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Any movement that does not support its political internees is a movement destined to fail.

Nov 20 '08 update:

FBI Green Scare:

Portland Indymedia has created a new Green Scare Topic Page.
All previous newswire posts and features and links to updates on events connected with this decade's wave of repression can be found there.

Other sites with current info on victims of
increased FBI harassment & Grand Jury investigations:
ecoprisoners.org, ELP news, fbiwitchhunt.org
bombsandshields.com, greenisthenewred.com,
Civil Liberties Defense Center | Olympia Civil Liberties Resource


POLITICAL PRISONER UPDATES:

Jeff "Free" Luers was transferred on April 12, 2008 to a minimum security prison in Portland - the Columbia River Correctional Institution. His 22+ year sentence has been reduced to 10 years and he expects to be released in December 2009. Donations are needed to help Jeff now as well as to start an education fund for him. freefreenow.org. Write him at: Jeffrey Luers # 13797671, CRCI, 9111 NE Sunderland Ave,Portland, OR 97211-1708.

Josh Harper has been incarcerated since Dec 2006 in Sheridan federal prison for his part, along with 6 others in the SHAC 7 campaign to shut down Huntington Life Sciences animal testing and vivisection activities. Write Josh at: JOSHUA HARPER, #29429-086, FCI SHERIDAN,P.O. BOX 5000, SHERIDAN, OR 97378. Latest update from Josh

Jeff Luers has had his sentence reduced to 10 years and is expected to be released in December 2009. Donations are needed to help Jeff now as well as to start an education fund for him. freefreenow.org. Write him at: Jeffrey Luers # 13797671, CRCI, 9111 NE Sunderland Ave,Portland, OR 97211-1708.

Tre Arrow pled guilty in June 2008 to 2 counts of arson, and 12 other counts were dropped. He was sentenced in August 2008 to serve to serve 78 months in U.S. prison, & can be written at: Tre Arrow #70936065, FCI HERLONG, P.O. BOX 800, HERLONG, CA 96113. For updates, visit: www.trearrow.org

Rod Coronado is awaiting release to a halfway house, November 2008, although his release date is still unclear because he is being told he is "a special case". Updates at supportrod.org

Mumia's case will be tried again! Dec 7, 2005: "In a startling new development, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has agreed to hear arguments on three claims by Pennsylvania death-row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal that his 1982 trial and state appeal were tainted by constitutional violations." [Full Story] Updated Weblinks | Dec 9th 2008 Teach in at the PSU Multicultural Center - Smith Hall - in Portland, OR, in solidarity with the Dec 6th. [KBOO Nov 10 '08 coverage & updates]

ONGOING SUPPORT CAMPAIGNS:

  • In October 2008Harold Thompson, a 66-year-old Anarchist Prisoner has passed away.
  • Free the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners! This campaign has been going on for over a decade; For more info, visit: [Prolibertad Support Campaign]
  • October 27th, 2005Dr. Dafur, a highly respected oncologist of muslim faith and Iraqi descent, was sentenced to 22 years in Syracuse, New York. He will be appealing this case, which is the first conviction breaking the sanctions against Iraq. [Full Story]
  • October 21st, 2005 was the day the 5th Black Panther Veteran was jailed in San Francisco for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating 30 year old cases. This "investigation" represents a stepped-up campaign to sweep up former Black Panthers, alleging that people have knowledge of events in the early 70s. As of October 21st, those currently being held in the San Francisco County Jail for contempt were: John Bowman, Ray Boudreaux, Richard Brown, Hank Jones and Harold Taylor. [Full Story]. Three of these former Black Panther Veterans toured the country to enlighten the public about the covert activities being used by agents authorized by the Patriot Act, and to bring awareness to fact that people associated with the BP organization 34+ years ago, are now being considered to be terrorists under the "U.S. Patriot Act".
  • October 14th, 2005 a statement was read for former political prisoner Antonio Camacho Negron, whom the FBI has issued an arrest warrant for. Negron was arrested for being a part of the MACHETEROS in the late 1980s. His statement begins as follows: "The allegation... is a total fabrication. The FBI is interested in sequestering me for information that I have gathered surrounding Filiberto's death... [Full Story ]
  • Sept 30, 2005 the Jericho Movement denounced the U.S. murder of freedom-fighter Filiberto Rios in Puerto Rico. The Peltier Defense Committee describes this act as being a repeat of the Incident at Oglala
  • Sept 21st, 2005 was a call-in day to support political prisoner Russell Shoats who was given 2 life sentences, is being held in SCI-Greene where Mumia Abu Jamal is at, and who was being denied medical care, after his recent mistaken diagnosis of prostate cancer. For updates and to read some of Russell's writing, especially on the use of Torture in U.S. Prisons
  • Eco-Peace Activist Helen Woodson was sentenced after her court file went "missing" for probation violations dating back to her original sentence for her 1984 Silo Pruning Hooks disarmament of a Missouri nuclear missile silo. The recent sentencing was for actions she took in March of 2005 following her release from Federal Prison, involving letters and statements declaring that the judges who legitimize nuclear war by protecting the weapons while punishing the resisters have become part of the weapons themselves.

