Donate to Sacramento Anti-Fascist Bail Fund

UPDATED 6/14/16:
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From IT’S GOING DOWN!:

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Please Donate Here

On Sunday, June 26th, the Traditionalist Workers’ Party, the Golden State Skinheads, the KKK, and various white supremacist gangs and Neo-Nazi groups across California and the US are holding a mega-rally on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento. They are rallying to specifically target those who oppose them, Anti-Fascists, and anyone who would stand up against racism and fascism.

From Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Workers Party, “The Antifa are not happy about this, but there is no way they will be able to put a stop it. If the TWP can march in Sacramento, then they can hold a rally anywhere, since it is one of the most Liberal parts of the United States.”

In response, Anti-Fascist-Action Sacramento issued a call-out for all Anti-Fascists and anyone in opposition to what the list of white supremacist groups above stands for to come to Sacramento and shut down this mega-rally. A coalition of groups from across northern California have joined Antifa Sacramento in this effort, and are encouraging people from all over the West Coast and beyond to come to Sacramento on the morning of June 26th at 9 AM to stand up to these fascists and shut them down. To see a longer more comprehensive version of the Anti-Fascist call-out, follow this link here.

White supremacist groups have held rallies on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento in the past. There have been rallies back in 2006, 2012, and 2013 where there have been arrests and injuries. In 2012 there were 4 arrests, and 2 of the 4 ended up being drawn out court cases. In 2013 there was 1 arrest and a local Sacramento activist was trampled by a police horse (thanks to an overzealous police officer protecting the white supremacists).

In just this last year we have seen white supremacist groups in towns in the U.S, like Olympia, WA, Atlanta, GA, and Anaheim, CA, march, rally, or take to the streets. Each time there is the brave Anti-Fascist individuals who have decided to stand up to them, which is inspiring of course, but has also unfortunately resulted in arrests and injuries in certain instances.

Please take some time to learn about what happened in Olympia, Atlanta, and Anaheim and the type of support and solidarity that was shown in each one of those places when Anti-Fascist individuals had injuries or criminal cases to deal with in the aftermath of the respective event. In Anaheim, over 30,000 dollars was raised to help support those arrested for defending themselves against white supremacists and one individual who was stabbed twice by a member of the KKK.

Olympia –  www.itsgoingdown.org/recent-state-repression-comrade-coyote-acabo

Anaheim –  www.fundrazr.com/campaigns/d16d89

Atlanta –  www.alloutatl.com

On June 26th in Sacramento, it is very important to know that if anyone standing up against fascism and racism is arrested or seriously injured that they will not be forgotten and we will have their back.

We do not know what will happen and we do not know what won’t happen, but we live in this town and we have a responsibility to support individuals who may end up in the hospital with large medical costs or end up arrested and in jail with a high bail, and a court case for standing up to white supremacists and fascists.

We are beginning to ask for donations now to have a base fund established in case funds are needed quickly on June 26th as the events of the day are unfolding. And if we do not need to use the money that is raised in the lead up to and on June 26th, then we will refund everyone in full who donated to this campaign. But for now, we are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

You can learn more about the call-out to shut down the white supremacist rally in Sacramento and the work that Antifa Sacramento is doing locally, here:

www.facebook.com/antifasacramento
www.antifasac.weebly.com

Thank you so much for your support!

 

‘Fight Toxic Prisons’ Convergence Challenges Department of Justice to Eradicate Environmental Health Hazards in U.S. Prisons

From Fight Toxic Prisons:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2016

Political Prisoners and Environmentalists Vow to Stop Prison Plan on Appalachian Coal Mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former political prisoners will converge with environmental and prisoners’ rights activists in Washington D.C. under the banner of the #PrisonEcology movement. Direct actions, demonstrations, forums, and lobbying June 10th – 13th will focus on prison pollution affecting the 2.3 million individuals currently incarcerated in the U.S., as well as prison workers and residential communities surrounding detention facilities. The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) brought together the coalition participating in this multi-pronged weekend of protest.

“We knew we were held on a Superfund site at FCI Victorville, our only water contaminated with heavy metals and the very air we breathed laden with toxic dust,” said Eric McDavid, an environmental activist who served 9 years before the FBI released previously suppressed files that outlined his entrapment. California’s Victorville Prison is only one of many facilities around the country where serious environmental hazards put the health of inmates at risk of injury, disease, and death. Click here for a map of Examples of Environmental Justice Issues for U.S. Prisoner and Detainee Populations.

