07.12.2011 § Leave a comment
Occupy Hunter will be occupying the lobby in the west building of Hunter College throughout the night and into tomorrow. The occupation started at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and there is not yet a determined end time. This is an organic process and your participation, commitment and support is needed! Currently, there’s a group of Hunter students, adjuncts and community members in the west lobby. Occupy Hunter has a main table with food, literature and Occupy Hunter information, a library table with books from the library at Zuccoti park, a table committed to studying and writing papers, and a table to organize and propose ideas. We are here to nurture an active community at Hunter College by creating a space that addresses the pressing issues relevant to the Hunter community and CUNY as a whole. Occupy Hunter is occupying the west lobby to establish our presence, promote awareness, and create a culture of resistance. This is our school and our CUNY.
Come by to get inolved, or email:
22.09.2011 § Leave a comment
Day of Outrage for Troy Davis
Thursday, September 22 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Union Square
- Group that called the action:
- Campaign to END the Death Penalty-NYC Branch
We are the New York City chapter of the Campaign to END the Death Penalty (CEDP). CEDP NYC is a Harlem-based group dedicated to abolishing the death penalty and winning justice for those on death row in states all across the country. We encourage all students and community members to join us in rallying, marching, and organizing to achieve these goals.
CEDP is a national organization dedicated to the grassroots struggle for abolition, built upon the philosophy that death-row inmates and their family members must be at the center of fighting to abolish the death penalty. Our opposition to the death penalty is based on 5 main principles:
1. The death penalty is racist.
2. The death penalty punishes the poor.
3. The death penalty condemns the innocent to die.
4. The death penalty is not a deterrent to violent crime.
5. The death penalty is “cruel and unusual punishment”.
However, the CEDP is more than just a death penalty abolition group. We fight for all prisoners in the struggle against the severly unjust criminal-justice system. Those who have a Life Without Parole(LWOP) sentence, face death by imprisonment. We oppose ALL harsh sentencing and collaborate with struggles to take on the US incarceration nation.
Check out our website:
16.09.2011 § Leave a comment
** New York City: Emergency Demonstration Friday, Sept. 16,
> 4:30-6 p.m., Times Square, 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue.
If Troy Davis is executed, we need to watch our backs
By JONATHAN RICH on September 16, 2011
The state of Georgia plans on executing Troy Davis, a man who has been on death row for nearly 20 years, on Sept. 21. Davis was convicted of murdering a police officer in Savannah, Ga. in 1991. The case against Davis was based on witness testimonies that were full of discrepancies.
Since then, all but two of the witnesses have recanted their testimonies, and many witnesses have signed sworn affidavits claiming they were coerced by the police into testifying against Davis, according to Amnesty International.
> Stop the execution of Troy Davis, set for Sept. 21
> by Angela Davis
> San Francisco Bay View
> September 12, 2011
> I urgently appeal to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and to the
> members of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole – L. Gale
> Buckner, Robert E. Keller, James E. Donald, Albert Murray
> and Terry Barnard – to spare the life of Troy Davis, a young
> African American citizen of your state.
> I hope everyone within sight or sound of my words or my
> voice will likewise urgently call and fax Gov. Neal and the
> members of the board. Under Georgia law, only they can stop
> the execution of Troy Davis.
> First of all, there is very compelling evidence that Troy
> Davis may be innocent of the murder of Police Officer Mark
> MacPhail in 1989 in Savannah. The case against Davis has all
> but collapsed: Seven of nine witnesses against him have
> recanted their testimony and said that they were pressured
> by police to lie, and nine other witnesses have implicated
> one of the remaining two as the actual killer. No weapon or
> physical evidence linking Davis to the murder was ever
> found. No jury has ever heard this new information, and four
> of the jurors who originally found him guilty have signed
> statements in support of Mr. Davis.
> More importantly, the planned execution of a likely innocent
> young Black man in the state of Georgia has become a
> terrible blot on the status of the United States in the
> international community of nations. All modern industrial
> and democratic nations and 16 states within the United
> States have abolished capital punishment. The fact that the
> overwhelming majority of the men and women on death rows
> across the country are Black and other people of color – and
> are universally poor – severely undermines our country’s
> standing in the eyes of the people of the world.
