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Support prisoners during the holidays by writing a letter

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2283

As the holiday season approaches, Socialist Worker asks readers to write to political prisoners and those who have suffered at the hands of the system.

When you write to prisoners, enclose a stamped addressed envelope so they can reply.

Edward Woollard, Zenon Mitchell-Kotsakis and James Heslip were jailed after taking part in an occupation of Millbank during student protests last year.

Write to Edward Woollard, c/o Chris Rawlinson, Student Union, Brockenhurst College, Lyndhurst Road, Hampshire, SO42 7ZE.

Send letters to Zenon Mitchell-Kotsakis, A6970CH, HMYOI Portland, 104 Grove Road, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DL.

Write to James Heslip, London ABC c/o Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX.

Others are in prison after taking part in protests during the TUC’s March for the Alternative demonstration in March.

Richard Bacon was jailed for ten months. Write to Richard Bacon, A5156CH, HMP Wandsworth,
Heathfield Road,
London, SW18 3HS.

Omar Ibrahim was sentenced to 18 months for violent disorder after throwing a toy smoke bomb during the protest.

Write to Omar Ibrahim, London ABC, c/o Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX.

Harry Webb is serving a 12-month sentence for violent disorder during the demonstration.

Write to Harry Webb, A4895CG, 
HMP Wandsworth,
Heathfield Road,
Wandsworth, SW18 3HS.

Others have been imprisoned for longer.

Sam Hallam was jailed in 2004 for murder—he maintains his innocence. His appeal will be heard soon.

Write to Sam Hallam, A3535AD, HMP Bullingdon, PO Box 50, Bicester, Oxon 0X25 1PZ.

Babar Ahmad has been detained for more than seven years on trumped up terror charges.

Talha Ahsan has been held since 2006 on similar charges.

Write to Babar Ahmad (A9385AG) and Talha Ahsan (A9438AG), HMP Long Lartin, Evesham, WR11 8TZ.

Ray Gilbert was convicted of murder in 1981. Campaigners say new evidence suggests he is innocent.

Write to Ray Gilbert, A6806AJ, HMP Risley, Warrington Road, Risle, Cheshire, WA3 6BP.

John Bowden was convicted of murder. He’s been in the criminal justice system since the age of nine and says he’s been brutalised by the system.

Write to John Bowden, 6729, HMP SHOTTS, Cantrell Road, Shotts, ML7 4LE.

Kevin Nunn was convicted in 2006 of murdering Dawn Walker. He denies the murder.

Write to Kevin Nunn, LA9547, HMP Garth, Ulnes Walton, Leyland, PR26 8NE.

Nick Rose was convicted of murder in 2005. He maintains his innocence.

Write to Nick Rose, A82397AA, HMP Long Lartin, Evesham, WR11 8TZ.

Kevin Lane was jailed for life in 1996 for murder. The case could be reopened if documents sent anonymously to his lawyers in September, allegedly from police files, prove genuine.

Write to Kevin Lane, A5636AE, HMP Rye Hill, Onley Park, Willoughby, CV23 8SZ.

James Dowsett was convicted of murder in 1989. The European Court of Human Rights said that his trial breached his right to a fair trial but he is still in prison.

Write to James Dowsett, A9058AK, HMP Kirkham, Freckleton Road, Preston, PR4 2RN.

John Twomey and Glen Cameron were convicted of armed robbery in 2010.

Their trial was the first serious criminal trial to be held without a jury.

Write to James Twomey, A9426AQ, HMP Frankland, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5YD.

Write to Glen Cameron, A9462AQ, HMP Whitemoor, Long Hill Road, March, PE15 0PR.

Kyle Major has converted to Islam while in prison. He has complained of racism and assault by prison guards and has served long spells in solitary confinement.

Write to Kyle Major, A8397AJ, HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes, MK4 4DA.

Thanks to Matt Foot at Birnberg Peirce and Partners solicitors and John O at Miscarriages of Justice UK

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Tue 6 Dec 2011, 17:55 GMT
Issue No. 2283
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