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Support Female Political Prisoners!

Did you know that female political prisoners are less often thought of, talked about, written to and supported than their male counterparts?

While all political prisoners deserve our time and support I encourage everyone to pick up a pen and write to a female prisoner and let her know that she has not been forgotten!

Some ideas:

Reasha Wolfe has been released.


Florence Rey, 5262, C.D Rennes, 18 bis rue de Chatillon, BP 3107, 35031 Rennes Cedex Florence is imprisoned because she stole a taxi along with a friend, and they had a shooting with police (in which died her friend, the taxi driver and some cops).
Prisoners out of the Action Directe, have spent more than 13 years in prison so far. (For more infos: Collectif "Ne Laissons Pas Faire" (NLPF), c/o Librairie Point Du Jour, 58, rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris, e-mail: actiondirecte, )

Jöelle Aubron 2174K, C.D. - Quartier Femmes, Chemin des Anzacs, 62451 Bapaume Cedex
Nathalie Ménigon, 2173 J, Chemin des Anzacs, 62451 Bapaume Cedex
Véronique Herbert, S 149 E 102/7, CD de Rennes, 18 bis rue de Chatillon, BP 3107, 35031 Rennes Cedex
Following addresses of Breton prisoners. For more infos: kengred ha

Stéphane Philippe, 273 209 B 117, 42 rue de la santé, 75674 Paris cedex 14
Or try ABC Dijon c/o Maloka, BP536, 21014-Cedex, France


Idoia Lopez Riano, (33460V, MA Fleury Mérogis, allée des peupliers, 91705 St Geneviève des Bois)


Prisoners out of the Red Army Fraction (RAF). Most of them are more now more than 20 years in prison, most of the time in strict isolation.

Birgit Hogefeld, Obere Kreuzackerstr. 4, 60435 Frankfurt
Brigitte Mohnhaupt, Münchner Str. 33, 86551 Aichach
Eva Haul, Obere Kreuzackerstr. 4, 60435 Frankfurt
Heidi Schulz apparantly been released because of health problems.

Sabine E., Kammergericht Berlin, 1. Strafsenat AZ: 1-4/2000, Elßholzstr. 30 - 33, 10781 Berlin
Sabine is currently standing trial together with Rudolf, Matthias, Harald and Axel . They have been in prison on remand for over two years now. The last day of the trial was planned to be the 28th of february 2002, but it is still going on. They are accussed by one dodgy witness , who gets
loads of benefits by accusing the others of all possible and unpossible imaginable crimes. The trial has also been marked by faulty proceedings of the public prosecutors. As they are accussed of membership in the RZ, (Revolutionary Cells/ Red Zora.) for crimes committed in the 80s. Up to now , the German state has never achieved to prosecute nor prove membership of anybody at all with connection to the RZ, so the trial is seen as a bit of a desperate revenge action by the state. Sabine has declared to talk about crimes committed in the 80s at the end of january in agreement with the others and is probably released now, because the sentence has been agreed on not over three years and they had been in prison on remand for this time.
More information about the trial is available from their solidarity campaign group: Berliner Bündnis für Freilassung, Soli-Büro im Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2a, 10961 Berlin, Tel: +49 - 30 - 693 56 70 +49 - 30 - 693 56 70 , Fax: +49 - 30 - 69 50 86 43, e-mail:,
Andrea Klump, c/o Generalbundesanwaltschaft, Brauerstr. 30, 76137 Karlsruhe
Andrea got 9 nine years in mai 2001 for a bomb attack on a discotheque targeting NATO members in Spain in 1988. In December 1999 she got arrested in Austria after her compagnion got shot by police. Andrea was accused of membership in the RAF, which could not be proved and is denied by Andrea.

Prisoners' support groups

Women's Organisation for Political Prisoners, PO BOX 31811, Tel Avid


Rebbibia Femminile - Via Bartolo Longo 92 - 00156 Rome - Italia Italian feminist arrested in 1999 along with other two men (now released), accused of incendiary attacks against political parties headquarters, as a protest against the war in Yugoslavia.
Patricia Caddedu has been released.

Larisa Valeryevna Romanova, Shosseynaya street 92, IZ 48/6 109388 Moscow
Olga Aleksandrovna Nevskaya, E-20 p/ya 201, 111020 Moscow (only speaks Russian)


Clare Barstow, HMP Cookhamwood, Rochester, Kent ME1 3LU Framed for murder of the woman she was caring for, who was killed while Clare was out. Due to confusion and fear, Clare didn't report the murder and was done for it. Clare has also been harassed by prison staff for involvement in writing about prison protests and conditions.
Marianne Keita, HMP Durham, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HU
Rana Khalifa, HMP Highpoint, Stradishall, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9YG used as a drug mule without her knowledge, sentenced for 11 years in about end of 1997.
Susan May, HMP Newhall, Dial Wood, Flockton, Wakefield, Yorks WF4 4AX Convicted of the murder of her elderly aunt, for whom she was caring, in 1992. She denies it. Lost an appeal against her conviction. Contact the Friends of Susan May, c/o Conviction, PO Box 522, Sheffield, S1 3FF

Zoora Shah, HMP Newhall, Dial Wood, Flockton, Wakefield, Yorks WF4 4AX Imprisoned for the murder and attempted murder of a man who had financially, sexually and physically abused her for 12 years in 1992. She got the excessive sentence of 20 years. More info: Free Zoora Shah Campaign

