Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night
Bring some light cheer and encouraging words to these courageous men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our planet and survival in a country which has never respected our right to be free and self determining.
Puerto Rican Political Prisoner; Nina Droz Franco
Last May 1, Nina Droz Franco was participating in a mass rally in San Juan during a Puerto Rican general strike, was arrested for lying down on a road. Later that day, ATF took over the investigation. On May 2, she was transferred to federal custody and charged with damaging or attempting to damage by means of fire a building engaged in activity affecting interstate commerce. She has been in prison ever since. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) snatched her from the custody of the Puerto Rican police that night. For more info. Prolibertad.org
MOVE (Janet and Janine Africa)
On August 8, 1978, police attacked the MOVE organization, following years of police brutality against MOVE, which led to 9 MOVE members wrongful conviction and incarceration for 40 years, for the death of one police officer, who was shot by friendly fire, not MOVE. During this attack, heavy equipment was used to tear down the fence surrounding our home, and cops filled our home with enough tear gas to kill us and our babies, while SWAT teams covered every possible exit.
Xinachtli (Nahuatl, meaning “seed”) is a community organizer from Texas. Police informants were used to monitor Xinachtli’s organizing activities in the barrio. They were told Xinachtli was “typing legal papers,” “had many books” and was working on police brutality cases in Alpine. The police knew of Xinachtli’s history of community-based organizing and his legal skills. Xinachtli was recognized nationally and internationally as the national coordinator of the Ricardo Aldape Guerra Defense Committee, which led the struggle to free Mexican national Aldape Guerra from Texas’ death row after being framed by Houston police for allegedly killing a cop.