Egypt: Hunger Strike in Qanater Women’s Prison

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Since the State Security Prosecution Department banned visits for Dr Basma, she started a hunger strike a week ago.

However, the Qanater prison administration, here, ignored her protest and pleas completely. Consequently, we – her mates in Qanater Prison – have decided to show solidarity by joining her hunger strike.

We are:

Mahinour Al-Masry

Rafidah Ibrahim

Alaa Alsayed

Asmaa Syed Salah

Esraa Khaled

Rana Abdullah

Sarah Abdullah

Despite differences in our ideological orientations and intellectual affiliations, we will not give up the right of any detainee.

Therefore, we decided to start a hunger strike, here in prison, until Dr Basma is given her most basic human right – to see her children.

We will continue our strike until the implementation of the court’s decision to allow her visiting rights. Although some of us already suffer ill health, and Dr Basma is undergoing important heart check-ups, the prison administration continues to refuse formal complaints and statements to prove the hunger strike action. This makes us wonder: “Is it carelessness? Or orders from National Security (State Police)?!”

We suspect National Security (State Police) intervention in the non-implementation of the court’s decision. Hence, we will continue our strike, insisting on our demand, until the end.

People of conscience and goodwill understand that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Dr Basma suddenly found both herself and her husband accused in a big sham lawsuit, deprived of seeing their two young children, who have no-one to look after them.

Let us hope the voice of conscience, humanity and justice will be louder than all voices of injustice and oppression.

Qanater Female Political Prisoners

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The Christmas Eve Calumet massacre, 1913

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 10.23.38 AMA short history of the biggest mass murder in Michigan history: the massacre of 73 people, mostly the children of striking miners at a Christmas party on Christmas Eve in 1913.

In July 1913, over 7,000 miners struck the C&H Copper Mining Company in Calumet, Michigan.

Strikers’ demands included pay raises, an end to child labor, and safer conditions including an end to one-man drill operations, as well as support beams in the mines (which mine owners didn’t want because support beams were costly but miners killed in cave-ins “do not cost us anything.”)

Six months without work left many miner families with little food for the holidays and no money for presents, so the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners held a Christmas party for the kids. 500 children and 200 adults showed up that day, Christmas Eve 1913. It was held on the second floor of Calumet’s Italian Hall; the only way in and out was a very steep stairway. Read Full

THESE WALLS WILL FALL! Protest-Concert for #MigrantStrike Sept. 17th

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Join On Facebook: THESE WALLS WILL FALL

Massive outdoor free protest concert to celebrate the courageous 1-year long resistance of immigration detainees on strike in Ontario.

** THESE WALLS WILL FALL **
w/ Indigenous & PoC Artists from Across Turtle Island

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8PM – 11PM — WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
CLOUD GARDENS (short walk to concert site)
COME TO PROTEST! COME TO DANCE!

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Featuring:

SHINING SOUL
Arizona’s finest Red-Brown power hip-hop duo
http://shiningsoul-music.blogspot.ca/

¡ALAS!
Undocumented & Decolonial Mujer Lucha Rap
https://soundcloud.com/alasmusika
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Free Jihad! Fundraiser for Comrade Facing Repression

From RBG Street Soldiers Think Tank

From RBG Street Soldiers Think Tank

Come out for a fundraiser to support Comrade and Brother Jihad, who is facing repression. (Please donate here if you can’t make it.)

Saturday,  April 5, 6PM-Midnight, at Qilombo (2313 San Pablo Ave, Oakland):  There will be a screening of the Black Riders Liberation Party documentary “Let Um Hear Ya Coming;” hip-hop performances by Ras Ceylon, Shango Abiola, E Da Ref, Ms. Incredible, and Fly Benzo; a raffle and halal food.

 

 

“Most of today’s black convicts have come to understand that they are the most abused victims of an unrighteous order.” –George Jackson

 

As many of you know, Comrade Jihad Mujahid Muhammad, Minister of Spirituality for the Black Riders Liberation Party, was scheduled to be released last week after being held captive for a year in San Quentin and Folsom Prison. On the day he was supposed to be released, he was transferred to Santa Clara County and arraigned on new trumped-up charges. This incident continues the repression comrade Jihad has faced for his revolutionary organizing. Jihad is a political prisoner/prisoner of war and an unrelenting advocate for the brothers and sisters off the block. He is being targeted for his work with the Black Riders Liberation Party, his influence in the community and his devout Muslim faith.

Comrade Jihad has flourished within the ranks of the BRLP, displaying a fearless go-hard-or-go-home attitude when  confronting the pigs. He was arrested on the 4th anniversary of Lovell Mixon Day, on the same block where Lovell Mixon was killed shortly after taking down four pigs in a gun battle. Jihad has put himself and his freedom on the line for Black people, always willing to accept the most dangerous missions without hesitation. He has been a shining example to a lot of brothers off the block of what political education, street smarts, discipline and scientific strategy can do to change the direction of the lumpenproletariate from self destruction to Revolutionary Afrikan Inter-Communalism. brlp

One example of this is when Comrade Jihad along with Comrade Askari had to break up a fight and prevent a riot at Fremont High. While the teachers stood by and called the pigs, Jihad and Askari intervened to stop the fight. When the pigs arrived and attempted to illegally detain a young Xicano student, the comrades informed the youth of his rights, which he then demanded until the pigs reluctantly released him. The anger of the young people then turned toward the Occupying Army (OPD), and they hurled insults at the pigs until they were forced to retreat. The comrades, along with over 150 students armed with knowledge and heart, drove the pigs away. prisonhungerstrike Continue reading

Why refugees to Greece are sewing their mouths shut

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On Location: Why refugees to Greece are sewing their mouths shut
 

ATHENS — Greek authorities call them migrant pre-removal facilities, but they look more like prisons. Many of the residents are locked up not for committing a crime, but rather simply for trying to get asylum in Europe. For this, they say they’re held months, packed scores to a room, and often beaten.

“We didn’t have any choice so we started a hunger strike, we sewed up our mouth and we stopped eating and drinking,” said Farhad, who has asked not to be identified, fearing retribution for speaking out. “Anyone will do whatever it takes to get his freedom. Some people have tried to commit suicide to get free, others went crazy in there.” Continue reading

Famed Greek Anarchist Bails Out on Parole

From ekathimerini.com

A senior officer of the Greek Police on Tuesday expressed concern that Costas Sakkas, a 30-year-old self-proclaimed anarchist charged with participation in an urban guerrilla group, may turn to violence after violating the terms of his conditional release. According to the officer, who wished to remain unnamed, authorities have no clues as to Sakkas’s whereabouts after he failed to report in to his local police precinct in Kaminia in Piraeus by midnight on Monday. “We catch them on the one hand, and, on the other, they are let go,” the police officer told Skai on Tuesday afternoon. Another officer, serving with Greece’s counter-terrorism unit, estimated that Sakkas decided to cut loose because he was due to post 15,000 euros in bail on Tuesday imposed by a prosecutor as part of the terms of two separate release orders. Continue reading

Indiana Prisoners Refusing Lunches: Call for Solidarity

from Radical Criminology

from Radical Criminology

From comrades in Indiana

On Monday, January 13th, Indiana prisoners being detained in Westville Correctional Facility began to refuse the nutritionally deficient, unappetizing cold sack lunches they have been forced to endure over the past several months and have issued a call for solidarity. A mass call-in, starting at 8am on Tuesday (Central Time Zone), is being planned to put pressure on IDOC officials and Aramark Correctional Services to reinstitute hot lunch trays.

On Tuesday, let’s show solidarity and inundate IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon (317) 232-5171 and Aramark Correctional Services (800) 777-7090 with phone calls demanding the return of hot lunch trays for Indiana prisoners.

Why is this happening?

According to “official” sources, the switch to sack lunches was a 90-day
test program launched in response to a prisoner’s request to increase
recreation and shower time. Overlooking the absurd proposition that a
prison would change its food policy based on a prisoner request for
extended recreation time, the fact is that since the conversion to sack
lunches, recreation and shower time have not increased, and the 90-day
trial period has long since passed. Continue reading