Archive for July, 2016

action in narrm (melbourne ) against treatment of detainees at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in The Northern Territory

July 31, 2016

last week on abc four corners some shocking footage came out underlining the brutal torture of aboriginal teenagers, gassed by there oppressors then hosed down by force also a young aborigial teen put in a restraining chair with a spit hood placed over his head , this was like a seen from Guantanamo Bay but this was at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the northern territory as this shocking news come to light we also must remember that genocide of aboriginal people has been happening since colonisation in so-called australia and also aboriginal deaths in custody has increased since TheRoyal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody such as cases like miss dhu who had broken ribs, bleeding on the lungs and was in excruciating pain. Locked up for days without proper medical attention over $1000 in unpaid fines – at just 22 years of age she died in her cell as a result of her injuries. She begged for help mr ward who was placed in a police van causing death from a third degree burns in side the van

Cameron Doomadgee who died in police cells at palm island and many other aboriginal deaths in custody the action in narrm (melbourne ) was called Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance – WAR it started at 1pm at the state library there was a fire ceremony and several strong speakers about a 500 or more supporters , we matched down swanston street to bourke street where we occupied the intersection for about 15 minutes , we continue the the corner of flinders and swanston street a cage was set up in the middle of the intersection this cage was the same size as the cells at dondale detention centre where 4 womin lock on to the cage inside with bicycle locks and chains people sat around the cage demands where made to close down dondale detention centre and sack the Territory government at 730pm the occupation / sit in was still going then between 2am and 4am police came in to remove protesters some with brute-force was used the police remove protesters around the cage to get access to the cage so they can remove the 4 womin this is another example of state violence

this article was written on stolen land

references http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2016/07/25/4504895.htm

https://www.facebook.com/WARcollective/?fref=nf

http://www.deathsincustody.org.au/

From NYC Jericho Movement

July 22, 2016

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ANCESTORS ROLL CALL!

What Did They Think?

What did they think?

Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Akai
Gurley, Trayvon Martin, Michael
Brown, life precious blood spelled
in the mud FREEDOM …

When will it come?

What did they think?

Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Sean
Bell, Amadou Diallo whose life
breath echoed the dreams deferred
from Afrikan ancestors through
the middle passage, to Denmark
Vesey and Nat Turner, do you
hear it, are you listening?

Micah heard the torturous
mourning echoing over
the ages forcing us to
remember Shaka Zulu, Queen
Nzinga, the Mau Mau to Steve
Biko and Nelson Mandela.

What did they think?

Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Medgar
Evers, Huey P. Newton, Fred
Hampton, George Jackson, from
the African Blood Brotherhood,
to the Deacons for Defense,
the Black Panther Party and
the Black Liberation Army, a
history of noble resistance.

What did they think?

Mark Essex, Zayd Shakur, Frank
Fields, Twyman Meyers, Anthony
” Kimu” White did not forget
Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth
or Rosa Parks, reminiscent of the
fugitive slave laws, Black Codes
and Jim Crow, while Martin L.
King, Jr., revered by all except
J. Edgar Hoover and James Earl Ray.

What did they think?

Freddy Gray, Antwon Shumpert,
Alton Sterling, Philando Castile
Let’s not forget Chicago teenager,
McDonald, 17 hot bullets spun
him like a drunken ballerina,
with Blue arrogance and hubris,
all around the world the same
song. Yet, they call the oppressed
terrorists when they fight back.

What did they think?

Yes, suffering is universal, it knows
no color, race, ethnicity, class or
status. No, they are not immune
to pain and loss, it does not
discriminate, despite their belief
in white supremacy. The racial
divide can not hide the common
blood inside us all, flowing scarlet
red life, they dismiss by the white
heat of hate.

What did they think?

After 430 years of racial strife
and mass incarceration, the 13th
Amendment a violation of international
law, in America — slavery still exists!

What did they think?

Time will absolve the evil within.
But we know time absolves nothing
without sacrifice. So, they trot
out apologetic House Negroes,
talking heads lacking historical
facts, to track the racial divide
that leads to the loss of Black
lives.

Micah destroyed the myth of Tarzan,
Captain America, and Superman.

What did he think?

That Black Lives Mattered???

They have demeaned you and call
you demented, saying you’re
delusional and insane; but, didn’t
they say the same about Nat Turner
and Nelson Mandela? Aren’t we all
a product of our environment? So,
isn’t suffering a racist environment
demented and insane? They called
the Panthers terrorists when they
fed our children with one hand
and fought Cointelpro with the
other. When Black people fight
back they automatically become
crazy; when Black people stand up,
demand justice, they are called
extremist.

What did they think?

