Get Bleu out of Jail!!!

Get Bleu out of Jail!!!

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Get Bleu out of Jail!!!

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My partner Bleu has been arrested and is now in jail. Unfortunately his family and I are unable to pay his bail so I’m asking for your help. He is trans* so he has been placed in a women’s correctional facility and is being treated horribly by the staff and is constantly harrassed. I am unable to get him his medications including his testoterone while he is locked up. We need to get him out as soon as possible. The best way to do that is to donate money towards getting him a good lawyer that is familiar with trans* people and issues they face in ‘the system.’ I am taking care of his affairs until he is released inculding caring for his animals and arranging for him to have basic needs met by putting money on his jail account so he can buy socks, underwear and toiletries which are not provided for him. He has no previous record. He was only defending himself and no one was hurt. He’s a good guy, active in the LGBTQ community here in Philadelphia, a college student, loving pet owner and treats me bettter than anyone ever has. Anything anyone can give will be super helpful, money or information. Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 980 328 4555

*Update 11/8/12
Thanks so much to everyone who has donated. We have enough to get a lawyer to see him but still not enough to pay the full amount of legal fees. Please keep spreading the word and giving if you are able. Half of every paycheck I make is going toward this too. If you can’t give anything financially at least spread the word and pray for him in whatever spiritual way you choose. It can’t hurt to have more than one deity on his side.

*Update 11/18/12
Bleu had his first court date and since certain people important to his case didn’t show up his hearing has been postponed to 12/03/12. If they don’t show up two more times everything is thrown out and he can come home with no charges. The problem with this scenario is he has to remain in jail until these two other possible hearings happen. The lawyer that all your generous donations have paid for, filed a motion to get his bail revoked so he can come home sooner. Hopefully he’ll be home in time for Christmas but most likely will not be home for Thanksgiving. This year I’m thankful for the generosity of friends, family and compassionate strangers. Please continue to spread the word, even if you’ve boosted the signal once, maybe do it again. We are still about $1,500 short of our goal. Thanks so very much.

*Update 11/28/12
Motion was filed and heard to get him out between hearings but was denied by the judge. We got his bail reduced but it’s still too high to attempt to pay lawyer fees and bail. His next hearing is this coming Monday and hopefully people involved won’t show up again. Pray wish and hope that they don’t. Please continue to repost and do what you can to help. I’ll change the countdown when we get his next hearing date, assuming no one shows on Monday. Either way, expect an update next week either Tuesday or Wednesday. Thanks again for all your support. I just hope he’s home for Christmas. The best Christmas present of my life would be to have him safe and sound at home and in my arms.

*Update 12/05/12
Second hearing was yesterday and again no one showed. The next hearing is scheduled 12/28 so unfortunately he won’t be home for the holiday. This is their last chance to show before the case is thrown out. After that he can come home and just in time for the new year. Please continue to spread the word…again. Thanks for al your love and support. If anyone would like to send Bleu Christmas cards, I can get you the address.

Thanks,
Je

https://www.wepay.com/donations/1443221665

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Snitch David Agranoff is back in Portland!

Snitch David Agranoff is back in Portland!

Posted on December 2, 2012 by colleenc123

Hello friends of Portland ABC!

Because we care about you, and don’t want to see you wind up on our letter writing list, please be aware that snitch David  Agranoff is back in Portland. Here’s info about David Agranoff’s snitching: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/dave-agranoff-informant-elf-bloomington/5723/

If you see David Agranoff around Portland, we urge you to avoid him. Do not associate with him, for your own safety, and the safety of our community.

And keep up the support for Marie Mason! http://supportmariemason.org/

   For more info on this snitch and others like him, see also:   http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/informant-tracking/  

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Support CeCe

Ⓐ Solidarity Café for CeCe McDonald

Sunday December 16th from 6-8:30, at FreeHaus 16 70 13th Street

delicious food! vegan, gluten-free options.

supportcece.wordpress.com

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Support the ACAC 19

Against the growing wave of state repression in the Bay and beyond

statement from the support committee for the ACAC 19

We are a group of Bay Area radicals who are organizing together to support nineteen anti-colonial, anti-capitalist comrades (the ACAC 19) who were beaten, arrested and subjected to a media smear campaign by the San Francisco Police Department on October 6, 2012.

The arrests occurred during the Saturday action in a series of demonstrations on Columbus Day weekend against current forms of colonization and empire, as well as the racist celebrations of genocide and conquest that is Columbus Day. The actions were organized in solidarity with indigenous struggles: from the East Bay fight to protect sacred sites to the ongoing struggles in Mexico and Canada against the mass destruction caused by industrial resource extraction and logging. The weekend’s demonstrations also marked the eleven-year anniversary of the Afghanistan war and occupation, a brutal example of contemporary empire building.

