The Portland ABC needs your support. We are raising funds to support some of our ongoing projects. Over the last 4 years we have organized countless prisoner letter writtings, organized dozens of fundraisers for political prisoners, sent out hundreds of zines with our zine distro , assisted with the devemopment of the ABC Oregon Prison chapter (one of the first ABC chapters ran by prisoners), developed a regular newsletter written by and for prisoners. organized direct action campaigns fighting homeless sweeps in the Portland area and eviction defenses in East Portland, we have also been deeply involved in organizing outside support work for the Sept.9th prisoner strike since the beginning of the campaign!
We have been funding all of our important work out of pocket for over 4 years in the Portland area. In order to expand our efforts we are approaching the community for assistance.
What we are asking for funds for.
1) We are raising funds for our local war chest to aid those facing the threat of being locked up by the state in the Portland area. There are many fees individuals face along with loss of work and we will use funds to assist community members in need. We want to have a minimum of $500 on standby for these uses.
2) We are also raising money for the next edition of our regular publication The Oregon Prison Forum and to sustain our Zine distro.
The Oregon Prisoner Forum is written by and for prisoners in Oregon. We print and send this zine to over 150 prisoners throughout the state of Oregon. We are preparing for our next issue. Each newsletter requires 2 stamps (which costs $1 each) and at least 50 cents in printing. We hope to use this fundraiser to raise at least enough money for our next two issues. -$550
3) We also send out zines to prisoners throught the state for free with our zine distro . Each zine depending on size costs roughly the same amount as the newsletter in printing and shipping costs. We estimate that we need at least $275 to sustain this project for a years time.
4) Similiarly we are hopping to begin an inside-outside study group of Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow ” and would like to have funds to purchase books for those participating on the inside. To purchase books for at least 10 people inside we estimate will cost approximately $200.
All of the rest of the funds for this fundraiser will be used for stamps for our letter writting and other general needs that come up!
The PDX ABC has been a self funded organization doing this important work for over 4 years in the Portland area. Most of our expenses has been funded out of the pockets of our members. We need your help to expand and sustain these important projects.