FREE MUMIA! - ORGANIZERS PUSH FORWARD! (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 27 Feb 96 11:05:36 CST
From: Marpessa Kupendua <nattyreb at ix.netcom.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <can-ar at pencil.math.missouri.edu>
Subject: FREE MUMIA! - ORGANIZERS PUSH FORWARD!

Warm Greetings Mumia Supporters!

It's wonderful to see so many people for justice out here
organizing up a storm!  More updated activities!
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HERE'S ONE FOR TONIGHT!

From: Bob Witanek <bwitanek at igc.apc.org>
Posted: "LUIS CORTES" <CORT1475 at elan.rowan.edu>

       THE
        REVOLUTION
         WILL NOT BE
          TELEVISED!!
           ASSIST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST
            POLICE BRUTALITY,
             THE DEATH PENALTY
              AND TO FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!
               Attend the planning meeting
                           of the
                 Regional Student Conference
                           for
                  Mumia Abu-Jamal

                 Where:Temple University,Student Activity Center
                       13th & Montgomery Sts.,Philadelplhia,PA

                      When:Tuesday,February 27,1996 at 6:30pm

            Contact: Joyce Maxwell (215)246-7436 or (215)424-3051
                            Hattie McCutcheon (215)324-5520


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From: Bob Witanek <bwitanek at igc.apc.org>
Posted pdavis at CritPath.Org  Fri Feb 23 12:21:29 1996
Subject: PROTEST MURDEROUS NJ LAW!!

On March 1, New Jersey's murderous health care law, requiring
all prisoners to pay for their already substandard health care,
will
go into effect.  WHERE WILL YOU BE?

Join ACT UP/Philadelphia, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29 @
12:00 NOON @ the Capitol steps in Trenton, for a rally and press
conference in protest of this cruel and hateful law.

The New Jersey law will effectively deny prisoners access to
doctor visits and medications, all under the guise of "saving
money."  What impact could prisoners coughing up funds have on
decreasing the budget of New Jersey's booming prison industry?
While New Jersey prisoners will die without health care, Governor
Whitman and New Jersey legislators will look like tough guys,
following the lead of the cruel "innovation" of the six other
states
who have passed similar laws.

Gregory Smith is an African-American HIV+ prisoner in New
Jersey, serving his sixth year of a 25 year sentence.  He was
charged with attempted manslaughter after allegedly biting and
spitting at a prison guard who was attacking him, even though
there has never been an incidence of transmission through biting
or spitting.  For most prisoners with HIV, 25 years is like a
life
sentence.

Gregory relys on several medications and usually several doctors
visits a month in order to keepp heatlhy. This law has deadly
implications for prisoners with chronic illnesses:  Gregory won't
be able to take care of himself with this law on the books.

DEMAND the repeal of this murderous law.

FIGHT BACK for the freedom of political prisoner Gregory
Smith.

FIGHT BACK for access to quality health care for all prisoners,
including those who are living with HIV and AIDS.

BE THERE!!

call ACT UP @ 215.731.1844 for more information or for rides
pdavis at critpath.org (email)

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Posted: Bob Witanek <bwitanek at igc.apc.org> 2/25/96

BLACK NIA FORCE LEADS NEWARK RESIDENTS IN
DEMANDS FOR RESIGNATION OF POLICE DIRECTOR,
MAYOR AND OFFICER DAY OVER BRUTALITY AND
CORRUPTION (Star Ledger, 2/22/96 - Excerpted)

By Steve CHAMBERS

A week of protests over alleged police brutality ended yesterday
on the City Hall, with a parade of speakers calling for the
resignations of sharpe James and Police Dir. William Celester,
who is on administrative leave.  A crowd of  about 75 cheered as
speakers from several community groups railed against alleged
police mistreatment of African-Americans, with several citing the
police disruption of a Muslim prayer group nine days ago.

"It's time for those Negroes (James and Celester) to get up on
out
of here," said Trevor Phillips, a Rutgers University student and
vice chairman of the Black Nia Force, one of the rally sponsors.
"It's time for them to stop stealing the people's money.  It's
time
for them to stop beating up the people's children."

As men hawked pamphlets for $2 advising people of their rights,
speakers recited the names of residents shot by police.  They
also
decried a shortage of recreational programs for youths and a lack
of jobs.

A "rap sheet" on James and Celester distributed at the noon rally
listed "crimes against the people" that included alleged
corruption
in the police department, two fatal shootings in 1991, and the
seizure by federal authorities of $150,000 in cash from the home
of the girlfriend of James' top aide, Jackie Mattison, who is
under
indictment.

Ras Baraka, a former mayoral candidate and chairman of Black
Nia Force (which means purpose in Swahili), said residents are
tired of corruption and police brutality.  A seventh-grade
teacher
in the city, Baraka said his group works to create opportunities
for
community youths but added to really effect change, civic leaders
must hold politicians of all races accountable.

Ironically, it was his father, famed poet Amiri Baraka, who
worked hard to help first elect black officials in the 1960s and
'70s.  The elder Baraka stood in the crowd as his son chastised
black leaders who are elected and then act as corrupt as the
white
leaders before them.

Ras Baraka and others at the rally said they believe police
brutality is on the rise in the city. . . .

Asked whether the high crime rate and number of weapons in the
city inevitably leads to confrontations, Baraka said, "Everyone
is
told the city is bad, so these kids,arm themselves to protect
themselves."  He said the main problem is the failure of society
to educate youths and give them job opportunities.  "I don't
think
all the cops are bad," he said.  "But I do think they are here
(in
Newark) to protect property.  I don't think they are here to
protect the people."

