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The Anarchist Black Cross was originated in Tsarist Russia to organise aid for political prisoners. In the late 1960s the organisation resurfaced in Britain, where it first worked to aid prisoners of the Spanish resistance fighting the dictator Franco's police. Now it has expanded and groups are found in many countries around the world. We support anarchist and other class struggle prisoners, fund-raise on behalf of prisoners in need of funds for legal cases or otherwise, and organise demonstrations of solidarity with imprisoned anarchists and other prisoners.



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International Days Of Solidarity With Russian Anarchist & Antifascist Prisoners, July 1-10

07/06/16

When mass civil protests in Russia were defeated in 2011-12, the Putinist police regime started open political repressions against militants of social and political movements, including anarchists and antifascists. Many activists have been sentenced to prison terms in the course of the last 5 years in Russia.

We call on comrades from the whole world to show solidarity with Russian anarchists and antifascists – prisoners of the Putinist police state, and distribute information about the international solidarity decade as widely as possible, maybe organise an event in your own town.

It could be an info-party where letters could be written, a film show, a fund-raising event, a benefit gig, a protest action at the Russian embassy in your own country, a solidarity action – only your fantasy is the limit.

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1774132002816021/

Vkontakte event: http://vk.com/abc_solidarity_days

Please see brief description of repressions to which Russian anarchists and antifascists were subjected.

Dmitry Buchenkov

A well-known antifascist and anarchist Dmitry Buchenkov, PhD in political science, was arrested in Moscow in December 2015. He is suspected of participating in the riots of May 6, 2012. More than 400 persons were arrested as a result of a mass protest action against Putin’s politics that took place on May 6, 2012 in Moscow. Dmitry was not in Moscow on that day, he was in Nizhny Novgorod, more than 300 km away from Moscow.

Dmitry is a long-time participant of the antifascist and anarchist movements and he has done a lot for their development. Dmitry’s comrades and friends believe that the arrest is related to his political militancy and his active position regarding the developments taking place in the country.

Dmitry Buchenkov, 36, lecturer of history and political science, PhD in political science, associate professor, worked as Deputy Chairman of the Medicine History and Socio-Humanitarian Science Department in the Russian National Research Medical University named after N.I.Pirogov in Moscow. Prior to 2008 he worked as an associate professor of the Philosophy Department in the Volga State Pedagogy University (Nizhny Novgorod) for five years. He was fired for his political activism. Dmitry moved to Moscow after he had had to quit the Volga University.

In Moscow Dmitry joined the local cell of the Autonomous Action, whose member he had already been since 2002. This is how he describes the ideology he shares in a book entitled 'Anarchists in the late XX century in Russia' published in 2009: "Basic worldview values of anarchism (self-management, self-organisation, anticapitalism) are still relevant today". In 2013 Dmitry quit the Autonomous Action organization, but he did not give up his political activism.

He authored several books on history and modern condition of anarchism in Russia. He is an activist of the antifascist and anarchist movements.

Dmitry actively participated in organising efforts and life of the antifascist and anarchist movements in Moscow. He organised many street antifascist protest actions, different cultural events. He took part in the establishment of an antifascist centre called 'V project', where antifascists and anarchists held their gigs, meetings, and prepared their actions. Police and FSB more than once threatened to attack Dmitry physically for his political activities and struggles. In 2015 unknown persons, probably police or FSB agents, severely beat Dmitry up, so that he got brain concussion, was all covered in blood and couldn’t even remember how the assault occurred.

Dmitry Buchenkov planned to organise an all-Russian antifascist and anarchist forum “Self-management and Libertarian Communism” in early 2016. But the authoritarian Putinist regime police arrested him.

Dmitry Buchenkov solidarity groups:

www.facebook.com/freebuchenkov/


https://vk.com/freebuchenkov

Address: 125130, Moscow, 20 Vyborgskaya Str., SIZO "Vodnik", Dmitry E. Buchenkov, (date of birth: August 22, 1978)

Alexei Gaskarov

A well-known antifascist and anarchist. An organiser and participant of many anarchist and left-wing conferences. He was arrested on August 3, 2010 on the Khmiki case after an administrative building in Khimki had been assaulted on July 28 2010. An environmental protest action took place in Khimki against deforestation of big chunks of a reserve forest in order to build a toll road. On October 15, 2010, the court decision on the arrest was recalled. On June 24, 2011, he was legally acquitted by the Khimki municipal court.

He was strongly beaten by police on May 6, 2012, at Bolotnaya square during a political opposition protest, so he filed a petition on riot police power abuses involving violence and riot control weapons.

On April 28, 2013, he was apprehended and the following day arrested on accusation of leading a group of persons who actively participated in mass riots that supposedly took place at Bolotnaya square and of violence against a policeman. Later the accusation included two policemen supposedly attacked by Gaskarov: according to investigation data, Gaskarov grabbed a shoulder of an interior troops soldier and then he grabbed a leg of Igor Ibatulin, a riot police officer. The final version of the charge is also saying that he participated in mass riots at Bolotnaya square. On August 18, 2014, the court sentenced Gaskarov to three and a half years in a general regime penal colony.

Many political activists relate Gaskarov’s imprisonment to a direct revenge from political police called the Centre for Combating Extremism for his long-time political activism. Gaskarov support website: gaskarov.info

Addresses for letters: Gaskarov — 301654, Russia, Tula Oblast, Novomoskovsk, 27 Centralnaya Str., IK-6 UFSIN, detachment 5, Alexei V. Gaskarov, (Date of birth: June 18, 1985)

Alexei Sutuga

A well-known antifascist and anarchist from Autonomous Action. Charged with hooliganism for supposedly beating up nationalists in a brawl. Sentenced to three years and one month of colony.

Sutuga was apprehended in April 2014 in Moscow by political police from the Centre for Combating Extremism after an antifa gig. During interrogation he was asked about his trip to Maidan (Ukrainian protests in Kyiv in 2014). Alexei was accused of participation in a brawl on January 2, 2014, in 'Sbarro' bar, where he kicked and beat several persons with a chair and a selfmade hammer.

Sutuga himself said he tried to stop other people fighting — the brawl was between Neo-Nazis and some other youths. On October 1 Sutuga was sentenced to three years and one month of colony. On December 17 the appeal court left the sentence unchanged.

On March 17, 2015, while in Irkutsk remand prison, from where he had to be transferred to a colony, Sutuga went on a dry hunger strike because he had been pressurised in the remand prison: he was offered to stay there instead of the colony, and when Sutuga had refused, they got hold of his letters and books. When the news on his hunger strike leaked outside the remand prison, he was transferred to the colony. The he stopped his hunger strike. In the colony Sutuga was subjected to a solitary confinement cell. He is constantly pressurised by the prison administration.

Address for letters: 665809 Irkutsk Oblast, Angarsk, First Industrial Cluster, quarter 47, building 6, IK No.2, Alexei V. Sutuga, born in 1986 (you can send him only 1st class registered mail) or you can write via Rosuznik website

Ilya Romanov

On August 6, 2015, a visiting board of the Moscow district military court passed a sentence upon Ilya Romanov, anarchist from Nizhny Novgorod – 10 years of high-security prison. The court ignored all arguments brought forward by defence. Afterwards the term was changed to 9 years of high-security prison.

Romanov was injured by a self-made firecracker’s explosion in October 2013, but they re-qualified him from an unfortunate experimenter to a “terrorist”. Apart from that firecracker an "interview" that he had given in December 2012 in a suburb of Donetsk was used in his case. Both "crimes" were incomplete: Ilya Romanov is accused of trying to menace local population and authorities of Nizhny Novgorod in order to save Kulibinsky park from tree-felling, but he didn’t manage because the device exploded during a test. He also supposedly tried to propagate terrorism through Ukrainian media, namely Radio RKAS - Libertaire, but he didn’t manage to accomplish it either. It appears that it is not a radio station, rather an internet blog. The interview itself is just a Dictaphone record made at a party following his release from prison.

Romanov, whose family consists of retired parents and a teenage daughter is the poorest of all inmates. His family hardly manages to bring him parcels now and then, while Romanov also has to pay for a lawyer working on two supervisory complaints.

431130, Republic of Mordovia, Zubovo-Polyansky region, Lepley, FKU IK-22, Ilya E. Romanov. (Birthday: July 3, 1967)

Alexander Kolchenko

On August 25, 2015, the military court in Rostov-upon-Don passed a cruel sentence against Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean antifascist Alexander Kolchenko. The investigation authorities called them "terrorists" — allegedly Sentzov guided by the Right Sector from Kyiv (banned in Russia) founded a "terrorist group" in Simpheropol that sought to bring Crimea back to Ukraine.

Kolchenko supposedly made part of the group. The "terrorists" set fire on the office doors of Crimean Russian Community and a window in the local office of the United Russia (the ruling party in Russia). During the court, Gennady Afanasiyev — one of key witnesses upon whose words the accusation was built — said that his testimony was either given under torture or simply invented. Afanasyev got 7 years in prison on the "Crimean terrorists" case. Oleg Sentzov was sentenced to 20 years and Alexander Kolchenko to 10 years in prison for burning a door and a window.

Address for letters: 456612, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Kopeisk, 20 Kemerovskaya Str., IK-6, detachment 4, Alexander A. Kolchenko, born in 1989.

Anarchist Black Cross – Moscow Fund

Money is needed to support our comrades in their labour camps and remand prisons. Anarchist Black Cross – Moscow calls on everyone to show solidarity, help, and if possible transfer this so much needed money to the Anarchist Black Cross – Moscow accounts.

If you have any questions on how to make a money transfer or any other wishes, please write to avtonom46@gmail.com and abc-msk@riseup.net

Paypal-account: avtonom46@gmail.com and abc-msk@riseup.net

Anarchist Black Cross – Moscow


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Solidarity With Antifascist Comrade Facing Extradition!

29/05/16

At the beginning of May 2016 our comrade Patryk Cichoń from Poland was arrested by British police under an European Arrest Warrant. Patryk is a well known anti-fascist militant notorious among nazi-bonehead scum in his city for his uncompromising stance against them in the past. Boneheads managed to convince a few of their friends to testify against Patryk and his friend for alleged assault and robbery. As it appeared later, his friend had very good alibi and had the charges dropped (despite being allegedly recognised by the "victim" and his friends), so Patryk ended up being sentenced on his own. The whole trial was an absolute travesty and Patryk as a poor, young working class person was not able to afford a proper defence. He spent two months on remand in 2004 and was sentenced to three years in prison.

