!ACTION ALERT - RNC PROTEST, NYC!
OVER A THOUSAND ARRESTED - SUPPORT NEEDED NOW
(September 1, 2pm)
Over one thousand activists at the Republican National Convention in New York City have been arrested. We are calling for action to demand justice for those who have been arrested and remain in custody. Some activists in jail are refusing to cooperate with authorities and organizing solidarity actions in pursuit of the demands below. Please join us in supporting them!
The last week has seen a powerful, and in many ways unprecedented display of resistance to the agenda of Empire in the belly of the beast. We have inspired each other, our fellow Americans, and the world. At the same time, the state has used repressive tactics of sweeping arrests to discourage activists now and in the future. We have an opportunity to use our collective outrage (and the media spotlight) to confront this attack head on. We can't let them get away with this!
Solidarity Support Working Group
Appended below is an example letter you might fax or email to the following city offices, or use to structure a telephone call. Feel free, of course, to express your outrage in your own terms. Feel free to call other decisionmakers, but a deluge on the following three might
be most effective.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
FAX: (646) 610-5865
NYC Police Switchboard
Ask for Commissioner`s office
Department of Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn (Jails)
(212) 266-1212 or (212) 361-8977
FAX: (212) 361-8985
District Attorney Robert Morgenthau
FAX (212) 335-9168
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
(212) 788 7418 or (212) 788 3000
FAX (212) 788-2460 or (212) 788-9711
Over a thousand people were arrested yesterday in NYC. In moves that echo the imperial practices of U.S. foreign policy, the NYPD preemptively and in some cases violently arrested hundreds of dissenters, a clear attack on political expression. Combined with exceptionally unhealthy conditions in detention, unlawfully delayed periods before arraignment or release, and excessive bails, these arrests and the concomitant legal harassment undermine the ability of our movements to organize political dissent.
We will resist the militarization of our streets, our cities, our lives.
We will act in solidarity with those arrested, those abused, in this country and around the world. In specific, we will ensure that you and others responsible for oversight of the NYC police and corrections departments will either curb this illegitimate use of power, or pay a heavy political price. This story will not die. The pressure will not cease, until you respond effectively in defense of civil and human rights.
* Transfer all detainees out of the toxic Pier 57 warehouse.
* Release and drop the charges of those illegally arrested without clear warning or ability to leave.
* Reduce exorbitant bails (up to $200,000) to appropriate and reasonable
* Negotiate with all arrestees engaging in jail solidarity and
withholding their identities. Allow them to occupy rooms together, to
speak collectively to their lawyers, and to bargain directly with the
In solidarity with all political prisoners,