Canada: Mandy Hiscocks released from prison

Mandy Hiscocks was released from prison in Canada today. The following is Mandy’s statement on her release that she posted to her blog, available at borednotbroken.tao.ca

November 21 – Aries – Life is good and about to get even better. You can’t quite believe that ? Well you will when you begin to see that everything is going your way at last. Keeping a positive attitude is easy when so many positive things are happening.

it’s been snowing lately, and the air blowing through the window frame is cold. now it really feels like i’ve been here for the better part of a year; i’ve watched all the seasons go by. it’s strange because instead of the approaching winter, i feel the onset of spring – that excitement about spending more time outside, the plans and hopes and sense of new beginnings that usually come with the longer days and warmer winds. i’m getting ready to leave this place! i can hardly believe it. only one day left now to finish all the books i’m reading (according to jail superstition, if you leave an unfinished book behind you’re destined to come back to finish it. you’ll also come back if you write on the walls and if you don’t point your shoes towards the cell door when you take them off you’ll never leave). soon i’ll be packing up, throwing out or giving away all the little things that have made this place a bit more comfortable: the poster of Marilyn Buck taped to the cardboard back of a pad of paper and propped against the wall at the end of my bed and the photos – of nature, a burning cop car, my friends’ dog – taped to laundry detergent boxes, because nothing can be taped to the walls here or the guards come and rip it down. the pencil holder made of a toilet paper roll on my desk, the orange peel potpourri in a flattened out meds cup on the shelf. the empty chip bags and mr. noodles cups for food storage, the old newspapers waiting to be burned in the Native Sisters’ Fire, the chessboard, the articles and short stories people have sent in the mail. i can’t say that i’ll miss this place, but i might miss having to make do with so little such that every small possession is a prize.
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Canada: Alex Hundert sentenced to 13.5 months for anti-G20 charges

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Support G20 “Main Conspiracy Six”

From Guelph ABC:

Support Imprisoned Comrades: Toronto G20 “Main Conspiracy Six”

On November 22, 2011, six of our friends pled guilty to counselling charges for organizing to disrupt the Toronto G20 summit in June, 2010. On November 28, 2011, Erik Lankin, Adam Lewis and Peter Hopperton were each sentenced to 3-5.5 months in jail. Leah Henderson expects to be sentenced to 10 months on December 20, 2011. Mandy Hiscocks expects to be sentenced to 16 months on January 13. Alex Hundert expects to be sentenced to 13.5 months, date to begin TBA.

A support flyer for the “Main Conspiracy Six” facing imprisonment can be found at http://guelphprisonersolidarity.wordpress.com

To read the collective statement of the G20 Main Conspiracy Group, individual statements of co-defendants, and statements read to the courts, visit: http://conspiretoresist.wordpress.com.

Guelph Anarchist Black Cross is providing some of the support for these comrades. We are fundraising money to facilitate meeting the everyday and immediate needs of comrades facing jail and of their support networks. Specifically, we will be putting money towards: sending letters and reading materials to those incarcerated; transportation costs for family, friends and supporters visiting them; collect phone call bills; canteen; rent money when they get out; and storage for their belongings. We need help providing funds for this material support.

Here’s how to donate to the Guelph ABC G20 Support Fund:

1. Paypal: guelphabc@riseup.net or click the button on
http://guelphprisonersolidarity.wordpress.com
2. Deposit cash to the following TD bank account: Transit # 00182,
Institution # 004, Account # 00185228263.
3. Write a cheque or money order to Guelph ABC with G20 in the memo line.
Mail to the PO box below.

Letters to comrades in jail is encouraged, to help them stay connected to struggles and communities, and to break the isolation inherent in prisons.

It is possible that folks will be moved between jails during their incarceration. We will try to keep their addresses updated on our website. You can also send letters to the address below and we will forward them. When writing letters, remember that they will be read by prison guards.

Guelph ABC
PO Box 183
Guelph, ON
N1H 6J6

Check out http://guelphprisonersolidarity.wordpress.com for regular updates and more information. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to know more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to email us: guelphabc@riseup.net.

Your support and solidarity is deeply appreciated. Most importantly, keep up the struggle.

In solidarity with anarchist prisoners worldwide, and all prisoners fighting for freedom.

Guelph Anarchist Black Cross

Toronto G20: Jaggi Singh pleads guilty

JaggiFrom TMC:

Montreal community organizer and activist Jaggi Singh pled guilty today in a Toronto court to charges of “counselling to commit mischief over $5000” stemming from a speech in Toronto when he called on protesters to tear down the controversial security perimetre established in the city for the G20 summit.

The plea means Singh could face up to 6 months in prison; the prosecution is calling for the maximum sentence. According to a press release annoucing the plea, though, over 276 letters or support calling on the judge to offer a lesser sentence were submitted to the court today.

Singh also says the plea deal allows him to end this legal battle “relatively speaking, on my own terms and timetable.” He also states via the release that the plea will allow him  to “openly state that the fence deserved to come down, and that the G20 deserved to be confronted.”
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Support Political Prisoners of the G20

From Guelph Anarchist Black Cross:

Here is the long-awaited pamphlet, “Support Political Prisoners of the G20″. It gives instructions on writing and donating to G20 prisoners.

Guelph ABC is facilitating an accessible alternate fund for G20 arrestees, mostly those facing serious charges. The fund is for immediate short-term needs of the defendants.

