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Last night in Seattle we smashed the windows of two banks and a Starbucks. It is saddening that so many people experience banks as institutions of exploitation yet refuse to take the step of attacking them, as for smashing up a Starbucks, it may be the only Seattle tradition worth continuing since the WTO.
As June comes to a close, many of our communities are winding down our LGBTQ Pride celebrations and events. It's been a refreshing month for many to come together and enjoy public support for visibility and social and political goals. I think it's great to set aside time to enjoy queering public spaces (while highlighting thoughtful criticism of mainstream or assimilation-oriented politics) but it's also important to remember that our struggles continue throughout the rest of the year, especially when it comes to queers suffering violence.
On the eve of Tuesday morning's Senate hearing about solitary confinement, we interview Angela A. Allen-Bell, a law professor at Southern University in Baton Rouge. The newly released issue of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly features an article by Prof. Bell entitled "Perception Profiling & Prolonged Solitary Confinement Viewed Through the Lens of the Angola 3 Case: When Prison Officials Become Judges, Judges Become Visually Challenged and Justice Become Legally Blind."
Legal Defense Funds Needed ASAP
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.
Int'l Day of Solidarity with Ecoprisoners Eric McDavid and Marie Mason
Labor Ready sells disposable workers. You can order workers for a day, a week, or a month, and then throw them away when you are done with them. You can fire them for any reason whatsoever and they cannot file for unemployment, or take you before the labor board. If you injure or kill them they cannot sue you and they can only barely sue Labor Ready. They cannot join a union or otherwise effectively exercise whatever limited rights they still have under our system. LR handles all the paperwork, payroll, comp and taxes. You just pay a set hourly fee.
This past April we were able to meet up with the folks doing the 'Never Alone tour for Eric McDavid, Marie Mason & long-term anarchist prisoners'. We were really excited about this tour, as we believe prisoner solidarity and support should be the core of any movement of resistance. Since we like to film and make videos for all of you to watch, share and use as a resource, we offered to film the Eugene, OR tour stop for them so it could be put online.
Dearest St. Louis rebels,
The death squads and concentration camps of history were never staffed by rebels and dissidents. They were were run by those who followed the rules.
See the evidence of the emerging fbi as MAFIA in modern times.
6 ATMs Vandalized in Memphis
A review of "Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond."
The nationwide Never Alone tour will be crisscrossing the country in April 2012, featuring the usual suspects speaking about long-term anarchist prisoner support. Focusing specifically on the cases of Eric McDavid and Marie Mason, the tour will mark the spots where the events of these cases unfolded, using multimedia presentations to bring the facts of these cases to light.
A speaking tour about long-term anarchist prisoner support, taking a close look at the cases of Eric McDavid and Marie Mason w/ special guest speaker Jeff "Free" Luers
One of the most persistent threads throughout the two years of imprisonment of accused Wikileaks leaker Private Bradley Manning has been the rumour that he is in fact, she-a transgender woman. Manning faces thirty charges, one of which "aiding the enemy" potentially carries the death penalty (though life in prison is more likely) for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents via the website Wikileaks including the shocking "Collateral Murder" video. Dismissed by many as a smear or simply irrelevant to the case, this transgender story has nevertheless refused to die.
In June 2010, Wired published excerpted chat logs between Manning and hacker Adrian Lamo that suggested that Manning considered herself female. Manning states quite clearly:
" I wouldn't mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn't for the possibility of having pictures of me... plastered all over the world press... as boy... "
Activist/Journalist Andy Worthington was recently a guest speaker alongside investigative journalist Jason Leopold at the UC Hastings College of Law, in San Francisco, hosted by the college's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The event, entitled "Ten Years of Guantanamo," was held amidst protests around the world calling for the prison to be immediately shutdown. Worthington, the author of "The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison," has been documenting the array of human rights abuses at Guantanamo for over six years now, after he personally became angry that the US government would not say who they were holding at Guantanamo.
Reach Out and Write! Come join us for letters to political prisoners night. Everything is provided, including basic instructions. New prisoner bio cards with each event feature people imprisoned on many different issues. Shuffle through and pick out a new friend! Writing helps lessen the isolation experienced by many people in prison. It also lets institutions know someone is watching how they treat people. This is easy and can make someone's life a little happier.
Hope to see you there!
A nationwide tour for Eric McDavid, Marie Mason, and long-term anarchist prisoner support!
There have recently been a number of sealed filings on Frank Ambrose's docket...
Please make comments on this news in the Oregonian. It helps to keep torture in the headlines. America continues to torture based on what 2 rogue lawyers justified when working for gEorGe bush after he stole the election.
Tell me your stories of getting arrested! I'm putting together a zine!
Taking Aim's Mya Shone and Ralph Schoenman interview Ralph Poynter, husband of attorney Lynne Stewart who is currently a political prisoner in the Carswell Federal Prison facility outside of Fort Worth, TX.
Please watch this important video on Politube for further information about Lynne, her appeal, and these events.
our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons!
Monday, January 30, 2012. Mumia Abu-Jamal is off death row and out of solitary because you called and wrote and faxed and emailed. He is out of the "hole". We did it. This was an international effort, including the delivery of over 5000 petitions, thousands of letters, and the threat of legal action. Because of your solidarity and actions, tonight Mumia called and recorded "Of Idiots and Sages", a new essay on forced sterilization written on a scrap of paper at SCI Mahanoy from lockdown. Mumia gives all of you a shout out and tells it how it is.
Mumia Abu-Jamal was framed and sentenced to death in 1981 for the murder of Officer Faulkner in Philadelphia. In 2011 the prosecution announced they would not seek to reinstate the overturned death penalty, but Mumia continues to sit in prison for a murder he did not do. William Singletary, at great personal cost, helped reveal the truth of Mumia's innocence.
