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Boston, MA - The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NSWMA) presented a new report by the Urban Institute and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which examines how recent immigration enforcement actions have affected the wellbeing of children of immigrants in the U.S. Researchers found that for every two people detained in immigration enforcement operations, one child is left behind. Two-thirds of these children are U.S. citizens and a similar share is under age ten. The report details the consequences of immigration enforcement operations on children's psychological, educational, economic, and social wellbeing. It also outlines the heavy burden that workplace raids are placing on communities, school systems, social service providers, and religious institutions, which have acted as first responders for families in these incidents.
On Wednesday, November 7th, the movement to free the Jena 6 will face a challenge. On that day, four of the six -- Theodore Shaw, Robert Bailey, Bryan Purvis, and Mychal Bell -- are expected in court for pre-trial hearings. The ANSWER Coalition is organizing rallies in front of local courthouses across the country that day with the demand to "free the Jena 6 and drop all the charges." In San Francisco, supporters of the Jena 6 will gather on Wednesday at 5:00pm for a rally outside of the Federal Courthouse at 7th and Mission Streets. There will also be a teach-in about the Jena Six on Saturday, November 10th at Evergreen Valley College.
During the week of November 7-11th
, the first No Borders Camp
will take place on the US-Mexico border. The camp will take place during the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, will happen simultaneously with the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas
in San Xavier on the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall
in Palestine / Israel.
Participants who want to see "a world without borders, where no one is illegal" will meet on both sides of the border in Mexicali (MX) and Calexico (US) and march on Wednesday, Nov. 7th to take the camp. Following the establishment of the camp there will be different days of action against capitalism, immigrant detentions and the separation wall. On Friday, November 9th, there will be rally and march against the Border Patrol and ICE in El Centro, CA
, site of one of the largest federally run detention centers in the United States. Solidarity events
will also be happening across North America, including in Tacoma, WA
at the biggest Homeland Security Detention Center in the North West. More Info:
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Priest Opposing US Torture Transferred in Prison
TUCSON -- Fr. Louis Vitale, one of two priests now serving 5-month prison sentences for opposing US torture, was notified of a prison transfer at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Seventy-five-year old Vitale, and Fr. Steve Kelly, 54, are in prison for kneeling in prayer outside Fort Huachuca in November. They began serving their sentences in a private prison in Florence, Arizona. The Catholic priests were protesting US torture at Abu-Ghraib, Guantanamo and Afghanistan and planned to deliver a letter to then-commander Major General Barbara Fast opposing her role at Abu-Ghraib in torture.
Fr. Louie Vitale phoned this morning from the Imperial County Jail, where he has been told that two numbers - his booking# and his ID# -must be included on mail addressed to him, and the initials identifying the facility he is in. He is currently in his own cell in a medical isolation unit (he thinks possibly because of blood pressure medication he's taking). He said it is possible that in a week his classification will be re-evaluated and he will be moved to a camp facility there that has a different P.O. Box #.
So -- until we learn more --
ID#292487 Booking #879645
P.O. Box 679
El Centro, CA 92244
Past Coverage: Oct17 | For more information visit www.tortureontrial.org.
Adams Morgan resident sentenced Friday to 7 days for peaceful protests
Eve Tetaz, a retired D.C. public schoolteacher, was sentenced Friday to seven days in jail, because of her continuing protests and nonviolent resistance against the war and occupation of Iraq.
On Oct. 22nd, there was a march and rally in Cleveland to stop police brutality, repression, and the criminalization of a generation. The event was well attended by concerned citizens about recent events such as the nooses hanging in the tree in Jena, LA and subsequent criminalization of the Jena 6, the killing of Brandon McCloud by Cleveland police with still no justice and other related issues. Read More>>
Click here to read an article from the Revolution newspaper about the racism that exists within the American police force and view photos>
On September 25th, Judge Keller refused to allow the attorneys for Michael Richard, scheduled to be executed on the same day, to file pleadings on his behalf, based on a grant of certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court that same day on the question of the constitutionality of lethal injection. The attorneys had requested that the court clerk's office remain open twenty minutes past the 5pm closing time because they had experienced computer failure in the preparation of their pleading. Judge Keller refused the request, even though she was not the judge assigned to the Richard case. As a result, Richard then was executed by lethal injection.
