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Jul 6, 19

Rebel Prisoner Birthdays for July

Inspired by the spirit of the Political Prisoners Birthday crew, here’s a short listing of some rebel prisoners who have upcoming birthdays in July.

For 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.

In recent years, July 25th has also been commemorated as an international day of solidarity with Jock Palfreeman and all antifascist prisoners, so you might want to do something for that, like raising funds for the International Antifascist Defence Fund or the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association, emailing Belarus ABC to ask them to translate your message and pass it on to one of the several Belarusian antifascist prisoners, or whatever else seems appropriate to you.

Ilya Romanov

Russian anarchist prisoner.

Birthday: July 3

Address:

Ilya Eduardovich Romanov, 1967 g.r.
ul. Rabochaya 147, SIZO-1
Saransk
Mordoviya, Respublika
430003
Russia

Notes: Cards should be written in Russian to be received.

Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian film director framed for “anti-Russian terrorist activity” alongside the anarchist Alexander Kolchenko. Last year, Oleg went through a 145-day hunger strike.

Birthday: July 13

Address:

Please send handwritten letters in Russian (more likely to get through) to:
677004 Республика Саха (Якутия), г. Якутск, ул. Очиченко, д. 25. ФКУ ИК-1 УФСИН России по республике Саха (Якутия). Сенцову Олегу Геннадьевичу, 1976 г.р.

OR in English to:

English: 677004 Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Yakutsk, Ochichenko st. # 25. FKU IK-1 FSIN of Russia in Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Sentsov Oleg Gennadievich, born 1976

Corey Smith

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the state has now dropped its attempts to criminalize Corey Smith in relation to the uprising, he is facing continued retaliation, as he has been moved to Pennsylvania, where he is being held on lockdown indefinitely (via placement on PA’s Restricted Release List) on vague and questionable grounds. More than two years later, these prisoners are still being abused for staying in solidarity with one another against the state.

Birthday: July 14

Address:

Smart Communications/PADOC
Corey Smith
NU0456
SCI Camp Hill
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733

Dakota Moss

Ferguson-related prisoner sentenced to 20 years for stealing guns for people to use during the non-indictment riots in November 2014.

Birthday: July 17th

Address:

Dakota Moss #11400-025
USP Terre Haute
4700 Bureau Road South
Terre Haute, IN 47802

Kevin Berry

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the court found Kevin Berry not guilty on all charges in relation to the uprising, he is facing continued retaliation, as he has been moved to Pennsylvania, where he is being held on lockdown indefinitely (via placement on PA’s Restricted Release List) on vague and questionable grounds. More than two years later, these prisoners are still being abused for staying in solidarity with one another against the state.

Kevin Berry also wrote a June 11th statement for this year’s day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners.

Birthday: July 17th

Address:

Smart Communications/PADOC
Kevin Berry, NT0583
SCI Benner Township
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733

Keith “Malik” Washington

Deputy chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party Prison Chapter and proud IWOC member, who’s been subjected to an extended period of solitary confinement as a reprisal for his outspoken organizing and writing. Malik’s writings have frequently featured on It’s Going Down, among other places.

Birthday: July 19th

Address:

Keith “Malik” Washington
#14879587
McConnell Unit
3100 S. Emily Dr.
Beeville TX 78103

Nina Droz Franco

Nina Alejandra Droz Franco was arrested by the Puerto Rico Police as she sat on the street to block a line of riot cops during the disturbances that followed the mass march that took place on May 1st, 2017. 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, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(i). Specifically, she was accused of trying to set fire to the Banco Popular building in the “Golden Mile” area, which on May Day was the target of the rage of hundreds of protesters who smashed its glass windows and wrote on its walls. Although Droz initially pled not guilty, on July 12 she changed her plea after reaching an agreement with the prosecution which proposed a sentence of three years and one month in jail, while the defense suggested two years.

Birthday: July 30th

Address:

Nina Droz-Franco
#50427-069
FCI Tallahassee
Federal Correctional Institution
501 Capital Circle, NE
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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