Thursday, February 24, 2011

Peltier Update: Medical Treatment


Peltier Update: Medical Treatment

The biopsy that was ordered by a physician last November was finally performed yesterday, 23 February. Leonard will receive the results in roughly 7 to 10 days. The feedback from the physician wasn't positive, however. Everyone must continue to pressure the BOP for Leonard's transfer so that he can receive timely, quality care.

Please sign the below letter; write your name and mailing address; and mail or fax your letter today.

Mail to: Federal Bureau of Prisons
Address: 320 1st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20534
Fax: (202) 514-6620

Sample Letter

* Often a handwritten heartfelt letter is quite effective. Remember to always employ a respectful tone and keep your comments brief and to the point. If you wish, you may adapt the following text. *

Harley G. Lappin, Director
U.S. Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534

Dear Mr. Lappin:

It has come to my attention that Leonard Peltier #89637-132, an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is in dire need of medical attention.

I believe that Mr. Peltier's medical needs are urgent. He needs to be seen by proper medical staff. Therefore, I respectfully request that Leonard Peltier be transferred to FCI-Oxford in Wisconsin or FMC-Rochester in Minnesota. Either of these facilities can adequately accommodate Mr. Peltier's medical needs.

Thank you in advance for transferring Leonard Peltier and immediately addressing his medical needs!

Sincerely,



Signature

(Print Your Name)
(Print Your Street Address)
(Print Your City/State/Zip Code)

Thank you for all you do on Leonard's behalf.


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Headlines:

Cobell attorneys face criticism over request for $223M in fees (2/24)
Original BIA records left in trash can at National Archives in DC (2/24)
Republican lawmaker wants to put tobacco tax on Idaho tribes (2/24)
Bill introduced to ratify Blackfeet Nation water rights compact (2/24)
Quileute Tribe asks Sen. Cantwell to support federal land swap (2/24)
Choctaw Nation to rebury 124 ancestral remains in Mississippi (2/24)
Oregon tribes exercise treaty rights for bison hunt in Montana (2/24)
Hopi Tribe seeks to remove 'ruins' from the name of state park (2/24)
Chumash Tribe donates Samala-English dictionaries to schools (2/24)
Donor who benefited in Soboba water settlement pleads guilty (2/24)
Another tribe opposes Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (2/24)
JR Cook: Put aside party politics for Arvo Mikkanen nomination (2/23)
Ron Holt: Not all Indian newspapers will stand the test of time (2/23)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux artist a 'Living Indian Treasure' (2/23)
Osage Nation optimistic as high court weighs reservation suit (2/23)
Brothers sentenced over 'punk a Nav' incident in New Mexico (2/23)
The National: Navajo Nation fighting for its economic survival (2/23)
National Park Service names Alaska Native woman as liaison (2/23)
County sheriff denies being 'anti-Indian' in Ute Tribe dispute (2/23)
HCN: Crow Tribe prepares to vote on water rights settlement (2/23)
Authorities investigating death of Eastern Cherokee baby girl (2/23)
Diver from Skokomish Tribe died during harvesting expedition (2/23)
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23 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!



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Juan Gonzalez Wins 2010 George Polk Award For Exposing $80M CityTime Scandal

Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez has won a George Polk Award for his columns in the New York Daily News exposing the scandal behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to create a new computerized payroll system called CityTime. Gonzalez’s reporting helped lead to the federal indictment of four consultants and two associates on charges that they orchestrated a fraud that cost city taxpayers more than $80 million.
Glenn Greenwald on the Assange Extradition Ruling, the Jailing of Bradley Manning, and the Campaign to Target WikiLeaks Supporters

A British judge ruled today that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on allegations of sexual crimes. Assange plans to appeal within ten days. His defense team had argued against the extradition, in part, by citing the potential he could wind up being extradited to the United States and prosecuted for publishing classified government documents, a crime that could result in the death penalty. We speak to constitutional law attorney and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald about the Assange case; allegations of U.S. army torture against alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning; and a recently disclosed plot by three private intelligence firms to target WikiLeaks and its supporters, including Greenwald who has publicly defended the organization.
Obama Withdraws Support for Anti-LGBT Defense of Marriage Act

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional law attorney and legal blogger for Salon.com, who is openly gay, talks about the significance of this decision and how DOMA affected his own choice to live in Brazil with his partner, a Brazilian national. "This is one of those rare instances where I think unqualified praise is deserved for the White House," Greenwald says.
"Everywhere There is Graffiti Saying, 'Welcome to the New Free Libya'": Democracy Now! Correspondent Anjali Kamat Reports

Anti-government protesters have taken control of large swaths of Libya in the uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. It remains unclear how many people have been killed in Gaddafi’s brutal crackdown, but estimates have topped 1,000. Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat reports from the Libyan city of Tobruk.
Billionaire Right-Wing Koch Brothers Fund Wisconsin Governor Campaign and Anti-Union Push

In Madison, Wisconsin, record numbers of protesters have entered the eleventh day of their fight to preserve union rights and collective bargaining for public employees, inspiring similar protests in the states of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. The protests have also helped expose the close ties between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who helped bankroll the Tea Party movement. On Wednesday, blogger Ian Murphy revealed he had impersonated David Koch in a recorded phone conversation with an unsuspecting Walker. We play highlights of the recording and discuss the Koch brothers’ influence in Wisconsin with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.

Headlines

•Libyan Forces Escalate Attacks on Uprising
•U.N. Human Rights Chief Condemns Libya for "Crimes Against Humanity"
•British Court OKs Assange Extradition to Sweden
•Report: U.S. Army Ordered Psy-Ops to Sway Lawmakers on Backing War
•Pro-Labor Protests Continue in Wisconsin, Ohio
•Walker Pranked by Koch Impersonator
•Indiana Deputy Attorney General Fired for Backing Armed Attacks on Demonstrators
•Admin Withdraws Support for DOMA
•Soldier Faces Court-Martial for Killing of Afghan Civilian
•Report: U.S. Extremist Groups on the Rise
•2 Sentenced to Jail Terms in Beating of Mexican Immigrant

Also this week:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
•“We’re Witnessing the Violent Lashings of a Dying Beast”: Libyan Novelist Hisham Matar on Gaddafi’s Brutal Crackdown in Libya
•"People Have Finally Found Their Voice”: Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Egypt After Mubarak
•Arrest of CIA Agent Sheds Light on American Covert War in Pakistan, Straining U.S.-Pakistani Relations

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
•“Gaddafi Cares More for Himself and His Power than He Cares for Anybody in Libya”: Libyan American Activist Abdulla Darrat on Bloody Crackdown on Protesters
•Rev. Jesse Jackson Marches in Madison as Thousands Defend Public Employees and Unions
•“Today is a Serious Showdown”: Thousands Occupy Wisconsin Capitol Building Ahead of Anti-Union Vote
•Labor Protests to Defend Collective Bargaining Rights Spread to Ohio
•Matt Taibbi: "Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?"
•Judge Convicted in Pennsylvania Kids-for-Cash Scheme, Faces Long Prison Term and Class Action Lawsuit

Monday, February 21, 2011
•"Iran, the Green Movement and the USA": Hamid Dabashi On the Future of the Iranian Pro-Democracy Movement
•Massacre in Libya: Witnesses Say Protesters Have Taken Control of Benghazi Despite Gov’t Violence
•“Libya is Forever Changed by These Events”: Libyan Poet and Scholar Khaled Mattawa on the Pro-Democracy Movement Amid Government Violence
•"We Have a Fire in the House of Labor. We Are Here to Put it Out": Wisconsin Firefighters and Police Officers Join Massive Protests Against Anti-Union Bill

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Alaskan Native Human Rights Violated; Fast Ongoing, More Protests Planned‏

On February 8, 52-year-old Gwich'in and Yup'ik activist Desa Jacobsson started to fast in protest of "the comprehensive violation of subsistence rights and continued de-humanization" of Indigenous Peoples in Alaska by State Governor Sean Parnell, the Calista Corporation, and the Federal Subsistence Board. In a letter that was hand-delivered to the offices of Governor Parnell, the[...] Continue Reading:

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Defend Free Speech on the Internet


This week the House voted to block the FCC from protecting our right to access an open Internet. If successful, the move would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.

In the Senate, Republicans have introduced a "resolution of disapproval" that would strip the FCC of its authority to protect our right to free speech online. Both of these moves come at a time when phone and cable giants are already restricting our ability to connect with others and share information.

We can stop the resolution in the Senate by getting 51 members to stand with us for online freedom:

Tell Your Senators: Defend Our Right to Free Speech Online.

Take Action Now!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

US parole board denies release for Puerto Rican nationalist once offered clemency


US parole board denies release for Puerto Rican nationalist once offered clemency
By: The Associated Press
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/breakingnews/us-parole-board-denies-release-for-puerto-rican-nationalist-once-offered-clemency-116493328.html


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The U.S. Parole Commission says it won't offer early release to a Puerto Rican nationalist who once turned down a clemency offer from President Clinton.

Commission Chairman Isaac Fulwood said Friday that the commission has denied parole for Oscar Lopez Rivera.

His lawyers can appeal. But for now he must serve until at least 2021 under sentencing rules.

