1302 Mrtyle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
We were introduced to Lobo by Coyote Acabo, a former anarchist prisoner who spent 17 years at Ely State Prison. Coyote started the first Anarchist Black Cross prison chapter, and engaged in prison organizing , and rebellions to protest different policies or actions by the prison administration. Since fostering this relationship we have joined Lobo in supporting anarchist projects inside and outside of prison. If you ever think about a diligent artist in a small cell who does not let his situation get him down and instead is interested in how to use his craft to get him through his own struggle and to help the struggle at large, you might think of Larry “Lobo” Pendleton.
Happy Birthday, Lobo!
The two piece’s and the art on that t-shirt, are all by Lobo. And then there’s a message at the bottom from Coyote Acabo.
“I was friends with Lobo for 15 years inside the grueling dungeon of Ely State Prison. He is my friend. And to keep a friend for that long amidst such treacherous conditions says a whole lot,believe me! Lobo is a great artist who has taken a lot of time and care to teach younger prisoners how to excel in their own artistry. Lobo has contributed his art to many of my zines,even creating covers to many of my zines! He’s a good person,with little support . Please get to know and support this person;it will be an enriching,fulfilling experience for both you and him!” – Coyote Acabo
birthday cards ad letters of support can be sent to:
Larry Pendleton #33524
Ely State Prison
PO Box 1989
Ely, Nevada 89301
On Sunday, June 26th, over 500 anti-fascists converged at the Sacramento State Capitol to shut down the Golden State Skinheads (GSS) who were representing for the Traditional Worker Party (TWP).
Members of other Neo-Nazi groups were largely no shows, although two members of Blood and Honor were in attendance (and were quickly left behind by GSS) and were promptly ejected. A live streamer/reporter for fascist media outlet Red Ice Radio was also sneaking around the capital; the stream was shut down and they were showed a quick exit. Matthew Heimbach, leader of the TWP was noticeably not in attendance and instead sat at home on his computer and made commentary over the livestream and declared victory while his troops were running to their cars.
While a much more in depth and bigger report on this is sure to come soon, what can be said in short is that after having almost two months to build for a large mobilization the Neo-Nazis and white nationalists could only muster about 15-20 people on their side. For anti-fascists working between crews, organizations, and cities, we manifested a massive turn out in about half of the time. The crowd was racially and political diverse and had a strong showing of militant queer and trans people. There was also a large turnout of poor and working class whites as well as punk-rockers and traditional anti-racist skinheads who also threw the fuck down. The crowd was militant and dedicated to shutting down the rally while doing an amazing job of taking care of each other. Folks on the street after the clashes shook people’s hands and commended the black bloc for acting with courage and bravery.
The Neo-Nazis were not able to march and they did not have a rally. They were total failures. GSS couldn’t make it through the front and so they snuck around the back before being ejected. Everyone from GSS, to fascist media outlet Red Ice Radio, to unaffiliated white supremacists were shut down. GSS acted from a place of desperation; Anti-Fascists operated from a place of strength. Antifa had shut down all their other options and minimized what they could do, and after being confronted they quickly ran to their cars several blocks away and sped off.
While the crowd accomplished what it set out to do it came at a high cost. In the confrontation, several people suffered stab wounds and other trauma.
Many of the injured were fighting to break free from Class, Gender, and Racial oppression that shape the American colonialist reality.
Here are a list of ways that people can help:
Today, Eric King was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in the federal district court in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Eric accepted a non-cooperating plea to one count of “use of explosive materials to commit arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce” (18 U.S.C. § 844[h]). The action he admitted taking was throwing a hammer and two Molotov cocktails through the window of the empty office of a US congressperson from Missouri late at night on September 11th, 2014.
The statutory minimum and maximum sentences for that charge are both 10 years, meaning that the set penalty is 10 years. Eric will receive credit for time served for almost two years of pre-trial incarceration, leaving him a little more than eight years to serve.
We do not know where he will be spending those years, though we commit to keeping you all up-to-date on his placement and well-being until he is free once more. The most recent updates will always be at http://www.supportericking.org.
A number of people gathered together today and made it through the court’s security check to fill the rows with love and solidarity. Thank you to everyone who came out! Eric was in the best spirits one could anticipate considering the grim circumstances at hand. As always, he demonstrated the incredible balance of light-heartedness and serious commitment to his values that we have come to appreciate in him so much. He entered the courtroom smiling at supporters and signed “I love you,” to his partner, a gesture of affection that was quickly squashed by a US Marshall. Despite the shackles on his ankles and wrists, he was warmly animated throughout the proceeding, smiling and rolling his eyes at the more laughable court proceedings, and even flipping off the prosecutor. He also delivered a powerful sentencing statement to the court, refusing to back down. Not even the gravity of the moment could keep his spirit down or his words in check.
