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November 2022 letter writing event

Join BRABC for political prisoner letter writing at Firestorm Books (610 Haywood Rd, Asheville) today, November 6th 2022 from 3-5pm! We’ll be writing prisoners with birthdays this month or who could use a kind word from outside. We appreciate folks bringing their own mask as this event is indoors, but Firestorm also has masks available.

Letter Writing, October 2nd 2022

From 1-3pm, join us for our monthly letter writing event at West Asheville Park, 198 Vermont Avenue. Get free information about political prisoners, we’ll bring letter writing supplies, talk about abolitionism. You know the deal! We’ll be writing to prisoners facing repression or with October birthdays, but feel free to bring those letters you’ve set…

Letter Writing, 9/4/22

appalachian landscape with information on letter writing in front

Join Blue Ridge ABC for political prisoner letter writing, Sunday Sept 4th from 3-5pm at West Asheville Park, 198 Vermont Ave. We’ll be writing to political prisoners with upcoming birthdays as well as any friends or loved ones who may need a little boost behind bars. Pick up free literature and stickers, make some friends,…

June 2022 Prisoner Letter Writing

Join Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross on Sunday, June 5th for our monthly political prisoner letter writing event at West Asheville Park on Vermont Ave, from 3-5pm. We’ll bring the materials and names and addresses of political and politicized prisoners with upcoming birthdays or who’ve been facing repression. It’s a great way to start a new friendship, meet others interested in prisoner support, let the prison know that our comrades aren’t alone and make someones day behind bars.

May 2022 Prisoner Letter Writing

Rainy Appalachian landscape with "Politlcal Prisoner Letter Writing" flyer imprintedJoin BRABC for our monthly political prisoner letter writing event, first Sunday of the month at West Asheville Park at 198 Vermont Ave, Asheville, 5-7pm on May 1st, 2022.

We’ll be writing to political prisoners with upcoming birthdays or who are facing repression, though please feel free to bring your own letters you’ve been meaning to write.

If you’re new to writing letters, no worries! It’s a great way to connect to folks and means a huge deal to our siblings behind bars. We’ll bring experience, addresses and names, plus stationary.

New statement from Asheville Sanctuary Camp Defendants

A statement on continued and widening repression by the city of of community members for alleged participation in housing rights and anti-encampment sweeps as the city declared code purple for danger of freezing for homeless folks, around New Years 2021

If you want to donate to ongoing mutual aid efforts, venmo: @AVLSurvival. If you want to donate to the defendants legal fund: @AVLdefendantfund. If you want to contribute to support future movement repression, venmo: @BlueRidgeABC

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  • Slide one: Black text on a white background with a blue border and red background “The following is an update from the now 15 defendants facing charges in Asheville, NC as a part of the city government’s attempt to repress food sharing and mutual aid organizing”.
  • Slide two: Black text on a light red background with a dark red border and a light blue background ” Since our last statement at the beginning of February, the state has targeted 8 more community members in connection with the December demonstration in Aston Park criticizing the City government’s inhumane treatment of homeless folks. We are now a group of 15 locals facing multiple felony charges for participating in mutual aid efforts in our community”.
  • Slide three: Picture of a tree in ***** park with a bathroom sink hanging from a branch and a banner hung around the base of the tree, a sunset in the background. Various objects scattered underneath the tree. A white truck in the background of the picture. Black text above the image on a light blue background with a red border and a dark blue background ” The city government claims we are each responsible for leaving behind more than 500 lbs of trash following a peaceful protest. APD claims this resulted in a 100 hours of “clean-up efforts”, the use of heavy machinery, and a cost of $2,680″.
  • Slide four: Black text on a light red background with a dark red border and light blue background “Over the past three months, the taxpayer dollars and time expended surveilling, harassing, arresting, and now prosecuting the defendants vastly exceeds the damages claimed by APD. How many of the same resources and heavy machinery have been employed by the city and county government to remove and destroy homeless camps in the last year alone?”.
  • Slide five: Image of a windbreak made of pallets with words reading “people over profit” and “community will keep us safe” on them in spray paint. There are four white (city) trucks in the background and the back of a person next to the palates. Leaves scattered on the grass in the foreground of the image.
  • Slide six: Black text on a light red background with a dark red border reading ” These actions are not an effort to make our city safer, they are an attack on mutual aid. We remain committed to ensuring all members of our community have a safe place to live, a community around them, and agency over their own lives.” and a blue background beyond that.
  • Slide Seven: Black text on white background reading: ” We still need your help as we face state repression and attempts to shut down our networks of care. ” with a blue border and dark red background.
  • Slide eight: Black text on light red background reading: “Keep sharing food and care and solidarity with one another. Keep delivering groceries, cooking meals, sharing funds, and showing up in the parks. Keep standing with your community. Keep building this beautiful, transformative mutual aid movement. Keep sharing our story. In solidarity and community, the Sanctuary Camp Defendants” with a dark red border and light blue background.