Nearly 200 took to the streets of San Francisco’s financial district in an anti-colonial anti-capitalist march on that Saturday afternoon while warplanes flew overhead as part of the annual Fleet Week. Demonstrators were immediately confronted by a very large police mobilization that included multiple squads on bicycles and motorbikes, as well as lines of riot police and many police vehicles. Officers quickly tried to box in the crowd and beat it on to the sidewalk. Some in the crowd refused to leave the streets but SFPD had clearly decided to crush the march within the first blocks. The police attacked a random section of the crowd towards the back of the march and those who were unable to run away were brutally beaten to the ground, surrounded and arrested. Multiple comrades suffered a range of injuries including blows to the head, a broken nose and a split chin.

Once booked, those arrested were not cited and released as is standard practice in almost all San Francisco mass arrests. Instead, all 19 were slapped with the same selection of felony charges including felony conspiracy to riot. Their phones were immediately confiscated and they were all ubjected to interrogation. Those who were unable to be quickly bailed out were held in jail for four or five days and were released only after agreeing to have their bodies searched for tattoos and allowing photographs to be taken.

Meanwhile, SFPD released a statement to the media which recklessly stated that all those in the march “identified themselves as members of the Criminal street gang, Black Blok”. The statement also claimed that those arrested were responsible for September’s clashes between demonstrators and police in the Mission district the previous month following a police shooting. SFPD simultaneously released all the arrestees’ mug shots along with their full names and birth dates. Much of the corporate media published SFPD’s statement nearly word for word and included the mugshots which spread across the internet.

A warrant has been issued to seize all information within the confiscated phones using the justification that the case involves conspiracy charges and potential street gang involvement. Subpoenas have also been issued for two Twitter accounts allegedly connected with those arrested. All of these unusual forms of police repression against demonstrators in San Francisco are directly connected to the involvement of the SFPD Gang Taskforce in the crackdown and investigation. This powerful police unit regularly cooperates with the federal government and is usually reserved for criminalizing poor and working class communities of color.

While we are not surprised that the state is actively working to crush all forms of resistance and organizing amongst anti-capitalists, anarchists and other radicals, we feel this case is a particularly important example of one avenue this repression can take. The same tools that are designed to oppress and control marginalized communities and neighborhoods, such as gang task forces and gang injunctions, are gradually making their way into the repertoire of repression deployed against social movements in the Bay Area. The overlaps and connections that exist between these communities and movements represent the greatest threat to the state and the repression we are seeing is a direct attempt to crush any organizing of that kind.

We see this as one manifestation of the broader crackdown unfolding across the country– from the FBI entrapment cases against Ohio anarchists to the ongoing federal grand jury targeting anarchists and radicals in the Pacific Northwest. Each of these cases illustrates a different form of contemporary repression yet each has an identical end goal: eliminate any resistance or opposition to the status quo of capitalism, the state and all forms of domination and exploitation. We stand in solidarity with all those working to counter this repression and those who have been directly targeted by it. We see these struggles as intimately tied with those of all marginalized and oppressed peoples who share a common enemy and are organizing towards liberation.

All members of the ACAC 19 have either been bailed out, cited and released or released on their own recognizance. All of their charges have been reduced from the initial array of felonies yet multiple charges are still being pressed against each arrestee. Please show your solidarity and support for the ACAC 19 by emailing this statement to friends and comrades, reposting it online, donating to the support fund and calling the San Francisco DA to demand all charges be dropped.

https://supporttheacac19.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/solidarity-with-the-acac-19/

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Transcript from Maddy’s Grand Jury Appearance

Maddy Pfeiffer’s Grand Jury Appearance
11/07/12

Here are the notes from the Grand Jury hearings. Personal information has been redacted including the names of people asked about by the Prosecutor.

