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Monday, 26 January 2015

Dean - homeless and disabled living on the streets of London

We are trying to raise the funds to keep Dean off the streets and help facilitate his move into the correct supported home for him. A lot of charities and authorities have let him down, so we are trying to do this the old fashioned way! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ho...

CEDP] Call for Rodney Reed is tonight --and important correction

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JOIN US  -- CALL IS TONIGHT!   7pm Central --- that’s * correction *— 8pm in NY,  and 5pm in CA
We are holding a national conference call to leverage our voice to stop this injustice from going forward.
Rodney is scheduled to be executed on March 5th, so time is of the essence.  We are asking everyone, if they haven’t already, to read up about the case.
On the call we will not have time to go into the history of the case, we now need to turn our attention on ACTION.

(that’s 8pm in NY and 5pm in Cal)
CALL in #712-432-0460  
(Please email me back if haven’t already to let me know that you will be on the call, marlene@nodeathpenalty.org and indicate what state you are from and what organization you are affiliated with if any, thank you)

Below are links to learn more about the case.
AGENDA FOR CALLMessage from Rodney’s brother Roderick ---- 5 mins
Legal update from Rodney’s lawyer Bryce Benjet -- 15 mins (limited discussion)
Report back and upcoming actions in Texas, Randi Jones Hensley ---10 mins (no discussion)
What can people do — film screenings, how to use clemency letter, other ideas, Randi to kick it off--- 45 mins (includes discussion)
Media work,  Liliana --- 30 mins (includes discussion)
Next upcoming call — 5 mins

IT MATTERS WHAT WE DO!  We stopped the execution of Kevin Cooper in California just hours before it was scheduled and we stopped the execution of Kenny Foster in Texas in 2009, also hours before it was to take place.
We need all hands on deck to push this case outward and shine a blinding light on Texas to STOP this execution, allow DNA testing, and set Rodney FREE!

BACKGROUND ON THE CASERodney, who is black, was tried by an all white jury for the killing of 19 year old Stacey Stites who was engaged to be married to a Giddings police officer, Jimmy Fennel.  The only evidence linking Rodney to the crime was semen taken from Stacey’s body.  But witnesses say Rodney and Stacey were having a sexual relationship — and many of them were prepared to testify at his trial but were not called.
There are many other troubling aspects to this case:
*During the initial investigation the main suspect, Jimmy Fennel, was asked on a polygraph test, “Did you strangle Stacey Stites?” and he failed it, TWICE.
*Police failed to search Stacey and Fennel’s apartment, the last place she was known to be alive.
*Police released the truck Stacey was driving the night of the murder to Fennel who sold the truck days later
*Two beer cans found at the scene of the crime have DNA that cannot rule out, David Hall, a good friend and co-worker (cop) of Fennel’s.


While at The Austin Chronicle she wrote a series of articles here <http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Archive/search?Search=Rodney+Reed&amp;Sort=1&amp;sent=1&amp;Section=73712&amp;OldSearch=Rodney+Reed> .

 Read and share the recent New Abolitionist article <http://nodeathpenalty.org/new_abolitionist/may-2014-issue-61/texas-death-row-two-cases-injustice>  about the case

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The sadistic pleasure in attacking the poor.

A letter a day to number 10. No 985
Sunday 25 January 2015. The sadistic pleasure in attacking the poor.
Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs the text for your own letter.
Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.
Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona.
Dear Mr Cameron,
Ukip candidate, Lynton Yates, talking about the poor this week said, "Why do they have the privilege to spend the tax payers hard earned money on a car, when those in work are struggling to keep their own car on the road?" John Harris, writing in the Guardian, had this to say in response, "...there is a sadism at the heart of the Yates idea that is not a million miles away from the cruelties increasingly built into the benefits system: cruelties most of us would not put up with for a minute, but which are visited on thousands of people every week."
Harris is absolutely right, there is a casual but brutal sadism underpinning what Yates said and the entire benefit system and sanctions regime. Why should the poor have anything?
When David Freud said, "people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks as they have the least to lose", he was saying that it is perfectly alright for the poor to have less, demonstrating complete disdain for the brutality and violence that is what poverty is.
During the parliamentary debate on food banks Tory MPs mocked and jeered so loudly that the stories of hardship being suffered across the country were almost drowned out. The motion calling on the government to reduce dependency on food bank was defeated by 294 votes to 251. Every MP who voted against the motion was saying that it is just fine for people to be so poor they cannot afford to buy food. Esther McVey falsely blaming Labour for the economic crisis said, "In the UK it is right that more people are... going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them.
McVey, who doesn't appear to be suffering any hardship what so ever, believes that the those living in abject poverty should pay back a debt which they had no part in creating. The debt is not 'ours' as McVey would have it, it was forced on the nation to bail out the criminal banks who have continued to reward themselves lavishly for their crimes.
All of this amounts to an orchestrated campaign of sadistic brutality towards poor people from which those who are perpetrating it derive a sadistic and malicious pleasure. Special mention must be made, however, of your claim that you can "slash spending by £30billion without inflicting any pain", demonstrating that for you the poor are entirely discounted and invisible, including our mounting dead.

