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Cecily McMillan: Trial has begun for Cecily and supporters are calling on activists and friends to fill the courtroom to witness each day of the proceeding. Cecily faces 2nd degree assault charges stemming from a 2012 encounter with the NYPD that left her beaten and unconscious on the evening of March 17, 2012 at an event marking the 6-month anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park. The series of events leading up McMillan’s beating was documented extensively by the press, and began with a male NYPD officer forcibly grabbing her right breast. McMillan was 23 years old at the time. Trial is scheduled to start on Monday, March 3. Please arrive at 10 AM to Manhattan Criminal Court, 100 Centre St., part 41, Room 1116.
No Separate Justice Vigils: A Post-9/11 Domestic Human Rights Campaign will hold vigils the first Monday of every month from 6-7 PM outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (150 Park Row, NYC), a federal prison where people accused of terrorism-related offenses have been held in solitary confinement for years, even before they have been tried. This new public education campaign aims to shed light on and end a pattern of human rights and civil liberties abuses in “War on Terror” cases in the criminal justice system. Please bring a flashlight with you as we will be shining a light together to expose this domestic torture site, the MCC. The next event is Monday, March 3.
Our March 3rd vigil will focus on the case of Tarek Mehanna, whose “material support” charges (which included the translation of texts from Arabic into English) raised grave concerns from civil liberties groups and academics across the country. After being held for two years in pre-trial solitary confinement, Tarek Mehanna is now serving his 17-and-a-half year sentence in the “Communications Management Unit” in Marion, Illinois.
The first vigil on February 10th focused on Fahad Hashmi who languished for 3 years in pre-trial solitary confinement at MCC in 2007-2010. After requesting clarity from the US government on the three years of pre-trial solitary confinement Fahad Hashmi was subjected to at MCC, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez “found no justification for the fact that he was kept in solitary confinement during his prolonged pre-trial detention …[I]t appears that his harsh conditions of detention are related exclusively to the seriousness of the charges he faced. If that is so, then solitary confinement with its oppressive consequences on the psyche of the detainee is no more than a punitive measure that is unworthy of the United States as a civilized democracy.”
Taffy & Khalil: Two students arrested at a demo to protest the closure of the Morales Shakur Community Center at CUNY are still facing criminal charges. Keep your eye out for upcoming court support dates.
*Marie Mason: Continue to call (and write a letters) to Prison Director Samuels to move Marie closer to family and away from the extreme isolation she is experiencing at FMC Carswell. More information here. This campaign will likely stretch into 2014.
*Leonard Peltier: Call the White House every Friday until 2014 for clemency for Leonard!
*Cuban 5: Call/fax/write in on the 5th of every month to President Obama to release the Cuban 5!
*MOVE 9: Call and send letters to support their parole. As of November 2013, there is a campaign to call-in to the parole board every Monday at (717) 772-4343 to demand their release.
*Palestinian Political Prisoners: Call the office of Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (202.647.7209) to demand that he bring the issue of the Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Demands urgently to his counterparts in Israel.
*Mumia Abu-Jamal: Sign the petition to Attorney General Eric Holder to release Mumia.
*Barrett Brown: Sign the petitions to drop the charges.
*Alvaro Luna Hernandez: Write to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States to urge a formal investigation Alvaro Luna Hernandez’s case and defend his rights under international law. Refer to Alvaro Luna Hernandez v. United States, No. p-1033 filed August 29, 2008. See Alvaro’s support site for a sample letter. Address letters to Executive Secretary Canton at:
AND MAILED TO:
Committee to Free Alvaro Luna Hernandez:
P.O. Box 7187, Austin, TX 78173
Alternatively, letters may be emailed to email@example.com. If you email your letter, please BCC or send a separate email with your message to twitchon[at]hotmail[dot]com.
*Rasmea Odeh: Sign the petition to Attorney General and other officials to drop the charges against Rasmea.
*Dr. Mutulu Shakur: Sign the petition to call for a U.S.Truth & Reconciliation Commission to address COINTELPRO and U.S. held Political Prisoners.
*Russell Maroon Shoatz: Sign the petition to have him released from his torturous solitary confinement.
*Albert Woodfox (of the Angola 3): Sign the petition to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to end 40 years of solitary confinement!
*Sign the petition for a Congressional Hearing on COINTELPRO’s Legacy and Continuing Impact.
*Write to both the Israeli Prison Services and the International Committee of the Red Cross to support Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Demands.
*If you live in NY state, send a letter supporting the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act.
Parole Hearing Support: See general guidelines for parole support letters.
Take action for the hearings listed below now to ensure your input is received in time! See also information on hearings further in the future.
*Hugo “Yogi” Pinell: May, 2014. Send letters to Yogi’s lawyer email a copy of your letter to his supporter, Killu Nyasha at kiilu2[at]sbcglobal.net.
*Debbie Sims Africa: May 2014. See move9parole.blogspot.com for more information on how you can support Debbie’s parole.
*Dr. Mutulu Shakur: July 2014. If you are affiliated with an NYC institution relating to acupuncture, holistic health or International law and would like to support parole for Dr. Shakur by writing a letter affirming you would host a lecture or seminar by him on one of these topics after his release, please contact South Brooklyn ABCF asap.
*Jalil Muntaqim: Summer 2014. Sign the petition.
*Robert Seth Hayes: Summer 2014. Sign the petition.