Lopez is serving a 70-year sentence in Indiana. He was convicted in 1981 of charges that include seditious conspiracy and transportation of firearms as a member of the ultra-nationalist Armed Forces of National Liberation.

Members of Congress of Puerto Rican descent had been pushing for his release.

Clinton offered to release him in 1999 Lopez but turned it down.



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FBI Targeting Palestine Solidarity Activists in New England


FBI Targeting Palestine Solidarity Activists in New England

On the early morning of February 10, Richard Hugus, a member of the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, received a knock on the door by a member of the FBI accompanied by a police detective. Richard asserted his right not to speak to the agent, who left behind a card identifying himself as agent David George. When Richard's lawyer called to find out why the FBI was trying to interrogate him, the agent replied that they were interested in discussing an article Richard had written in 2005/2006 and a letter to political prisoner Aafia Sidiqqui.

In light of the recent grand juries that have been convened targeting Palestine solidarity and anti-war activists across the country, this FBI activity in Boston should come as no surprise. For the NECDP, FBI repression is also nothing new. We have experienced repression from the FBI and ICE since our inception in 2002, when Amer Jubran was arrested by FBI and INS agents who showed up at his door the day after our first demonstration and demanded that he cooperate with their investigation or face disappearance and indefinite detention. "Please the ears of this gentleman," said the INS agent gesturing to the FBI, "or we'll let you rot for 50 years."

But while the FBI harassment is nothing new, a few things are worth noting about this latest development:

--The FBI openly asserted that it wants to investigate Richard for an article he has written.

In the past, we have been used to the FBI and the rest of the Homeland Security apparatus manufacturing fake grounds for investigating (and later arresting) activists--for such things as alleged immigration violations. Over the last few years, the charge of "material support for terrorism" has been increasingly used to include public advocacy. At the same time, there has been a constant public discourse on "violent radicalization" and "homegrown terrorism," in which spreading information and expressing opinions on the internet have been identified as threats to "security." The idea that the FBI would investigate someone for expressing an opinion in an article is now normal.

--Richard Hugus is a solidarity activist.

Although the FBI is still primarily targeting Arabs and Muslims with its "terrorism" investigations and arrests--with the number of such cases rising dramatically since the beginning of the Holder/Obama regime--the past year has shown a significant new trend of targeting not just Palestinians, but Palestine solidarity activists.

This attention to solidarity activists comes at a moment when zionists are increasingly on the defensive. In 2010, officials at the "Israeli" Foreign Ministry said that they were considering stopping lectures by official representatives around the world because these only provide targets for a rapidly growing protest movement. The Reut Institute--a prominent zionist think tank--suggested in the same year that unless a new strategy were developed against the Palestine solidarity movement (including "legal" intervention, e.g. repression), "Israel" might soon find itself in the position of being an international pariah state. A central strategic recommendation of the Reut report was to distinguish between critics of Israeli policy and those who are committed to "delegitimizing Israel." They suggest that it's important to treat the "critics" as potential allies--and give them more room to express themselves--in order to isolate the "delegitimizers."

What we are witnessing across the country is an attempt to isolate and remove radical voices from the public discussion about Palestine in order to reduce their influence within a growing movement. Anyone who stands up for the right of Palestinians to resist or who refuses to accept the right of "Israel" to exist is in the rifle sight.

Richard Hugus is under investigation because he has used his skills as an activist, film-maker and writer to stand up for these fundamental truths: oppressed people have the right to fight their oppressors; colonized people have the right to take back the land that was stolen from them.

As members of the New England Committee to Defend Palestine we give full support to these positions:
--The people of Palestine have the right to resist and to reclaim all of their historic land from colonization.
--The peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan have the right to resist US invasion and occupation by any means necessary.

We will not be silenced and we will not speak to the FBI.

Today: Act on behalf of Leonard Peltier and all imprisoned COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era activists


ACT NOW! DISTRIBUTE WIDELY! ACT NOW! DISTRIBUTE WIDELY! ACT NOW!

At yesterday's White House meeting on the US's response to the UN UPR Working Group Recommendations, we were told that all comments must be submitted by close of business today. On behalf of all imprisoned COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era activists, please

TELL White House Rep Scott Busby (ScottW.Busby@nsc.eop.gov ), Legal Adviser Harold Koh (KohHH@state.gov), State Dept Rep David Sullivan (SullivanDB@state.gov), Asst. Atty General Samuel Bagenstos (samuel.bagenstos@usdoj.gov ),U.S. Atty General (AskDOJ@usdoj.gov)


1. ADOPT UPR Working Group Recommendation Numbers 92-153 and 92-154, and

2. Implement UPR Working Group Recommendation Numbers 92-153 and 92-154 by :

a. President Obama taking concrete steps and using his presidential clemency powers to commute the sentences to time served and release all COINTELRO/Civil Rights Era political activist currently held as prisoners in federal custody;

b. That he direct the Obama-Holder Department of Justice to review the convictions of all COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era activists in federal or state custody to identify and address civil and human rights violations; and

c. That President Obama use his executive authority to create a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission, for release and compensation of all COINTELPRO/Civil Rights ERA political activists currently held in federal and state facilities.

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Headlines:

Court rules Laguna Pueblo immune to lawsuit in property case (2/18)
Lawsuit accuses Morongo Band of blocking access to property (2/18)
Yakama cigarette firm raided after filing lawsuit against state (2/18)
President of Rosebud Sioux Tribe disputes allegations in recall (2/18)
State park to reopen in March thanks to funds from Hopi Tribe (2/18)
Creek Nation quizzes students at 11th annual Challenge Bowl (2/18)
Gaming firm fights lawsuit on Big Sandy Rancheria agreement (2/18)
Native Sun News: Rep. Kristi Noem meets with tribal leadership (2/17)
BIA schedules consultation meetings about leasing regulations (2/17)
Sen. Akaka takes up gavel of Senate Indian Affairs Committee (2/17)
HUD Secretary addresses NAIHC conference in nation's capitol (2/17)
Richard Gomez: Chumash Tribe supports youth through sports (2/17)
Blog: 'Conspiracy of Silence' book details murder of Native girl (2/17)
Officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver resigns from force (2/17)
Native American population in South Dakota grows 15 percent (2/17)
Bomb threat forces evacuation of Amtrak on Blackfeet Nation (2/17)
County supervisor says Torrez Martinez Tribe owes gas taxes (2/17)
Montana tribes urge lawmakers to keep human service funds (2/17)
Navajo Nation Council backs lease extension for power plant (2/17)
National Parks: Hopi Tribe opposes shooting range in Arizona (2/17)
Column: Ghost Dance movement among the Cherokee people (2/17)
Quapaw Tribe immune from lawsuit in casino product dispute (2/17)
BIA to reject Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino deal (2/17)
Judge hears suit over Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino (2/17)
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18 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!


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As Tens of Thousands Protest Anti-Public Sector Bill, Wisconsin Lawmakers Exit State to Stall Vote

Some 30,000 students and public sector workers rallied at the Wisconsin State House in Madison Thursday to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bid to eliminate almost all their collective bargaining rights and slash pay and benefits. Public schools in Madison are closed for a third day in a row today as teachers continue to protest. A vote on the measure was delayed after Democratic senators refused to show up and fled the state—leaving the Republican-controlled State Senate without quorum. We speak to John Nichols of The Nation magazine, Madison teacher Susan Stern, and Wisconsin Democratic State Senator Chris Larson.
"A Celebration, Not a Protest": Massive Crowd Packs Cairo’s Tahrir Square to Mark One Week Since Mubarak’s Ouster

Tens of thousands have gathered for a victory march through Cairo’s Tahrir Square today to celebrate the overthrow of longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Democracy Now! Senior Producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports from Cairo.
"It’s Time to Push the Borders of Freedom": Egyptian Students Defiantly Publish Newspaper Without Government Permission

Seventeen-year-old Egyptian high school student Sanaa Seif is helping to publish a newspaper in defiance of rules requiring government permission. So far, the publication has focused on the voices of Tahrir Square.
Egyptian Uprising Fueled by Striking Workers Across Nation

Since the popular uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak, thousands of employees across Egypt have walked out on strike. Their demands range from rising wages to removing corrupt officials affiliated with Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. Democracy Now! correspondent Anjali Kamat speaks to Khaled Ali, a labor lawyer with the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights.
Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Beaten, Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech

This week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a major address calling for Internet freedom around the world. As Clinton condemned the Egyptian and Iranian governments for arresting and beating protesters, former U.S. Army and CIA officer Ray McGovern was violently ejected from the audience and arrested after he stood up and turned his back in a silent protest of America’s foreign policy. Ray McGovern joins us from Washington, D.C.