Judge Keller has been quoted in the media as having told the clerk of the Court to convey to Richard's lawyers that "We close at 5". However, other judges have said in the media that they were in the building and willing to accept the submission. It appears that Keller may have lied by saying, "We close at 5", when she knew very well that the appeal could be accepted after 5 and that the court does not "close" at 5, because judges on her court are able to be reached and able to issue orders to stay executions even after 5. Judge Keller's actions denied Michael Richard two constitutional rights, access to the courts and due process, which led to his execution. [read full article with link to petition]
Why Why nobody likes Judge Keller and she should quit and go home (Grits for Breakfast) | Lawsuit brought against Sharon Keller on bahalf of wife of man executed without review | SharonKiller.com | Background from Texas Death Penalty Blog
Early in the morning of Wednesday, November 7th, activists opposed to UC Santa Cruz's Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) launched a tree-sit in redwoods near Science Hill. UCSC plans to develop the occupied site into a new Biomedical Sciences Facility.
One person was arrested by UC police early in the morning. Police surrounded the site, where at least 4 activists were 50 feet up redwood trees. A scheduled rally and march
that began at 11am drew hundreds of supporters to the site. A tense standoff with police commenced, as supporters attempted to get close enough to the trees to send up supplies. Police pepper sprayed the crowd and at least four people were arrested.
The Biomedical Sciences facility would be the first project under the University's plan to develop 120 acres of forest in order to accommodate 4,500 new students. The Biomedical Sciences building will have no allotted classroom space, despite student complaints about overcrowded class sizes. But it will have room for live animal experimentation, which includes such practices as food/air deprivation, infection, and non-anesthetized surgery, according to campus guidelines. Read More overview: A Story-Line of November 7th and Supplies Wish-List
| update: Police Attempt to Infiltrate Tree-sit
| related: Students at Fresno City College fight for free speech
About 40 people turned out at Leimert Park last night (November 7th) to protest the racism in Jena, Louisianna. This was one of many such actions that took place across the country, including San Francisco and Chicago. Traffic at this crowded intersection responded enthusiastically. Six to eight police officers watched us from afar in the parking lot.
One of the speakers, Linda, expressed gratification at seeing people of different races participating. “It’s going to take more than black people doing this,” she said. “Doctor Martin Luthor King wanted all the different races with us. That’s how we got to where we are now. We had to have all different races to help us. . . .”
From the newswire: Protest to Free the Jena 6 by RP
At approximately 3:39 PM (PST), Nov 8, 2007, Judge Benjamin H. Settle of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (sitting in Tacoma, WA) issued a preliminary injunction
staying a second court-martial for Iraq war objector 1st Lt. Ehren Watada. This stay comes nearly a year after the U.S. Army announced that Watada would face a court martial. Read More>>
COME OUT AND TELL THE CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT BOARD : MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE!!!!
This is your chance to talk to city officials
about the cover up of the facts around the police killing of Frank Lobato; the wrongful death and cover up of the facts around the sheriff's dpartments wrongful death of Emily Rae Rice and conditions inside our jails;
ask why police beat and repeatedly used two tasers on Albert Romero this July, resulting in Romero's death;
why did police use pain holds on people in custody during this years Columbus day protests; is punishing peaceful protesters a new police duty?
Denver’s Citizen Oversight Board
Tuesday, November 13th
At Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
4890 Argonne Way
From 7:00-9:00 p.m.
On November 7, 2007, as another round of hearings went underway this morning in Jena, Louisiana for two of the “Jena Six,” dozens of organizers and activists gathered in front of the New Orleans criminal courthouse to show solidarity.
Under the bold etchings of the courthouse, which state, “Justice is the foundation of liberty,” the rally was intended not only to show solidarity with the young men in Jena, but also to draw attention to parallel problems in the New Orleans criminal justice system, and to promote unity across various struggles. As James Williams, one of the lead organizers said to the assembled group, “We need to stand up for what’s in our own backyard too.” read more Related:
from la indymedia: Protest to Free the Jena 6
| from indybay: Rallies Around the Country to Free the Jena 6
| from the black commentator: Thoughts on the Jena Six and New Movements for Justice
Today the Olympia anti-war community attempts to contain Stryker units returning from Iraq were met with Police batons and pepper spray. Thirteen activists were arrested while containing military convoys traveling through Olympia.
This morning, the Olympia police force showed up in riot gear, clearly ready to use force to disperse the anti-war protestors who had blockaded the 2 entrances to the Port. As the sun began to rise after a rainy night, the truckers, Port workers and soldiers began to arrive. The truckers parked in the nearby parking lot. Several protestors directed the Port workers and soldiers to a side entrance so they could get to work. The anti-war protestors stated they it was not their intention to stop people from going to work at the Port.
Police move in to break successful containment of military material at the Port of Olympia. Regional support needed - video documentation, jail support, food. All movement has been controlled since 3:30pm yesterday.
After about 45 minutes of marching, chanting and playing music along the Mexicali/Calexico wall we reached the border crossing. When we got to the spot on the Mexicali side we all crossed the street and began hanging banners on the wall, chanting and periodically blocking traffic by laying in the street. It was not long after this point that we noticed a swarm of Border Patrol approaching our comrades on the
Calexico side. No more than 40 protesters were playing music, chanting and dancing next to the wall when the BP decided to show up in numbers large enough to create an auto blockade of a two lane street leading up to the wall and to herd the protesters away from the wall effectively cornering themselves up against it in an effort to completely surround them. It only took the musical stylings of one drummer to set off a shockingly aggressive response (that included baton beatings, close range pepper spray gun shots and pushing someone's head into a wall) against the protesters. No Border Camp: Interview with participant form Nov 9th HIMC Radio Show
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/ Slow motion video of protestor's head being slammed into wall and footage of point blank firing of pepper spray pellet gun by Border Patrol
Community Events Demand Migra Out of Our Schools!
On Tuesday, November 6 a student at Tucson High School was arrested for having a bag of marijuana on his person. The Tucson Unified School District called his family into the school. The Tucson Police Department then called the U.S. Border Patrol, who took the entire family into custody, then proceeded to the TUSD middle school where another child was taken into custody. The entire family was subsequently deported.
That same evening, Tucson High students gathered at the Federal Building and at TPD headquarters downtown in a spontaneous rally against the collusion between TUSD, TPD and la Migra, and the repression of their fellow students.
Several events are planned to follow up and build community pressure against this repression. On Tuesday, November 13 community members are encouraged to attend the TUSD School Board meeting at 6:30pm to voice concern about Border Patrol being called to school campuses. On Wednesday, November 14 a rally is planned at TPD headquarters, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., to pressure the TPD to stop collaborating with la migra in repression against members of our community.
I was standing at a bus stop a little while ago, on the corner of SW 4th and Oak. It was lunchtime, so there were a lot of people there. There had to be nearly a dozen of us, mostly waiting for one of three buses that would be passing by soon. And there was the man who was sitting by the wall on the corner. I see him now and then. He was leaning back, soaking in the scant rays of the weak November sun. Occasionally, he would ask people walking by if they could spare some change. None did, but he is used to that. He took it all in stride, just leaning back again and waiting for someone to show some kindness.
Anyway, so I was standing there, waiting for this bus. And as I'm squinting up the street wondering if it will be on time, I see the two "Clean and Safe" oppressors walking toward us. As I see them, I realize that my friend by the wall is probably in danger of being harassed. One of them, the woman, walks up to him, while the other "officer" goes into the little market there, for a moment, either picking up a snack or trying to justify what comes next. I hear my friend ask the first officer, "Hey, how ya doin'?" And I hear her terse response. She's doing fine. The male officer comes out of the little market, walks right up to the man, and growls at him that he has to leave. He's being kind of obnoxious about it too, standing right up against him with his face only an inch or two from the other man's face. And of course, there is the implication that if he does not leave, force may be employed. The relish with which the fake officer brandished his fake power was just too much.
"Why does he have to leave?" I asked.
The current situation is urgent. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) agency has increased home and workplace raids where over 195,000 people have been arrested and deported in fiscal year 2006. On October 3, 2007 federal and local authorities in Southern California arrested more than 1,300 migrants. The same day, the Senate voted to spend $3 billion to further militarize the U.S.- Mexico border. In the desert just outside of Tucson at least 271 migrants lost their lives in 2007. On October 9, I.C.E. announced it had carried out another nationwide raid where they arrested 1,313 migrants. Arizona governor Napolitano is getting ready to enforce House Bill 2779 which will massively increase raids and deportations. Families are separated and communities are living in fear and terror.
In an abrupt turn-around, School District 201 Superintendent Nowakowski takes expulsions off the table and sends most student protestors back to school tomorrow. Less than 2 hours after stating he would release a comment on the looming student expulsions in a day or two, Dr. Ben Nowakowski, Superintendent of the J.S. Morton schools in suburban Berwyn, Illinois issued a statement dropping all threat of expulsions and sending most students back to school on Wednesday…
The National Lawyers Guild organized a demonstration in Boston on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in solidarity with lawyers in Pakistan, who have been beaten and jailed for opposing the suspension of constitutional rights in their country.
About 100 lawyers and others joined the lunch hour demonstration. These professionals, dressed for court in suits and ties, applauded calls for international solidarity with their fellow legal workers and condemnations of U.S. support for foreign dictators. They listened as the speakers connected the need for democracy and rule of law here to events in Pakistan. And they paid tribute to the courage of the Pakistani lawyers. Read More>> | See Also: www.nlgmass.org
Novenber 13, 2007 -- Veterans for Peace, in their own voices, talk about their action of civil disobedience yesterday where as many as eighteen members were arrested during the Veterans Day Parade in Boston. Every year, veterans against the war are banned from marching officially on the parade. See video | Listen to Audio: Veteran Kenneth Farr, on "What's Left", WMBR 88.1FM Related
From Boston: Iraq Veterans Against the War Speak Out on Oct27
| From Houston: Veterans for Peace get rained on at Parade
| From Philadelphia: Tombstone exhibit Veteran's Day 07
In February 2005, seven Americans (including several Worcester residents) were arrested for blocking the entrance to the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC to protest the ongoing genocide in the Sudanese region of Darfur. They were convicted and appealed their case. This week, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, so they will take their appeal to the next level: the US Supreme Court. Read More>> | Much more about the case here.
Two 9 mm bullets fired by an off-duty Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy hit 25-year-old David Rossiter.
Rossiter, 25, was riding in a pickup truck with a co-worker Nov. 2 when a fight broke out on the off-ramp at West Sixth Avenue and Indiana Street between the two young men and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Montana Jr., 49, who was on his way home. The fight ended in the shooting. One of them punctured his heart and a lung, and Rossiter also lost a thumb and two fingers in the shooting.
SANTA BARBARA, November 14, 2007 - The CIA was scheduled to hold an “infosession” for students interested in jobs with the agency. Right as the session began, four activists entered the room and began to demonstrate waterboarding, a torture technique used by the CIA. After only one minute of the waterboarding demonstration the room was plunged into chaos by a group calling itself the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.
The Rebel Clowns, joined by several dozen antiwar organizers took over the meeting room and began passing out information on the CIA’s use of illegal torture techniques and literature related to the agency’s long history of subverting foreign governments, assassinating foreign leaders and subverting democracy.