Here in Cascadia political prisoners Jeffrey "Free" Luers, Brian McCarvill, and Tre Arrow all deserve support, along with the SHAC 7 and other animal rights groups and individuals serving time for their convictions... as well as those rounded up Dec 7th 2005 and beyond by the FBI, environmentalists and who have been convicted of being involved with various eco-defense actions between 1998 and 2001. For more info on those being charged in the Green Scare and those convicted in the SHAC 7 case, go to: The Portland IMC Greenscare Page and greenscare.org and midwestgreenscare.org.

Support has been withdrawn from Chris McIntosh, convicted of setting fire to a McDonalds in Seattle, who has since joined the ranks of white supremacist groups inside prison.

Portland-based Prisoner Support Groups

  • Books To Oregon Prisoners has successfully gotten the restrictive regulations requiring only new books sent from approved publishers dropped in the state of Oregon. As a result this group is disbanding. For more info, email pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net.
    Portland Books To Prisoners continues to provide educational and radical literature mondays and tuesdays 5:30-8pm to people behind bars who request books. Email pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net for more info.
  • Prison Pipeline is a very informative radio show in Portland that happens on KBOO Community Radio at 90.7 FM, on alternating Mondays starting at 6pm. Tune in to listen to the live stream!
  • The Partnership for Safety and Justice (Formerly known as Western Prison Project) works on legislation to help prisoners in Oregon and 4 neighboring states, along with providing resource guides to prisoners who request them. They also help co-ordinate efforts of grassroots groups in the pacific northwest who work on prison issues.

Internationally there are support campaigns to call for the freeing of Leonard Peltier, an AIM activist who was framed and convicted after a firefight on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee sent out a press release Dec 6 2004 calling for the public to put pressure on authorities who claim to be "investigating" the 1976 murder of Anna MaeAquash on the Pine Ridge Reservation, who was one of many AIM leaders who were who were at that time resisting unwanted uranium development on sacred lands.

2005: Oct 1-12 Leonard Peltier supporters engaged in a fast for justice for Leonard. Since July 1 of 2005, Peltier has been moved from three different correctional facilities. It seems they are trying to break Peltier's spirit On May 3, Peltier called on the public to lobby congress on his behalf, after his April FOIA request for the release of 30 year-old secret documents wasn't granted.

There is also an international call for a fair trial for Mumia Abu Jamal. On May 18th, 2004 Mumia's latest appeal was denied. It is widely believed that Mumia was framed because of his earlier connections with the Black Panther Party and for his support of MOVE. On June 29, 2004, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit lifted its stay in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and ordered briefing. At issue is whether the death judgment should stand. Also pending is the prosecution's unconstitutional use of racism in jury selection. For more info, see the article, Death Penalty Again Looms Over Mumia's Head, and keep checking the weblinks on that article.

Freedom Archives helps prisoners by archiving music, art and videos about and by folks to make this work available to the public, and as a way to fundraise for prisoners. California Prison Focus is very active and has a good website to help folks understand issues facing prisoners, especially in California.

Other websites with info that give a meaningful perspective from and about our brothers and sisters behind bars, and some of the fallacies surrounding the perception of the U.S.prison industrial complex:
[ Anarchist Black Cross Federation | Anarchist Black Cross Network | Jericho Movement | Prison Activist Resource Center | Spirit Of Freedom | PrisonSucks.com | freedomarchives.org ]


green scare | prisons & prisoners 21-Oct-2013 22:53

Move Marie! Call-in Monday, Oct. 21 and Write-in Friday, Oct. 25

From the open publishing newswire: Please call the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) on Monday, Oct 21 and write a letter on Friday, October 25 to ask that Marie Mason be moved out of the restricted unit of Carswell prison and that it be shut down. [...]

