Month: April 2015

Attend Court To Support Maile Hampton!



8:30am – Thursday – April 30 – Sacramento County Courthouse: 720 9th Street, Department 8, 2nd floor

Sisters and brothers, Maile Hampton will have her third court appearance on Thursday for her arraignment, we need your support!

The Sacramento police have outrageously charged ANSWER coalition activist Maile Hampton, a young black woman, with felony lynching. After holding her initially on $100,000 bail, Maile is now out of jail but faces the threat of four years in prison on these charges.

It is extremely important that we attend the court date as a of show solidarity with Maile and all dedicated activists facing trumped up charges as a product of the police attack on the Black Lives Matter movement. We must show the system that the community supports Maile!!

We will fight tirelessly for justice for Maile and we hope that justice will prevail.

Freedom Fighter, Sekou Kambui Needs Your Help!


Click on the link below to learn how to plug into the campaign:

Sekou Kambui spent forty years behind bars as a political prisoner, and now he needs our help!

The former Panther, CORE, and SCLC member was diagnosed with liver cancer shortly after his release, and has been in and out of the hospital for cancer treatment as well as other health problems, including severe edema in his leg. The edema requires almost weekly trips to the hospital to have fluid drained from his leg, an expense in time and money he can’t afford. Though chemotherapy has produced encouraging results so far, the medical bills keep piling up. Despite his poor health, Sekou has continued his work with the organization he founded in prison, the Social Consciousness Development Group, and has continued to speak publicly on behalf of U.S. Political Prisoners. Now he needs our support to get through the trying times ahead. Help Sekou Kambui continue his long fight for justice in good health!

A Letter Writing Night With SPS – April 28th at 7pm


Join us on Tuesday, April 28th from 7-9 pm at the Coffee Garden(2904Franklin Blvd, Sacto). We’ll be sending a birthday card to one political prisoner, and a ‘We Support You’ card to 7 others to remind them that we are out here thinking of them all. 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!

Brandon Baxter(April 27th) – Brandon is an anarchist from Cleveland,OH, serving almost 10 years in federal prison after being entrapped by someone hired by the FBI to infiltrate the occupy movement.

We Support You!

Mumia Abu Jamal – One of the founders of the Philadelphia chapter of the Black Panthers, Mumia was falsely convicted of murdering a Philadelphia cop in 1982. Thanks to an international campaign his sentence was commuted from death to life without parole. Most recently he has been hospitalized due to a number of different health

Jamil Al–Amin (Formerly H. Rap Brown) – Jamil Al-Amin was active in the civil rights movement in the 60s and served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during that time. He is serving a life sentence in federal custody after being convicted of the murder two officers in 2000.

Veronza Bowers – Veronza was a member of the Black Panther Party and was convicted in the murder of a U.S. Park Ranger on the word of two government informants, both of whom received reduced sentences for other crimes by the Federal prosecutor’s office. Veronza has consistently proclaimed his innocence of the crime he never committed, even at the expense of having his appeals for parole denied, for which an admission of guilt and contrition is virtually required.

Mondo we Langa – Mondo is one of the Nebraska 2. Ed Poindexter and Mondo We Langa are two black panthers from Omaha, Nebraska, serving life sentences for the murder of a police officer, but they were clearly railroaded.

Kevin “Rashid” Johnson -Rashid is the Minister of Defense for the New Afrikan Black Panther Party – Prison Chapter.         He’s been menaced and whisked away from Virginia, to Oregon and now, Texas.

Kamau Sadiki –Kamau was arrested some 32 years after the murder of a Fulton County, Georgia, police officer and in 2003 was sentenced to life plus ten years for both the murder and a robbery. Kamau was a nineteen year old member of the Black Liberation Army when the events he was arrested for actually happened. The case was brought back up because of a statement a former Black Liberation Army member made in 2001.

Jared “Maya” Chase – Maya, who now prefers female pronouns, has been in jail since May of 2012 and one year ago was sentenced to 8 years – to be served in an Illinois State prison. She is one of the NATO 3, who are three anarchists that traveled to Chicago to join the protests against NATO only to be entrapped by an informant. They were actually acquitted of all terrorism charges but were convicted of possession of incendiary devices.