People For Schapelle Corby #SchapelleCorby

Schapelle Corby is 100% innocent, and her own government hid the proof for self-interest: for political expediency and to preserve the revenue of its generous paymasters at Macquarie Bank (owners of Sydney Airport). They sold her life without a second thought, and allowed the media to lie, vilify, smear and censor the truth. She was expendable.
She could have been anyone: your parents, your child, your brother, your sister, your friend.... you.
If this is not exposed, there will be other Schapelle Corby’s, other lives ruined, other people destroyed, tortured or even killed, at the altar of corruption and greed. There already are, in other scenarios, as the corrupt state-media machine grinds on, ignoring human rights and the lives of ordinary people, and protecting the powerful and privileged.
This has to be confronted and stopped, and Schapelle Corby's case is so absolutely clear, so well documented, so conclusively utterly incontrovertibly proven, that it can change society for ever. It can help the people to see the big picture. That is why they continue to censor, to hide, to abuse her. They fear her, they fear her voice, they fear the truth being exposed to the public. They fear the Expendable Project and all the documents it holds.
Fear alone, however, isn’t enough. They have to be confronted. The people have to learn, have to see for themselves, and have to care enough for each other to make a stand.
When that day dawns, justice will prevail, not just Schapelle, but for all.

Anti-fascist Jason Hammond sentenced 3.5 years for Tinley Park action

January 23, 2015
I write this statement after pleading guilty to state charges against me for my participation in an organized direct action taken against a group of white supremacists in May of 2012. I would like to share my thoughts about this action. First, major thanks and love to my friends and family who have supported me, for my amazing partner who kept me sane, my band for letting loose and my lawyer Sara Garber who has been ridiculously helpful in fighting this case with me.

While Chicago was in rebellion against the western military super-alliance NATO summit in 2012, a small group of racists organized their own ‘white nationalist economic summit' in the nearby suburb of Tinley Park. They booked a restaurant to hold a luncheon under the guise of the "Illinois European Heritage Association.” For over six months this event was promoted on Stormfront.org, a very popular online forum where racists and neo-nazis converse. Being in a prolonged state of resistance against racism, this summit became known to organized anti-fascists throughout the Midwest. Through research, they had ascertained the time, location, and even some identities of the attendees of this meeting, some of whom were already known as being members of white supremacist groups such as the KKK, National Socialist Movement and Council of Conservative Citizens. Upon becoming aware of this  information, myself and others decided to confront the fascists at their meeting. A righteous melee ensued, many of the ten white supremacists were injured, and we left the scene in less than two minutes.

In the aftermath, the police was called and two of the fascist attendees were arrested one for being a fugitive of pedophilia charges in another state and the other for illegal possession of firearms in their car onsite. Unfortunately after leaving the restaurant, five comrades from Hoosier Anti Racist Movement were also arrested for their involvement by an off duty cop. They are known as the Tinley Park 5, all of whom spent time in Illinois prisons after taking a non-cooperative plea, and have since been released on parole. Please read about their struggles at their wordpress.

A year after the action, in July 2013, I was arrested outside my home by the FBI and Tinley Park Police. I was charged with armed violence and mob action,  the same as the other 5 anti-fascists. My indictment states the Tinley Park Police were given a report from the FBI stating that they had identified me from DNA gathered at the scene and a surveillance video from the restaurant where the meeting was shut down. I was held in Cook County Jail for two months but was fortunate to have friends who raised enough money to release me on bond. I have since been fighting these charges. The wheels of the bureaucratic judicial system moves deliberately slow and another whole year and a half passes. Now, even with the privilege of being able to examine all the evidence and evaluate all of my options while out on bond, I must accept the judge’s offer of 3.5 years. My chances of winning the case were very low, and if I lost, it could potentially mean a significantly higher sentence.

It is difficult to decide whether to plea or not when faced with gambling years of your life in prison, but I also completely detest the narrative of the state and their courtrooms. Their story is that they rightfully apprehended the criminal, tried, and put them away in prison;where they will learn not to do it again while separated from society where they cannot spread their infectious ideas. That system does not work and it never will. I abhor this monopoly of justice and violence; the reality is that the state wants people in their prisons especially people whose political interest are in conflict  to the “business as usual” violence that their police and armies perpetrate. My crime is standing up against the flag of hate and the violence against people of color that it represents. The state, in a petty act, went out of their way years later to prosecute me.