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 WRITE THE BOP DIRECTOR

Please help get Marie Mason moved out of FMC Carswell by writing a letter to the Bureau of Prisons Director. We are asking as many people as possible to write letters and organize letter writing events so that we can show the BOP just how many people recognize her position as unjust, and support the idea of her being moved into a general population unit closer to her family.

Below is the address to send all letters to, and a sample letter. Please remain firm but polite in your communications with the BOP.

Charles E. Samuels, Jr. , Director,
Federal Bureau of Prisons,
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC 20534
USA

Dear Director Samuels:

I write on behalf of Marie Mason #04672-061, who is currently incarcerated in a special isolation unit at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

[...]

Marie has never violated any prison rules and is obviously being targeted for her political beliefs. We demand that she be removed from this restrictive unit and transferred to a federal prison near her family and friends.

homepage:  http://www.movemarie.com

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actions & protests | prisons & prisoners 31-Aug-2013 11:40

Day 53 of California Prisoner Hunger Strike – Statement from the Mediation Team

From the open publishing newswire: Posted on August 29, 2013 by prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

50 days into a hunger strike which was announced last December, the Department of Corrections has just now issued a highly deceptive and problematic response to the prisoners' demands. The gist of the response was that the CDCR has done all that it plans to do and that the rest is non-negotiable. The reply was not directed at the prisoners themselves or the prisoners' mediation team; instead, it was issued as a press release on the CDCR's website late Monday afternoon. It is not clear if the CDCR has shared the response to the demands with the prisoners.

The CDCR's statement assures the public that it has addressed the prisoners' demands while continuing to assert that solitary confinement does not exist in California. The state's repeated denial of the problem and lack of willingness to implement necessary changes is dangerous and irresponsible.

Prisoners have used every means available to them to change the policies that result in them being confined in extreme isolation for decades including the CDCR's internal grievance system, meetings with Wardens, litigation and multiple hunger strikes. [...]

California cannot just ignore this problem, hoping that it will go away. The way to make the hunger strikes go away is to deal with the issues responsibly - meet with the reps and come to an agreement. Otherwise, the CDCR will only be repeating this cycle over and over again in an insane attempt to subdue any efforts to create necessary changes with extreme violence and repression. This cannot be tolerated any longer. It is time to break the cycle and to deal with this strike and the issue of solitary confinement responsibly and reasonably.

 http://www.freedomarchives.org | Day 44 PIMC feature:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/08/424682.shtml

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human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 21-Aug-2013 12:16

Inside California’s Prison Hunger Strike

From the open publishing newswire:
Statement by Brutha Sitawa: "I would like to reiterate that the Agreement to End All Hostilities, August 12, 2012, is significant for all prisoners because CDCR has encouraged prisoners in their 33 prisons to not only engage in self-destructive behavior but have also helped heighten racial hostilities - the catalyst for internal warfare, racial warfare and gang warfare. all of which all has been magnified inside the prisons and throughout our communities."

"We decided to address these contradictions head on by engaging in a dialogue that was meaningful, sincere and honest with each respected entity. We realized that our responsibility was to end actions that were contrary to the growth and development of each and every prisoner..."

Sitawa Jaama has been held in the "Security Housing Unit" (SHU) of California's Pelican Bay State Prison for 29 years. Along with hundreds of other prisoners throughout the California prison system Sitawa has been on hunger strike for 43 days. Sitawa is a member of the Short Corridor Collective, an interracial group of prisoners based in the Pelican Bay SHU. The Short Corridor Collective has been influential in calling for 3 hunger strikes in the past 2 years, as well as authoring the 'Agreement to End Hostilities' document (Full PDF), a political call for prisoner unity, and an end to all violence between different groups of prisoners throughout the state, from maximum security prisons to county jails.

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Prisoner Hunger Strike: Day 44 - Outrage Over CDCR Force Feeding Plans

"CDCR justifies asking for the order to force feed by claiming that the widespread hunger strike is 'orchestrated' by gangs, that the massive participation and support for the demands is coerced and that prisoners have signed 'do not resuscitate' directives under duress," according to Claude Marks of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. "This order violates all international laws and standards and gives the medical director of each prison authority to violate human rights laws instead of reasonably negotiating with prisoners." Thousand of prisoners have united to challenge the torture of prolonged isolation, demanding an accountable process to challenge the gang validations that have kept them in security housing for decades.