The CIA agents fled the room but were pursued by a crowd of protestors chanting, “C-I-A, Go Away!” The agents were caught totally off-guard by the direct action. Protestors were overheard shouting to the escaping agents never to come back to UCSB.
From the Newswire: CIA Expelled from UCSB Campus by Richard McChesney
"If you look close enough you can see history altered before your eyes. Pick up the latest Guinness Book of World Records, flip to page 123 and you will see what I mean. Under the section 'Cults, Fans and Followers' the police bombing of the MOVE Organization in 1985 is listed as the sixth most deadly mass suicide in recent history…. Yes, you did read that correctly. A deliberate massacre, in which police dropped a bomb on a house, intentionally allowed the fire to burn and shot at those that dared attempt an escape, was labeled as mass suicide," writes MOVE supporter Kevin Price in his recent essay "MOVE's Battle With Guinness."
Price's essay follows a recent Philadelphia Inquirer interview with Ramona Africa, the sole adult survivor of the May 13, 1985 police assault. MOVE has confronted Guinness and is asking people to sign a petition in protest.
Artwork by Mumia Abu-Jamal
A Chicago IMC newswire post reports a dramatic improvement in the fortunes of more than two dozen student protesters at Morton High School who were threatened with expulsion for a holding a protest against the Iraq war. From the post: "In an abrupt turn-around, District 201 Superintendent [Ben] Nowakowski takes expulsions off the table and sends most student protestors back to school tomorrow [November 14].
"Less than 2 hours after stating he would release a comment on the looming student expulsions in a day or two, Dr. Ben Nowakowski, Superintendent of the J.S. Morton schools in suburban Berwyn issued a statement dropping all threat of expulsions and sending most students back to school on Wednesday [November 14]. More than two dozen students, were facing expulsion after an anti-war sit-in at the school on November first. " Read more
Grassroots efforts to defend the Morton West 25 generated national attention and support as thousands signed a petition
initiated by a local chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society
(SDS) and word of the threatened expulsions spread across the Indymedia network and the progressive blogosphere and surfaced in the corporate press. "I don't regret the protest because it brought a lot of people to this question—about Iraq and what it's doing to our country," senior Joshua Rodriguez said. Update
: Parents of Morton Student Protestors Shout Out Thanks Additional Coverage
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Police Employ Double Standard as Furniture Store Closes Sidewalk for Landscaping
ColorLines magazine, a national journal published by Applied Research Center, released a report in its November/December issue showing that Phoenix, Arizona has the highest rate of fatal police shootings of any of the largest US cities. The rate for Phoenix is 5.07 fatal shootings per 100,000 people, much higher than the next highest cities: San Diego at 3.02 and Philadelphia at 2.78. The rate is more than 5 times higher than in New York City (0.97 per 100,000). Click here to read the full story on Arizona Indymedia.
Click here to read the full report by ColorLines Magazine.
You can read the entire special issue of ColorLines magazine about police shootings across the country at www.colorlines.com
As pointed out by Phoenix attorney Augustine Jimenez, one of the best ways to combat this rash of fatal shootings is for civilians to take to the streets with cameras to document police abuses. That's the goal of Phoenix Copwatch, a local group that fights racism and police brutality. The next Copwatch training will be on Saturday, December 1st. Anyone who is interested in joining Copwatch should attend. Find out more about Phoenix Copwatch at www.phoenixcopwatch.org.
In just 19 days, 4 unarmed Black men died at the hands of one department: Miami-Dade Police. And they want the right to carry shotguns.
Under the guise of a bill that calls for the study of "homegrown terrorism," Congress is apparently trying to broaden the definition of terrorism to encompass both First Amendment political activity and traditional forms of protest such as nonviolent civil disobedience, according to civil liberties advocates, scholars and historians.