Headlines

•Egyptians Mark Week Since Mubarak’s Ouster
•U.S. Pledges Aid for Egyptian Transition
•Bahrainis Hold Funerals for Slain Pro-Democracy Protesters
•Bahraini Gov’t Calls Attack on Protesters "Proportional"
•U.S. Raises "Concerns" Over Bahraini Crackdown
•Up to 50 Protesters Killed in Libya
•Yemeni Protests Enter 2nd Week
•Iraq Asks U.S. for $1 Billion in Damages
•Congress Extends PATRIOT Act
•Both Sides Challenge Chevron Ruling in Ecuador

Recent Shows:

Thursday, February 17, 2011
•Defiant Student Protesters Force Withdrawal of Puerto Rican Police from Restive Campus
•“People Are Bleeding in the Streets:” Bahrain Police Wage Brutal Overnight Attack on Hundreds of Pro-Democracy Protesters
•“The Genie Is Out of the Bottle”: Assessing a Changing Arab World with Noam Chomsky and Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara
•“Democracy Uprising” in the U.S.A.?: Noam Chomsky on Wisconsin’s Resistance to Assault on Public Sector, the Obama-Sanctioned Crackdown on Activists, and the Distorted Legacy of Ronald Reagan
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
•"A War on Women": DN! Exclusive with Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on GOP Bills Targeting Abortion and Reproductive Rights
•As Mideast "Rolling Revolution" Grows, U.S. Denounces Iranian Crackdown — But Stays Silent on Key Ally Bahrain
•"The Regime is Running Scared:" Algerian Forces Crack Down on Pro-Democracy Protests
•Defying Government Repression, Yemeni Protests Continue for 6th Day

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Update on Parole Campaign for Oscar Lopez Rivera‏


UPDATE ON CAMPAIGN
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hi everyone:

As of yesterday, there is still no word from the United States Parole Board (USPC). We believe this means we are having an impact. MORE THAN EVER, OUR TIMING IS CRITICAL. Although the USPC said they would try to make a decision by last week, the designation of Oscar's case as "Original Jurisdiction" gives them an unlimited length of time to make the decision to affirm or reject the US Parole Examiner's recommendation.

WE SUCCESSFULLY TRANSMITTED OVER 200 FAXES YESTERDAY, FEB 15. PLEASE CONTINUE TO FAX THE LETTERS YOU HAVE COLLECTED TO EITHER 301/492-5543 OR ALTERNATE FAX NO: 202/492-5307

Please continue to call-in and mail letters. The USPC is telling callers that they must write (only write, not call or fax). PLEASE CONTINUE TO CALL 301-492-5990. Part of our insistence on calling is to offset the conservative and reactionary callers that are calling every day.

We need to continue to apply the pressure. Please continue to call ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY, UNTIL WE HEAR FROM THE PAROLE BOARD.

We need to everyone to continue to post on your websites and Facebook and retweet. Every day they do not make a decision means one more day we have to make an impact with calls and letters!

WE CAN FREE OSCAR,
Alejandro
alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org

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Headlines:

Native Sun News: 'Oz' genocide editorials subject of a protest (2/16)
Lakota Country Times: Lengthy Rosebud Sioux suit dismissed (2/16)
Gabe Galanda: Amerind should waive immunity in tribal court (2/16)
Informational meetings for Keepseagle case set in Oklahoma (2/16)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee hosts first business meeting (2/16)
National American Indian Housing Council holds meeting in DC (2/16)
No charges against officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver (2/16)
Hispanics outnumber American Indian population in Oklahoma (2/16)
BIA soliciting bids to round up 700 horses on Crow Reservation (2/16)
Seminole Tribe to meet county over land-into-trust application (2/16)
Lummi Nation sets 60-day deadline for closure of ferry service (2/16)
Southern Ute Tribe schedules election of new chairman in April (2/16)
Employee at Peabody mine on Navajo Nation killed in accident (2/16)
Coeur d'Alene Tribe to share in $6.8M mine cleanup settlement (2/16)
Editorial: Keep focus on combating domestic violence in Alaska (2/16)
Leader of First Nations organization resists calls to resign post (2/16)
New angle in feud over Tohono O'odham off reservation casino (2/16)
Connecticut tribes took hit in slot machine revenue in January (2/16)
Alabama governor supports crackdown on Poarch Creek bingo (2/16)
Judge sets trial in August in Shingle Springs Band gaming case (2/16)
Audit looks into distribution of tribal gaming funds in California (2/16)
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux radio station goes on air (2/15)
Mark Trahant: Budget for Indian programs mostly a lost cause (2/15)
Harold Monteau: Republican Party getting in bed with far right (2/15)
GOP bill eliminates funds for Office of Tribal Relations at USDA (2/15)
Obama's new budget reduces Indian programs at Smithsonian (2/15)
Inuit teens survive four days in freezing cold in Quebec tundra (2/15)
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16 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!

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"A War on Women": DN! Exclusive with Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards on GOP Bills Targeting Abortion and Reproductive Health Services

Since taking control of the House last month, Republicans have introduced several major anti-abortion bills that women’s rights activists say could place severe limitations on access not only to abortion, but complete reproductive health and family planning services. We speak to Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which provides family planning, contraception and abortion services at more than 800 clinics and health centers across the U.S. serving more than three million patients a year. No federal dollars are used to fund its abortion services. "The most ridiculous part, for those proposing these bills, is that Planned Parenthood does more to prevent unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion than any other organization in America," Richards says. "This is not what the American people voted for." [includes rush transcript]
As Mideast "Rolling Revolution" Grows, U.S. Denounces Iranian Crackdown — But Stays Silent on Key Ally Bahrain

2011 is shaping up to be an historic year in the Middle East and North Africa with the populist uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt and the massive street protests across the region. Libya, Bahrain and Iran are the latest countries to be hit by a wave of popular protests. While President Obama has openly criticized Iran’s crackdown on protesters, he has said nothing critical about Bahrain, a close U.S. ally, where two protesters have been killed since Monday. We speak with Human Rights Watch researcher Faraz Sanei.
"The Regime is Running Scared:" Algerian Forces Crack Down on Pro-Democracy Protests

Algeria has also seen a recent wave of protests. Witnesses say riot police have blocked a planned march in the capital Algiers and arrested hundreds of demonstrators. "The regime is running scared," says Algerian blogger and activist Elias Filali. "I have never seen a heavier police presence in my entire life."
Defying Government Repression, Yemeni Protests Continue for 6th Day

Anti-government demonstrations in Yemen have entered their sixth day as student demonstrators were beaten by pro-government supporters armed with batons, stones and daggers. The protesters are calling for the immediate resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country for three decades. The protests have forced President Saleh to cancel a trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled for next month. Yemen is a key ally of the United States in the region, and President Obama is proposing to bolster strategic ties. We speak with Iona Craig, a journalist based in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

Headlines

•Pro-Democracy Protests Erupt in Libya; Unrest Continues in Bahrain, Iran, Yemen
•Obama Suggests Mubarak Regime Didn’t "Shoot, Beat, Arrest" Protesters
•Egyptian Military Vows Democratic Transition in 6 Months
•Obama Admin Touts Internet Freedom While Targeting Twitter, WikiLeaks
•Rep. King Introduces Anti-WikiLeaks Espionage Bill
•Boehner: "So Be It" if Federal Workers Lose Jobs Under Cuts
•Argentina: U.S. Warplane Carried Unauthorized Weapons
•Key Bush Admin "Source" Admits to Lying about Iraqi WMD
•Veterans File Class Action Suit over Sexual Abuse in Military
•CBS News Correspondent Hospitalized After Cairo Attack
•World Bank: Rising Food Prices Push 44 Million into Poverty
•U.S. Customs Agent Slain in Mexico Attack
•15 Recipients Awarded Medal of Freedom
•Thousands Protest Anti-Public Worker Bill in Wisconsin

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
•Obama’s $3.7 Trillion Budget Calls for Military Spending Increases and Deep Cuts to Social Service Programs
•Wisconsin Governor Launches Attack on Public Sector Employees and Unions; Threatens to Deploy National Guard to Quell Labor Protests
•Ecuadorian Court Orders Chevron to Pay $17 Billion for Oil Pollution in Amazon
•DN! EXCLUSIVE: Authorities Search and Copy U.S. Journalist’s Notes, Computer and Cameras After Returning from Haiti

Monday, February 14, 2011
•“This is a Dream Come True”: Egyptians Celebrate in Cairo After Mubarak Resigns
•After the Revolution: Mubarak is Gone After 30 Years in Power, But Questions Remain as to How Transition Will Proceed
•“There is a Pre-History to this Revolt”: As Egypt’s Military Bans Labor Strikes, Mona El-Ghobashy Examines How Egyptian Labor and Social Movements Laid the Foundation for Revolution
•Yemeni Forces Use Tasers, Batons, Knives and Rifles to Quash Anti-Government Protests

Panama: Indigenous People Getting Ready for Massive Demonstration‏


Indigenous people in Panama are getting ready for a massive demonstration that'sexpected to draw 15,000 Ngobe from all parts of the country. If all goesaccording to plan, it would be one of the largest protests in Panama's history. Given Panama's current level of rhetoric and their apparent "shoot now askquestions later" policy in [...]

