PCWC: Support the Anti-Arpaio 5

Arpaio... bleh.This is a reminder that several comrades of ours still face charges stemming from the police attack on the Dine’, O’odham, anarchist/anti-authoritarian contingent (DO@) at the January 16th anti-Arpaio march. If you visit the support page, you can read updates and donate money for the defense. Please consider helping out our friends in their fight against this bullshit.

Rereading the DO@ statement lately, I’m impressed with how prescient it was, as well as how the problems within the movement that were highlighted in it remain with us. Indeed, the statement was a clear, unambiguous call for a new kind of movement that recognized that the fight against white supremacy and colonialism transcended the crass and limited opposition to Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This is a point that was brought clearly home the day that SB1070 passed and the movement in general was forced to recognize the truth, even if (as usual), the people who made that point earlier have continued to be ostracized and attacked.
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Peru: Lori Berenson Paroled!

LoriLori and Salvador are Granted Parole!

On May 25, 2010 a Peruvian judge, after carefully studying Lori’s application for what in Peru is termed “conditional liberty” (parole), determined that Lori has earned her freedom. Lori and her son Salvador will be leaving prison in a few days and moving to an apartment in Lima.

Parole requires individuals to live within the city in which they were incarcerated (Lima, in Lori’s case) – we do not know if there are exceptions for foreigners or whether Lori will be permitted to travel to the US while on parole. Parole in Peru is based on good behavior, work and study. In September 2009 Lori officially filed her application under a Peruvian law which established eligibility after serving 75% of her 20-sentence, less time off for work and study.
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Puerto Rican Prisoner of War Carlos Alberto Torres to be paroled!

CarlosPuerto Rican Political Prisoner Wins Release on Parole
May 21, 2010

The National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico have the great and historic pleasure of announcing that Puerto Rican political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres, after serving 30 years in U.S. prisons for his commitment to the independence of his nation, will be released on parole in July of this year, to reside in Puerto Rico.

This historic release is due to Carlos Alberto’s maintaining his integrity and commitment throughout three decades behind bars, and to the support of the people of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican communities in the U.S., as well as those who support human rights throughout the world. This broad support was key in winning his release, and he is looking forward to expressing his gratitude in person.

For no legitimate reason, he was made to serve almost 11 years more than his compatriots who were released in 1999, when president Clinton deemed their sentences to be disproportionately lengthy. The United States stands out as the country whose political prisoners serve among the longest sentences in the world.

Two Puerto Rican political prisoners remain in U.S. custody. Oscar López Rivera, who this month will mark his 29th year in prison, is not scheduled for release until 2023; and Avelino González Claudio, who this month will be sentenced to a term not to exceed 7 years. While planning the celebration of Carlos Alberto’s release, the National Boricua Human Rights Network and the Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico will continue to work for the release of both remaining political prisoners.

in the U.S.: Alejandro Molina 312/296-7210
in Puerto Rico: Eduardo Villanueva 787/612-7840

Occupied Palestine: Increased repression against the expanding popular struggle against occupation

Anarchists Against the WallDuring the week there were involvements in Sheikh Jarrah. There were tree planting in the Ma’asara region (including Saturday). Friday joint actions were in Bil’in, Ma’asara, Nsbi Salih, Ni’ilin, Sheikh Jarrah. Saturday was another day of action within Israel south in the Bedwin region. Demonstrators on their way to Ni’ilin, Bil’in, and Ma’asara villages had long waits, much questioning at checkpoints and some could not arrive there. On the next Friday there will be the fifth year anniversary in Bi’lin. General mobilization is planed for the demonstration both in the Palestinian west bank and in Israel. State forces harassments on the way to the demonstration is expected.
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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.

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El Salvador: Anti-Mining Activist Ramiro Rivera Assassinated in Cabañas

RamiroFrom CISPES:

Demand an investigation and an end to the murders!

Ramiro Rivera Gómez, vice-president of CAC (Comité Ambiental de Cabañas/ the Environmental Committee of Cabañas) and a local leader in the community struggle against the environmentally-destructive gold mining projects proposed by Pacific Rim, was assassinated on Sunday, December 20, 2009 in the Trinidad neighborhood of Ilobasco, in the department of Cabañas where he lived.

HĂ©ctor BerrĂ­os <a href="”>reports that Ramiro Rivera was killed by hitmen carrying M-16 rifles. Ramiro’s thirteen-year old daughter who was with him on Sunday afternoon was also injured but is reportedly in stable condition.

On August 7 of this year, Ramiro Rivera was shot 8 times, but survived the vicious attack. Oscar Menjívar, previously implicated in physical attacks on anti-mining activists, was arrested and charged with Ramiro’s attempted murder. Community members report that Menjívar had previously worked for Canadian mining company Pacific Rim; Pacific Rim denies that he has ever been an employee.

Since his recovery, Mr. Rivera had been under the protection of two police officers from the Witnesses and Victims Protection Unit of the National Civilian Police. On the afternoon of December 20th, they were apparently unable to protect him.

