Political Prisoner:A person incarcerated for actions carried out in support of legitimate struggles for self determination* or for opposing the illegal policies of the government and/or its political sub-divisions. (Special International Tribunal on the Violation of Human Rights of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the United States Prisons and Jails, December, 1990)Prisoner of War: Those combatants struggling against colonial and alien domination and racist regimes captured as prisoners are to be accorded the status of prisoner of war and their treatment should be in accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Conventions Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. (August 12, 1949, General Assembly Resolution 3103[XXVIII])*Self Determination: the right by virtue of which all peopleʼsare entitled freely to determine their political status and to pursue their economic, social and cultural development. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic cooperation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence. (Common Article 1(1)of the International Human Rights Covenants, 1966)As is evident, these definitions were not our creation. We do take objections to the term “illegal” in the PP definition and knowfull well that the United States and all capitalist and imperialist governments have now and will always murder, oppress, and/or otherwise deny people the right to self determination under the guise and protection of “law”. We also believe that the POW def-inition lacks recognition for those combatants struggling against institutionalized and “legal” economic and class oppression.However, as accountable members within an international community of activists, we feel it is our responsibility to respect these definitions that were collectively agreed upon at the 1990 Special International Tribunal on the Violation of Human Rights of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the United States,Prisons and Jails. We also feel it is our responsibility to developour analysis and positions of these objections so as to best articulate them to this international community for acceptance in anThe ABCF has initiated a program designed to send monthly checks to PP/POWs who have been receiving insufficient, little,or no financial support during their imprisonment. PP/POWs requesting funds complete an application of financial questions.When the ABCF has collected sufficient funds to send out another monthly check, the applications are reviewed by a rotating body of PP/POWs called the Prisoner Committee, who make a judgement on which applicant is in the most financial need.There is also an emergency fund designed to immediately send checks to those PP/POWs in need of one-time or emergency assistance. Founded in 1994, the Warchest has provided consistent and reliable financial aid, serving a much neglected comradely function. Since its inception, the ABCF has raised over $50,000 with just this one program. All funds raised go directly to the political prisoners, for which the program is designed. Despite our success, our comrades are still in dire need of funds. Endorse this program by giving a monthly or one-time donation to increase the number of prisoners being supported monthly.A financial report is published that documents all money received and the prisoner it was sent to. The prisoners addresses are also printed so that endorsers may write and hold us accountable.Support the Warchest “Thanks much for the support youʼve been organizing”. I really appreciate it. After not having any or very little support for so long, it now seems like people have all of a sudden realized that I am alive. Sekou Odinga (New Afrikan POW) Send cash,checks or mos made to Tim fasnacht to:Philly ABCF P.O Box 42129 Philadelphia, PA 19101 timABCF@aol.com
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