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
FCI FLORENCE
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
PO BOX 6000
FLORENCE, CO  81226

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
#006307
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
83205-012
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!