Redwood Curtain CopWatch, based in the north coast of California, is part of a larger movement of self organized CopWatch groups throughout the US. Our local efforts seek to intervene in the drastic rise of the presence, militarization, and violence of the police, and build support networks based on self-determination, caring, and concrete needs.
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Occupying Mumia’s Cell Courtesy of prisonradio
According to recent news accounts, shattered and shredded body parts and remains of U.S. servicemen were found in a landfill.
Despite political spins, this sobering image is a telling, true-life metaphor for what those in power really think of soldiers, many of whom are but boys and girls freshly loosed from High School.
ONA MOVE, Everybody! We've received news that Mumia has now been transferred to SCI-Mahanoy, another prison in Pennsylvania. He is in "Administrative Segregation", he is not in general population yet. We need to let those administrators know, immediately, that we know Mumia is there and that the WORLD is watching. People need to flood the prison with calls and flood Mumia with postcards (Mumia needs to know that we have his back). ----Ramona
Mumia Abu Jamal
301 Morea Rd.
Frackville, PA. 17932
Superintendent John Kerestes
Deputy Superintendent Bernadette Mason
This is no time to relax, we must be ever-vigilant!!!
Police State Continues to Expand.
If we don't confront it now, then WHEN?
August 7, 2010: Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies Murder Robert Garth in Blue Lake
August 8, 1978: Philadelphia Police Try to Kill MOVE Men, Women, and Children at MOVE Home; Police Kill One of Their Own and Lock Up Nine MOVE Members "for Murder"; The MOVE 9, U.S. political prisoners, have been in prison since 1978
Call every Thursday and Friday until the demands are met!
Call for the CA Prison Hunger Strikers!
Prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison (California) began a hunger strike on July 1, 2011 to protest the cruel, inhumane and tortuous conditions of their imprisonment. At least 6,600 prisoners across the state of CA have joined them in solidarity with their demands. Though Pelican Bay prisoners have accepted an offer from the CDCR which grants night caps (beanies), wall calendars, and some educational program opportunities, the rest of their demands have not been met and prisoners at Calipatria, Corcoran and Tehachapi remain on strike.
Support the hunger strikers by contacting the CDCR and urging them to negotiate with the prisoners and honor their 5 demands!
- Sign the national petition to Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes, Stop the FBI Attack on the Chicano and Immigrant Rights Movement, and Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists NOW!
- Please send us statements from your organization condemning the raid on Carlos Montes' home. E-mail us at email@example.com
Protests Grow in Solidarity With California Prisoners As Hunger Strikes Enter Third Week, Democracy Now! July 15, 2011Submitted by copwatch on Fri, 07/15/2011 - 1:40pm
Thousands of inmates in at least 13 prisons across California’s troubled prison system have been on hunger strike for almost two weeks. Many are protesting in solidarity with inmates held in Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s first super-maximum security prison, over what prisoners say are cruel and unusual conditions in "Secure Housing Units." We play an audio statement from one of the Pelican Bay prisoners and speak to three guests: Dorsey Nunn, co-founder of "All of Us or None" and executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and one of the mediators between the prisoners on hunger strike and the California Department of Corrections; Molly Porzig, a member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition and a spokesperson for Critical Resistance; and Desiree Lozoya, the niece of an inmate participating in the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike, who visited him last weekend.
JUAN GONZALEZ: We turn now to California, where thousands of inmates in at least 11 prisons across the state’s troubled prison system have been on hunger strike for almost two weeks. Many are protesting in solidarity with inmates held in Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s first super-maximum security prison.
The hunger strike began on July 1st in the Pelican Bay’s Security Housing Unit, when inmates began refusing meals to protest what they say is cruel and unusual conditions. Prisoners in the units are kept in total isolation for 22-and-a-half hours a day, a punishment some mental health experts say can lead to insanity and is tantamount to torture.
Democracy Now! obtained a recording of an audio statement that one of the Pelican Bay inmates, Ted Ashker sic, made to his legal team in the secure prison’s Secure Housing Unit, which is referred to as the SHU. You will need to listen closely as he explains his reasons for joining the hunger strike.
TODD ASHKER: The basis for this protest has come about after over 25 years—some of us, 30, some up to 40 years—of being subjected to these conditions the last 21 years in Pelican Bay SHU, where every single day you have staff and administrators who feel it’s their job to punish the worst of the worst, as they’ve put out propaganda for the last 21 years that we are the worst of the worst. And most of us have never been found guilty of ever committing an illegal gang-related act. But we’re in SHU because of a label. And all of our 602 appeals, numerous court challenges, have gotten nowhere. Therefore, our backs are up against the wall.
Individuals and activists plan events around the world to show support for the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower on March 19-20.
