Saturday, April 25, 2009

Keep Tasers Out of Portland!

Incoming Portland police Chief James Craig wants to arm the Portland Police Department with Tasers:

Despite the manufacturers label of non lethal Tasers have been involved in 375+ deaths
Tasers have a long history of abuse by law enforcement including subjecting targets to multiple shocks, while in restraints, and against individuals posing no physical threat - for verbal non-compliance

The U.N Committee Against Torture has declared Taser use " a form of torture "

Contact 207 252 5379 to find out how you can help keep tasers out of Portland

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Second Annual M-PAC Gathering

We would like to invite you to the second gathering of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC) happening on March 21st 2009 at 1200 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Belfast Maine.

Last January, organizers, family members, friends, prison abolitionsts and ex-prisoners from throughout the state of Maine gathered to discuss how we can share ideas, resources and stratagies in working towards more humane and just treatment for Maine prisoners.

At this years gathering we come together again to talk about how we can stand unified to best support Maine prisoners and change the conditions they live in.

For more info visit

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Free the New Jersey 4 !!

Support Event @ The Dooryard ( 108) High St. Portland )
Sunday - November 16th-7pm

Who Are The NJ4? - Four young, Black, lesbians from Newark, New Jersey imprisoned for basic self-defense.

Get the info at -

Get involved at the Dooryard - November 16th -7PM

The Naughty North Collective has joined forces with the Dooryard to throw a queer cabaret benefit bash in Portland ME.

The show will feature slamming poetry, scuzzy electro gender-deviant hip hop, drag muppets teaching self-defense and much more! So come on down and check out the NJ4 t-shirts, patches, info and support self defense! @ The Dooryard, 108 High Street, Portland ME, Sunday November 16th, 7pm, $1-$10!



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

8 Week Petitioning Drive Oct. 23 - Dec 11th

5-7P MEET AT USM's Woodbury Campus Center

The Black Bird Collective will be kicking off an eight week petition drive to culminate the first phase of our anti-torture petitioning campaign. The campaign, inspired by a joint statement from the San Fransisco Eight, ( ) has allowed us to raise the issue of human rights violations in ME's prisons within our community throughout the past year.

We have nearly 600 petitions at this time and aim to hit our 1200 signature goal through this 8-week effort. The petitions demand that " all prisoners and detainees in Maine be treated in accordance with the U.N Convention Against Torture ( CAT ). CAT prohibits the intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain and suffering by public officials for purposes of intimidation, administering punishment, obtaining a confession or for any reason based on discrimination. " We will be presenting these petitions to local politicians in an effort to gain support for a piece of statewide anti-torture legislation.

On Thursday evenings from 5-7 pm we will be hosting an information table in front of USM's campus center as well as coordinating a door-to-door petitioning effort throughout the city. Get involved in the following ways:

* Volunteer to staff the table - Talk to students, collect petition signatures and distribute literature

* Hit the streets - Knock on doors with BBC members and others to gather signatures and to raise awareness of ME/US prison conditions

* Spread the word - Post info about the petition drive on your website, list serve and in your community

* Contact Black Bird to have petitions sent to you for independant petitioning

Call 329-7145 for more information

' Till We Unite... We're All Potential Prisoners

In Solidarity and Struggle -

Black Bird Collective

Saturday, June 28, 2008

End Torture in U.S Prisons - Street Workshop Congress Square Portland ME 6/30 5-7p

Join members of the Black Bird Legal Collective in recognizing Torture Awareness Month with an outdoor workshop on Maine/U.S prison conditions and a public reading of prisoner testimonials. This workshop will focus on the human rights violations taking place in the SuperMax unit of Maine State Prison, the efforts being made to end these practices and the ways that individuals can get involved. We must assure that the voices of incarcerated community members are not locked away! We must assure that violence carried out by prison officials/guards gathers the same attention and reaction that would occur if it were carried out by police in the streets of our cities! We will be reading the testimonials of Maine prisoners at this event and at events throughout the summer. We are advancing our campaign to challenge prison conditions in our state and to carry on the anti-torture legislation campaign put forth by the San Fransisco Eight ( ) To get involved in this campaign contact us. Let's Fight To Win!!.

' Till We Unite We're All Potential Prisoners!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

National STOPMAX Conference

The BBLC has been invited to participate in the AFSC'S national STOPMAX Conference in Philly May 29th-June1st. The STOPMAX Campaign aims to end the use of isolation and other forms of torture in U.S prisons.. We plan to come out of this conference better equipped to kick off a STOPMAX ME campaign focused on closing down the Special Management Unit of Maine State Prison. We'll be out in Monument Square in Portland on June 5th and 6th 5-7p and June 7th 12-2p with info on our STOPMAX ME campaign. We plan to read the testimonies of current supermax prisoners on the microphone and info table we'll be setting up. Join us if you can,

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Panther is a Black Cat: The Legacy and Contemporary Work of the Black Panther Party

An Evening Discussion with Malik Rahim and Robert King. Saturday 3.19 at the Meg Perry Center 644 Congress St. Portland Me - 7pm