On Monday, June 13th, demonstrations at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) main office, 320 First St., NW, will protest these toxic prison conditions, specifically, a $444 million federal prison proposed for a former mountaintop removal coal mining site in the Appalachian Mountains of Letcher County, Kentucky. The plan, currently undergoing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process required under federal law, is facing strong opposition over concerns of contaminated water, radon exposure, and destruction of endangered species habitat.

“The prison proposed in Letcher County would continue the BOP’s shameful legacy of trampling human rights by incarcerating people in toxic conditions,” said Panagioti Tsolkas, organizer from the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons. “While many prisoners lose their right to vote and the 13th Amendment still allows them to be subjected to forced labor, incarceration does not exclude them from basic environmental health protections required by law.”

On Friday, June 10th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to meet with Tsolkas, and groups including the Sierra Club, the Human Rights Defense Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, Alliance for Appalachia, and other Prison Ecology activists who will urge federal recognition of environmental justice absent within prisons, jails, and other detention centers. Disproportionately represented in these facilities are African American, Latino, Indigenous, and low-income people.

A Saturday evening panel will feature Eric McDavid along with Peg Millett, an eco-prisoner from the 1989 Arizona 5 case; Peter Clark of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee; and Ramona Africa, the sole survivor of the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia. All will be available for media inquiries prior to and throughout the weekend.

Starting at 7:30pm on June 11th at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (4340 Connecticut Ave NW), the panel will anchor two days of workshops and forums for experts and activists to meet and strategize.

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) is a collaboration with the Abolitionist Law Center dedicated to challenging the prison system through grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action. For more information about the #PrisonEcology movement, including a schedule of workshops for the convergence weekend, visit its website at FightToxicPrisons.org

For questions or interview requests, please contact:

Jazmín Rumbaut  jazmin@wearemovementmedia.com

Panagioti Tsolkas  fighttoxicprisons@gmail.com

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Help bring Eric McDavid to Buffalo



Donate Here to help Eric McDavid get to Baffalo:

Eric McDavid, renowned FBI “eco-terrorist” entrapment target, just got off probation and is looking to come to Buffalo and New York state this summer to give a presentation on his case.  This is something we at Burning Books have been looking forward to for many years.

Eric was sentenced to nearly twenty years in prison for participating in conversations about sabotage taken for environmental and anti-capitalist causes. These conversations were instigated and prodded onward by a young woman calling herself “Anna” who was working undercover for the FBI while romantically stringing Eric along. The sabotage at the core of this “conspiracy” was far from being fully formulated and never actually took place.

After a decade in prison, Eric was released when Freedom of Information Act efforts produced documents withheld from the defense at the time of trial, including romantic letters exchanged between Eric and “Anna.”

Eric is looking to make the trip from California to Buffalo, to speak at Burning Books and other regional dates across NY during early August.  His crucial presentation will illuminate the surveillance state and the extent to which the system will go to frame activists as “terrorists.”  Please share this fundraiser and contribute what you can to help make this happen.

The future is what the people struggle to make it.

Action Alert for Jay Chase

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May 25, 2015

Please accept our apologies for the sparse updates that have come out the last couple of months regarding Jay Chase.

As you may know, Jay received a one year sentence after pleading in Cook County to assault on a correctional officer. We support Jay in pleading out to one year versus rolling the dice and potentially getting 3-5 more years tacked on his sentence. His judge in that case was the same as in the original NATO 3 entrapment case and no one had any thoughts that this time, he would be fair, or cognizant of Jay’s terminal illness he struggles with daily (Huntington’s Disease).

To make matters worse, Jay recently found out he lost one full year of good time which pushes his release date back to November 6, 2017. This loss of good time is based on incident reports or ‘tickets’ Jay received while vigorously and persistently demanding treatment for the terminal illness and Hepatitis C. It is a cruel irony that the Illinois Department of Corrections not only medically neglects its own prisoners but then punishes anyone for speaking out and demanding treatment. This is about neglect and indifference that is bigger than Jay’s specific case- a point he makes clearly in letters sent out from solitary, which brings us to the reason for this dispatch.

Below are two letters from Jay that he sent out to supporters in the last month. In it, he details the mistreatment he has received at the hands of his captors. Not only do they describe an obvious pattern of medical neglect but also, outright assault on Jay. Options are being investigated but what we need is your help. Please read these letters, let it sink in and do not forget: Jay is still in these cages, surrounded by people who could not care less whether he lives or dies, by people who have assaulted him and yet, he is still brave enough to write and speak out.

