Death Row Exoneree Ronald Keine to speak at Solidarity Houston

The US houses the biggest prison population in the world and is one of only a few “industrialized” countries that continue to implement the death penalty. Houston ABC invites you to join in the larger conversation regarding death penalty abolition in the US as we present the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement (DPAM) and death row exoneree Ronald Keine. DPAM will present problems with the death penalty from both ethical and economic perspectives, while Ronald Keine will discuss his experiences as an innocent man on Death Row. Ronald Keine will also discuss the effects of his imprisonment on his family, friends, and community.

More information on DPAM can be found here: http://www.abolitionmovement.org/

More information on Ronald Keine can be found here:
http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/exonerees/ron-keine.html

WHEN: April 10th, 2016, 6-8PM

WHERE: Solidarity Houston, 6733 Harrisburg Blvd. Houston, TX

The event is free and open to the public.

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Cindy Milstein’s Taking Sides Tour

When/Where: Tuesday March 29, 6:30-9:30 PM at Solidarity Houston, 6733 Harrisburg, Houston TX 77011

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/979929825418012/

Event Description: Join Cindy Milstein for a discussion of the topics of the new anthology “Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism”. We will have a community discussion following Cindy’s talk to examine the issues raised in “Taking Sides” and how they play out in Houston.

ABOUT “TAKING SIDES”
The lines of oppression are already drawn. The only question is: which side are you on in the struggle against the violence that is white supremacy and policing? “Taking Sides” supplies an ethical compass and militant map of the terrain, arguing not for reform of structurally brutal institutions but rather for their abolition. Its thirteen essays are sharp interventions that take particular aim at the role of nonprofits, “ally” politics, and “peace police” in demobilizing rebellions against hierarchical power. The book offers tools to hone strategies and tactics of resistance, and holds out the promise of robust, tangible solidarity across racial and other lines, because in the battle for systemic transformation, there are no outside agitators.

Cindy is the editor of this collection of essays, notable partly for the dialogue it contains: many of these essays actively disagree with each other, sharpen each other’s thinking, and together, are a powerful book.
For more on the book, including its contents, see:
https://www.akpress.org/takingsides.html

this is a FREE event. Cindy will be selling copies of Taking Sides at the event for $12.

Solidarity Houston has a copy of Taking Sides in the library, for folks that would like to read it before this event.

ACCESSIBILITY / PARKING / NO COPS NO JERKS
Solidarity Houston is a wheelchair accessible space with one gender neutral bathroom. We are not currently scent free. If you have accessibility needs, please message the organizers at least a couple days before the event and we will do our best to accommodate.

Parking is in the alley behind the building, on both sides of the train tracks. Do not park in the Los Charros parking lot, YOU MIGHT BE TOWED.

Solidarity Houston is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, anti-racist and feminist space.

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Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

Houston ABC, Rice Left and Rice Queer Resource Center present a screening of Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria  on March 9, 2016.
Screaming Queens chronicles the events leading up to and following the riots against police harassment at Compton’s Cafeteria in 1966. This is one of the first trans riots in the US and predates the famous Stonewall riots by approximately 3 years.

The event is free and open to the public.

Where: Rice Cinema 2030 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 (http://ricecinema.rice.edu/Events.aspx)
When: Food and reception at 6:30PM , Film begins at 7PM
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Ghosts of Attica Screening with IWW

Sunday February 28, 1 PM, @ Solidarity Houston 6733 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011

The Houston chapters of Anarchist Black Cross and Industrial Workers of the World Houston present Ghosts of Attica, a film that documents the Attica prison rebellion, and a short discussion following the screening. This will be a potluck, so please bring food if you can!

Those driving to the event can park behind SH along the train tracks, and bikes can come into the space!

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Former Political Prisoner Sekou Kambui in Desperate Need of Financial Assistance!

Houston Anarchist Black Cross is posting this on behalf of formerly incarcerated political prisoner Sekou Kambui. You can find a letter from Sekou at the bottom of this text which explains the reasons for which he needs financial support.

Please visit the GoFundMe to support Sekou (gofundme.com/wem2zs7n)

To give you a bit of background regarding Sekou, Sekou was unjustly imprisoned for 40 years for crimes he did not commit and for which there was absolutely no evidence against him other than coerced testimony from individuals who subsequently recanted their statements. The judge refused to allow the recanted statements to be stricken from Sekou’s record.  Sekou was released from prison less than 2 years ago on parole. Within less than a month of his release he was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer. He had been complaining about feeling sick for months, but the prison medical officials told him it was just a low level of iron.

