If you want to contact a prisoner, it is best to refer to their support websites or the website of the institution that is caging them in order to find out what they can receive. Many prisons have strict rules around mail. For example, many prisons will not accept stickers or PO box return addresses. Sometimes prisoners don’t get the envelope so you should write the return address on the letter itself. If you can, include stamps, envelopes, and paper to make it cheaper and easier for them to write you back. Do your research to increase the likelihood for successful correspondence. Never talk to a prisoner about illegal activity or about their alleged convictions. Assume all mail is read and copied by prison pigs. When you first write to somebody, ask questions to find out what they want and can receive/talk about, etc. You can also use a fake name for yourself if you want. You should double-check all addresses listed here to make sure the person has not been moved. Remember, beginning correspondence with a prisoner means a commitment to continue supporting them.
Updated December 2011
THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST OF PRISONERS WE SUPPORT!
Nicole Kish or Nyki to those who know and adore her is a talented singer songwriter, artist, poet, and dedicated community activist. Over the past few years, Nyki founded a non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy and educational opportunities within Ontario’s correctional facilities. As well she co-founded Bound for Glory, a not for profit arts and literary magazine for talented and neglected artist. Sadly however, on March 1st 2011, Nyki was wrongfully convicted of 2nd degree murder for little reason more than that she was there and she was stabbed. Dismissing the complete absence of positive identification, the confession of a former co-accused in regards to having pulled the alleged fatal knife, the lack of any DNA on Nyki and the copious amount on others, and the two separately “lost” surveillance videos gone missing in police custody, which have been alleged to have captured the events of that night, the judge successfully undermined this country’s core judicial principal of having to achieve beyond a reasonable doubt for obtaining a conviction. In fact the defense breached that thresh hold in proving here innocent. In short, backed by a media complacent with the “official” yet inconsistent story of Detective Giroux and the crown, an innocent young woman temporarily if not indefinitely lost her right to a beautiful life. Nonetheless, an appeal is being put forth and we plea to all who have a good heart and poses a care for true justice to support Nyki through these dark times and to demand her release/ ultimate acquittal.
Please everybody, write Nyki. Nothing would be as meaningful than to do so. Her address is:
Grand Valley, 1575 Homer Watson Blvd,
Atten: Nicole Kish
more info: freenyki.org
Roger was arrested on June 18 for participating in a firebombing of a Royal Bank of Canada branch in Ottawa in May 2010. Roger plead guilty to arson for his involvement in the May 18 firebombing as well as smashing ATMs and windows at another RBC branch in February of 2010. On December 7, 2010 Roger was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months.
You can write to Roger at:
Joseph Roger Clement (FPS – 420268X)
Highway 15, No. 3766
P.O. Box 4510
K7L 5E5 Canada
On December 10, 2010 a South Dakota jury found John Graham guilty of felony murder in the death of American Indian Movement (AIM) member Anna Mae Aquash. John Graham, a Tuchone native originally from the Yukon, continues to maintain his innocence. Aquash was murdered in the 1970s in an execution-style killing in South Dakota. Graham has said that she was his friend and comrade. He is now facing life in prison.
You can write to John at:
John Graham, ID #55101,
South Dakota State Penitentiary
Marie Mason is a 46 year old mother of two. She is an avid community gardener, a musician, a writer, an Earth First! organizer and a volunteer for a free herbal healthcare collective. She has been charged with involvement with a December 1999 arson at a Michigan State University genetics laboratory at Agriculture Hall and a January, 2000 arson of logging equipment in Mesick, Michigan. Both arsons were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front. Marie’s ex-husband Frank Ambrose snitched on her, fully co-operating with the state to incriminate Marie. She was sentenced on February 5 2009 to almost 22 years in prison.
You can write to her or to her support group:
Got Your Back Collective
P.O. Box 10371
Columbus, OH 43201
MARIE JEANETTE MASON #04672-061
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
Daniel is an American environmental activist who was arrested and charged in federal court on multiple counts of arson and conspiracy relating to his participation in the arson of Superior Lumber company in Glendale, Oregon on January 2 2001, and Jefferson Poplar Farms in Clatskanie, Oregon on May 21 2001 claimed by the Earth Liberation Front. His arrest is part of what the US government has dubbed Operation Backfire. He accepted a non-cooperation plea agreement and was sentenced to a 7 year (84 month) sentence on Monday June 4th in Eugene Federal Court. He is now back in the Communication Management Unit, a unit created to heavily monitor communications of its prisoners.
You can write to Daniel at:
Daniel McGowan #63794-053
FCI Terre Haute – CMU
P.O. Box 33
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Eric was arrested on January 13, 2006 and charged with conspiracy to destroy property by means of fire or explosives. His arrest was the direct result of a government informant code-named Anna Davies who was paid over $75,000 to spy on and entrap Eric. The two others (Laura Wiener and Zachary Jensen) arrested with Eric both cooperated with the state, testifying against Eric. He spent almost two years in total separation (isolation) until after his trial. He has engaged in numerous hunger strikes to demand vegan food. He was sentenced on September 27 2007 to 20 years in prison for a crime that was never committed.