Several speakers alluded to a police incident Feb. 16 that
interrupted 30 Muslim women and children praying and reciting
the Qur'an.  Police said they chased a suspect to the house, and
when they tried to arrest him on drug charges, the women became
unruly.  Pepper spray was used to quell the group.  The incident
is being investigated.

In addition to calling for the rerignation of James and Celester,
protesters criticized Police Offcer Michael Day.   . . .
Celester was placed on paid administrative leave by the mayor
last
November shortly after federal authorities raided his home. He
has
not been charged with any crime.
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COMMENT:  I was in attendance at this rally.  The group was
highly organized.  While it plans to continue pressing for a
civilian
complaint review board, its members vows to set up its own
review board, using a 1-800 number.  They will collect
information and evidence of police brutality and present it to
the
council.  Zayid Muhammad, of Frontline Artists spoke at the
rally.
He promoted the April 20, 1000 VOICES AGAINST THE NJ
DEATH PENALTY march at NJ State Prison in Trenton in his
presentation.  Several hundred leaflets for the 1000 VOICES rally
were distributed at the event. I will hope to bring you more
details
of the efforts of Black Nia Force and other Newark groups around
these issues soon.

Posted in pol-abuse at igc.apc.org
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From:  Peter Shell

            Member of Gammage family to appear at:

                   RALLY FOR JUSTICE
                        for
                     JONNY GAMMAGE

At the pre-trial conference of the police who killed Jonny
Gammage. The people of Pittsburgh will not accept police
brutality
any longer!

      * 9:00 am, Friday, March 1st
      * County Courthouse - Grant St.

Endorsed By: Million Man March Local Organizing Committee,
Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice, The Alliance for
Progressive Action, Western Pennsylvania Committee to Free
Mumia Abu-Jamal and the CMU Chapter, Coalition of
African-Americans for Justice, National Coalition on Police
Accountability, Pitt BiGALA, Pittsburgh Socialist Alliance, and
the Young Socialists

For More Information Contact: 363-7993 or 521-7966
or see the web page
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pshell/gammage/flyer.html
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||| News and Analysis forwarded by the Prison Issues Desk |||

Report found on
<http://www.hooked.net/users/plehner/dp/comments/
outside-san-quentin-1201am.html>.  --Greetings, Thomas.
______________________________________________________
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Outside San Quentin 2/23/96, 12:01am

We arrived at the gates of San Quentin about 10:00pm on 2/22/96.
We left San Francisco two hours before thinking we had a 20
minute ride ahead of us. It took us so long to get to the prison
because the CHP had closed all the freeway exits. For miles
beforehand we had seen CHP patrol cars - dozens and dozens of
them. While others died along California's highways in accidents,
most of the CHP in Northern Cal. was at or near San Quentin -
for NO REASON other than to harass people going to the prison.
Because the freeway exits were closed, nearly everyone going to
San Quentin was forced to cross the Richmond Bridge, pay a
dollar to return and scout around for the alternative
route to the prison. Road-side parking for about a mile before
the
prison was restricted and Cal. Trans was towing cars. It was a
disgusting show of force against those of us who wanted to
express
our right to free speech or just be silent witnesses to state
sponsored murder.

It was bitterly cold, but several hundred people were there.
About
20 were hard-core pro-death penalty types. They carried signs
such
as "Kill Bonin now," "Can I watch?," "The Wages of Sin is
DEATH," etc. Some were holding nooses. Many were drinking
alcohol and partying. Their big question of the night was "Is He
Dead Yet?" Their cackling was horrific. The rest of the people
were anti-death penalty. They vastly outnumbered the "pro-death"
types. Many were holding candles. Some were praying. Some
were chanting anti-death penalty slogans. Some of Bonin's
victim's
families were there. Some wanted "closure" and revenge. Others
wanted him spared claiming that the state was doing exactly to
him
what he had done to their children - torture and murder. Other
murder victims families attended, as well.

By 11:55 we were all numb with cold. A fist fight broke out. We
couldn't see because of the crowd, but we heard the punches and
a pro-death sign toppled. By midnight the intensity of the crowd
was at its height. People turned up the volume on their portable
radios and the TV news crews tested their lights. People
representing different sides of the issue began to argue.
Every time this happened, gaggles of photographers and video
cameras rushed to the area eager to get it on tape or film. I saw
some photographers actually interrupt the opponents so they could
pose them in the best angle. This is journalism?

Also on the scene were several hundred uniformed riot police.
Everyone once in a while they would jog/march in formation out
to the barricades in a show of force.

By 12:15 it was all over. There was a sense of sadness and
resignation in most of the crowd. While men and women wept
openly, pro-death types cheered and hooted. They were saying
things like "Dead Man Walking" (referring inaccurately to the
recent film) and "Bonin's in Hell Now." And so on. By
12:30 most people were making their way back to their cars. On
the way back to our car we saw at least six or seven tow trucks
impounding cars. We shuddered to think of what would happen to
the people who owned those cars stuck outside a house of death
with hooting, drunken lunatics around.

We made it home safely. I had trouble sleeping last night
thinking
about man's inhumanity to man. But that won't stop me. The death
penalty is a barbaric act, so were Bonin's actions, so was the
state's actions in trying to prevent free speech. As long as this
barbarism goes on, I will protest it and bear witness to it.

Sincerely,
Allen Carson
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Submitted by:  Sis. Marpessa
BABYLON IS BURNING!

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