Throughout the 1960’s, Sekou participated in the Civil Rights movement, organizing youth for participating in demonstrations and marches across Alabama and providing security for meetings of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Sekou became affiliated with the Black Panther Party in 1967 in Chicago and New York. While in Detroit, he became a member of the Republic of New Afrika, before returning to Birmingham. Back in Alabama, Sekou coordinated community organizaton activity with the Alabama Black Liberation Front, the Inmates for Action (IFA) Defense Committee and the Afro-American People’s Party in the mid 1970’s. Sekou was also a soldier in the Black Liberation Army (BLA) during these years before his capture.

You can find more information about Sekou at https://denverabc.wordpress.com/prisoners-dabc-supports/political-prisoners-database/sekou-kambui/

Houston Anarchist Black Cross received this letter from Sekou on January 28, 2016.

“June 30, 2014 to January 30, 2016
I’m over one & a half (1 & 1/2) years as a formerly incarcerated Political Prisoner!

Since August,  2014 I’ve been standing toe to toe in my fight with colon/liver cancer. Its been uphill in every way possible! Some days I struggle to breathe and must remain on or near an oxygen machine; some days I can’t walk but a few steps at a time before needing to pause to catch my breath. Yes! Uphill more than downhill–for days without end it seems!

The Government won’t permit me disability to help me financially. On top of this, the Government won’t permit me to work by  threat of discontinuing my age motivated SSI check. This is despite how inadequate it is to support me in paying my rent, utility, internet and food bills. I can’t purchase winter clothes even; I must stack on summer clothes my friends sent me to stay warm out doors during the colder days of winter.

I’m hurting quite severely financially and could use some donations from my friends, supporters, and anyone so inclined to make a monetary contribution to my survival. That is the motivation for this letter. $ 5,000 to 8,000 would carry me a long way to overcoming my debts, and putting me on solid ground financially speaking; helping me rid myself of debs I’ve accrued, and pay bills that need to be paid before someone decides debtors prison.

I must visit the hospital on a tri-mester basis for chemo treatments and to visit doctors to further my efforts to overcome congested heart failure, hypertension, and some degree of Hepatitis C. Add colon/liver cancer to spice up my life. Please consider making a donation to my support; this fight for my life demands much more of me than I am able to afford financially. Your financial contribution to my support will be appreciated very much! It will be received w/ gratitude and a huge smile of relief!

Respectfully yours,

Sekou Cinque Kambui”

Please visit the GoFundMe to support Sekou (gofundme.com/wem2zs7n)

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Free The Move 9!

Houston ABC received the following letter from The Move Organization with updates on member’s of The Move 9’s parole. Please read the letter AND check out information on the petition to help these political prisoners at the bottom of this post!

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For the full PDF of this letter please click here.

There were further updates as an insert in the letter, and it made sense to type those up:

The Parole Petition has been launched

You can go to the web site to sign the petition: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/92454-free-the-move-9. There have been many signatures already we need a lot more. Cards are being made to promote the petition, if you want cards to hand out at events or in the communities, email at denverabc@riseup.net, or write: Illy Voxi Denver ABC ABC P.O. Box 1000277 Denver, CO 80250. (Tip: if you use your facebook account to sign the petition, it will allow you to invite all of your other facebook friends to sign it too!) Paper petitions are available for any person(s) or group who wants them. The signed petitions are being sent to U.S. Attorney General, Lorette Lynch. Enough signature can possibly get our case heard in federal court.

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Internationl Day of Solidarity with Trans-Prisoners

Join Anarchist Black Cross Houston for a night of solidarity with trans prisoners. “Trans Prisoner Day of Action on January 22nd is a day to acknowledge the experiences of trans and other sex and gender-minority prisoners. It’s about collaboration. It is about forging new relationships and dismantling the isolation of prison. It’s about resistance to state violence. It’s about solidarity between those who experience the violence of the system first hand and those for whom the state hasn’t come yet.” (transprisoners.net)

We will be screening the film Cruel and Unusual, a 2006 documentary about trans women’s experiences in prison, along with a few other short videos about incarcerated trans folks. This will begin about an hour into the event! There will be information about trans prisoners you can write to, like Texas trans prisoner Marius Mason who has started this day, along with the people in our ongoing Queer Prisoner Pen Pal Project.

Food/drinks and and an endless playlist of trans music will be provided!

Visit the official website for more details on the international day of solidarity: transprisoners.net

Parking is behind Solidarity along the train tracks, and bikes can come into the space! The space is wheelchair accessible. Subtitles will unfortunately not be available for most of the videos, including Cruel and Unusual.jan23take2

#TransLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

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