Call in & Fax for Robert Seth Hayes



Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we recently waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns have been addressed to date. NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

***Please join our phone and fax campaign!***
Talking points and sample letter below.


1) On Monday, 4/27 and Tuesday, 4/28 please call:

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518)-457-7073

***Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services, at (518) 445-6176

2) On Wednesday, 4/29 and Thursday 4/30, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like if needed):

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (518) 457-0076

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D. at Fax: (518) 457-2115

***Nancy A. Lyng, MS at Fax: (518) 445-6157

Suggested talking points:

-> State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A- 2280 at Sullivan Correctional Facility;

-> Say that you are requesting:
1) an assessment and modification of his insulin treatment,
2) that he is given a full work-up to have potential malignancies been ruled out considering his weight loss, and,
3) that he is finally prescribed a diabetic diet.

-> Please email and let us know what response you receive.

Sample letter for faxing or mailing:

Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Fax: 518-457-2115

Dear Dr. Koenigsmann,

I am writing on behalf of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently a prisoner at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.

Mr. Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus with frequent bouts of hypoglycemia, as well as weight loss of 40 pounds (22% of his original body weight) in a short time. These health concerns have not been addressed by medical staff at Sullivan Correctional Institute despite numerous requests by the patient, family, concerned medical providers, and the general public. He has not even been prescribed a diabetic diet.

I am writing to register my grave concern about the health of Mr. Hayes and to request that he receive appropriate follow-up and treatment immediately for:

1) poorly controlled diabetes with multiple episodes of hypoglycemia and lack of access to the DOCC diabetic diet; and
2) significant and alarming weight loss, the etiology of which is currently unknown and should be assessed for potential malignancies

I thank you for your prompt attention to these medical matters.


cc: Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner at Fax: (518) 457-0076,
Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services at Fax: (518) 445-6157

Support Needed for Anarchist Facing Federal Trial!


Here is where you can donate:

Eric G. King, a 28-year-old vegan anarchist, was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO in September 2014. Eric is being charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both alleged incendiary devices failed to ignite. Scheduled to go to trial in July 2015, he is facing up to 30 years in federal prison.

Eric was identified as a suspect by local police because he had previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police graffiti. He is currently being held in the Corrections Corporation of America’s Leavenworth Detention Center.

Since his arrest last September, he has been extremely isolated from his loved ones and has repeatedly been targeted by the guards, who have repeatedly put his safety in jeopardy. Despite these struggles, he continues to maintain his good spirits and his resolve to see his legal situation through to the end. He is also maintaining his dedication to
struggling for a world free of domination and oppression.

We are asking for funds to help us support our comrade as he continues to weather the deplorable jail conditions. His trial may get pushed back yet again before it actually happens, which would mean more time for him to sit in the private jail awaiting his day in court. The funds collected through this campaign will go towards:

* phone calls with friends and supporters to prevent him from being isolated
* the costs of books and shipping to help him pass the time inside (much
of which has been in solitary confinement)
* commissary to help him purchase toiletry items and vegan food

*helping folks be able to come support him and pack the courtroom for Eric’s trial

These funds will not be used for legal defense or bail. He is being represented by the federal public defender and thus does not have any pending legal fees.

Every donation helps us support Eric that much better, which will help keep him stronger and more able to fight back against this state repression!

In solidarity,

The Eric King Defense Committee

Siddique Hasan and Bomani Shakur on Ferguson and movements against police violence

On April 11, 1993, the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, OH, was rocked when prisoners took control in what was the longest prison uprising in U.S. history. Prisoners were fighting back against a long string of new, harsh policies being implemented by the new warden, Arthur Tate. Mandated Tuberculin skin testing mandated with injections containing alcohol, which Muslim prisoners politely requested an alternative testing method to. Tate’s refusal to comply, along with his utter disrespect of Muslims, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Rising as one, with racial differences ignored, the prisoners took control of the facility. Several guards were taken hostage in the process. For eleven days a standoff existed. During that time, nine prisoners and one guard were killed

Siddique Hasan played a key role in negotiating a peaceful end to the siege, preventing additional violence & death from the state.

The Lucasville rebellion sent a shock wave of fear into the heart of the prison system, and the state was determined to teach a lesson to those who stand up & fight back. In the sham trials that followed, Hasan and four other leaders, Black and white, were scapegoated onto death row.

Although no eyewitness testimony and no material evidence link Hasan to the death of the cop, the state used jailhouse snitch testimony, along with a predominantly white jury in Cincinnati (a city notorious for its institutionalized racism), to get a conviction against Hasan in a trial reeking with the foul odors of racism and Islamaphobia.

