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How to Write to Prisoners, and Effectively Support our Comrades in Captivity

plus letter writing supplies and updates on locked up friends

- 9:00pm
Tuesday April 9 2013

Venue: Spartacus Books
Address: 684 E Hastings St
Cost: by donation, no one turned away
Accessibility: Spartacus Books is on the ground/street level. Both the outer door and the bathroom door are 800mm (31.49 inches) in width. In the gender neutral bathroom, there is one bar directly to the left of the toilet and one bar directly behind it. The inside of Spartacus is all one level except for a slight bump (about 1mm in height) close to the back. ps- the trunk that was in the bathroom at Spartacus has been moved, so the area near the toilet is now much more accessible.

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This evening will feature a workshop with Comrade Black on effective prisoner support, and will also offer up free letter writing materials and zines and such on the prison industrial complex, information on the Anarchist Black Cross, and a bit of delicious vegan food (please get in touch with any dietary restrictions, we'll try to accommodate you)!  We're also hoping there will be some information on a comrade who has just been stolen away from us by the state, and there will be a chance to her an update on their case.

This discussion-­‐based workshop will draw both on lessons learned from firsthand experience doing prisoner support, as well as taking guidance from prisoners themselves in how to best support them. Asking the question "what is prisoner support and how can we be more effective in it?" The reality is supporting prisoners can be quite easy, and it is truly important work in a movement where we are being constantly criminalized. This workshop seeks to help people navigate their way into being an effective ally to those behind bars.

Comrade Black is a green anarchist who has done support work and correspondence with prisoners across Turtle Island, including; Nyki Kish, Kelly Pflug-­‐Back, Walter Bond, and Fran Thompson.

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