Putting into words the emotions we’re all feeling right now is difficult. There is a certain sense of relief in knowing that he will soon be transferred out of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) Leavenworth. CCA is notorious for abhorrent prison conditions, and Eric’s time there has consistently shown that infamous reputation to be well deserved. We do not expect his time in federal prison to be good, but hope that he will have a better chance of getting his basic needs met in that system than he was able to find in the for-profit, slave-holding facility in Leavenworth. While there is a feeling of closure in this chapter of Eric’s story, there is also a palpable rage as Eric has been stolen from us and will remain locked away for the next eight years.
Prior to imposing the sentence and conditions of release, Judge Fenner felt it necessary to announce to Eric and enter into the court record that Eric is “obviously a sick, deranged and dangerous person” with a “history of mental illness.” While there is always room for learning and growth every time a comrade is imprisoned, we refuse this narrative that Eric’s actions can be summed up as those of a deranged individual. We want to strongly counter this assertion of the state and remind those who hold power that resistance to and direct attacks against systems and structures of oppression is not a sign of mental illness nor delusion. In fact, in many cases these acts of resistance, large or small, are the most sound reaction one could take when faced with the daily horrors and brokenness that are imposed on us all. Eric expressed no regrets today in court and we continue to stand in solidarity with him.
We’ll be sharing the transcript from the hearing as soon as we have it, including Eric’s sentencing statement (which he improvised in the moment). Overall, he lambasted the classist, racist, and patriarchal government and the way it destroys families and communities for the sake of the rich. He insulted the court, the judge, and the supposed “justice” they claim to represent. He stood proudly behind his act of rebellion, refusing to beg for mercy or to apologize for his actions. “This court is a farce. I stand by what I did. I’m happy I did it. I’m sorry that I got caught.”
We’d like to close with some of Eric’s own words, transcribed from a phone call with Eric last night:
“This has been a really fucking long and hard journey. CCA sucks. It is a horrible, horrible place. They have done everything imaginable just to drain all of the life and soul out of everyone here. I have been incredibly fortunate to have some many people come into my life and take a stand with me so that I didn’t have to face this shit alone. I have seen how difficult prison can be when you don’t have a support team and don’t have folks in your corner. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody but unfortunately it is the reality for most. The system breeds such an environment.
“There have been so many people that interjected themselves in my life with the sole purpose of being there for me and limiting the state’s crushing effect. I don’t know what I would do without those people. From the smallest greeting to the big gestures, everything has meant so much to me. Prison support is a real tangible thing that people can do for each other. We cannot have a functioning radical community without it. So thanks to everyone who reached out to me, if we still talk or not, you have been awesome.
“Now that said, I stand by my actions. After seeing what happened in Ferguson, so close down the road, I was disgusted by the lack of mobilization in my city. Three hours away people were fighting for their lives and we weren’t even taking to the streets. We were doing nothing. My act as a very personal display of my anger and rage toward the state as well as an act of solidarity to everyone in Ferguson. We never know our own strength until we are tested and even with my ridiculous sentence I feel at least proud to have been able to stand strong and refuse to cooperate with the state.
“I am just really happy that I don’t have to take this alone and have so many amazing people standing next to me. Until all are free.
“Thank you for your roles in my life and for your support.”
Keep posted for future updates on Eric. And drop him a line to show him your solidarity:
100 Highway Terrace
Leavenworth, KS 66048
You can also donate to his support fund at http://fnd.us/c/316cDf/sh/a4jVK6. You can get a kick-ass support t-shirt when you donate $20 or more!
Love and rage,
EK Support Crew
June 27, 2016
Dear Family, Friends and Supporters:
As many of you have learned, I was interviewed on June 21, 2016 by the parole board for the ninth time. On June 27, 2016, I received their decision (attached) denying my release, basically reiterating all that has been said the previous eight times I was denied parole. The denial is based primarily on the “nature of the crime” and “criminal history”—something that will never change. Reading this denial, we can see they doubled-down on attempting to characterize me as an unremorseful “cop killer,” absent any evidence to support their position after 44 years of imprisonment.
