The days action of writing letters to prisoners are actions that groups of anti-prison compañeros carry out to break the isolation and give a face to those who are deprived of their freedom by the State.
In Mexico, despite the fact that you have the right to communicate with the outside world, and that there are recommendations in this regard, there are difficulties in delivering letters. However, as an act of solidarity and awareness of their cases it is effective, in addition to their families joining in to demand solidarity.
This action will take place on September 27th at the Paliacate Cultural space, Calle 5 de mayo #20, Colonia Centro, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, where in conjunction with cultural activities, materials will also be sold to help self-management, in addition to the fact that family members will be present to sell their products and sell crafts from fellow prisoners.
We call for compañeros from all the rebel geographies in solidarity to carry out a mass mailing action starting September 18th that we will send to the imprisoned compañeros in resistance in different State Centers for Social Reintegration for Sentenced Persons (CERSS) of Chiapas:
a) Manuel Gómez Vázquez, imprisoned since December 2020. Young Tseltal Mayan, EZLN Support Base, accused of a crime that he did not commit based on fabrication of evidence, torture, also forcibly disappeared and criminally prosecuted with the complicity of the Prosecutor’s Office of Indigenous Justice.
b) The San Juan Cancuc Five – Manuel Santiz Cruz, Agustín Pérez Domínguez, Juan Velasco Aguilar, Martín Pérez Domínguez and Agustín Pérez Velasco, deprived of their freedom since May 2022. They have resisted the imposition of road infrastructure projects and the militarization of their territory. Evidence was fabricated and they were convicted of homicide.
c) José Díaz, Ch’ol indigenous and peasant, EZLN Support Base, arbitrarily detained with excessive use of force, tortured, disappeared and held incommunicado by members of the specialized police assigned to the Selva District Prosecutor’s Office.
Send your letters to the email: email@example.com
Basic guide for correspondence with prisoners:
-Name. Use a pseudonym to safeguard your identity, otherwise you are free to give your real name, or the name of your team or organization.
-The content of the letters depends on who the interlocutor is, in a first letter it is important that you introduce yourselves.
-It is also essential to tell you a little about who you are.
-Use clear handwriting as much as possible, keep your letter brief and simple.
-Inform yourself as much as possible about who the imprisoned person is to correspond with.
-Do not make promises, nor use romantic overtones, the latter is especially cruel, since they are people who are in a vulnerable situation.
-The most important thing is to show empathy and solidarity; prisoners suffer from isolation consciously caused by the State, which can destroy them on many levels.
Original article at https://frayba.org.mx/jornada_carteo_por_la_libertad
Translated by Schools for Chiapas.