Samar Alami,HMP Cookham Wood (RL1436), Rochester, Kent ME1 3LU On 11 December 1996, Samar Alami, a Lebanese Palestinian woman, and Jawad Botmeh, a Palestinian man, were wrongfully convicted of conspiracy in relation to the bombings of the Israeli Embassy and Balfour House in London in 1994. Both have been sentenced to an extraordinary twenty years in prison, after which they face deportation.
Heather Avery, Natasha Dellamaigne have been released.
Madeline Buckler HR 4338, YOI Bullwood Hall, High Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4TE. Serving 12 months for burglary of a Roche office at a SHAC demo
Sarah Gisbourne HR 4337, HMP Highpoint, Stradishall, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9YG. Serving 12 months for burglary of a Roche office at a SHAC demo
Kate Simpson GN 8957, HMP Morton Hall, Swinderby, Lincoln, LN6 9PT. Serving 12 months for burglary of a Roche office at a SHAC demo
Rae Newlands GN 6613, HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DF. Serving 4½ years for aggravated harassment of HLS shareholders

For more information also see: Miscarriages of Justice
or, if you want help and information in general about women in prison, you could also try :


Debbie Simms Africa (006307), Janet Holloway Africa (006308), Janine Philips Africa (006309), all at: SCI Cambridge Springs, 451 Fullerton Ave, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238 Move Prisoners: Move, an eco-revolutionary group, were consistently persecuted by the Philadelphia police during the '70s culminating in the police firebombing of their commune in 1985. The 'Move 9' were framed for the murder of a cop and sentenced to the maximum prison sentence of 100 years each. For more info contact: 'Friends of Move' PO Box 14129, London, WC12 8GR, UK
Karen (Hoffman) Horning has been released in January 2002.
Kebby Warner #259737, Scotts Correctional Facility, 47500 5 Mile Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170 animal liberation prisoner, maybe out in 2006.
Linda Evans, 19973-053, Unit E, 5701 8th St. Camp Parks, Dublin, CA 94568 has been released.

Helen Woodson #03231-045 CCS FMC Carswell PO Box 27137 FT. Worth, TX 76127 Serveing a 27 year sentance (now in her 19th year) for robbing a bank in NY with a fake gun and demanded they give her the money, she set 17,000 dollars on fire (while still in the bank) and gave a big speach about environmental destruction and corporate greed. She also sent 1 bullet to 6 differant corporate CEO's with a letter of warning stateing "Your actions are like a bullet through life!". And she was also responsible for disarming a Minutman Missile with a jackhammer.
Marilyn Buck, 00482-285, Unit B, 5701 8th Camp Parks, Dublin, CA 94568 Marilyn is imprisoned for her anti-imperialist actions carried out in support of national liberation, women's liberation, social and economic justice. Since 1988 she is serving a total of 80 years.
Fran Thompson, 1107 Recharge Rd., York, NE 68467, USA Fran is an eco-activist and vegan. She killed a man, who broke into her home in self-defense, but was framed for murder.
Emma Murphy-Ellis Clackamus County Jail 9000 SE McBrod Milwaukie, OR. USA , dedicated and enthusiastic forest defence eco-activist. Emma is currently being held on two counts of non-violently blocking a federal forest road, as bulldozers were attempting to begin the process of cutting down an ecologically delicate area. Emma is sentenced to four months imprisonment with fourteen months probation, starting middle of may '02. She is also banned, from entering a forest which is under threat of logging. Emma's family is asking that people write letters to Judge John Jelderks (the Judge who jailed Emma) and ask him to commute her sentence to time served. Judge John Jelderks Mark O Hatfield US District Federal Court House 740 US Court House 1000 SW Third Ave. Portland, Oregon 97204
Sarah Roberts #7289038 TTCF Module 232 Terminal Annex PO Box 86164 Los Angeles, CA 90086, USA,
Animal/Earth liberation activist, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for "Unlawful Assembly" and "Concealing Identity" (wearing a ski-mask) during the Mayday 2001 celebrations in Long Beach, California, USA. (end of may 02)
Marie Mason Eco-Prisoner
Briana Waters Eco-Prisoner http://

Support groups in USA

Bayou La Rose, PO BOX 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464
Dr. Dorothy Blake Fardan, The Outside Coordinator, c/o Sojourner Truth Farm School, P. O. Box 311, Poolesville, MD 20837
Women Political Prisoners' Commissary Fund Out of Control and Lesbian and Gay Insurrection (LAGAI) started the Women Political Prisoners Commissary Fund in the early 90s. Without this money, many of the women would be unable to meet their basic needs, including toiletries, fresh food and phone calls to their families and friends. These women belong to us--support them!
Please contact Out of Control, 3543 18th Street, Box 30 San Francisco, CA 94110
Women's Prison Book Project, C/o Arise Bookstore 2441 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55405
website email Nicola Pine


For more information on other prisoners see:

Prisoner Support,

ABC Network
Spirit of Freedom is ELP's (Earth Liberation Prisoners) on-line newsletter. View it at E-mail earthlibprisoner or write to
ELP c/o CRC, 16 Sholebroke Ave, Leeds LS7,England.
ELP Newsletter is ELP's hardcopy publication (also available via e-mail). If you would like to receive a copy contact ELP Newsletter, BM Box 2407, London, WC1N 3XX, England.
Urgent ELP! is an e-mail Bulletin which distributes the names of any new eco-prisoner as soon as ELP gets the details. For more info e-mail AnimalEarthLiberation North American ELP is our North American contact group. They run a full complement of services including production of a hard-copy newsletter called Spirit of Freedom. For more info contact NA-ELP, POB 50082, Eugene, OR 97405, USA. E-mail

*List reprinted from

As you can see, this list is not comprehensive and is a work in progress. If you have the name and contact info of any womyn imprisoned for standing up for people, womyn, animals, the earth or any other threatened group, please add them to the list!

And let's get writing!!

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