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On May 24, 1990, a car being driven by union organizer, feminist and Earthfirst! activist Judi Bari was blown up by a bomb in Oakland, CA. She and fellow activist Darryl Cherney both survived the blast, but Bari suffered crippling injuries to her pelvis that left the mother of two in pain for the rest of her life. Bari had proven herself remarkably effective in rallying public support to save the ancient redwood forests of northern California from clear-cutting. But she had also made enemies in the logging industry, receiving many death threats and having her car rammed by a logging truck. The car-bombing made national headlines, with Oakland police and FBI bomb experts quickly placing the blame on Bari and Cherney, even though it was clear that the bomb had been placed directly under the driver’s seat. In order to clear their names and derail a COINTELPRO-style frame-up, they filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police and the FBI. Bari had panic attacks when she learned that the FBI’s lead bomb expert had conducted a “bomb school” for police officers on the property of Louisiana-Pacific Lumber Co. one month before the car-bombing. But she persevered with her forest-defense activism, until she succumbed to breast cancer at age 47 in 1997. In 2002, a jury found that the Oakland P.D. and the FBI had blatantly lied about the case and awarded $4.4 million in damages. Learn more from Democracy Now! archive about the film Who Bombed Judi Bari?: http://bit.ly/12RYQaO Here are resources from the Zinn Education Project for teaching about environmental activism: http://bit.ly/12S0LMH

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judi bari

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On May 24, 1990, a car being driven by union organizer, feminist and Earthfirst! activist Judi Bari was blown up by a bomb in Oakland, CA. She and fellow activist Darryl Cherney both survived the blast, but Bari suffered crippling injuries to her pelvis that left the mother of two in pain for the rest of her life. Bari had proven herself remarkably effective in rallying public support to save the ancient redwood forests of northern California from clear-cutting. But she had also made enemies in the logging industry, receiving many death threats and having her car rammed by a logging truck. The car-bombing made national headlines, with Oakland police and FBI bomb experts quickly placing the blame on Bari and Cherney, even though it was clear that the bomb had been placed directly under the driver’s seat. In order to clear their names and derail a COINTELPRO-style frame-up, they filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police and the FBI. Bari had panic attacks when she learned that the FBI’s lead bomb expert had conducted a “bomb school” for police officers on the property of Louisiana-Pacific Lumber Co. one month before the car-bombing. But she persevered with her forest-defense activism, until she succumbed to breast cancer at age 47 in 1997. In 2002, a jury found that the Oakland P.D. and the FBI had blatantly lied about the case and awarded $4.4 million in damages. Learn more from Democracy Now! archive about the film Who Bombed Judi Bari?: http://bit.ly/12RYQaO Here are resources from the Zinn Education Project for teaching about environmental activism: http://bit.ly/12S0LMH

Appeals court overturns Sabotage conviction, vacates sentences, remands Megan, Michael and Greg for resentencing

Appeals court overturns Sabotage conviction, vacates sentences, remands Megan, Michael and Greg for resentencing

Transform Now Plowshares

Appeals court overturns sabotage convictions of Transform Now Plowshares activists, vacates sentences of Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed on all charges and remands for resentencing.

Court suggests decision may lead to release of Rice, Boertje-Obed and Walli

8 May 2015
for immediate release

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision in favor of the Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed who were convicted in 2013 of sabotage for their July 28, 2012 Transform Now Plowshares protest of nuclear weapons production at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

“The purpose of the action of Michael, Megan and Greg was to call attention to the ongoing production of thermonuclear weapons components at the bomb plant in Oak Ridge and, more specifically, to oppose plans to build a new, multi-billion dollar bomb plant—the Uranium Processing Facility—at Y12,” said Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of the Oak…

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A MESSAGE FROM POLITICAL PRISONER JAAN LAAMAN ABOUT THE FORCE REMOVAL OF ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

Political Prisoners in the United States Support Aboriginal Communities
Stop the forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia and all across Australia. Stop this racist, blatantly colonialist violation of international law and the Human Rights of Aboriginal people, who choose to live in small and remote communities, especially those in Western Australia. Stop the land seizures and the land theft from these Aboriginal communities.
This is Jaan Laaman. I am a long held political prisoner in the United States. I know I speak not just for myself, but for other revolutionary political prisoners across the USA, when I say, we stand in solidarity with the Aboriginal people who are being threatened with the closing of their towns and communities.
It was only in early May, that we heard a little information about the Western Australian government’s threats to stop all services to remote Aboriginal communities and towns. We think this is outrageous and most likely designed to drive people off their land. By emptying Aboriginal countries of their inhabitants, the land becomes available to the huge mining corporations that are closely linked with the Western Australian government.
The mainstream corporate media here in the United States, has not reported about this ongoing issue in Australia. The USA government, also being a settler state, has its own long ugly history of genocide and theft of Indigenous First Nations land here in the United States. Since the recent large and widespread rallies in cities and towns across Australia, there has been a little reporting about this situation in some U.S. media. I myself, and other progressive voices, will publicly share our knowledge about this Aboriginal peoples struggle for the survival of your communities and the protection of your land.
We know that the State and Federal governments shutting down of the power, water, schools and health care facilities in your communities will cause real suffering. That is why it is important and necessary, and very positive to see, that Australians of all backgrounds, have stepped forward in demonstrations against this government attack. We join with all of you in your continuing resistance to the Australian government’s assault on Aboriginal people.
In Unity there is Strength-
From Strength comes Victory!
This is Jaan Laaman and I am coming to you from a prison in the USA
jaan Laaman #10372-016
USP Tucson
PO Box 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734 usa
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Tis the season to fight the prisons… (UK)

From rabble.org.uk:

The prison population in the UK has doubled over the past 20 years. Check out the series of events coming up in London this month to build prisoner solidarity and resist prison expansion.

First up, on December 9th we’ve got The Politics of Prisons, an event to strategise on how to fight prison & immigration detention expansion, and discuss grassroots alternatives to the police and prisons to deal with problems. Organised by Defend the Right to Protest, the event promises some great speakers.

Then on 15th December there’ll be the first public meeting of an exciting new group, Prison Action London. They’re inviting people to come along to exchange ideas and plans for action.

As is traditional, some of that talk will be put into action in New Year’s Eve noise demos outside prisons. This is an annual international event, so check out your local Anarchist Black Cross to see if owt’s planned. Comrades in London will be at Pentonville at 8pm, and then down the road at Holloway for 9.30pm. Come prepared with stuff to make noise and so on.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to keep writing to people on the inside. Corresponding with prisoners can make a real difference to helping people get through the shit of confinement and petty screws 24/7. See ABC London for a list of prisoners who’d like to receive correspondence. We wanna do a special callout for people to show solidarity with Debbie Vincent, a long time, dedicated, anti-capitalist and freedom fighter for the animals. Debbie was sentenced in April to 6 years’ prison, plus a 5 years ASBO for alleged involvement in actions against Huntington Life Sciences, Europe’s largest vivisection lab, though she sadly received little solidarity or mention from any outside the animal rights movement at the time of her conviction. Write to Debbie here (note that she was moved from Bronzefield):

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Debbie Vincent
HMP-YOI HOLLOWAY
Parkhurst Road
London
N7 0NU
UK

“Keep on campaigning against all oppression and capitalist domination. Don’t be afraid to speak out and never apologise for trying to make a difference and caring.” – Debbiearcw