Green Scare: Steve Murphy pleads guilty to ELF action

Today court documents were filed in which Steve Murphy pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit arson. The charge carries the Terrorism Enhancement. Steve is now facing 5 years in prison. The documents filed today mention an unindicted co-conspirator.

At this time, there is no reason to believe that Steve is cooperating, and he still needs your support. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Steve’s support site is: www.supportsteve.org

A copy of the plea agreement is available at:

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/01/11/18635018.php

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Prison Action News vol 3 #1 out now

The fifth issue of Prison Action News is now ready!  Vol. 3 #1 can be found here:

http://boston.indymedia.org/usermedia/application/1/Panvol3iss1FINAL.pdf

Please print it out and distribute widely!  Please note:  it is in zine format, so the pages are not in order when viewing as a pdf.  When you print it and xerox double sided they go in order.

Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres parole hearing scheduled

Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres will meet with the Parole Commission’s hearing examiner once again on January 19.

The Bureau of Prisons continues its role of interfering with his release. Carlos Alberto learned today that the BOP received an order from the Parole Commission on November 12, 2009, indicating that the Commission wanted to see him about the disciplinary report at the next available date. The FCI Pekin staff member responsible for communicating this to Carlos Alberto told him simply, “I must have overlooked this.”

The prison disciplinary committee found him guilty of possessing home made knives which, unbeknownst to him, a cellmate had hidden in the light fixture of the cell. This finding came not only after the first guilty decision was expunged, but after the guilty cellmate confessed in person to the committee.

The U.S. Parole Commission had postponed its decision whether to adopt its hearing examiner’s recommendation to release Carlos Alberto on parole on April 3, 2010, waiting for the disciplinary committee’s decision. At the January 19 hearing, Carlos Alberto will ask the Commission to adopt the recommendation and order his release, and to ignore the Bureau of Prisons’ attempts to derail his parole.

Write to the Parole Commission to encourage them to adopt the recommendation and order his release! Sample letter available at www.boricuahumanrights.org.

Jan Susler
January 7, 2010

Solidarity with Tamara from Soto del Real Death Camp

From This is Our Job:

January 7, 2010

Three weeks ago, a comrade informed me about the surface aspects of Tamara Hernández Heras’ arrest. This same comrade/friend then mailed me a communiqué released by a comrade of his, which I received on December 29, 2009. I was therefore able to read about and verify the particulars regarding Tamara’s arrest and accusation, as well as the crime she is being charged with.

If one thing is clear about the whole incident, it’s that this “democratic” social/fascist state, via Tamara’s arrest/imprisonment, is again attempting to paralyze active solidarity with prisoners on the one hand and strike fear into the people who practice it on the other. Nothing new under the sun there.

I have had the privilege of knowing Tamara for almost a year, through letters and also personally. Because of the way she understood/expressed solidarity, Tamara was a “threat” to this sickening state (as all states are), and that “threat” had to not only be neutralized but also turned into a “crime” as a warning to fellow travelers, which is what has unfortunately happened.

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Kiilu Nyasha: Still Strong, Still True, and Still a Revolutionary

By Larry Pinkney, The Black Commentator, January 7, 2009

“Why Must Black People Look At Each Other Through Prison Bars? Where Is Our Freedom?”
–THE BLACK PANTHER Newspaper, September 18, 1971, Vol. 7, #4

The revolutionary struggle for social, economic, and political justice on behalf of every day people in this nation and throughout the world is a long and protracted one, full of unending challenges and real obstacles. Serious political struggle is not a leisurely walk in the park. It requires dedication and sacrifice. It is all too rare that we are given examples of individuals who have waged, and continue to relentlessly wage this ongoing struggle. Nevertheless, they can be found.

Black Panther Party veteran, determined political activist, radio programmer, and published writer / journalist extraordinaire, Kiilu Nyasha (aka Pat Gallyot), is a sterling example of a woman who, since the late 1960s to the present, has served the people ‘body and soul.’

Kiilu Nyasha has, since the 1960s been a stalwart supporter of political prisoners incarcerated in this nation’s prison gulag system. She has written to and given encouragement to literally myriads of prisoners, including the late George Jackson (former Black Panther Party Field Marshal, Soledad Brother, and internationally acclaimed author) who was murdered in 1971, by this de facto fascist ‘American’ elite’s power structure. Kiilu has, and continues in the year 2010, to send funds, stamps, books, and letters of encouragement and comradeship, etc., to many political prisoners. Contrary to the well perpetuated myth that there are no political prisoners in this nation; there are in fact many. The list includes Sundiata Acoli, Eddie Conway, Mumia Abul-Jamal, Ruchell ‘Cinque’ Magee, Hugo ‘Yogi’ Pinell, Leonard Peltier, Russell Shoats, Chip Fitzerald, Herman Wallace & Albert Woodfox, Kamau Sadiki, Jamil al-Amin (aka H. Rap Brown), Jalil Muntaqim, Veronza Bowers, Jr., and Lynne Stewart to name but a few. Others of this nation’s political prisoners have died in those prison dungeons. Yet others, such as Assata Shakur, have been forced into exile. Kiilu Nyasha, with every ounce of her strength and revolutionary fervor, has long been a stalwart servant of every day people, and most especially political prisoners.

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LOVE Park 4 case update: Commonwealth appeals to State Court

Two and a half years since their case first began – and almost a year to the day since the trial judge first decided on the motion in question – the LOVE Park 4 defendants finally received some positive news about their case.

On December 1st, 2009, Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo re-affirmed a court order requiring prosecutors to disclose the names of the undercover narcotics officers involved in the 2007 altercation with protesters of a scheduled Ku Klux Klan rally in Center City that never actually happened. Palumbo denied the District Attorney’s appeal of a ruling made Dec. 12, 2008 by Municipal Court President Judge Marsha H. Neifield. Palumbo gave prosecutors until Jan. 12 to decide if they will appeal to the state Superior Court.

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Honduras: Repression of resistance against the coup continues

Now that the world heard from mainstream news outlets such as the New York Times of a “clean and fair” election on Nov. 29 (orchestrated by the US-supported junta currently in power), the violence has increased even faster than feared.

With the international community given the green light by the US that democratic order has returned via elections, it’s open season for violent forces in Honduras working to tear apart the political unity of the Resistance Front against the coup.

On Sunday, Dec. 7, a group of six people were gunned down while walking down the street in the Villanueva neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. According to sources, a white van with no license plates stopped in front of the group. Four masked men jumped out of the van and forced the group to get on the ground, where they were shot.

One woman, Wendy Molina, 32, was shot several times and played dead when one of the assassins pulled her hair, checking to see if anyone in the group was still alive. She was taken to the hospital and survived.

The Honduran independent newspaper El Libertador reports that the group members were all organizers against the coup.

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