Statement from anarchist prisoner Nyki Kish about her recent appeal being denied
Nicole Kish is an anarchist prisoner and prison abolition activist serving a life sentence for a murder she did not commit. Nyki was charged and convicted for the he stabbing of Rob Hammond a internet porn marketing executive with no physical evidence and despite multiple eye witnesses accounts that all verified her story.Police “lost” the videos from 2 surveillance cameras which caught the fight. Now Nyki sits in an ontario jail. Nyki’s appeal was just denied.
A message from Nyki!
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, former Black Panther Party leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway joins us less than 24 hours after his release from nearly 44 years in prison. Supporters describe Conway as one of the country’s longest-held political prisoners. He was convicted of killing a Baltimore police officer in 1970, for which he has always maintained his innocence. The shooting occurred at a time when federal and local authorities were infiltrating and disrupting the Black Panthers and other activist groups. At the time of the shooting, the FBI was also monitoring Conway’s actions as part of its counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO. Numerous groups have campaigned for years calling for his release, saying he never received a fair trial and was convicted largely on the basis of testimony from a jailhouse informant. Politically active in prison, Conway founded Friend of a Friend, a group that helps young men, often gang members, resolve conflicts, and published a memoir, “Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther.” In his first interview since being released, Marshall details his time behind bars and the government surveillance he faced as a prominent Black Panther.
Support Your Friends by Matt Guack – From the 2013 Never Alone art exhibition.
from Earth First! Prisoner Support Project team / Never Alone
This year on June 11 – the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid & all Eco-prisoners – we will be running the 2nd annual Never Alone online exhibition. It will serve as an avenue not only for fundraising for these political prisoners, but as a way to reach out informatively to a broad audience on issues of earth & animal liberation and state captivity. We would love to invite you to contribute an artwork to this exhibition.
AS FAR RIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST IMMIGRANTS EXPLODES IN EUROPE, ANTIFASCISM SPREADS
Alerta antifascista is mounting throughout Europe – in Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, UK, and Sweden – against the rise of the far-right, encouraged by the capitalist racist and economic attacks on the working class, their first targets being the refugees and immigrants.
3 refugees were killed in Hamburg last week in an arson attack: a woman and her two kids, 6 and 7 years old. Police suspect a 13 year old boy, but are not clear on the motive. Some 300 people took it to the streets in a spontaneous painful silent demonstration against the racist and economic stigmatization of refugees or other “outsiders.” Autonomous activists in Germany, Spain and Greece are among the most active in Europe in their relentless struggles to protect refugees from being turned into scapegoats to the benefit of the far right and the ruling classes. For this they endure States’ repression and are targeted by Neo-nazis.
Supporters hold banner offering legal help outside South Bay, November 2013. Photo by Resist the Raids
Immigrant Detainees Continue Struggle for Rights at South Bay
By Jake Carman
On October 3rd 2013, approximately 40 detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center at Suffolk County House of Corrections (South Bay) in South Boston launched a hunger strike over poor health conditions, among other issues. Organizers in the ICE section, which holds around 200 immigrants, delivered a letter to the prison administration demanding officials “improve food safety,[…]equalize access to programs and services,[…]and support visitation rights.” Detainees then launched a public campaign on September 26, with dozens of supporters rallying outside the prison, and threatened a hunger strike. Following the demand delivery, prison officials held a whole-unit meeting, promising to address the prisoners’ grievances. Prison administration, however, changed little, spurring detainees at all three ICE units in South Bay to hunger strike for three days.
Thank You From Recently Released Antifa Prisoner John Tucker (Tinley Park Five)
After twenty months of imprisonment, antifascist political prisoner John Tucker is free. John is the second of the Tinley Park Five to be released and he’s written a thank you letter to his supporters. The letter reads:
“These past 20 months have been an ordeal to say the least. From court drama to safety issues to just the woes of incarceration itself, this has been a trying process. Yet, even within the darkness of a cell, cut off from the world, some light could still be seen. Your letters, donation,s and noisy solidarity were things of beauty to eyes forced to view the despair of a broken system day after day and eyes that could not help but watch as any glimmer of hope faded from so many youths as they were dehumanized by the tortuous conditions in which they were forced to dwell. Your zines brought much needed and often obscured information into a citadel of ignorance and fear, your books lifted the weight of monotonous oppression, and your donations aided in the welfare of so many with nothing but the state to care for them. A parcel of food here or some cosmetics there so often mean the difference between another night spent hungry or unclean and a good night’s rest, and never doubt the weight of one’s spirit in a time of need. Sadness, loneliness, and a lack of basic human needs often crush that vital spark necessary for a meaningful, productive, life and sadly press those “corrected” into a self-defeating cycle of unchecked violence or harsh drug use.