> Most importantly, the execution of Troy Davis will
> contribute to an atmosphere of violence and racism and a
> devaluation of life itself within our country. If we can
> execute anyone, especially a man who may be innocent of any
> crime, it fosters disrespect for the law and life itself.
> This exacerbates every social problem at a time when the
> people of our country face some of the most difficult
> challenges regarding our economic security and future.
> I urge everyone to join with me in urging Gov. Neal and the
> Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole to stay the execution of
> Troy Davis and commute his death sentence. Give this young
> man a life and an opportunity to prove his innocence.
> Please, call, fax or email today. Stop the execution of Troy
> * Gov. Nathan Deal: phone (404) 651-1776, fax (404)
> 657-7332, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
> web contact form
> * Georgia Board of Parsons and Parole: phone (404)
> 656-5651, fax (404) 651-8502
> [Legendary freedom fighter Angela Y. Davis, now retired from
> the U.C. Santa Cruz faculty, is the founder of Critical
> Resistance, which can be reached at 1904 Franklin St., Suite
> 504, Oakland, CA 94612, phone (510) 444-0484, fax (510)
> 444-2177, email email@example.com ]
> More than half a million signatures delivered today
> Hundreds of thousands of individuals just like you have
> joined the chorus of Americans who know there is too much
> doubt to execute Troy Davis! At 10:30a this morning our
> friends at Amnesty International delivered 650,000 petition
> signatures to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole
> asking them to stop the execution. If you already signed
> EJUSA’s petition, your signature was among those received by
> the board today. Thank YOU!
> What’s been done:
> * More than 650,000 signatures have been collected by a
> national network of organizations working to prevent the
> Troy Davis execution from moving forward. The Board is
> holding Davis’ clemency hearing on Monday, September
> * Our friends at People of Faith Against the Death
> Penalty have received more than 3,400 signatures on
> their faith leader sign on letter. They believe this
> letter contains the largest number of endorsements from
> faith leaders on this type of action in our country’s
> recent history. Faith leaders from every state and from
> every major faith tradition, have joined this call!
> Faith leaders can still add their support today! http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5928
> * The media and prominent politicians and celebrities
> have spoken out. The list of prominent supporters
> includes former President Jimmy Carter, South African
> Archbishop Desmond Tutu, more than four dozen Members of
> Congress, Russell Simmons, Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Cee-
> Lo Green, Tom Morello, John Legend and Harry Belafonte,
> and actors Miriam Margolyes, Tim Roth, Mike Farrell,
> Susan Sarandon, Jared Leto, and Mia Farrow.
> What you can do now:
> * Attend or organize a local event TOMORROW, September
> 16th, a global day of action. Our friends at Amnesty
> International are keeping a full list of activities,
> find out if there is one in your area!
> Actions come in all shapes and sizes – a rally at the
> state capitol, handing out flyers at a street fair, or
> even hosting friends at your home to watch the Troy
> Davis videos. http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/cases/usa-troy-davis/watch-videos-examining-the-troy-davis-case
> If there isn’t an event in your area and you are able to
> put one together, please let us know.
> * Join in the discussion on Twitter by retweeting our
> #TooMuchDoubt tweets. We’ve been sharing a new fact
> about Davis’ case every day at www.twitter.com/ejusa. We
> will also be following the actions taking place in the
> next few days as well as the clemency hearing next week.
> * If you haven’t signed the petition or you have friends
> who haven’t yet signed, you can still send a letter
> directly to the parole board at www.ejusa.org/troydavis.
> Please share, tweet, and post this link on Facebook to
> keep it going.
> We will continue to keep you informed about the important
> news and actions related to Troy’s execution over the next
> week. This is an important opportunity for each of us to
> educate our friends, family, and coworkers about one of the
> most terrifying flaws of the death penalty system- the very
> real possibility that we will execute an innocent person.
> We want to thank you again for your support and action!
