300 miles north, the murder of Andy Lopez was heard in the SHU at CSP – Pelican Bay

From Sacramento Prisoner Support:

Andy Lopez was murdered by a Sonoma County Sheriff in Santa Rosa, California on October 22nd, 2013. He was only 13 years old. Andy’s murder was deeply felt all over the world. 300 miles north of Santa Rosa, Jose Villarreal was moved to write and create art in honor of Andy from his cell in the SHU at CSP – Pelican Bay.

Jose Villarreal is a prolific writer and artist who has spent the last ten years of his life in the SHU at Pelican Bay. He writes frequently for publications such as California Prison Focus and The Rock. Everything Jose does he does with purpose and commitment – including taking part in the most recent prisoner hunger strikes that occurred at Pelican Bay and elsewhere throughout the California Prison system. Jose has dedicated his life to struggling for Brown youth, Aztlan and oppressed people everywhere. He could not sit idle after hearing that Andy Lopez had been murdered and quickly created the following portrait and poem for and about him. He recognized that Andy’s struggle is one that we all share – the fight against repression and for liberation. When we fight for Andy, we fight for all of us.
andy“The poem Andy’s Fight I tried to write it in a way that not just captures how his death affected me but to also empower people to see how Andy has mobilized many as well.”

Andy’s Fight

You’re presence lives on in every struggle against brutality,

a precious life not spared the coarse nature of our reality.

A reflection of life under Amerikkka in these streets,

We yearn for the day youth need not worry about them folks wearing

them dam sheets.

You were not allowed to reach your 14th birthday,

This tragedy was felt all the way up in Pelican Bay.

I was in my windowless cell when I got the news,

mijito in our struggle for justice we will not lose!

Today we are born into a repressive state,

Yet the beauty of the people is shown resisting on your birthdate.

You’re precious life meant more than you would probably ever know,

Your small Brown fist has already dealt them a mighty big blow.

Transformation has started due to this pigs actions,

Look at the mobilization of people from so many factions!

Your fight began the day you were born,

Occupation will continue until struggle becomes the norm.

Today we rebuild with liberation in sight,

there is no way in hell we will abandon Andy’s fight!

By Jose Villarreal

#H84098

Pelican Bay – State Prison

SHU – C11 – 106

PO Box 7500

Crescent City, CA 95532

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New Prisoner Listed: Eric King

From supportericking.wordpress.com

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10/5/14
My name is Eric. I’ve been an anarchist since about the age of 17; of course developing and maturing my views as I have grown. I am very active in the LGBQT, Earth, Animal, Antifa and other communities. I have organized Food Not Bombs, rallies against the Klan, and many others in support of human rights, anti-capitalism, animal rights, etc! I am an insurrectionist now. I believe that revolution starts in our own minds and once you are personally ready, then everyone has something they can do.I value and support the solidarity and comradery received from the community now when I need it most. There is a warm feeling you get from knowing that you committed your life to something larger than yourself and getting warm wishes, kindness, and positive words which can really help someone out of a dark day. I am getting indicted this week and hopefully will be outside sooner or later. Books, stamp money, envelope money and letters would be greatly appreciated if your able and if not keep up the struggle. With love and support, EK (A) (///)

U.S. Attorney Trying to Jail Tortured Palestinian Activist Seeks Anonymous Jury

From HuffPost:

By Dima Khalidi, Director of Palestine Solidarity Legal Support and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights

The U.S. Attorney filed an extraordinary motion this week in the controversial prosecution of Rasmea Odeh, seeking an order to empanel an anonymous jury and sequester jurors from protests occurring outside the Detroit courthouse so that they are not improperly swayed by Odeh’s supporters.

Rasmea Odeh, a beloved Palestinian-American community leader who has built an impressive program for hundreds of immigrant Arab women in Chicago with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), was arrested last October and charged with immigration fraud. The charges stem from allegations that Ms. Odeh, who has been in the U.S. for 20 years and was naturalized in 2003, failed to indicate on her naturalization application that she was convicted by an Israeli military court and imprisoned for 10 years. At the age of 21 in 1969, Odeh was arrested, severely tortured, sexually and otherwise, into confessing to a crime she maintains she did not commit, and convicted by an Israeli military court system notorious for its violations of basic due process rights and its almost 100 percent conviction rate of Palestinian defendants. Despite having been vocal about her torture experience, testifying to a UN committee in 1979, and speaking publicly about it over the years, Odeh now faces another 10 years in a U.S. prison and de-naturalization if she is convicted.

The U.S. Attorney’s motion represents another startlingly repressive action in this continuing witch hunt of a respected Palestinian-American community member. Contrary to the U.S. Attorney’s characterization, Odeh’s so-called “hoard” [sic] of supporters do not seek to tamper with the jury or justice system. They seek, as is their constitutional right, to bear witness to another illegitimate targeting of a politically-minded Arab activist, scholar and community leader, and to communicate to all who will listen about a grave injustice. It is only from the U.S. Attorney’s warped perspective that these acts of conscience and solidarity — rather than its own prosecutorial overreach — can be deemed a threat to our justice system.

