Well over a year after Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell lifted the moratorium he imposed on the PA Board of Probation and Parole in conjunction with the Department of Corrections (DOC) to bring to a complete halt all prisoner releases, parole eligible prisoners at SCI Greene, located in southwestern Pennsylvania, who fall under the classification of violent offenders are still feeling the ramifications of Governor Rendell’s actions. Sadly, they have become pawns in the quest for continued prison expansion here in PA.
Joined by a team of Mexican, gringo, Brazilian, and French journalists, RJ Maccani reported on the Zapatista’s new national initiative in Mexico from the Southwestern state of Oaxaca in the first months of 2006. Here he gives an insiders view into the beginnings of a national movement building popular power beyond the state.
(from Left Turn issue #20)
The Zapatista rebels of Mexico’s Southeastern state of Chiapas are taking their boldest step since they rose up in arms twelve years ago. Continuing a twenty-two year journey of growth and transformation, they are spreading out beyond their autonomous communities to join with and build a Mexican and global movement for democracy, freedom, and justice.
by Tony Paterson
Last week the well-heeled citizens of Hamburg's Altona district got a taste of their antics when 30 of them marched into the city's luxury "Fresh Paradise Goedeken" supermarket and walked out five minutes later with €15,000 (£10,000) worth of stolen goods.
The gang's booty included magnums of Champagne at €99 a bottle, filets of Japanese Kobe beef at €108 a kilogram, legs of venison, a salmon and several boxes of Valrhona chocolate.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -
Friday June 9th, Benefit Show, 5pm @ LAVA Space (4134 Lancaster Ave); Saturday
June 10th, Legal Workshops, 1pm @ the Wooden Shoe (508 S. 5th St.)followed by home demos, 5pm gather @ the Wooden Shoe; Sunday
June 11th, Actions Against State Repression, Time and Place TBA.
by the Heartsville Community Space Collective
Romeo is the youngest prisoner in Iowa history to be sentenced to life
without parole. He is innocent, and was sentenced in violation of state
laws. More than ever, he needs funds to pay an attorney who can help him
overturn his conviction on appeal. www.freeromeo.com
SUNDAY, JULY 2ND, 6pm @ LAVA (4134 Lancaster Ave). $5-10 suggested donation.
Romeo’s legal assistant/wife, Tialonda, and a member of the Philly
Anarchist Black Cross will be giving a brief presentation about Romeo’s
By Ahniwanika (John Schertow) -
Well none of us should be suprised. Eventhough this declaration is non-binding
(like all other UN declarations) it clearly proved to be too much for
Nation-States to accept (in good faith.)
Who can blame them? Can you imagine Indigenous Nations having a right to their
by dave onion
The aspiration for autonomy is above all the struggle against political and moral alienation from life and work - against the functionalization of outside interests, against the internalization of the morals of our foes ... This aspiration is concretized when houses are squatted to live humanely or not to have to pay high rents, when workers call in sick in order to party because they can’t take the alienation at work, when unemployed people plunder supermarkets ... because they don’t agree with absurd demands of unions for more jobs that only integrate people into oppression and exploitation. Everywhere that people begin to sabotage, to change the political, moral and technical structures of domination is a step toward a self-determined life.
from a 1983 meeting of Autonomen in Hamburg
At the 22nd anniversary of May 13, MOVE organizes for 2008 Parole Hearings
By Hans Bennett
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sambor declared these words through a loudspeaker, minutes before the May 13, 1985 police assault on the mostly black revolutionary MOVE organization’s home. This assault killed 5 children and 6 adults, including MOVE founder John Africa. After police shot over 10,000 rounds of bullets into their West Philadelphia home, a State Police helicopter dropped a C-4 bomb, illegally supplied by the FBI, on MOVE’s roof. The bomb started a fire that eventually destroyed 60 homes: the entire block of a middle-class black neighborhood. Carrying the young Birdie Africa, the only other survivor, Ramona Africa dodged gunfire and escaped from the fire with permanent burn scars.