Here are ways to donate funds to the Guelph ABC G20 Support Fund:

1. Paypal: guelphabc@riseup.net
2. Deposit cash to the following TD bank account:
Transit # 00182, Institution # 004, Account # 00185228263
3. Write a cheque or money order to Guelph ABC, with G20 in
the memo line. Mail to:
Guelph ABC
PO Box 183
Guelph ON
N1H 6J6

Here is the pamphlet, please distribute widely:

G20 Support Flyer

Canada: Jaggi Singh launches legal challenge to G20 related bail conditions

JaggiFrom capitalist media sources:

Montreal’s Jaggi Singh, one of dozens of community organizers arrested even before last summer’s G20 protests began, has launched a constitutional challenge against his bail conditions.

Although most of his co-accused have had similar restrictions imposed on their actions and movements, Singh, a noted anti-globalization and social justice activist, is the first to take the constitutional route.

He is to appear Wednesday in Ontario Superior Court, with the support of PEN Canada which is intervening in his case, citing that Singh’s right to freedom of expression has been violated.

“The conditions are being used in a very exaggerated punitive way to simply make the process of being charged the actual punishment,’’ said Singh, who faces charges of conspiracy to commit mischief and conspiracy to assault and obstruct police.

Aside from $85,000 in bail, Singh’s conditions for release include staying away from organizing or participating in any demonstrations, not associating with any of his co-accused, house arrest, the inability to use any wireless device and not possessing a passport.

“I do a monthly (community) radio show and I have a condition that prevents me from using a wireless device: Am I using a wireless device?’’ Singh said on the phone from Montreal. “The transmitter on top of Mount Royal is the ultimate wireless device. Am I allowed to use a laptop with wireless Internet?’’

Among his many concerns, he said, is that the conditions are subject to arbitrary interpretation, as co-accused Alex Hundert discovered in September when he was arrested for participating in a university panel discussion.

As for the right to freedom of expression, PEN said: “Preventing someone from participating in a public demonstration does nothing to ensure the safety of a single Canadian. On the contrary, the practice of censorship harms the rights of all Canadians and is repugnant to any society that values its right to freedom of expression.”

“There is a constitutional right to a reasonable bail,’’ said Singh’s lawyer, Peter Rosenthal. “We’re saying that the bail conditions were entirely unreasonable.

“That in our view clearly violates freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the right to lawful assembly. There’s no possible justification for any such condition in our view.”

Toronto: Indigenous Political Prisoner and G20 codefendant Ryan Rainville released

From the G8/G20 Community Solidarity Network:

Tuesday November 9th 2010, Toronto, Mississauga New Credit: G20 defendant Ryan Rainville was released from prison today nearly 3 months after he was taken from his community in Waterloo. The young Indigenous man from Sackimay Nation was released to the home of interim sureties, while applying to the Sagatay First Nations Bail Program.

Rainville was released on strict conditions including non associations with a number of other G20 defendants who are not his co-accused including a those charged with conspiracy, as well as non-associations with a number of other community organizers. Rainville continues to face G20 related charges, which will proceed to trial in early 2011.

Ryan’s close friend Luke Stewart explained some reasons as to why Ryan participated in the week-long convergence against the G20 in Toronto: “The G20 protests are part of a larger movement around the world against austerity measures and global capital’s imposition on the world’s majority. We dare to dream of a world with freedom, justice, and equality; without tanks and prisons and borders and other oppressive institutions that steal sustenance from the world’s majority. In solidarity with the people of Seoul who are on the streets this week, we will continue to organize against the G8 and G20 leaders and their corporate villains that pillage the earth with industrial projects and profit from war.”

One week prior to Rainville’s release, he was visited by G20 Integrated Security Unit investigators at Maplehurst, where he was being held. The investigators offered Rainville guaranteed release on bail and a reduced sentence if he agreed to cooperate in identifying individuals in photographs. In the presence of his legal counsel, Rainville refused to cooperate. He told the law enforcement officials that he would rather spend time in jail till trial than turn on his friends and allies in the social justice movement.

Upon his release, with a warm smile from ear to ear, Ryan stated “Though I have spent nearly 3 months in jail, my spirit has not been broken by this system. I continue to be committed to speaking out against the daily injustices perpetrated by capitalist exploitation and colonial assimilation. As an Indigenous man, it is my responsibility to continue to use my voice to speak the truth and to contribute to the cause of justice and freedom for all peoples.”

Indigenous communities are targets of Canadian governments which criminalize those who stand up against injustice and for their sovereign responsibilities. The Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada has stated that while the Indigenous adult population comprises 2.7 percent of the Canadian population, Indigenous people comprise 18.5 percent of the prison population.

“While criminalizing voices of dissent is part of the ongoing post-G20 crackdown, the repression of Indigenous resistance is part of the ongoing legacy of colonization for 500 years across Turtle Island,” Rainville continued.

According to Indigenous supporters of Ryan: “As native people, our bodies and our minds are constantly under attack from the state. Their power rests on our degradation. Their violent exploitation of the land and water feeds and profits the colonization of every poor and oppressed person. We denounce the ongoing state repression of all people resisting the austerity measures which are designed to force our relations, friends and allies into enslavement to a faltering system, to assimilate us into submission, and exterminate those of us who refuse to bend to colonial terms.”