“The only sure tactic when prisoners resist and fight back is solidarity.”
John Bowden in ‘Tear Down The Walls’
As part of the International Day of Action in support of militant prisoner John Bowden, Leeds ABC last night held an info night at Bradford 1 in 12 Club. A talk was given about John’s thirty-year fight against prison repression and for the rights of prisoners, and about his current victimisation at the hands of the vengeful and vindictive Scottish Prison Service. A huge card was signed for John at the meeting, and packs of ‘Free John Bowden’ stickers distributed. Thanks to the 1 in 12 Club for hosting us.
This morning a large ‘Free John Bowden’ banner was put on display above the main road heading out of Leeds to Armley and beyond, and close to Armley Jail.
Further actions in solidarity with John Bowden will take place throughout the day.
After 32 years in jail, John Bowden is explicitly being held because of his political beliefs and stand against prison repression. He is constantly victimised, and currently locked in his cell most of the day. He deserves our support.
Please send John a solidarity card or letter, and protest his continued incarceration and victimisation by phoning the following:
Scottish Prison Service HQ, Communications Branch, Room 338, Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9HW. (Telephone 01259 760 471 Fax 01259 762 003 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Whitehead (Governor), HMP Shotts, Cantrell Road, Shotts, Scotland, ML7 4LE. (Telephone 01501 824000 Fax 01501 824 001 )
John Bowden, 6729, HMP Shotts, Cantrell Road, Shotts, Scotland, ML7 4LE.
You can also send e-mails to John (or any other prisoner) via: http://www.emailaprisoner.com
A guide on writing to prisoners can be found here: http://leedsabc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/writing-to-prisoners-2012.pdf
Recent articles about John’s situation here: http://leedsabc.org/john-bowden-time-to-get-him-out/ and http://leedsabc.org/the-unlawful-detention-of-john-bowden/
You can download John Bowden’s pamphlet ‘Tear Down The Walls!’ free of charge from the Leeds ABC website at: http://leedsabc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Tear-Down-The-Walls-2010.pdf
Also check out a pamphlet recently produced by our comrades at Bristol ABC to which John contributed: http://leedsabc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/cscs-torture-units-in-the-uk-screen31.pdf
Other articles by John can be read on the Leeds ABC website (www.leedsabc.org ), as well on the websites of our sister ABC groups in Bristol ( http://bristolabc.wordpress.com/), Brighton (www.brightonabc.org.uk ), and London ( https://network23.org/london/abc ).