It is clear that this whole case was politically motivated and had only one purpose, which was to get rid of the core of the anti-fascist resistance in Patryk's home town.

Rather than doing prison time, he decided to escape abroad and came to UK in 2005. He started his new life there, continuing to be involved in anti-fascist activity: organising gigs in London, including United and Strong Fest which has seen lots of great Antifa bands from all over Europe performing, and raising money for antifascist initiatives. He was also the editor of the 'Skinhead Revolt' fanzine, which was the first left wing skinhead publication in Polish.
After his arrest, he spent 9 days behind bars and was then was released under strict bail conditions, including a curfew and an electronic tag. On June 24 he has to attend another hearing that will most likely decide upon his extradition. Patryk is fighting against being sent back to Poland as he has a family in the UK, including his partner and an 8-year-old son.

He currently needs all the solidarity we can offer. He has already spent his savings on legal defence and will need more money to continue, but in the meantime his family also needs supporting.

Patryk was always there if others needed help and assistance, please make sure he is not left on his own now.

Fundraising is organised by Brighton Anarchist Black Cross. You can pay money to our paypal address:
thebottledwasp@riseup.net (please choose “payment to a friend” option and add a note saying “for Patryk”)

or to our bank account: Nationwide Acc. no./Reference: 0321 / 704131186 [NB: The sender will need to quote this account number in the additional reference section on their payment instruction]
IBAN: GB97NAIA07009333333334 BIC: NAIAGB21


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Call For Week Of Action In Support Of Anarchist Prisoners In Azerbaijan (May 28-June 5)

27/05/16

Anarchists Bayram Mammadov and Qiyas Ibrahimov from Azerbaijan spraypainted a monument to Haydar Aliyev, Azerbaijan's answer to Vladimir Putin, with the message: "Happy slave days". This action was carried out on the eve of Heydar Aliyev's birthday on May 10, 2016, which is celebrated annually by the government in a wasteful manner. Given an total personality cult of Aliyev, such an act was severely condemned by the government (under the leadership of his son Ilham Aliyev) and the activists were arrested on May 10, 2016. Police then planted drugs on them to avoid charging them on the grounds of hooliganism.

This is not the first dirty trick of the Azerbaijan government. The government that tries to create the myth of the happy citizens and of a free government and cover every threat against its absolute power with conspiracies, trying to show that every political activist is a drug addict, caging every revolutionary action behind these lies.

Possession of the heroin that was planted by police is punishable by up to twelve years of imprisonment.

To apologise for their acts in front of Heydar Aliyev's monuments or to suffer hours of torture... This is the message to the comrades, who did not deny their actions. To deny their political personality or 12 years of imprisonment!

We, as anarchists, are in solidarity with our comrades, who chose direct action and transformed their words and theories into actions. So, be it in Azerbaijan, in Greece, in Chile, in Spain, İster Azerbaycan, or all over the world, our ideas cut across all boundaries.

We stand by the recalcitrants against this authoritarian circus.

We call upon every comrade from around the world to join the Solidarity and Action Week in Support of Anarchist Prisoners in Azerbaijan (May 28 – June 5).

Power to Bayram Mammadov and Qiyas Ibrahimov and their hunger strike! Destruction for Prison Cells!

Until every symbol of repression has been destroyed with the hammer of freedom!

ABC Istanbul

for more information: http://abcistanbul.blogspot.com.tr/


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Kungsan 15 International Call For Solidarity

21/04/16

Thirteen antifascists in Stockholm, Sweden, have been served with prison sentences after riots connected to a protest in Kungsan against a Swedish nazi party during the elections in 2014. On the day over 12 000 people had gathered in Kungsan for the antifascist protests and when the police tried to disperse the crowd using pepperspray and batons, a lot of people stood their ground in attempt to hold the police back. In the aftermath the swedish security police, SÄPO, singled out 15 people who they claimed to be active in the antifascist movement. 13 where sentenced to prison and will now have to face over €35 000 in fines, damages and trial costs.

The “Free Kungsan 15” campaign has so far managed to fundraise €24 000 but are still €11 000 short of the total amount with time running out. We therefore call upon international solidarity to help us cover the last bit together. We can’t share the time, but we can share the fines. We therefore urge anyone who is in a possibility of making a donation to do so, every penny counts. If you don’t have to means to aid financially please share this call on social media.

Please follow and share the campaign on Facebook,

www.facebook.com/Fria-Kungsan-15-1658951601025993/?fref=ts

BANKGIRO: 627-0086 or SWISH: 123 091 64 45
To donate from a non-swedish bank account:
IBAN: SE0680000832799438650120
Bic: SWEDSE

(NOTE: mark your donation: “kungsan15”)

Antifascist Action Stockholm

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40 Years Behind Bars: Free Leonard Peltier

03/05/16

It is not very often that we decide to reprint an Amnesty International appeal but, in the case of Leonard Peltier, who were have long supported, we are doing so now.

With 40 years already behind bars, Leonard Peltier's health has been declining rapidly. We've studied his case extensively and remain seriously concerned about the fairness of his trial. Leonard's most recent petition for parole was denied, which means that he is not eligible again for nearly a decade. His lawyers have just filed a new petition for clemency, which means his remaining years may be in President Obama's hands.

Urge President Obama to grant clemency before he leaves office on January 20th.

In 1975, two FBI agents were shot dead during a confrontation involving American Indian Movement (AIM) members. Leonard, who was a leading member of the AIM, was convicted of their murders but has always maintained his innocence. The U.S. Parole Commission has acknowledged that "the prosecution has conceded the lack of any direct evidence" that Leonard personally participated in the executions of the two FBI agents. The judge who presided over a previous appeal hearing also expressed concerns about FBI misconduct in investigating and trying the Peltier case.

Despite all of this, he's still behind bars. Support our call for Leonard's release in the interests of justice.

Today at 71 years old, Leonard suffers from health concerns including diabetes, a heart condition and an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is imprisoned far from his family.

Help them bring Leonard home.

Act Now.


Support Leonard Peltier - Make Health Crisis Calls!

23/04/16

Some months ago, Leonard Peltier was diagnosed with an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), a life threatening condition. To date, Leonard's condition is merely being "monitored." This is unacceptable. Leonard needs treatment now! Leonard is dealing with a bureaucracy like no other. He desperately needs our job to keep the pressure on the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to ensure that he gets timely and quality treatment of the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.

Please continue your efforts on Leonard's behalf and keep pressure on the BOP! Demand that Leonard be transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota without delay.

You can visit: www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns.jsp. Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132 and USP Coleman I. Voice your concern about Leonard's medical treatment, and let the federal Bureau of Prisons know that the world is watching. We demand that Leonard receive the best possible care, that is, at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Please also call the below telephone numbers. You can send emails to selected elements of the BOP too, but your message may result in a canned response from the BOP.

As you have perhaps discovered for yourself, for some time now the BOP has put a series of road blocks in the way of supporters when it comes to easily advocating for Leonard. This means that you should consider sending a letter by snail mail. But to get a letter to the BOP quickly, visit:
https://faxzero.com (US)
or
https://faxzero.com/international (International).

Send a letter via fax to each of the below elements of the BOP.

Warden Tamyra Jarvis
USP Coleman I
846 NE 54th Terrace
Sumterville, FL 33521
Fax: (010) 352-689-6012
Telephone: (010) 352-689-6000
Email: COA/PublicInformation@bop.gov

Helen J. Marberry
RO Southeast Regional Office
3800 Camp Crk. Pk. SW
Bldg 2000
Atlanta, GA 30331
Fax: (010) 678-686-1229
Telephone: (010) 678-686-1200
Email: SERO/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

Thomas R. Kane, Ph.D.
Acting Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Fax: (010) 202-514-6620
Telephone: (010) 202-307-3198

Be respectful, but firm. The situation is life threatening and Leonard is counting on us.

Again, thank you for all you do on behalf of Leonard Peltier.


Leonard Peltier - New Medical Emergency

07/01/16

The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee received a message from Leonard this evening. An excerpt follows: "For months, if not at least a year now, I have been complaining about medical problems and that something is wrong with me… For the last few days, I have been on call out to go see the doctor. Today, I was called again and had my blood pressure taken and gave more blood for more tests. Apparently, they found what's called Abdominal Aortic Aneurism (AAA) and it is at a very dangerous [stage]. If it bursts I can die. I will bleed to death. So they are going to rush me through some more tests, a MRI on Sunday, then find the right surgeon to do the operation. The good news is [this surgery] has a high success rate… if nothing goes wrong."
At this time, we have no further details. Suffice it to say that, at Leonard's age, any surgery is risky. Also a concern is that during his treatment at a federal prison medical center, Leonard will be held in isolation.
Please visit http://www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns.jsp. Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132 and USP Coleman I. Voice your concern about Leonard's medical treatment, and let the federal Bureau of Prisons know that the world is watching. We demand that Leonard receive the best possible care.

Please also contact:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534
(010) 202 307-3198
info@bop.gov

In addition, when you make your call to the White House (as we know you often do) to voice your support for a grant of clemency, please mention Leonard's current health crisis. Mr. Obama must act now.

Leonard and the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee thank you for your support - in particular during this critical time.
We'll keep you informed of any developments.

[source]

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Protest Against Close Supervision Centres

31/05/16

A secret world exists within the high security prison estate in England, known as the Close Supervision Centre (CSC) system. The dehumanisation of CSC prisoners begins at a very early stage, in the official justification for the creation of the CSC system, which focuses on the need to contain a new breed of unmanageable and unpredictable risks. It continues with the creation of classificatory categories of ‘dangerousness’ which objectify prisoners and make more of the category and less of the human in them, and it is reinforced by the tightly controlled and highly regulated routines.

In addition to isolation and extremely restricted movements, prisoners’ in-cell belongings are carefully regulated and subjected to relentless scrutiny and inspection. Prisoners remain in CSC units for years, decades even, made frustrated, angry and bored by their experiences with few avenues to vent their anger and with almost no opportunities to advance through the system. All perceived acts of disobedience or non-compliance by CSC prisoners, even of the most petty kind, are responded to brutally by gangs of prison officers clad in full riot gear who show no mercy when demonstrating their authority and power, sanctioned by Prison Service management at the highest levels. Rather than controlling violence, as it officially aims to do, this hyper-controlled environment breeds it.
Having now spent six years subject to the unofficial punishment of allocation to the CSC myself, it is clear that without real pressure to force the required change nothing but more negative and oppressive measures will be added.