Ohio prosecutors allege that Keith Lamar was the leader of a group of prisoners dubbed “the death squad” and was responsible for ordering the deaths of five prisoners during the prison uprising, at Lucasville in 1993. Since the uprising he has taken the African name Bomani Shakur. Bomani Shakur has proclaimed his innocence. He reports that police beat him, left him naked in freezing conditions for long periods in cells without plumbing in order to make him confess to acts he didn’t commit and to get him to become a witness for the state. He encouraged other prisoners not to make false confessions or turn state’s evidence.

Siddique Hasan, and Bomani Shakur are now on death row as a part of the Lucasville Uprising.


On August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri eighteen year old Mike Brown was murdered by white police officer, Darren Wilson. It didn’t take long for this to spark a rebellion that was felt by Ferguson, the entire St. Louis area, and the world. There are communities all over north America that have been dealing with racism, and terrorism implemented by the police. The courage of those who took part in the uprising that swelled Ferguson and the surrounding area inspired those areas that have been feeling that same repression to fight back just the same.

It has been a long time since Siddique Hasan, and Bomani Shakur could actually stand face to face and discuss the fight that exists inside or outside the prison walls, for a better world. They’ve typed up a reconstruction of discussions they’ve had on these events, and are eager to share it with the world.

They have been locked in solitary confinement for over two decades, while they struggle against death sentences. After years of constant effort and repeated hunger strikes, they’ve recently won the ability to spend their scant hours outside their cells together. It is not just what they discuss here in the following pages of this zine, but the setting where this discussion takes place, and the understanding that this is what takes place when these two great minds come together.





Bomani: So we’ve been sitting here for the past several weeks watching the
fallout of recent police shootings of unarmed Black men, and obviously it’s
been inspiring to see so many people–Black, White, young and old–come out
in a forceful show of solidarity against the powers that be. Tell me, what
has been the most powerful impression you’ve had? And, what kind of
connections do you see between the recent shootings and some of the other
ills that plague society?

Hasan: The most powerful impression was seeing the youth of Ferguson, and
people from its surrounding areas, come out in droves after hearing about
the unprovoked and senseless death of Michael Brown by the gun of a police
officer. While curious onlookers appeared on the scene, the majority of the
crowd was there to display their love and last respects to their fallen
comrade, to offer moral support to his family, or to simply express their
anger over the killing of another unarmed Black man in this country. From
behind enemy lines we have been witnessing the wholesale killings of our
people, and have been wondering what will it take to stop this epidemic
that’s running rampant throughout our communities? So when I saw the unrest
unfolding in Ferguson, I was really moved by seeing so many young brothers
and sisters set aside their artificial differences, group labels, and begin
to unify their efforts in order to change this racist and exploitative
system which targets, kills, and disenfranchises the poor and people of

The negative critiques about their actions were expected, for it’s typical
for those who stand on the safe sidelines, or sit in the comfort of their
homes, to criticize vandalism and unrest under all circumstances. However,
let’s be realistic, if it wasn’t for those brave revolutionaries saying, in
so many words and deeds, “f–k the police” and “Black Lives Matter,” the
systematic killing of Blacks would not be getting the international
exposure it is, and changes would not be forthcoming. So they must ignore
the critiques of naysayers, as well as pacifists, and continue to push for
changes that will ultimately bring about real justice and equality for all
Americans, especially economic equality.

Bomani: I agree wholeheartedly. While I am deeply impressed by the will and
tenacity that has been shown, I’m concerned that traditional, mainstream
organizations will intervene and stifle the momentum of these young people.
And isn’t that how it always goes? I mean, I don’t want to disregard people
like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and so on, because they serve a critical
purpose; however, instead of leading the movement and possibly steering it
in an unproductive direction, they should either follow or play a
supportive role. In order for things to truly change, things have to go
beyond duplicating the strategies of the past. Yes, body cameras are
needed, and police officers need to be held accountable for the crimes they
commit. Those are no-brainers, things that should already be happening.
However, these modest concessions should not be viewed as a cure-all.

There’s something fundamentally wrong with this system. It’s broken! And
the conversation should not be centered on how to “fix it,” but on how to
change it. I mean, even Martin Luther King thought this way. In fact, after
the march on Washington, he turned his attention toward cultivating a Poor
People’s Movement. Of course he was murdered before his vision could be
realized, but we need to pick up where he left off: challenging the status
quo. In other words, no more business as usual.