Furthermore, the state has always supported a white supremacist power structure. Even after the endless series of racist wars and hundreds of years of oppression on this soil, they don't see it as a problem when neo-nazis get together and in fact grant permits and have lines of police to protect their free speech. In Ferguson, New York, Chicago and beyond, we see police use military grade equipment in conjunction with the National Guard to combat people protesting the unjust murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of law enforcement. These are not isolated incidents, but rather symptomatic and indicative of a deliberate move to uphold the pillars of white supremacy in this country, which will not change unless we fight against it.

I went into this action following the principles of anarchy, equality and freedom which have guided my life. For many years I have been involved in different projects engaging social justice, from volunteering at social centers, community public libraries and food distribution programs.I have also supported and participated in anti-war, environmental and immigrant rights movements. Through these experiences I became more aware of how the system that governs this society depends on the mass exploitation of large parts of the population and in fact the Earth itself for the profit of the rich and powerful. I was inspired and motivated by the people I met in the movement to strive to make change at the root of the problem, even if it meant possibly sacrificing my own personal freedom. Throughout history, any movement that struggled to change this system was considered dangerous by the government and was met with immense repression and state violence. But there were successful moments within these movements not only because they were justified, but because people fought for them and despite how history is presented like a Disney movie, not all of their actions were non-violent.
Today there still is police brutality, a massive prison industrial complex, there are presidents waging endless wars for profit and power, and there is violence, alienation and marginalization at the crossroads of gender, sexuality, race and class.  It would be naive to think that all of these problems could only be solved through pacifism; working with or within the system, following dogmatic and assimilative reformist agendas that take over and sell out movements; the answer lies in creative resistance that utilizes a wide diversity of tactics. I think some people have always known this but more need to reject the privileged tendency to reject destruction of property, or of the bodies protecting the state as taboo violence instead of as a legitimate form of resistance. As our collective patience is constantly being worn away by failures of government to address people’s actual needs, it is up to our own communities and individuals to decide for themselves what is an appropriate form of self-defense

But I would also like to note that the hyper-spectacularization and priority of violence amongst folks in the movement might also be folly, because I believe it in itself is not sufficient for a real radical transformation of society. People need to look within to make the change they want to see in the world as well as raise hell in the streets. People are improving their communities through their own support, healing circles, discussion groups, rallies, speak-outs, prisoner support, popular education, community health projects and asking hard questions and challenging oppressive thoughts however they manifest.

The ideas and actions that these white supremacists are pushing are dangerous and poisonous and is unfortunately still deeply rooted within the fabric of this society. Racism manifests itself in a number of ways and none can be ignored; from the blatant and overt bigots like those at the meeting in Tinley Park but also the subtle micro-aggressions that people experience on a daily basis. We are all obligated to confront the dead old ways of these oppressive ideologies using every means possible. My actions were in the spirit of continued resistance against racism and fascism and for the rights of people to live without fear of racist attacks. Those in struggle know the risk of jail, pain or death when trying to radically change the structure of society but it is a struggle we cannot ignore and we intend to win! 
After the interruption of the meeting in Tinley Park, the organizing group for their economic summit disbanded and the individual who booked the event said that they were “stepping away from white nationalist organizing.” When a comrade is arrested the movement bears a high cost but actions like these can prove affective as they dissuade people from joining hate groups and preventing the work that they do. I feel these tactics could also apply to different avenues of struggle, directed towards exploitative bosses, racist cops, gentrifying landlords, sexists anywhere, and fascist politicians. 

Some people have speculated my arrest was part of some revenge plot of the FBI because of the hacking and whistle-blowing my brother Jeremy Hammond has done against various sectors of the government and the private intelligent corporations they work with. While I love and support my brother and his actions 1000% and condemn the FBI and the US government for their own cyber wars they wage, I think it is unlikely that was the reason why I was held in custody. As stated earlier, the FBI did provide a report to the local police putting some of their pieces together which raises questions to why they would consider a bunch of neo-nazis getting beat up a matter of national security. Regardless, my brother and I were both apprehended because our actions were not carried out with absolute precision and every precaution made to disguise our identities and ensure we would not be busted.

However, it is absolutely true that we live in a vulnerable society with extreme governmental overreach, where anyone could be subject to surveillance, entrapment, targeted prosecutions and trumped up treason and terrorism charges purely for ideological reasons. It is a context deliberately cooked up by politicians and the national security complex to create fear and distrust amongst activist circles, as we can see looking at the huge number of dissidents who have been jailed or killed. Again, I’ll state my respect for political prisoners in any country who are staying strong and struggling to fight the power. I would encourage anyone who considers taking direct action to know why they are doing it and do so carefully as to not jeopardize themselves, their comrades, or the movement itself. A person in prison is another person we have to free.
       To those whose worlds were shaken and who are angry or displeased at my actions, remind yourselves humbly of the atrocious history of violence that white supremacy has done and continues to do so to this  society and ask yourself, do I support it? Do I benefit from it? Will this be my legacy? Or do I want to change it?

