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Asheville Solidarity Rally with Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington DC

The 13th Amendment of the US Constitution still allows slavery, creating an increasing population of caged people who provide free or near-free labor to stockholders of the Prison Industrial Complex and profiteers of mass incarceration. As a result, American jobs are lost and job-seekers are victimized because private industry cannot compete with involuntary servitude.

Therefore, citizens of Asheville North Carolina invite you to a Solidarity Rally with Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on Washington DC. There, we will peacefully assemble to let Congress know, it is time to end slavery once and for all, delete the exception clause in the 13th Amendment authorizing prison slavery, and stop profiteering in its tracks – because all workers deserve living wages. All Asheville and Buncombe County residents are invited–especially our elected representatives and those running for office this election season. Voters, your constituents, want to know where you stand on this matter.

When: August 19th at 11:30 AM

Where: Pack Square Park (In front of City Hall)

This event is organized by Asheville Black Lives Matter, Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross (BRABC), and Zamani Refuge African Cultural Center, with more endorsements forthcoming.

For more information, please check out this Fedbook link.

April 2017 Letter Writing Night

In support of the Week of Solidarity Against Repression Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross will be hosting a political prisoner letter writing night at Firestorm Books and Coffee. We will be highlighting cases of folks such as Red Fawn Fallis who have been swept up in the recent wave of repression as well as long term political prisoners who are still in need of support. Join us if you can. Donations of envelopes, stamps, and money will be graciously accepted.

The event will begin at 5pm at Firestorm Books and Coffee located at:
610 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC

Red Fawn

Red Fawn is a human rights advocate, organizer and a community leader within the Oglala Lakota Sioux. She grew up in Colorado and was raised in traditional Lakota ways, grounded with love and a deep connection to the earth and all living things. Her mother Troylynn Yellow Wood, taught her the importance of fighting for social and environmental justice.

On Oct. 27th, the police raided the 1851 Treaty Camp. Grandmothers and grandfathers and youth were pulled out of sacred sweat lodges, old and precious teepees were destroyed, along with holy ceremonial items such as the chanupa, our sacred ceremonial pipe.

More than 140 people were arrested that day. Bail was raised from $200 to $1,500 for each. All have been released except, Red Fawn. Her bail was originally set for $110k. That day, Red Fawn was serving as a trained medic. She was helping injured water protectors who had been sprayed with mace and hit by rubber bullets. As Red Fawn retreated from the front lines, three officers targeted, tackled and threw her to the ground. Police reports allege that one of the officers pulled his weapon and placed it against her back and while she was pinned to the ground, shots were fired.

Red Fawn is being accused of firing a weapon. Eyewitness accounts and video show otherwise.

“Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he couldn’t confirm any shots were fired by the water protectors on Oct. 27” (Democracy Now) Red Fawn has been behind bars since that day. She is facing 25 plus years in prison.

Learn more at http://www.freeredfawn.com/

Write to Red Fawn at:
Red Fawn Fallis
110 Industrial Rd
Rugby, ND 58368


April Prisoner Birthdays:

April 11, 1949
Romaine Fitzgerald
Kern Valley State Prison
Post Office Box 5101
Delano, California 93216
*Address card to Chip

Chip was a dedicated Panther, who threw himself into his political work, including the Party’s Free Breakfast Program, the tutorial program, selling Panther papers, political education classes and other projects. In 1969, at age 19, he was convicted and sentenced to death for his participation in a police shootout. In 1972 California abolished the death penalty and he was resentenced to life with the possibility of parole. Because of his political beliefs he remains in prison while 98% of the people on death row in California in 1972 have been released. Address envelope to Romaine Fitzgerald.

April 16, 1976
Walter Bond
FCI Greenville
P.O. Box 5000
Greenville, IL 62246
*Address cards to Abdul Haqq

Abdul Haqq is an imprisoned Animal Liberation Front operative who was arrested in the summer of 2010 for the A.L.F. Lone Wolf arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado, the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah. Address envelope to Walter Bond.

April 2, 1956
Charles Sims Africa
SCI Dallas
1000 Follies Road
Dallas, PA 18612

April 2, 1956
Delbert Orr Africa
SCI Dallas
1000 Follies Road
Dallas, PA 18612

April 13, 1951
Janet Holloway Africa
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

April 25, 1956
Janine Phillips Africa
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

Chuck, Delbert, Janet, and Janine Africa are 4 of the people who make up the MOVE 9. There are currently eight MOVE activists in prison, each serving 100 years after been framed for the murder of a cop in 1978. The 9th defendant, Merle Africa, died in prison in 1998. MOVE is an eco-revolutionary group dedicated to liberation struggles.

April 24, 1954
Mumia Abu-Jamal
SCI Mahanoy
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932

In 1981, Mumia, former Black Panther and vocal supporter of MOVE, was framed for the murder of a cop. In 2013, Mumia’s death sentence was overturned and, with pressure from hundreds of supporters he was released into general population.

April 27th, 1993
Brandon Baxter
FCI Terre Haute
PO Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808

Brandon and four others were arrested on May 1st, 2012 and accused of plotting a series of bombings, including of an area bridge. The FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced them into participating.