November 29, 2012

Write To Two Northwest Political Prisoners

Grand Jury Resisters need to hear from you!

Please write to the heroes of the Northwest who are resisting political repression and acting in solidarity with their fellow activists.

For updates go to the Committee Against Political Repression.

Two are now imprisoned at the Federal Detention Center in Seatac, WA for refusing to talk to the grand jury. Please write to them!

Katherine Olejnik #42592-086
FDC SeaTac,
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer remains free after refusing to testify. For more info:

Helpful Tips For Writing To People In Prison

Your letter can and will be read by prison officials. Think about this when including any information about your political activities, immigration status, and history of incarceration, or mentioning anything that might incriminate you or your communities. Be aware that your letter may be censored as well.

Include your full name and contact information. Many prisons won’t give the envelope to the person you’re writing, so, if you want them to write you back, make sure your first and last name and mailing address are written legibly on the letter as well as the envelope. If you don’t want to use your home address when corresponding with people in prison, the organizations listed at the end of this article may be willing to let you use theirs.

Be sure to use your pen pal’s full government name on the envelope. Most prisons won’t deliver mail that isn’t to the legal name of your pen pal. When writing to your pen pal for the first time, you may want to use their legal name in the letter as well, and ask them what name and pronouns they would like to use for future correspondence. Mail restrictions vary from prison to prison. Many prisons won’t allow stickers, paint, glitter, or any other mail art. It’s probably best to stick to white lined paper, black or blue ink, and a plain envelope for your first letter. If you continue corresponding with someone in prison, you can ask about the particular restrictions at their prison.

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