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Aug 1, 19

Rebel Prisoner Birthdays for August

Check out these upcoming birthdays for political prisoners and rebels for the month of August.

Inspired by the spirit of the Political Prisoners Birthday crew, here’s a short listing of some rebel prisoners who have upcoming birthdays in August. For an an introduction on how to write to prisoners and some things to do and not to do, go here. If you have the time, please also check IWOC’s listing of prisoners facing retaliation for prison strike-related organizing.

And congratulations to Little Feather, who will be celebrating his birthday in relative freedom at a half-way house after having just been released from prison! The past month was a really good one for comrades getting out, with Connor Stevens of the Cleveland Four, Luis Fernando Sotelo in Mexico, Cedar Hopperton in Canada, and Nikos Romanos in Greece all being released, and Keith “Malik” Washington in Texas being approved for parole.

In addition, the week of August 23-30 is observed as an international week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners by a number of international ABC groups, so you may wish to do something for that.

Eric King

Anarchist prisoner serving a ten-year sentence for attempting to set fire to a government official’s office in solidarity with the Ferguson uprising.

Birthday: August 2

Address:

Note: At time of writing Eric is still in the middle of a punitive transfer, his permanent address will be confirmed when it becomes available. You may wish to doublecheck his location using the BOP inmate locator before sending anything.

Bill Dunne

Long-term anarchist prisoner held since 1979 for attempting to free another comrade from imprisonment.

Birthday: August 3<

Address:

Bill Dunne #10916-086
FCI Victorville Medium I
PO Box 3725
Adelanto, California 92301

Obadiah Miller

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the court did not convict Obadiah Miller on any charges in relation to the uprising, he is facing continued retaliation, but has recently been let back into general population. More than two years later, these prisoners are still being abused for staying in solidarity with one another against the state.

Birthday: August 4

Address:

Smart Communications / PA DOC
Obadiah Miller – NT0293
SCI Huntingdon
P.O. Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

Mutulu Shakur

Black liberation prisoner held since the 1980s for alleged participation in Black Liberation Army activities alongside Assata Shakur and others.

Birthday: August 8

Address:

Dr. Mutulu Shakur #83205-012
USP Victorville
P.O. Box 3900
Adelanto, CA 92301
United States

Lawrence Michaels

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the state has now dropped its attempts to criminalize Lawrence in relation to the uprising, he, like all of the Vaughn 17, deserves respect and support for making it through the entire process while staying in solidarity with his co-defendants and refusing to co-operate with the prosecution.

Birthday: August 14

Address:

Smart Communications / PA DOC
Lawrence Michaels – NW2894
SCI Camp Hill
P.O. Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

Hanif Shabazz Bey (Beaumont Gereau)

One of the Virgin Island 3, serving 8 consecutive life sentences after being tortured into a false confession then wrongly imprisoned since 2001 when his sentence was vacated.

Birthday: August 16

Address:

Beaumont Gereau #19-1952
Citrus County Detention Facility
2604 W. Woodland Ridge Dr.
Lecanto, FL 34461
United States

Pedro Chairez

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the state has now dropped its attempts to criminalize Pedro in relation to the uprising, he, like all of the Vaughn 17, deserves respect and support for making it through the entire process while staying in solidarity with his co-defendants and refusing to co-operate with the prosecution.

Birthday: August 17

Address:

Currently unknown – he appears to have been transferred out of state, but it’s not yet clear where.

Christopher L Young

Queer anarchist prisoner/jailhouse lawyer in Kentucky wishing to start an anarchist book club and get more involved in organizing.

Birthday: August 17

Address:

Christopher L Young #136515
Little Sandy Correctional Complex
505 Prison Connector
Sandy Hook, Kentucky 41171

Russell “Maroon” Shoatz

Anarchist/anti-authoritarian-leaning Black Liberation/Black Panther prisoner, held since 1970 for his alleged involvement in attacking a police station in response to a police murder.

Birthday: August 23

Address:

Smart Connections/PA DOC
>Russell Maroon Shoatz #AF-3855
SCI Dallas
Post Office Box 33028
St Petersburg, Florida 33733

Dr. Rafil Dhafir

Muslim prisoner targeted in the post-9/11 “war on terrorism” crackdown for starting a charity to help relieve the suffering caused by US sanctions in Iraq.

Birthday: August 25

Address:

Rafil Dhafir #11921-052
FCI Allenwood Low
P.O. BOX 1000
White Deer, PA 17887
Ayer, MA 01432

Ronald Reed

Black Liberation prisoner, convicted in 1995 for allegedly shooting a police officer in 1970.

Birthday: August 3

Address:

Ronald Reed #219531
Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City
7600 525th Street
Rush City, 55069-2265

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