BK/NY – Tuesday, September 22nd – Letter Writing To Ed Poindexter
WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing
WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
WHERE: YOUR HOME
Fires are raging across the country, some literal, some figurative. And the fallout from the latter is showing in ongoing repression by the state. Folks are being overcharged, having their living spaces raided, and collectively face hundreds of years in prison. For those who organize support for political prisoners, that work in the struggle is becoming even more crucial.
When reflecting on a heightened level of repression by the state and cooperators, it is impossible not to think of those imprisoned under similar, past historical conditions. So join NYC ABC and Page One Collective this week to write to Ed Poindexter, a Black Panther political prisoner in Nebraska. This simple and low-stakes ritual of regularly writing political prisoners is an excellent way to keep those who have fought the system and lost present in our minds, hearts, and communities.
Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa are commonly known as the “Omaha Two.” They were leaders of the Black Panther Party in Omaha in the late 1960s and, like others, were targeted both by the Omaha police and the FBI under its notorious COINTELPRO spying and disruption program.
In August 1970, the Two were framed on charges of killing an Omaha police officer, who died after being lured into a home where a suitcase bomb exploded. They were subsequently imprisoned. After a long illness, we Langa died in 2016 after 45 years in prison, while Ed Poindexter remains locked up. Currently, a campaign to secure clemency for Ed is underway and details are available at jerichony.org/events2.html
Please take the time to write a letter to Ed (and share a photo of your completed envelopes with us online):
Ed Poindexter #27767
Nebraska State Penitentiary
Post Office Box 22500
Lincoln, Nebraska 68542