Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Bruce Seidel* Red Star Retirement Fund donates to Marilyn Buck

When former George Jackson Brigade (GJB) member and political
prisoner Mark Cook was released from prison in 2000, after having
survived 24 years behind bars, Seattle's progressive community raised
nearly $8,000 in cash for him. They were also able to give him a car
which he drove for years, and got him the job that he still works at today.

Now Mark wants to give some of his good fortune to other progressive
political prisoners who are being released from prison. Most of these
men and women have served twenty, thirty, and even 40 years or more
on the inside.

The Bruce Seidel Red Star Retirement Fund is a small step toward
providing financial help to those comrades coming out of prison. Mark
has placed $10,000 into escrow. Another former GJB member has donated
$3,000 to the fund. This money will initially be paid out to
political prisoners and POWs being released at a rate of $100 for
every year they've been confined. $2,000 was donated March 13th at
the Sparks Fly event in Oakland supporting the upcoming release of
political prisoner Marilyn Buck. Several thousand dollars more were
also raised for Marilyn at Sparks Fly. You can also support Marilyn
Buck's release - donate
and indicate in "other" that it is for Marilyn Buck.

If the money in the Bruce Seidel release fund also increases, so too
will the amount paid out to the comrades being released. The fund is
overseen by former imprisoned comrades of the George Jackson Brigade,
including Ed Mead, Mark Cook, Bo Brown, and Janine Bertram.

To support the growth of this fund or to alert them of the release of
political prisoners contact:

Bruce Seidel Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 69586
Seattle, WA 98168

*Bruce was a member of the George Jackson Brigade, killed in a
shootout with police during a GJB bank expropriation on January 23, 1976.

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