Please lend your support for the abolition of the CSC system by attending the protest demonstration:
July 21 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm outside the offices of the Prison Ombudsman and Independent Monitoring Board, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS.

Kevan Thakrar
A4907AE
HMP Wakefield,
5 Love Lane,
Wakefield,
WF2 9AG

www.justiceforkevan.com
www.Facebook.com/JusticeForKev


An Appeal For Support For Kevan Thakrar – Written By John Bowden

21/01/16

Investigating division and conflict amongst the poorest and most oppressed as a means of control has always been a favoured strategy of the ruling class and within it's prisons (the laboratories of oppression) where the most disempowered experience naked repression the weapon of divide and conquer is sometimes used with murderous effect.

Within the British prison system there exist prisons within prisons, places of concentrated repression where “troublemakers” and those who fight back are sent to be broken, and where those who inflict the repression encourage prisoners to take the rage created by that repression out on each other, thereby generating an unending cycle of violence, which is used to justify the use of even greater repression.

In 1998 the first “Close Supervision Centre” (CSC), based on the American prison “Special Management Unit” concept, was opened in Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes to hold what the prison authorities claimed were the system's most “disruptive and dangerous” prisoners, or those prisoners who fought back and encouraged others to do the same. Concentrating such prisoners in a single physical space or unit confronted those staffing it with an obvious dilemma: how to subdue and control such a group? Predictably, an unimaginatively brutal approach was adopted – a total lock-down regime blended with overt physical brutality. The response of the prisoners “selected” for such brutality was collective resistance in the form of dirty protests and total non-cooperation, to which the permanently riot-gear clad staff responded with greater brutality, resulting eventually in an atmosphere and environment of total warfare. In 2000 the chief inspectorate of prisons following an inspection of the Woodhill CSC described conditions there as a clear breach of the European Convention of Human Rights, forcing the prison authorities to implement at least superficial changes to it's regime. Prison psychologists were now used to legitimate the CSC regime by pathologising the resistance of the prisoners and introducing a pavlovian behaviour-modification regime; compliant behaviour by prisoners would now be rewarded with “progression” to less austere and brutalising conditions within the CSC, including limited free-association periods outside their cells. Staff “supervising” the prisoners were now instructed to “engage” with them as opposed to overtly brutalising them, although the relationship of power remained dependent on physical force and the use of brutality when necessary.

To guards long conditioned and accustomed to exerting control by straight-forward brutality the very slight relaxation of the CSC regime represented a threat to the ability to maintain absolute control, while having to now “engage” with as a group prisoners who they had formally brutalised as isolated individuals clearly unnerved them. Fearful of now becoming a target for angry and embittered prisoners they instigated and fermented animosity between and amongst those prisoners and then used the slightly relaxed regime to facilitate physical violence between some prisoners; placing sufficiently “wound-up” prisoners in the small outside exercise pen together ensured the channelling of rage and violence and it's expend amongst prisoners themselves. On one occasion this resulted in the near death of a prisoner.

Whilst the regime operating in the Woodhill CSC might have been slightly modified to allow prisoners to “progress” back to the prison mainstream providing they showed a sufficiently cooperative attitude, the CSC at Wakefield prison is reserved for those prisoners who will probably never leave it's confines. The emphasis at the Wakefield CSC is one of straightforward containment and control, so prisoners there are simply entombed in their cells and allowed no human interaction whatsoever; it is a regime and form of treatment that defies and concept or convention of basic human rights.

Kevan Thakrar, currently held in the Wakefield CSC, is a prisoner who has experienced and endured many years of brutal and inhumane treatment at the hands of prison staff who are determined to destroy him. Cleared by a jury in 2012 of allegedly assaulting prison staff and more recently by the CPS for a similar allegation, Kevan has become a target of victimization by the Prison Officers Association and it's members who staff the CSC system. Whilst held in the Woodhill CSC Kevan, who was supposedly on a permanent lock down regime, was unlocked and allowed out of his cell one afternoon with surprisingly few guards present. Understandably suspicious, Kevan soon discovered the reason for the guards apparent lassitude; unlocked too was a dangerous mentally ill prisoner. Kevan immediately engaged the prisoner in conversation and eventually encouraged him to abandon his intention to do the guards bidding by attacking Kevan. Their plan frustrated the guards re-materialised and returned Kevan to his cell and permanent lock down again.

Following an unrelenting barrage of legal actions against the prison authorities challenging his placement in the Woodhill CSC, which included an independent psychology report strongly recommending his return to the mainstream prison population on medical grounds, Kevan was transferred to the even more psychologically brutalising environment of the Wakefield CSC. The intention was clear: to bury Kevan permanently in an end of the line hell hole and allow those “supervising” it to do whatever was necessary to break his sanity and spirit of resistance.

Held within the Wakefield CSC are not just prisoners who have fought and resisted the system; some are there for acts of prisoner on prisoner violence, some of whom are hard-core racists. It was from this small group that the guards staffing the Wakefield CSC recruited for their campaign of psychological harassment against Kevan. The message communicated to these willing helpers was their assistance would be rewarded with eventual “progression” to a less austere place of confinement. Kevan's mixed race heritage now became the focus of this quisling group's racism, expressed in constant verbal abuse and threats shouted from cell windows, as well as the throwing of urine from windows at Kevan when he exercised in the small yard just below the cell windows. The response of the guards supposedly “supervising” the place was to laugh and encourage even more the racist behaviour and abuse. Those supposedly managing the Wakefield CSC, senior managers, psychologists, etc., are apparently content to allow uniformed staff “supervising” the day to day lives of the prisoners held there absolute discretion in how their power is used or abused, providing absolute control is maintained.

As a result, Kevan now faces a daily struggle against not only a de-humanising regime of solitary confinement and sensory deprivation enforced by openly hate filled guards, but also the constant racist verbal abuse of those keen to win the favour of their masters.

We must do whatever we can to support that struggle and let Kevan's captors and oppressors know that he is not alone.

Please write or e-mail to the following protesting at Kevan's treatment:

HM Prison Service Headquarters
Clive House
70 Petty France
London
SW1H 9EX
public.enquiries@noms.gsi.gov.uk

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Ministry of Justice,
102 Petty France,
London,
SW1H 9AJ
general.queries@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Governor: David Harding
HMP Wakefield
5 Love Lane
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF2 9AG
Tel: 01924 612 000
Fax: 01924 612 001

Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Wakefield
9th Floor,
Post Point 9.52,
The Tower,
102 Petty France,
London
SW1H 9AJ

Please write letters of support to:

Kevan Thakrar
A4907AE
HMP Wakefield,
5 Love Lane,
Wakefield,
WF2 9AG


Protest For Kevan Thakrar On February 18

04/01/16

JOIN THE PROTEST
Thursday Feb 18, 12:30-2:30 pm [changed times]

HM Prison Service Headquarters
Clive House, 70 Petty France London SW1H 9EX

Directions:
- Nearest Station: St James's Park underground station, a 5 minute walk to Clive house.
- Buses: Any buses stopping at New Scotland Yard then continue along Victoria Street then turn left on to Caxton Street then turn right on to Palmer Street, continue until you will reach Petty France.

Kevan Thakrar Urgently Needs Your Support!

Kevan Thakrar was found not guilty of attacking three prison officers and vindicated by evidence that showed he acted in self-defence after months of racial, physical and psychological abuse. Any court ruling that goes against prison officers is VERY unusual. Kevan continues to be held in isolation in the prison services 'Close Supervision Centres' more than six years later, no doubt as retribution for his court victory. [See more info about Kevan’s wrongful conviction and fight for a new trial below].
Organised by Justice for Kevan Thakrar. For more info:
www.justiceforkevan.com www.facebook.com/JusticeForKev

WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you can't make it to London for the protest please try to find the time to write to your own MP or Kevan's (Ian Stewart MP). When writing to any MP the address to use is: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or you can contact them on-line at www.writetothem.com
Sign the petition for Kev:
www.change.org/p/justice-for-kevan...

· Kevan Thakrar was wrongly convicted of murder and attempted murder in 2008 under “joint enterprise”, the legal rule which means that any member of a group can be convicted of a crime, regardless of whether they committed it. Kevan wasn’t present when the murder took place, but he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years in jail. He was aged 20.
· The description of the assailant given by witnesses was nothing like Kevan. One of the victims, who the prosecution accused Kevan of having stabbed, initially falsely identified other people in two line-ups. Even when testifying during the trial, she said she could not be sure the identification of Kevan was correct.
· False statements from people who never appeared in court, who live in Cyprus, and who had never met Kevan, were used to convict him. After the trial those people retracted their statements.
· There was no DNA, cell-citing or forensics to put Kevan at the scene of the crime. Evidence that Kevan was elsewhere at the time was never presented in court. Kevan’s alibi witness was threatened by police to stop him testifying. He was then charged with assisting an offender, a charge that was dropped once Kevan was found guilty.
· A family member of one of the victims who gave evidence against Kevan was himself believed to be involved in the murders. After he received a low sentence for dealing in large quantities of drugs, questions were raised about whether he was offered a deal to incriminate Kevan.
· Two trials were abandoned because of jury bias. In the third, a juror knew one of the investigating police officers who gave key controversial testimony in court.
· Kevan was assaulted by prison staff just before trial so had to attend court with serious injuries. In March 2010, Kevan himself was charged with assaulting prison officers, and put in solitary confinement but was subsequently found not guilty of the assault.
· Kevan has been held ever since in solitary confinement – under “close supervision” in the British version of “supermax”, locked in his cell for 23 hours a day.

For a more detailed description of this gross miscarriage of justice, please go to justiceforkevan.com

What you can do:

1. Write to the Secretary of State for Justice and Criminal Cases Review Commission (www.justice.gov.uk/contacts/ccrc) demanding a review of the case.
2. Publicise Kevan’s case by printing this leaflet for distribution and raise his case and the issue of solitary confinement of prisoners in the press/call-ins/blogs and list serves.
3. WRITE TO KEVAN AND TELL HIM WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO SUPPORT HIS CASE AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
Kevan Thakrar A4907AE
HMP Wakefield, 5 Love Lane, Wakefield, WF2 9AG
or via www.emailaprisoner.com

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Victory For Osman Evcan On Day 45 Of His Hunger Strike

06/04/16

Osman Evcan gained the victory from the determined struggle in which he put his life against the state inside the thick walls of prison which he is enclosed. Osman, got everything he demanded through this hard period without surrendering to the state. Osman Evcan ended his indefinite hunger strike which took 45 days against intimidation, torture and extermination politics against prisoners and again he proved us that how he is right about his call to raise the struggle. He continued his resistance resolutely by choosing to die with honor and this is the only reason why his demands are accepted. The State’s "punishment" system and their officials that made comrade Osman Evcan suffer hunger for 45 days and tortured him are our enemies. The recognized demands of Osman Evcan are not a matter of grace, instead that is the end of torturous practices. Torture is a state policy. He is grateful to everyone who have held demonstrations, spoken up, and gave support for Osman Evcan’s cause. Osman Evcan is now trying to get over the adverse effects of the hunger strike process, and his present health condition is fine. We will share the message from Osman Evcan soon.