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Related Articles: Action Alert: We need a Emergency Hearing to address the Hunger Strike | My Friend Todd Ashker, Hunger Striker at Pelican Bay

Previous Features: Latest on California Prisoners' Hunger Strike | Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing


human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 03-Aug-2013 16:38

Latest on California Prisoners' Hunger Strike

From the open publishing newswire: Mediators working on behalf of California prison hunger strikers just concluded their meeting with CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard. Today's meeting comes on the heels of nearly 100 family members of hunger strikers visiting the Capitol Tuesday, where they presented a petition signed by over 60,000 people demanding negotiations with hunger strikers to Governor Brown's office.

The hunger strike mediators' statement included, "We gave [Secretary Beard] ideas that would help bring the prisoners' hunger strike to a just end in short order. We provided input for revisions to CDCR's Security Threat Group Policy and Step Down pilot program. Our revisions are intended to create more humane conditions and circumstances. We urged him to follow the lead from other states, such as Illinois, Colorado and Mississippi, to end harsh and long term isolation practices."

Previous Feature: Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing

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human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 25-Jul-2013 08:52

Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing

Prison Strike Flyer From the open publishing newswire:
Earlier this month, a group of prisoners in the Pelican Bay Supermax facility just south of the Oregon border organized the largest prison protest in California history. At the time, it was reported that an estimated 30,000 inmates in two-thirds of California's 33 prisons had opted to refuse meals in a mass hunger strike. And it's still going on.

On June 20, 2013, prisoners held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit in Oakland, CA announced their plan to embark upon nonviolent peaceful protest on July 8. According to the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSSC), a group committed to amplifying the voices of prisoners on strike, prisoners had maintained since January that they would be willing to starve themselves unless the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) agreed to negotiate honestly about prisoners' demands, "the heart of which mandates an end to long-term solitary confinement."

Prisoners' demands have been represented in five core points:

  • End group punishment and administrative abuse
  • Abolish the debriefing policy, and modify active/inactive, gang status criteria
  • Comply with the US Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons 2006 Recommendations Regarding an End to Long-Term Solitary Confinement
  • Provide Adequate and Nutritious Food
  • Expand and Provide Constructive Programming and Privileges for Indefinite SHU Status Inmates

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May 10 -12 at Portland State University 03-May-2013 09:34

2013 Law and Disorder Conference

From the open publishing newswire: The fourth Annual Law and Disorder Conference will take place May 10th-12th, at Portland State University and will feature a panel discussion on the recent grand jury raids in the northwest.

We are excited to announce the Fourth Annual Law and Disorder Conference, May 10-12th 2013, at Portland State University. This year's conference features a special panel about grand jury resistance with members of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression and the Committee Against Political Repression. A special keynote will be given by former political prisoner Jihad Abdulmumit, co-chair for the Jericho Movement, as well as his highly acclaimed theatrical performance "Political Incarcerations". Other special presentations will be given by Sacramento Prisoner Support, David Hill (American Indian Movement), Portland Rising Tide, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Right 2 Survive and Portland Industrial Workers of the World, as well as many other local organizations.

L&D was founded in 2010 by members of the NW Student Coalition, a consortium of radical student groups in the Pacific Northwest from PSU, Mt. Hood Community College, Reed College and Washington State University-Vancouver in the aftermath of the police murders of Aaron Campbell and Keaton Otis in Portland and Oscar Grant in the Bay Area. The general theme of the conference has been to bridge the gap between different traditions of radical politics. The first and foremost goal has been to raise the issues of U.S.-held political prisoners, their existence contrary to denial on the part of the state, and practical discussions regarding their support and amnesty. Secondly, we engage in a critical dialogue about political repression, from the historical targeting and incarceration of activists in the FBI's counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) in the second half of the 20th century to the most recent manifestations such as the PATRIOT ACT and Homeland Security. The third theme is the abolition of the Prison- Industrial Complex and finding community alternatives to the police.

This conference calls for people, movements, organizations and collectives to present alternative accounts to the political dimensions of civic engagement, mutual aid and revolution as they relate to economics, politics, invention, technology, work, artistic and cultural production, the body, pedagogy and social change. [...]

