Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 1:00 PM
CALLING ALL ANARCHISTS, ACTIVISTS, AND SUPPORTERS OF OUR FREEDOM FIGHTERS!
REPOST FAR AND WIDE!
NOVEMBER 7th WEEKEND OF SOLIDARITY FOR OJORE LUTALO!
Long-time New Afrikan Anarchist Prisoner of War, Ojore N. Lutalo is set to
max out after 26 years of imprisonment at New Jersey State Prison.
In other words, the department of correctional services is about to reach
their deadline for the maximum amount of time they can legally hold Ojore
Lutalo under the sentence mandated by the justice system (nevermind the
fact that as a Black Liberation Army Prisoner of War he should not have
been sentenced under a criminal court at all!).
While his exact release date is still not finalized, it will most likely
be late November or early December. The NJ DOC website has his max-out
date as December 25th. Ojore, with the help of a lawyer, is in the process
of working to get his good time/work credits restored, a result of his
victory in the NJ Superior Court in 2007, which overturned a charge the
prison convicted him of in 2005. This charge/conviction took away around a
year of good time/work credits. This process is still ongoing and we will
update people with any changes to his max-out date.
In the meantime, the Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF) is initiating
a fundraising drive to support Ojore, once he is released, in order for
him to transition back to the streets. Money is needed to help Ojore
secure housing, food and clothing. This financial assistance will allow
Ojore to make the transition more smoothly, knowing that money and housing
isn't an immediate pressing matter, giving him the needed time to readjust
to the outside world he hasn't seen since 1982.
We are calling for a National Weekend of Fundraising Events for Ojore
Lutalo to occur on the weekend of November 7th 2008. Now's a great
opportunity to show how our movements support our own!
As many former prisoners and their supporters know, coming back home after
a doing a long stretch in prison is difficult and without a support base
it will be even more difficult. The ABCF, anarchists and many PP/POW
activists who have maintained contact and supported Ojore over the years,
have benefited immensely from the example that he's set as what it means
to be a revolutionary. His untiring advice/criticism to us has helped many
of us and our organizations grow politically and deepen, not only our
commitment to the struggle to free political prisoners and prisoners of
war, but to that of building a revolutionary movement
It's our revolutionary duty ensure Ojore has all the support he needs
when hits the streets!
We encourage all activists to organize fundraisers or donate whatever they
can towards Ojore's release fund.
All funds, by check or money order, payable to TIM FASNACHT, can be sent to:
P.O Box 42129
Philadelphia, Pa 19101
Thank you for your support of our comrade Ojore!
Bring them all home!
Solidarity and Struggle!
THE ANARCHIST BLACK CROSS FEDERATION
bio of Ojore Lutalo........
Ojore Lutalo is locked down in Trenton, New Jersey, for actions carried
out in the fight for Black Liberation.
In Ojore's own words, he is "serving a parole violation sentence (we
received 14 to 17 years) stemming from a 1977 conviction for expropriating
monies from a capitalist state bank (in order to finance our activities)
and engaging the political police in a gun battle in December 1975 in
order to effect our departure from the bank, and to ensure success of the
"After my parole violation term terminated in December 1987, I started
serving a forty year sentence with a twenty year parole ineligibility (I
was paroled in 1980, and I have been back in captivity since April 20,
1982) that I have received in 1982 for having a gun-fight with a drug
dealer. The overall strategy of assaulting a drug dealer is to secure
monies to finance one's activities, and to rid the oppressed communities
of drug dealers." Ojore was originally arrested with New Afrikan P.O.W.
Kojo Bomani Sababu, and was struggling with comrade Andaliwa Clark up
until the point that Andaliwa was killed in action within the confines of
New Jersey's infamous Trenton State Prison after he shot two prison's
security guards in the repressive Management Control Unit (M.C.U.) on
January 19th, 1976 when they tried to stop him from escaping from
Ojore was a comrade of the late Kuwasi Balagoon, a New Afrikan anarchist
P.O.W. "I've been involved in the struggle, the war against the
state since 1970. I've been an anarchist since 1975 without any regrets.
Prior to my involvement in the struggle, I was just another apolitical
lumpen (bandit) here in Amerika."
"I was... influenced and highly motivated by the Black Liberation Army
(B.L.A.) here in Amerika. These sisters and brothers were New Afrikans
just like me from the streets of the ghettos who took the initiative
militarily, to start assassinating members of the state's security forces
who were murdering black people in our communities. From the inception of
all revolutions, I feel that the people need armed combat units to check
state sponsored acts of terrorism by the government's security forces. In
addition, I feel that these armed combat units are necessary to show the
people that fascist acts of state-sponsored terrorism... will be responded
to militarily. In 1975 I became disillusioned with Marxism and became an
anarchist (thanks to Kuwasi Balagoon) due to the inactiveness and
ineffectiveness of Marxism in our communities along with repressive
bureaucracy that comes with Marxism. People aren't going to commit
themselves to a life and death struggle just because of grand ideas
someone might have floating around in their heads. I feel people will
commit themselves to a struggle if they can see progress being made
similar to the progress of anarchist collectives in Spain during the era
of the fascist Bahamonde..."
Ojore is presently locked down in an M.C.U. in Trenton. "I'm encased
cage of steel and concrete surrounded by by high prison walls topped with
gun towers and rows of razor wire while being watched by sadistic fascist
pigs. Nevertheless, I'm not complaining because I have accepted
revolution, which is an armed struggle for me, and I have come to terms
with the prospects of death and captivity... The vast majority of the
Prisoners of War and Political Prisoners now being interned here in the
concentration camps of North Amerika aren't receiving any assistance
(e.g.: being liberated, assistance in liberating ourselves, financial
assistance needed to obtain food packages, winter clothing, reading
material and postage stamps) from the so-called progressive revolutionary
organizations, groups and individuals here in Amerika. With our talents,
we have been abandoned here in the state's numerous concentration camps
and our M.C.U.¹s by those out there in what we call minimum custody..."
don't need moral support because we have purpose. We don¹t need anyone to
tell us to stay strong because we are going to remain stead-fast anyway,
because we have come to terms with the prospects of death and captivity."
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Post Office Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Free all Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War!
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