As previously mentioned, Edward Sharkey, one of the parole commissioners who conducted this hearing, was the same parole commissioner who conducted the hearing in 2012, and was on the panel denying parole in 2014. This 2016 parole hearing is the third consecutive time he was present on the panel and voted to deny release. Although in 2014 one commissioner voted for my release, notably an African-American woman, this time all three commissioners denied my release. Significantly, one of the commissioners, Ellen Alexander, was on the March 2016 panel of my co-defendant Herman Bell and denied his release on parole. It has become ever more apparent that a fair and impartial parole hearing is not possible, despite 44 years of having done everything necessary to be granted parole.
For example, in the parole hearing of 2014, one of the commissioners raised that I received a disciplinary report in 2013 (for having two stamps on my way to the library), and that the COMPAS Risk Assessment reported “Prison Misconduct – High.” The 2014 parole decision denying release stated in part: “You have multiple prior disciplinary violations during this term and your risk because of prison misconduct is scored as ‘HIGH’ … You need to improve your behavior to demonstrate the ability to comply with rules, which will be necessary when in the community.”
However, the 2016 COMPAS Risk Assessment reports: “Prison Misconduct – Low,” having demonstrated the correction of the previous report and behavior. Furthermore, previous assessments of 2014 read: Risk of Felony Violence 2 Low; Arrest Risk 2 Low; Abscond Risk 4 Low. The 2016 COMPAS Risk Assessment reads in these same areas: Risk of Felony Violence 1 Low; Arrest Risk 1 Low; Abscond Risk 1 Low. Therefore, I not only addressed and lowered the Prison Misconduct issue used to deny release in 2014, all other concerns which were low in 2014 are lower in 2016. In essence, there is no risk of felony violence, arrest risk, abscond risk, and prison misconduct as a reason to deny release. So, what did they rely on to deny release? History of Violence—a history that is subject to the history and nature of the crime from 1971, 45 years ago when I was originally arrested. Something that will never change!!!
Given the fact that I am unable to obtain a fair and impartial parole hearing, I am urging family, friends and supporters to initiate a national campaign directed to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, persuading him to grant Commutation of Sentence to Time Served. Governor Cuomo has the authority to commute this 25 to life sentence to time served, giving consideration to all that I have accomplished in 45 years of imprisonment, the degree of family and community support, and the original sentence has for all intents and purposes been served. I am asking everyone who recognizes the NYS Parole Board is biased as a law enforcement agency in cahoots with the PBA’s opposition to my release, to initiate a national campaign calling and writing to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging that he commute my sentence to time served.
In closing, I need to extend my gratitude to all those who wrote letters and signed petitions in support of my release on parole. It has been your support that has strengthened my resolve and kept me determined to continue to fight for freedom. Over the years, we have witnessed the release of Marshall Eddie Conway, Albert Woodfox and Sekou Odinga, all of which leads to the reality that, with a solid tenacious determination, we can win over the injustice of repression. This is extremely upsetting to me and my family, especially when knowing there is absolutely nothing I can do alone, having already done everything asked of me by the parole board, to persuade them to grant parole. Therefore, we need to up the ante in our demand for fair and impartial parole hearings by putting the onus for change in parole and my freedom in the hands of NYS Governor Cuomo. Please call and write often demanding commutation of sentence to time served, and my immediate release from prison.
Sincerely yours, in struggle,
DENIED – HOLD FOR 24 MONTHS, NEXT APPEARANCE DATE; 06/2018
Conditions of Release/Staff Instructions/Reasons for Denial:
After review of the record and interview, the panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law and your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law. The panel has considered your institutional adjustment including discipline and program participation. Required statutory factors have been considered, including your risk to society, rehabilitation efforts, and your needs for successful re-entry into the community. Your release plans have also been considered, as well as your COMPAS Risk and Needs Assessment, case plan, and sentencing minutes which are in the file. Your instant offense, murder (2 counts), involved you, acting in concert, shooting and killing two police officers. You admit to firing a weapon during the crime. You have engaged in other unlawful actions which resulted in probation and serving state time in California State prison. You are a multistate offender with offenses committed in California as well as New York. You do have a juvenile history and conviction in the Federal system. Due consideration given to your document submissions, program accomplishments, and letters of support from defense attorney and official sources and program completions. Due consideration was given to packet of National Lawyers Guild. This panel remains concerned about your history of unlawful and violent conduct, and your COMPAS Risk Assessment is “High” for history of violence. Your conduct could be viewed as an assassination of two unsuspecting police officers who were merely walking toward their car and reflects a disregard for human life. There is significant community opposition to you release. You also expressed limited remorse for the death of the two police officers who were merely doing their jobs. Accordingly, discretionary release at this time is not warranted. PAROLE IS DENIED.
Parole Commissioners Conducting the Hearing:
Edward Sharkey, Ellen Alexander, Marc Coppola
by Sundiata Acoli
This is a brief recap of my parole hearing and denial.
Almost two years ago, Sept. 29, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Court ordered the New Jersey Parole Board to “expeditiously set conditions” for my parole. The Parole Board appealed the order on grounds that I had not undergone a hearing before the full Parole Board prior to securing the order for release.
The New Jersey Supreme court reversed the Appellate Court’s order and remanded the case to the full Parole Board for completion of the administrative process, which, for a convicted murderer like me, requires a full hearing before the Parole Board prior to securing release from incarceration.
The process further requires that the victim be given the opportunity to address the board and to witness the full board’s interaction with the incarcerated murderer prior to his or her release.
So on June 6, 2016, I was transported by van to Trenton, N.J., for a parole hearing – without my attorney present – before the full New Jersey State Parole Board. Upon arrival at New Jersey State Prison (NJSP), formerly Trenton State Prison (TSP), the driver of the van reported that he had “inadvertently” left my legal valise, containing ALL my legal material, at FCI Cumberland, Maryland.
Most importantly, the valise contained my speech, “Why I Should Be Paroled,” co-written by my dear comrade-daughter Fayemi Shakur and me, which I planned to deliver before the full board two days hence. I asked the driver to call R&D at FCI Cumberland and have them mail my valise overnight.
NJSP immediately mug shot me, gave me a Sundiata Acoli NJSP photo ID with my height reset from 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 5 inches by a spiteful guard, took me to lockdown and cut off all communications and contact between me and the outside world: NO incoming or outgoing mail, telephone, telegram, email, visitor, money transfer, commissary, pen, paper, pencil, eraser, stamps, envelopes, towel, face cloth or pillow.
I told them I was from a medium security federal prison with no reason to be locked down. They ignored me. My attorney, Bruce Afran, was scheduled to visit me the next day, the cell was freezing cold, it was near sundown so I called it a night and slept in my jumpsuit.
Next day I arose at sun-up, stiff necked, showered and shook myself dry like a wet dog. I was given two-thirds of my normal medication dosage at FCI Cumberland and when I asked why, I was given no reason but simply told “No.”
I was four-man escorted to Health Services for a Hep-C blood test and returned to my cell when I noticed they had written “PC” and “NO-CON`” (i.e., “Protective Custody” and “NO CONTACT” respectively) on my cell ID card. I told the escort sergeant that I was not PC, had not requested PC and would sign any release form necessary to remove myself from PC custody.
He said “No,” nor would he summon a lieutenant or the captain to that effect, so I resigned to put my attorney on the matter when we met. A prisoner overheard my complaint to the sergeant and sent me a stub pencil with no eraser. I was most thankful and sat down to write what I could remember of my “parole” speech when the guard called out that my attorney is here.
Bruce’s father had died the previous week, but he was holding up well. He shared some youthful photos of his father and family with me, I expressed my condolences and we got off into the work.
I told him they had lost my legal material, they have me in “total” lockdown, have a “PC” sign on my cell door and have cut my meds to two-thirds of the dosage I received at FCI Cumberland. Bruce said he’d look into it and that meanwhile we needed to focus on the parole hearing tomorrow.
On June 8, 2016, I arose and told the guard I had no clean clothes and no (safety) razor but I did have a parole hearing today and I’m NOT going to the hearing unless I get a shower, razor and clean clothes. He produced all three within the hour except he substituted a barber for the razor.
I noticed that my ankles had begun to swell from water accumulation due most likely to the change in my medication. I was escorted to take a TB x-ray and returned to put the finishing touches on my speech when the guard said, “Parole Board’s calling!”
The hearing lasted from about 9 a.m. until about 4 or 5 p.m. It reached a new level of examination, cross-examination and recrimination.
Again they questioned me primarily about the events on the turnpike and almost nothing about my many positive accomplishments. They also asked: “Aren’t you angry that they broke Assata out of prison instead of you?” My response was: “No, I don’t or wouldn’t wish prison on anyone.”
At the end, they again denied parole and plan to go outside the guidelines to give me an “extended” (longer than usual) “hit” (time until next parole hearing.) Since Blacks, others of color and the oppressed are the overwhelming majority of people in prison, we need to seriously think about creating parole boards that mirror the people in prison, that is, “People Parole Boards.”
My remaining two weeks at NJSP were spent in almost complete isolation from the outside world, except my last night there the Inmate Legal Association (ILA) sent me a free permit for an outgoing legal letter. By then my ankles were almost continually swollen from excess water buildup. I wrote my favorite attorney and next morning they packed me out for the return trip to FCI Cumberland.
Send our brother some love and light: Sundiata Acoli (Clark Squire), 39794-066, FCI Cumberland, P.O. Box 1000, Cumberland MD 21501.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Janye’s funds so far! We really want to express our appreciation. Janye is doing fine and we have been able to send him money for comissary, some great books, and money for him to talk on the phone to his partner and family members.
He also would really love to receive letters. He likes scifi (Right now he is reading Dhalgren by Samuel Delaney, Arms from The Sea by Rich Shapero, some Octavia Butler, and some China Mieville), he is very knowledgable about global politics (we have had lots of conversations about the Middle East) and is always interested in the Rev.
Write him Here:
Santa Rita Jail
Janye Waller #BKO688
5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568
Of course, we can always use more donations, we are trying to raise enough to pay off his fees and fines by the time he is released, so if you know anyone else who is interested in contributing, please send this along!
Hands Off Janye Support Team
At sentencing on June 7th with 200 individuals showing their support at the courthouse, Jasmine Abdullah was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of lynching last week, on June 2nd. Go ahead and send Jasmine a letter, and let her know just how many people out here are thinking of her and support her. Check out the ” write a letter” page for some tips as well.
Address your letters to Jasmine Abdullah, but to ensure that your letter gets to her, address the envelope just like this:
To: Jasmine Richards #4681452
Century Regional Detention Facility
11705 Alameda st.
Lynwood, CA 90059
And check out the statement below from Black Lives Matter, regarding Jasmine Abdullah’s conviction:
Black Lives Matter Organizer, Jasmine Abdullah AKA Jasmine Richards Targeted and Convicted of ‘Attempted Lynching’
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA — Today, after months of targeting and harassment by Pasadena Police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney in Pasadena, Black Lives Matter organizer, Jasmine Abdullah, AKA Jasmine Richards, was convicted of attempted lynching, a conviction that carries a maximum sentence of four years imprisonment. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Elaine Lu presided over the case.
The California Penal Code defines lynching as “The taking by means of a riot of any person from the lawful custody of any peace officer is a lynching.” Penal Code 405b provides the penalty: “Every person who participates in any lynching is punishable by imprisonment…for two, three or four years.” While it is notable that the term lynching was challenged and changed in 2015 by State Senator Holly Mitchell through the legislative process, the substance of the charge remains the same.
“The facts presented at trial did not support the charge. Attempted lynching requires a person to attempt to unlawfully take a person from the lawful custody of a peace officer,” Jasmine’s attorney Nana Gyamfi said before her hearing on May 19th. “It also includes an element of inciting a riot to do so. The historical use is to charge a crime of lynching when the lynch mob takes the Black person out of the custody of the police for the purpose of lynching the Black person.”
California’s lynching law was put on the books in 1933, to prevent mobs from forcibly taking people from police custody for vigilante justice. The perverse nature of this case is stark both because of the law’s tragic name but more importantly because police, who have long exercised poor and deadly judgment in cases impacting Black communities, cannot be trusted to make lawful arrests or to guarantee arrestees will make it home alive. Given that, removing a Black person from police custody can be a life-saving action.
“Obviously, the police, District Attorney, and entire system are trying to make an example out of Jasmine, using this outrageous conviction to intimidate other organizers from fighting for an end to police terror and other forms of state violence against Black people,” said Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter organizer, Melina Abdullah. “It won’t work.”
Jasmine’s organizing grew from her experiences on the streets of Pasadena. Like other cities, a divestment of resources from the Black community by state and local officials has led to poverty and gang violence. The community is vulnerable and eager for social, economic, and political empowerment. Jasmine, alongside local youth, uses her experiences to advocate for the basic rights for Black residents. Jasmine’s deep community connections along with her tremendous ability as an organizer make her a threat to the existing system and make her a prime target.
“This prosecution of Jasmine [Abdullah] Richards is an attempted lynching of Jasmine and, by extension, the Movement for Black Lives in Pasadena, with the Pasadena District Attorney’s office and Pasadena Police Department as the lynch mob,” said Gyamfi. “In my 22 years of practice, I only know of one case where a person has been brought to trial on a lynching charge – this one.”
