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Albert Woodfox's Overturned Conviction Upheld in Unanimous 5th Circuit Ruling

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We are thrilled and honored to announce that just hours ago, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brady's 2013 ruling overturning Albert's conviction for a third time in a 3-0, unanimous decision (view a PDF of the official court ruling here).

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Jalil Muntaqim Responds to Letter about Racism at the 2014 ABC Conference

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The following is a response to a widely publicized criticism of one of Jalil’s supporters by a participant at the 2014 North American ABC Conference. The letters Jalil asks folks to disseminate are the result of FOIL requests in regards to the Police Benevolent Association’s coordinated attempt to block parole for Jalil and include vile and vulgar racist language.

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For October 2014 Is Now Available

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Here is our super duper late political prisoner birthday poster for October. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own. This month's poster honors the life and work of Loukaniko, the Greek riot dog, who died this month following health troubles that some people believe stemmed from their repeated exposure to tear gas.

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For September 2014 Is Now Available

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A bail and legal fund has been established to support the 43 or so people who have been arrested during the initial anti-police demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. Please spread the word widely and help get some money together to get these people out.

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Running Down the Walls 2014 This Weekend -- Support Political Prisoners

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This year’s annual Running Down the Walls 5K run is scheduled to be held on Sunday, September 7th. Several ABC chapters and political prisoners are planning runs to support long-term political prisoners and the ABCF warchest. Other groups and individuals are encouraged to organize runs or other simultaneous events. If you can't make it to a run, please take this opportunity to make a donation to the Anarchist Black Cross Federation who organizes these runs and provides support to many long-term anarchist political prisoners. They also take BitCoin now if that's your thing.

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Running Down the Walls is Coming -- Run in your town

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This year’s RDTW is coming up fast and we need you to organize a run of your own. If you have sandals or better, than you can, at the very least walk down the walls with us on Sunday September 7th at 10A.M. To organize a Running Down The Walls, you should get as many comrades as you can, find a nice cool area, get people to sponsor you for a couple bucks, hydrate, then run!

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Kropotkin and the Prison System

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At the time of writing (12th August 2014), Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, has come to the conclusion that much of the country had come to months ago- that Tory policy on prisons is dehumanising, that being imprisoned makes you ‘uniquely vulnerable’, and that our current public discourse in regards to prisons is myth-laden and exasperatingly underdeveloped. Mr. Hardwick has a decent attitude toward the purpose of the prison system: ‘you’re sent to prison as punishment, not for punishment’, but he’s also hardly an anarchist. Nevertheless, I believe that any reform of the prison system ought to consider what Peter Kropotkin had to say on the matter, in his work ‘Prisons: Universities of Crime‘, originally read to the British Medical Association in 1913.

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For August 2014 Is Now Available

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Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for August. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

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Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis

Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole. The book's co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as "la tragique histoire des Trois d'Angola" (the tragic story of the Angola 3).

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Monterey Chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross to Launch on Bastille Day

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Direct Action Monterey Network has announced the group will be celebrating Bastille Day and launching the Monterey chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross. On Monday, July 14 a launch party will be held on Del Monte Beach in Monterey, and on Tuesday, July 15 a letter writing party will be held to support political prisoners in California's jail and prison systems.

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