White supremacy in all of its subtle
and overt manifestations must prevail
to dispel Black Lives Matter. They
have to blow up this idea, Micah,
like the bomb on MOVE, and the
bomb on the L.A. office of the
BPP. But Chairman Fred said, you
can kill a revolutionary, but you
can’t kill the revolution. You can
imprison a freedom fighter but you
can’t imprison freedom.

What did they think?

We do not celebrate the loss of
life, we mourn as you mourn, we
lament as you lament. We salute
and honor the brave and courageous
whose ultimate sacrifice demands
recognition. It is our collective
shame, we meet at this crossroad, on
the divide of class and race. Yet,
the slow pace for healing is revealing,
our continuing to live a lie, that
Blue blood is more precious than
Black blood.

What did they think?

I urge you to read, to understand
my sensitivity to the matters at
hand, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”, “When
Police Die
”, “A Mother’s Loss
expressing our collective anguish
of a seemingly unrelenting war.
We need not keep score, death
is death, and we should not rest
until hate and racism are cast into
the abyss, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Remember; We Are Our Own Liberators!

Jalil A. Muntaqim
Apartheid Attica
July 2016

From NYC Jericho Movement

http://www.freejalil.com/index.html

 

Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel

July 13, 2016

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July 11, 2016: Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. This brings an end to litigation begun in 2013. In February 2014, following an international campaign on behalf of Shoatz, he was released from solitary confinement.
 
In exchange for Shoatz ending the lawsuit the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) has agreed that it will not place Shoatz back in solitary confinement based on his prior disciplinary record or activities; Shoatz will have a single-cell status for life, meaning he will not have to experience the extreme hardship of being forced to share a cell following decades of enforced isolation; a full mental health evaluation will be provided; and the DOC has paid a monetary settlement. 
 
Russell Maroon Shoatz had the following to say about the settlement: “I have nothing but praise for all of those who supported me and my family for all of the years I was in Solitary Confinement, as well as helped to effect my release. Since joining the struggle for Human Rights in the mid 1960s, I have always chosen to fight! Frederick Douglass was right when he said ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand.’ So have no doubt that I see this Settlement as anything but the latest blow struck, and you rest assured that I will continue in the struggle for Human Rights. Straight Ahead!”
 
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Mendez, said: “This settlement is a major contribution to the quest to outlaw prolonged solitary confinement in the US and around the world. I congratulate Mr. Shoatz and his family for not giving up and his team of lawyers for a committed and highly professional approach to justice.”
 
Shoatz had been held in solitary confinement in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) since 1983. For 19 months between 1989 and 1991 he was held in the general population of the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth. Upon return to the PADOC in 1991 he was immediately placed back in solitary confinement and held there until February 20, 2014, when he was released to the general population at State Correctional Institution Graterford, 10 months after he filed suit in Shoatz v. Wetzel.
 
The case challenged the more than 22 consecutive years that Shoatz spent in conditions of solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment due to the severe deprivations of basic human needs imposed on Shoatz, including mental health, environmental stimulation, social interaction, sleep, physical health, and exercise. Shoatz also challenged violations of his procedural and substantive due process rights.
 
As noted by Judge Eddy in her February 2016 decision ordering a trial in the case, plaintiff’s expert, psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan, stated in his report in the case that Shoatz has spent “virtually his entire adult life in complete and coerced social isolation (and sensory deprivation) – which is among the most abnormal and pathogenic environments in which it is possible to place a human being.”
 
The decision also quoted United Nations Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez, who was another expert for the plaintiff:
 
The conditions of detention of Mr. Russell Shoatz, in particular his indefinite solitary confinement eventually lasting 29 years, constituted cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment under customary international law standards. . . . [E]ven if isolation of inmates is not per se contrary to those practices, indefinite or excessively prolonged regimes of solitary confinement like the one suffered by Mr. Shoatz certainly do. In addition to the excessive duration and indefinite nature, his isolation contradicts the trend of all civilized Nations in that it was imposed on the basis of status determinations unrelated to any conduct in his part, and through a meaningless procedure that did not afford him a serious chance to challenge the outcome.
 
Shoatz was released from solitary confinement after an international campaign led by his family and supporters. The campaign to release Shoatz included the support of five Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor, Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Jody Williams from the United States, and Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina. Several U.S. civil and human rights organizations also endorsed his release from isolation.
 
In March 2013, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment and Punishment, Juan Mendez, called on the government “to cease the prolonged isolation of Mr. Shoat[z].” (see Democracy Now! interview with Juan Mendez and Matt Meyer discussing Maroon at this link).
 
Shoatz was represented in this case by Bret Grote and Dustin McDaniel of the Abolitionist Law Center; Harold J. Engel; and Reed Smith attorneys Rick Etter and Stefanie L. Burt.

posted by info@freemumia.com

This is a Call to Action Against Slavery in America

July 6, 2016

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In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement,
echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we
prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.