See this important report by my friend and associate Barbara Hartwell regarding an American legend, Mr. Leonard Peltier.
After being transferred from death row in December, Mumia was put in 'the hole' at SCI Mahanoy's 'Restrictive Housing Unit,' where the conditions are actually more restrictive than when he was on death row. Supporters, including the National Lawyers Guild (for whom Mumia serves as Vice President) who has set up an online petition, are calling for his immediate transfer to general population, so that among other things, he will be able to touch his family for this first time in about 30 years.
The International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier is Saturday, February 4. There will be a Northwest Regional March and Rally for Clemency for Leonard Peltier in Tacoma, Washington that day. For Portlanders interested in carpooling (either needing transportation or willing to share your vehicle to carpool) to Tacoma, there is an opportunity that day.
Firsthand account from Graham Lawrence of Being in Cottage Grove, OR jail for walking barefoot. Somebody say lawsuit?
Thursday, February 2nd 2012
Food for Thought Cafe
Portland State University
*Free, open to the public, all ages and disability affirmative!
Today marks the 6th year of Eric's arrest and incarceration. I'm not
quite sure why I always feel compelled to commemorate this day - the
memories it awakens bring so much pain, anger and frustration. It is not
something I really want to remember. It is also something I can never
forget. That day forever altered the course of Eric's life - and the
lives of all his loved ones.
Last month, following the Philadelphia DA's decision to not hold a new sentencing hearing, Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred to SCI Mahanoy, in Frackville, PA, where he as since been held in "Administrative Custody." His present conditions are actually worse than they were on death row at SCI Greene. Please join us in our call for Mumia to be immediately transferred into general population.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, come join us to demonstrate for Patrice Lumumba's Ford's release in front of the Federal Building downtown (SW 3rd and Salmon).
Jenin Juffri reports on developments in the federal government's case against Muslim American pharmacist Tarek Mehanna--and the response of activists.
Jan. 1, 2012 Anarchist News
This is a report back from the perspective of one participant in Saturday
Tonight a group of about 20 folks, mostly in black, gathered outside the Donald E. Long juvenile detention center at 1401 NE 68th Avenue in Portland. Several anarchist slogans were spray-painted on the outer walls, including "Jail the guards, burn the prisons" and circle-A.
Residents in Maricopa County know that when you get sentenced to jail time for a drunk driving conviction you're going to get the atypical experience of the Sheriff Joe DUI jail treatment. The same goes for celebrities who may be unfortunate to get caught for a DUI within the county's lines, and former Coyotes goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was no exception.
The current Houston Oilers netminder served part of his DUI sentence in the infamous Arizona tent city, reports the Edmonton Journal. It was an experience he won't likely forget anytime soon.
New Year's Eve noise demo outside juvie in response to the international call-out for actions against prisons!
Live Music! And food! All for a great cause - PDX Books to Prisoners.
PDX Books To Prisoners is an all-volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to prisoners. We are dedicated to offering people behind bars the opportunities for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides.
This report represents a summary of my reflections & analysis on fbi/cia/police/societal egregious agendas.
what does it all mean?
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will no longer pursue the death penalty against former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal
GEO Group is a private corporation that constructs and manages state prisons, Federal prisons, and ICE detention centers. GEO Group is a major part of the prison industrial complex and is reaping enormous financial rewards from the mass criminalization and incarceration of large segments of society. Wells Fargo acts as an investment banking advisor to GEO Group, and helps GEO Group raise and administer funds for it's prison ventures in several ways.
While the rainbows have been gathering at Occupy Portland, David Burgess has been sitting in jail. His arrest was an act of racist violence on the part of the Portland police and if that doesn't bother Occupy Portland, then the movement is already dead.
Eric has been transferred
Eric is getting transferred...
Carlos Alberto Torres was one of the longest held Puerto Rican Political Prisoners in the history of Puerto Rico.
He is also scheduled to appear in Olympia and Vancouver WA.
Tuesday, October 11 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Red and Black Cafe
400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR
Anybody can become a political prisoner.
An event to raise awareness about political prisoners imprisoned internationally and in the US. We will focus on various issues of imprisonment and write to some of the incarcerated victims of state repression.
America's Problem is Us
Words seem to have such sharp edges today. Each letter too violent to use when all I want is softness. They are also too cold to warm me--backing away as I reach out my arms for comfort.
So the Trotskyists have called for a "Day of Outrage for Troy Davis" demo today (September 22) at 4pm at the South Park blocks. This is a call for an explicitly anarchist and abolitionist/anti-prison presence at that demo.
It is done.
from amnesty int'l
Could be minutes, hours.
Troy Davis was denied clemency. Nazi USA, led by the twin parties of the death penalty, war and fascism, the Democrat-Republicans, continues to promote the death penalty. We have a black president and black attorney general, supporters of the death penalty, who could easily get a federal injunction on the basis of civil rights violations but have done nothing. Amnesty International is asking everyone to sign their latest petition to the Georgia District Attorney, who could stop the Sept 21, 2011, 7 p.m. execution of an innocent man, another lynching in the backward USA that is now among a minority of nations that still has the death penalty.
Troy Davis was sentenced to death in 1991 for the killing of an off-duty Savannah policeman. Davis was found "guilty" based on dubious accounts that he confessed to the killing and questionable "eyewitness" identifications that included false eyewitness testimony coerced by the cops. Seven of the prosecution's nine "eyewitnesses" have since recanted. The only holdouts are one man who may be the actual killer and another who initially denied being able to identify the shooter only to pin it on Davis two years later. Three of the eyewitnesses say their testimony was coerced by the police. New eyewitnesses have come forth identifying another suspect.