Prior statement:

Text of the first 10 slides:

  • “The following is a statement from 7 defendants facing charges in Asheville, NC as part of the city government’s attempt to repress food sharing and mutual aid organizing:”
  • “We, the defendants, understand these arrests to be part of a larger strategy of the Asheville Police Department and City government to end mutual aid in Asheville. Mutual aid is loving hard and caring for folks in community by working cooperatively, resourcing, and networking to meet everyone’s basic needs. City officials have time and again chosen to sacrifice the survival of homeless and poor folks of this city in the name of profit and tourism. Now they’ve chosen to target mutual aid work in Asheville because this work shines a light on the pervasive, immeasurable failures of the government to care for its community.”
  • “From December 19th to December 25th, 2021, a group of locals – both housed and unhoused, youth and adults – gathered at Aston Park in downtown Asheville for a community art build. This was to create art together, share hot food, and bring attention to the violent, inhumane treatment of homeless folks by the city government. In the weeks following, Asheville Police Department issued arrest warrants for seven locals, charging each of them with both felony littering and aiding & abetting felony littering. APD officers arrested two individuals from their places of work and attempted to do so to another. APD arrested a third individual at their home. To avoid continued harassment from APD, four individuals elected to turn themselves in. Following the arrests, APD proceeded to share personal information about six of the seven arrestees on social media. “
  • “These charges are just one of multiple attempts by City government to repress our movement. We see these accusations as an attempt to incapacitate and exhaust those who believe adamantly that ALL members of our community should be housed, nourished, cared for, and have agency over their own lives.”
  • “These arrests come amidst a county wide wave of camp sweeps that aim to uproot, traumatize, and wipe out homeless people in Asheville. Over recent months, there has also been an increase of targeted harassment against homeless community members who are known to be politicized and outspoken about the violence they face. Recently, Asheville City government has also attempted to criminalize food sharing in public parks as yet another way to push homeless people and housed allies out of public space and to ultimately outlaw mutual aid.”
  • “We Need Your Help”
  • “Thank you to those in this community who have reached out to offer support, express rage, and extend resources. We are in awe of our community’s commitment to hold each other through difficult times. Moving forward, we ask two things of those wishing to stand in solidarity with us: First, we will need our community behind us to make it through. Within your networks, help us make it known that this is much larger than legal proceedings against seven people. This is a politically-motivated attempt to end mutual aid in our town.”
  • “Second, as the state tries to actively disrupt our ability to support each other’s basic needs, we must hold each other even closer. We write this statement as a call to continue mutual aid. Share food, share support, and share love for one another. The more people continue showing up, the stronger and more resilient our networks become.”
  • “Mutual Aid is under attack”
  • “In a time when APD and City Government are trying to intimidate, we can let them know we will not be scared. We will never stop. We will always be here, because all we have is each other. –in solidarity and community the defendants”

Solidarity from Blue Ridge ABC!

March 2022 Political Prisoner Letter Writing

Political Prisoner Letter Writing flyer feautinrg a background of an appalachian forest scene

We’ll be doing letter writing at Firestorm today from 1:00-3:00PM. Check out https://uprisingsupport.org/ for information on people who are awaiting trail or serving prison sentences from the 2020 uprisings.     Here’s a birthday list for this month: ===Cinque Magee=== Birthday: March 17 Mailing Address: Ruchell Magee #A92051 T 115 California Medical Facility Post Office…

December 2021 Political Prisoner Letter Writing

A snowy Appalachian hillside with overlayed text about letter writing described in this postJoin BRABC at West Asheville Park from 3-5pm on Sunday, December 5th for political prisoner letter writing.

We’ll bring envelopes, paper, pens, names & addresses of political prisoners & prison rebels facing repression or with upcoming birthdays.

We’ll also have 2022 Certain Days Freedom For Political Prisoners Calendars for sale, plus t-shirts for sale, free stickers and zines!

November 2021 Political Prisoner Letter Writing Event

Appalachian landscape in autumn with details of the eventIf you’re in the Asheville area, check out the Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross letter writing night on Sunday, November 7th from 5-7pm at West Asheville Park at 198 Vermont Ave. No letter writing experience required, they provide stationary, names and addresses of prisoners with upcoming birthdays or facing repression.

As stated before, letters are a great show of support for folks facing repression, as well as a great way to build new relationships with the person you write as well as a to make friends with others interested in offering support to incarcerated comrades. Contact is so important, especially in these isolating times.

We’ll also be bringing t-shirts, buttons and stickers for purchase, great gifts that support our prisoner support efforts.

October 2021 Political Prisoner Letter Writing Event

An appalachian sunset with the words "Political Prisoner Letter Writing | 5-7pm, Sunday Oct 3rd | West Asheville Park, 11 Vermont Ave"This month’s political prisoner letter writing event will be outdoors, socially distanced at the West Asheville park from 5-7pm on Sunday, October 3rd!  We’ll provide addresses of and info about political prisoners with upcoming birthdays or prison rebels currently facing repression in the so-called US. We’ll share stamps, envelopes and other stationary and are happy to help whether you are a novice letter writer or seasoned pro.

A letter to a prisoner can mean a new relationship, it shows the prison staff and other prisoners that outside eyes are on this person, a break from monotonous and/or harsh circumstances, an escape of the imagination.