ABC Istanbul


Osman Evcan Is On Hunger Strike Again

24/02/16

Despite the oppressions like exile, naked body search, cameras in cells, banning of letters and visitors, blocking vegan food; Osman Evcan didn't took a step back and he has started his indefinite hunger strike starting from the 22 February, 2016. Because fear, submission and consenting, crushes the bodies under the heaviness of power of the state. State's efforts to depersonalize political individuals with systematic pressures, should be smashed under Osman's resistance. There is no middle way with the state who is establishing the policy of eliminating the prisoners on price-punishment order. Osman Evcan's struggle is towards the authority. Only way to prove that he does not obey the authority, he does not accept the authority, is to setting forth his body. They can only destroy and divide political identities with murder, not with prison practices.

We summon everyone to share Osman Evcan's struggle, who is fighting against state, surveillance and control, whether outside or inside.

İnsurrection is essential for freedom to come into leaf.

Fire to the cells!

ABC Istanbul


Anarchist Prisoner Osman Evcan Has Won His Fight

21/12/15

Osman Evcan and Hasan Çınar gained the victory from the determined struggle which they put their lives against the state inside the thick walls of prison which they are enclosed. Osman and Hasan, got what they demanded through this hard period. [Osman's demands included the right for all vegan-vegetarian prisoners get vegan food, for sick prisoners to be released, and an end to discrimination against LGBT prisoners.] Osman Evcan ended his indefinite hunger strike which took 39 days against intimidation and extermination politics against prisoners in prison and again he proved us that how he is right about his call to raise struggle.

We celebrate Osman Evcan who has proved that the thick walls that are built in order to revitalize the new "terrorist" wave that the Turkish state needed and the legitimize further operations cannot obstacle anarchists at all. The "punishment" system and their officials that made comrade Osman Evcan suffer hunger for 39 days and tortured him are our enemies. The recognised demands of Osman Evcan and Hasan Çınar are not matter of grace, instead that is the end of torturous practices. Torture is the state policy. We are grateful to everyone who have held demonstrations, spoken up, and support for Osman Evcan’s cause. Osman Evcan is now trying to get over the adverse effects of the hunger strike process, and his present health condition is fine. We will share the message from Osman Evcan and Hasan Çınar soon.

ABC Istanbul


Call For International Solidarity With Osman Evcan On December 5

01/12/15

Osman Evcan is resisting authority as an anarchist against speciecism for uninterrupted 23 years in state prisons. Osman Evcan supports the struggle for animal liberation as an anarchist since 2003. He has been a name for us, who voices the demand for total freedom against ecological destruction, hunger, poverty, carnage and war policies created by the state and capitalism.

Osman Evcan is recently located in Kandıra Kocaeli F-Type Prison No. 1 after being exiled to almost all the prisons in Turkey for resisting and never bending his head against systematically and continuously imposed intimidation. Osman Evcan’s and all political prisoners most basic and vital right to a healthy diet according to their preference and will is blocked by the prison management with the knowledge and instructions of the Ministry of Justice. As a result of Osman Evcan’s 43 day long hunger strike in 2011, he won the right to a vegan-vegetarian food in prisons for all the vegan-vegetarian prisoners and this right was secured through a issued legislation. Osman Evcan moved a step forward in this fight in the last period. He held an other hunger strike for 33 days ending on June 26 which resulted in victorie demanding, in addition to making the vegan-vegetarian dishes prepared by fresh and seasonal vegetables, to be able to get vegan food from external suppliers.

Despite his advanced age and his worn-out body as a result of these actions, Osman Evcan continues his struggle and resistance today to open a space of freedom for all vegan, vegetarian and political prisoners coming after himself, without the fear of the costs he had to paid. After the last November elections in the geography of Turkey with the approval of the hegemony of Islamic fascism of AKP, in this oppressive climate Osman Evcan also got his share and all the rights and benefits of a vegan diet gained as a result of a continuous fight and struggle was taken from him. The reason behind the lasting mistreatment and abuse of rights of Osman Evcan, who is holding a ongoing indefinite hunger strike since November 10th is obvious. The reason is his anarchists ideas and behavior, which does not silence against authoritarian violence and injustice.

We are going to Kocaeli No.1 Prison for solidarity and to support Osman Evcan and the resistance which intensified in his personality. We are launching to announce that behind the prison walls Osman is not alone in his indefinite hunger strike for acquiring back the full vested rights and the delivery of vegan meal to Osman Evcan. We call all anarchists, animal libertion advocates and individuals fighting for total freedom to rise solidarity and resistance, which is being tried to be made passive and ineffective in the shadow of entrenched and conservative political memorization and to protest against state’s institutional, organized torture units, the prisons. We urge you to raise our voice!!

We call all our comrades in different parts of Turkey and worldwide in animal liberation movements around the globe as well as human rights activists to hold any kind of actions in front of the representational establishments of Turkey in their countries, It can be call-ins, street demos, embassies or trade chamber or anything else you would like to do as an act of solidarity and support!

Now is the time to act!!

We are Protesting in front of Kocaeli Kandira F-Type Prison No.1 Demanding Vegan Food for Osman Evcan on December 5, 2015 !!

ABC İstanbul

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Help Anti-fascist Prisoner Jock Palfreeman Resist Fascist Intimidation

14/11/15

Antifascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman is currently a target for far-right smear campaign after he had been nominated to a “Human of the Year 2015” award by the human rights NGO Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. His nomination said as follows:

“In his work as Chairman of the Bulgarian Prisoners Rehabilitation Association (BPRA) Jock Palfreeman directly defends the human rights of prisoners in Bulgaria. Though consequential work to reform the criminal justice system of Bulgaria, the human rights of all Bulgarian citizens are enhanced.
The BPRA is uniquely a NGO for prisoners that seeks to reconcile the operation of Bulgarian prisons with international obligations to human rights for those imprisoned in Bulgaria. Further, it highlights and combats well-documented, systemic corruption and violations of human rights by prison officials and authorities.
Major achievements by Jock during the period November 2014 - October 2015 include:
· establishing direct prisoner representation on the Ministry of Justice Workgroup on Penitentiary Reform;
· the development of a proposal for more clear and transparent criteria for parole eligibility;
· defending illegally detained asylum seekers though legal representation and legal aid leading to their subsequent release from imprisonment;
· defending prisoners against human rights abuses committed by prison guards and authorities , predominately at Sofia Central Prison;
· the accurate reporting of human rights violations to appropriate authorities and organisations such as BHC and CPT;
· leading by example by showing other prisoners how they can successfully demand and fight for their rights;
· and the writing of appeals , requests and complaints on behalf of illiterate prisoners.
Jock and the other prisoners involved in the BPRA have been subjected to repression and illegal punishments by prison authorities. Despite these and many other restrictions on the activities and organisation of the BPRA, Jock has continued to build solidarity and strength amongst, and defend the human rights of, prisoners.”

The nomination for Jock quickly caused massive controversy. Fascist ultras from Levski's South Division group, to which Andrei Monov belonged and whose death Jock had been charged with, together with Monov's ever-influential family, started a smear campaign against Jock's nomination. The Bulgarian media went into a frenzy, various fascists groups organised protests outside office of Bulgarian Helsinki committee, as well as displaying banners with slogans such as “Death to BHC” and “ BHC - shame of a nation” during football matches.

Anti-Jock Fasicst Banners
Fascists banners
"Death to BHC"

Initially the BHC refused to bow under the pressure, but as members of the jury started to feel intimidated, with some resigning and others threatening to follow suit, the BHC removed Jock's nomination and replaced it with general “Bulgarian Association of Prisoners” nomination. They also apologised to Monov's family for “causing upset.”

Jock needs our solidarity right now! Antifascists and anarchists in Bulgaria seem to be unable or unwilling (as in the case of the Federation of Bulgarian Anarchists) to offer any support; so it rests on us to do it.

First of all, let us make sure that the Bulgarian Prisoners Association wins the award. In order to do that, please go to: www.humanoftheyear.org/glasuvane-na-publikata-15/ , login with your Facebook account (unfortunately you need to have one to do it) and then give your vote to the Bulgarian Association of Prisoners [see the picture belowwhich explains how to do it]. Share this article in as many places as possible and make sure that you get everybody you know to vote as well. Also, write to Jock and spread awareness of his case.

How to vote for Jock

Recent interview with Jock: www.youtube.com/watch...
More about Jock:
www.brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html

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Robert Seth Hayes Denied Again At His 10th Parole Board Hearing

18/06/16

Everyone was enraged to report that Political Prisoner Robert Seth Hayes received notice on June 16, 2016, that he was once again rejected by the Parole Board. This is the tenth time Seth has been to the Board, and the tenth time he has been denied, despite having an excellent record and meeting all the requirements to be released on parole.

His supporters in the US say that there will definitely be an appeal of this denial. In the meantime, please take the time to write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.

Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility,
P.O. Box 116,
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116, USA.


Seth Hayes Health & Parole Update

11/05/16

Seth has been breathing much better, but his sugars are not stable, and he still has congestive heart failure. The medical staff has decided that the heart situation was more serious than previously thought and so they have scheduled him to get a pace maker. He had pre-operation tests last week and most likely is undergoing the surgery today. Seth has been encouraged by getting the operation in conversation but we know it is a very serious one and we ask just please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Seth is coming up for parole next month June. If you are interested in writing a support letter there isn't much more time. Details are below. Thank you all for your support and please keep Seth on your minds today and send a him a card at the address below.

Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility,
P.O. Box 116,
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116, USA.

