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.


June 2021 Letter Writing

Appalachian landscape with info about event super imposed

Join BRABC and others at West Asheville Park (11 Vermont Ave) on June 6th, 2021 from 5-7pm for our monthly political prisoner letter writing event. We’ll provide names and addresses of prisoners facing repression or with upcoming birthdays and info about their cases and struggles. We’ll bring stationary & stamps, hang out and chat or…

‘All Power To The People’ film showing

Join BRABC for a showing of the amazing 1996 documentary, ‘All Power To The People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond’.  This film features the voices of many folks involved in the BPP, BLA and other liberation movements of the 1960’s and 70’s as well as historians and activists talking about the suppression of the…

Jan Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Join BRABC for our monthly letter writing event at Firestorm. We provide all the materials and invite you to take this opportunity to hone your letter writing skills, send some happy birthday wishes to folks serving time during this darkest time of the year.  It’s a great opportunity to meet new folks and make correspondence…

August 2nd: Film Night “Love And Revolution”

flyer for Love And Revolution showing

“The media no longer talk about Greece, suggesting that the austerity cure has been successful and that peace has returned. This film proves the opposite. A musical journey, from the north to the south of Greece, among those who dream of love and revolution. ” Join BRABC on Friday, August 2nd from 6:30-8pm for a…

Saturday, March 16: BRABC Double-Header at Static Age Records

On Saturday, March 16th, Blue Ridge ABC is holding a double-header at Static Age Records in downtown Asheville. First up, from 3-5pm, a Super Smash Brothers benefit tournament, with vegan cheese-steaks and fries available. Double elimination, best 2 out of 3 rounds. For more info, check out https://www.smashprisonssmashbros.eventbrite.com.         Then, from 9pm…

The Gentleman Bank Robber: Free Film at UNCA

To cap off the weekend of the UNCA Queer Studies Conference on “Prisons, Borders and Pipelines: Toward a Queer Abolitionist Movement”, Blue Ridge ABC & Tranzmission Prison Project will be presenting a documentary film entitled “The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown.”

From the filmmaker:

The Gentleman Bank Robber is a portrait of revolutionary rita bo brown, a white working class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” in the 1970s for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. The film moves between everyday moments with bo in and around her current home in Oakland, California, and historical retelling of the events of bo’s extraordinary life through interviews with bo and her collaborators, archival materials, and rare social movement ephemera. The Gentleman Bank Robber weaves together personal and political perspectives on 20th century social movement histories, including queer liberation in the 1960s; militant, underground activity with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group; political prisoner support work in the 1980s, and prison activist work into the present day. bo brown is a model for how to lead a life of committed activism while maintaining a sense of humor and humanity.

Learn more about the film and watch a trailer at Julie Perini’s website.

Can’t make it?  No worries, we’ll be showing it again in Asheville in mid-June.  Details forthcoming.

bo brown has been diagnosed with Lewys Body Dimentia, a degenerative and terminal neurological disease.  To learn more about bo’s health and to donate to her healthcare fund, visit youcaring.com.

Online Identity Security Workshop

Haunted by your flikr account you haven’t touched in a decade?  Bullied
by that MyJournal filled with angsty teen poetry?  MySpace got you
down?  How about those personal adds your roommate signed you up for
when you left your screen unlocked inadvertently?  Well, we have a
solution for you.

Join BRABC on Saturday, December 9th from 2-5pm for a practical workshop
on scrubbing your online identity! We’ll show you the basics of opting
out from some of the bigger data brokers, step by step tutorials for
locking down your social media, shutting down old accounts and give you
some material to take away.  We’ll talk about better practices to defend
against doxxing and more!

Back room at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Rd.

August 2017 Prisoner Letter Writing Night

This Sunday, August 6th, at 5pm at Firestorm Books & Coffee in Asheville, join BR(A)BC for it’s monthly prisoner letter writing night!

Working with inspiration from the Prison Books Collective’s August 2017 Political Prisoner birthday poster, among the prisoners we’ll be writing to are:



Dane Powell, first political prisoner of the Trump Regime.  Dane is a father, a vet, a water protector, and is serving 2 years for participating in the January 20th anti-inauguration protests in Washington D.C.

Dane Powell
DCDC #358530
DC Jail
1901 D St SE
Washington DC, 20003

Eric King is a vegan, anarchist prisoner from Kansas City, MO, sentenced to 10 years for the attempted arson of a politician’s office organized specifically to cause no human harm.  His birthday was August 2nd.

Eric King # 27090045
PO BOX 6000

Bill Dunne is an anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist prisoner sentenced to 90 years for attempting to break an anarchist prisoner out of prison.  His birthday is August 3rd!

Bill Dunne #10916-086
FCI Victorville Medium I
Post Office Box 3725
Adelanto, California 92301
Debbie Sims Africa is one of the Move9, each serving 100 years, framed up on charges of killing a police officer in 1979 in Philadelphia. Her birthday is August 4th.
Debbie Sims Africa
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Dr. Mutulu Shakur has been imprisoned since 1986 for his activities in the Black Liberation Movement. His birthday is August 8th.
Dr. Mutulu Shakur
USP Victorville
Post Office Box 3900
Adelanto, CA 92301
We’ll be writing to these and other prisoners this Sunday. Materials will be provided.  See ya there!