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Parole manipulation at SCI Greene

Well over a year after Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell lifted the moratorium he imposed on the PA Board of Probation and Parole in conjunction with the Department of Corrections (DOC) to bring to a complete halt all prisoner releases, parole eligible prisoners at SCI Greene, located in southwestern Pennsylvania, who fall under the classification of violent offenders are still feeling the ramifications of Governor Rendell’s actions. Sadly, they have become pawns in the quest for continued prison expansion here in PA.

FNB gathering/BioDemocracy legal hangover Update

Hey everyone,

So as many of you have heard, Guillaume from Quebec had his sentencing on Monday. He was earlier found guilty of three misdemeanors (resisting
arrest, conspiracy and disorderly conduct). For those of you who don't
know, Guillaume was arrested during BioDemocracy for allegedly splashing a police officer with water. The officer and others nearby charged the
crowd, swinging their batons, and one of the cops (not the one splashed
with water), a Civil Affairs officer, had a heart-attack and died.
Obviously, the fault for this rests more on the shoulders of the Police

Mumia Update

Immigration Raids

December's Raids on meatpacking plants weren’t about curbing identity theft, they were about union-busting.

By David Bacon 12.14.06

In 1947, Woody Guthrie wrote a song about the crash of a plane carrying Mexican immigrant farm workers back to the border. In haunting lyrics he describes how it caught fire as it flew low over Los Gatos Canyon, near Coalinga at the edge of California’s San Joaquin Valley. ICE raidObservers below saw people and belongings flung out of the aircraft before it hit the ground, falling like leaves, he wrote.

No record was kept of the workers’ identities. They were simply listed as "deportee," and that became the name of the song. Far from being recognized as workers or even human beings, Guthrie lamented, the dead were treated as criminals. "They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves."

The Next Battle of the Social War: Nine Black Panthers and State Repression

By Dave Strano of Kansas Mutual Aid

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January 23, 2007 should be a day that lives in infamy within the movements for liberation in North America. On that date, the nearly four decades long war on the Black Panthers was shown to still exist. Nine individuals, most identified as being members of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, were charged by officials in California with murder or murder related crimes. The incident in question involved the killing of a police officer inside the police station in which he worked in 1971. Over 35 years later, the struggle that the killing of the officer symbolizes is alive and strong.

Over 1200 locked up in post September 11th roundups

from early 2002
On February 20, hundreds took to the streets across the nation to show their solidarity with the hundreds locked up in post September 11 roundups of immigrants. In Philly several dozens gathered at the INS building for a vigil and made their way to a small rally and discussion in front of the American Friends Service Committee.

Eminent Domain in West Phila

by Beth Pulsegentrification watch

Last week my roommate and I were gathering some tires that had been dumped in one of the numerous empty lots that dot N. 40th St. a few blocks from where we live. Not more than a hundred feet from where we worked a crew of city police, License and Inspection officers and municipal waste employees were emptying the contents of a small house and hanging plywood over its windows.

As I wondered what was going on a woman approached my roommate and I and asked if we had any work for her. She was obviously really upset and soon it was revealed that the contents being thrown callously in to the trash truck belonged to her and her 6 year old daughter and the three other tenants of her building. Her name is Mary. She told us that a couple hours earlier license and inspection had come to the house and ordered everyone out. Their landlord had not warned them that the house they rented was slated for eminent domain. Mary told us that she was current on her rent and had all her receipts. As she sobbed in my arms and worried how her six year old daughter would be affected by the loss of her clothes and toys she told us that the officers would not even let her go back inside to get her daughter’s birth certificate. One of the workers told her to get into the shelter system, and that was that. We offered to bring her back to our house so she could get some water and maybe make a phone call. On the short ride back she spotted her uncle and got out of the car, relieved to have found a familiar face.

MAY 1st: El Gran Paro Americano 2006"

paro!"The Great American Boycott 2006"

May 1st, 2006, is:
"Un dia sin immigrante" "A day without an immigrant"

Immigrants contribute 7 billion in social security per year.
they earn 240 billion, report 90 billion, and only are reimbursed 5 billion, "where are the 85 billion?" They also contribute to the U.S.  economy 25 billion more than they receive in healthcare, etc., etc., etc.  According to the anti-immigrant politicians and hatemongers, "immigrants are a drain on society." If this is true, then during the day on May 1st the stock market will surge, and the economy will boom.  If not, we prove them wrong once and for all.  We know what will happen!

Therefore, the "March 25th Coalition against HR4437 in Los Angeles," the organizers of the mega march of almost 2 million on March 25th, has called for an emergency videoconferenced meeting on April 8th between Los Angeles and any city that wishes to join the efforts toward "El Gran Paro Americano 2006." The following meeting will take place in Chicago on April 22nd, we ask that all that wish to participate and be a part of a national effort on May 1st and beyond, to attend by finding facilities in your areas that can hold the meeting, technologically.

book review: Are Prisons Obsolete?

reviewed by dave onion
The title of Angela Davis’ book Are Prisons Obsolete (2003) sounds nothing short of utopian. Here in the US, as Davis points out, prisons are integral to everyday life. In poor communities and communities of color, nearly everyone has family or friends who are among the 2.5 million plus doing time in this country. Television and pop culture in general (where pop culture = cop culture) reminds the rest of us that prisons are part of society. But for those of us actively seeking out ways of being and organizing society that don’t rely on coercion or institutional violence, some utopian imagination is necessary (can we create it, if we can’t even imagine it?). But APO isn’t exactly that. Davis delivers a short book of historical context for what is now a monstrous soul devouring industry, but one which she shows is a relatively recent development and one which we should be working our way beyond. Besides, the book is an excellent primer on prisons.

APO uses some powerful statistics from Davis’ home state, California, to show how prisons have surged in the last decades. When she first became an anti-prison activist in the sixties she relates how she was “astounded to learn there were then close to two hundred thousand people in prison.” By the time this book was published in 2003 that number had grown to around 2.2 million.

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