[see posts below for the background to Seth's situation and for further details of what you can do]

UPDATE: Seth is back in Sullivan and doing well. The pacemaker surgery went well and he was in good spirits. He had a slight fever but he said that was normal after the procedure. [15/05/16]


Robert Seth Hayes 2016 Parole Campaign

02/05/16

Once again, we are preparing for Seth's upcoming parole hearing on June 7, 2016. Since the PBA, the FOP, and the Correctional Officers union are able to collect thousands of signatures against parole, we must work to gain as many signatures and letters of support for Seth as possible. In addition to the online petition, there is a hard copy that can be downloaded here. Since many members of our community do not have regular access to the internet, it is important to use the hard copy and return it to us.

You can also download and print out the parole campaign brochure explaining Seth's case as a way of educating people about the political nature of the case and the parole board's constant denials despite national and international support for Seth's release on parole.

Sign the online petition to Tina M. Stanford, Chairwoman of the NYS Board of Parole, for Seth's Release on Parole in 2016!

Seth has also prepared a fact sheet for those who would like to write letters to the Parole Board on his behalf.

Write to Seth:
Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116, USA.


Support Robert Seth Hayes' 9th Parole Bid

13/04/16

Robert Seth Hayes has been to the New York state parole board nine times and has been denied each time. His next parole board appearance will be June 7, 2016. Each time, the board—always made of up former law enforcement personnel and former prosecutors—reviews his very impressive record, all the institutional programs participated in and completed, college attended while inside, his job offers, his numerous letters of support from family, friends, and community members from many walks of life. Seth had a petition that received over 1000 signatures at his last trip to the board.

They have before them evidence of all the ways Seth has helped so many people throughout the course of his confinement and is still leading a positive and progressive life despite being locked up now for over four decades. And then they deny him parole based on their opinion that to release him would "deprecate" the serious nature of his charge of conviction. Is this rationale not, in effect, an illegal re-sentencing to life-without-the-possibility-of parole? When one goes to trial, there is a prosecutor, one's defense attorney, a judge, and a jury. When one goes to the parole board, there is only the prosecution.

Seth has taken responsibility for his part in the Black Liberation Movement's resistance to racist authority. He has paid a great price—43+ years of imprisonment thus far. He is going to the New York state parole board for the tenth time in June 2016 and deserves to be paroled, to come home to his family and community.

If you feel you cannot write a letter to the parole board, please take the time to sign the online petition: Release Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280 on Parole in June 2016

Please write your letter to the parole board on professional letterhead.

Please indicate how you know Seth, or if you don't know him personally, how you know of him.

What it would mean to you and the community if Seth was released rather than kept inside?

State what you do for a living and any other pertinent personal details, such as where you live, as well as what ways, if any, you could help Seth, financially or emotionally.

Say why you believe Seth will not commit another crime (i.e. what you know of his personality or interests, his institutional record, etc.)

Your letter should be addressed to:
Attn: Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator
Sullivan Correctional Facility
325 Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

The subject line should be "Robert Seth Hayes 74A-2280"

Mail to Seth's Lawyer:
Eve Rosahn, 125 Frenchtown Road, Shohola, PA 18458.

Seth very much appreciates your efforts and your support.

Dowload the background to Seth & his appeal here.


Robert Seth Hayes Medical Update

24/11/15

Seth was recently at Albany Medical Center for a week and returned to Sullivan on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Seth has since said that he is doing much better and is in good spirits. They took a CAT scan of his heart, lungs, blood tests, which showed that there was no heart problem or lung infection; just the build up of fluids. In response there has been an adjustment made tohis diabetes treatment, changing his medication type and amount. He has also been placed on anti-clotting meds due to having to be laying down in the hospital for the entire week. As a consequence, his breath is much better but he has to build up to walking longer distances and exerting himself again, because small amounts of exertion still put him out, but he is excited to start building up strength with the way he feels now.
He of course is unhappy with how long it took to get him hospital attention and the complications that could have been avoided had they taken care of it earlier. However, he is happy to have that problem looked at given how he feels now.
Seth wished to thank all who contacted the prison and will given an update when he is able to get access his records.

Write to Seth:
Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280, Sullivan Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116, USA.
To contribute to ongoing efforts supporting Robert Seth Hayes, please donate online at: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/810a58


Update On Seth Hayes - Now In Outside Hospital

18/11/15

Greetings Everyone, thank you all for those who called, wrote and faxed for Seth! Seth was taken to an outside hospital on Sunday morning unbeknownst to us and we have received confirmation that he is alive and undergoing tests. Though we have not heard directly from him, we are for now are going to call off the call in campaign until we find the results of these actions. We are hopeful but not naïve, we are so thankful for people's vigilance and we will keep you abreast to the situation as it unfolds. We know ultimately Seth needs to come home to get healthy. Prison life is not meant for health. He goes to parole this year for 9th time, not including other parole denials in between the two year hits. Being outside prison he could receive true medical, family, nutrition and other related aspects of life that can contribute to the immense healing process that is needed.

Urgent Need To Support Political Prisoner Robert Seth Hayes

10/11/15

As many of you know, Seth has had a chronic cough since May of this year for which he did not receive any diagnosis or treatment for many months.
When Seth finally saw the pulmonologist at Coxsackie on Monday, November 2, the doctor wanted to know why the medical personnel at Sullivan had waited so long to bring Seth for a pulmonary exam. The pulmonologist intends to schedule for Seth a CT scan, a CT scan of his heart, and bloodwork. The pulmonologist thought there might be some infection, but needs more info.
In addition, the facility doctor (Dr. Sidorowicz) told Seth to come to the clinic to use the nebulizer whenever he feels short of breath. Seth has been using an inhaler twice a day (Seth does not get to carry his inhaler, and so needs to go to medical when he gets short of breath) and also the nebulizer twice a day for a while now, although he does not yet have a diagnosis of the cause of this chronic cough.
On a prior occasion about 10 days ago, C.O. Slater, who was accompanying Seth to the clinic, stated that Seth did not really need the nebulizer. Then the nurses did not attend to Seth, and he had to overcome his difficulty breathing on his own.
Today, the same thing happened again, with C.O. Slater once again claiming that Seth did not really need the nebulizer. Seth passed out shortly thereafter and a Code Blue was called on him.
We need people to call Superintendent Keyser at Sullivan specifically about C.O. Slater interfering with and preventing Seth from receiving needed medical attention. This C.O. should never accompany Seth to the medical clinic again. Also ask why the nurses are not following the facility doctor's medical advice instead of paying attention to C.O. Slater.
We also need people to call and fax Dr. Koenigsmann and Nancy Lyng in Albany to demand that Seth receive all needed pulmonary tests as soon as possible and that C.O. Slater be prohibited from accompanying Seth to the clinic in the future.
This is attempted medical murder of one of our beloved freedom fighters and we must do everything possible to help Seth at this time.

Superintendent Keyser at Sullivan: (010) 845-434-2080

Dr. Koenigsmann: (010) 518-457-7073 (phone) and (010) 518-445-7553 (fax)

Nancy Lyng: (010) 518-445-6176

Seth needs visitors and letters:
Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280, Sullivan Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116, USA.

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Pattern Of Harassment Continues Unabated In Alvaro Luna Hernandez's Mail-Handling

01/11/15

Alvaro Luna Hernandez is a Chicano/Mexicano Anti-Imperialist Political Prisoner in a Texas Solitary Confinement Control Unit called by the TDCJ-CID Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg.) The singling out and censorship of Alvaro's legal materials by the TDCJ-Allred Unit Mail Room staff continues even though the 'Director's Review Committee' (DRC) has overruled the unit-decision to not allow Alvaro certain legal documents or political materials, they persist in mishandling and mutilating his mail and media, incoming letters, political advocacy materials from my P.O. Box as well, and from friends and supporters; please see Mail Grievance attachment.
We are asking that these TDCJ mail room employees cease the singling out of Alvaro's mail to interfere or impair its proper delivery, or that they be removed from their position(s) as mail room employees. That they comply with TDCJ's "Access To Court" policies, and the Correspondence Rules.
If you can, please e-mail the Ombudsman Office, this is generally the best direction for public complaints, because any other TDCJ official that is sent anything electronically or surface mail of this nature, will only forward it to the Ombudsman Office. (All roads lead to the Ombudsman Office - as I keep reminding people - and I'm sure people are tired of hearing it). Refer to the Step One Grievance file and the Vickie Barrow, Program Manager of Access To Courts letter for writing points.

Contact her at:
Vickie Barrow, Program Manager, Access To Courts, 1060 Hwy. 190 east, Huntsville, Texas 77340,
(00 1) 936 437-4815, (FAX) (936) 437-4823

Ombudsman Office e-mail:
ombudsman@tdcj.state.tx.us
Or. call: (00 1) 936 437-4927 & (FAX) (00 1) 936 437-4930,
Or write: TDCJ Office of the Ombudsman, Ombudsman Coordinator, P.O. Box 99, Huntsville, Texas 77342

Also, if you feel like it, and contact 'officials', you can write to:
Brad Livingston, TDCJ Executive Director, and he can be accessed through the Capitol Complex at:
Brad Livingston, TDCJ Executive Director, P.O. Box 13084, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-3084, (00 1) 512 463-9988;

Also you can write, call, fax, or e-mail:
Bruce Toney, Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), P.O. Box 13084, Austin, Texas 78711-3084, (FAX) (00 1) 512 671-2480, (FAX) (00 1) 512 671-2129 Get his office in on the investigation like they're supposed to do.

Be sure to add a contact mailing address so they can send you their response, which can be from 2 weeks to a month depending on what mess they find they have; and time to contrive one of their standard departmental think-speak gems.
If enough people get their attention and get them repeating the same tired boring yawners, maybe we can compare notes and have something of substance; they have a handful of regular administrators in that office (the Ombudsman Office that is) - some are more diligent than others investigation-wise.

Thank you very much - in solidarity till they ALL come home!

Twitch,
Committee to Free Alvaro Luna Hernandez

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Joel Is Doing The Time - We Are Paying His Fines

25/10/15

Joel was one of the anti-fascists that chose to physically defend the anti-racist manifestation in Kärrtorp, Sweden, attacked by fascists. He acted in self defence but was sentenced to 5.5 years for attempted manslaughter, after his case was tried by the Court of Appeal.

Today, Joel is active within Föreningen Fånggruppen (Prisoner’s association) and is making the most out of his sentence by networking with other political prisoners and through educating people on the outside within the field of prison struggle and solidarity work. The work he is doing is important but his years spent behind bars is something that he will never get back. It is years of isolation from friends and loved ones, years without freedom and natural bonds. For most of us, such a situation is unimaginable but we are many who stand in solidarity with him and proclaim that antifascism is still self defence.

