June Stammtisch reminder – Thu June 3, 2010, 8pm

Dear  AVA-Berliners,

Gratia Stryker-Härtel will speak to the Stammtisch about the failings of the current US prison system, outlining the work of various organizations fighting for reform and touching on specific cases, such as the torture victims of former Chicago police officer Jon Burge. She will also suggest opportunities to participate in concrete actions on behalf of people who are likely innocent and suffering behind bars (such as taking a group picture in support of Troy Davis, currently on death row in Georgia) and will point us to further resources for individual research, education and activism.

Gratia Stryker-Härtel has been passionately interested in the issue of prison reform for many years, has kept up with news and research in the field, and has spoken on an informal basis with others who have also suffered from their contact with the US justice system. She knows a number of people personally who have been affected in many different ways by the prison system (encompassing victims, perpetrators, falsely accused people and falsely convicted people), including a family member, but her talk will focus on research and current issues rather than her own story.

AVA-Berlin First Thursday Stammtisch on June 3rd, 8:00 pm at the Seerose, Mehringdamm 47 in Kreuzberg.

Take the U6 or the U7 to U-Bahnhof Mehringdamm, or buses 119 or 140. We’re in the quiet back room from 8 pm to 10:00 or 10:30.  Join us for good conversation and vegetarian specialties made with fresh ingredients at very reasonable prices!  See www.seerose-berlin.de for details.  Come hungry!

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