Prisoners of War

Annette Tibbles & Richard Duriez.

Annette and Richard were found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson. Both have been sentenced to four years (See Paranoia..noia...noia..boo!). Annette Tibbles, 112215, HMP Holloway, Parkhurst Road, Holloway, London, N7 0NU. Richard Duriez, 7B1807, HMP Bullingdon, P.O Box 50, ArnicottBicester, Oxfordshire, OX6 0PR

 

Rik Scarce.

Rik was author of ‘Eco-Warriors: understanding the radical eco-movement’. He refused to reveal his sources from EF! and ALF interviews. Rik Scarce, SpokaneCountyJail, 1100 West Mallon, Spokane, WA99260, USA

 

 

Eric Pontaine

Eric Pontaine, a protester at The Valley of the Aspe in France was recently sent down for nine months for cutting a fence. In late August he was given a presidential pardon from Mitterand. Mitterand is the same man who last year ordered hundred of armed presidential guards against the protesters at the valley.

 

Wild Rockies EF!

Eight WREF!ers are in jail after taking direct action to stop the construction of logging roads in the as yet roadless Cove & Mallard areas. Here the US Department of Agriculture Forest service is planning to build 145 miles of new road and clear-cut 81 million board feet of timber, right to the boundaries of the wilderness, an are if wolf and grizzly bear habitat.

Wild Rockies EF!, POBOX 26Dixie ID 83525. Tel (208) 882 2581. (Ramon, room 252)

 

Other EF! and ALF prisoners

To our knowledge the situation of all the prisoners below, which we mentioned in issue two, are unchanged. They are: Jonathan Paul (USEF!), Peg Millet (USEF!), Darren Thurston (Canadian ALF), Sam Remington (British ALF), Dave Nelson (N.Ireland ALF), Chris Tucker (British ALF). Prisoners not mentioned this issue are either free or there situation has changed. You best contact there respective support groups.

 

Move Prisoners.

The winter issue of OH-TOH-KIN, the magazine of/for native peoples’ resistance, published an appeal for the support of Mumia abu-jamal who at their time of publication was on death row.

Mumia has been on death row in Pennsylvania since 1982. A former black panther, a journalist and a supporter of MOVE, Mumia had campaigned against the racist and violent ‘Law and order’mayor of Philadelphia, Frank Rizzario; who had sponsored the military style raid on the Panther HQ in the 60’s. After one if the Phili police attacks on MOVE communes in ’78, Rizzo publicly vowed revenge when Mumia used his position as a journalist to speak out against the attack.

In December ’81 Mumia intervened when he saw his brother being attacked by the police, the cop ended up dead and Mumia badly injured. At the trial Mumia was not allowed to represent himself by the judge who was a retired member of the Fraternal Order of the Police.

In 1985 the police dropped a bomb on a MOVE house in Philadelphia killing 11 men women and children. (Read ‘They kill Vegetarians!’ in this issue of Do or Die.) This was the climax of a long campaign of violence, murder, intimidation and framed imprisonments, which had boon going in since MOVE’s inception. Those in the below list are all MOVE prisoners who have fallen fowl of this campaign and are still serving sentences. These people are in prison for putting the earth first and abandoning civilisation in their own lives. These people are our tribal brothers.

Carlos Africa, AM 7400 and Delbert Orr Africa, AM 4985, Drawer K, Dallas, PA18612, U.S.A.

Consuewella Dotson Africa, 6434; Debbie Sims Africa, 6307; Janet Holloway Africa, 6308; Janine Phillips Africa, 6309; Charles Sims Africa, AM 4975; Merle Austin Africa, 6306; Susan Leon Africa, 6325

P.O. Box 180, Muncy, PA17756, U.S.A.

P.O. Box 99901, Pittsburgh, PA15233, U.S.A.

Edward Goodman Africa, AM 4974, P.O. Box 200, Camp Hill, PA17001, U.S.A.

Michael Davis Africa, AM 4973, Drawer R, Huntingdon, PA16652, U.S.A.

Williams Phillips Africa, AM 4984, Box A, Bellefonte, PA16823, U.S.A.

Mumia Abu-Jamal, AM 8335, Drawer R, Huntingdon, PA16652, U.S.A.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Equal Justice USA, P.O. Box 5206, Hyattsville, MD20782, USA. Tel 301-699-0042, fax 301-864-2182. Concerned Citizens in support if MOVE, PO Box 19709, Philadelphia, PA19143, U.S.A.