Anonymous juries are an extreme measure used to protect jurors from serious threats to their safety. They are often used in cases related to mob activities in which there is a history of real threats of juror intimidation and violence. The prosecutor’s motion in this case cites no such threats or prospect of violence; what is does do is attack Odeh’s constitutional rights to due process, an impartial jury, and the presumption of innocence. Courts view anonymous juries as exceptional measures because of their potential to paint the defendant as a dangerous person from whom jurors need protection and thereby undermine the defendant’s right to a presumption of innocence. Such a measure also denies the defense an adequate opportunity to screen jurors for potential biases during the voire dire jury selection process by denying the defense access to identifying juror information.

The fear-mongering attempt to portray Odeh’s supporters as an unruly mob or horde has racist undertones given the modest number of predominantly Arab and Muslim supporters that have appeared outside her hearings with signs, and that filled the courtroom for the first open hearing on October 2. Also troubling is the attack on a fundamental First Amendment right to free speech, which protects the right of individuals to gather and engage in such advocacy outside of courthouses within the bounds of the law — which her supporters have been careful to follow — and to attend public court proceedings. The insinuations in the prosecution’s motion that such activities by Odeh’s supporters are criminal not only rely on baseless conjectures about their intentions to improperly influence the jury, but are highly chilling to these speech rights as well.

As with innumerable other cases of government overreach and bias in prosecuting Palestinians and Muslims more generally, the public support for Odeh is vital to raising awareness about the case and about the overwhelming biases in the media and the judicial process that are weighted against her. All over the country, PSLS is documenting incidents of repression against Palestine solidarity activists who are being targeted by the government and Israel advocacy organizations because they are outspoken advocates for Palestinian rights. Odeh’s case is part of this pattern.

At her first open-court pre-trial hearing on October 2, the judge denied her motion to dismiss the case, which claimed that the prosecution was part of a larger effort to target and intimidate politically active Palestinian-Americans in the community, including the AAAN’s Executive Director, Hatem Abudayyeh. Odeh’s attorney, Michael Deutsch, said that Odeh’s indictment was the “fruit of an illegal investigation” by the U.S. government, tied to the subpoenas of 23 midwest antiwar activists in 2010, and that Odeh was selectively prosecuted because of her protected First Amendment activities advocating for Palestinian rights.

Supporters have been rallying to Odeh’s defense, calling in to the U.S. Attorney to drop the charges against her and gathering outside of the courthouse during her court appearances. This summer, the judge appointed to hear Odeh’s case recused himself after the defense requested that he do so because of his significant financial support of Israel and after it was found that the judge’s family had financial interests in Israel related to the case. Odeh’s trial is set to begin on November 4. Additional news, updates, and ways to support Odeh are available at stopfbi.net.

Verdict in Nate Mancha’s Colorado Spring’s Trial for Self-Defense Against Homophobic Attack

On October 6, the jury trial for Nate Mancha, reached it’s conclusion. The jury came back with a guilty verdict for the 1st degree Felony Assault charge. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the Attempted Murder charge, resulting in a mistrial for that charge alone. Today the El Paso county District Attorney’s office announced that they would not pursue a new trial for the Attempted Murder charge, which means the process moves to the sentencing phase for the guilty verdict. On December 2, 2014, Nate will have his sentencing hearing, where he faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum sentence of 32 years.

While we are relieved that Nate and his family do not have to face another trial experience, we are angered and saddened that yet another community member is facing the harsh realities of the criminal injustice system. Our hearts are heavy today as we grieve this verdict with Nate and his family.

We know all too well that LGBTQ communities face severe and deadly violence. We also know that LGBTQ people who defend themselves

violence are often fighting for their lives, as Nate was on March 1st, 2014.

Nate’s support campaign will continue. Colorado Anti-Violence Program calls on it’s community of supporters, organizations, and families to come forward to support Nate and continue the fight against hate violence. Please check in with Nate’s support site and CAVP for news and to give support.

 

A little background info on Nate from his support site:

Nate Mancha defended himself against homophobic hate violence that is believed to be triggered by a rainbow sticker on the back of his car. Three months later, it is Nate, not his attacker, awaiting trial for 2nd degree attempted murder. This case fits a disturbing trend of people of color and LGBTQ people facing prosecution for defending their lives.

On March 1, 2014, 24-year-old Nate Mancha was driving his partner Carlton “Cruz” Mohn to work in Colorado Springs.  To avoid being late, Nate cut off a driver to make a quick left turn. As Nate and Cruz pulled into the shopping center, they noticed that the car they cut off, a green 2002 Dodge Caravan, followed them. As Cruz got out of his car to go to work, the driver allegedly yelled out “faggot assholes” and drove away. After Nate dropped Cruz off, the same man, cornered Nate and used his van to block the exit to the Erindale shopping center parking lot.