On September 9th of 1971 prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New
York State’s most notorious prison. On September 9th of 2016, we will
begin an action to shut down prisons all across this country. We will
not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by
ceasing to be slaves.

In the 1970s the US prison system was crumbling. In Walpole, San
Quentin, Soledad, Angola and many other prisons, people were standing
up, fighting and taking ownership of their lives and bodies back from
the plantation prisons. For the last six years we have remembered and
renewed that struggle. In the interim, the prisoner population has
ballooned and technologies of control and confinement have developed
into the most sophisticated and repressive in world history. The prisons
have become more dependent on slavery and torture to maintain their
stability.

Prisoners are forced to work for little or no pay. That is slavery. The
13th amendment to the US constitution maintains a legal exception for
continued slavery in US prisons. It states “neither slavery nor
involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the
party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United
States.” Overseers watch over our every move, and if we do not perform
our appointed tasks to their liking, we are punished. They may have
replaced the whip with pepper spray, but many of the other torments
remain: isolation, restraint positions, stripping off our clothes and
investigating our bodies as though we are animals.

Slavery is alive and well in the prison system, but by the end of this
year, it won’t be anymore. This is a call to end slavery in America.
This call goes directly to the slaves themselves. We are not making
demands or requests of our captors, we are calling ourselves to action.
To every prisoner in every state and federal institution across this
land, we call on you to stop being a slave, to let the crops rot in the
plantation fields, to go on strike and cease reproducing the
institutions of your confinement.

This is a call for a nation-wide prisoner work stoppage to end prison
slavery, starting on September 9th, 2016. They cannot run these
facilities without us.

Non-violent protests, work stoppages, hunger strikes and other refusals
to participate in prison routines and needs have increased in recent
years. The 2010 Georgia prison strike, the massive rolling California
hunger strikes, the Free Alabama Movement’s 2014 work stoppage, have
gathered the most attention, but they are far from the only
demonstrations of prisoner power. Large, sometimes effective hunger
strikes have broken out at Ohio State Penitentiary, at Menard
Correctional in Illinois, at Red Onion in Virginia as well as many other
prisons. The burgeoning resistance movement is diverse and
interconnected, including immigrant detention centers, women’s prisons
and juvenile facilities. Last fall, women prisoners at Yuba County Jail
in California joined a hunger strike initiated by women held in
immigrant detention centers in California, Colorado and Texas.

Prisoners all across the country regularly engage in myriad
demonstrations of power on the inside. They have most often done so with
convict solidarity, building coalitions across race lines and gang lines
to confront the common oppressor.

Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to
America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize
these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the
American prison system cannot ignore or withstand. We hope to end prison
slavery by making it impossible, by refusing to be slaves any longer.

To achieve this goal, we need support from people on the outside. A
prison is an easy-lockdown environment, a place of control and
confinement where repression is built into every stone wall and chain
link, every gesture and routine. When we stand up to these authorities,
they come down on us, and the only protection we have is solidarity from
the outside. Mass incarceration, whether in private or state-run
facilities is a scheme where slave catchers patrol our neighborhoods and
monitor our lives. It requires mass criminalization. Our tribulations on
the inside are a tool used to control our families and communities on
the outside. Certain Americans live every day under not only the threat
of extra-judicial execution—as protests surrounding the deaths of Mike
Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and so many others have drawn long
overdue attention to—but also under the threat of capture, of being
thrown into these plantations, shackled and forced to work.

Our protest against prison slavery is a protest against the school to
prison pipeline, a protest against police terror, a protest against
post-release controls. When we abolish slavery, they’ll lose much of
their incentive to lock up our children, they’ll stop building traps to
pull back those who they’ve released. When we remove the economic motive
and grease of our forced labor from the US prison system, the entire
structure of courts and police, of control and slave-catching must shift
to accommodate us as humans, rather than slaves.

Prison impacts everyone, when we stand up and refuse on September 9th,
2016, we need to know our friends, families and allies on the outside
will have our backs. This spring and summer will be seasons of
organizing, of spreading the word, building the networks of solidarity
and showing that we’re serious and what we’re capable of.

Step up, stand up, and join us.
Against prison slavery.
For liberation of all.

Find more information, updates and organizing materials and
opportunities at the following websites:

-SupportPrisonerResistance.net

-FreeAlabamaMovement.com

-IWOC.noblogs.org

More info on the Sept. 9th Day of action.
https://supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org/sept-9-2016/
http://www.FreeAlabamaMovement.com
http://www.iwoc.noblogs.org
http://unityandstruggle.org/2016/05/05/incarcerated-workers-take-the-lead-prison-struggles-in-the-united-states-2008-2016-3/