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26 June 2015

Greetings to you, my relatives and friends.

This is the first time that my dear sister Roselyn will not be there for me, but I know she is there in spirit as she has gone on her journey. I have seen pictures of the gathering over the years and can still see her sitting there under the trees with our relatives… I will always miss her and be grateful to her for all she did for me and for our people.

This year I am most concerned with our children and the taking of their own lives. This is very sad to me, as it is to you, and I know there are many reasons for them to feel such despair and hopelessness. But I can only ask and encourage all of us to double our efforts to show them love and support, and let them know that we will always look after them and protect them. That includes asking big brothers and sisters to look after the younger ones. They are our future and have to be protected and to learn to be the protectors. This is not something we can live with, we need to all work to change this.

And this year it is even more urgent that we come together to protect our sovereignty. There are so many issues to face and fight. We continue to fight for our Black Hills and to stop the XL pipeline from poisoning our water and our land, and I stand with the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, and all people of like mind in this fight.

The destruction of our Mother Earth by the heavy and toxic Tar Sands oil, fracking, gas and oil drilling and uranium mining is unacceptable to me and to us. We are supposed to be protecting these things even as others try to push us aside. I honor all of our relatives who are on the front lines of this fight.

And after all that I have seen in these 40 years behind bars, I was still shocked to see what they are trying to do to the Apache people at Oak Flats. This cannot be tolerated. It is not only a blatant money grab at the expense of a tribe’s Sacred site, but it is an effort to push us back in the direction of termination by ignoring our rights as sovereign nations. This we will not tolerate. Nothing is sacred to these people and they will continue to try to bulldoze us out of the way without even a single thought to our coming generations if we do not continue to stand up and oppose them. We must be ready for anything or we will lose all that we have gained in the last 40 years.

The continued use of racist mascots is something that we can never accept as Indigenous peoples and we need to all continue to push to end that racist practice.

As for me, time is something I have learned a lot about in these years in prison. And now I can see that time is slipping away from me and I know that if I do not get out under this President I will almost certainly die here in prison.

I have been able to survive with the hope you have given to me and your prayers and I am grateful for that support from all of you.

I continue to pray for the family of my brother Joe Stuntz and for all those who paid such a dear price in those bitter times 40 years ago.
And I pray for the families of all our people who have suffered so much and continue to suffer now.

I thank all of you for coming today and I know how hot it can be there. And especially to all the runners and walkers I offer my gratitude.

I send my Love to the people of the Lakota Nations and to all Native Nations,

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse…

Doksha,

Leonard Peltier

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Ona Move

Earlier this week we found out that our Brother Delbert Africa was denied parole by The Pa. Parole Board and was given a two year hit. One of the reasons they cited for Delbert being denied in their own words he is a risk to the safety of the community. This is unacceptable! Anyone who has ever met Delbert or has come in contact with him can tell you that Delbert Africa is nowhere near a threat to the safety of the community. Even The Superintendent of SCI Dallas who, along with Delbert’s Counselor, recommended Delbert For Parole so The Parole Board has to come with something better than this. People in the community who The Parole Board are saying are at risk all wrote letters of support for Delbert’s Parole.

In fact they are a risk to the safety of people in the community; not Delbert Africa or the rest of The Move 9. It’s The police, known murderers of our children . The police that murdered MOVE Men, Women, And MOVE Children on May 13th 1985 walk the streets with impunity. The police who murdered Brandon Tate Brown in Philadelphia are still walking the streets with their identities protected. Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, and so many others’ safety has been put at risk by these foul murderers who walk the street and continue to be a risk to the community as a whole’s safety. It’s obvious a person who has kept down gang and racial violence in prison is far from a threat to the community at large.

It’s obvious that officials want our family to die in prison. You need look no further than the examples of Merle and Phil Africa dying in prison. We cannot allow another person to die in these dungeons. We are urging people to please take the time to sign this petition that we have aimed at The United States Justice Dept. You can go to the website at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/92454-free-the-move-9. We are demanding now that the justice dept look into the unjust imprisonment of The Move 9 as a whole. Our goal is to reach 25,000 signatures as a whole so we have some serious work to do as a whole and your help is needed now more than ever.

Ona Move

The Justice And Accountability Campaign

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Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280Medical Justice Days of Action:June 16 – 19, 2015

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Seth’s medical condition continues to worsen, and he has not been evaluated or treated for potentially life-threatening symptoms despite following formal medical care request procedures within the prison. Because the medical staff at the prison and Health Services of the Department of Correction continue to neglect his medical needs despite numerous calls from concerned medical providers and other citizens, we are urging both Commissioner Annucci and Governor Cuomo to exercise oversight and see to it that Seth finally receives proper medical care. Read Seth’s May 17, 2015 Sick Call Request here.

WE MUST KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
AND CONTINUE TO CALL AND FAX.

Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns has been addressed to date. NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.

Since we began our campaign, Seth’s medical situation has actually worsened. He has had a cough with shortness of breath. He is also intermittently coughing up blood tinged mucous. He has not been evaluated or treated for these symptoms. He has a mass in the upper left quadrant of his abdomen which puts pressure on his diaphragm, increasing his difficulty breathing.

We must keep the pressure on and be consistent, insistent and persistent to make sure we do not lose yet another of our beloved freedom fighters due to deliberate medical neglect.

***Please join our phone and fax campaign!***
Talking points and sample letter below

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Tuesday, 6/16 and Wednesday, 6/17 please call:

***Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 x2

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134

2) On Thursday, 6/18 and Friday, 6/19, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):

***Governor Cuomo at Fax: (518) 486-4466

***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (518) 457-0076

***Suggested talking points***

State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280 at Sullivan Correctional Facility;

Say that you are requesting oversight of the medical team at Sullivan and DOCC Health Services as well as:
1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out;
3) an assessment of the mass in his abdomen;

4) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and
5) a physician’s order for a diabetic diet.

Please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let us know what response you receive so that it can be given to Seth’s legal team.

HERE IS A SAMPLE LETTER YOU CAN FAX, MAIL OR SUBMIT ONLINE:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Fax: (518) 486-4466

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I am writing in regards to Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.

Mr. Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus with frequent bouts of hypoglycemia, as well as weight loss of 40 pounds (22% of his original body weight) in a short time. These health concerns have not been
addressed by medical staff at Sullivan Correctional Institute despite numerous requests by the patient, family, concerned medical providers, and the general public. He has not even been prescribed a diabetic diet.

Mr. Hayes’ medical situation has actually worsened in the past two months. He has a cough with shortness of breath and a mass in the upper left quadrant of his abdomen which puts pressure on his diaphragm, increasing his difficulty breathing. He has also developed three lumps on his chest. He has not been evaluated or treated for these symptoms. 

I am writing to register my grave concern about the health of Mr. Hayes and to request that he receive the following immediate and appropriate medical care:

1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath;
2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out;
3) an assessment of the mass in his abdomen and the lumps on ihs chest;

4) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and
5) a physician’s order for a diabetic diet.

I thank you for your prompt attention to these medical matters.

Sincerely, 


______________________


cc: Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner at Fax: (518) 457-0076

Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

a statement from political prisoner jaan laaman about the forced closure of aboriginal communities

Stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities - 1503019 :1ho6/15/15
Aboriginal Communities in Australia call for Solidarity
In mid-May, I put out a commentary stating, “Stop the forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia and all across Australia.” This is Jaan Laaman, your political prisoner voice, coming to you from the federal prison in Tucson, Arizona.
Let me share some new information from Human Rights and social justice activists and from Indigenous leaders in Australia, about the ongoing government attacks against Aboriginal communities.
Early this year the Australian government, especially the State of Western Australia and its Premier Colin Barnett, began shutting down all services, that is: water, electricity, schools and health care facilities in Aboriginal towns and communities located more than 100 kilometers from large urban areas. This policy is only directed at Indigenous communities. No white towns or stations are being shut down.
It has been widely speculated that by driving out the Indigenous people from these remote towns, this will open up these lands for mineral exploitation. Colin Barnett and his Western Australian government have close ties to huge mining corporations.
Whatever the full reason might be, the reality is that Aboriginal people and their communities are once again under direct attack by government policies and forces.
Aboriginal people and communities are resisting this latest colonial attack on their lands and lives. In fact Australians of all backgrounds have come forward to rally and demonstrate against these outrageous policies. Tens of thousands of people have rallied in cities all across Australia. In late May and on June 1st, there were also a small number of solidarity rallies in Europe and Asia.
Aboriginal leaders and Australian activists are mobilizing for an upcoming weekend of protests, and are asking people around the world to support them. This is part of the call from Australia, “With Aboriginal communities, culture and land under the threat of forced closures, we are calling on all communities, friends and allies around the world to stand together as one, on June 26, 27 and 28.”
Go to http://www.sosblakaustralia.com, to find out more information. Let me repeat that — http://www.sosblakaustralia.com. Time is short, but why not organize or join an action in support or our Aboriginal friends.
This is Jaan Laaman, until next time, remember, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle!”

international day for longterm anarchist prisoners j11

graffiti action in Melbourne Australia this graffiti was right next to the west gate free way in the inter west of Melbourne this free way connects to Melbourne city anarchist black cross Melbourne send solidarity to all long term anarchist prisoners facing repression due to there political beliefs world wide
Marius Mason is an anarchist, an environmental and animal rights prisoner serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of sabotage carried out in defense of the planet. No one was injured in any of these actions also Anarchist prisoner, Emma Sheppard was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment on Tuesday 24th February 2015 at Bristol Crown Court for committing “Criminal damage recklessly endangering life”. http://supportmariusmason.org/tag/international-day-of-solidarity-with-long-term-anarchist-prisoners/
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german news

Here in Germany two communist turkey prisoners, who had been sentenced
according the „antiterror-paragraph §129b“, could achive victories by
long hungerstrikes: Sadi Özpolat starved 43 and Gülaferit 54 days. They
fought agains censurship, prison clothing and mobbing. They did´t fought
in the prison alone. Togetheer with Gülaferit 6 other prisoner starved
as well in solidarity.

Taken from one of our („Network of all political prisoners“, Hamburg )
speeches in front of the Berlin prison, Gülaferit is jailed: (29.5.2015)

„Brig is a draconic assault to all prisoners. More than 100 yearly
commit suicide, living under similar conditions as Gülaferit, without
any hope and unwilling to vegetate isolated anymore.

9 political prisoners of armed groups like RAF, who organised collective
resistance against such conditions, didn´t survive in prison in the
seventies and eighties.

Solidarity in prison:

At her last hungerstrikeday Gülaferit even went to thirststrike to
underline her stoutness to stay starving until all of her demands had
been fulfilled.

She was not allone in her fight; 6 other prisoners startet a
solidarity-hungerstrike:

Ahmet Düzün Yüksel in Ratingen prison

Muzaffer Dogan, Özgur Aslan, Sonnur Demiray and Yusuf Tas, waiting for
trial in Stuttgart.

Özkan Güzel in Essen Prison. He went to solidarity-hungerstrike for
Gülaferit and prolonged his strike insisting not to wear prison clothing.

These solidarity-hungerstrikes show collective behavier. Its a signal to
the class justice, that they will fight against the assault to her
comrade ! The 1st May call of political and resistent prisoners was a
first step of collective resistance.

Reactions outside:

Most important were several actions in Berlin. There were rallies,
demonstrations and solidarity-hungerstrikes allover Germany and other
european countries. On the positive side to mention is the intensified
cooperation of migrant comrades from Turkey and the local left.

Besides digital publications apeared articles in newspapers and left
radios. Because of this growing pressure even bourgeois parties at the
end of the hungerstrikes intervened for the strikers.

Certainly there could have been more support.

Reasons for missing solidarity were:

Fear of recognition

The communist mindset of the striking prisoners. On indymedia the
missing solidarity was critizied from libertarian viewpoint. To mention
is, that many anarchist comrades were engaged.

Perspective:

Even if Gülaferits demands were „only“ humanistic, for a long time
prison Pankow and justice ignored the hungerstrike. The question is why.

The position of the class-justive can only be understood, if we bring to
mind the recent role of Germany. Turkey is a important partner of
Germany and NATO.

Thats why left Turkey comrades will be tackled, persecuted and
criminalized for fighting this partnership. Currently the progressive
journal “Yürüyüs” (long walk) has been banned in Germany, even if it is
legal in Turkey.

Even bourgeois institutions accuse the German government to be
racialist. It is well established that the government with the help of
secret services supported and protected the racist and facist terrorgang
NSU for years.

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Here in Germany two communist turkey prisoners, who had been sentenced
according the „antiterror-paragraph §129b“, could achive victories by
long hungerstrikes: Sadi Özpolat starved 43 and Gülaferit 54 days. They
fought agains censurship, prison clothing and mobbing. They did´t fought
in the prison alone. Togetheer with Gülaferit 6 other prisoner starved
as well in solidarity.

Taken from one of our („Network of all political prisoners“ ) speeches
in front of the Berlin prison, Gülaferit is jailed: (29.5.2015)

„Brig is a draconic assault to all prisoners. More than 100 yearly
commit suicide, living under similar conditions as Gülaferit, without
any hope and unwilling to vegetate isolated anymore.

9 political prisoners of armed groups like RAF, who organised collective
resistance against such conditions, didn´t survive in prison in the
seventies and eighties.

Solidarity in prison:

At her last hungerstrikeday Gülaferit even went to thirststrike to
underline her stoutness to stay starving until all of her demands had
been fulfilled.

She was not allone in her fight; 6 other prisoners startet a
solidarity-hungerstrike:

Ahmet Düzün Yüksel in Ratingen prison

Muzaffer Dogan, Özgur Aslan, Sonnur Demiray and Yusuf Tas, waiting for
trial in Stuttgart.

Özkan Güzel in Essen Prison. He went to solidarity-hungerstrike for
Gülaferit and prolonged his strike insisting not to wear prison clothing.

These solidarity-hungerstrikes show collective behavier. Its a signal to
the class justice, that they will fight against the assault to her
comrade ! The 1st May call of political and resistent prisoners was a
first step of collective resistance.

Reactions outside:

Most important were several actions in Berlin. There were rallies,
demonstrations and solidarity-hungerstrikes allover Germany and other
european countries. On the positive side to mention is the intensified
cooperation of migrant comrades from Turkey and the local left.

Besides digital publications apeared articles in newspapers and left
radios. Because of this growing pressure even bourgeois parties at the
end of the hungerstrikes intervened for the strikers.

Certainly there could have been more support.

Reasons for missing solidarity were:

Fear of recognition

The communist mindset of the striking prisoners. On indymedia the
missing solidarity was critizied from libertarian viewpoint. To mention
is, that many anarchist comrades were engaged.

Perspective:

Even if Gülaferits demands were „only“ humanistic, for a long time
prison Pankow and justice ignored the hungerstrike. The question is why.

The position of the class-justive can only be understood, if we bring to
mind the recent role of Germany. Turkey is a important partner of
Germany and NATO.

Thats why left Turkey comrades will be tackled, persecuted and
criminalized for fighting this partnership. Currently the progressive
journal “Yürüyüs” (long walk) has been banned in Germany, even if it is
legal in Turkey.

Even bourgeois institutions accuse the German government to be
racialist. It is well established that the government with the help of
secret services supported and protected the racist and facist terrorgang
NSU for years.

The same government, that accept the drowning of refugees at the
EU-borders, who don´t have enough to live, because their countries will
be plundered and destroyed by the German government.

Germany connotes itself as successor state of the „3. Reich“ and as most
powerful european power is on war all over the world together with ist
allies.

Fighting against this overwelming power with lots of actions together
with the prisoners we could win at the end.

We have to control the implementation of the demands. Too the fight for
freedom and liberation hat to be intensified here and international.
Solidarity with the hungerstrikes for us means to bring the battle into
the „heart of the beast“.

he same government, that accept the drowning of refugees at the
EU-borders, who don´t have enough to live, because their countries will
be plundered and destroyed by the German government.

Germany connotes itself as successor state of the „3. Reich“ and as most
powerful european power is on war all over the world together with ist
allies.

Fighting against this overwelming power with lots of actions together
with the prisoners we could win at the end.

We have to control the implementation of the demands. Too the fight for
freedom and liberation hat to be intensified here and international.
Solidarity with the hungerstrikes for us means to bring the battle into
the „heart of the beast“.

Ranb

assistance association for political prisoners

P.O Box 93, Mae Sot, Tak Province 63110, Thailand, e.mail: info@aappb.org, info.aappburma@gmail.com, web: http://www.aappb.org
AAPP calls for adequate healthcare for political prisoners in Burma Date: June 11, 2015 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), also known as AAPP, has received reports over recent months regarding the deterioration of the health of several political prisoners in Burma’s prisons, raising serious concerns. On June 2, 2015, Tin Win, a detainee in Tharyarwaddy Prison was admitted to Rangoon General Hospital after collapsing in court following breathing difficulties. Tin Win had been arrested on March 10, 2015, in relation to the student protests in Letpadan Township. Prior to the court hearing, Tin Win had been suffering from injuries on his neck and ribs as a result of the beating he received during his arrest. Due to these injuries he is also suffering from nerve damage. Such were the extent of his injuries, that on June 5 he had to undergo surgery on his neck. He is currently still in hospital. KhinHlaing, who was also arrested in relation to the student protests in Letpadan and is being held in Tharyarwaraddy Prison, has frequently fallen unconscious and has been coughing up blood during detention. His health situation is so severe that he was unable to attend his court hearing on June 9. Instead, on June 9, KhinHlaing was sent to Tharyarwaddy General Hospital, and was transferred to Rangoon General Hospital that same day. Similarly, the health condition of Nay MyoZin, currently serving a four year and four month sentence in Insein Prison and awaiting trial under further sections of law, is serious cause for concern; due to a problem with his spinal cord he is having difficulties walking. One of the Unity journalists, The YarzarOo, who was arrested in 2014 and is currently serving a seven-year sentence in Pakokku Prison, is in ill health due to Hepatitis B. According to The YarzarOo’s wife, he now requires the assistance of a walking stick due to walking difficulties, and is suffering extreme mental pain due to his imprisonment. In addition, it is unclear whether political prisoners Sai Tin Min Tun and ZawThetAung, who are both suffering from AIDS, have received appropriate treatment. They are both serving long-term prison sentences.
The above are just a few cases that highlight the serious situation of the inadequacy of healthcare in Burma’s prisons. In fact, political prisoners in Burma are rarely provided with sufficient treatment when
P.O Box 93, Mae Sot, Tak Province 63110, Thailand, e.mail: info@aappb.org, info.aappburma@gmail.com, web: http://www.aappb.org
they require it. Of grave concern is the fact that the majority of the detainees who were arrested in relation to the student protests in Letpadan have yet to receive medical checkups in prison, despite many of them complaining of dizziness and suffering from injuries sustained during their arrests. In light of the deteriorating health condition of several political prisoners in Burma’s prisons over recent months, AAPP urges the Government of Burma to provide comprehensive healthcare to all political detainees, and in particular ensure those detained in Tharyarwaddy Prison in relation to the student protests in Letpadan receive immediate medical checkups. Furthermore, AAPP urges the international community to stand with us by pressuring the Government of Burma to heed this call. Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) Contact: U Tate Naing +66 (0) 81 287 8751 U Bo Kyi +95 (0) 94 2530 8840

The museum at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma). The AAPP is an independent, non-profit organization run by former political prisoners on the Thai-Burma border that monitors the situation regarding political prisoners in Burma, including human rights violations, persecution and intimidation to both current and former political prisoners and their families. Through international lobbying and advocacy as well as reporting and campaigning, since AAPP was founded in 2000, it has been able to provide help to hundreds of political prisoners.
The museum at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma). The AAPP is an independent, non-profit organization run by former political prisoners on the Thai-Burma border that monitors the situation regarding political prisoners in Burma, including human rights violations, persecution and intimidation to both current and former political prisoners and their families. Through international lobbying and advocacy as well as reporting and campaigning, since AAPP was founded in 2000, it has been able to provide help to hundreds of political prisoners.