The least we can do is to collectively take on the fines he was sentenced to, on top of his sentence. The 40 000 SEK (€4270/$4700/£3000) is a burden that should not fall upon Joel as an individual but should be taken by us collectively - all of us who stand in solidarity with Joel and the other antifascists who stood up and defended the peaceful protest in Kärrtorp. Donating is a practical way of showing solidarity but none the less also a symbolic act highlighting that we stand united against fascism. The price of antifascist activism shall never be an individuals burden to carry alone but something that we all pay collectively as a movement.

To donate from a non-swedish bank account:
IBAN: SE0680000832799438650120
Bic: SWEDSESS

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November 2-8, 2015: Week of Action Against The North Wales Prison & The PIC

13/10/15

A week of action has been called to encourage people all of the UK & the world to take action against the construction of the North Wales Prison in Wrexham. The prison will be the second largest prison in Europe, holding more than 2100 people and costing £250 million to build. Australian contractor Lend Lease was awarded the contract to build the Wrexham titan prison by the government in May 2014.
Local people have resisted the prison for over half a decade; objecting to planning applications, lobbying, going to meetings. Full planning permission was eventually granted in November 2014 despite local resistance. It is now a construction site and this place of abuse and oppression is being built as we speak.
Our aims are to resist it, slow it down and send a message to the state and the prison industry that it is not acceptable to profit from caging human beings. The Government wish to build more prisons in the UK, this is our opportunity to intervene and prevent this industry from expanding. We must take the offensive against prison expansion and the social control of our lives. We are fighting until all are free.

For further information in Welsh and English, see: www.cape-campaign.org/week-of-action/

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Call Out For An International Week For Anarchist Prisoners

10/08/15

In summer 2013 members of several ABC groups discussed the necessity of introducing an International Day for Anarchist Prisoners. Given there are already established dates for Political Prisoners Rights Day or Prison Justice Day, we found it important to emphasise the stories of our comrades as well. Many imprisoned anarchists will never be acknowledged as ‘political prisoners’ by formal human-rights organisations, because their sense of social justice is strictly limited to the capitalist laws which are designed to defend the State and prevent any real social change. At the same time, even within our individual communities, we know so little about the repression that exists in other countries, to say nothing of the names and cases involving many of our incarcerated comrades.

This is why we have decided to introduce an annual Week for Anarchist Prisoners on August 23-30. We chose August 23 as a starting point, because on that very day in 1927 the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in prison. They were convicted of murdering two men during an armed robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. Their arrest was a part of a bigger anti-radical campaign led by the American government. The State’s evidence against the two was almost totally non-existent and many people still today believe that they were punished for their strong anarchist beliefs.

Given the nature and diversity of anarchist groups around the globe, we have proposed a week of common action rather than a single campaign on a specific day making easier for groups to be able to organise an event within a longer target period.

Therefore, we call on everyone to spread the information about the Week for Anarchist Prisoners among other groups and communities and think about organising event(s) in your city or town. The events can vary from info-evenings, screenings and benefit concerts to solidarity and direct actions. Let your imagination run free.
Check out the flyers in different languages. Please send reports of your activities to tillallarefree (at) riseup.net

Till all are free.

“325” anarchist counter-information group
ABC Belarus
CNA/ABC Bogotá
Brighton ABC
Bristol ABC
ABC Cardiff
ABC Czech Republic
ABC Finland
ABC Kiev
ABC Latvia
Leeds ABC
London ABC
ABC Mexico
ABC Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod antirepression group
NYC ABC
Publicacion Refractario
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MOVE 9's Delbert Africa Solidarity Week

03/06/15

Some time during the month of June 2015 our Brother Delbert Africa will be making an appearance before The Pennsylvania Parole Board. This will be Delbert's first appearance since being denied in June of 2013. Delbert, like other Move Members, was denied Parole by the board based upon these reasons as stated in his Parole Denial Sheet

Your Minimization/denial of the nature and circumstances of the offenses committed.

Your refusal to accept responsibility for the offenses committed .

Our Brother Delbert and the rest of our Family in prison are innocent; they need not accept responsibility and show remorse for something they did not do and this system and it's officials know our family is innocent .At this point our family has nothing to explain to The Parole Board. The Parole Board is in a position now where they have explaining to do.

Why is is that Leslie Grey, a former Police Officer who has VERY STRONG TIES to Law Enforcement communities in Pennsylvanian is allowed to make a Decision and Vote on Delbert being granted Parole? This is a blatant conflict of interest; this is the same woman who in December of 2014 voted on giving our Brother Michael Africa a five year parole hit.

Parole Board Members Michael Green and Jeffrey Imboden are appointees of Edward Rendell, the former Governor of Pennsylvania, the former Mayor of Philadelphia, and the former District Attorney of Philadelphia whose office prosecuted The Move 9 in 1980 for the murder of Police Officer James Ramp .

Yet Another clear conflict of interest that the Parole Board will not acknowledge, yet they want Move People to accept guilt for something they did not do. Your help is needed now. We have to keep the pressure on The Parole Board for the release of Delbert .

From June 1st - 5th we are asking people to flood the phone lines of The Pa Parole Board for Delbert Africa Solidarity Week. People can call The Parole Board (00 1) 717 772-4343.

Call and inquire into why

(1) Leslie Grey, a former Police Officer who is new to the parole board and obviously has a clear bias against The Move a Organization, is allowed to vote over whether Delbert receives parole or not.

(2) Michael Green and Jeffrey Imboden were both appointed to The Parole Board by the same man who prosecuted Move in 1980, Edward Rendell.

Delbert has the recommendation of the prison for parole and also has a home plan and employment set up for him upon his release from prison, so this is now in our hands.

So again this entire week let's keep the pressure on The Parole Board . Again you can reach The Parole Board at (00 1) 717 772-4343 and demand Parole for Delbert (Orr) Africa AM-4985.

Ona Move

The Justice And Accountability Campaign

For More Info People can go to

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http://move9parole.blogspot.com/
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Medical Justice Campaign Days of Action For Robert Seth Hayes: June 16-19, 2015

03/06/15

THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1) On Tuesday, 6/16 and Wednesday, 6/17 please call:
***Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at (00 1) 474-8390 x2
***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (00 1) 457-8134
2) On Thursday, 6/18 and Friday, 6/19, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):
***Governor Cuomo at Fax: (00 1) ) 486-4466
***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (00 1) 457-0076

For suggested talking points see below.


Medical Justice Campaign Days of Action For Robert Seth Hayes: June 2 - 5, 2015

03/06/15

Seth's medical condition continues to worsen, and he has not been evaluated or treated for potentially life-threatening symptoms despite following formal medical care request procedures within the prison. Because the medical staff at the prison and Health Services of the Department of Correction continue to neglect his medical needs despite numerous calls from concerned medical providers and other citizens, we are urging both Commissioner Annucci and Governor Cuomo to exercise oversight and see to it that Seth finally receives proper medical care.

WE MUST KEEP THE PRESSURE ON AND CONTINUE TO CALL AND FAX.

Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns has been addressed to date. NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person's eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

Since we began our campaign, Seth's medical situation has actually worsened. He has had a cough with shortness of breath. He is also intermittently coughing up blood tinged mucous. He has not been evaluated or treated for these symptoms. He has a mass in the upper left quadrant of his abdomen which puts pressure on his diaphragm, increasing his difficulty breathing.
We must keep the pressure on and be consistent, insistent and persistent to make sure we do not lose yet another of our beloved freedom fighters due to deliberate medical neglect.

Please join our phone and fax campaign!

Talking points and sample letter below

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Tuesday, 6/2 and Wednesday, 6/3 please call:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at (00 1) 518 474-8390 x2

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (00 1) 518 457-8134

2) On Thursday, 6/4 and Friday, 6/5, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

Governor Cuomo at Fax: (00 1) 518 486-4466

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (00 1) 518 457-0076

***Suggested talking points***

State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280 at Sullivan Correctional Facility;

Say that you are requesting oversight of the medical team at Sullivan and DOCC Health Services as well as:

1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out;
3) an assessment of the mass in his abdomen;
4) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and
5) a physician's order for a diabetic diet.

Please email nycjericho[at]gmail.com and let us know what response you receive so that it can be given to Seth's legal team.

Check below for a Sample Letter that can be used to contact Governor Cuomo.

Medical Justice Campaign Days of Action For Robert Seth Hayes: May 26 - 29, 2015

26/05/15

Seth’s medical condition continues to worsen, and he has not been evaluated or treated for potentially life-threatening symptoms despite following formal medical care request procedures within the prison. Because the medical staff at the prison and Health Services of the Department of Correction continue to neglect his medical needs despite numerous calls from concerned medical providers and other citizens, we are urging both Commissioner Annucci and Governor Cuomo to exercise oversight and see to it that Seth finally receives proper medical care. Read Seth's May 17, 2015 Sick Call Request here.

We must keep the pressure on and continue to call and fax.

Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns has been addressed to date. NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

Since we began our campaign, Seth's medical situation has actually worsened. He has had a cough with shortness of breath. He is also intermittently coughing up blood tinged mucous. He has not been evaluated or treated for these symptoms. He has a mass in the upper left quadrant of his abdomen which puts pressure on his diaphragm, increasing his difficulty breathing.

We must keep the pressure on and be consistent, insistent and persistent to make sure we do not lose yet another of our beloved freedom fighters due to deliberate medical neglect.

See below for actions that you can take.

Seth Hayes' Health Deteriorates Due To Medical Neglect - Call In This Week!

20/05/15

Robert Seth Hayes' wife Sheila had a trailer visit with him on the weekend of May 9-10 and she stated that he cannot lie down for any long period of time, including to sleep, because he feels that he cannot breathe. He still has the dry cough, which makes him feel like he is choking.
On Sunday May 17, Seth related that one of the reasons he feels that he can't breathe is because he has what feels almost like a protrusion in the upper left quadrant of his abdomen.
He says that to the left and directly above his navel, his abdomen is swollen and this is pressing on his diaphragm, making it hard for him to breathe.
Seth’s medical condition continues to worsen, and he has not been evaluated or treated for potentially life-threatening symptoms despite following formal medical care request procedures within the prison. Because the medical staff at the prison and Health Services of the Department of Correction continue to neglect his medical needs despite numerous calls from concerned medical providers and other citizens, we urge both Commissioner Annucci and Governor Cuomo to exercise oversight and see to it that Seth finally receives proper medical care.