Website:  http://lawandisorder.wordpress.com
Facebook: Law and Disorder Conference

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anti-racism | prisons & prisoners 05-Feb-2013 12:25

Freedom for Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3, After 40 Years in Solitary Confinement?

Herman Wallace, left, and Albert Woodfox, right From the open publishing newswire: After four decades of solitary confinement in the nation's most populated maximum-security prison -- and one of its most historically brutal -- a member of the internationally known "Angola 3" has reasonable cause to expect that he will soon be released, his attorneys and supporters say. The request to set free Albert Woodfox, 65, is being heard by the same federal judge who in 2008 ordered that Woodfox be released, a ruling that Louisiana prosecutors successfully appealed and blocked.

View the embedded links and more accompanying photos here:  http://angola3news.blogspot.com/2013/02/albert-woodfox-freedom-after-40-years.html

Albert Woodfox: Freedom After 40 Years in Solitary?
--Supporters of one of the Angola 3 tell The Root why he might be released this time. (The first of two parts) by Katti Gray [...]

After four decades of solitary confinement in the nation's most populated maximum-security prison -- and one of its most historically brutal -- a member of the internationally known "Angola 3" has reasonable cause to expect that he will soon be released, his attorneys and supporters say. The request to set free Albert Woodfox, 65, is being heard by the same federal judge who in 2008 ordered that Woodfox be released, a ruling that Louisiana prosecutors successfully appealed and blocked

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anti-racism | prisons & prisoners 05-Feb-2013 12:19

The Black Panther Party’s Living Legacy --Touring Oakland and Berkeley w/ Billy X Jennings

From the open publishing newswire: View the embedded links and video here:

 http://angola3news.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-black-panther-partys-living-legacy.html

The Black Panther Party's Living Legacy --Touring Oakland and Berkeley with Billy X Jennings (Part One) By Angola 3 News

This month, over twenty students enrolled in the "Dismantling Racism" class offered by St. Catherine University in Minnesota traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area. The class focused primarily on California's prisons and what anti-prison activists are doing to challenge the human rights violations and racism endemic to California's infamous prison system.

Last week, the class was taken around on a Black Panther History Tour in Oakland and Berkeley, led by Billy X Jennings from It's AboutTime BPP Alumni & Legacy. Along with ongoing BPP history exhibits at the Alameda County Law Library in downtown Oakland and the window of Rasputin Music on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is a new photo exhibit running until February 28, entitled Louder Than Words, at La Peńa Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley). An important friend and ally of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, Billy X Jennings' work was previously spotlighted in an interview with Angola 3 News, entitled We Called Ourselves the Childrenof Malcolm. [...]

The BPP's early critique of capitalism, of police brutality, of racism/exclusion in the criminal injustice system is foundational for all those of us who continue to challenge what we now call the "prison industrial complex". They were true visionaries whose call for a rainbow coalition, intersectionality and community empowerment continues to guide our work. What We Want/What We Believe - including "land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace" - has not changed at all.

(Stay tuned for part two, touring Berkeley and downtown Oakland!)
 http://www.angola3news.com

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actions & protests | prisons & prisoners 06-Jan-2013 20:21

Video: PDX Noize Demo - Solidarity w Grand Jury Resistors & Prisoners Everywhere! 12.31.13

From the open publishing newswire: On 12.31.12 a Noise Demonstration to show solidarity all prisoners was held globally. In Portland Oregon at 8:15 PM a group of around 40 people met in front of the downtown central Police Station {JAIL} to make noize for all those locked inside to hear. To let them know they are not forgotten.

The rally was organized by folks in the PDX ABC.
The rally is to call out for a noise demo intended to show love and solidarity with incarcerated peoples.
To show solidarity with the Grand Jury Resisters, and all Political Prisoners.
The rally was to call out for noize against the state, and its prison system.

The police did stop by, and asked a few questions and then mysteriously they all left?

This is the 17 minute video file posted on YouTube from the Portland rally:
 http://youtu.be/p1mgu_GysJo

Also this same video file was posted where it can be viewed and downloaded on Archive dot org here:
 link to archive.org

The video opens with a short out-take from Submedia TV which is about the Noize Demo's in Greece on New Years Eve.

