Help get Marius out of Carswell!

From Support Marius Mason

Greetings,

The campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons will be hosting its second annual national convergence this Summer! Last year’s convergence gathered activists and revolutionaries from across the country to explore the intersections of the environmental movement and the struggle to end mass incarceration. We also took our voices to the streets of DC, together with former prisoners and banners declaring support for those yet to win their freedom, we blocked the entrance to the Bureau of Prisons as well as the major intersection between the FBI and the Department of Justice!

This year’s convergence is taking place from June 2nd through 5th in the Denton/Ft. Worth region of North Texas. Registration is now open, sign up today by clicking here! It’s free to register, we ask only for a sliding scale donation. 

One reason we are excited to bring the 2017 FTP convergence to North Texas is the launch of the Close Carswell Campaign.  Those who focus attention on support for political prisoners may know of the infamous Carswell federal prison, located in Ft. Worth, Texas. The facility houses over 1,500 prisoners who allegedly have special health-related needs. Carswell is surrounded by toxic military Superfund sites from the Air Force base where it is co-located.

Carswell has housed many prominent voices from the inside, from current residents Marius Mason and Aafia Siddiqui to former political prisoners Lynne Stewart and Helen Woodson. The goal of the Close Carswell Campaign is to immediately shut down the overly-restrictive Administrative Unit, which BOP states only contains 24 beds, and call attention to the general conditions of the facility. For years, prisoners and their loved ones have been documenting abuses with little to no response from the Bureau of Prisons.

Join us June 2nd – 5th to learn more about the Close Carswell Campaign and to take action directed at this toxic prison! Click here for convergence registration.

Environmentalists have long recognized Texas as the financial headquarters and political stronghold of the global oil and gas empire, and prison abolitionists know Texas as home to one of the most brutal and corrupt state prison systems in the country. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate setting to discuss the intersections of ecological resistance and mass incarceration. We look forward to seeing you in June as we continue to build our movement to Fight Toxic Prisons!

With love and solidarity,

xxxxx

Keep up to date at FightToxicPrisons.org

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April Cage Flight: Letter writing to international prisoners

APRIL 24
7pm
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St

In honor of May Day and the spirit of solidarity that knows no borders we’ll be discussing the situations of and writing letters to international prisoners.

We’ll be writing to Nikos Romanos, Jock Palfreeman, Debbie Vincent, Kara Wild, and Fernando Barcenas.

Cage Flight is a monthly prisoner info and letter writing night. We meet the last Monday of every month at Boxcar Books.

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Stand With Me in Solidarity By Khalfani Malik Khaldun

Stand With Me In Solidarity

by Khalfani Malik Khaldun

 

March 10, 2017

Dear Comrades,

After being segregated again for the fourth time since my release to general population on Nov. 21, 2014, from a stretch of 20 years doing 23-1, news came today of a small victory.

My two disciplinary appeals were ruled on. The first level appeal of Providing Inadequate Urine Sample was denied. I’m preparing the second level appeal to be sent to the IDOC headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

We won this one! The B-215 Unauthorized Possession of Property (TV Remote Control) got modified down to a C-353 Unauthorized Possession of Personal Property. This change caused my new release from segregation to be April 4, 2017 instead of July 1, 2017.

If we can cause the final reviewing authority to thoroughly scrutinize the appeal by writing him to advise him to correct this injustice, maybe he will do so. My contact visits were taken away because of the guilty urine test. So I am pleading with you to write to: Robert D. Buggher (Final Review), Legal Services Director, Indiana Dept. of Correction, E334 Indianian Government Center-South, 302 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Please state the following: “Leonard McQuay, 874304: 1) Case No. 17-01-0013 was not conducted in compliance with the policy and procedures 01-02-107 Urinanalysis Program. The test cup was faulty and did not temp. That is not Leonard McQuay’s fault. He did not test for drugs either. 2) He was denied evidence meant for preparing my case for his hearing, and was denied the requested picture of the sample. Plus there was a statement from Ofc. Ewers, a key witness during the test. 3) Appeal should be granted on these bases alone. An alternative to it would modify the charge B-203 Refusing to Test. Yet as the conduct report clearly states, he provided a Urine Sample. We feel it could be modified to a C-347 Refusing to Obey an Order. Doing this would allow him to regain contact visits with his family.”

Thank you for your continued support. Peace and Blessings to you all.

 

In Solidarity,

Bro. Khalfani Malik Khaldun

874304 Leonard McQuay

PO Box 1111 Q-512

Carlise, IN 47838

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April 6th: Inside/Outside Organizing to End Mass Incarceration in Indiana

Thursday April 6th

6-7:30 pm

Bridgwaters Lounge of the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center

This event will feature a call-in from long-term prisoner and activist Angaza Iman Bahar, at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, who has founded an organization called IDOC Watch inside the prison, in order to put an end abuse and censorship by staff, improve conditions within the prison, and improve prisoners’ access to resources. He will discuss what lead to IDOC Watch being founded, the role of prisoners’ struggles in social movements, and what people on the outside can do to support IDOC Watch.