Hasan: From the tragedies of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner,
Tamir Rice, and several other untimely deaths, there has emerged a
nationwide movement being shepherd by some very inspiring, educated,
articulated and throughtful young activists and organizations–such as
Dante Barry of Million Hoodies; Tory Russell, co-founder of Hands Up
United; Ashley Yates of Millennial Activists United; Alicia Garza of Black
Lives Matter; Montague Simmons of Organization for Black Struggle; Synead
Nichols and Umaara Elliott of Millions March NYC; New Abolitionist
Association (in Cleveland), to name a few. Therefore, I can identify with
your concern about “traditional organizations” and their leadership,
because today’s youth are sick and tired of being stopped and frisked,
assaulted, disenfranchised and seeing their generation murdered and
imprisoned on a massive scale. And since the older cast of civil rights
leaders have not been able to solve these problems, my position is: the
most honorable and dignified thing for them to do is to pass on the
leadership baton to a new generation of capable leaders, because our youth
are no longer feeling them. If they’re unwilling to relinquish the baton
(and I’m sure they want), then the least they could do is stop criticizing
our youth for not following their unconditional nonviolence stance. I don’t
know if you’ve heard about it, but in Ferguson, they told Rev. Jesse
Jackson, “Get the hell outta here! You ain’t no leader.”

On the issues of body cameras and accountability, I support both of them.
But using available technology and holding police accountable are not going
to solve all our problems with police. If body and dash-board cameras, or
cellphones for that matter, were the answer to our victimization, then why
was Rodney King, Oscar Grant, John Crawford III, Eric Garner, and Tamir
Rice, not protected? You don’t have to answer that. My point is, we need a
complete overhaul of the criminal justice system and policing in poor and
Black communities, for not only have cops lied about why they had to use
deadly or excessive force against their victims, they have also fabricated
and concealed favorable evidence to put many of us in jails and prisons,
which is one of the main contributors to mass incarceration.

Bomani: That’s right. Still, as I think about it, at least most of us were
afforded the pretense of a trial for our so-called crimes. Eric Garner,
Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and the others, weren’t given that; instead, they
were summarily executed–no trial, no jury, no due process, no nothing. And
then to somehow justify what was done to them by saying, “Well, the police
officers were in fear of their lives” is simply unacceptable. I mean, how
can you justify killing a 12-year-old boy who was playing with a toy gun at
the playground? It’s absurd! I tell you, man, my eyes fill with tears every
time I think about Tamir. I mean, I feel the same or similarly about all of
them, but I have a 12-year-old nephew, and the thought that he could be
gunned down by the very people whose job it is to protect him is maddening.
And so we have to teach our children about the sordid history of this
country and stop pretending that, just because we have a Black president,
we live in a post-racial society.

Racism killed Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, et al., and the fact that a grand
jury refused to hold the officers responsible is the surest indication that
those in power are blinded by hate, bigotry, and fear. And, yes, as you
alluded to, mass incarceration, the so-called war on drugs, and so on, are
all part and parcel of the discriminatory practices that have always been a
mainstay of this system of injustice. And yet, the whole country–Black and
White people–stood back and watched as the prison population ballooned to
over 2 million people (not to mention the millions on probation or parole).
It’s crazy! I mean, no one questioned where all the guns and drugs came
from, or more importantly, why Blacks are sentenced to longer prison
sentences for the same “crimes” as Whites. So, yeah, it’s encouraging to
see the “coming together” of so many people of different backgrounds and
ethnicities because at the end of the day, we’re not talking about a Black
or White problem; we’re talking about a human problem, something that’s
going to take all of us working together to solve. We have to understand
that. I mean, it’s no longer just a matter of what’s happening to Black
people; in reality, the whole planet is at stake–and if, as Richard Wright
suggested, this country can’t find its way to a human path, if it can’t
inform conduct with a deep sense of life, then all of us, Black as well as
White, are going down the same drain. That’s real talk.

Hasan: That “pretense of a trial” is exactly what was afforded to us in our
Lucasville cases, cases which are a serious affront and travesty of
justice. This pretense happens to poor people because most people in
society don’t seem to really care how the criminal-justice system works so
differently for the underclass. As Atty. Bryan Stevenson has said, “We have
a criminal-justice system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty
than if you’re poor and innocent.” And that’s what this whole movement is
about: equal treatment under the law and cops being held accountable for
their bad behavior. This society would never tolerate Black cops routinely
killing White kids and fabricating evidence against them, so why should
Blacks tolerate it? All our people are asking for is a fair shake and a
piece of the American Dream, which has only been a nightmare for us. And, I
realize it’s going to take a mixture of ingredients in civil
disobedience–stopping traffic, peaceful sit-ins and die-ins, selectively
boycotting businesses, picketing, among other methods of stiff
resistance–to solve centuries of racism, mistrust and animosity that
subsists between the police and the Black community. And contrary to
popular beliefs, the police do not possess the right to become judge, jury
and executioner.

