
you’d like to write, we’ll have envelopes and paper for that, too.
Hope to see you there!
-Sacramento Prisoner Support
Zolo Azania (Dec.12th) – Zolo Azania is a former Black Panther convicted
of a 1981 bank robbery that left a Gary, Indiana cop dead. He was
arrested miles away from the incident as he was walking unarmed down
the street. The prosecution intimidated witnesses, suppressed favorable
evidence, presented false eyewitness and expert testimony, and denied
him the right to speak or present motions in his own behalf.
Muhammad Burton (Dec.15th) – Muhammad Burton is an innocent man who has
diligently attempted to prove his innocence to the courts for the past
37 years. Prior to his incarceration, Muhammad worked for a phone
company, was a well respected member of his community and his wife was
preparing to have twins, his third and fourth child. In 1970, Muhammad
was accused and then convicted of participating in the planning of the
murder of Philadelphia police officers. While the plan was allegedly to
blow up a police station, what occurred was that a police officer was
shot and killed allegedly by members of a radical group called “the
Chelsea Manning (Dec. 17th) -On April 4, 2010, whistle-blowing website
WikiLeak published a classified video of a United States Apache helicopter
firing on civilians in New Baghdad in 2007. In late July 2010, the U.S.
Military alleged that Manning was the chief suspect in the “Afghan
Diaries” leak of U.S. Military combat and incident reports from the
occupation of Afghanistan. The Afghan Diaries is the largest collection
of leaked intelligence records in U.S. history, and details what
Wikileaks and others have described as “countless war crimes” by U.S.
and NATO forces. On August 21, 2013, Pvt. Manning was sentenced to 35
years in prison. chelseamanning.org
Connor Stevens (Dec. 17th) – Connor is one of 4 anarchists from
Cleveland, OH, who were entrapped by an FBI informant. After being
threatened with decades in prison, Connor plead guilty and was sentenced
to 8 years in federal prison for conspiracy.
-We Support You-
Rebecca Rubin – Rebecca Rubin is serving a 5 year sentence for her role
in a series of Earth Liberation Front (ELF) actions, including the arson
of the Vail Ski Resort Expansion and US Forest Industries. She also
participated in the liberation of horses and the arson of Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) Wild Horse Facilities in Litchfield, California and
Burns, Oregon. ecoprisoners.org
Norberto Claudo Gonzalez – Norberto was sentenced to 5 years in
federal prison in late 2012 for his involvement in an armored car heist
back in 1983. The robbery was carried out by Macheteros, a militant
group dedicated to Puerto Rican Independence. The robbery brought in 7
million dollars, 19 defendants were charged, and one is still on the
run. Norberto was just recently moved to a higher security prison, and
put in solitary once he arrived. To learn more, please check out:
Jeremy Hammond-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. freejeremy.net
Rasmea Yousef Odeh – On October 22, 2013 the Department of Homeland
Security arrested Rasmea in her home for alleged immigration fraud as
part of an ongoing witch-hunt that targets Arabs and Muslims who
criticize U.S. and Israeli policy and labels them “terrorists.” On
November 10th, 2014 Rasmea was found guilty of one count of Unlawful
Procurement of Naturalization.
Jalil Muntaquim – Jalil became affiliated with the Black Panther Party
at age 18. Less than 2 months before his 20th birthday he was captured
with Albert Nuh Washington in a midnight shootout with San Francisco
police. He was subsequently charged with a host of revolutionary
activities including the assassination of two police officers in New York
City. It is for this that he is currently serving a 25 years to life
sentence in New York State. His case is known as the New York 3 case as
co-defendants include Nuh and Herman Bell. He was also implicated in the
San Francisco 8 case, and pled guilty to a lesser offense. freejalil.com
Long Distance Revolutionary
Wednesday, December 10th 7pm at the Sol Collective (2574 21st St, Sacto)
On December 9, 1981, Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested and accused of killing a Philadelphia cop in an incident in which he himself was severely wounded. He was subsequently convicted in a trial that provoked international outcry for it’s unfair and unjust proceedings. Mumia was then held in isolation on Death Row for the next 30 years. Mumia is no longer on death row – but remains in prison under a sentence of life without parole. He has remained a steadfast voice for social justice and revolution from within the prison walls.
Join us for a screening of ‘Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal’ on December 10th.
The film is “an inspiring portrait of a man that many consider America’s most famous political prisoner – a man whose very existence tests our beliefs about justice and freedom. Through prison interviews, archival footage, dramatic readings, as well as a potent chorus of historic voices, this riveting film explores Mumia’s life before, during and after Death Row.”
Staajabu of Straight Out Scribes will be speaking about Mumia and his
fight for freedom
Sacramento Prisoner Support will be speaking about the work they do
locally to support political prisoners
Kristian Williams presents:
Fire The Cops!
A Collection of Articles on Policing
Monday, December 15th 7pm at Time Tested Books (1114 21st St, Sacramento)
Kristian Williams will read from his new collection Fire the Cops, and discuss police violence and the possibilities for resistance. Q+A to follow.
Kristian Williams has written extensively about policing and state violence, most recently in the collection Fire the Cops! His other works include Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination, and Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy.