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.”

G20 defendant and and Indigenous political prisoner Ryan Rainville still behind bars

Support the G20 arrestees... Tuesday October 26, Mississauga New Credit – Today on Tuesday October 26, Ryan Rainville appeared in an Ontario Superior Court to argue for his release on bail. The Judge adjourned the application for Ryan to be released to a First Nations Bail Program citing ‘inadequate supervision’. In considering Ryan’s bail application, the judge also did not take into account Gladue factors, which forces the judicial system to consider the systemic marginalization and over-incarceration of Indigenous people as result of colonialism and poverty.Ryan is a young Indigenous man from the Sakimay Nation and is charged with several unfounded charges stemming from June demonstrations against the G20 in Toronto. Ryan has been imprisoned since August 5 when he was arrested at his home in Waterloo, and has since been denied bail once before in September.

While targeting strong voices of dissent is part of the state’s desired culture of fear, the repression and attempted silencing of Indigenous resistance is part of the ongoing legacy of criminalization and colonization for 500 years across Turtle Island.
According to Indigenous supporters of Ryan:

“Ryan has been strong in his denouncements of injustice and has spoken out
without fear. He is honest, humble and respectful toward his family and
people around him. He has also honoured his role as a man in the community
by standing beside Indigenous women when we needed support.

As native people, our bodies and our minds are constantly under attack
from the state. Their power rests on our degradation, and their violent
exploitation of the land and water feeds and profits the colonization of
every poor and oppressed person. There is nothing new or unusual about
Indigenous people – whether Haudenoshonee or Mapuche, Anishinaabe or
Palestinian – being targeted, violated and locked up under racist,
classist and sexist guises of “law and order” or “justice”.

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 those of us
coerced into submission, and exterminate those of us who refuse to bend to
colonial terms. Freedom for all prisoners and detainees, including the
Tamil women and children still held behind the walls of a detention
centre, and who are now subjected to the same four walls which face Ryan.”

Ryan appears in court again on Thursday November 4th at 9:30 am at 361
University Avenue. Ryan’s supporters are requesting people to attend court
on Thursday morning to show their support for Ryan and for all who are
being targeted by the state.

For more information please contact: thesheelephant@yahoo.com or
mcorbiere@hotmail.com or hwalia8@gmail.com

FUNDRAISING REQUEST:

There is an urgent need for defence-related funds for Ryan by next week.

You can mail cheques to: No One Is Illegal-Toronto, 90C Beverley Street,
Toronto, M5T 1Y1. Please be sure to indicate “Ryan Rainville” in the memo.

You can also make a secure donation online through Paypal here:
http://bit.ly/cIC7Qf. Please be sure to send an email to
nooneisillegal@riseup.net and let us know you have donated and what
amount.

Toronto: Alex Hundert released

Alex Hundert “released” on bail; in solitary confinement and coerced into accepting outrageous bail

Thursday October 15, Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – Less than 24 hours after refusing to sign outrageous bail conditions which included not expressing political views in public and non-associations intended to further isolate him, Alex Hundert was forced to consent to his release.

On the night of Wednesday October 14th, Alex was told by the security manager at the Toronto East Detention Centre that he had to sign the bail conditions or face solitary confinement in “the hole”, without access to phone calls or writing paper. He was put in solitary confinement after an initial confrontation with correction staff where he resisted initial attempts to make him sign. He was denied the right to call his lawyer, and told that if he didn’t sign now, they would revoke the bail offer and he would be held in solitary confinement until his eventual release from prison.

Coerced into signing these conditions, Alex was thrown out of Toronto East and left to find his own way home to his sureties’ house. The prison authorities forced him into a position where he could potentially be accused of further breaching his bail. Alex is now back on house arrest with an enforced curfew, with non-associations with co-accused and members of SOAR, AWOL, NOII and other community organizers. He also has the additionally imposed restrictions of no direct or indirect posting to the internet, no assisting, planning, or attending any public meeting or march, and no expressing of views on a political issue.

