North Carolina: Anarchist solidarity with ALKQN arrestees

From ALKQN Support:

Anarchists in Greensboro stand in solidarity with the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN) of NC and its members who have been indicted and imprisoned under false charges. We are calling for a demonstration of solidarity this Tuesday, December 13th from 9:30 am to 3pm, while we wait to hear if Judge Trevor Sharp will grant any of the six Latin Kings release before their official court date. The Kings are currently being held between Alamance County Jail and the Forsyth County Jail until their detainment hearing. This Tuesday, we will hear stories from folks from all over the state about the concentrated state and federal campaign of assault and harassment that has been waged against NC ALKQN as well as stories of how these men have shaped our lives and communities of resistance against state violence.

On Tuesday, December 6th at 8am, a collaborative force of the Greensboro Police Department, Guilford County Sheriff, the “Safe Streets Task Force” (GPD-FBI post 9/11 partnership) and a fully armed and armored FBI elite tactical unit complete with assault rifles raided a home in Greensboro. The US Attourneys Office, the US Justice Department, and the US Marshall Service, and possibly the ATF, were all involved in the raid. Despite their warrants to try and find illegal drugs and weapons, the Feds spent hours and thousands of tax dollars turning up only some of Cornell’s writings, various notebooks, and black and gold jewelry and clothing items. Jorge Cornell (aka King J) the NC Inca (leader) of the ALKQN and another King were arrested after their home was raided and while their friends and family, including women and children, were violently forced to the ground, handcuffed, photographed and forced to wait hours while their bodies and homes were searched. Four other members of the ALKQN across NC were arrested the same day and 13 people were indicted in all. About half of the charges included in the indictment under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act are ones already faced and dismissed over the past few years. These have amounted to frivolous charges from the now-defunct GPD Gang Squad in a poorly coordinated attempt to discredit and disband the ALKQN. The other claims made in the indictment are vague and/or unsubstantiated and reek of federal infiltration.

In 2008, Cornell worked with community organizations (both on and off the street) to broker a peace treaty with Bloods, Crips, and other street organizations in Greensboro. Anarchist comrades of the ALKQN have been working alongside Kings and Queens for the last few years, including the six that we are standing in solidarity with this Tuesday, mainly on struggles against the police and prison. Most recently, about 50 of us demonstrated together outside the Department of Corrections in Raleigh, calling for an end to the brutal and pre-emptive use of solitary confinement on both Latin King inmates and politically-active prisoners. Cornell and the other five Kings indicted have fought ceaselessly for autonomy and power in the desire of creating black, brown, and working class unity despite unrelenting police assault.

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