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image Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions 480_prison-abolition_1.jpg by National Lawyers Guild
It seems there could never be enough legal support to help the millions of prisoners who would benefit from having a lawyer at arms’ length. Whether it is lack of medical care, abhorrent nutrition, exposure to extreme temperatures, lack of clean water, or brutality by prison guards, there are endless inhumane conditions prisoners are forced to live through on a daily basis. The National Lawyers Guild’s National Office receives letter after letter from prisoners, mainly requesting a copy of th...
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:38PM
image Florida prisoners begin Operation PUSH to grind prison system to a halt w/ non-cooperation 480_fighttoxicprisons_operationpush_1.jpg by Critical Resistance
The Gainesville Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) have received a statement from prisoners organizing in institutions across the state announcing a new wave of strikes by incarcerated workers in Florida beginning on January 15th, 2018. This action follows on the heels of Florida prisoners' participation in the national strike against prison slavery initiated on September 9th, 2016, and a similar wave of strikes by prisoners on Augus...
Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:09PM
text Tampa's Dark Ages by Sex Worker Solidarity Network
The City of Tampa is considering rewriting a homophobic bathhouse ordinance to target and criminalize sex workers. Please call and email members of Tampa's City Council....
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:04PM
image Philippines: We condemn extension of Martial Law in Mindanao 480_2017-anti-duterte-protest-laban-ng-masa_1.jpg by Laban ng Masa (LnM)
The extension of martial law in Mindanao to the end of 2018 by Congress comes as no surprise to Laban ng Masa (Fight of the Masses). Over the last year and a half, the Senate and the House of Representatives have been completely transformed into pliant tools of President Rodrigo Duterte, with the vast majority of the members of these two chambers surrendering their remaining shred of self-respect to become accomplices to Malacanang’s authoritarian agenda....
Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:43PM
image Video As Evidence: A WeCopwatch primer to Filming The Police 480_screen_shot_2017-12-11_at_1.24.12_pm_1.jpg by WeCopwatch
Whether you're Copwatching in the streets of St. Louis, or out on the reservations of Minnesota, this guide will provide you with best tactics and strategies while documenting critical incidents involving the police. This Video as Evidence Guide was adapted in 2016 by WeCopwatch, WITNESS and our allies at Standing Rock. It was intended to help Water Protectors and activists fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to safely, effectively and ethically document human rights abu...
Posted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:41AM
image Facebook Shuts Down Event Page for Student Walk Out Against Richard Spencer 480_stop-spencer-university-michigan.jpg by It's Going Down
The Facebook page, ‘Stop Spencer at the University of Michigan’ is organizing and promoting a whole week of events, including a student walkout against Spencer on Wednesday and even a student strike on Thursday. On Monday however, Facebook took down the event page for the student led walk-out....
Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:57PM
image Ramsey Orta is Catching Hell 480_screen_shot_2017-11-25_at_3.46.14_pm_1.jpg by WeCopwatch
On October 21, 2017, we received information that Ramsey was in “The Box”, a term used for being put in disciplinary solitary confinement without contact to the outside world. We immediately reached out to his lawyer to begin the process of getting Ramsey the support he needed. On October 22, 2017, we received this letter from Ramsey outlining an incident involving threats and physical abuse....
Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:35PM
image A3 Newsletter: The March of Freedom Continues 480_albertrooftop_1.jpg by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
This new issue of our newsletter has just been released. As another year draws to a close, Albert and King are busier than ever traveling the country and the world, sharing their stories and providing inspiration and hope that good things can happen in this horribly broken criminal justice system. Next week they'll be heading to Belgium and Germany to work with their friends at Amnesty on launching another Write for Rights Campaign....
Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:00PM
audio Interview with Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) lead organizer Dolfinette Martin (audio/mpeg 42.5mb) by Theodore Hilton
Topics: December 16, 2017 March for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, incarceration in Louisiana, women's experiences of carceral system, grassroots prison activism in Louisiana....
Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:21AM
image Mexican government seeks to disarticulate self-defense groups by imprisoning 42 “comunitarios" 480_dsc03131_1.jpg by Demián Revart
Last Thursday, October 26th, an operative of the state police and the Mexican army arrested with violence 49 members federated in the Community Police of Eduardo Neri’s Peoples in the state of Guerrero, an autonomous security initiative that arose on May 15th, 2017, against extortion and kidnappings by drug cartels like Los Guerreros Unidos, Los Rojos & La Familia Michoacana, which have made the region a sheer hell....
Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:09PM
image US Executions Violate The 14th, 8th, and 1st Amendments To The Constitution 480_000000g_1.jpg by S Shriver
Only 16% of US states still perform the barbarism of prisoner murder. Less than 20% of the world's countries do. The US is among the top 5 execution countries....
Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:36PM
text US brands RT a “foreign agent:” A chilling move against free speech by Andre Damon (WSWS repost)
Under pressure from the US government, RT America has announced that it would register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This sets a precedent for delegitimizing RT as a news source, to intimidate its journalists and guests, and for taking similar actions against other news outlets. It also lays groundwork for labeling a much broader range of news outlets to blacklist and criminalize them based on their political views....
Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:30PM
image CIA claims public disclosure of secret intelligence aid to Israel would harm U.S. "national security" 480_spiesonly_1.jpg by IRmep
The CIA wants the US District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss an IRmep lawsuit filed in 2015 that seeks disclosure of top-line budget numbers for secret U.S. intelligence aid to Israel. In a 29-page filing submitted on November 3, the agency argued that even acknowledging such aid exists would be "hindering the national security of the United States."...
Posted: Wed Nov 8, 2017 5:22AM
text US Military Illegally Detains US Citizen & Denies Lawyer by repost
The ACLU reports that "For nearly two months, the U.S. military has been detaining an American citizen at a secret jail in Iraq, denying him access to a lawyer and even refusing to release his name. "...
Posted: Mon Nov 6, 2017 8:33PM
image The Democrats’ McCarthyite witch hunt 480_dianne_feinstein_speaks_to_tech_company_leaders.jpg by Andre Damon (WSWS repost)
This week’s congressional hearings on “extremist content” on the Internet mark a new stage in a McCarthyite witch hunt aimed at creating a political climate in which left-wing organizations and figures are demonized as agents of the Kremlin who are essentially engaged in treasonous activity deserving of criminal prosecution. (Google, Facebook and Twitter are already engaged in censorship.) This drive to destroy freedom of speech must be opposed! It is the spearhead for the dismantling of d...
Posted: Fri Nov 3, 2017 10:25AM
image Portland, OR: Reed College Threatens Students for Protesting Its Financial Ties 480_black-lives-matter-at-reed_1.jpg by Reedies Against Racism
Reed College in Portland, Oregon uses Wells Fargo, infamous for being one of the primary investors in private prisons, immigration detention, the Dakota Access Pipeline, police foundations and the Israeli Apartheid (among other oppressive institutions), as its main operating bank, holding around $300,000.00 in the bank on a daily basis....
Posted: Wed Nov 1, 2017 11:15PM
text US congressional hearings on “extremist content” prepare assault on free speech by Andre Damon (WSWS repost)
The alarm must be sounded! The campaign to mount a drive to criminalize political opposition within the United States will reach a new milestone when officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House and Senate intelligence committees. What is involved is nothing less than the greatest attack on the First Amendment since the Second World War....
Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:08AM
text Widespread embezzlement occurring in Fraternal Order of Police by Lynda Carson
As large as the FOP is with around 325,000 members, and 2,100 local chapters (lodges) across the nation, according to public records and media reports, there appears to be widespread embezzlement occurring in the Fraternal Order of Police!...
Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:23PM
text Trump is More than "Silly Tricks" by Daniel Tanuro
Trump will run the US as a big business. Trump did not come out of nowhere. Trumpism is an expression of a reactionary revolt of those angry about the global neoliberal "governance" because they were politically stripped of power. Trump turns reality upside down. The "captains of industry" are now regarded as bringers of salvation. How can one not think of "Germany over all" in "America first"?...
Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:30AM
text Facing a Possible State of Emergency by Peter Schaar
The danger of authoritarian "solutions" grows when the constitutional state is dismantled, undermined or suspended. Basic western values were betrayed in the so-called "war on terror." All persons have the same inalienable human rights irrespective of their nationality, origin or religion. The "global war on terror" declared by president Bush suspended these guarantees of human rights....
Posted: Mon Oct 2, 2017 5:20AM