WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
WHERE: CAGE – 83A Hester Street New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
It’s supper time again, and we’re back at CAGE for our every-other-week Political Prisoner Letter Writing Dinner. As anarchists, it should come as no surprise that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving– we’ll take you’re damned day off from work, but not in exchange for commemorating the historic and ongoing genocide of indigenous folks and the 250 million turkeys that are killed each year. This week we turn our attention to indigenous political prisoners. While we might be eating the fruits of the Fall harvest, don’t confuse that with an acceptance of the Thanksgiving myth.
This Tuesday’s dinner will focus on two indigenous Political Prisoners: Oso Blanco and Leonard Peltier.
Oso Blanco was labeled “Robin the Hood” by the FBI for repeatedly expropriating funds from banks, only to give the money to folks in the hood and to the Zapatista rebels of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Also known as Byron Chubbuck, Oso Blanco is now serving 80 years in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Unwilling to renounce his politics, Oso Blanco is periodically attacked and tortured by guards. For updates and ways to help, visit osoblanco.org
Leonard Peltier is an American Indian Movement (AIM) warrior. In the 1970s, the United States government continued its legacy of decimating indigenous communities, focusing on those organized and prepared to challenge its authority. Peltier is imprisoned for the 1975 shoot-out between the FBI and AIM in which two federal agents and an indigenous man were killed. Four years after his imprisonment, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request released documents which prove Leonard Peltier’s innocence and the FBI’s targeting him. And still, Peltier remains imprisoned, recently again denied parole. For more information and ways to help, visit whoisleonardpeltier.info
If for some insane reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support the prisoners, you can write to them at:
Byron Chubbuck #07909-051
Post Office Box 1000
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837
Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
Post Office Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521
The deal, as always, is that you come bringing only yourself (and your friends and comrades), and we provide you with a delicious vegan meal, information about the prisoners as well as all of the letter-writing materials and prisoner-letter-writing info you could ever want to use in one evening. In return, you write a thoughtful letter to a political prisoner or prisoner of war of your choosing or, better yet, keep up a long-term correspondence. We’ll also provide some brief updates and pass around birthday cards for the PP/POWs whose birthdays fall in the next two weeks thanks to the PP/POW Birthday Calendar.
Getting to CAGE is simple:
From the J/M/Z:
Essex Street Stop: Walk west on Delancey Street (toward Essex Street, away from Norfolk Street) and make a left on Essex Street. Walk three blocks and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
From the F:
East Broadway Stop: Walk north on Rutgers Street (toward East Broadway, away from Henry Street), that becomes Essex Street, and turn left on Hester Street. We’re two and a half blocks down, on the right.
From the B/D:
Grand Street Stop: Walk east on Grand Street (Toward Forsyth Street, away from Chrystie Street) and turn right on Orchard Street. Walk one block and turn right onto Hester Street. We’re a few storefronts down on the right.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll see you at supper.