Prosecutor Michael Dion: What is your Name?
Maddy: Matthew Pfeiffer

Prosecutor Michael Dion: What is your Birth Date?
Maddy: (gave birth date)

Prosecutor Michael Dion: What do you do for work?
Maddy: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: What is your Address?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Do you intend to answer that for every question?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Did you live at (address redacted for privacy)?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Did your lawyer advice you about Immunity?
M: Yes.

at this point in time, the prosecution showed the room a statement posted to the committee against political repression’s website, attributed to Maddy

P: Are you familiar with the committee against political repression?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Are you aware that the Federal courthouse was vandalized on May 1st?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Were you present at the courthouse on May 1st?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Do you know Person 1 (name redacted)?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Was Person 1 in Seattle on May 1st?
M:I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Do you know Person 2 (name redacted)?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Was Person 2 in Seattle on May 1st?
M:I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Do you know Person 3 (name redacted)?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Was Person 3 in Seattle on May 1st?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Did anyone tell you about vandalizing the courthouse?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Do you know what a black bloc is?
M:I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Have you ever been in a black bloc?
M:I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Have you ever possessed a road flare?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Do you know a man named ____________ (name redacted)?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Do you intend to answer “ I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.” to all questions?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: You are due upstairs in 10 minutes and have another subpoena on the 20th of November.

Maddy went before the judge then was sent back down to the grand jury for a second appearance

P: Has your position changed since talking to Judge Jones?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Are you going to continue to answer “ I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.” to every question?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Have you ever met Person 1?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Have you ever been in a black bloc?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Were you there on May 1st?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

P: Did anyone say anything to you about the damage to the courthouse?
M: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments

P: Okay, we’re done here.

https://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/transcript-from-maddys-grand-jury-appearance/

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Our Lips Are Sealed: Resisting Grand Juries and State Repression in the Bay and Beyond

 

Title: Our Lips Are Sealed: Resisting Grand Juries and State Repression in the Bay and Beyond
START DATE: Sunday November 11
TIME: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location Details:
The Holdout Social Center
2313 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA
Event Type: Panel Discussion
Grand Jury History & Legal information (including recent & current GJs along the West Coast and the PNW), Community Security & Know Your Rights info, Trauma, Kids’ Care and Community Health During Repression, Engaging the Media
in times of heightened repression.Speakers include Kristian Williams, author of “Our Enemies In Blue” & member of Rose City Copwatch, Richard Brown
of the SF 8, and more! Lunch and Coffee to share & Kid Care.

THERE’S A WEAPON
WE MUST USE
IN OUR DEFENSE
SILENCE

 

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Urgent: Sergey’s Bail has been raised to $1,000,000

Sergey’s bail which yesterday was just $36,000, or $3,600 for bail has now been raised to $1,000,000, or $100,000. Please dig deep into you’re pockets especially if you don’t have holes in them like many of us do, and go to https://www.wepay.com/donations/free-sergey

This is really fucked up. They know most of us are poor.

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Cleveland 4 Sentencing Hearing Update

Posted On Mon, 11/05/2012 – 23:39

Today was the first day of Brandon, Doug and Connor’s sentencing hearing, from 9 AM till almost 4 PM.  The parties made opening statements, and then most of the day was spent examining and cross-examining Special Agent Ryan Taylor, the lead FBI agent involved with this case.  Anthony Hayne also briefly testified, part of the plea agreement he entered into with the government in July.

The hearing will continue tomorrow morning at 10 AM.  We’ll post a more thorough update later this week.  The actual sentencing for Brandon, Connor and Doug is scheduled for November 19th.

Also, Skelly’s evaluation is scheduled to be completed today.  Hopefully he’ll be transferred back to Ohio soon.

http://www.cleveland4solidarity.org/blog/sentencing-hearing-update

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Free Sergey

Sergey Turzhanskiy, also known as Kiki, was arrested by the pigs in Portland for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a police car. He faces charges of first degree arson, second degree criminal mischief, obstructing government administration, second degree disorderly conduct, attempt to allude by vehicle and unlawful possession of a destructive device. In other words, he’s in deep shit.

According to a WePay page set up for him:

Legal defense fund for Sergey Turzhanskiy. Sergey (also known as Kiki) is facing around $3600 in bail (bond) and a floor estimate of $7000 for counsel. They are facing some nasty charges and even nastier potential sentences, so it is crucial that we get them out as soon as possible and begin to work on their defense case. Every dollar helps! More to come as we learn about it and speak to them in coming days. In love and solidarity with all political prisoners- Sergey’s defense team.

Please help him out at https://www.wepay.com/donations/1993616228 We know some of you got enough spang.

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a reading from End the NATO5 Witch Hunt: Raising Funds from the Dead

10.30.2012
a reading from End the NATO5 Witch Hunt: Raising Funds from the Dead
Categories: Features
Image Via Flickr user billeguerrio

Post by Natalie Solidarity

In Chicago on October 29, 2012, dedicated Occupy activists and their allies, all NATO5 supporters, attended End the NATO5 Witch Hunt: Raising Funds from the Dead. I was lucky enough to be in town for the evening and even luckier still to read my compilation piece about the struggles of jail solidarity.