Bomani: I agree. Under a system of laws, everyone should be held to the
same standards and treated equally–and what Bryan Stevenson is saying is
that justice itself has become a commodity, something that is reserved for
those with money. And it’s this–the commodification of humanity–that lies
beneath most of the problems that plague society. When I mentioned earlier
that the planet is at stake, I was speaking in terms of global warming and
climate change which, on the surface, seems disconnected from the present
problems of police brutality, poverty, mass incarceration, etc., but
beneath it all is this relentless push for profits over people. So, in
summation, I guess the most important thing I would say to young activists
(if I had the opportunity) is: stay focused and never forget that we are
all in this together.

Hasan: Spoken like a champ. And, yes, we’re all in this struggle together,
and we can’t afford to allow certain forces to divide and conquer us. The
same government that is oppressing and exploiting people out there in
society is the same government that is oppressing and exploiting us behind
enemy lines. But, as long as we remain united and determined to make
revolutionary changes across the board, those changes are inescapable
because the power of the people is greater than those in power.

Man, I hope and pray that this new group of young activists, that have
struck fear in the hearts of the powers that be, will capitalize on some of
the apparent mistakes made by the Occupy Movement–namely, not having a
central leader, not having specific goals, not being in it for the long
haul, and not having adequate funds to implement their revolutionary
agenda. In short, they must learn from their predecessors mistakes.

To read more by Siddique Hasan, Bomani Shakur, and to learn more about the Lucasville Uprising of 1993 please go to:

And letters of support can be sent to:


Siddique Abdullah Hasan (Carlos A. Sanders)


Ohio State Penitentiary

PO Box 1436

Youngstown, OH 44505



Bomani Shakur (Keith LaMar)


Ohio State Penitentiary

PO Box 1436

Youngstown, OH 44501


43 years of Isolation for Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3

Friday, April 17, 2015

(A3 Newsletter) The Waiting Game: 43 Years of Innocence; Still Incarcerated; Still Isolated

(PHOTO: Albert Woodfox in 1998)

Today marks 43 years since Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace were first placed in solitary confinement for a crime they didn’t commit. We now await a decision from Federal Judge James Brady regarding Albert’s request for bail, expected any week.

Featured below are messages from both Albert and Robert King. New artwork by longtime A3 supporter Rigo 23 is displayed alongside a poem written by Albert back in 1998 entitled I Wait. Who could have imagined that 17 years later, in 2015, he would still be in solitary confinement, still waiting for justice?

If you have not yet done so, please sign the Amnesty USA petition calling on Louisiana authorities to not oppose bail for Albert!

New artwork by longtime A3 supporter Rigo 23

A Message from Albert

Greetings.  I’d imagine that friends and supporters are concerned with what is happening to me since being transferred from the Louisiana Department of Corrections to West Feliciana Parish custody.  I’m ok–still in isolation as we come upon the 43rd anniversary of my first days in solitary confinement.  I remain strong and dedicated to the people’s struggle.

Stay Strong,

Robert King on Albert’s 43 Years in Hell

(PHOTO: Robert King released in 2001)

Albert sits in a cell in a parish detention center in West St. Francisville Parish, where he is “still waiting.”  He waits for the State of Louisiana’s next move in their game of infinitely obstructing justice.  We, all of Albert’s supporters, wait with him.

No evidence connects Albert to the murder. The case is rife with prosecutorial misconduct as well as manufactured and purchased testimony. Yet, 43 years later, despite a third overturned conviction, the State continues hell-bent in its determination to not just incarcerate Albert, but to also keep him isolated in solitary confinement.

Waiting for justice is a tortuously slow process in this “land of the free.”

Local Media Coverage of Baton Rouge Prayer Vigil for Albert

The April 12 prayer vigil with Michael Mable, brother of Albert Woodfox (shown in photo above), led by Reverend Dr. Patricia T. Bates and sponsored by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture was reported on by The Advocate:

A small group gathered at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge Sunday afternoon to pray for Albert Woodfox, the last of the Angola 3 still in prison, and his brother, Michael Mable, said he hopes that he will see his brother as a free man within both their lifetimes.

“I do believe he’s innocent,” Mable said. “I just want him to have his freedom.”