> Towards Justice,
> on behalf of all of EJUSA
> Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) is a national leader in the
> movement to halt executions. We work state by state to train
> and empower grassroots leaders to advocate for a more fair
> and humane criminal justice system. Will you help us build
> this movement?
> Equal Justice USA
> 20 Jay Street, Suite 808
> Brooklyn, NY 11201
25.08.2011 § Leave a comment
Last friday saw around 200 civilians show up at unearthly hours of the morning to prevent Marshalls from Evicting a Ms. Ward in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Hipsters in broad attendance, and what better use for them than blocking the Marshall, right? Ms. Ward was prey to some wack debt scam, and her house (which she’s lived in for like 44 years) is in foreclosure. The eviction was successfully prevented and it seems there is some deal being struck with the “new owners”, some rando company. More info over at Organize 4 Occupation, the group bottomlining the biz: http://www.o4onyc.org/
Another action is being called for August 31st (see below) to pressure the powers that be to resolve things in Ms. Ward’s favor.
Organize 4 Occupation appears to be the newest iteration of a series of threads of struggle around land issues in NYC, which have usually either become dominated by non-profits and rendered obsolete, or slowed down and dispersed (some milestones in that – RECLAIM NYC; CAP Your Landlord; No More Affordable Housing Scams; Picture the Homeless, etc) This O4O appears to have wrangled in some of those folks who are relatively antagonistic towards non-profits, but mad active, which is tight, we hope it continues that way, and will come to any eviction blockade we can.
20.08.2011 § Leave a comment
Michael Pena, 27, was charged in the 6:45 a.m. incident, which happened near the intersection of Park Terrace West and West 217th Street, just south of Baker Field.
Pena, drunk, encountered the 25-year-old woman, a Bronx school teacher, on the street and asked her directions for the No. 1 train, said police sources.
She smelled booze on Pena’s breath as the officer put his arm around her.
Then, according to sources, Pena opened up his jacket to show he was carrying a gun on his hip, and said, “You’re coming with me.”
The officer took the woman to the courtyard of a residential building, where two witnesses saw the assault take place.
This comes only months after two NYC pigs Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno were acquitted of entering a woman’s house with her and raping her in her bedroom – see previous post, and also the response some people took in putting up pictures of Moreno in his neighborhood reading “Police Rapist Kenneth Moreno is your neighbor” and “Police Rapist Kenneth Moreno lives in park slope”
28.05.2011 § Leave a comment
“Defense lawyers pointed to surveillance footage of the woman walking on her own as she entered the building in front of the officers as evidence that she was conscious and able to communicate. They also contrasted what the woman told some friends shortly after the alleged rape — that she thought she was raped — with the certainty that she was expressing on the witness stand. Her spotty recollection of that night, the defense said, was enough to raise reasonable doubt over whether she was raped.”– NY times article Here.
Best of: today’s protest against the NYPD rape cops
1) the people who got pissed when the woman in the front thanked the police who were surrounding us in the pen.
2) when the Rude Mechanical Orchestra broke free of the pen and everyone followed them out onto the street.
3) when a random woman gave me a megaphone and said, “Just take it. Say whatever you want. Find me when you’re done with it.”
4) when me and my grrrls took over the chorus of “We Shall Overcome” with “we think cops are scuuuuuum.”
5) when we got mad at the lady with the news camera who kept pushing to interview me shortly after the scum cops song— and I wouldn’t because she seemed to have an agenda and I wasn’t about to represent All Feminists Ever on local/national news. My friend came to my defense and said “We don’t fucking care about the media, go away.” And the camerawoman said, “The media can help your cause, you know.” And we said, “Not your media.” I said, “I have a blog, I’ll just write about this later.”
9) when a disgruntled dude kept yelling “COP-FREE NYC” over the people who were yelling “RAPE-FREE NYC,” and a woman stopped him and said “Listen! This march is against rape!” And he yelled back, “I’m not a girl! Why would I yell that?” And another dude pulled him aside and schooled him.
10) when hundreds of people— all kinds of people— decided that rape was a cause that was important enough to get angry about, beyond the pens and into the streets. And we fucking brought it.