An uptick in protests, direct actions, and police accountability measures have given way to an increase in attempted lynching charges. Both Black Lives Matter and Occupy organizers have been brought up on the charge in the last five years. Just last year, Black Lives Matter Sacramento organizer Maile Hamilton was arrested for “lynching” after trying to pull a fellow activist away from police during a January rally against law enforcement brutality in Sacramento.
Prosecutor Christina Kee demanded Jasmine be remanded upon conviction, and she was. As she was taken from the courtroom, she led supporters in a chant coined by political prisoner, Assata Shakur and used commonly among Black Lives Matter organizers:
“It is our duty to fight for freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love and protect one another.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
The Black Lives Matter International Network demands the following:
Sentencing is set for Tuesday, June 7, at 8:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Courthouse, 300 E. Walnut, Pasadena, California.
Take some time to learn about Janye Waller by reading the text, or following the link below. You can find Janye’s address at Santa Rita County Jail at the bottom of this post, so send him a letter , and let him know that he is not forgotten!
the following is from: https://rally.org/supportjanye
SUPPORT JANYE WALLER! Janye is an outspoken young Black revolutionary from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an wonderful, kind, and generous friend and comrade. He has been sentenced to 2 years, serving half time, for incidents related to the Mike Brown and Eric Garner protests in 2014.
We tried to fight against this white supremacist system that sends one in every 3 Black men to prison at some point in their lives, we tried to KEEP JANYE FREE, but he is going in for at least a year, and that means we CANNOT SLEEP on our support of him and his loved ones! The struggle continues.
We need consistent money for commissary, phone calls, and transportation for visitations. That is why we ask, if you can, to sign up for MONTHLY RECURRING DONATIONS for one year (or up until May 2017). Even if it’s just $3 or $5 or $15 per month (or $30 if you can do it!) if a bunch of us pledge that, we can keep this support steady throughout Janye’s time. One of the biggest issues during incarceration is that support falls off as the months pass, and we won’t let that happen to Janye.
We will also need people who want to send letters, books, and visit Janye! More info on that coming soon.
MUCH LOVE Hands Off Janye Support Team email@example.com
MORE INFO ON JANYE’S CASE
Janye was arrested in 2015 in an obvious case of racial profiling, in which the cops said he “fit the description” of a crime he did not commit. A witness to the “crime” immediately confirmed that Janye had nothing to do with it, but Janye was still taken into custody where he was questioned and then leveled with serious charges related to last year’s protests in Oakland against the non-indictments for the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
Janye is a young Black activists, a local of the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives and works in Oakland, providing financial support to his mother, his two younger brothers, and his cousin. He attended Berkeley Community College where he planned to major in Accounting, but had to take leave in order to help support his family, and he hopes to return to college soon. Janye also volunteers at a social center in West Oakland that works to empower black and indigenous people living in the Bay Area through education and mutual aid. Within this space Janye works tirelessly, helping coordinate and administer programs focusing on skills like urban farming, which foster both community and individual autonomy.
JANYE IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO IS CURRENTLY SERVING TIME STEMMING FROM THE EVENTS OF THE FALL OF 2014 WHERE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FLOODED THE STREETS DURING THE WAVE OF PROTESTS IN THE BAY AREA DURING THAT WINTER. After several high profile police killings of young black men, the Bay Area, like much of the rest of the country, surged into a wave of protest and resistance. The state responded by using the legal system as a tool of repression, threatening incarceration and steep fines for some of those involved in these actions. It is sad but obvious that the one person getting targeted for that beautiful moment of protest is a strong and politicized young black man.
JANYE HAS BEEN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED. He needs support, money, and contact.
Please give whatever you can and let others know. Let us know if you’d like to write to Janye or find other ways of supported. email – firstname.lastname@example.org
letters of support can be sent to :
Santa Rita Jail
Janye Waller #BKO688
5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568
learn more about Eric’s case, here: supportericking.org
Support T-Shirts are Back!!
Support Eric King T-Shirts are back!!
We’re excited to announce that the Eric King support t-shirts are in! Show your solidarity by ordering one today! We’re asking for a $20 donation per shirt. All proceeds go to EK’s support, including commissary and phone calls.
To order a shirt, donate and then email us at erickingsupportcrew(A)riseup.net with your shirt size (XS, S, M, L, XL) and mailing address. You can also email us to get a mailing address for donations by check or money order.
We will ship to the US, if you would like a shirt and are outside the US hit us up and we will see if we can make that happen
Link to fundraiser here: http://fnd.us/316cDf?ref=sh_a4jVK6
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