New Afrikan Network in Defense of PPs and POWs, PO Box 90604, WashingtonD.C.20090, U.S.A.

EF! prisoner support & the ALF supporters group are on the contact list.

Writing to Prisoners

Prison isolates people from the outside world. Visiting is the most important thing you can do to help break down the isolation, so the prisoner does not feel forgotten. If you can’t think of much to write just send a card wishing them well - it is the fact that you have bothered to write that matters. If you know a prisoner personally it is especially important to write as obviously contact from friends is valued. But this does not men that if you are a stranger to the prisoner they won’t appreciate your letter. Remember all letters to prisoners are opened and censored, so don’t write anything that could jeopardise future actions or someone’s freedom.

Don’t always expect a reply to your letter as prisoners are restricted as how many letters they can write each week. Sometimes prisons restrict the number of letters a prisoner can receive - this is less likely to happen if letters are not long.

Generally it is best not to write more than four sides of writing paper or two sides of A4 paper per letter. Most prisons do not allow letters sent in with no sender’s address on them. It is possible to use false one, but bear in mind that a prisoner may reply, so use an address you can get post from. Some prisons also refuse to allow PO BOX numbers as addresses - check with the prison first.

Visiting Prisoners

Remand prisoners (that is prisoners who have not been tried), are normally entitled to a visit of at least 15 minutes every day except Sunday, although some prisons differ from this prisoners can normally have up to three visitors per day, but they all have to visit at the same time. If a prisoner does not have a visiting rota, try to let them know a week or so in advance that you are coming so they can inform you if someone else is visiting that day.

Convicted prisoners are entitled to one visit every 2 weeks if they are under 21. Over 21 and they are entitled to one visit per week, although many prisons allow one visit every two weeks. Prisoners have to send out a visiting order (V.O.), to the persons they want to visit them. Visits are normally a minimum of thirty minutes and often one or two hours.

Newspapers

Most prisons have a newsagents nearby which supplies newspapers to prisoners. The prison will tell you where the newsagents is. Newspapers and magazines for prisoners will have to be ordered and paid for at the shop. The prison will also tell you how many papers and magazines each prisoner is allowed. Alternative magazines have to be sent direct from a bookshop or the organisation producing them.

Books

Some prisons will accept books handed in or sent in by friends. Most prisons demand that the books are new and sent direct from the bookshop. Obviously you will have to pay postage. However, it varies from prison to prison - always check with the prison first. Some community and alternative bookshops will agree to send books not bought in their shop, so if you have a book that will pass as new, then it is worth asking if they will send it. It is important that it is clear to the prison that the books have come direct, so ask the bookshop to enclose some headed note paper or stamp the parcel with their address.

Writing Paper

Remand prisoners are normally allowed to use writing paper, envelopes and stamps sent in to them. The writing paper should not be wire bound. generally, convicted prisoners are not allowed to use any writing paper etc, other than supplied by the prison, but again it is best to check with the prison first. They are usually not able to use stamps or S.A.E.s sent in from the outside, but if they receive any they will be converted into cash and put in the prisoners bank account.

Money

Some prisons allow money to be handed in on visits. Otherwise, money can be sent in. It is not a good idea to send cash as this may go missing. Postal orders and cheques are acceptable which should be made payable to the prisoner. They will have to sign the back of the cheque so they will know of any money received. The prisoner can then use the money to buy food, tobacco, toiletries, stamps etc., but it is worth noting that in many prisons £10 is the maximum.

Food

Since the 1st of march 1988, prisoners (both remand and convicted) are not allowed to have food sent in, or brought in from the outside. Food sent in is normally destroyed or eaten by prison officers.

Cassettes and radio

Prisoners are allowed a radio with medium and long wave bands only. Some prisons demand that an earplug be supplied as well. Cassette players are often allowed with earphones. The cassette player must have no recording facility. Prisoners can have pre-recorded tapes but in many prisons they must be sent in direct from a shop. Both radios and cassette players must be battery powered. Duracell batteries are not allowed.

Remember

Whatever you are thinking of sending to a prisoner, find out first what the prisoner wants as often there is a limit on what can be received. Also, there is such a wide variation between what different prisons allow, always ring the prison and check what they will accept.

Support the prisoners

Supporting prisoners is essential, they are inside for defending US and Mother Earth. Even one letter can be a boost and there is so much more that can be done - publicity, visits, financial support, pickets, and of course, taking up the tools of resistance and continuing their struggle.

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