Copenhagen: Noah Rockslide has been released from jail!!


From Cop15 Prisoner Support:

Two activists who have been in custody since the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December, has been released. It is the Australian Natasha and American Noah.

They had been remanded in custody with a deadline of today, when they appeared in the Copenhagen City Court, they were told that there is a charge made against them and that their case comes to court 16th and 19th March. Then they were freed, the police lawyer Dorrit Borgaard, the Copenhagen Police.

The two are accused by clauses in the penal code that deals with violence against an official, disturbance of public order, disruption of communications and vandalism.

Noah is an American citizen, but resident in Denmark, while Natasha is an Australian citizen and married to a Danish citizen. She resides in Sweden.

Natasha was arrested the day before the big “Reclaim Power” demonstration during the COP15 climate summit. Her imprisonment has caused great outrage in Australia.

Monday morning showed a small group of people in front of the Danish consulate in Sydney and demanded her release. The demonstrators appealed to the Crown Princess Mary, who is of Australian origin, to go into the matter for the Australian woman.


Anti-wall prisoners leaflet for distribution at Gaza/Palestine actions

The Free Palestine Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild has prepared a new leaflet, attached here, describing the situation of the Anti-Wall Prisoners in Palestine – particularly the cases of Jamal Juma‘, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, and Mohammad Othman.

We encourage the distribution this leaflet (1 page, front/back), which provides an overview of the situation and calls to action, at the many upcoming actions for Gaza and Palestine in the coming days and weeks.

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8 arrests as Olympic torch disrupted in Ontario

From the Olympic Resistance Network:

Nairn Centre, Ontario — Today just before 1pm a group of aboriginal youth and allies briefly blockaded the Trans Canada Highway bridge over the Spanish River (west of Espanola), disrupting the Olympic Torch Relay on its way from Sudbury to Sault Ste Marie. Youth from several different First Nations attempted to erect a 20ft tripod to block the Torch Relay. All eight have been arrested by local police.

Today’s blockade was to draw attention to the real injustices being perpetuated by VANOC and the IOC for the 2010 Olympics; to draw attention away from the sanitized and greenwashed version of Canada that the government and the Games are trying to present. Olympic Resistance Network protests across the country have highlighted the ongoing colonization of unceded Indigenous territories, environmental destruction caused for the Games, and the displacement and criminalization of the urban poor in Vancouver, the squandering of public resources to pay for the Games, and the instigation of a contemporary police state to secure them.

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Alex Sanchez January 6th bail hearing

  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Judge Real to reopen Alex Sanchez‘s bail hearing.
  • New Bail Hearing is set for January 6th at 10 a.m. Downtown Los Angeles.

After reviewing Alex’s appeal for bail, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Judge Real to reopen the bail hearings and make his decision based on “findings of fact.” The new bail hearing has been set for January 6th at 10 a.m. in the Federal Court House Downtown.

To deny bail the government must prove by a “preponderance of evidence” that Alex would be a flight risk and provide “clear and convincing evidence, that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of the community.”

The decision by the 9th Circuit to reopen the hearing validates our protests that Alex was denied a fair hearing.  While this is not yet reason for celebration as Alex must again sit before the 84 year old Judge Real, it is a direct challenge to the government to provide more than hearsay and innuendo.

Hopefully this decision by the 9th circuit will prove to be more than a symbolic gesture of equality.

Come show your support for Alex by joining us at his bail hearing this Wednesday, January 6th at 10:00 a.m. at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

In peace & justice,

We Are Alex

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Wed 1/6: First Prisoner Letter Writing Night of 2010!

Denver ABC’s first 2010 monthly letter writing night to Political
Prisoners and Prisoners of War!

Free Spaghetti Dinner!

Wednesday, January 6th
6th Ave United Church of Christ (Denver)
6th Ave and Adams (3250 E. 6th Ave, Denver)

The Denver Anarchist Black Cross is having its monthly Letter Writing Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 6th. The event is free and everything will be supplied for you. Simply show up with your friends to come together, learn about specific cases, and have a chance to write to political prisoners and prisoners of war in the United States. And of course, enjoy a
delicious spaghetti dinner on the house! Letter writing nights happen the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at the 6th Ave UCC on 6th Ave and Adams.

Childcare will be provided.

Be on the look out for themed letter writing nights such as immigrant prisoners, animal liberation political prisoners, queer and trans
political prisoners, and others!