Updates from the Team

Oct 2, 2020

Alerta! Our wrongfully incarcerated comrade, David Cambell, is getting out on October 16th – and he needs our help!

For the past year, David has been unjustly imprisoned for events that unfolded at the protest of a New York City alt-right event on January 20, 2018. After almost two years of legal maneuvering, David took a non-cooperating plea for a sentence of 18 months in a local facility on Rikers Island to avoid a trial and a much longer sentence in an upstate prison for which white supremacist guards and Nazi gangs are known. 

Despite these precautions, he is one of thousands of people incarcerated in NYC jails during the COVID-19 pandemic, left with little to no proper protection equipment or the ability to socially distance, further compromising health and safety in already bleak conditions.

It was his commitment to antifascism and his community that brought him out to the protest that night, and the combined support of his community that helped him through his sentence. He describes the broad contributions of letters, books, visits, and donations as leaving him both awestruck and humbled. We know the strength of our movement is determined by the continued support of our comrades. Despite the precarity of the world David is coming back to, let’s give him the welcome home he deserves. If you haven’t already, please consider donating what you can to his fund, as there are still uncovered expenses resulting from the arrest, and any additional financial support will help make his transition easier.

Mar 24, 2020

We hope you are staying safe and healthy in the face of this pandemic. While the social isolation and physical danger we are all now facing may be new for many of us, we know that incarcerated people have always been subjected to extreme social alienation as well as health risks due to unsanitary and dangerous conditions in jails. We are asking that you call, tweet, and/or write to Mayor De Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez today–Tuesday, March 24th–to demand the immediate release of all those incarcerated within New York City jails.

Allowing incarcerated people to remain inside during this crisis submits them to extremely high risk of contracting and spreading the virus. There are very limited sanitary supplies available to prisoners, and precautions the Department of Corrections has promised are not being implemented. David and fellow prisoners are organizing cleaning crews inside, doing everything they can to protect themselves as much as possible. As of Sunday, March 23rd, two Rikers dorms are on strike–protesting unsanitary conditions, calling for the immediate release of the vulnerable, and expressing solidarity with the striking prisoners of Hudson County. We know that the only measure that would ensure the safety of the New York City jail population, and the city population at large, is to free them all immediately.

Please call and/or email using the scripts below.

Instructions for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez:
Call: (718) 662-5970, press 2 as a constituent, speak directly or leave message after tone.
Tweet: @aoc

Instructions for Mayor de Blasio:
Call: (212) 788-2162, wait for the VM recording to end and leave a message. VM recording will suggest calling (212) 788-3000 (or 311) where you can also leave a message for the Mayor’s Office. 
Send an online message: https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/mayor-contact.page
Tweet: @nycmayor

Jan 8, 2020

In November of 2019, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Eric M Taylor Center (EMTC) will be closed by March 2020, as part of the plan to shut down Rikers Island by 2026. (More about how this plan will actually increase the number of jails in NYC here.) As a result David has been moved from EMTC to the Robert N. Davoren Conplex (RNDC). David is re-settling after a sudden and stressful move. You can write to David at his new address:

David Campbell #3101900657
Robert N. Davoren Complex
11-11 Hazen St
East Elmhurst, NY 11370