An announcement post for this noise event was on Portland Indymedia here:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/12/421148.shtml

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human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 24-Dec-2012 12:24

PDXABC Dec 25

From the open publishing newswire: Join us! PDXABC Open meeting, Dec 25, 6pm. Red & Black Cafe SE 12th & Oak. After the meeting, we will be writing to prisoners.

As an alternative to the holiday hype, PDXABC suggests writing to a person in prison. Letters mean so much to someone living in a cage. Join us: Open meeting at 6pm, letter writing at 7.

All materials will be provided and we are happy to answer any questions, just bring yourself!
homepage:  http://www.pdxabc.com
address: Red & Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Portland, OR

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actions & protests | prisons & prisoners 13-Oct-2012 16:50

Portland: “The Story, Last Night, Wasn’t the Broken Windows”

From the open publishing newswire: The Story, Last Night, Wasn't the Broken Windows.
By Jess E. Hadden

Yesterday afternoon, via Facebook, I heard about a solidarity march, being organized by an autonomous group. The reason: Leah from the Red & Black Cafe was being imprisoned for refusing to testify before a Grand Jury. I didn't personally know Leah, but philosophically I supported the stand she was taking against the Federal government's witch-hunt, targeting activists.

So, I hit "share," passing the invitation along.

I observed the march as it approached SE Hawthorne Blvd, via 35th Ave. Since I did not recognize the people in the march (it's hard to recognize a black bloc, especially at night, without my glasses) — and since I myself wear very bright colors — I decided to watch while maintaining a distance. Technical difficulties prevented me from livestreaming, but I still wanted to be able to report the real story.

As the marchers took the east-bound lanes of Hawthorne, I watched a growing crowd of curious people, in regular attire, following the march along the sidewalk, and inquiring about this unexpected sight.

Then, I heard, rather than saw, the sound of glass shattering. [...]

Link to:  link to greycoast.wordpress.com

 https://www.facebook.com/notes/jess-e-hadden/the-story-last-night-wasnt-the-broken-windows/238518342940296

[Related PIMC post]
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/10/419115.shtml?discuss

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human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 15-Jun-2012 17:21

(VIDEO) Chairman Fred Hampton Jr Speech at Law and Disorder 2012

From the open publishing newswire: It was an honor to be able to film Chairman Fred Hampton Jr speak at the 2012 Law and Disorder Conference in Portland, OR. In case you are not familiar, Chairman Fred is the son of the late Black Panther Party spokesman Fred Hampton who was assassinated by the Chicago Police in 1969. Fred Jr's mother Deborah Johnson was eight and a half months pregnant with him at the time of his fathers murder. If this is news to you, we urge you to google how the police/FBI raid that took Hamptons life went down. Although the whole story is extremely disheartening, its wonderful to know that Chairman Fred Jr is alive and following his fathers legacy.


 https://vimeo.com/43881635 [video 1.hr 45.min]

Fred Hampton Jr is the founder, and chairman Prisoners Of Conscience Committee / Black Panther Party Cubs (POCC/BPPC).

"The Prisoners of Conscience Committee was founded by Chairman Fred Hampton,Jr. during his nine years of incarceration. "[The POCC] was literally birthed from behind enemy lines, its birth canal was the concentration camps, its umbilical cords are the prison chains." The P.O.C.C. is an international organization which engages in revolutionary work throughout the United States and abroad. The P.O.C.C. empowers communities through their own programs and through coalition building with other revolutionary peoples and organizations."


homepage:  http://www.becausewemust.org/

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prisons & prisoners 04-May-2012 07:22

Free Pax

pax From the open publishing newswire: Solidarity needed! Pigs storm anarchist house - stealing phones, computers, and personal items. 72 felony charges brought against a well-known comrade...

From Anarchist News: Police raided (Pax) Byran Michael Wiedeman's house and arrested him, detained his housemates, took their computers and cell phones and interrogated them. He has been given trumped up charges. This is a classic tactic by the police to intimidate activists and anyone who resists them. We cannot sit by while our friends are in jail and being targeted by a repressive institution. This is when people need solidarity the most so please come out to his court tomorrow! Show him, the courts, the judges and the cops that he does not stand alone!

When: 2:00PM Friday May 4th
Where:
Court Room #3 inside the (in)Justice center
(1120 Southwest 3rd Avenue, PDX)

This is where community really matters ~ Support PAX!!!

Full PPB Press Release
Pax support page
facebook support page

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