Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for January. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.
Nineteen year old anarchist Luke O’Donovan is being charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault for defending himself from a queer bashing by multiple attackers. You can find out more here.
Matthew Duran and Katherine “KteeO” Olejnik were unexpectedly thrown back into solitary confinement at SeaTac FDC on December 27th. Please call SeaTac FDC at 206-870-5700 to demand that Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Matthew Pfeiffer be released from prison. More info can be found here.
There was a nice little New Year’s Eve noise demo at the jail in neighboring Durham. You can read about it here. Inside the Durham jail on New Year’s Eve was Carlos riley Jr. People in the area are stepping up to fight to free Durham native Carlos Riley, Jr., the cousin of known Bay-area activist and MC Boots Riley. Carlos was stopped by a cop mid morning on December 18th. During the stop, the cop shouted expletives, physically attacked Carlos, verbally threatened to kill him and attempted to draw his weapon to shoot at Carlos Riley. While attempting to draw his weapon, the cop shot himself in the leg. Fearing for his life, Carlos fled the scene in his car. According to the police, at this point he also allegedly took the cop’s weapon and badge away from him.
The Final Straw recently did another interview with Viki Law and China Martens about the newly published book, Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities (PM Press, 2012) , which they edited and contributed to. They talk about multi-generationality in struggle as well as intersections of age, class, gender and race. This show will be streaming from 12/17-12/23/2012 at Ashevillefm.org and available for podcast and download at Radio4all.net
Lastly, here is a link to the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of good updates on many political prisoners.
Until Every Cage Is Empty,