Prisoner Letter Writing Night

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Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

Anticipating the Millions for Prisoners March on Washington on August 19, we’ll spend the evening writing to some of the many people who have been locked up. Whether targeted for their participation in social movements and protests, or victims of the mass incarceration of black, brown, and poor people, these prisoners are our siblings, neighbors, and allies. A letter of solidarity can lift someone’s spirits and give them a vital connection to news from outside, as well as give us a direct window into the U.S. “justice” system.

We’ll provide all the materials and a quick “how to” for anyone who would like some guidance.  If you are already in touch with a prisoner, you can use the time to correspond with them.  If you aren’t, we’ll have list of names and addresses.

Letter Writing Night – Recent Political Prisoners

Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

While resistance takes root in new communities, activists on the front lines are also facing more repression. We’ll use this month’s letter writing night to focus on newer political prisoners, like water protectors Red Fawn and Krow; Occupy activists The Cleveland 4; and animal liberationists Nicole and Joseph.

Join us! We’ll provide a quick how-to on writing to prisoners, materials, and good company.

Drop the Charges! Letter Writing for J20 Arrestees

Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

The protests at the Inauguration set the terms of protest during the Trump era. People in DC and around the world have stepped up our resistance. Unfortunately, over 200 people who were illegally kettled for up to 11 hours are facing charges that could land them in jail for 10 years. All this while police were documented to have broken protocol with reckless abandon.

If DC officials proclaim to stand against the new regime’s brutality, they must drop the charges against all protesters. Join us during this national week of action to write and call local officials who have influence over the ongoing cases. Many of the defendants are our friends, comrades, and fellow organizers.

We can also brainstorm ways to keep building pressure on city officials, so come for the letters, and stay for the scheming!

Letter Writing Night – Solidarity with Aging Prisoners

Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

The vast majority of seniors in prison, many who have been in prison for decades, are routinely denied parole and compassionate release by the state. They are often denied release even though they pose no threat to the public.

Join DC Stampede and Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP) in showing support and solidarity with these folks. We’ll provide all the materials and a quick “how to” for writing to people in prison. It’ll be a good chance to meet and hang out with other folks who are fighting for change.

Letter Writing Night – Solidarity with LGBTQ Prisoners

Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

January 22, 2017, is the second annual Day of Action for Trans Prisoners, founded by political prisoner Marius Mason. In solidarity, we’ll spend the evening writing to trans and other LGBQ prisoners.

From the Day of Action organizers:

“As queers we know the terror of scrutiny, disgust and isolation; we have all be denied the ability to live our lives. For trans people in prison, those problems are doubled by the physical and emotional restraints of a literal cage. For decades, early queer activists showed active solidarity and support for their imprisoned brothers and sisters – they wrote letters, had marches, and demanded not just that they be treated with respect and dignity, but their total and unconditional release. Queer and trans prisoners organized with each other and the outside world. Join us in reviving that tradition.”

For more information and resources, checkout:
https://transprisoners.net/
http://www.blackandpink.org/

“Courage is not fearlessness. Courage is the ability to keep going, even when you are unsure of yourself, even when you are nervous, and even when you are terrified. If you can still fight when the odds appear to be against you, and when it looks like you might be fighting it alone, then you are genuinely brave.” – Chelsea Manning

On January 25, let’s remind Chelsea and other prisoners that they are not alone.

Intro to DC Stampede!

Thursday, December 15
6:30 – 8:30pm
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
1630 7th St NW
Washington DC 20001

Looking to get involved with an organization fighting for the things you believe in? Have you attended a DC Stampede event or wondered what we actually do? Looking for a place to turn some of that anger about the election into productive organizing?!

Well here’s your chance! In lieu of our regular organizing meeting, we’ll have an opportunity for new folks to get involved. Find out about our mission and the work we’ve done to support prisoners, animals, and communities in resistance.

A sneak peak: DC Stampede is an all-volunteer group dedicated to improving conditions for animals, people, and the planet. We welcome anyone who wants to work in support of our principles.

We hope you’ll join us!

Letter Writing to Support Prison Strikers

Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

Prison resistance has been building over the last several years, culminating in a nationwide strike starting on September 9. Tens of thousands of incarcerated workers in at least a dozen states staged coordinated protests calling for an end to prison slavery.

These workers took great risks in demanding basic rights, and many have been put in solitary, seen their food withheld and their communication restricted. Many have faced torturous conditions for asserting their humanity.

Join us in writing letters of support to these prisoners, letting them and the authorities know we are still with them on the outside. A representative of the DC IWW Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee will tell us more about the campaign and update us on the latest news from inside the walls.

September’s Prisoner Letter Writing Night w/ DCRAPP

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We had another inspiring prisoner letter writing night! A big thank you to Release Aging People in Prisons (RAPP) for co-hosting, and for sharing the stories of those we had the opportunity to write letters to. We also want to thank the Potter’s House for letting us take up their entire cafe! That’s right–we are growing, which means together we can write more letters in support and solidarity with incarcerated people. Stay tuned to learn about our next letter writing night in November .

Among Animals- Book Reading & Discussion

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Join The Potter’s House and DC Stampede for an evening of fiction and discussion about the relationship of humans and animals in the modern world. From the anthology Among Animals 2, C.S. Malerich reads from her short story “Phoenix Cross” in which science, fantasy, and industrial agriculture meet.

About the book:

New from Ashland Creek Press, Among Animals 2 is a second collection of critically acclaimed stories that affirm the bond among humans and animals.

The relationships among human and non-human animals have captivated writers since the beginning of time—and the ways in which these relationships have evolved (and sometimes have not) continue to inspire writers of contemporary short fiction around the world. This carefully curated collection of stories explores the ways in which we live among—and often in conflict with—our non-human counterparts. These stories feature animals from the familiar (pets and strays) to the wild (deer and birds) to the less beloved but no less important (cockroaches and fish). Within these pages are glimpses of the world through the eyes of those who live among, who rescue, and who study these animals, and these collected tales highlight the ways in which animals and humans understand and challenge one another. Among Animals 2 continues the tradition of gathering stories from the world’s most gifted contemporary authors—those who pay close attention to the creatures with whom we share our planet, and who inspire us to pay closer attention as well.

About the author:

C.S. Malerich lives and works near the District of Columbia. Her speculative fiction has appeared previously in Ares Magazine, The Again, and the first volume of Among Animals. She is a founding member of the collective DC Stampede, supporting grassroots organizing on behalf of animals, people, and the planet.

BlackRock: Stop Funding Animal Torture!

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On the heels of the No New Animal Lab European Speaking Tour, advocates in DC visited the downtown office of BlackRock during the morning rush hour. BlackRock is one of Skanska USA’s top investors. The message is clear: As long as Skanska continues to lay the path for the torture and murder of thousands of animals, their financial backers are also complicit. BlackRock can divest from Skanska or use their power to influence their projects.

In case you’re hearing about this campaign for the first time, Skanska is a construction company that is building an underground animal testing lab at University of Washington. If built, it will be where dogs, cats, mice, and guinea pigs will be cut open, exposed to harmful chemicals, neglected in wire cages, and deprived of the basic freedoms we all deserve. An international grassroots campaign is fighting to stop it.

 

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It’s up to us to make sure that this doesn’t happen. Wherever you are, there’s something you can do. Get in touch with DC Stampede or No New Animal Lab to find out how you can help. For many, it’s a matter of life and death.