The proposed law, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1955), was passed by the House of Representative in a 404-6 vote Oct. 23. (The Senate is currently considering a companion bill, S. 1959.) The act would establish a "National Commission on the prevention of violent radicalization and ideologically based violence" and a university-based "Center for Excellence" to "examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence in the United States" in order to develop policy for "prevention, disruption and mitigation."
Many observers fear that the proposed law will be used against U.S.-based groups engaged in legal but unpopular political activism, ranging from political Islamists to animal-rights and environmental campaigners to radical right-wing organizations. There is concern, too, that the bill will undermine academic integrity and is the latest salvo in a decade-long government grab for power at the expense of civil liberties.
POLICE ACTIONS AT 2007 COLUMBUS DAY PROTEST
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2007, 8PM
27TH & WELTON -
EAST POINT OF HISTORIC FIVE POINTS
On October 6, 2007 in downtown Denver, Denver Police moved against non-violent protesters blocking the Columbus Day Parade. Denver CopWatch has reviewed video and photos taken by CopWatch observers and has identified a number of serious examples of excessive force by police. Police used pain holds on protesters who were already in police custody. The deliberate infliction of pain on compliant prisoners is a clear violation of international human rights standards.
Video Project Explores Impact of Over-Policing on NYC Students
The video may be the only public record of how students feel about this force. “The youth are the ones who really know what is happening in the schools,” said Chloe Dugger, field organizer for the NYCLU’s Police Accountability Project. Dugger said that is why the NYCLU supplied Youth on the Move with cameras to make the 4-minute film in July during three workshop sessions with a documentary filmmaker. While students are heavily affected by the agents, Dugger said they have no way to file a complaint if an agent behaves abusively or inappropriately.
A blog has been created for those arrested on Columbus Day and supporters to post narratives about their experiences protesting the parade at http://tcda07.blogspot.com. Security concerns won't allow posting of the password, but people wishing to post can either post as comments or send a narrative to carol berry at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will post to the blog.
On June 4th 2007 two folks locked themselves to the gates at the Houston Processing Center, an Immigration Jail run by the for-profit prison company Corrections Corporation of America. Ben Browning and Ashley Turner were then charged with Felonies, possession of a criminal instrument (later dismissed by the grand jury), and a misdemeanor for criminal trespassing.
Fears that government could define "Internet radicalization" and criticism as terrorism mount, violent comments left on messageboards by trolls could be exploited to entrap peaceful 9/11 truthers. A new bill that recently passed the House and is headed for Senate approval has online activists worried that the vague definitions used for defining the Internet's contribution to radicalization of potential terrorists could lead to a government crackdown on talk radio, free speech and the 9/11 truth movement.
Three veteran investigators have independently narrowed the field of anthrax mailings suspects to a single Russian defector affiliated with two heavily implicated defense contractors and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Kanatjan Alibekov, alias "Ken Alibek," the President of Hadron Advanced Biosystems, should be re-interrogated by the FBI, according to three researchers who arrived at this conclusion independently. They say Stephen Hatfield-the military virologist cited by FBI officials in recent weeks as a chief subject was not likely involved in the mailings at all.
In the last three weeks, three incidents have occurred within the Asian Pacific Islander community in the East Bay. Ichinkhorloo Bayarsaikhan, a 15 year old who immigrated to the United States from Mongolia, was murdered in a park in Alameda on Halloween night. The Alameda Police Department has been terrorizing Southeast Asian youth in Oakland instead of doing what community organizers would consider "a true investigation of the murder."
Alameda Police have reportedly broken down the doors of Southeast Asian families and held them at gun point with M-16s, detained over a half dozen young people without notifying their parents, pulled students out of school to be interrogated based on being in a photo with the suspects, and accused them of being in a gang due to holding up peace signs in a photo from an anti-war march... Read More>>
Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" is not written exactly like the Nazi 1933 Discriminatory Decrees that suspended the Reich Constitution, but it can bring America to the same place by trashing America’s civil liberties.