[March 19 event in Eureka CA: http://redwoodcurtaincopwatch.net/node/771 ]
On March 19-20, 2011, activist organizations and individuals will take to the streets to protest the U.S. government's treatment of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Army Private First Class Bradley Manning. Manning, 23, has been held in isolation for nearly 300 days, charged with releasing classified documents, including a video that shows American troops shooting and killing 11 people, including two Reuters employees, in 2007.
La Junta to settle lawsuit with man who was wrongfully jailed
A Letter to Friends from Lynne Stewart
In the best-selling Steig Larsson trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the heroine, Lisbeth Salander, a hardwired, brilliant young computer genius is shot and presumed to be dead, but is actually buried alive by the antagonist. He is a prototype of the cruel, greedy, misogynistic, exploiter. She claws herself out of her premature grave and, indomitable and focused, defeats him. Finally by the end of volume three she has triumphed—using her own brains and, relying on her friends and comrades—over the entire corrupt corporate, governmental, military power structure that had been trying to oppress and suppress her, her whole life.
DECEMBER 9, 2010 IS THE 29TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY THE PHILADELPHIA COPS
ATTEMPTED TO KILL MUMIA ABU JAMAL. THEY TERRORIZED, BEAT, SHOT, KIDNAPPED,
JAILED, FRAMED, AND SENTENCED HIM TO DEATH ROW. MUMIA IS A POLITICAL
PRISONER IN PENNSYLVANIA.
MUMIA'S LIFE IS IN DANGER!
Come out on November 9th 2010 to say:
MUMIA IS INNOCENT ! FREE MUMIA!
END THE RACIST DEATH PENALTY!
MUMIA ABU-JAMAL faces his likely last court hearing on November 9th, 2010, at the Third Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, in Philadelphia. This hearing is about sentencing only.
Why is this happening?
A Green Party Announcement: Free Leonard Peltier Caucus
A new caucus has been formed. The Free Leonard Peltier Caucus is working to circulate a petition for signatures to be presented to Pres. Obama at the end of his tenure asking for a presidential pardon for the longest held political prisoner, Leonard Peltier.
At this time the membership consists of Deacon Alexander, primary candidate
for California Governor and coordinator of the Watts Greens and Dorothy
Kemeny, member of the GPLAC County Council and Co-coordinator of the Long Beach Greens.
The caucus will be working on circulation of the petition on-line and establishing a downloadable form on the GPCA Front Page as well as publicizing it in the Focus and Green Pages. It is the aim of the caucus to reach out to all the organizations and individuals working for Peltier's release around the world to sign to the petition.
The contact person is Dorothy Kemeny firstname.lastname@example.org
NOV. 9, 2010: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Will Hear Oral Argument in Review of Mumia's Death SentenceSubmitted by copwatch on Mon, 10/11/2010 - 1:06pm
from Workers World
Nov. 9 in Philadelphia: ‘Free Mumia Abu-Jamal’
The nearly 29-year struggle to free political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal faces a critical juncture with the announcement that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will review Abu-Jamal’s death sentence on Nov. 9. It is imperative that all who stand for justice and against racism and state repression pack the courtroom in Philadelphia....
Read more here: http://www.workers.org/2010/us/mumia_1007/
*Read Updated Message of Events Worldwide beginning November 5th! Click HERE
Fri. Sept 17 2010 DROPTHECHARGES.NET
On September 8, Gregory Koger was sentenced to 300 days in jail for videotaping a brief political statement at a public event in Skokie, IL. When Gregory was asked to stop, he put down his video camera. Trespass charges were brought because he started filming with his iPhone. But videotaping is not a crime!
An Urgent Appeal from a long-time friend of
A message from the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
03 September 2010
U.S. Soldier Imprisoned for Releasing Video Of U.S. Military Slaying of Iraqi Civilians: VIDEO & PETITION includedSubmitted by copwatch on Thu, 07/15/2010 - 1:20am
Bradley Manning is the U.S. soldier now in a US military prison in Kuwait who has been arrested and charged with two violations for releasing classified information (the Wikileaks "Collateral Murder" video) and facing 54 years in prison. He is being held in isolation from the outside world - with no contact with his civilian attorneys working to defend him.
If the allegations are true, Bradley Manning is a hero for bringing to light the realities of the crimes being committed in the U.S. occupation.
We call for his immediate release and that his attorneys be allowed to talk to him.
ONA MOVE! I’M SENDING THIS EMAIL OUT TO INFORM YOU OF A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION HAPPENING WITH OUR BROTHER, CHUCK AFRICA. THIS FALLS ON THE HEELS OF US EXPOSING PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER COLUMNIST, MONICA YANT KINNEY AND ALL OF THE INFORMATION WE WERE ABLE TO PUT OUT DURING MEDIA INTERVIEWS MARKING TWENTY-FIVE YEARS SINCE THE BOMBING.