Will you do the same for Jay? We have 3 ‘asks’ right now that are listed below that are pretty straightforward and easy. Make a few phone calls. Share an event on facebook. Tell the media about what is happening behind those walls and demand they cover it. Let remind those that hold the keys that Jay is not alone, that he has a whole community of people out here that has his back and is not happy about the assault of our friend, of our comrade, of our brother.

Many people have asked how to help or expressed frustration at their inability to help. Well, here is your opportunity. Make a few calls and emails. Let Jay know you are out here and care. These things we ask are acts of solidarity- to let him and his captors know he is not alone and he needs medical treatment now. If they are unable to do that, they should release him to our care. If you do not know much about Jay, the NATO3 case or what happened in 2012 when an out of control Chicago PD with the blessing and initiative of one
deposed Anita Alvarez went buck wild and entrapped three activists to make good media for themselves, check out

https://freethenato3.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/Free-the-NATO-3-172345546229824/

Thank you in advance for your time and solidarity!
Jay Chase Support Crew
freethenato3@gmail.com

Note: X is used in place of an individual’s name due to our very real concern that Jay will be retaliated against.

Letter from Jay Chase
April 2016

On the morning of December 3rd, 2015, at around 9:00am, I was called for a healthcare pass. The officer doing my transport told me I had to put my cell in compliance or I wouldn’t be allowed to go. After arguing with him for a while, he called the X. After arguing with X for a while, he left my cell (N-740) and went to stand in front of my neighbor’s cell (N 741) and talked with him for a while.

After he left, I spit out in front of my cell and he said ‘nice try’. The X and Y came awhile later and told me to cuff up and go downstairs which I did. After my cell was moved to N-341, X followed me into my cell and while I was kneeling to take the shackles off, X tackled me from behind into the ground face first. He repeatedly smashed my face into the concrete so hard and so man time he broke my nose, smashed my front teeth though my lip, splitting my lips. I had two black eyes, my face was completely swollen, my
cheek bone was broken and there was blood coming from my mouth, nose and ear. My nose did not heal, my cheek is still broken and my teeth are now loose and crooked.

It has been 4 months and I have not received any medical attention. I have not seen a nurse, doctor or even a psych worker since this happened. I am denied my basic right to health care. I also have Hepatitis C and Huntington’s Disease and am receiving no medical care or attention at all.
Jared Chase

Letter from Jay Chase to pen-pal
5.12.2016

I just want to give a quick update. I am still not receiving any medical treatment. It’s been 6 months since my nose was broken. I am still being denied treatment. Now I have a sinus infection, my nose is infected and I am getting terrible aches and migraines. Now I am also not even receiving my medication. I am not getting any medication for my Huntington’s Disease, Hep-C or my broken nose, or anything. I am still not getting my psych meds either.
Thank you.

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This is what we are asking you to do:

1) Demand Jay Chase get medical care NOW

Call/fax/write and politely make the request that Jared Chase M44710 receive medical treatment for a broken nose sustained in December as well as treatment for Huntington’s Disease and Hepatitis C.
Michael Melvin, Acting Warden
Phone: (815) 842-2816 or Fax: (815) 842-3420
Pontiac Correctional Center, POB 99, Pontiac, IL 61764

2) Help Jay get his good time reinstated NOW

Jay lost one full year of good time while being held in solitary
confinement at Pontiac Correctional.

Please call, email or write the Illinois Department of Corrections and ask that they reinstate Jared’s good time so he can get out earlier than expected. Jared lost his good time by getting ‘tickets’ at Pontiac, a result of his constant demands for health care and treatment for his Huntington’s Disease and Hepatitis C.
http://www.illinois.gov/idoc/contactus/Pages/default.aspx
(217) 558-2200 x 2008

Illinois Department of Corrections
1301 Concordia Court
P.O. Box 19277, Springfield, IL 62794-9277

Illinois Department of Corrections
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601

3) Send Jay a birthday card by June 12th

Jay’s birthday is June 12th and it has been a very tough year for him. Between being in a solitary cell all of the last year, getting indicted for
assault on a guard, having his sentence extended by one year and losing a full year of good time, Jay sure can use some birthday cheer!

In the weeks to come, let’s flood Jay with birthday love. Please send Jay a card, a letter, some photos or even a book (though we understand he has tons at the moment).

Write:
Jared Chase M44710
Pontiac Correctional Center
PO Box 99
Pontiac, Illinois 61764

Send books via amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1ZYU2MW7KDDON/ref=cm_sw_su_w

Send 99 cents postcards via flixshop https://www.flikshop.com/

Lets show the jailers how much support Jay has from our community and remind him we have his back through this sentence and beyond!