Before the call-in there will be a discussion on mass incarceration facilitated by Fidelia Igwe, a Masters student in African American and African Diaspora Studies at IUB who is studying mass incarceration and it’s effect on Black communities.

The goal of the event, other than education, is to recruit people to work with the IDOC Watch outside support committees.

Facebook event here.

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March Cage Flight: Letter writing for MOVE prisoners

MARCH 27
7pm
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St

This month we’ll be writing to members of the MOVE Organization, a group formed in Philadelphia in the 70s fighting for black liberation, experimenting with communal living, and publicly demonstrating against racism, police brutality, and many other issues. In 1985 the city of Philadelphia bombed the MOVE house, killing 11 people including 5 children and destroying over 65 homes.  9 MOVE members were sentenced to 30-100 in prison following a previous attack on MOVE by the city. Four of them – Charles, Delbert, Janet, and Janine – have birthdays coming up in April. We will be learning more about the MOVE Organization, state repression against them, and writing letters to its still-imprisoned members.

More info on MOVE here.

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March 14: Militant Resistance to the AIDS Crisis


MARCH 14, 2017
7pm
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St

Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross presents five short films on militant resistance to the AIDS crisis.

In the Tradition of Stonewall (1994, 29 min)
A short documentary on the unpermitted breakaway march organized by ACT UP on the 25th anniversary of Stonewall.

Holding Steady Without Screaming (1995, 11 min)
A short film subtitled “I Can’t Scream Because I Have to Hold the Camera Steady”

…by any means necessary (1994, 6 min)
An angry experimental film based on a text by Kiki Mason.

The Ashes Action (1996, 29 min)
A short documentary on the October 11, 1992 action in which individuals held a Political Funeral for those lost to AIDS, throwing the ashes of friends and lovers on the White House lawn.

David Wojnarowicz (1994, 2 min)
A short piece on queer desire in a time of plague, from the No Alternative home video.

The Anarchist Movie Night is a free monthly film series on freedom and subversion. Showing documentaries, features, cult films, and experimental shorts of an anarchic sort.

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February Cage Flight: Letter writing for Andrew Mickel & Krow

FEBRUARY 27
7pm
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St

This month we’ll be writing letters to Krow, an environmental activist and water protector recently arrested fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Andrew Mickel, on death row for killing a California cop in order to bring attention to and stop police repression.

Plus: news of prison rebellion, updates on court cases, notes of revolt against prison society.

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February 14: Emma Goldman – The Most Dangerous Woman

FEBRUARY 14, 2017
7pm
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St

Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross presents a documentary on the life of anarchist Emma Goldman. A Russian Jewish immigrant to America, Goldman became a major figure of the US anarchist movement until she was deported for her opposition to WWI. Labor struggles, riots, an assassination attempt on an industrialist, radical newspaper publishing, the killing of President McKinley, anti-militarist organizing, the women’s liberation movement, the Russian revolution and its betrayal by the Bolsheviks, the Spanish revolution and its hope for human freedom are all explored through the life of one woman who lived it all without compromise and with fiery vision.

After the movie, we’ll be writing letters and cards to anarchist prisoner Sean Swain.

The Anarchist Movie Night is a free monthly film series on freedom and subversion. Showing documentaries, features, cult films, and experimental shorts of an anarchic sort.

[Facebook event page]

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Call-in for Khalfani Khaldun

Please call Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Superintendent Richard Brown and Indiana Department of Corrections Acting Commissioner Custer and demand that inmate Leonard McQuay #874304 be released from segregation and that staff stop harassing him.

Richard Brown: (812) 398-5050
Acting Commissioner Custer: (317) 232-5711

Script:
“I am calling to demand that Leonard McQuay #874304 (in Wabash Valley Correctional Facility) be released from segregation and that staff stop harassing him. Thank you.”

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Leonard McQuay, aka Khalfani Malik Khaldun, is a long-term prisoner from Indiana and a long-time New Afrikan activist. He is currently locked up at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, the most notoriously racist and abusive facility run by the Indiana Department of Corrections. Like many other New Afrikan prisoner activists, who refuse to forsake their dignity and rights, he is constantly being harassed by the prison staff and authorities.

Currently, Khalfani is being held in Segregation, which is essentially solitary confinement used to punish rebellious inmates, on the spurious charge of “failure to provide an adequate urine sample.” The punishment he is undergoing is harassment for his activism and his refusal to snitch, pure and simple. Khalfani submitted to three separate urine tests, and passed all of them without a trace of drugs in his system, and then he was charged with “failure to supply an adequate urine sample,” because they couldn’t get him on anything real.

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January 22: Trans Prisoner Solidarity Day poetry reading

JANUARY 22
6:30pm
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St

For the annual Trans Prisoner Day of Action initiated by Marius Mason and his supporters last year, we are hosting a poetry reading event in which several local writers will read their own poems and creative writing as well as those of Marius and other trans prisoners. There will be refreshments, cards, and other materials for writing prisoners, and prisoners’ artwork. All money raised will be sent directly to Marius (and split with a couple other prisoners if we raise enough).

Readings by:
Avery Smith
Bella Bravo
Hannah Thompson
Liza
V
and more

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