Marching in #protest of #WorldBusinessForum #wallstreet
Marching in #protest of #WorldBusinessForum #wallstreet
GET READY to come to NYC - Oct 7th 2014 -The 1% is having big event at Radio City Music Hall and 99% will be there to make sure they have the time of their lives!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/633421846751294/
What’s outrageous ! Poverty wages #protest at #restaurantbosses meeting (at 1300 Penn ave NW )
Rally in park across from Federal Court Building, Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons, during the hearing on Lynne’s case.
Take trains: J/Z, 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.
Rally to have Lynne Stewart’s sentence overturned by Judge who, in 2010, re-sentenced her to 10 years from 28 months.
The following is a synopsis of what transpired at recent court date:
*Lynne Stewart’s attorneys filed an emergency Motion (2255) with Judge Koeltl seeking Lynne’s “immediate conditional release” pending consideration of the legal issues presented in their brief.
*Judge asked why they chose to exhaust their one time right to an emergency motion? The Defense response was that Lynne Stewart is terminally ill. The luxury of time is not available to her or her counsel. An expeditious response from the Court is imperative in the face of her medical condition and in the light of the Bureau of Prisons’ unwarranted denial of her application for compassionate release and protracted delays that could be expected if she submitted another application.
*The Prosecution, acting for the Justice Department of Barack Obama, asserted that the Judge has no standing because there is no motion for Compassionate Release before him from Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr. as specified in the 1984 Sentencing Act.
*The Defense presented a Brief which documents that the Federal Bureau of Prisons violated separation of powers, as the 1984 Congressional Statute assigns to the Court the right to modify a prison sentence in light of facts not available at the time of trial, notably those pertaining to terminal illness: “The BOP has implemented its own interpretation and refused to notify the sentencing judge of objectively ‘extraordinary and compelling circumstances,’ including but not limited to imminent death, unless, in its own judgment, a motion should be granted. Between 2000 and 2008, on average, 21.3 motions were filed each year. In about 24% of those motions, the prisoner died before the district court ever had a chance to rule on the motion.”
*”Lynne Stewart is dying,” wrote her attorneys. She does not want to die in prison or become another statistic of someone who dies while the Bureau of Prisons delays its reconsideration of another application for compassionate release that she plans to file soon.
*Judge Koeltl gave a directive to the Federal Attorney to set out its case by August 6 and also to explain why the Bureau of Prisons has refused to disclose or release the records that provide the basis for its denial of Lynne Stewart’s recent application for compassionate release.
Lynne Stewart’s defense attorneys will have one day to answer before the next hearing scheduled for Thursday, August 8 at 12 p.m.
Judge Koeltl has the authority to mandate immediate conditional release to Lynne Stewart.
Lynne Stewart’s condition is deteriorating rapidly.
• Join Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Dick Gregory, Alice Walker, Bianca Jagger, Pete Seeger, Ed Asner, Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, Daniel Berrigan, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, and 25,000 others in the United States and internationally who have signed the petition to free Lynne Stewart – at www.lynnestewart.org.
PLEASE CONSIDER HOLDING A RALLY IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
Contact Ralph Poynter at (917) 853-9759 for more information.
http://WED 7/24!! HANDS OFF BROOKLYN HOSPITALS!
WED 7/24!! HANDS OFF BROOKLYN HOSPITALS!
Join patients, community supporters, elected leaders, NYSNA & 1199SEIU to mourn the death of healthcare in Brooklyn.
Several Brooklyn hospitals, including Interfaith Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital, are under threat of closure.
Meanwhile, health disparities in our borough are climbing at alarming rate. Low income, people of color, and the uninsured have fewer and fewer options for receiving care.
We’ll meet at Cadman Plaza at 4pm and march over the bridge and then hold a rally at City Hall in Manhattan at 5pm.
Make no mistake - if any of our hospitals close, people will die.
Let’s march and mourn to stop the death of Brooklyn healthcare!
Los Angeles: Trayvon Martin march takes over Beverly Hills, July 17, 2013.
Bottom photos: Solidarity from restaurant workers, and Patrons of the Four Seasons looking uncomfortable as the march passes. Priceless.
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.