If you can please share the Birthday Blitz for Jay event on facebook and invite people:
https://www.facebook.com/events/619609968192236/

Hearing Update: Joseph sentenced to 2 years in prison

 

 

Political Prisoner Gary Tyler Released!

On Friday 4/29/16, political prisoner Gary Tyler was release from Angola prison!

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Posted on huffingtonpost.com:

Louisiana Prisoner Freed After 41 Years Of Unconstitutional Life Sentence

At 16, Tyler was the youngest person on Louisiana’s death row.

Gary Tyler who has been incarcerated since he was 16 is shown in this image before his release from Angola prison in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. on April 29, 2016. Courtesy Joan Griswold/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

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A Louisiana man walked free from the state’s notorious Angola prison late on Friday after serving 41 years of an unconstitutional life sentence over the shooting death of a white high school student during a violent and racially charged chapter in the state’s fight to segregate schools.

The high-profile case of Gary Tyler, 57, ended when he entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 21 years – just over half of the time served – and told he could go home Friday, according to a statement released on behalf of Tyler and his attorneys.

Tyler is among a generation of prisoners who faced harsh conditions and years or even decades in solitary confinement for convictions during racially charged events in Louisiana.

Angola is considered among the toughest of the state’s prisons, once a part of a Deep South plantation and known for seething racial tensions and harsh treatment of inmates.

At age 16 in 1974, Tyler was the youngest person on Louisiana’s Death Row, where an all-white jury sent Tyler, who is black, to die for the slaying of 13-year-old Thomas Weber, a fellow Destrehan High School student in St. Charles Parish in southern Louisiana.

Tyler was aboard a bus filled with black students who were passing an unruly crowd of white students when Weber was shot, the statement said. Police found a gun on the bus and Tyler was charged with capital murder and tried as an adult.

After his death sentence, black and white students who testified against him recanted their stories. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals called his conviction fundamentally unfair and said he was never given his right to the presumption of innocence. But he never received a new trial.

In 1976, his death sentence was commuted to life after the state’s mandatory death penalty was ruled unconstitutional. In the following two decades, the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Paroles voted three times to lessen his sentence.

Still, Tyler served eight years in solitary confinement and more than 30 years in the general population, where he became a mentor and a leader. His case drew national attention as an example of the unfair convictions and over-the-top sentencing and treatment of minorities in the Louisiana justice system at the time.

In 2012, life without parole for juvenile offenders was also ruled unconstitutional, and earlier this year, a court decided the ruling should be retroactive – giving prosecutors a legal avenue to reduce Tyler’s sentence with a guilty plea on Friday.

Passing of Political Prisoner Luis V. Rodriguez

DABC Note: Rest In Power comrade. We never forget.

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“You cannot harm me, you cannot harm one who has dreamed a dream like
mine” (Indian Warrior Song).

Luis Valenzuela Rodriguez left this mortal world on Thursday April 14,
2016, at 7:28 p.m. surrounded by his family and friends. He was sixty
years old. Songs and prayers were offered to honor him from the four
directions.

Luis was innocent. He fought with determination to prove his innocence for 37 years. Lies were told about him; in the media, in the courtroom. Many let him down and betrayed him, but many more loved him and stood by him. Despite the great injustice that befell him and despite all the
indignities he was subjected to in prison, Luis woke up every morning with a prayer of gratitude, thanking the creator for another day on earth, even if it meant it would be spent behind bars. His spirit was never broken. His sovereignty never compromised. He walked his path with dignity. Always.

Luis was no angel. He had his faults… he was human. But he was a good man. He was intense but fair in his dealings with others. He was a man of his word. He shared what little he had with those who had less. He gave guidance and encouragement to many. He counseled the young, hoping to change their perspective on life so that they would never have to return to prison (You know who you are).

Luis was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son and brother. His physical body was not home with us, but he was ever present in our lives. He was more of a father, of a husband, than many men out there who get to go home to their families every night. Luis was Apache-Mestizo. He was a warrior. His medicine was powerful. He died in prison, then came back to life, then woke-up from a coma and rose in his hospital bed to dance to the beat of his daughter’s drum… Who does that? Luis Valenzuela Rodriguez. That’s who! Luis chose his passing. He gathered us around him to say goodbye and see him out on his journey. He obliterated the prison from his hospital room and from his life and he passed to the spirit world a free man. We are proud to call Luis our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, cousin and friend.

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