Mable said he has visited his brother every month without fail since his brother’s incarceration in the early 1970s. Mable still makes the drive even after leaving New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and settling in Houston. He works as a chef on an offshore drilling platform.

Mable recalled how his older brother, then in his early 20s, also essentially raised him and his four other siblings on his own – from walking them to school to making sure they fell asleep.

“I just want justice,” Mable said Sunday. “I just feel that all these years, they’ve never proved that Albert did this. … My struggle is to make sure that he gets free one day.”

I Wait 
By Albert Woodfox 

6×8 cell and I wait
I wait for revolution , and I wait
For Unity and I wait for Peace
I wait while people shoot up dope
And while people smoke down grass!
Yes, I wait, am i a fool?
I wait, I wait and I wait!
People party down and I wait
I wait while people do the boogey
Robot, Bus stop and hustle
Our Lives away!
Education, agitation, organization
I’m still waiting
Justice! I’m waiting.

Write Albert:

Albert Woodfox #72148
West Feliciana Parish Detention Center
PO Box 2727
St. Francisville, LA 70775

A short presentation, and a film Screening – April 15th , 7pm

Come check out a presentation on the importance of supporting self-defense prisoners from the LGBTQ community  and then the  screening of the documentary, Out in The Night that will follow –


Film Screening | Wednesday, April 15 7:00 – 9:30 pm | The Sol Collective, 2574 21st St, Sacto


A lifetime demanding self-defense, one night they fought back.

a documentary feature film by blair dorosh-walther

Join us for a film screening of this powerful documentary about four black women who were sentenced to prison for daring to defend themselves against a homophobic attack.

Support Luke O’Donovan!



On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Luke O’Donovan attended a house party in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia. Luke was seen dancing with and kissing other men at the party. Later in the night he was insulted with homophobic slurs, and attacked by several people at once. Luke unsuccessfully attempted to escape, at which point several witnesses reported watching between 5 and 12 men ganging-up on Luke and stomping on his head and body, evidently with the intent to kill him. Luke was called a faggot before and during the attack. Throughout the course of the attack, Luke and five others were stabbed. Luke was subsequently imprisoned and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as one count of attempted murder. He spent two and a half weeks in jail without bond before being released under bond conditions that drastically affected his life. None of the other individuals involved in the altercation were charged.

Luke is a young queer man previously residing in metro Atlanta. At the time of his arrest, Luke was a student at Georgia Gwinnett College and planned on transferring to Georgia State University — a plan he subsequently had to abandon because of legal fees, medical costs, and bond conditions. The conditions of Luke’s bond caused him to move out of the house he was staying in, as well as preventing him from interacting with a large section of his community in Northeast Atlanta.

Luke’s trial concluded on August 12, 2014, when he accepted a plea deal. The negotiated deal was as follows: Luke will be in the Georgia prison system for 2 years beginning on August 12, after which he will begin eight years of harsh probation. At the time of sentencing, the judge added to the negotiated plea that Luke will be banished from the state of Georgia for the eight years of his probation.

Going forward, our support and yours will be needed in a number of ways:

We need to raise a large amount of money over the next two years.  Because he has chosen to remain vegan while in prison, Luke will need as much commissary as possible in order to purchase extra food. He will also need money for telephone calls, stamps, and other amenities. We encourage everyone to choose a recurring donation, as we will need to send him money every week. You can donate here.

Please, please, please write to Luke. One of the worst parts of prison is the isolation, so we must do everything we can to keep him as connected to his community and supporters as possible. We encourage folks to organize letter writing nights so they can write to Luke (and other prisoners if they so choose) together. He will appreciate all supportive communication he gets.

Luke is now at his permanent facility at Washington State Prison in Davisboro, GA. His address is:

Luke Patrick O’Donovan
Washington State Prison
P.O. Box 206
Davisboro, GA 31018

If you’ve never written someone in prison before, you should check out these tips.

Regarding books and packages: Luke is pretty limited as far as receiving packages goes. We are able to send him packages periodically through an inmate package service, but this service is only available to those on Luke’s visitation list. Donating money to the PayPal account helps us get these packages to Luke which can contain clothing, cds, and other items he wants or needs. While Luke can receive books, he has asked us to help control the flow of books coming in as he is currently limited to having a maximum of eight books at a time. If you are interested in sending a book to Luke, please send us an email and we will help you. Please remember that nothing other than letters can be directly mailed to Luke’s address. Thank you!

To contact Luke’s support team,