“Knowing you are out there fighting for me keeps me alive in this profound isolation” – Letter sent from Julian Assange to a supporter from Belmarsh prison
Julian Assange is currently being physically and psychologically tortured by the UK Government by being locked up 23 hours a day in the UK super-max Belmarsh Prison. As the above letter from Julian shows, it is imperative that as many people as possible “pierce the silence” of the mainstream press and our politicians and show our support for Julian directly by literally flooding Belmarsh Prison with letters of support. Keeping Assange’s spirits up could literally be a matter of life and death. In addition, by sending letters to Assange directly – it opens up the chance for Julian to reply and communicate directly with the world. This will help to return him the voice which has been denied to him – an objective which must also be a central political aim of the solidarity campaign.
This is why classconscious.org is making a call out for people around the world to organise in groups to hold “Pierce the Silence” – solidarity letter-writing working bees” in your city or town. They could be publicly advertised or organised amongst friends. Either way they are an achievable and tangible way to support Julian Assange and raise the profile of his campaign in your area.
In addition they overcome the fact that writing a letter can be a little intimidating for some. It would be great if organisers of these events could provide directions on how to write to Julian Assange and even consider pre-purchasing a supply of UK stamps which can be attached to a blank envelope for Julian’s return reply.
It would be awesome if people participating in these ‘Pierce the Silence’ letter-writing events could post photos and blurb to Twitter/Facebook of participant/s (could be solo effort!) holding up their letters ready to be posted to Julian in Belmarsh or Chelsea and Jeremy in Virginia Federal Jail!
The letter-writing working bees would also be an opportunity to write letters of support to brave whistleblowers – Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond -who are now both locked up in the same Virginia Federal Jail in the US. This is to try and force them to testify in a secret grand jury to further the legal witch-hunt of Assange.
The first such was held in Melbourne, Australia on September 21st at 11.AM at the Belgrave Libary, 1644 Burwood Hwy (. Link to Facebook Event.
Julian has been persecuted by the UK, Swedish, Ecuadorian and US governments for nine years. He has been abandoned by the Australian Government and both major parties who are complicit in his ongoing torture. He faces 175 years in prison (or possible execution) on Espionage charges in the US. Assange’s ‘crime’ is the journalism of Wikileaks, which published evidence of US war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and evidence of US diplomatic and corporate intrigues. However, millions of ordinary people around the world have not abandoned him and will fight for his freedom. Join this letter-writing working bee so Julian knows he has the support of ordinary people who will fight as long and hard as necessary to free him.
Important update on how to write a letter to Julian Assange
You must include his prison number A9379AY when addressing letter, not D.O.B. (3/7/1971). Confirmed Ruptly interview by Julian’s dad John Shipton 2/10 -Belmarsh “throwing letter in rubbish” without prison number
Belmarsh Prison rules clearly state: use prison number when sending letters. D.O.B. is only if you don’t have prison number. We have Julian Assange’s number. – A9379AY. To maximise chance of letter getting to Julian use number & don’t give them excuse to block his mail which is his lifeline!
See Belmarsh website for prison rules on letter writing.
How to Address Mail : HMP Belmarsh, Western Way, London SE28 OEB, UK, Mr Julian Assange, A9379AY,
For other details on how to write to Julian visit this website
ORGANISE A “PIERCE THE SILENCE” – SOLIDARITY LETTER-WRITING WORKING BEE IN YOUR TOWN
Free Assange! Free Manning! Free Hammond!
#Wishyouwerehere # #LettersLiftJulianSpirits #AmplifyAssange
Links to all letters from Julian in Belmash made public so far
Letter to Gordon Dimmack (Released May 24th)
Letter to Aryiana Love (Released August 15th)
Letter to Linda with specific protest advice from Julian (Released August 15th)
Letter to supporter in Switzerland (Released August 16th)
Thankyou letter (Released August 18th)
“We can win this” letter to supporter (Released August 22nd)
Thankyou letter to Catherine of Melbourne4Wikileaks (released August 29th)
Letter sent to supporter in Moscow proposing creation of Moscow “free Assange” organising committee (Released Sept 17th)
SOS message sent to supporter in France (Released Sept 17th)
“I am in the whale but you are on the surface and have grasped the line” – (Released Oct 7th)
Letter to Esther (Released Nov 2nd)
Use your strongest skills, friends, resources and associations – Letter to Anne-Marie (Released Nov 2nd)
Other Relevant Links
Link to instructions on how to write to Julian Assange
Link to instructions on how to write to Chelsea Manning
Link to instructions on how to write to Jeremy Hammond
classconscious.org article discussing the letters Assange has sent so far from Belmarsh Prison