Posted by copwatch | Mon, 11/12/2012 - 11:11pm story
November 8, 2012 by Solitary Watch Guest Author Lance Tapley
In 1986 Ojore Lutalo, a black revolutionary in the Trenton State Prison — now the New Jersey State Prison — wrote to Bonnie Kerness’s American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) office in Newark. His letter described the extreme isolation and other brutalities in the prison’s Management Control Unit, which he called a “prison within a prison.”
“I could not believe what he was telling me” about the MCU, she says. She reacted by becoming “this lunatic white lady” calling New Jersey corrections officials about Lutalo.
Kerness immediately went to work trying to stop MCU guards from harassing prisoners by waking them at 1 a.m. to make them strip in front of snarling dogs leaping for their genitals — to arbitrarily have them switch cells. She got this practice stopped.
Lutalo’s letter also began to open her eyes to the torture of solitary confinement, which in the mid-1980s was just starting to spread across the country as a mass penological practice. Coordinator of the AFSC’s national Prison Watch Project, Kerness had worked on prison issues since the mid-1970s. Now she became an anti-solitary-confinement activist. In 2012, she has been one longer and more consistently than, possibly, anyone else.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 09/02/2012 - 6:47pm story
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 08/03/2012 - 9:40pm event
Listen to Radical Rap on the 34th Anniversary of the August 8, 1978 police attack on the MOVE house in Philadelphia. August 8th is also the day before Cotton Day, the anniversary of the fatal police beating of Martin Cotton in Eureka CA.
ONA MOVE! The MOVE Organization wants to take this opportunity to point out yet another example of the blatant prejudice of government officials when it comes to MOVE. Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell just commuted the life sentences of three men convicted of murder in the 1970s. The reason he gave is that these men were not the ones that actually pulled the trigger in the murder, they were “accessories”. In the case of the MOVE 9, however, Rendell was the district attorney who charged and prosecuted 9 of our MOVE sisters and brothers for the murder of one cop who was shot with one bullet from one gun. MOVE women never had weapons charges on them and nobody including any police officials could say that *any* MOVE person shot and killed Policeman James Ramp.
Jericho: Congressional Hearing on COINTELPRO's Legacy and Continuing Impact
Opened on January 11, 2011
COINTELPRO represents a part of American history that we would all like to forget. However, to forget is to repeat. Unfortunately, dozens of women and men are still incarcerated upwards of 40 years as a direct result of this heinous program.
Posted by copwatch | Wed, 02/15/2012 - 7:30pm event
Posted by copwatch | Thu, 01/05/2012 - 6:20pm event
January 11 Day of Action Against Guantanamo
Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for providing WikiLeaks with the Guantanamo detainee assessments. Based on those files, we know that the prison has held mostly innocent people and low-level operatives.
Posted by copwatch | Tue, 10/04/2011 - 1:28pm story
CDCR Increases Isolation for California Prisoner Hunger Strikers
Families of hunger strikers were denied visits this past weekend, as the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) continues to crackdown on the hunger strike.
Before the strike resumed Under-Secretary of CDCR Operations, Scott Kernan, threatened an escalation of violence on hunger strikers. Since lawyers from the prisoner’s legal & mediation team have been banned from communicating with hunger strikers last week,rs pose a threat to CDCR’s security, denied visits are an added punishment that increase family members of hunger strikers have also been denied visits. While the CDCR claims families and lawyers pose a threat to CDCR’s security, denied visits are an added punishment that increase isolation for hunger strikers in an attempt to break the strike and conceal retaliation.
Posted by copwatch | Fri, 07/01/2011 - 11:22pm story
Download it HERE:
The new issue of Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research &
Education, Volume 24 Number 3, July-September 2011, is now out from
Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART).
PDFs will be available on-line at <http://www.antiracist.org>www**
The latest issue includes the latest compilation of "Rumors," a blotter of
recent on-the-street anti-racist and anti-fascist actions, as well as an
exchange of views generated by the antifa confrontation with the NSM in
Pemberto, NJ, including "Off the Nazis!...But How?" from 'the Brigade' in
Bring the Ruckus, and a "Response" by Jerry Bellow. These address the
interconnection between public organizing and potentially illegal
Posted by copwatchadmin | Sat, 05/07/2011 - 12:24pm event
Never forget 1985! Now is the time to free the MOVE 9!
Friday May 13 at 8pm, watch “August 8, 1978” to understand the unjust incarceration of the MOVE 9 and how the battle for their release lead to the bombing of MOVE in 1985.
Screening at Peoples Action for Rights and Community (PARC) located in the alley on Qst between 2nd and 3rd, just North of Eureka Library, look for the signs on the car port.
FREE Snacks and Drinks provided. For more info call PARC at (707) 442-7465
Redwood Curtain CopWatch, in 2008, instigated the formation of a local Friends of MOVE chapter. Please read about the MOVE organization and help get the MOVE 9 prisoners released- They've been in Pennsylvania prisons since 1978!
Free the MOVE 9!
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 02/28/2010 - 12:53pm event
Pam and Ramona Africa will be keynote speakers at the Social Justice Summit at Humboldt State University, beginning at 5pm on Friday, March 5th in the Kate Buchanan Room. [If you're a student, the whole summit is free; if you're not a student, the whole summit is free anyway- at least I've always just gone- no ticket collectors, etc.]
Download the MOVE, May '09 Communique HERE
Posted by copwatch | Mon, 06/15/2009 - 2:49pm event
Tonight, TUESDAY JUNE 16, Friends of MOVE (Redwood Curtain Chapter) will be showing continuous inspiring and informative video footage and words of MOVE members.
ARCATA, beginning about 9:15pm.
Posted by copwatchadmin | Thu, 04/23/2009 - 8:28pm event
Transcribed flier. Scanned copy coming soon!