Day: August 28, 2014

Sacramento Prisoner Support – Letter Writing Night – August 28th 7-9pm



Join us on Thursday, August 28th from 7-9 pm at the Coffee Garden(2904
Franklin Blvd, Sacto). We’ll be sending birthday cards to 2 political
prisoners, and a ‘We Support You’ card to 6 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


Happy Birthday!

Ronald Reed (August 31st) – Ronald is a former member of the Black
United Front and was convicted of the 1970 shooting of a St. Paul police
Twenty-five years after the killing, Reed was arrested and convicted of
first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree-murder. He is
serving Life in prison.

Joel Bitar (September 4th) – Joel is one of 5 U.S citizens who were
arrested and later extradited to Toronto over a year ago to face charges
stemming from the protests that took place there against the G20 meeting
in 2010. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison earlier this year.

 We support you!

Brent Betterly- Brent has been in jail since May of 2012. In Aprilthis
year he was sentenced to 6 years in an Illinois State prison. He is one
of the NATO 3 – three anarchists that traveled to Chicago to join
the protests against NATO only to be entrapped by an informant. The
three were acquitted of all terrorism charges but were convicted of
possession of incendiary devices.

Alvaro Luna Hernandez – Alvaro is a Chicano political prisoner. He was
sentenced in Odessa, Texas on June 2-9, 1997 to 50 years in prison for
defending himself by disarming a police officer drawing a weapon on him.
The trial evidence clearly showed Alvaro was the victim of “witchhunts”
and a police-orchestrated conspiracy to frame or eliminate him.

Larry Hoover – Larry Hoover is a former gang member and street level
Black liberation organizer currently serving concurrent sentences
resulting from a prison uprising in 1978.

 Sister Megan Rice – Sister Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael R.
Walli succeeded in a disarmament action at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Nuclear
facility before dawn on July 28, 2012. Calling themselves Transform Now
Plowshares, they hammered on the cornerstone of the newly built
Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility (HEUMF), splashed human
blood and left four spray painted tags on the recent construction which
read: Woe to the empire of blood; The fruit of justice is peace; Work
for peace not for war; and Plowshares please Isaiah. In February 2014,
Boertje-Obed and Walli were sentenced to just over 5 years each in
federal prison; Rice was sentenced to about 3 years.

Dr Abdelhaleem Hasan Ashqar – A Palestinian nationalist who has fought
for liberation both in Palestine and here in the US. Jurors acquitted
Ashqar of racketeering and conspiracy, but he was still sentenced to 11
years and 3 months in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury
that was investigating money-laundering and non-profits funding
“terrorist” organizations.

Chelsea Manning – On April 4, 2010, whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks
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.