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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of PLN

Since 1990, Prison Legal News (founded in Washington State), has published its eponymous monthly magazine, produced and distributed self‐help books for prisoners, and advocated on a wide variety of issues related to criminal justice reform and prisoners’ rights.

Help PLN celebrate the past 25 years while looking forward to another 25! PLN, now a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, will hold an anniversary celebration on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 from 5:30 ‐ 8:30 p.m. at Impact Hub Seattle. (Program starts at 6:00 p.m.)

Impact Hub Seattle 220 Second Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104

Enjoy drinks and appetizers, learn about the history and accomplishments of PLN, and hear from guest keynote speaker John Kiriakou, a former CIA official who publicly admitted the CIA had waterboarded detainees, which he described as “torture.”

Mr. Kiriakou was charged under the Espionage Act due to his whistleblowing and served a 30‐ month prison sentence. He was released in February 2015. Mr. Kiriakou has received the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, given to individuals who “advance truth and justice despite the personal risk it creates”; he also received the PEN First Amendment Award and was named “Peacemaker of the Year” by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, California. He is the author of The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror.

Seattle attorney John Midgley with Columbia Legal Services, a long‐time advocate for criminal justice reform and a long‐time supporter of PLN, will emcee the event, and PLN/HRDC founder Paul Wright and other PLN staff will be present. Don’t miss this 25-year PLN celebration!

Please RSVP to Carrie Wilkinson at:


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