 

Boots on the ground is one aspect of protest, arguably the most fun, most invigorating, and proffers the sentiment that our voices and bodies are transforming the system.

With our manic dancing to the song of our unified voices singing, “Ah! Anteee! Anteee-capeeetalista!” in the streets under the ruling class’s nose, how could the public remain unmoved? How can they not join in and support us, even for a moment?

With our energy, spirit, dedication, and words, we are altering reality.

We are unstoppable.

We are building a better world with every step forward towards the heart of downtown Chicago. When we stand in the streets, screaming for social change, educating and empowering our sisters, brothers and the masses, the power structures do their best to remove us. All those bastard cops step in and attempt to silence our voices by making arrests. When de-arresting fails and our family is ripped from us by the state’s savage hands and those boots on the ground are transformed into prison slippers on a cold cement floor, how does our movement stand?

What do we do, as revolutionaries, when our comrades, our family-in-arms, the people with whom we make social change, are locked away from us?

We stand in solidarity, as we do in the streets.

We are dedicated to one another, dedicated to social change, and, like the power of our people, that don’t stop when our freedom is taken away.

Jail solidarity means waiting outside the holding area or prison with hot coffee, food, cheers, and hugs for fellow protesters locked away.

Jail support means bandaging our friends who were smashed to the concrete by the state with words and kindness, ministering the sunset-colored bruises, massaging away the aches from unnecessary and excessive uses of force.

Jail solidarity means writing letters featuring silly stories and cartoons, sending reading material like science fiction, nonfiction, and art supplies like colored pencils and paper.

Remaining strong in the ugly face of the state’s repression isn’t easy. Jail support is hard on the heart. When three of the NATO5, Brent, Jay, and Jacob were lead into court, shackled at their waists, wrists, and ankles, I leapt to my feet, eyes blurred by tears of hot rage. These children, barely old enough attend college, were dressed in mustard yellow jumpsuits with the letters DOC screaming from their backs. They looked so small. Bulletproof glass separated me from rushing into the court and hugging them. The following day, I watched the final two members of the NATO5, Mark and Sebastian look equally as small and helpless in their jumpsuits, powerless against Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez’s kangaroo court. While being lead away to their isolated cells and away from us, they glimpsed us standing and raising our fists to them in solidarity.

While I’m not physically caged with my comrades, I feel locked away. My energy, heart, and body are dedicated to their fight and to their comfort. Precisely as Occupy fights for systemic change by highlighting the interconnectedness of the home foreclosure epidemic to the manufactured crisis of ‘budget showdown’ and corporations buying legislation, we are now forging those correlations inside a repressive state climate coupled with brutal police repression and political imprisonment to Occupy Chicago’s overarching society-rebuilding endeavors.

Experiencing the waves of gratitude once we attained our victory of their freedom is enough to sustain me through the nights when I can’t sleep, kept awake thinking of people I used to stand with in the streets, now caged.

Seeing, then freeing our comrades only inspires me to keep working, keep struggling, until the prisons come down. The movement for which our comrades have sacrificed their freedom will support them in our collective struggle.

After one Cook County Jail visitation, my chest hollowed and I sat in that dirty, flimsy chair for a moment with my head hanging down, face in my hands. Simply, my brain was overwhelmed at the abject cruelty of the state and the lies of those bastards who ripped our comrade from his world, in order to prove a point to we who speak out against repression, we who attempt to build a better world for all people.

As I walked silently through the cold glass doors and into the sunlight, the chill from that prison lingered in my bones. Leaving the chilly rooms with the dirty floors and power-drunk guards is next to unbearable.

Even though we go home, we’re not gone.

We remain locked away in our visited comrade’s memory, in the remains of their endless day locked away from all known beauty and joy. One of the Occupy family will be back the next visiting day. Letters and postcards will bolster them through this. Tonight’s earnings will funnel into their commissary.

Jail support is hard on me, hard on my delicate heart, but serving jail time would be impossible without comrades, like me, like you all here tonight, like anyone who can harden their hearts and stand up in solidarity against the state. By dedicating time and energy to support our caged friends, we’re demonstrating to the state, the world, and to each other that their fight is our fight.

We will keep fighting until they’re free, until the prison walls are rubble.

 

For more information on the NATO5 aka Brent, Jacob, Jared, Sebastian and Mark see NATO5.occupychi.org, our Free the NATO 5 facebook page and follow us on Twitter @FreeNATO5

http://www.diatribemedia.com/2012/10/30/a-reading-from-end-the-nato5-witch-hunt-raising-funds-from-the-dead/

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