Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For July 2013 Is Now Available

july2013Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for July. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

2) Worth checking out is the latest installment of the Crimethinc. Ex-Worker’s Collective’s bimonthly podcast, they discuss the current US prison system and its roots in the state itself, before turning their attention to movements for the abolition and/or destruction of prisons. Their special guests include a comrade from supermax lock up and Midwest Pages to Prisoners Zine Distro.

3) Two campaigns against medical neglect of political prisoners have just made significant progress. Oso Blanco and Tom Manning have both reported  recent concessions in their struggles to get needed medical attention. But don’t forget about these other crucial ongoing campaigns against medical neglect of political prisoners:

4) July 6 is a Day of Solidarity with Russell Maroon Shoatz. Political Prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz has spent over thirty years in solitary confinement as a result of his history of resistance to white supremacy and mass incarceration. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has told Maroon supporters repeatedly that they transferred him to SCI Mahonoy for the purpose of releasing him into general population and that it will take up to 90 days.

If his captors keep their word, won by the pressure of his family and his allies like you, he will soon be released from solitary and July 6th will be a great victory celebration.

If his captors break their word and continue to keep our movement elder in solitary confinement and sensory deprivation, your July 6th gathering will be an opportunity for everyone to write hundreds of letters of protest to flood Secretary Wetzel’s office. More info here.

5) 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


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  2. Spring Grass Book'Em

    Friends, when I clicked on here to see the polprisoners birthday poster, I just got a lot of black or blank boxes instead of pictures , but I got some of the lower text. I guess it didn’t load…not sure if it’s my computer or a defective link? Thanks for your great work! Spring Grass Book’Em has a short birthday list for each month, and when able I mail out some cards; these are mostly prisoners I feel sorry for due to aloneness or abandonment by family, or a penpal or someone in long-term seg. Cards can often be gotten free as leftovers or at Goodwill in bags cheaply so maybe some other people at BTPs would like to start doing this too in addition to sending to those on your poster. –Rosemary

    1. Holly Ann

      Would you mind posting a link? I’ve found their webpage but not their birthday list. This is, of course, presuming it’s okay with the mods to post a link. Thanks!

  3. Jonathan

    Gerardo Hernandez’s birthday is June 4th, not July 4th…

    1. prisonbookscollective

      Ok, can you email us more info at ppbirthday@riseup.net about this. Everything we’ve seen points to July 4th,

  4. Holly Ann

    I’ve also had quite a bit of trouble reading this one. Either it’s not loading correctly or the font is really difficult. I want to be sure to spell everyone’s names and addresses correctly.

  5. Holly

    Berardo’s was returned to me with a notice that that PO Box has been closed. Just FYI.

    1. prisonbookscollective

      Thanks for the heads up.

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