Off the Wagon Benefit in the Forest of Dean
Deep down in the woods, in the Forest of Dean, a country fayre took place at the end of September. Off the Wagon was a 24-hour fundraising spectacular of a knees up, complete with live bands, traditional games and banquet, raising nearly £800. This has been split between Bristol ABC’s prisoner support work and the Camp Hillcrest Project that offers an out of town experience to city kids.
Letter-writing for Brad and others
The event boasted a Bristol ABC ‘letter writing living room’ where guests could pen solidarity messages to prisoners and post them in the ABC post box. To assist letter-writers, cards were available with information about Bradley Manning, as well as other prisoners Jock Palfreeman, Lynne Stewart and Kevan Thakrar.
Solidarity letter writing keeps inmates in touch with the outside world, lets them know they haven’t been forgotten and sends a clear message to the authorities that the eyes of the world are on them.
Photos above and left: the letter writing living room area
What is Bristol Anarchist Black Cross?
Bristol ABC explains its work:
The group was formed with the aim of supporting prisoners locally and internationally. Those involved felt it was important to form Bristol ABC as an extension of our political beliefs and as a practical example of the principles of mutual aid and solidarity. We also anticipate there will be an increasing amount of political repression, and therefore prisoners – there have always been people imprisoned for opposition to the system that governs us all.
The groups aims to practically support prisoners by:
- writing letters, sending books and magazines, and where possible or needed financial contributions to those inside
- publicising specific prisoners’ cases, campaigns and struggles
- supporting and publicising other individuals, campaigns and resources involved in prisoner solidarity and anti-prison work
Bradley Manning info card
Anyone can organise a letter-writing event. The address to write to Brad currently is:
Commander, HHC USAG
Attn: PFC Bradley Manning
239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
JBM-HH, VA 22211
See bradleymanning.org for more information about writing to Brad, what he’s allowed to receive etc.