*Talking points and sample letter below*

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Tuesday, 5/19 and Wednesday, 5/20 please call:

*Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at (00 1) 518 474-8390 x2

*Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (00 1) 518 457-8134

2) On Thursday, 5/21 and Friday, 5/22, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

*Governor Cuomo at Fax: (00 1) 518 486-4466

*Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (00 1) 518 457-0076

***Suggested talking points***

State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, at Sullivan Correctional Facility;

Say that you are requesting oversight of the medical team at Sullivan and DOCC Health Services as well as:

1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out;
3) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and
4) a physician’s order for a diabetic diet.

Please email nycjericho[at]gmail.com and let us know what response you receive so that it can be given to Seth’s legal team.

SAMPLE LETTER to fax, mail or submit online:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224, USA.
Fax: (00 1) 518 486-4466

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I am writing in regards to Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.

Mr. Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus with frequent bouts of hypoglycemia, as well as weight loss of 40 pounds (22% of his original body weight) in a short time. These health concerns have not been addressed by medical staff at Sullivan Correctional Institute despite numerous requests by the patient, family, concerned medical providers, and the general public. He has not even been prescribed a diabetic diet.

In addition, Mr. Hayes’s medical situation has worsened dramatically recently.
He has had a cough with shortness of breath and is coughing up blood tinged mucus.
He needs an evaluation of his cough and shortness of breath urgently.

I am writing to register my grave concern about the health of Mr. Hayes and to request that he receive the following immediate and appropriate medical care:

1) an urgent evaluation of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) a work-up of his weight loss to assess for potential malignancies;
3) a modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent episodes of hypoglycemia; and
4) a diabetic diet.

I thank you for your prompt attention to these medical matters.
Sincerely,

______________________

cc: Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner at Fax: (00 1) 518 457-0076

Seth can be contacted at:
Robert Seth Hayes 74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
PO Box 116
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116, USA.

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Support Kevan Thakrar At Court On August 14

27/07/15

Thank you to everyone who turned up to my support demonstration at Manchester Crown Court on 22 May, especially those who went on to write about the experience, and not forgetting those who couldn't attend but helped organise. I was sorry not to be able to see you all, but it seems my appearing by video-link was no mistake.

The judge gave an order at the previous hearing that I be produced in person following HMP Full Sutton staff having assaulted me prior to the video-link, then refusing to leave the room to allow for a private legal conference pre-hearing with my barrister, resulting in nothing of substance being achievable. It seems that no intention of enforcing this order every existed, and it was simply made for the sake of appearances to a courtroom packed with supporters. Wakefield's Head of Security claims they applied to Manchester Crown Court on 12 May to be able to ignore this order and received confirmation that they could do so on 19 May, yet nobody told either my legal team or me until I lodged an internal complaint at the prison for its failure to produce me. Supporters in the court will recall the judge cutting me off when I questioned my attendance – and now they know why.

So the judge gave another order, this time that I must be produced for the dismissal hearing on 14 August. Let's see if I am there. I do hope that as many of you as possible will be there to make some noise, hopefully before they cut the link this time though! I have to warn you though, don't be shocked by my appearance. I haven't been allowed out to cut my hair since January with them breaking one set of my clippers and refusing to issue the other. All of this is because of a couple of spurious allegations against me of common assault and witness intimidation made by a Manchester prison officer. The CPS had agreed not to proceed with the assault charge but the officer – represented by one-time esteemed prisoners' advocate Hugh Southey of Matrix Chambers – took a judicial review to get the charge reinstated.

Ever since I was proven to have been acting in self-defence against prison officers at HMP Frankland in 2010 I have been held in isolation within England's version of the US Supermax torture units, which is the Close Supervision Centre (CSC). I am currently allocated to the Exceptional Risk Unit within the CSC and the charges emanating from these false allegations are being used to attempt to defend this increase in oppression by labelling me as one of the eight most dangerous prisoners in the country, which is a prerequisite to being here. The last person to progress from this unit, Fred Lowe, did so in a body bag, having died of age-related illnesses after many years here, so please show up at Manchester Crown Court on 14 August to make sure the same fate does not happen to me.

Thank you in advance for all of your support.

Kevan Thakrar A4907AE
HMP Wakefiled, 5 Love Lane
Wakefield, WF2 9AG

Kevan Thakrar Trial - Manchester Friday 22nd May - A Farce

26/05/15

No Trial, Kevan not in court but on video link

Reasons:
1) CPS had not served to the defence all the papers relating to the first charge

2) No papers had been served on anyone (Either the CPS barrister, defence barrister and the judge) on the second charge: what exactly the second charge consists of is still a mystery, but not surprising as no papers available!

3) Kevan's barrister told the court that all Kevan's legal papers had been seized by the 'Prison Service' at HMP Wakefield and would not hand them back. Barrister asked judge if he would give an order requiring them to so, judge said he had no powers to do so. But commented Rule 39 is supreme and wants no more interference of Kevan's legal mail (weasel words).

4) New dates set: Pre trial legal arguments to be heard on a day late August, defence still intends to try and have the charge the first one anyway, dismissed and told the judge he had several 'Authorities', judge requested copies of same to him pre trial.

5) Trial date set for Monday 30th November, listed for 4/5 days

6) Kevan had to sit silent through all this, at end judge spoke to him, summing up what had gone on before, Kevan tried to complain about not being produced in court, judge ignored him and shut him up.

7) Judge declared hearing over; gallery in which were seated, Kevan's parents, Janet Cunliffe, members of FRFI and MOJUK, started a solidarity clap and cheer, video link cut, judge accused gallery of sullying the dignity of the court.

Protest At Kevan Thakrar's May 22 'Trial' At Manchester Crown Court

13/05/15

A picker/protest is being held at the trial/fit-up of Kevan Thakrar on charges of common assault and witness intimidation stemming from a false allegation by a HMP Wakefield screw. The picket will be outside Manchester Crown Court in Crown Square, Manchester, M3 3FL on May 22nd from 10:00.

It is alleged he threw excrement in the face of a female prison officer, whilst detained in HMP Manchester in the Specialist Intervention Unit (SIU). Originally charged in August 2013, (although he was never actually charged or interviewed by the police at the time they say the incident occured) the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) discontinued proceedings because, it said, it was no longer in the public interest to prosecute Thakrar.

The Prison Officers Association (POA) was up in arms over this and sought redress by way of Judicial Review. The criminal proceedings were reinstated and the trial starts Friday week in Manchester Crown Court. The charge of witness intimidation relates to Kevan writing to the prison officer he is accused of throwing faeces at because her details were in the legal paperwork.

Kevan is adamant that their is/was video evidence covering the alleged shit-throwing incident, which would prove it never happened, but is fearful that the video evidence controlled by prison officers may not reach the court. This fear is not groundless as in November 2011 he stood trial for attacking three guards in HMP Frankland where he was acquitted by a jury. The video evidence of the incident, was 'accidently' destroyed by prison officers!

It is very unusual for a prisoner to appear in court on such charges as they are normally dealt with internally through the prison discipline system. However, the trial is part of the on-going campaign of intimidation/revenge against Kevan for his refusal to be cowed by a prison system that has on previous occasions sought to 'nut him off', sectioned under the Mental Health Act, locked up in one of the Close Supervision Centre hell-holes, or even dead (as was the case in the Frankland prison incident).

A victim of the 'joint enterprise' catch-all law, Kevan's desire to stand up for himself and his fellow prisoenrs has seen him progressively isolated within the prison system. He needs our support now.

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Letter From Kevan Thakrar - Protest Outside Manchester Crown Court On May 22

06/04/15

Thank you to everyone who turned out to demonstrate in my support in London outside Prison Service headquarters on February 16th and to all those who helped create the banners, flyers and advertised the event.

Since then there have been significant developments. Firstly, the attempt to have me sectioned under the Mental Health Act failed. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not something which a person can be sectioned for, so the psychiatrist refused to do the dirty work of the Close Supervision Centre Management Committee (CSCMC) and refer me to hospital.

Transfer to HMP Full Sutton segregation unit turned out to be their next attack. Greeted by a full riot squad on arrival, my treatment was never going to be good, but even I was shocked at the audacity of these discriminators who stormed my cell while I was praying, to assault me and provoke a reaction: Fortunately I did not fall into their trap; however this has only led to me being subjected to a continued and increasing level of harassment.

The problem for the CSCMC is this: I have a psychological report which stipulates that I should be returned to normal location as after five years on the CSC I do not need to remain under these conditions it goes on to say that keeping me in these environments is exacerbating my PTSD, which is disability discrimination in violation of the Equality Act. The CSCMC does not want me ever to be able to return to normal location, hence their failed attempt to have me sectioned, but they know that with this report any judge in the country will rule against them if they fail to progress me.

As they are unable to get me out of their jurisdiction, their core aim is to provoke an incident to justify my CSC status. At the same time they subject me to treatment intended to worsen my mental health in the hope of facilitating my transfer to a hospital.

They have now informed me of their intention to allocate me to the Exceptional Risk Unit in HMP Wakefield. This is the very end of the line, indefinite isolation, nobody ever leaves, except those who die of old age. During my 13-day stay at Wakefield seg back in 2010, almost the whole first week I was starved, and not a day went by without some kind of threat being made by the officers there, including extreme racial abuse.

Targeting me through the courts, I must be the only prisoner in history facing prosecution for common assault, which stems from a false allegation by an officer by the way. Wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money attempting to force through a wrongful conviction to dirty my record and bolster their other schemes, they have recruited Manchester police and the CPS to help. With legal argument due to take place on May 22, 2015 at Manchester Crown Court regarding the validity of this case, only time will tell if this prosecution actually proceeds.

I need your support now more than ever. A protest is being organised outside Manchester Crown Court on May 22 and I ask for all those who can to please attend. Maybe I will hear you if you shout loud enough!

I really am in a desperate situation and the only real way out is with your support. We can stand together against this abuse and cause it to change for me and all the others who follow. The CSC system has been allowed to operate in secrecy since its creation in 1998, sending many prisoners insane. The time has come to put a stop to the ordeal. The protest on May 22 is the first real step in achieving this. I hope to see you there.

Kevan Thakrar
HMP Full Sutton
March 23, 2015

[The day after Kevan wrote and posted the above he was abruptly moved from HMP Full Sutton to HMP Wakefield. This was despite a pending threat of a legal challenge opposing the move from his solicitors due to his past treatment there. His current court case for common assault is relating to prison guards at HMP Manchester saying he threw faeces at them - through a prison door with no open window. There were cameras covering this area, but no doubt they will have 'lost' the footage of when they say this incident actually occurred. This allegation has already been thrown out of a court once for lack of evidence but the prison service and CPS are still pursuing it. Kevan was never charged or interviewed for the 'common assault' at the time].