Since June of 2009, when anti-mining and FMLN activist Marcelo Rivera (no relation to Ramiro) was found tortured and killed in Cabañas, there have been continued attacks, death threats and attempted kidnappings of community members and activists who have vehemently opposed the proposed El Dorado gold mine. The Ministry of Environment denied mining exploitation permits to Pacific Rim, a Vancouver-based mining company, which subsequently announced a $77 million dollar lawsuit against the Salvadoran government under CAFTA, the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (watch the News video here).

Despite the overtly political overtones of this wave of violence, local police authorities and the former Attorney General’s office have classified these cases as common crimes. Salvadorans are fearful and outraged by the continued violence but also by the inability or unwillingness of the police and the office of the Attorney General to protect community activists like Ramiro Rivera and to halt the violence.
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Jericho Movement statement on the detainment of Dhoruba Bin Wahad and William Naji Fenwick by Israel

Free PalestineJericho Press Release on the Arbitrary Detention of Delegates to Convention in Jericho, Palestine

On 11-23-09, two members of the National Jericho Movement, Dhoruba Bin Wahad (a former member of the Black Panther Party and former political prisoner) and William Naji Fenwick, were denied entry into the settler-state of Israel at the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge.

They were invited by the Palestinian Authority in Jericho to attend “The International Conference on Prisoners and Detainees in Israeli Prisons,” in what we recognize as Occupied Palestine. Dhoruba also had the task of documenting and recording the conference for other media they represent.

It should be noted that EVERY conference attendee who arrived for the conference through Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv was allowed access into the Territory. It should also be noted that the (US) Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Delegation to Palestine had just arrived in Palestine the day before without any complications to participate. They were invited by the Federation of Independent Unions of Palestine and met with the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) (the PGFTU is the largest trade union in Palestine).

Dhoruba and Naji were the only African men on a regularly crowded bus headed toward the border when they were singled out and pulled off. They were held for 11 hours, interrogated and strip searched. Racial profiling is indeed international. In light of this, we must not forget that an Imam of African descent, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, was just murdered by the FBI in Detroit on October 28; that people’s attorney 70 year old Lynne Stewart was just forced to begin her prison term on November 17 for defending Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman … as well as other political activists who have been imprisoned for decades. Jalil Muntaqim of the Black Liberation Army, one of the longest held political prisoners (38 years), was just denied parole, as well as Native American leader Leonard Peltier. Mumia Abu-Jamal, Marilyn Buck, the MOVE 9, Tom Manning, David Gilbert and many others are still near or over 3 decades of political imprisonment. Our struggles are one.
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Commemorating the 150 year anniversary of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry

October 16, 2009, marks the sesquicentennial of the attack by John Brown and his forces on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The attack itself was carried out by nineteen men, while three remained as a rear guard. Brown was captured, executed, and buried — along with ten men who died as a result of the attack, including one of his sons — at his farmstead in North Elba in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. His burial was within the African American community in which he had lived for a time, Timbuctoo.

John BrownOver the years, Brown has been eulogized by Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, W. E. B. Du Bois (who wrote, “Has John Brown no message — no legacy then, to the twentieth century? He has, and it is this great word: the cost of liberty is less than the cost of repression.”), the poet Muriel Rukeyser, and Malcolm X (who wrote, “if you are for me…then you have to be willing to do as old John Brown did”), among others.

But perhaps his lasting legacy is found in his own words, delivered moments before his hanging:

“Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life, for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and MINGLE MY BLOOD FURTHER WITH THE BLOOD OF MY CHILDREN, and with the blood of millions in this Slave country, whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments — I say LET IT BE DONE.”

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Columbus Day: A time to remember over 500 years of Indigenous Resistance

Oka UprisingColumbus Day has become a day to commemorate resistance against the colonization and genocide of the native peoples of the Americas, a legacy that Columbus initiated in 1492.

In Denver, the annual Columbus Day parade has become a flashpoint for the anti-colonialist struggle. Just days before this year’s parade, local media outlets reported that the parade would be canceled this year after receiving a press release stating as much. The press release appears to actually be yet another act of resistance against the legacy of genocide that a celebration of Columbus represents.

Some further suggested reading:

500 years of Indigenous Resistance article from Oh-Toh-Kin, Vol. 1 No. 1, Winter/Spring 1992 Although this article is over a decade old, it is still one of the most comprehensive articles chronicling native resistance on this continent.

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee Supporting the struggle for freedom of American Indian Movement organizer Leonard Peltier, now imprisoned in Pennsylvania. Leonard has been imprisoned for over 30 years for his role in the fight for self determination for indigenous people.

Leonard Peltier’s 2001 Columbus Day statement

Remembering the 1990 Oka Uprising The Mohawk Defense Of Kanasetake (aka Oka, Quebec, Canada)

Indigenous Resistance to 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver Remember the history, and support the growing modern day resistance.