 

The man allegedly yelled a variety of slurs against Nate’s sexual orientation, along with threats of violence. The same man then exited his vehicle and approached Nate’s truck, crowbar in hand, and continued yelling and threatening Nate. He hit Nate’s truck with the crowbar, visibly damaging the vehicle.

 

Nate Mancha feared for his life. He had no weapon to protect himself. He could see no individuals to approach for help. He had no weapon to protect himself. He did not have a cellphone to call for help. It is alleged that as Nate fled the scene, he hit the attacker with his truck. The attacker suffered injuries and was hospitalized as a result.

 

Colorado Springs local news sources portrayed the incident as a vicious case of road rage. The man who shouted derogatory terms and threatened Nate’s safety, was portrayed as the victim. Nate, who fled in self-defense, was described as “armed and dangerous.” The media reports made no mention of the homophobic attack or details about who was the initial aggressor.

 

In the police report, the aggressor misidentified the vehicle make, model, color and license plate, but was very specific about the rainbow sticker on the back of Nate’s car.

 

Nate’s partner Cruz explains that when they saw the biased reporting of the homophobic attack they felt betrayed by the media, police, and the Colorado Springs community. Nate did not turn himself in because he feared that the police would arrest him without hearing his side of the story.

http://www.justice4nate.com/

Call for support for Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF) and the people of Kobanê!!

Free Kobanê

NEW UPDATE (10-7-2014, 3:10pm): As of right now, GoFundMe AND YouCaring have shut down our efforts.  We can only assume why they would do such a thing!

To those who have donated already:

Don’t worry! Your funds will make their way to their destination!

DAF has also requested material support in the way of computers (laptops), video cameras, phones and other items.  If you want to mail these items, please email DenverCommunityDefense@riseup.net for information as to where to send aid. 

Thank you all for your support! Stay tuned for more updates!


For more than a year, thousands of volunteer fighters have been defending the autonomous revolution of Rojava (in Northern Syria) from the Islamic State (ISIS). Since this past July the North Syrian city of Kobanê, in the central canton of the Autonomous territory of Rojava, has been under siege by ISIS. ISIS fighters, armed with modern U.S. manufactured tanks, artillery, and small arms have been held at bay by volunteer fighters affiliated with the militias of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) armed with dated small arms and improvised weapons.

Tens of thousands of residents of Kobanê, mostly ethnic Kurds, have been forced to flea to neighboring Turkey, made refugees in a country that has historically persecuted and oppressed them.

Hundreds of Kurdish volunteers have crossed the border from Turkey to help aid in the defense of Kobanê. Turkish soldiers and police have attacked those volunteers and observers, including international media, with teargas and batons, in attempts to seal off the border and prevent aid from reaching those struggling to hold the city against ISIS.

In response, anarchists from the Turkish anarchist organization, Revolutionary Anarchist Activity (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet, DAF) have joined the efforts to keep the border open, as well as support those struggling in Kobanê and those made refugees from the fighting. DAF members are taking part in guarding the border against ISIS movements in and out.

Funds are urgently needed to support their work, especially to aid in the efforts to provide material aid for those who have been displaced by the conflict and forced to flee to Turkey.

We, as international allies of Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet, call on all who see affinity with those struggling and suffering in and around Kobanê to help assist in these efforts. No amount is too small or too large. All funds raised will be sent directly to the DAF to be used as needed in their efforts.

In Solidarity,
Denver Community Defense Committee
Denver Anarchist Black Cross

Eddie Africa Solidarity Week

From Move 9 Parole:

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The PA Parole Board feels that they are in a position to do wrong and get away with it in regards to the illegal and unjust parole denials of The Move 9. They are crazy if they think they can do this and their will not be a public outcry is just crazy . For The past year now we have tied up the phone lines of The Parole Board every Monday, we have sent them hundreds of letters and postcards demanding the release of The Move 9, We have exposed their illegal actions and their connection to the police in the media. This has gone on for a year now and WE ARE MAKING IT CLEAR THAT WE AINT STOPPING ! We are continuing our campaign against The PA Parole Board in exposing Their Crooked Corrupt Asses and we are even more determined to win parole for our MOVE Brothers and Sisters that they are holding hostage under the orders of The Fraternal Order Of Police .

This Monday October 6th officially kicks off Eddie Africa Solidarity Week. We are asking people all over the world to call The Pa a Parole Board Monday October 6th thru Friday October 10th and demand parole for Edward (Goodman) Africa Am -4974 . You can reach The Parole Board at (717) 772-4343 . This is a critical time right now and we have to continue to keep the pressure on these misfits so call and let them know you are watching them and this hearing and demand immediate parole for Edward (Goodman) Africa Am-4974 . The Pa Parole Board can be reached at again (717) 772-4343.

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