Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For April 2013 Is Now Available

birthdayHello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for April. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. Tragically, there are four more people on this poster than there were last April. Let’s make sure to show them lots of love and support for their first birthday locked up.

Mother’s Day began not just as a day to honor mothers, but as a day for mothers to express solidarity with one another and against the wars that left widows and orphans impoverished. This Mother’s Day, in honor of this tradition, we are calling for a global day of solidarity with incarcerated mothers and against a penal system that disproportionately cages people based on race, class, and gender non-conformity. Please circulate this call far and wide and help organize a noise demo outside a prison or jail near you that holds women captive.

June 11th is the international day of solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie Mason, and all longterm anarchist prisoners. You still have plenty of time to organize something in your town. You can find more info on organizing an event and what has happened in previous years here.

Speaking of Marie Mason, she wrote a lovely thank you letter to all of her supporters for all of the birthday cards and letters she got. You can read the letter here.

Former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz has been held in torturous conditions of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons for the past thirty years. From April 8 to May 10, 2013, the Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz is calling for an intense call-in and write-in campaign to bring pressure on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), to release Maroon from solitary confinement and into the general prison population. You can find out all about it and download action packets on his support page.

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,

The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective