Reports on Protest & Resistance

N.Y. State: 38 Courageous Drone Resisters Convicted

from the Syracuse Peace Council  

On Thursday, December 1, the Hancock 38 drone resisters returned to DeWitt Town Court for the verdict in their case involving a symbolic “die-in” at the main entrance Hancock Air National Guard Base (Mattydale, NY), protesting the piloting and maintenance of the hunter/killer Reaper drones at the Base.

Early in his decision, Judge David Gideon stated, “Many issues were raised that were not heretofore contemplated by this Court on a personal level; for which this Court personally acknowledges a new and different understanding, making the decision now before the Court that much more difficult.”

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Marching Against the APEC Summit

Via Revolution:

From November 7 to 13, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held their Leaders' Summit in Honolulu, Hawai`i. APEC, with 21 member countries, has been historically dominated by the U.S. imperialists. Its role has been to pry open the economies of oppressed countries in the Asia-Pacific region to foreign investment and control, and give imperialist powers and transnational corporations the "right" to take whatever they want. There were various kinds of protest and resistance against the APEC summit. The following is correspondence from a Revolution Books Honolulu staff person.

Saturday, November 12, 4 pm: More than 300 people crowded around a big tent set up by World Can't Wait in Honolulu's Old Stadium Park, where the march to the APEC Leaders' Summit was to begin. Some grabbed paint brushes and hastily painted messages on cardboard. Others held signs along the street, energized by the constant honking of motorists passing by. Many were nervously talking about what might happen when they marched into the heart of Waikiki—or whether a non-permitted march would even be allowed to begin.

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Report from Occupied Cal: General Assembly of 10,000

by the Bay Area Revolution Writers Group 

Students first attempted to set up an Occupy encampment at UC Berkeley on November 9—in a Day of Action with protests by 3,000-4,000 people. They were met with a vicious attack. Police struck students with batons and ripped down tents.

The UC Berkeley Chancellor defended the action of the police and declared that no tents would be allowed on campus. In response Occupy Cal called for the General Strike for November 15. [see accompanying article]

By the evening of the General Strike, Sproul Plaza was packed with an estimated 10,000 students and others. Minutes earlier the general assembly of Occupy Cal had voted overwhelmingly to defy the University and re-set up the encampment. The Plaza was jam-packed, with some students standing on the roof of a campus dining facility. Tents were set up in the midst of this massive general assembly—and Occupy Cal was re-established.

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The Courage of the California Prisoners and the Responsibility of the People

by the Bay Area Revolution Writers Group

“These attempts to further brutalize my mind and isolate my body have only set my resolve in stone.” —a Pelican Bay Prisoner

Tens of thousands of prisoners in Security Housing Units (SHUs) and Administrative Segregation (Ad-Seg) in this country face the most brutal, inhumane conditions of solitary, long-term confinement and denial of other basic human rights. Twice in the last few months, California prisoners in such horrendous conditions, along with others not in solitary, launched hunger strikes—each lasting three weeks. Over 6,500 prisoners took part in the first wave (July 1-20), nearly 12,000 during the second (September 26-October 13).

These prisoners put their lives on the line and have courageously stood up—despite attempts by the prison authorities to suppress their struggle through lies and repression—to let the world know about the barbaric U.S. prisons and to demand to be treated like human beings. And now, after the second round of the hunger strike has ended, with many prisoners in a physically weakened state, the prison authorities are coming down with a new wave of repression.

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Initial Reports on October 22 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

from the website of Revolution newspaper 

New York * San Francisco * Chicago * Seattle * Los Angeles * Boston * Houston * Atlanta

October 22 was the 16th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization of a Generation (NDP). Protests took place around the country. The following are initial reports Revolution received from some of the cities. We will post further reports and photos as we receive them.

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Two Acts of Civil Disobedience in Support of Prisoner Hunger Strike, Friday, 10/14

Press TV coverage of CD at State Building in LA

Non-Violent Civil Disobedience in Sacramento: Protesting the Torture of Prisoners, by Larry Everest

A little past 8:00 am, on Friday morning, October 14, three of us—all supporters of the courageous hunger strike by California prisoners—walked up to the main entrance of the headquarters of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in Sacramento, California, the state capitol. Then we chained ourselves to the front doors, sat down, and began a non-violent action of civil disobedience. We did so to support the just struggle and demands of the hunger strikers and to condemn the assaults of the CDCR and Governor Jerry Brown on the prisoners.

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Pelican Bay: Standing Strong - Up Against Cruel, Inhumane Retaliation

via Revolution newspaper

October 9, 2011: At this writing the prisoner hunger strike is entering its 13th day, with hundreds—perhaps thousands—still on hunger strike in prisons across California. The prisoners are standing strong in the face of cruel, inhumane efforts by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to crush this courageous and historic struggle by prisoners.

"I’m ready to take this all the way," J. Angel Martinez, one of the Pelican Bay State Prison hunger strikers, said in a message this week, quoted in the New York Times (10/7). "We are sick and tired of living like this and willing to die if that’s what it takes."  ("California Prison Hunger Strike Resumes as Sides Dig In")

Earlier this year, over 6,500 prisoners across California participated in a hunger strike that lasted for 20 days, from July 1-20. The prisoners are demanding to be treated as human beings; to end barbaric, inhumane conditions of imprisonment—particularly in the SHU's—and to stop long-term solitary confinement as a form of torture. (Prisoners’ demands at prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/the-prisoners-demands-2/)

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March against drone warfare in DC: Protesters disrupt business at General Atomics

Video by Kevin Gosztola:

As part of October 2011, a march against drone warfare interrupted business as usual at drone manufacturer General Atomics on October 7, the tenth anniversary of the Afghanistan War.

Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike Now in 11th Day

via Revolution 

Prisoners in California state prisons are now in the 11th day of their hunger strike, in the face of vicious efforts by prison officials to crush it (See "Hunger Strike to Resume September 26—Support the Just Demands of the Pelican Bay Prisoners," Revolution #246, September 25, 2011.). According to an October 5 press release from Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity:

"Over 1,200 prisoners continue to refuse food in an effort to force the CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] to address their five core demands, in particular those related to long term solitary confinement, gang validation, debriefing and group punishment. Over the course of the last week, nearly 12,000 prisoners participated in the strike from thirteen California prisons, as well as California prisoners housed out of state in Mississippi, Arizona and Oklahoma, making it one of the largest prisoner hunger strikes in US history. From the very northern most tip to the very southern most tip of California, prisoners in Security Housing Units (SHUs), Administrative Segregation Units (Ad‑Seg) and general population are starving themselves because their human rights are being violated,' says Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, 'We are not going to stand by while the CDCR tortures our loved ones.

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Protests in Oakland & at Pelican Bay State Prison as hunger strike spreads

Support the Pelican Bay Prisoner's Hunger StrikeBy Laura G

On Thursday, September 29, supporters of the thousands of hunger striking prisoners held a vigil in downtown Oakland. Protesters hope that others will support the prisoners and "amplify" the voices of the men in the "control units". 

They point out that SHU prisoners, unlike those in the general population cannot make any phone calls.  Ever. They are each confined to their cell 22 1/2 hours per day. They receive their meals through a slot. When they are let out of their own cell to exercise alone, the "exercise yard" is just another cell. There is no sunlight in the "yard". There are no bright colors. This is isolation and sensory deprivation. Protesters at the vigil do not equivocate that this is indeed "cruel and unusual" punishment. They say, "this is torture."

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