Please send messages of Solidarity/Support to:

Kevan Thakrar
A4907AE
HMP Wakefield
Love Lane
Wakefield
WF2 9AG

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Letter Appeal On Behalf Of John Bowden

12/07/14

In 2007 my association with the Anarchist Black Cross was considered a compelling enough reason by the prison authorities to prevent my release, despite the subsequent exposure of the lies manufactured by a prison administration regarding the nature and activities of ABC.

In the summer of 2007 following my transfer to an open jail, Castle Huntley near Dundee, after almost three decades of imprisonment, a prison-hired social worker at the jail, Matthew Stillman, submitted a report to the Parole Board in which he claimed I was linked to what he described as a “terrorist group”, specifically naming ABC, and had received visits from “terrorists” also linked to ABC. As a consequence of Stillman’s allegation I was transferred back to a maximum-security prison.

Following a campaign of protests on my behalf by ABC, which included demonstrations outside the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Prison Service H.Q. In Edinburgh, and an investigation by Perth & Kinross Council into Stillman’s allegations to the Parole Board, those allegations were exposed as lies. Whilst being interviewed by a representative from Perth and Kinross Council Stillman would claim by way of a defence that he had been encouraged by senior management staff at Castle Huntly prison to use the term or description “terrorist” when describing ABC in the parole report. Stillman faced no disciplinary proceedings following the exposure of his lies and was simply moved to another social work council.

It would be several years before the prison authorities would resurrect it’s lies regarding the “terrorist” or “criminal” nature of ABC in an attempt yet again to prevent my release, and once again prison-hired “professionals”, this time psychologists, would be used to present the lies as impartial and unprejudiced fact.

On the 9th June the psychology dept at Shotts Prison in Lanarkshire carried out an assessment of my case, ostensibly to decide my “level of risk” in terms of danger to the community, and my suitability, or not, for a return to an open prison. On page 21 of their subsequent “Psychological Assessment Report” they wrote the following:

“Mr Bowden holds value in communicating his political ideals and advocating change. He has also used radical websites to identify Criminal Justice system professionals (the allusion to Stillman is obvious) that he alleges have abused their positions of authority. While he cites this to be a feature of his views on authority in general and therefore feels entitled to express his views and thoughts, this is an area that should be further monitored by the relevant authority supervising him. Mr Bowden has stated his intent to distance himself from criminal associates, yet considers the Anarchist Black Cross groups, to whom he is linked, to be non-criminal in their approach. At the time of writing, there was no information available from the police to confirm this. It should be noted however, that in 1992 he had associates that facilitated his escape to Holland. His associations should therefore be monitored in conjunction with the police. It will also be useful to liaise with the police if concerns emerged in the future about the approach of Anarchist Black Cross groups being criminal in their intent”.

Firstly, ABC members played absolutely no role or part in my escape to Holland in 1992 and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest they did, and secondly, following Stillman’s lies regarding the ABC in 2007, Perth and Kinross Council asked the police to provide an opinion of ABC and were informed it was a “radical group” with “potential public order risks” but definitely not “terrorist” in nature or unlawful in political orientation. Once again the prison authorities here in Scotland are attempting to criminalise ABC and punish prisoners linked to it.

I would ask ABC members therefore both in solidarity with me and as a protest against their criminalisation by a serial human rights abuser like the prison system, to e-mail and send letters of complaint to the following:

Jim Kerr
Governor
HMP Shotts
Cantrell Road
Shotts
Lanarkshire
ML7 4LE

Scottish Prisoner Service H.Q.
Calton House
5 Redheughs Rigg
Edinburgh
EH12 9HW

The Justice Minister
Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 ISP

Please send letters of support to:

John Bowden
6729
HMP Shotts
Cantrell Road
Shotts
Lanarkshire
ML7 4LE

Petition For The Release Of John Bowden

02/02/14

John Bowden has asked us to create an on-line petition add pressure on the Parole Board for England and Wales and the Scottish Prison Service to cease discriminating against him and subjecting him to what amounts to preventive detention by denying him parole on the basis of his criticisms of prison and criminal justice system.

To the Parole Board for England and Wales, and the Scottish Prison Service: Release John Bowden

Sign it here: John Bowden Petition

This is a petition on behalf of long-term prison resister John Bowden about his ongoing struggle with the Parole Board. They decided recently that just because he is critical of the prison system and does not toe the Prison Service line he should continue to be incarcerated, well beyond his original tariff period.

See this link for an article written by John about his parole hearing:
www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2014/01/515044.html

To the Parole Board for England and Wales, and the Scottish Prison Service,

We wish to register our concern about the treatment of John Bowden who is clearly being held in jail at the moment as a form of preventive detention and not for any legitimate reason associated with genuine risk to the community or real belief in his propensity to commit crime. We feel that because of John's association with attempts to expose and highlight abuses of power within the prison system and wider criminal justice system he has been targeted for victimisation and his continued detention is an example of that. At two successive parole hearings to review his continued detention in 2011 and 2013 no evidence what so ever was presented to suggest that John was continuing to be held in jail for reasons of “public protection” or that the focus of his struggle was anything other than the abuse of state power in the treatment of prisoners or ex-prisoners being “supervised” in the community. Following his 2013 parole hearing John was informed by both the Parole Board and the prison authorities that unless he stopped publicly exposing abuses of power by prison and criminal justice system officials his release from jail would be prevented. John's continued detention therefore is of itself a blatant abuse of state power.

The use of preventive detention to punish and silence legitimate complaint is a clear abuse of human rights and we wish to make it absolutely clear that we intend to highlight John's situation at every opportunity and in every possible way.

Support John Bowden, Victim Of Secret Parole 'Evidence'

10/01/13

John Bowden is a long-term prison resister, prolific prisoner writer, jailhouse lawyer and all-round thorn in the side of the prison service. He has been in prison now for 30 years, initially for a particularly senseless and brutal drunken murder,. However, he quickly became politicised by the brutality of prison life and is currently being held well over his finial tariff simply because of his politics.

In 2007 he was up for parole, having been in an open prison for 9 months and allowed regular unsupervised home visits. Yet the powers that be did not want to release him. Instead, they chose to commission a blatantly political probation report by an outside fundamentalist christian social worker once their in-house report proved too favourable to John. Instead they got what they wanted: an all too obviously politically biased report claiming that John had links with outside terrorist organisations - namely Brighton Anarchist Black Cross, his parole application refused and him back where they thought he deserved to be - in a maximum security prison yet again.

Now it is time for another parole hearing and he is back in open conditions and allowed home leave, ostensibly a threat to no one. However, this time the Scottish Prison Service has decided upon a new strategy - using a secret annex in the security section of their parole report, one that John has no access to and is therefore totally unable to challenge.

Read John's latest letter on the State's most recent machinations to keep him festering in their dungeons.

And please send letters/cards of support to John at:
John Bowden, 6729, HMP Shotts, Cantrell Road, Shotts, Scotland, ML7 4LE.

John Bowden: Time To Get Him OUT!

27/09/12

Militant prisoner John Bowden has been locked behind bars for more than three decades, and the prison authorities continue to do everything they can to keep him there. In the past, he was punished with beatings and brutality to try and break his spirit, and to stop him participating in organised resistance to prison repression. In more recent years the State have used prison-hired quacks like Matthew Stillman, and now Marc Kozlowski, and scumbag Probation workers like Brendan Barnett to do their dirty work. Despite the recommendations of the Parole Board more than a year ago that John Bowden be moved to an open nick and be prepared for release, the screws are determined to keep John inside.

For more information on John Bowden’s situation and the new campaign launched by Leeds ABC see: 1 / 2

John Bowden: International Day Of Action On October 19th

05/10/12

John Bowden has been in prison more than thirty years for the drunken killing of someone who pulled a knife on him at a party. While John’s two co-defendants were released more than twenty years ago, John remains in a high security prison despite the Parole Board’s recommendations that he be prepared for release. John has been at the forefront of the prison struggle throughout most of his time inside, he quickly developed a political consciousness and a deep understanding of the role of prison in society, as well as a tactical understanding of the power relations between the captured and their captors.

Also, throughout his time inside, John has been punished for his role as a prison militant and organiser, and for exposing the barbarity and inhumanity of prison through his writing. The system and the vengeful screws that are its foot-soldiers have constantly tried to break John, viciously brutalising him and subjecting him to the most inhumane conditions. Even today, they are prepared to flagrantly ignore the recommendations of the Parole Board that he be moved to open conditions and prepared for release. John is constantly having to put up with provocations and dirty tricks from his captors, while they do everything they can to prolong his incarceration.

It has been clear for many years that John Bowden is not being held in prison because of the killing he committed thirty years ago, but because of the way he has developed as a human-being despite the worst excesses of the prison system, because he continues to maintain his integrity and humanity, because he has a political consciousness that sees prison for the barbarity that it is, and because he remains unbroken. John Bowden is an enemy of the System, and as long as he continues to hold his head high, the vengeful evil bastards that hold him in their clutches; the spineless dog-turd turn-keys and their sick pay-masters, will do everything they can to see that he is never released.

For his part, John has sworn that if it is a choice between surrendering that part of himself that has allowed him to resist throughout three decades of incarceration, that has compelled him to challenge injustice in spite of the personal cost to himself, he would sooner die in jail.

John Bowden is a comrade who deserves our fullest support, and it is time to FIGHT to get him out. This is a call-out from Leeds ABC for an International Day of Action in support of John Bowden on Friday October 19th. John has remained staunch all these years, he deserves to be shown that he is not isolated and alone. Please organise solidarity actions for October 19th.

Some useful contacts:

Scottish Prison Service HQ, Communications Branch, Room 338, Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9HW. (Telephone 01259 760 471 Fax 01259 762 003 E-mail: gaolinfo@sps.gov.uk

Ian Whitehead (Governor), HMP Shotts, Cantrell Road, Shotts, Scotland, ML7 4LE. (Telephone 01501 824000 Fax 01501 824 001 ).

The Parole Board, Grenadier House, 99-105 Horsferry Road, SW1P 2MX.

Find a British Embassy/Consulate: www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/find-an-embassy/

Please send letters/cards of support to John at:

John Bowden, 6729, HMP Shotts, Cantrell Road, Shotts, Scotland, ML7 4LE.

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