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Friday, February 11, 2011

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Native Sun News: NIGC aims to make regulations tribal friendly (2/11)
Secretary Salazar to present Interior Department's new budget (2/11)
Pueblo leader suggests gas failure behind elder woman's death (2/11)
Sen. Kyl helped pass largest Indian water rights deal in history (2/11)
Chairman of Southern Ute Tribe confirms resignation from post (2/11)
Wyoming bill appears to overturn victory in Indian voting case (2/11)
Agua Caliente Band shoots down rumors of Hard Rock Hotel bid (2/11)
Yakama Nation launches its motor vehicle registration program (2/11)
Tulalip Tribes donate $1.26M to fill school district's budget hole (2/11)
Sen. Schumer calls for radar system along border with Canada (2/11)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls for two council seats (2/11)
Opinion: Few Gabrielinos received land despite post-war pledge (2/11)
Chief of First Nations organization faces call to resign from post (2/11)
Figure in Abramoff scandal faces sentencing in Washington, DC (2/11)
Tohono O'odham Nation sues Arizona over land annexation law (2/11)
BIA likely to reject Stockbridge-Munsee off-reservation casino (2/11)
Gun Lake Tribe welcomes large crowd with early casino opening (2/11)
Warm Springs Tribes to relocate casino to a temporary location (2/11)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux continue fight over uranium plan (2/10)
Charles Trimble: Backlash against Indian Country in the making (2/10)
Mary Pember: Cherokees the most prolific ethnic group in world (2/10)
Elouise Cobell discusses Indian trust settlement in New Mexico (2/10)
Supporters defend Arvo Mikkanen from home-state opposition (2/10)
Sen. Jon Kyl from Arizona announces decision to retire in 2012 (2/10)
Payday loans a new revenue stream for some in Indian Country (2/10)
Chairman of Southern Ute Tribe faces pressure to resign position (2/10)
More headlines... www.indianz.com

11 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!


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Friday, February 11, 2011
•Headlines
•Exclusive Video: Protesters in Tahrir Square Voice Outrage After Mubarak Defiantly Refuses to Step Down
•Will the Egyptian Military Stage a Coup to Oust Mubarak?
•Live from Cairo: Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Anjali Kamat on Egypt’s “Farewell Friday”
•Post-Mubarak: What Will Egypt Look Like the Day After the Regime Ends?
•Prominent Egyptian Blogger Released From Secret Military Detention
•A Day of Rage: Millions Fill Streets of Cairo, Alexandria, Suez Calling For End to Mubarak Regime
•“Our Hope Increases Day After Day”: Longtime Egyptian Human Rights Activist Nawal El Saadawi
•“Omar Suleiman, the CIA’s Man in Cairo and Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief”
•"We Are Not Going Home Until This Regime Leaves”: Egyptian Blogger Alla Abdel-Fattah Reports from Cairo
Thursday, February 10, 2011
•Headlines
•Striking Egyptian Workers Fuel the Uprising After 10 Years of Labor Organizing
•Defying Regime Threats, Thousands of Workers Join Protesters in Tahrir Square
•Bush’s Shrinking World: George W. Bush Cancels Europe Trip as Human Rights Lawyers Threaten Legal Action over Torture
•Human Rights Attorney Bill Quigley on the U.S. Deportation Death Sentence and the Undermining of Meaningful Elections in Haiti
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
•Headlines
•After Record-Level Turnout in Tahrir, Egyptian Protests Spread to Parliament, Cabinet Buildings; Labor Unions Launch Strikes Nationwide
•“We Are Writing History by Our Blood”: Egyptian Physician on Why Protests Won’t End Until Mubarak Resigns
•Human Rights Watch: 300 Deaths, Massive Detentions and Abuse under Mubarak Regime Crackdown
•“People Are Taking Care of Each Other”: Democracy Now!’s Anjali Kamat Camps with Protesters Overnight in Tahrir Square
•“The Great Tragedy is Obama Chose Not to Hold Out His Hand”: Robert Fisk on the Gap Between U.S. Rhetoric and Action in the Egyptian Uprising

New Report on Federal Criminal Justice Reform



Innocence Blog
New Report on Federal Criminal Justice Reform
Posted: February 10, 2011 4:18 pm


Today, a coalition of the nation’s leading criminal justice reform organizations, including the Innocence Project, released “Smart on Crime: Recommendations for the Administration and Congress, a comprehensive report that addresses the problems plaguing America’s criminal justice system.” By reviewing almost every major criminal justice issue, the report serves as both a source of information and a call to action for the Administration and Congress.

Underpinning all of the report’s recommendations is an acknowledgement that the current system is unsustainable. Smart on Crime contributors agreed that spiraling cost and a lack of system performance and success in a time of severe economic downturn is unacceptable.

In a call with reporters today, Kirk Bloodsworth, who served time on death row before he was exonerated by DNA evidence, stressed the need for continued funding for access to post-conviction DNA testing. He noted that he is aware of four people who were cleared thanks to federal funds and said, “Some things shouldn’t be cut during economic hardship; we shouldn’t be cutting programs that would help the innocent.”

Earlier this week, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) reintroduced legislation to create a National Criminal Justice Commission, which is one of the report’s most vital recommendations. The Commission would be tasked with performing a comprehensive review of federal, state, local, and tribal criminal justice systems and making reform recommendations to Congress and the Administration.

The report was developed and published by the Smart on Crime Coalition, a group of more than 40 organizations and individuals, which assessed problems and developed nearly 100 detailed policy recommendations across 16 criminal justice areas.

Read more about Smart on Crime.

Read about the Webb bill to create a National Criminal Justice Task Force.

Monday, February 7, 2011

News from Indianz.Com


www.indianz.com

Headlines:

Vi Waln: Settlement in Indian trust fund case benefits just handful (2/7)
Charles Trimble: Tribal advocacy in the history of the United States (2/7)
Mark Trahant: The Indian Health Service and state budget shortage (2/7)
Terri Henry: Restore respect and safety for first women of this land (2/7)
Billy Frank: Washington tribes work to protect and produce salmon (2/7)
Rep. Nick Rahall: Helping tribes with economic recovery and growth (2/7)
Opinion: Arvo Mikkanen federal court nomination and the white man (2/7)
Sen. Akaka announces members of Senate Indian Affairs Committee (2/7)
NativeOne slated to be first Indian firm on New York Stock Exchange (2/7)
Members of Quapaw Tribe seek damages for trust mismanagement (2/7)
Center: Payday lenders turning to tribes to avoid state jurisdictions (2/7)
US Attorney in Minnesota opening more Indian Country crime cases (2/7)
HCN: Elmer Crow, Nez Perce elder, spreads the love for the lamprey (2/7)
Editorial: New York on track to collect tobacco tax in Indian Country (2/7)
Column: Team owner needs to get rid of offensive Redskins mascot (2/7)
Opinion: Democratic president was responsible for the Trail of Tears (2/7)
Oneida Nation launches ad campaign against off-reservation casino (2/7)
Editorial: State unfair in Tohono O'odham off-reservation casino bid (2/7)
Editorial: Washington quickly becoming home to more tribal casinos (2/7)
Delphine Red Shirt: Giago's newspaper gives voice to Indian writers (2/4)
Elouise Cobell to visit Navajo Nation to talk about $3.4B settlement (2/4)
Jodi Gillette: Celebrating National Women in Sports Awareness Day (2/4)
Law Article: The case for tribal self-governance and bankruptcy law (2/4)
Opinion: Eliminating the BIA, the IHS and all other Indian programs (2/4)
More headlines... www.indianz.com

07 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!


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Protests Demanding Mubarak to Resign Grow Stronger, Despite Some Government Concessions

Newly appointed Egyptian vice president Omar Suleiman held talks on Sunday with opposition groups in Cairo in an attempt to stem the anti-government protests that continue across the country. Suleiman agreed to several major concessions, including ending the country’s decades-old emergency laws (he did not say when), allowing a free press (even as another Al Jazeera reporter was arrested), and creating a constitutional reform committee. The top demand of demonstrators--the immediate removal of President Hosni Mubarak from power--was not addressed. Protests continue today across Egypt, and tens of thousands of demonstrators have held their ground in Tahrir Square amidst a heavy military presence. To further explain these developments, we are joined by Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Hossam Bahgat, an Egyptian human rights activist live from Cairo. [includes rush transcript]
"The Empire’s Bagman:" Obama Egypt Envoy Frank Wisner Says Mubarak Should Stay

The official U.S. response to events unfolding in Egypt remains mixed. Over the weekend, the Obama administration distanced itself from U.S. “crisis envoy” to Egypt Frank Wisner after he issued a statement in support of President Hosni Mubarak. Revealing a possible conflict of interest, British journalist Robert Fisk recently reported Wisner works for the law firm Patton Boggs, which openly boasts that it advises "the Egyptian military, the Egyptian Economic Development Agency, and has handled arbitrations and litigation on the [Mubarak] government’s behalf in Europe and the U.S." We are joined by Trinity College Professor Vijay Prashad, who has written about Wisner’s history with the U.S. Department of State and his close relationship with Mubarak. [includes rush transcript]
Media Crackdown: Democracy Now!’s Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports from Tahrir Square on the Systematic Targeting of Journalists in Egypt

Reporting on the Egyptian uprising has been not only difficult, but even dangerous for many domestic and foreign journalists. Tactics used against media workers include cutting phone lines, repeated arrests and detention, harassment, the seizure of equipment and intimidation. The first fatality of a journalist was also reported last week. Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous speaks with journalists in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. He also visits a media tent set up by activists to collect reports from people on the streets. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

•Protests in Egypt Enter 14th Day as Gov’t Meets with Opposition
•U.S. Envoy: "Mubarak Must Stay in Office"
•Al Jazeera Cairo Bureau Chief Arrested
•Egyptian Authorities Acknowledge Detaining Google Exec
•Facing Possible Torture Probe, Bush Cancels Swiss Trip
•Jobless Rate Drops as 200,000 Unemployed Workers Drop Out of Labor Force
•Unemployment Rate for Veterans Reaches New High
•Corporate America Sends GOP Lawmakers a Wish List
•Wife of Justice Thomas Forms Tea Party-linked Lobbying Firm
•Trial Begins in Iran for Three Hikers
•World Social Forum Opens in Senegal
•AOL Purchases Huffington Post for $315 Million

Peltier Must Be Tranferred

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At this time, Mr. Peltier's most pressing need is proper medical care. His only hope of being seen by qualified physicians and receiving care that complies with standard medical protocols is to be immediately transferred to another facility. For background information on this current crisis, read our November 2010 press release.