Over the past week, Alex has experienced a particularly malicious targeting. Last week, the criminal injustice system made the ludicrous finding that Alex had breached his previous ‘no-demonstration’ bail condition by speaking on a panel because he was supposedly engaging in the same kind of “behaviour that he exhibited in meetings leading up to the G20.” Then, he was forced to take a stand to go back to jail by refusing to sign fundamentally unjust and repressive bail conditions. And now, his right to refuse to accept such a blatant violation of his freedom to express political views and his freedom to associate has been further attacked through coercive and punitive attempts to force his own release.

In a previously published media statement, Alex has stated “They are targeting me because I am part of communities that are effectively organizing across movements. Whether it is the criminalization of anarchists and community organizers like me, or the daily demonization of Indigenous peoples, poor people and migrant communities, we have to show them that our resolve and our solidarity can be stronger than their intimidation and repression.”

Alex’s family, friends and allies are outraged and upset by the harassment and coercion Alex faced after refusing to set a dangerous precedent for our broader movements by choosing not to consent to egregious bail conditions. Outrage has been building across the country as the implications of politically-motivated G20 conspiracy charges become clear. The Crown, the prison, the police and the corporate and colonial interests they represent are clearly afraid of what we think and say, not only what we do.

Rallies in Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto on Tuesday echoed with chants of “this is what a demonstration looks like”. We continue to strengthen our resolve, and will fight these trumped-up charges until the end. One hundred conspiracy charges were dropped today against Montreal organizers arrested at gunpoint during a morning raid at the University of Toronto on June 27th. We cannot be silenced or intimidated, our resistance will only increase as we keep organizing for liberation for all people, especially those who daily bear the brunt of police, state, and corporate oppression.

Please stay posted for further updates.

For more information contact Jonah Hundert at jonah.hundert@gmail.com.

For the press release from last week, please read http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/549 and for further background information on Alex’s arrest and the numerous attempts by the police and Crown to throw him back in jail, read this press release: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/504

For ongoing G20 defence and fundraising visit: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/

G20 defendant Alex Hundert re-arrested

Alex HundertFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AW@L Media Advisory

G20 defendant Alex Hundert re-arrested, Supporters denounce criminalization

Press Conference: Sat Sep 18 at 9:30 am. Bail Court at Old City Hall (60 Queen W)

September 18, 2010 – Toronto, Mississauga New Credit – G20 defendant and alleged ‘ringleader’ Alex Hundert was arrested by seven Toronto Police and RCMP police officers just outside his father’s home at 10:30 pm on Friday September 17, 2010. Hundert was returning from speaking on a panel at Ryerson University titled “Strengthening Our Resolve: Movement Building and Ongoing Resistance to the G20 Agenda.” Based on Hundert’s participation as an invited panelist at two recent events, the police are alleging that he is in violation of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration.

According to supporter and No One Is Illegal member Mohan Mishra, “We are outraged at Alex’s re-arrest. He was speaking at a panel discussion in a university classroom alongside professors, which is clearly not a public demonstration. This is yet another attempt to silence Alex, and is a strong indication of the police’s intent to criminalize ideas, dissent, and effective community organizing.”

Hundert is currently facing politically-motivated conspiracy and counseling charges in relation to the Toronto G8/G20 protests. He was pre-emptively arrested at gunpoint in a violent house raid on the morning of June 26th, before the protests began, and is being targeted as a member of the community group AW@L and Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance.

“Though many of our members have been arrested and are facing trumped up charges, our movements will not be silenced. 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,” says Rachel Avery, member of AW@L and a music student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

On July 28, 2010 the Ontario Provincial Police warned Hundert that media interviews he did with CBC radio, Toronto Sun, Vancouver Media Co op, and Rabble were similarly a violation of the no-demonstration bail condition and threatened to re-jail Hundert. A day later at a press conference, Hundert and his supporters defied this media ban and decried the harassment as a blatant violation of his right to free speech as well as a violation of freedom of the press.
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