Trouble #17: Mad Worlds

This coming Friday (Dec 7) at Firestorm, join BRABC at Firestorm Books & Coffee​ from 6:30 til 8pm for a screening of the final Trouble (by Sub.Media​) of the year! We’ll watch the mini-documentary and chat about radical approaches to mental health under capitalism. A good way to start your Friday night. Mental Health in…

December Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Sunday, December 2nd, as in the first Sunday of every month, we meet at Firestorm to write letters to prisoners facing repression or whose birthdays are coming up soon. Join us, no experience necessary, we provide addresses and stationary and can talk about the cases of folks we’re writing to. Come and write letters to…

Phone Zap to Get Malik Out of Solitary!

PHONE ZAP: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 9AM – 1PM

HELP US GET MALIK OUT OF AD-SEG!

Incarcerated activist Keith “Malik” Washington has experienced intense, targeted harassment ever since he began speaking out against the brutal conditions faced by incarcerated people in Texas and nationwide–but over the past few months, prison officials have intensified this retaliation even further.

In Administrative Segregation (solitary confinement) at McConnell Unit, Malik has experienced frequent humiliating strip searches, medical neglect, mail tampering and censorship, confinement 23 hours a day to a cell that reached 100+ degrees in the summer, and other daily abuses too numerous to name.

Most importantly, Malik’s placement in Ad-Seg is a textbook example of political repression: a punitive response to organizing against the exploitation and dehumanization of prison slavery.

Please make calls to the prison officials below to demand Malik’s release from Ad-Seg and an immediate END to abuses against him!

BACKGROUND

Malik was thrown into Ad-Seg in 2016 for endorsing the nationwide prison strike to #EndPrisonSlavery. To this day, prison officials acknowledge that he is in solitary for political activism–that is, for encouraging people to engage in non-violent tactics of work refusal and boycotts of prison industries.

And it gets worse: Malik was cleared for release from Ad-Seg back in June, but the decision was abruptly reversed on the basis of “information” allegedly received by a shadowy, unaccountable intelligence operation called a Fusion Center–information that has never been disclosed, evaluated or verified by anyone, ever.

WHO TO CONTACT

Make the calls on Tuesday (ideally between 9AM-1PM) and send emails to addresses provided. Call script provided below!

TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier
Phone: (936)295-6371
Email: exec.director@tdcj.texas.gov

McConnell Unit Senior Warden Philip Sinfuentes
Phone: (361) 362-2300
Email: philip.sifuentes@tdcj.texas.gov

TCDJ Region IV Director Miguel Martinez
Phone: (361) 362-6328
Email: miguel.martinez@tdcj.texas.gov

WHAT TO SAY

“Hello, I’d like to talk to _______. I’m calling because Keith Washington’s (TDC#1487958) placement in Ad-Seg is a clear case of political repression and retaliation, which has no connection whatsoever to any legitimate security or safety concern.

You are trying to make an example out of him, and I demand that the intense harassment and retaliation against Keith cease immediately, especially the strip searches, medical neglect, and mail tampering he has been subjected to on your watch.

Most importantly, I’m calling to demand that you convene a special review of Keith’s placement in Ad-Seg and release him back to general population ASAP.

I am well aware that Keith was cleared for release from Ad-Seg by the State Classification Committee back in June, and the abrupt reversal of that decision was made on the basis of information that has NEVER been disclosed to Malik or any other person, and has never been independently evaluated or verified–in other words, it’s a pure fiction, another clear indicator of the political repression he is facing. I demand you release Malik from Ad-Seg immediately–his placement there is completely illegitimate!”

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NEW TO PHONE ZAPS? HERE ARE SOME POINTERS!

– When you call, ask for the specific individuals listed above, but don’t expect to reach them; it’s totally fine to leave a message with their receptionist.

– Don’t be surprised if they try to transfer you a million times, keep you on hold, etc. Just talk to or leave a message with whoever you can.

– Don’t be surprised if they lie to you (“Oh, Keith is doing just fine”)–just stick to the script/talking points

– Don’t feel you have to be overly polite or overly rude; just go with whatever feels natural!

– Use the buddy system! Make the calls with one or more friends!

– Report your call: post how your call went (what they said, if they mentioned that others have called, etc)

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WRITE TO MALIK!

View his work at comrademalik.com or write him at:

Keith H. Washington
TDC# 1487958
McConnell Unit
3001 S. Emily Drive
Beeville, TX 78102

Workshop on tech security and preventing doxxing

Saturday, Nov 17th @ 4:00pm Abolishing Your Selfie: Managing One’s Online Presence Blue Ridge Anachist Black Cross continues its ongoing series of tech security workshops, this time with a focus on “doxxing.” Come learn what doxxing is and what you can do to keep it from happening from you. Participants will weigh the pros and…

November Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night

This month, on November 4th at 5pm, join BRABC at Firestorm Books & Coffee for our monthly political prisoner letter writing night, in which we focus letters on specific prisoners whose birthdays are coming up this month or who are specifically facing repression, we talk about their cases and chill.  This recurring event happens the…

Trouble #16: The J20 Conspiracy Case

Join BRABC for our monthly showing of TROUBLE by sub.Media, a serialized short-documentary series of interest to anarchists and the liberation minded.  This month we’ll feature the latest episode on the J20 case, over 200 people arrested and facing up to 80 years in prison for protests during the inauguration of Donald J. Trump on…

Benefit Show for the NAABC Conference

BRABC will be holding a benefit show at the Odditorium on Wednesday, August 29th at 9pm.  The proceeds from the door will go to support former Political Prisoners attending the North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference in Colorado in September of 2018. The show will feature performances by Too Bad (Florida), Autarch, Good Grief &…

Asheville #August21 Prison Strike meetup

What does prisoner support mean to you? Is it personal, political, a mix of the two? Is it something you’ve wanted to get involved in but haven’t known how? Prison rebels are gearing up for a massive action that will result in repression and the need for outside support; so now is the time to…

June 11th Benefit Bbq in Asheville

Join Blue Ridge ABC and other community members for a potluck, grill out to share space and celebrate long term anarchist prisoners, including Marius Mason.  Bring some food to share if you can. Begins at 6pm, Monday the 11th at 6pm at West Asheville Park (off of Vermont Ave). j11 2018 pdf flyer

June 11, 2018: A Day Against Oblivion

“June 11th is an international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners. A spark in the eternal night of state repression. A day set aside for honoring those who have been stolen from us. On this day, we share in songs, events, and actions to celebrate our captured comrades and loved ones. In years past, June 11th celebrations have been international and wide-ranging – from potlucks with friends to various inspiring attacks; fundraising benefits and prisoner letter writing nights to all of the untold and unknown ways we keep the flame alive.”

Read the June 11th 2018 callout here:
https://june11.noblogs.org/post/2018/04/07/june-11-2018-a-day-against-oblivion/

Join us at 6:00PM on Monday, June 11th, in West Asheville Park for a potluck bbq in honor of our imprisoned comrades.

Vegan and GF options will be provided!