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I believe that Mr. Peltier's medical needs are urgent. He needs to be seen by proper medical staff. Therefore, I respectfully request that Leonard Peltier be transferred to FCI-Oxford in Wisconsin or FMC-Rochester in Minnesota. Either of these facilities can adequately accommodate Mr. Peltier's medical needs.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

News from Indianz.Com


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Headlines:

Delphine Red Shirt: Giago's newspaper gives voice to Indian writers (2/4)
Elouise Cobell to visit Navajo Nation to talk about $3.4B settlement (2/4)
Opinion: Eliminating the BIA, the IHS and all other Indian programs (2/4)
Oneida Nation submits arguments to 2nd Circuit in foreclosure case (2/4)
Seminole Tribe submits land-into-trust application for housing plan (2/4)
Fire destroys former boarding school on Coeur d'Alene Reservation (2/4)
Yakama Nation expects to finish $12M detention facility next year (2/4)
About 45000 descendants qualified for Indian Act status in Canada (2/4)
NIGC still debating response to 2006 gaming regulation court case (2/4)
Spokane Tribe waits for answer from BIA on off-reservation casino (2/4)
City leaders push lawsuit on Seneca Nation off-reservation casino (2/4)
More than 1800 turn out for job fair at Coeur d'Alene Tribe's casino (2/4)
Lydia Whirlwind Soldier: Tribal Law and Order Act a good first start (2/3)
Obama nominates Arvo Mikkanen, Kiowa, to serve as federal judge (2/3)
Akin Gump partner stops blogging after post on 'ugly' Yaqui prayer (2/3)
Authorities detain man in connection with Yankton Sioux homicides (2/3)
Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe wishes city happy 100th birthday (2/3)
ATNI News: Tribes heartened by Obama's position on Indian issues (2/3)
Suquamish Tribe turns treaty fishing right into global money maker (2/3)
Jicarilla Apache Nation looks to eliminate more than 200 employees (2/3)
School district won't remove Sherman Alexie's award-winning book (2/3)
Navajo Nation DJ helps radio station in Utah win industry accolades (2/3)
Northern Cheyenne man appointed to Board of Regents in Montana (2/3)
New York governor anticipates $130M from tobacco taxes on tribes (2/3)
Senate rebuffs attempt to repeal health reform law including IHCIA (2/3)
New president of Navajo Nation agrees to repay tribe in funding flap (2/3)
Leech Lake Band rescinds unauthorized approval of power line deal (2/3)
More headlines... www.indianz.com

Chevron Pulls Greatest Magic Trick Ever as They Make Plaintiffs Disappear!


Editorial by Shelley Bluejay Pierce

In what may prove to be one of the most bizarre legal moves ever, lawyers for the oil giant, Chevron, asked an Ecuadorian court to dismiss a multi-billion dollar lawsuit on the grounds that the plaintiffs don't actually exist. Just who is it that Chevron's legal team wants to make ...

Continue Reading: http://intercontinentalcry.org/chevron-pulls-greatest-magic-trick-ever-as-they-make-plaintiffs-disappear/

Another visit to Gerardo in prison


Another visit to Gerardo in prison
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:55 Danny Glover y Saul Landau
http://progreso-weekly.com/2/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2280:another-visit-to-gerardo-in-prison&catid=38:in-the-united-states&Itemid=55

Miami Herald allegations were “ridiculous,” he says

By Danny Glover and Saul Landau

On our third visit, the neo-fascist architecture of the U.S. Federal Penitentiary in Victorville California (built in 2006 under W. Bush) has become a familiar sight. The American Barbed Wire Industry, we think, must have lobbied hard to get prison construction commissars to allocate money for several football fields of pointed projections sticking out of the woven metal barrier; very anti-neighborly. What’s missing from the picture of miles of curled wire mounted on both sides of the walls on this monstrous concrete structure set in the Mojave Desert? A sign: “Only in America.” Where else would such a “monument” get built for a mission to “rehabilitate?”

Gerardo jumps from his plastic chair and we hug. Full of energy, smiling and in good physical shape, he tells us he had to wait for 25 minutes at the cell-block gate before a considerate guard finally allowed him to enter the visitors’ room even though other guards came and went – and ignored his request to see his visitors. A typical incident in the daily grind of a political prisoner in a maximum-security federal pen!

We ask him how he responded to the December 26, 2010, Miami Herald story by Jay Weaver. The headline, “Cuban Spymaster Now Claims Brothers to the Rescue Shooting was Outside Cuban Airspace.” The story suggested Gerardo disagreed with Cuba’s version of its MIGs shooting down two Brothers to the Rescue planes over Cuban airspace on February 24, 1996.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Gerardo. His legal appeal questions the competence of his public defender to properly defend him, but he never expressed or implied differences with Cuba’s position. The appeal focuses on errors made by his trial lawyer and the prosecutor, which denied him due process.

The government also improperly concealed evidence (cables) that showed Gerardo had no information about Cuba’s intention to shoot down the Brothers’ planes.

The prosecutor never proved Cuba planned to shoot down the planes in international airspace, much less that Gerardo knew about it. But the climate in which the trial took place bore the stains of media contamination. Gerardo’s appeal shows that during the trial “journalists” on the U.S. payroll presented newspaper and TV stories that painted the defendants -- and Cuba -- in a bad light. All five Cuban agents got tried and sentenced in a prosecution-polluted climate.

“It’s a joke,” he laughed, referring to the Herald article, and his trial. “I’m sure every Cuban knows I have no disagreement with my government on shooting down the airplanes. I knew nothing about the flights that day, so I couldn’t know they would be shot down. I believe it happened over Cuban airspace, which is not a crime under international law.”

Neither The Herald nor the trial jury heard testimony or saw evidence that Gerardo possessed advance knowledge of Cuba’s alleged plan to shoot down Brothers to the Rescue planes. In the early 1990s, the Brothers claimed their mission was to help rescue Cuban rafters adrift in the Florida straits, but after a 1995 U.S.-Cuba Migration accord dictated the return of Cubans to the island, Brothers began a new mission: flying over Havana and dropping leaflets.

On February 24, 1996, after repeated warnings not to fly over the island, Basulto, the President of the BTTR, announced his forthcoming flight, and the FAA also informed Cuba of flight details. The pilots and co-pilots of two planes died. Basulto returned safely to Miami.

Even if Gerardo had advised his government of the impending flights – which he did not – how would a Cuban intelligence agent know his government would shoot them down even though Cuba had every right to do so over its airspace?

The Miami jury convicted Gerardo of conspiracy to commit murder by aiding and abetting a plan to shoot down civilian aircraft in international airspace -- not proven. The judge sentenced him to two consecutive life terms.

When we suggested the reporter who said Gerardo disagreed with his government, but did not interview him, should qualify for the Mussolini Journalism Award, Gerardo agreed. “Yes, Mussolini was a journalist before he got into politics.”

The story should have said that Gerardo did not receive due process. Cuban agents tried in Miami in 2001 -- the equivalent of Jews tried in Berlin in 1938!

Gerardo, upbeat and eager to share, told us he grew up in Mantilla, a Havana neighborhood, where Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura (El Conde mysteries) lived. He learned the possibilities and depths of friendship under socialism, where men talk honestly from the soul and don’t have to compete for money, “like the guys in Abel Prieto’s novel, The Flight of the Cat.”

“Bitterness doesn’t help the spirit,” he said. “Guillermo Cabrera Infante’s Tres Tristes Tigres is brilliant and insightful. Compare it to his shrill diatribes against the revolution from which one learns nothing.”

The prison photographer – another inmate – took our pictures. Then we ate junk food from vending machines – all that’s available – and discussed reforms in Cuba.

“I thought Raul’s speech (President Raul Castro, December 18, 2010) was needed. We must change to survive. We must become productive and efficient.”

“Visiting is over,” a guard announces. Gerardo lines up against the wall with other prisoners. We huddle near the door with other visitors. He raises his fist. “Keep the faith.” He smiles confidently.

“He has Mandela-like qualities,” Danny says.

Saul agrees.

Saul Landau’s new film on the Cuban Five case and its history -- WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP -- will soon be available. Danny Glover is an activist and an actor. He produced THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE – premiered at Sundance.

They Can’t Raid All of Us: An Explanation on How and Why to Resist Grand Juries


They Can’t Raid All of Us: An Explanation on How and Why to Resist Grand Juries
http://ghostofvanzetti.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/they-cant-raid-all-of-us-an-explanation-on-how-and-why-to-resist-grand-juries/

“The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.”-Clarence S Darrow

Earlier this week the FBI raided 40 members of anonymous in the US, serving them with subpoenas and taking all of their computers, phones and other technology that might have information regarding “Anonymous and/or 4chan”. The most troubling part being the revelation there is now a grand jury in the United States that is investigating the activities of anonymous…

Those of you who are familiar with grand juries already know most of what I’m about to say, but for those who don’t… Grand juries are unlike normal juries, are called to investigate whether or not someone should be charged with a crime. To decide this GJ has the power to subpoena physical evidence or witnesses to testify. From grandjuryresistance.org:

“How is a Grand Jury Different Than a Trial Jury?

Unlike the “petit” jury, which is used to determine guilt in a trial, a grand jury consists of 16 to 23 jurors who are not screened for bias. The purpose of the grand jury is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to decide whether there is probable cause to prosecute someone for a felony crime. The grand jury operates in secrecy and the normal rules of evidence do not apply. The prosecutor runs the proceedings and no judge is present. Defense lawyers are not allowed to be present in the grand jury room and cannot present evidence, but may be available outside the room to consult with witnesses. The prosecutor and the grand jury members may not reveal what occurred in the grand jury room and witnesses cannot obtain a transcript of their testimony.

How Has the Grand Jury Been Misused?

Because of their broad subpoena powers and secretive nature, grand juries have been used by the government to gather information on political movements and to disrupt those movements by causing fear and mistrust. The grand jury lends itself to being used for improper political investigation due in part to the prosecutor’s ability to question witnesses without regard for rules that prohibit irrelevant, unreliable or unlawfully obtained evidence. Those called before the grand jury may be compelled to answer any question, even those relating to lawful personal and political activities. That information has been used by the government as a basis to conduct further surveillance and disruption of political dissent. When used against political movements, the grand jury causes fear and mistrust because persons who refuse to answer questions about their First Amendment political activities, friends and associates may be jailed for the life of the grand jury: up to 18 months. If a witness asserts her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, she may be forced to accept immunity or go to jail for contempt. Even a witness who attempts to cooperate can be jailed if minor inconsistencies are found in her testimony. Such a perjury charge may stand even when the grand jury fails to hand down any indictment for what it was ostensibly investigating.”

For those too lazy to read that, here are the bullet points of why grand juries are the modern day equivalent of a kangaroo court and why they are worth resisting:

1) It’s not even a real fucking jury. You are not being questioned by a jury of your peers.

2) There is no judge. A prosecutor whose job relies on whether or not he can get convictions runs the thing.

3) You can get a lawyer but that lawyer can’t even be present in the room to advise you while you’re being questioned.

4) You can be thrown in jail for not talking and exercising your 5th amendment right against self-incrimination. You’re technically not guilty of anything but “contempt of court” then, but its still jail and you could stay in jail for as long as the grand jury is in session, up to 18 months sometimes. Then, if you still don’t testify, they can bring a charge of criminal contempt against you, which apart from being an actual crime you’d be guilty of, has no maximum sentence. To top that all off, nowadays if you refuse to testify and the “jury” decides they are performing a terrorism investigation, you can be charged with a terrorism enhancement, something along the lines of obstructing an investigation into terrorism which brings an intense sentence. (One Palestinian activist and grand jury resister was charged with criminal contempt and obstruction of an investigation into terrorism. He received 135 months! WTF!)

5) There could still be an actual court case. Although a grand jury means the state is reaching for an excuse to disrupt activists, they have and will bring any and all charges against anyone even slightly involved with the movement.

Most importantly though, grand juries are notorious for investigating and disrupting social movements. The prosecutor has the power to subpoena anyone to testify or hand over any physical evidence they may have information pertaining their potential “charges”. They can ask any questions they want and you have to answer them or you get thrown in jail. It’s easy to see why the government would use the grand jury. It’s an old tactic, divide and conquer. By serving subpoenas to testify to people in a movement they can try and pit the participants against each other. Imagine you are ordered to testify in front of a grand jury. If you choose to testify on the hope of immunity (which may or may not keep you from being prosecuted) you’re betraying your friends in the movement, laying the way for other subpoenas and charges, you’re betraying the ideals or cause you worked for, and on top of all that, you could still incriminate yourself and end up in jail. And if you don’t talk and stay loyal to your beliefs and your friends you could still end up in jail while the grand jury is in. At worst you could end up with criminal contempt and a terrorism enhancement.

Steps to be taken immediately to beat this Grand Jury:

1) Get organized to defend yourself and those you care about immediately. We are still in the early stages of this GJ, considering they could convene for as long as 18 months. (And they could always call another grand jury later) The earlier you start the more effective your defense will be.

2) As long as the affected are fighting the grand jury, it is imperative to support them in every way possible. If it’s known that there’s a strong network of support for those who are served with a subpoena, its better for everyone. Less people will be willing to cooperate, which will make the jury less effective, and make everyone safer. Remember, it might seem safer to distance yourself from someone who was served but in reality it isn’t. One’s person’s non-cooperation could be the difference between jail and freedom for a lot of people. The more evidence they get, the easier it is for them to file more subpoenas, and the easier it is to bring real charges later. The only way to protect yourself from grand juries in the long run is to protect the movement and stick together.

3) Immediately form at least one visible, open, and participatory defense committee. The first task is securing legal representation for those who don’t already have it. There are motions an experienced lawyer can file that will waste time and until the grand jury is over. You may even get a subpoena thrown out with the right motion (i.e. a motion to quash a subpoena). This committee can get in contact with others experienced in fighting grand juries to get a better idea of how to proceed. Education needs to happen on two fronts. The first: the education of those in the movement of their legal rights, of the existence of the grand jury and of the support network in place for those who may be subpoenaed. The second: publicize the situation as much as public for the general public. As many people as possible need to know the true nature of the grand juries, how they are unconstitutional, and their history of disrupting social movements. This education needs to happen in many ways, including interviews, production of educational materials, the organization of visible protests in support of those subpoenaed and against the grand jury, setting up a bail fund and whatever else is necessary. The more happening the better.

4) And to restate: Don’t Testify! Even if you have nothing to hide, your testimony can still get you thrown in jail for perjury for minor inconsistencies, and it can certainly hurt others.

The National Lawyers Guild said in their publication:

“For many political activists, the historic and principled way to avoid these dilemmas (informing, perjury) has been the invocation of absolute non-collaboration with grand jury investigations of political movements. While this has resulted in many instances with the witness’ incarceration for contempt, it has also discouraged the subpoenaing of further witnesses, and on some occasions, the withdrawal of all subpoenas.”

Important Common Sense Legal/Know Your Rights Info:

1) You have the right to remain silent. So shut the fuck up. You don’t have to talk to any police, FBI or investigator that comes through your door. Regardless of what they say, or threaten you with it is always better to remain silent until you talk to a lawyer. Expect anything you say to be used against you or someone you know in the future. If you’re being subpoenaed anything you say could be used as basis for further questioning and subpoenas which could lead to more charges.

2) Cops lie. All the time. You can’t trust cops. You can’t trust cops. Do not believe a word they say.

3) Never under any circumstances let anyone into your place without a warrant. And if they have a warrant, make sure they only search the place specified in the warrant. And while they’re searching take down officer’s names and badge numbers. Take notes about the search as well. And if they don’t have a warrant do not let them search your place, whatever they say. It could only hurt.

4) To recap, if the police come knocking, you say three things, “Do you have a warrant?” if not tell them to GTFO. And when they start asking you questions say “I do not want to speak to you, Talk to my lawyer”. And if you don’t have a lawyer you can just take down the investigators name, agency and phone # and tell them you’ll give them your lawyers phone number and name once you have one. That should work the same as “I want my lawyer”

Well that’s about it for now. I hope this info is of some use. I just want to say my heart goes out to those anon who got served with subpoenas. The only thing I can say is this thing has come this far, now is not the time to split apart. In reality it is possible to “crush” a grand jury as they say, and it has happened before… Solidarity to all the raided and accused! They’re grasping at straws here and we all know it…

P.S. Here’s a bunch of resources that will probably help, some of which I used to write this here article.

Useful Resources:

www.grandjuryresistance.org is a great site that has a bunch of info and useful links about grand juries and defending yourself from them. You go to the site and read detailed material about grand juries and how to resist them, and you can also read briefs from Josh Wolf’s grand jury hearings. Their statement: “The GJRP is a coalition of lawyers, activists, and individuals targeted by government harassment. The efforts of the GJRP include: public education and training, organizing demonstrations, utilizing the media, consolidating current grand jury information, and the development of affirmative legal responses. In addition, the GJRP assists in providing direct support and legal representation for those being politically targeted by grand juries. The GJRP works in the spirit that politically motivated attacks by the government demonstrate that people’s movements and direct action are effective and powerful tools against oppression. The GJRP seeks to support people’s resistance to intimidation and their continued action against exploitation and for social, environmental, and economic justice.” Hit them up at contact@grandjuryresistance.org

National Lawyers Guild (NLG): a network of lawyers that has a long history of defending activists and fighting surveillance. You can also get a lawyer referral from them. A statement from their website: “Rather than focusing on narrow areas of professional practice, the National Lawyers Guild sees that a wide range of social, political, and legal issues, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, environmental destruction, immigrant-bashing, labor issues, and voting rights, are intertwined with questions of economic justice and cannot be solved through focus on specific “legal practice” issues, or through the legal system alone. As a result, in addition to belonging to other professional organizations with a specific practice or professional focus, Guild lawyers, nonlawyers, students, academics, legislators, jurists, and activists from a wide range of law-related work find ways to make common cause, through the National Lawyers Guild.” www.nlg.org

http://boricuahumanrights.org/2008/02/01/grand-jury-resistance-post-911/
Info about terrorism enhancements being brought against grand jury resistors

http://zinelibrary.info/files/grandjuryzine.pdf
A fantastic compilation of essays about grand juries and how to go about resisting them, how to talk to the cops, how to keep your movement together under pressure, all put out by No Compromise a publication of the animal liberation movement. I suggest checking out How to Crush a Grand Jury the No Compromise Way.

And to finish off a few sites of support groups/defense committees that have formed to deal with other grand juries: http://grandjuryresistance.org/recent.html.

Briana Waters Reindicted‏



Feb. 1, 2011 Earth First! Newswire

http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/briana-waters-reindicted/

On January 26, 2011, Briana Waters was re-indicted in a 9 count indictment which also served as a superseding indictment for Joseph Dibee, Josephine Overaker, and Justin Solondz. Briana is accused of: conspiracy to commit offense or defraud the US, possessing an unregistered firearm, arson of a building used in interstate commerce or in activity affecting interstate commerce, using a destructive device during a crime of violence, and arson of a building belonging to an institution receiving federal financial assistance. The use of a destructive device charge alone carries a 30 year minimum sentence. Trial is currently set for June 27, 2011 ­ although this date will almost certainly be pushed back. For more information on Briana and how you can help, please visit: http://supportbriana.org/.

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Briana's conviction and remanded for a new trial. The opinion of the three-judge panel was unanimous.

Excerpted from the Panel's opinion: "Having reviewed the record of the proceedings below, we conclude that Waters’ trial suffered from a number of errors. Because the government has not convinced us that Waters’ verdict was unaffected by those errors, we reverse her conviction and remand for a new trial."

Briana's Appeals Attorney, Dennis Riordan, of San Francisco, petitioned the Court for Briana's immediate release, and the prosecution responded, opposing the petition. For more details of the Court's decision: http://blogs.eugeneweekly.com/content/new-trial-ecoactivist-briana-waters

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Briana's petition for Bail ("Bail" means release upon condition. Briana's condition is that she appear in Court when required to do so. No bail money was set for her release). Thanks to the fast-working staff at Dennis Riordan's office (Briana's appeals attorney) the paperwork for her release was processed by the BOP with surprising speed. By 11:30 AM on Thursday, October 14th, Briana was released from the Danbury prison! To make this wonderful day even better, the stars aligned... the visit of Briana's family coincided with the day of her release, so they were there to pick her and reunite with her. It was an amazing stroke of timing, because their visit has been planned back in August, before she had even won her appeal. Information about winning the appeal is below.
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About Briana

Briana Waters is a devoted and loving mother of her four-year-old daughter. She is a professional musician and violin teacher based in Oakland, California. On March 15, 2006, she was falsely accused of participating in a politically motivated arson which took place at the University of Washington in May 2001.

Briana steadfastly maintains her innocence. She is a peaceful woman who believes in non-violence. In 2001, she directed a documentary, entitled Watch, which tells the moving true story of a peaceful campaign that built a coalition between environmentalists, loggers, and the residents of Randle, Washington to save the old-growth forest on Watch Mountain.

Briana's family, friends, and supporters were heartbroken and left in disbelief when a federal jury found her guilty of two counts of arson on March 6, 2008. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Briana's request for release on bail pending appeal in early July, 2008. In August of 2008, Briana was transferred from SeaTac in Washington State to the Danbury, Connecticut Federal Correctional Institution where she was designated to serve a six year sentence.

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Oglala Commemoration Update


2nd Annual Oglala Commemoration Button Contest
Design a 2 1/4" button
Theme: Leonard Peltier, Freedom, Healing
Must have words: 2011 Oglala Commemoration
Submit a jpeg to oglala_commemoration@yahoo.com

The design chosen will be used for this year's button. Winner will be given public recognition. A $50 donation to the LP-DOC in your name. You'll receive a 2011 Oglala Commemoration T-shirt, too. Deadline-Feb 28th.

Auction is opened with alot of nice items. Take a look, place a bid.

www.oglalacommemoration.com/auction

The Scholarship deadline is Feb 4th. so get your applications turned in to the OLC. Applications can be picked up at the financial aid office or off our website.

www.oglalacommemoration.com/scholarship

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Keep Working for Oscar López Rivera's Parole

UPDATE: On February 2, the US Parole Commission indicated that Oscar Lopez RIvera's case was designated an "Original Jurisdiction" case, and they expect to make a decision by NEXT WEEK, Friday, February 11, to confirm or reject the negative recommendation by the US Parole Examiner on Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024, currently incarcerated at FCI Terre Haute. Oscar, 68 years old, is presently serving his 30th year of prison for struggling for Puerto Rican independence.

This means that we have one more week to GATHER SIGNATURES, CALL-IN and SEND FAXES. Please CALL, FAX and MAIL!

Summary of yesterday, Thursday, February 3

We estimate that the US Parole Board received between 200-250 calls from Puerto RIco, Mexico and various cities across the US. The phone lines, as well as the fax line, have been busy for 20-25 minutes at a time and sometimes seems to be permanently busy. PLEASE DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED. KEEP TRYING. Various people have been told that the only way to make their opinions heard is ONLY through writing. KEEP CALLING, FAXING AND MAILING YOUR LETTERS TO THE US PAROLE BOARD THROUGHOUT NEXT WEEK. Spread the word on your personal and organizational Facebook account. WE WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW AS SOON AS WE HEAR WORD FROM THE PAROLE COMMISSION.

FROM THE CAMPAIGN:
One caller from Chicago was told that the Commission had received over 5000 letters, just from Chicago!

The USPC has been refusing to meet with high-level delegations from the Church in Puerto Rico (a coalition which includes the Archbishop of San Juan), and other delegations from the US.

They have also denied requests to 6 media outlets to travel to FCI Terre Haute, where Oscar is imprisoned to interview him about his case.

PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING 3 THINGS:

1) DAILY CALL-IN CAMPAIGN EXTENDED TO NEXT WEEK (Jan 31-Feb 11): CALL the Parole Board in support of Oscar Lopez Rivera from 9:00am UNTIL 5:00 PM (EST) CALL and have others call. It only takes 5 minutes. THE NUMBER IS: 301-492-5990 hit 0 to speak to operator. They will tell you that you must send your opinion in writing. That is fine. KEEP CALLING ONCE A DAY UNTIL FRIDAY, FEB 11. PLEASE DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED. Sample script is below.

Hi, I'm calling for the release of Oscar Lopez and I live in Chicago [NY, etc.] The Parole Commission should parole Oscar López # 87651-024 immediately, in spite of the hearing examiner’s recommendation to deny parole.

IF YOU HAVE TIME, USE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
1) Oscar has the support of a broad sector of Puerto Rico’s civil society as well as Puerto Rican and Latino communities throughout the United States.
2) Oscar was not accused or convicted of causing injury or taking a life. He was never accused or convicted of participating in the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing or any other action that resulted in injury or death.
3) President Clinton’s determination that Mr. López Rivera’s sentence was disproportionately lengthy, and his offer that would have resulted in Mr. López Rivera’s release in September of 2009.


2) Fax a letter right away. (FAX NO: 301/492-5543, ALTERNATE FAX NO: 202/492-5307)
The US Parole Commission has stated their intention to make their decision by Feb. 11. Get as many of your friends, family. colleagues and forward to your Facebook and retweet. You can also download the letter at the National Boricua Human Rights Network website here.

3) MAIL Letters to:
Isaac Fulwood, Chairman
United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard, Suite 420
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Re: Oscar López Rivera, #87651-024, FCI Terre Haute

Please keep close track of the letters sent/faxed to the Parole Board and let us know at alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org.

WE CAN HELP FREE OSCAR,
Alejandro


Alejandro Luis Molina
alejandrom@boricuahumanrights.org

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04 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!


