Carrie Feldman to remain jailed pending appeal

An update on anarchist grand jury resister Carrie Feldman.  To write Carrie:

Carolyn Feldman
Washington County Jail.
2185 Lexington Blvd. PO Box 6
Washington, IA 52353

As mentioned previously, an appeal of Judge Jarvey’s ruling denying Carrie’s release has been filed. The initial schedule would have taken more than 30 days, and so Carrie Feldman’s attorneys filed a petition for her release pending the appeal. In response, it was merely rescheduled to be wrapped up within 30 days, and so Carrie will remain in custody at least until this is resolved. We have been informed that everything in her case now is sealed, and so do not have written motions to share. However, we will continue to update as things happen.

Continue reading

West Virginia: Four climate activists held without bail

At 3:47 pm Tuesday, December 29, four Climate Ground Zero activists were arrested for trespass at their homes in Rock Creek, West Virginia.

Continue reading

Olympic Torch taken down in Guelph, with one arrest

On December 28, 2009, at 7:30 am, about 40-50 Anti-Olympics protesters took to the streets in Guelph to unwelcome the 2010 Olympics Torch Relay. When the torch was approaching, the protesters took to the street to precede the Torch through downtown. Stacks of pamphlets were handed out or thrown around the patriotic Olympics fans, which described the reasons why we oppose the 2010 Olympics.

AND THEN! The protest and the torch had a head-on collision! The torch relay rounded a corner only to be met with chants and banners “NO OLYMPICS ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND”! A scuffle then occurred between the torch security/entourage and the protesters. The torch bearer and one of their escorts fell to the ground, dropping the torch. Police rushed to the scene but it was too late. The torch was ambushed.

One person was arrested and is being charged with assault.

No Olympics on Stolen Native Land!
Honour Harriet Nahanee!
Stop the Police and State Repression!

For more information on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Resistance, visit:  www.no2010.com

On December 28, 2009, at 7:30 am, about 40-50 Anti-Olympics protesters took to the streets in Guelph to unwelcome the 2010 Olympics Torch Relay. When the torch was approaching, the protesters took to the street to precede the Torch through downtown. Stacks of pamphlets were handed out or thrown around the patriotic Olympics fans, which described the reasons why we oppose the 2010 Olympics.AND THEN! The protest and the torch had a head-on collision! The torch relay rounded a corner only to be met with chants and banners “NO OLYMPICS ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND”! A scuffle then occurred between the torch security/entourage and the protesters. The torch bearer and one of their escorts fell to the ground, dropping the torch. Police rushed to the scene but it was too late. The torch was ambushed.

One person was arrested and is being charged with assault.

Amadeu Casellas announces new hunger strike

Amadeu Casellas, an anarchist prisoner of the state of Spain, has been held since the 70’s for several bank robberies that were used to fund class struggle.  He became a member of Prisoners In Struggle in the 1980s. He went on a hunger strike on 22 June 2008 in struggle against torture in Catalonia prisons, and the Spanish courts and politicians responsible for the torture.  He also struck for his own freedom.  According to Spanish law, Amadeu should have been set free, having served over twenty years.  After 77 days of the hunger strike, he reached an agreement with Ignasi García Clavel, Director of Social Relations, that he would win his freedom, and he began to eat. He was not released, so he went on a hunger strike again on 20 April 2009.

Amadeu’s freedom page is http://llibertatamadeu.blogspot.com/.  Communique after the jump.

Continue reading

El Salvador: Anti-mining activist “Alicia” Rodriguez assassinated in Cabañas

Six days after heavily armed men took the life of a respected anti-mining activist in Cabañas, El Salvador, another prominent community leader has been assassinated. On December 26 at 3:30 pm Dora “Alicia” Sorto Rodriguez, 32, was killed as she returned from doing laundry at the river near her home in Cantón Trinidad, in the municipality of Sensuntepeque, Cabañas. “Alicia,” as she was known to friends, was eight months pregnant and carried her 3-year-old son in her arms as she was shot dead. The child was shot in the foot and is receiving medical care.

Since 2005, many Cabañas residents like Sorto Rodriguez have been involved in a fierce battle over whether the US/Canadian Pacific Rim Mining Company can re-open the shuttered El Dorado gold mine. Late last year, outgoing President Tony Saca responded to local pressure and negated Pacific Rim’s permit applications for gold extraction. Activists are concerned that re-starting the mine will threaten local water supplies and ruin their ability to grow crops. Supporters—mostly Pacific Rim employees and their families—see the revival of the mine as a source of job creation and economic development.

Continue reading

Jeffrey Luers on Democracy Now!


AMY GOODMAN: There has been a very active support group for you over the years that you’ve been in prison. What did that mean to you inside, Jeff Luers?

JEFF LUERS: It meant everything. I think that people cannot at all underestimate how important letters and emotional support are. The campaign for my release, without a doubt, helped me get out of prison, but it’s the letters that helped me get through prison.

Robert Seth Hayes Fights for a Diabetic Diet in Prison

Dec. 26, 2009

We are happy to report that all disciplinary charges against Seth due to his recent diabetic episode have been dropped. He is back on the honor block and no longer in keep-lock. It is truly amazing to think that a diabetic incident in which a person’s blood sugar plunges to 32 and then soars to 620 within a short amount of time can be classified as a disciplinary incident, but all DOCS rules are made to be broken when it comes to our freedom fighters.

However, this fluctuation in blood sugar levels is a continuing problem for Seth, as the prison does not provide a diabetic diet, although it is classified as a medical facility. Fresh fruits and vegetables, so important for diabetics, are practically impossible to find in either the visiting room machines or the commissary, not to mention the mess hall.
Continue reading