Free Mumia Abu Jamal - Mass Rally April 24th Philadelphia
Free Mumia Abu Jamal - Mass Rally April 24th Philadelphia
so this guy in my neighborhood is super racist and he has a confederate flag flying so someone last night took it down and spray painted black power and put it back up
MIT’s website this morning
We brought our message directly to Walmart and Black Friday shoppers tonight in Kenosha, Wisconsin….Overpass Light Brigade
Wed., Nov. 21, 5:00 PM, Times Square
We will assemble in front of :
PLEASE SUPPORT HOUSELESS DISABLED QUEER BLACK ORGANIZER FROM POLICE TERRORISM!
Tequilah is my friend and comrade, who I first met in Occupy Portland. They’re black, queer, and houseless, and their partner Joel was just brutalized and jailed with a phony felony charge (assaulting a police officer) by the Portland Police Bureau. Joel is queer, black, houseless, autistic, and also an organizer.
Tequilah is an amazing leader and organizer in the houseless community, and is well known and loved throughout the QPOC/houseless community in Portland.
This is another case of white supremacy terrorizing houseless queer people of color through the police. In Portland, the houseless community has been engaged in a tense multi-year land struggle with the city. They have self-organized free shelters, and the city has been trying to evict them. This struggle has been engaged through marches, protests, vigils, sleep-ins, and even a 55-day hunger strike by local houseless queer black activist Cameron Whitten.
Tequilah has always been an unstoppable force for justice in the houseless community, and the police are clearly targeting him and his partner to shut them down. He’s been there for me when I needed an emotional lift so many times, we can’t let the pigs attack him and his partner this way! It’s time to escalate the fight in this war for housing and against the police.
QPOC FIGHT BACK, FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
SUPPORT THE HOUSELESS COMMUNITY IN PORTLAND @ RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO (R2D2), TELL THE CITY TO BACK OFF!
Please spread the word.
Update: It has now been five days, and Joel is still in custody. They have not been heard from and PPB has not released a visitor list. The last time Joel was arrested, PPB knocked out several of his teeth.
EMERGENCY RALLY on SUNDAY at the MULTNOMAH COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER at NOON
Jamel Mims on facing two years in prison for protesting Stop & Frisk
October 23, 2012
New York City teacher Jamel Mims faces up to two years in prison for nonviolently protesting the most controversial racial profiling policy in America today. Last year, he was one of the key members of a civil disobedience campaign to stop Stop-and-Frisk that boasted the iconic academic Cornel West as one of its leading advocates. Today, he stands on trial along with 12 other campaigners.
As discussed in last week’s State of the Left, the NYPD policy involves 1,800 instances of stopping and frisking citizens every day; in the last decade, 87% of people who are stopped are black or Latino; and about 9 of 10 are innocent of any wrongdoing. There is not even a hint of exaggeration in saying that certain sections of New York City are turned into police states for minority youth.
Enter Jamel Mims:
On Tuesday October 23, I will be on trial along with Carl Dix, who, with Cornel West, initiated the 2011 campaign of nonviolent protest to stop Stop-and-Frisk. We are facing up to two years in jail for non-violent protest at the NYPD 103rd precinct in Jamaica, Queens last year.
The stakes are undoubtedly high: this is the second stop-and-frisk protest mass trial resulting from the culminating action of the civil disobedience campaign that sparked citywide resistance to the policy. The Queens District Attorney added a serious misdemeanor charge on us last month, and re-wrote our charges last week so that we’re charged with ‘acting in concert’ rather than as individuals.
The action last November was the third such protest at New York City precincts with the most stop-and-frisks, this one taking place in the borough of Queens. We held a community rally and march through Jamaica, Queens, which ended at the 103rd Precinct. As our march arrived at the precinct, it was completely barricaded on all sides – on lock-down in anticipation of the protest. An officer slides open one of the metal grates and motions us inward so that we may protest at the precinct doors. After minutes of chanting and singing outside of the precinct steps, 20 of us were arrested, quite quickly, but held for hours late into the next day. For less than ten minutes of protesting stop-and-frisk outside of the doors 103rd precinct, which houses the NYPD officers who put fifty shots into Sean Bell, 12 co-defendants and I now find ourselves facing two years of jail time.
If anyone think this is just an empty threat, and they won’t convict or send us to jail, let me reiterate—the DA has twice bumped up the charges in the last month, and has made it very clear that the prosecutorial apparatus intends to place us behind bars. A year ago, those who had no first-hand experience of the humiliation of being illegally searched barely knew the practice occurred. Those who got stopped and frisked thought there was nothing one could do about it. Now, the stop-and-frisk policy and the horrors it inflicts are going viral in mainstream society. Copwatch and videos of NYPD stops garner thousands of views, and nearly every day there are articles or opinion pieces about stop-and-frisk. Potential mayoral candidates have even had to confront this, as politicians line up to claim their opposition to the policy, or express their desire to reform or modify it in the ongoing pursuit of public opinion.
In this watershed moment, when stop-and-frisk is opening a window into the daily plight of thousands, the very people who put their bodies on the line to put this issue into the spotlight and openly call out for its abolition are vigorously prosecuted and threatened with incarceration. I refuse to accept this. It’s unthinkable that the Queens District Attorney, who couldn’t make a case against the cops who murdered Sean Bell, is now throwing the book at nonviolent civil disobedience protesters. In this light, the intended effect of this prosecution is insidiously transparent: to send a chilling effect through the movement against mass incarceration, and dampen the spirit of resistance it has ignited. To put it quite simply: don’t speak up, and certainly don’t fight back.
