Fwd: URGENT: jailed brothers and sisters need our help!

Chuck0 chuck at tao.ca
Tue Apr 18 11:48:18 PDT 2000

-------- Original Message -------- Subject: URGENT: jailed brothers and sisters need our help! Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 13:54:47 -0400 From: Mark Laskey <kronstadt at juno.com>

I know of at least one anarchist comrade who was arrested yesterday and is being accused of felonious assault on a police officer. There must be others (such as the black masked person caught with the mollies in their backpack, and any number of others who got picked up on assault or serious property destruction). Yesterday, numerous police actions were specifically targetted against small clusters of black bloc. I have heard of at least three seperate occasions where groups of anarchists were completely surrounded by police vehicles and riot police and carted off for no apparent reason. No doubt police and federal agencies will use these arrests in an attempt to gather information the anarchist movement. Every anarchist who was arrested on misdemeanor charges and released should keep a careful record of what sorts of questions are being asked by police. Also, we need to be extremely solid in supporting the felonies. After Seattle, most of the active pleas for solidarity funds were made by a very small handful of anarchist collectives. At this point, MALF has less than $2000 to split between 20 Seattle arrestees facing serious charges. WE NEED TO DO BETTER THAN THIS! If we are going to continue to grow as a strong and militant revolutionary movement, we need to ensure the necessary support for our arrested comrades. We need to continually build up a finacial "warchest" for situations like this, and this can't be effectively accomplished by a few small anarchist collectives. Already the Mutual Aid Legal Fund collective has agreed to act in this capacity, however, we need a network of anarchist groups willing to raise funds for this project. All this takes is a committment to setting up a benefit concert or potluck, hitting up sympathetic activists with money, writing a grant (there are leftist groups, such as "Resist" here in Boston that will give grants for direct action), or passing the hat whithin each of our own groups. Let's get on it!


On Tue, 18 Apr 2000 11:02:55 -0400 Chuck0 <chuck at tao.ca> writes:
> A jail report from a D.C. anarchist.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: DC: Re: URGENT: jailed brothers and sisters need our help!
> Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 08:40:16 -0400
> From: kadd <kadd at tao.ca>
> Reply-To: kadd <kadd at tao.ca>
> Organization: kadd is a fucking dork.
> To: "Food Not Bombs, DC" <FNB-L at LISTSERV.AMERICAN.EDU>, dc at tao.ca
> References: <db.2f72d7c.262d02a3 at aol.com>
> thanks to anyone who actually called police stations protesting our
> treatment. i just got out of jail about an hour ago, and i can
> honestly
> say that it was my worst experience with police, ever. the jail
> solidarity strategy was entirely pre-empted by the cops and the
> courts,
> and we were essentially stuck abiding to something prescribed by
> outside
> lawyers who had no idea what was going on and were being utterly
> barred
> from having any contact with us. handcuffed activists were
> violently
> attacked by US marshalls for merely asking to see their lawyers.
> personally, i have not yet recovered full circulation in my left
> thumb,
> after being cuffed so tightly that i seriously feared i might lose
> my
> hand. i had to scream for nearly 30 minutes before anyone even
> looked
> at it. i also had to threaten to urinate on the floor of the police
> training facility in anacostia before i was allowed to use the
> bathroom,
> as had been promised me hours before. never once did i get dry
> clothes,
> or even a blanket, and i just now stopped the
> shivering/teeth-chattering
> that i have been enduring for roughly 18 hours, now.
> keep calling. i got smart and decided to give my name. others have
> decided not to, and will likely remain in jail until they do. i
> wouldn't trust the accounts of the lawyers who have agreed to handle
> the
> activist arrests. they clearly do not understand what is going on
> inside there. i'm not suggesting they are at fault, i just think
> the
> cops have the upper-hand in this one, and the lawyers don't even
> have a
> clue, yet.
> peace, love, and solidarity.

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