You can write to Eric at:
Eric McDavid #16209-097
FCI Victorville, Medium II
P.O. Box 5300
Adelanto, CA 92301
Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher
Exile (Nathan Block), and Sadie (Joyanna Zacher), of Olympia, were indicted and arrested Thursday February 23, 2006 for charges related to two arsons in 2001. One arson was on May 21, 2001 at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie, Oregon, where experimental genetically altered poplars are grown. The other was in March, 2001 at the Romania Chevrolet dealership in Eugene. Exile and Sadie accepted plea agreements that did not incriminate persons other than themselves. On June 1, 2007 they were each sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison.
You can write to Sadie and Exile at:
Joyanna Zacher #36360-086
Federal Correctional Institution
5701 8th St.- Camp Parks- Unit E
Dublin, CA 94568
Nathan Block #36359-086
Federal Correctional Institution
3600 Guard Rd
Lompoc, CA 93436
Leonard is an American Indian Movement activist and citizen of the Anishinabe and Lakota Nations. His AIM involvement brought him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the mid 1970’s. On Pine Ridge he participated in the planning of community activities, religious ceremonies, programs for self-sufficiency, and improved living conditions. He also helped to organize security for the traditional people. On the morning of June 26, 1975, two FBI agents drove onto Indian land near Oglala, South Dakota, a small village on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where there was a camp of American Indian Movement activists. Here a shoot-out occurred in which both agents and an Indian man were killed. All the Indians involved in the shoot-out escaped into the hills. In 1977 Leonard was captured by the RCMP in Alberta and extradited to the US. He was framed for the death of the two FBI agents in a corrupt trial and is serving a double life sentence.
You can write to Leonard at:
Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Lewisburg US Penitentiary
P.O. Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Grant Barnes is an environmentalist who was arrested in 2007 for setting fire to a number of SUV’s in Denver, Colorado. He pleaded guilty to one count of using an incendiary device, and one count of second degree arson, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
You can write to Grant at:
Grant Barnes #137563
Arrowhead Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 300
Cañon City, CO, 81215-3000
Michael is an anarchist from Lambertville, MI, currently serving a prison sentence for eco-related acts of property destruction, committed while he was a minor. He was convicted of setting fire to two homes under construction, and accused of attempting to cut down a utility pole, burning down other homes under construction, and setting fire to a Kroger’s semi-trailer. He was tried as an adult and is currently serving a 4-10 year prison sentence with somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000 in restitution. While Michael was 17 at the time of the alleged crimes, he was tried as an adult. His motivation was to interfere with sprawl, because he “was tired of seeing all the forest being destroyed.”
You can write to Michael at:
Michael Sykes #696693
Carson City Correctional Facility
10274 Boyer Road
P.O. Box 5000
Carson City, MI 48811
The New Jersey Four
In the summer of 2006, seven young black lesbians from New Jersey in NYC’s West Village were propositioned for sex by a man. The man followed the women down the street, becoming aggressive. A fight broke out and one of the women used a knife to make the man stop choking her friend. The attacker was hospitalized for five days with lacerations from the confrontation. The women ended up on trial for attempted murder and were sentenced to jail time for periods up to 11 years.
One remains in jail, you can write to her at:
Patreese Johnson #07-G-0635
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
250 Harris Road
P.O. Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Mumia Abu Jamal
In 1981 Mumia, former Black Panther and vocal supporter of MOVE, was framed for the murder of a cop. He was originally sentenced to death but is currently awaiting re-sentencing following a court hearing in 2001.
You can write to Mumia at:
Mumia Abu Jamal #AM-8335
175 Progress Dr.
Waynesburg, PA 15370-8090
Robert Seth Hayes
Robert Seth Hayes is a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. he was framed and convicted of murdering a NYC police officer in 1973. He was charged with seven counts of attempted murder and one count of murder in the first degree. At the time seven New York City police officers were breaking into his home, Robert had no police record prior to these charges. Despite a prison record with no violations, and after serving 25 years, Robert’s parole was denied and he was given another two years. Two years later he was denied again and was subsequently diagnosed with diabetes.
You can write to Robert at:
Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280
Wende Correctional Facility
3040 Wende Road
Alden, NY 14004-1187
Anarchist prisoner Jerome White-Bey is the founder of the Missouri Prisoner Labour Union, an organization of Missouri prisoners and their outside supporters who are organizing around labour and other prison conditions. He was in the “hole” (administrative segregation) for two years following the formation of the MPLU and has constantly been moved in and out of segregation since.
You can write Jerome at:
Jerome White-Bey #37479
609 Pence Road
2727 Highway K
Cameron, MO 64429
Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck
Oso Blanco was convicted of robbing banks to send thousands of dollars worth of supplies to the Zapatista Rebels of Chiapas on a regular basis during 1998 and 1999.
You can write to Oso Blanco at:
Byron Shane Chubbuck #07909-051
P.O. Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837