Well, I’m speaking up. And not just as someone who is passionate about the issue. I speak as a target of police abuse, as a Fulbright Scholar whose scholarship was almost denied after being assaulted by Boston police while trying to leave a party. I speak to you as an artist and teacher whose work in New York City public schools has me witness the humiliation and degradation of the youth by the NYPD on a daily basis. I speak to you as a committed opponent of the New Jim Crow, a system of mass incarceration that has 2.4 million mostly black and Latino men warehoused in prisons across the nation, with stop-and-frisk as a major pipeline into that system.
Most of all, I speak to you as someone who has cast their lot with those at the bottom of society: with those thousands of youth who are brutalized, targeted, harassed, and shuffled off behind bars — and is now facing years in prison for standing with them.
We fully intend to stop this railroading by bringing the political battle into the courtroom and putting Stop and Frisk on trial. If we are allowed to be convicted and jailed without a massive fight, then the battle against stop-and-frisk and the spirit of resistance it has engendered will be seriously dampened. On the other hand, if people stand with us in this legal battle–if we meet and defeat their attempts to silence and punish us–then the movement will gain further initiative and pull many more people into the struggle against mass incarceration.
The United States police state imprisons all dissidents, from police brutality activists to government whistleblowers.
International Action Center
PRESS CONFERENCE IN FRONT OF MTA OFFICE
TO ANNOUNCE LEGAL ACTION TO PREVENT MTA FROM BLOCKING ADS THAT OPPOSE RACISM
Thurs, Oct 11, 3:00 PM
347 Madison bet 44th & 45th
On Thursday, at 3:00 PM in front of the MTA headquarters, anti-war activists, Muslim clergy and others will hold a press conference to announce legal action to prevent the MTA from blocking ads countering war, hate and racism.
Shown above, on left, is the ad the International Action Centercontracted and paid for, with a two-line disclaimer at the bottom saying the MTA does not endorse the content. Shown on the right is the redrafted MTA ad, with the disclaimer now taking up a full 1/4 of the ad space.
Originally scheduled to run in the subway on Monday, October 8, the anti-racist ads have still not been posted.
Earlier, the MTA was challenged for running insulting anti-Muslim ads that attack a substantial portion of its ridership in a Klan-like fashion. Claiming its “hands are tied” by a court order enforcing the right of free speech, the MTA has allowed the ugly racist ads to run.
The International Action Center then attempted to run ads countering Geller’s message of hate. The IAC’s ads denounce racism and affirm the values of unity and solidarity. They especially denounce anti-Muslim bigotry as a tool of war hysteria.
That’s when the MTA decided that the right of free speech was not important after all.
“The MTA has stalled, stymied and frustrated the attempts by the IAC to run anti-racist ads,” said IAC director Sara Flounders. “In comparison, towards Geller’s ads the MTA’s arms were positively wide open — quite a feat given that its hands were tied.”
Flounders raised $6,000 to have the unity-and-solidarity ads posted in the subway, and by Oct 1 had signed an agreement with the MTA stipulating that the ads would begin on Monday, October 8.
However, the MTA repeatedly changed the language of the disclaimer on the bottom of the ad. Finally, after stipulating a clear two-line MTA disclaimer at the bottom of the ad, the MTA approved final copy for the anti-racist ad on Oct 3.
The ad was printed and shipped to the MTA distributor and subway stations set for posting the ad. However, on the day the already printed ad was scheduled to be posted in subway stations, the MTA pulled the approved ad. The transit agency then, in breach of contract, re-designed the ad so that the disclaimer took up a full 25% of the ad space (see above).
Flounders noted it would take a struggle to get the MTA to do the right thing, emphasizing that the MTA’s actions supporting war propaganda and racism is an extension of its longstanding role in the promotion of militarism and repression.
“With S.W.A.T. teams armed with submachine guns and attack dogs patrolling the subway, the MTA has been a willing accomplice in the bogus ‘war on terror,’” said Flounders. “Now with racist anti-Muslim hysteria, the MTA has allowed the war plans of the 1% to take over what should be public transportation for the 99%.”
[photo: image from American Indian Movement of Colorado. there is a red circle with a line through it over the image of Christoper Columbus. text reads, “no more genocide! abolish columbus day.” links are www.transformcolumbusday.org and www.indigenouspeopelsday.com]
Report Hate Speech Now re NY MTA ads on Muslims/Arabs as “Savages”
Peace and Love,
The racist ad’s (ad attached in case you have yet to see them) paid for by Pamela Geller and the “American Freedom Defense Initiative” have been placed in ten MTA stations around the New York Metro area.
We will not stand for this hateful, racist hate speech.ï¿½
We are asking you to please report these ads as Hate Speech/Hate Crimes to the following numbers:
Hate Crime Hotline (NYPD/NYC Gov) 212-335-3100
NYC - City of New York - ï¿½311 from NYC or from outside NYC - 212-639-9675ï¿½
MTA Complaints Line - ï¿½718-330-3322
We will not stop until these ads are taken down.ï¿½
Not in our name!
Not on our trains!