September 3rd, Prisoner Letter Writing Night

This month we continue our first-Sunday-of-every-month get together at Firestorm at 5pm EST to write letters to prisoners.  We’ll have addresses for political prisoners in the U.S. and will provide paper, pens, envelopes and postage. Come out and meet BR(A)BC members and reach out to those behind bars with us! Prisoners with birthdays we’ll be…

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.

Show Some Birthday Love for Malik Washington!

Friends,

Support for long-term political and politicized prisoners is a crucial part of building a revolutionary abolitionist movement. We owe it to our friends on the inside not to lose track of them, and to show we care about their lives. Wishing someone “Happy Birthday” is a great way of doing that–which is why Blue Ridge ABC holds monthly political prisoner birthday letter-writing nights–and we appreciate everyone who has attended one of those events!

For those who are able to do a little bit more, a small birthday gift goes a long way and means SO MUCH. Comrade Malik Washington, a radical prison activist who is incarcerated in Texas, is turning 49 in a few days (July 19), and he is running low on funds in his commissary (the account at the prison where he can spend money to get things he needs). If there is any little amount you could throw Malik’s way, he would be so grateful! It’s very easy to do online, just visit here to buy items or post money to his account using his name (*Keith H. Washington*) and inmate number (*TDC#1487958*).

Malik is one of the chief spokespeople for the End Prison Slavery movement that launched last year’s prison strike on September 9. One of the reasons it’s so important to support people like Malik is that he truly demonstrates what “mutual aid” looks like in action. He wrote in his last letter, “Anything you send is a blessing because some guys get absolutely nothing but please know I always share with my fellow prisoners. We are in this together–no time for selfishness!!” That’s what it’s all about!

Hope you can support, and thanks for all you do to build this movement!

In appreciation & solidarity,

Blue Ridge ABC

PS – If you want to write Malik a happy birthday greeting or send a card,
here’s his mailing address:

Keith H. Washington
TDC# 1487958
Eastham Unit
2665 Prison Road #1
Lovelady, TX 75851

June 11th, Asheville, 2017 flyers and events

June 11 is celebrated in solidarity with Marius Mason and other long term anarchist and ecological prisoners in the U.S. and around the world. There’ll be a vegan cookout and potluck, with discussions on the history of the #GreenScare, info on specific prisoners and ways to plug in locally as well as on queer and…