Day: March 16, 2015

A Statement from Anti Fascist prisoner, Jason Hammond

Jason’s 50th day in prison!

March 15th, 2014

http://freejasonhammond.blogspot.com/

Greetings from Vandalia “Correctional” Center!

After the 24 hour lock down purgatory known as Stateville NRC, I’ve arrived at the joint where I will mostly likely do the rest of my time.
Basically, prison is a big waste of everyone’s time and resources! It angers me that the system would rather keep locking people up and give them practically nothing to do instead of putting energy and resources into social programs and schools that would enable people to do well in life. The evidence points to mass incarceration being the desired state, the wealth of empire and dependent on a class in perpetual poverty.
I am happy to say that my spirits are high and the fire in my heart is burning. I am very thankful and humbled by all the support that folks have given me through letters, books, donations and sharing my case with in their circles. I’ve already gotten into the flow of hitting the weights and books. Currently reading “Living My Life” by Emma Golden, “Feminism is for Everybody” by bell hooks and “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov.
Big shout out to all my homies in Chicago, ABC in NY and beyond, D.O.P.E. Collective, CrimethInc for reading my statement on their podcast, all of the Antifa crews and everyone else that has written me. (I am slow at responding because they only sell 10 stamps a month here) It is through efforts like organizing letter writing parties, benefit shows and spreading the struggle of incarcerated folks that give us hope and inspiration.
I don’t see a way we can salvage any part of the PIC: is it for burning. We must start thinking in moving towards alternative models of community accountability, perhaps through restorative and transformative practices, instead of relying on the brutal and intrusive model of the pigs and prisons. I wish you all the best, be courageous and fierce!
“A movement that does not support their prisoners, is a sham of a movement!”
Love and Rage, 
Jason!

Free Speech Radio News Interviewed Paulette D’Auteuil on US Political Prisoners in Beirut, Lebanon

Q&A: Jericho Movement’s Paulette D’Auteuil on U.S. political prisoners

Paulette D'Auteuil (photo credit: Jacob Resneck)

Paulette D’Auteuil (photo credit: Jacob Resneck)

Local, Sacramento Activist, Has Court on Monday, March 16th!

Free Maile Hampton! End Police Repression of the Black Lives Matter Movement!

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Maile Hampton, leading chants on the megaphone

Statement from the ANSWER Coalition – Act Now to Stop War & End Racism

The Sacramento police have outrageously charged ANSWER Coalition activist Maile Hampton, a young Black woman, with felony “lynching.” After holding her initially on $100,000 bail, Maile is now out of jail but faces the threat of four years in prison on the charges. But we are fighting back!

Maile’s first court appearance is set for Monday, March 16, 10:30 a.m., at the Sacramento County Courthouse, 720 Ninth St, Dept. 8, 2nd floor. Join us to show your support!

  • We demand that all charges against Maile be immediately dropped!
  • We demand an end to the repression of the Black Lives Matter movement!
  • We demand an end to police brutality and the war against Black and brown youth!

As the famous slogan of the Black Lives Matter movement correctly stated, “The whole system is guilty.” This reality holds from this case, to the cops who killed Mike Brown and Eric Garner, to the legal system and politicians who sanction this violence. This is the historical reality of the United States, a country that was built on the extreme brutality of slavery, indigenous genocide, racism, misogyny, and anti-LGBTQ bigotry. This is the country whose police today are charging a young Black woman with lynching!

Lynching is what mobs of white racists committed against thousands of Black people in the United States. They took Black people from the custody of the police with the tacit consent of the cops and state. The mobs then beat, mutilated, tortured and hanged them. This ironic plot to charge an anti-racist Black protestor with lynching screams arrogance on the part of the cops and the DA. The people see through these charges. We charge the state with lynching. We charge the state with attempting to lynch the Black Lives Matter Movement.

The police and county DA falsely claim that Maile is guilty of obstructing justice and removing a person from police custody (“lynching” under California law). In fact it is the police who are guilty of obstructing justice, in this case and historically. These charges against Maile are in reality “revenge” charges against leading activists of the Black Lives Matter movement. We in the ANSWER Coalition, along with a wide network of endorsing organizations, are mobilizing to fight back against this police repression.

The story that the police and DA present is entirely different from the facts of what actually happened. In reality, on Jan. 18, a peaceful march was disrupted by violent police who wanted to shut it down because of its political content. The police violated the protestors’ right to free speech and arrested several people. The police were the aggressors, not the activists. The police obstructed justice, not the protestors.

The state wants to repress the movement sparked by the killing of Mike Brown and the heroic uprising of the people in Ferguson, Mo. They want to repress this movement because it has swept the country, awakening the mainstream to what’s being described as the war against Black and brown youth. From the killer cops, to the school-to-prison pipeline, to the deportations, to gentrification and poverty, we are seeing the disenfranchisement of a generation. The Black Lives Matter movement was speaking about these truths. It embarrassed the state, which must deny reality and cling to cliche phrases about freedom and democracy.

While the police attempt to disrupt the movement, in part by singling out activists like Maile, we must continue the struggle. We will support our sisters and brothers in the cross hairs of the American legal system. We must continue to protest in the streets against police brutality and against all forms of racism. The movement cannot be extinguished. We invite all people to unite with us in this movement, to support Maile in her legal defense, and to join us in resistance until racism is finally eradicated.

What you can do:

1)      Contact the Sacramento County District Attorney and demand that the charges be dropped. Email daoffice@sacda.org and CC Sac@ANSWERcoalition.org

2)      Join the “Free Maile” protest this Sunday, 1 pm, 5th & I Sts in Sacramento

3)      Help pack the courtroom for Maile’s court appearance, Mon., Mar. 16, 10:30 a.m., Sac. County Courthouse, 720 Ninth St, Dept. 8, 2nd floor.