I have set up a blog where I will post updates regularly that will also include my mailing address and visiting hours. Also I will have set up an Amazon Wish List where people can send me some love through books. This will be set up once I arrive at the state prison where I will likely carry out the majority of my sentence. While I am here I intend to make the most of my time staying positive and motivated through reading, working out, and meditating. I am interested in continuing communication and having discussions with people through letters, so please write me when you have the chance.

Yours for the struggle!

With love and rage,
Jason Hammond
Freedom Archives

People For Schapelle Corby

The Expendable Project has today provided further insight into an operation which was, without doubt, the largest and most wide-scale exercise of FOI based information gathering ever to have been undertaken within the Commonwealth of Australia. It was immense, and it spanned years.
It has also uploaded schedules for some of the tens of thousands of documents retrieved from government departments and agencies: from the heart of Canberra. The following explanation of the process is provided on the website itself. It explains why the innocence of Schapelle Corby is a conclusively proven and incontrovertible fact and not an opinion.
Most of the material presented on this website was sourced through formal requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) of 1982. The use of this legislation yields copies of ‘official’ data: correspondence, transcripts, emails, records, documents, and a vast array of other information types. For any given subject, when requests are submitted across all relevant departments and agencies, the returns provide an unambiguous and clear picture of events and decision making.
In the case of Schapelle Corby, requests were submitted over a lengthy period, of five or six years. They were submitted on behalf of Schapelle Corby herself, so that her own personal data could be returned. Others were later submitted from relevant third parties, and through different individual citizens, in order to avoid target awareness of the huge investigative exercise which was underway.
After initial submissions and returns, follow-ups and appeals were undertaken, to seek and obtain further information. For every government department and agency at all relevant to the Schapelle Corby case, one or more such requests were pursued to their ultimate outcome. Supplementary requests were also submitted, again by different individuals, to obtain data pertaining to indirectly related aspects which might yield complementary background data.
The comprehensive and carefully executed project plan embraced the heart of the establishment, and included the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Attorney-General’s Department, the ACMA, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the AFP, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, the Department of Transport and Regional Services, the ACLEI, the Prime Minister’s & Cabinet Office, the OAIC, the Australian Crime Commission, the ABC, and a multitude of other institutions and agencies.
Eventually, a number of departments did recognize that this exercise was in process. It is a self-evident fact that the evidence obtained during the early years was substantially more complete and less censored than that obtained in recent years. It is a self-evident fact that pursuance of the requests became increasingly difficult, with prolonged delays and intentional blockages becoming frequent.
In one infamous case, a request was taken to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), with Australia’s top security officer telling the court that disclosure of the data would create a serious impasse with the United States of America, and place the provision of “security intelligence and threat warnings” to Australia at risk. The censorship of this particular FOI request alone cost the taxpayer over $1 million in processing, legal, and other fees. In addition, a significant volume of information was collected from a variety of non-governmental sources, as evidence was accumulated which might help to enhance the picture already painted by the now enormous FOI cache. These included direct interviews, audio and video recordings, legal records, and Internet meta-data, with researchers visiting locations as diverse as London and Bangkok.
Overall, this operation almost certainly constituted the largest and most wide-scale exercise of FOI based information gathering ever to have been undertaken within the Commonwealth of Australia.
To demonstrate the scale of this, sample schedules are provided below from just one of the requests made to each of three example institutions (the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the AFP). Whilst these are only three from the many dozens of requests, they help to illustrate the detail and granularity of the investigation.
To fully appreciate how insightful the actual data returns are in documenting critical events, and revealing the decisions and motives of those involved, the reports and exhibits published across this website present many of the retrieved items themselves. Correspondence, cables, transcripts, briefing notes, emails; these show precisely what occurred, and who did and said what.
This is incontrovertible. It is the raw unedited data which proves precisely what happened during the period in question in the Schapelle Corby case.
The sample schedules can be viewed from the following web page:
There is no doubt at all here. None whatsoever. Schapelle Corby is absolutely innocent, and the AFP and corrupt politicians were well aware of this from the start.
What followed will stain the Australia as a nation until it finds the integrity and courage to face it, and to bring the perpetrators of the crimes against her to justice.
The truth is known: there is no excuse for hiding from it.

Terrance Bowman Please keep your letters flooding.

Terrance has been placed on Administrative Segregation and being blocked from all communication beyond the walls. Please keep your letters flooding. Write Terrance to let him know that he's not alone & to keep fighting the fight.
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