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Day of Departure: Massive Demonstrations Across Egypt Aim to Oust Mubarak. Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports Live from Cairo

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian pro-democracy protesters have returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square in defiance of violent attacks from supporters of President Hosni Mubarak in the last two days. The New York Times reports the Obama administration has opened talks with Egyptian officials on Mubarak’s immediate resignation. The proposal under discussion would see Vice President Omar Suleiman lead a transitional government before elections later this year; however, Suleiman remains deeply unpopular in Egypt. Pro-democracy organizers have labeled today the "Day of Departure," a final push for Mubarak’s immediate resignation. The demonstrations immediately swelled at the end of Friday prayers. We speak to Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who reports live from Tahrir Square. [includes rush transcript]
Eliminate the Witnesses: Committee to Protect Journalists Criticizes Mubarak’s Policy of Attacking and Silencing Journalists in Egypt

The Mubarak regime’s violent crackdown has included deliberate targeting of journalists covering the protests across Egypt. News outlets including Al Jazeera, CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, CNN, BBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Australian Broadcasting, Danish TV2 News and Swiss television have reported assaults, intimidation or arrests of their workers. We speak to Frank Smyth with the Committee to Protect Journalists, who reports there has been a record of 100 attacks on journalists, 30 detentions, 26 assaults, and eight cases of media equipment seized. “This is worst case of the most blatant violence against the press that I’ve seen in my 24 years or so reporting and my 10 years at CPJ,” Smyth says. “Clearly the Mubarak regime is responsible. They are implementing a policy to eliminate witnesses to what is occurring. It seems that the Mubarak regime is attempting to literally unplug Egypt from the world.” [includes rush transcript]
Video Report on the Battle for Tahrir: An Inside Look at How Pro-Democracy Activists Reclaimed Tahrir Square After Attacks by Mubarak Forces

On Thursday, pro-democracy activists ventured back to Tahrir Square, to reclaim the downtown Cairo public space, which had become a battleground in the effort to oust President Hosni Mubarak. Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Hany Massoud walked through the streets, talking with Cairo residents—many who were injured from the attacks the day before—and witnessed the efforts to clean up the trash and rock-filled square while also organizing a system of grassroots resistance and community care programs to defend the square from pro-Mubarak forces who threatened to return.

Headlines

•Over a Million March in Day of Departure Rally in Egypt
•Report: U.S. Considers Proposal for Mubarak to Resign Immediately
•Pro-Mubarak Gangs Attack Scores of Journalists
•Egyptian State TV Broadcaster Resigns in Protest
•Algeria Promises to Lift State of Emergency
•Tens of Thousands March in Yemen
•McCain Compares Arab Pro-Democracy Movement to a "Virus"
•Under International Pressure, Haiti Announces Run-Off Candidates
•Global Food Prices Hit Record High
•Shell Oil Records $18.6 Billion Profit in 2010
•20,000 Vets and Military Personnel Lose Homes in Foreclosure Crisis
•Internal Documents: JPMorgan Chase Hid Doubts about Madoff
•Afghan Man Dies at Guantánamo
•Census: New Orleans Lost 1/3 of Population Since 2000

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Demand Obama Administration Adopt UN UPR Recommendation to Release U.S. Political Prisoners


IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY
February 3, 2011


CALL TO ACTION:
Demand Obama Administration Respect UPR Process,
Adopt UN UPR Recommendation to Release U.S. Political Prisoners

Atlanta, GA, - The U.S. Human Rights Network Political Prisoner/State Repression Working Group (USHRN PP/SR Wkg Grp) today demands the Obama Administration adopt the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations to release COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era political activists held in U.S. prisons, some more than 40 years.

"The UPR shed global light on the United States' dirty little open secret and propelled to the forefront the unfinished business of the modern U.S. Civil/Human Rights movement. “We are working with activists across the country to put America’s political prisoners on the global human rights priority list alongside other atrocities like the death penalty, racial discrimination, the absence of treaty ratification and the lack of a national institution monitoring domestic human rights practices” Efia Nwangaza said.

Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State dismissed the significance of the recommendations made by the Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review in generally and, specifically, the call for the release of long imprisoned political activists. Harold Koh, put the more than 230 recommendations into "3 categories:

1) Some in line with US policies

2) Some political provocation not to be taken seriously

3) Some to be considered.

Koh promised "all recommendations will be considered and taken back to branches for consideration before March, 2011. Further Koh remarked, “A small set of comments do not make bona fide recommendations for the UPR. These statements, those styled as “recommendations,” are actually political criticisms of U.S. policies or polemical comments about judicial cases, based on unsubstantiated or false allegations, which refer to individual matters that are either ongoing or already completed under court proceedings conducted under due process of law."

1. We call on President Obama to use his presidential powers to grant clemency and commute the sentences to time served and release all COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era political activists criminalized and held in federal custody.

2. We call on President Obama to direct U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice to review the convictions of all COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era activists in federal or state custody to identify and address civil and human rights violations perpetrated.

3. We call on the Obama Administration to create a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the release and compensation of all COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era activists in federal or state custody.

Demand the Obama Administration Respect the UPR Process and Adopt UN UPR Recommendation to Release U.S. Political Prisoners (Recommendations Numbers 92.153 and 92.154). Please call, fax, write, e-mail, the U.S. UPR Delegation and the Obama Administration to Invite family, friends, neighbors, faith communities, social and professional organizations and elected and appointed officials to join this emergency campaign.

Contact information:

Michael H. Posner, Asst. Secretary of State (Democracy, Human Rights and Labor) T: 202-647-2126/F:202-647-5283/E: PosnerMH@state.gov

Esther Brimmer, Asst. Secretary of State (T:202-647-4000)

Harold Koh, Legal Adviser to State Department (T:202-647-4000)

Samuel Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Asst. Attorney General (Civil Rights Division) T:202-353-9065/F:202-3072572/E: samuel.bagenstos@usdoj.gov

Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General (T: 202-514-2001/E: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov)

President Barack Obama (T:202-456-1414/ 202-456-1111 /F: 202-456-2461/E: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact)

The US Human Rights Network formed to promote US accountability to universal human rights standards by building linkages between organizations and individuals. We strive to build a human rights culture in the United States that puts those directly affected by such violations, with a special emphasis on grassroots organizations and social movements, in central leadership roles. The Network is further committed to uniting the US human rights movement with the broader social justice movements both in the U.S. and globally. See U.S. Human Rights Network Reports to the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council: http://www.ushrnetwork.org/upr_reports.

Contact ushrnpp@gmail.com and firestormpp@gmail.com to report the number of e-mails and letters mailed/faxed. Many thanks. FREE ALL U.S. POLITICAL PRISONERS, NOW!

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03 Feb 2011: Today's Democracy Now!


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Eyewitnesses to a Massacre: Reports from Inside Tahrir Square as Pro-Mubarak Forces Open Fire on Protesters

Just before dawn in Cairo today pro-government forces opened fire at Tahrir Square, the site of anti-Mubarak protests for the past 10 days. Minutes after the attack began, Democracy Now! spoke with Egyptian protesters Mona El Seif and Selma Tarzi inside Tahrir Square. [includes rush transcript]
A Battle for Democracy: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports on How Anti-Government Protesters Are Resisting the Mubarak’s Regime Crackdown

Egyptians vowing to oust President Hosni Mubarak continue to occupy the streets in Cairo today as pro-democracy crowds stand up to violent Mubarak forces. Reporting from a rooftop, Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous describes the scene on the 6th October Bridge, where he reports pro-democracy activists are standing their ground on the “frontline of the struggle” for democracy. [includes rush transcript]
California Professor Beaten by Pro-Mubarak Forces Minutes After Interview on Democracy Now!

On Wednesday, University of California-Davis Professor Noha Radwan joined Democracy Now! for an interview from a studio in downtown Cairo. Just after finishing the interview, she was attacked in the streets. “I got attacked by the mob and beaten half to death by the Mubarak thugs, who were happy to snatch my necklaces off my neck and to rip my shirt open,” Radwan said. We speak to her again today by telephone, asking her to describe what happened. [includes rush transcript]
Journalists and Human Rights Activists Arrested and Beaten in Cairo Crackdown

Human rights activist Hossam Bahgat reports the military has raided the offices of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in downtown Cairo, which has been the headquarters for the legal effort to protect the pro-democracy demonstrators. He also says the military has locked down Tahrir Square, turning people away at checkpoints from entering. "The biggest alarm today is that there seems to be a series attempts by the army itself, for the first time, of going after foreign journalists and going after human rights organizations, both Egyptian and foreign," Bahgat says. "With the lack of access to Tahrir Square, we fear that the worst is about to happen and that there is something that the army does not want anyone from the outside world to witness." [includes rush transcript]
Robert Fisk: Obama Administration Has Been Gutless and Cowardly in Dealing with the Mubarak Regime

The renowned Middle East journalist speaks from Cairo on the historic uprising and how President Obama has lost an opportunity to back a democratic movement in the Middle East. [includes rush transcript]
“The True Face of Hosni Mubarak” is Now Being Televised Across the World: Democracy Now! Reports Live from Downtown Cairo

Violent clashes continue in Egypt. The most recent reports out of Cairo show that seven demonstrators have been killed and more than a thousand injured. Many of the pro-Mubarak agitators have been shown to be undercover security forces. In Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the uprising, thousands of Egyptians remain peaceful and defiant. We get a live report from Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who is on a rooftop near the 6th October Bridge, and from Mona El Seif, an activist who has remained in Tahrir Square since yesterday. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

•At Least Six Dead, Almost 1,000 Injured After Pro-Mubarak Forces Attack Protesters
•U.S. State Dept.: We Don’t Know Who Is Behind Cairo Violence
•Egyptian Government Cracks Down on Journalists, Anderson Cooper and Others Attacked
•Tens of Thousands Protest in Yemen
•10 Journalists Arrested in Sudan
•Palestinian Authority Shuts Down Pro-Egyptian Protest
•Wall Street Bankers Take in Record $135 Billion in Compensation
•43 Million Americans Now Receiving Food Stamps, a 14% Increase
•Oil and Gas Industry Denounces Academy Award-Nominated Documentary
•WikiLeaks Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize