Archive | November, 2012

Letter Writing Night For Roger Clement,Leonard Peltier and The Cuban Five

30 Nov

Letter Writing Night For Roger Clement,Leonard Peltier and The Cuban Five

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
4:00pm
Come out, enjoy good company and write to anti imperialists locked inside the Belly of Beast here in North America. Find out about there cases, why the imperialists have imprisoned them and help bring them some holiday cheer.

Brought To You By KW Anti Colonialist Working Group

Queen Street Commons Cafe
43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Ontario

Irish Republican ballad night

30 Nov

though its not an event that im organizing its good people

Sweeny, Oneil, Lynch Association Toronto presents…

Ballad Night in Support of Irish POWs

Rebel Songs, Speakers, and Raffle to win Art done by Prisoners in Maghaberry

Come out listen to good music and find out about the torture of Irish Republicans at the hands of the British State in Maghaberry. Find out what you can do to support the prisoners and have a chance to win art done by the POWS.

Saturday Dec. 1st
8 PM @ The 460 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON

The Roger Clement I know

29 Nov

Roger Clement, Dedicated Cuba activist, community organizor and all around good guy was recently denied parole. His orginial charges, which i dont want to comment on cause i dont know the specifics,(to say that his charges and conviction are shifty is an understatement) are that he was allegged to have participated in a firebombing action at an RBC, which was financing the destruction of native land during the 2010 olympics and still are, allow the media to portay him as a fanatic, terrorist etc.

These allegations fly in the face of the Roger Clement that I have known and I feel it was time ithat I said something. I met Roger around the issue of Cuba, particularly the effect of the blockade and the U$ dirty war on children and civilians. This cause was something that was dear to both of our hearts. meeting Roger and talking about the issue of Cuba and the us attacks on Cuba one could see a warm in his eyes, and to anyone who knew roger, they could tell that to him this wasnt just some issue but something he cares about deeply. When talking about the gains of the revolution his interests werent necessary the military gains but things like the fact that Cuba would guareentee a litre of milk to everychild under seven, even during the special period, the fact that they wiped out illiteracy etc. demonstrating that his interests in Cuba came from a place of humanism and what drew him to the cause were the humanitarian gains of the revolution.

He was very active in raiseing the issue of the Cuban Five (now four since one is out) and when talking about the five one could see that he actually felt for them and was really appauled by the brutalization of humans in jail being tortured for there defence of their home land.

Roger also has has supported the social programs that we were implementing in KW around poverty, drugs and basic rights to housing and dignity. Whenevr I would meet him at a Cuba conference or he would meet someone i know he would ask how these programs were going and once even wrote a huge check to fund these programs out of his own pocket (to some it might not seem huge but to us it was)

From what i get from my conversations and knowing him, his interest in politics comes not from a place of militarism but rather of humanism, he is one of the most caring person i know and the best example is talking to people who get mail from his he says dont support me support the people in Cuba.

I ahve tried writing to him, but my mail has a way of getting lost, some doesnt even make it to jail. Many commies who should be standing behind him are now distancing themselves etc., which is sad, because from what I know about the life he leads he is a perfect example of the new person whom che guevara talks about. Roger has been an inspiration and if anyone reads this who is in contact with roger, let him know i think about him alot!!!!

List and addresses to write to Irish POWS

29 Nov

Today in Kitchener we has a letter writing night for Irish Republican prisoners. The event was well attened and successful, despite the fact that someone screwed up on a card and we ran out of stamps for Desmond Hamill (we will mail that card soon.). Yet you dont need to wait for letter writing night to write a letter, this holiday remember to write or send a postcard to those brave Irish people locked inside the belly of the beast.Below is a list of names and addresses of irish POWs that I took from the IRPWA page, please take the time to write to them.

Remember the POWs at Christmas! List for cards and letters

December in the Republican calendar is traditionally Prisoner’s month and as such we would ask that people drop a card or letter to a Republican POW and let them know we are thinking of them at this time.. A list of POWs and Internees is provided below with addresses underneath.

GRMA

Republican prisoners Roe 4, Maghaberry

Joe Allen
Joe Barr
Brendan Campbell
Brian Cavlan
Martin Connolly
Dee Duffy
Paul Duffy
Shane Duffy
Dominic Dynes
Harry Fitzsimons
Tony Friel
Sean Kelly
Brendan McConville
Sean McConville
Liam McDonnell
Mark McGuigan
Gerard McManus
Kevin Barry Nolan
Brian Sheridan
Brian Shivers
Kevin Vernon
John Paul Wootton

SSU

Gavin Coyle.
Austin Creggan
Desmond Hamill
Tommy Hamill
Martin McGilloway

Female Republican Wing – Hydebank.

Sharon Rafferty

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E3, Portlaoise Prison

Bernard Dempsey
Bobby Donohue.
Darragh Evans
Sean Farrell
Cormac Fitzpatrick
David Jordan
Jim Mc Cormack
Stephen McGowan.
Nick Kendall
Mathew Perry
Vincent Ryan
Brian Walsh.

addresses for cards and letters:

Hydebank Wood
Hospital Road
BELFAST
BT8 8NA

Maghaberry Prison
Old Road
Ballinderry Upper
Lisburn
BT28 2PT

Portlaoise Prison
Portlaoise, Co Laois
Ireland

“Moving Towards A true Commuity Based Model of Policing” and other bullshit I heard at the forum put on by the office of Of The independent Police Reviews Director yesterday and today.

28 Nov

For the sake of not exposing some of my professional friends i have edited them out of this peace.This gives the impression that i played a bigger role then i did, even though I have done it for the right reasons, i feel that there contributions should be aknowledged, some stuff i edited because of time, and also this is only what i know from the workshops i participated in. I would like to thank everyone who got texts for me and couldnt explain it all and ask for info, facts stats etc. I esp would like to thank those who only got a bit of the story and were like wtf??? here an account of a real sureal moment, maybe sometime in the future i willwrite about how scared and fucked up this experiance was, it was definatly surreal.

Sunday night one of my friends who works in the professional sector told me that they were going to a conference about the police complaints process put together by the Office Of The Independent Police Review Director. This forum was suppose to bring together Police, Legal Clinics,Social Workers and Community to discuss problems and issues with the police complaints program. the IPRD is suppose to be an indepoendent body in charge of police misconduct and investigating police complaints. There report on misconduct of police at the g20 was good but didnt mention anything that people didnt know.

My friend had to go for work and said it would be cool if i came, because they were sure i would have alot to say about this issue. Registration was theoretically closed and chances of me getting in were slim to none. i called another friend and found out they were going. We had a discussion about how forums like this that were consultive were not only a waste of time, but a way in which the state silences real community voices while at the same time legitimizing there rule. Still, since they also had to work that day and attend they said my perspective might by interesting. I ran some fake names to use to get in of revolutionaries that people may not know, discarded ernesto guevara, Vladimir illych a few other and decided to use the name of a revolutionary from Ireland who is not that well known over here but a Hero there. After all the chances of me getting in were slim, and had nothing to lose.

I woke up very early , downed as much coffe as i could smoked a few ciggerrettes and told my other friend the plan, and mentioned the fact that i would register at the same time they do so i look more legitimate.

i get to the registration desk, give my fake name, memorized a fake address postal code and all, and instead of asking me for that info, they ask what organization im with, i make one up and go in.

The first thing that struck me was the heavy police presence in uniform, with guns, vests jackets etc., Since this was a community forum, I expected that there would be some cops but public relations officers, not the goon squad, talking to delegates after, this really intimidated many community members, and played an important role into intimidating silence. The Panel was full of police officers, whose comments were very dismissive of people who launch complaints, and those who face violence from the police. The only person who was critical of police was Anna from the Toronto Coalition On Police Accountability, who gave a good speech. Registering made me late so I missed two community speakers who may or may not have been good.

One of the organizors of this forum was from University of Waterloo and knew me so we spoke for a bit but she did not call me by my real name and respected my confidentiality. Later I am approuched by the person at the registration desk and im like shit, im busted, only to find out that even though they knew that my organization that i said was made up , I was welcome as a member of the community, given tokens and promised an honorariam if i stuck around, i got it i was being tokenized as a member of the public, and given the fact that to the organizor I looked like someone who comes from a at risk community, i was to be used as one of those people who gives credence that this is a “legitimate” consultation.

The ideolgue of the conference starts speaking and i feel like Im watching a bad PSNI commercial, as hes talking about community policing that reflects the community and other such shit. When asked about the paramiliterization of the police, he states quite clearly that the police is a paramilitary force(this part is important given who this person is and where he trained people etc. I wont jump ahead but give you the hint that he had a thick british accent). The whole time a uniformed officer is seriously staring at me. We break for lunch and i talk to other people in the social service sector or legal sector who know who i am.

At lunch im like shit its only a matter oftime before a cop id’s me and figures out i gave a fake name. I read the bio of this ideoluge of the police and it reads like counter insurgency (which is later confirmed).

Dr. David Webb is a graduate of the Bramshill Police Command College in England, holds a Management Diploma from the national examination board in the UK, where he has worked for 30 years before starting LEMITS in the US, The last 12 a Chief of Police, ran Devon and Cornwall Police College, Marine Anti Terrorism,, Senior Police Advisor to Home Office Police Department Office of Science and technology, London England, worked extensivley overseas in Europe, Africa and Asia and his interests are POLITICAL VIOLENCE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES. (Before I break for lunch he makes a comment that i hear about how most youth under 25 PERCIEVE that the RUC/PSNI are the same, and as a friend pointed out the word PERCIEVE becomes very important)

We go back to the conference and im approuched by a Toronto Cop I know well from the G20 who joins the break off group that im a part of. He asks me about my health and other things making it obvious that the gig is up. I answer in a cordial tone, stating only what he already knows about my health acting as if im not worried and several other cops and the lawyer from the OPP and others who keep trying to talk to me make me know that they know who I am without mentioning my name. I try to remove myself several time from the presence of the one cop who either was extra friendly (which i doubt) or obviously trying to intimidate me.( At that time I thought and think the gig was up the first few minutes I walked into the room and my presence was tolerated to legitimize this so called consultation)

So i know that they know but pretend i dont they know that i know and its kinda really wierd. Dr. David Webb is also in my break away group. Its obvious to everyone who is not a cop that the police are setting the agenda and controling the discussion, My role at this point in time is to say nothing and learn as much as possible before i get booted out. It becomes obvious (by a friend pointing it out quietly) that the word of the day is perception and victims of police misconduct only percieve that they are being mistreated, and there perception is right but if there perception is to change by interacting with the police through dispute resolution then the world would be a better place. The discussion shifts (which is clearly steered by police) from the diffrent forms of the complaint process to pushing this agenda of dispute resolution., as well as putting forward this agenda of shifting peoples perception towards the police, paticularly in targetted communities. We go for break, and i talk to people about how to proceed. its obvious that that the police are ither intimidating people into silence, stacking the room or people are to blind to see whats up due to the fact that as workers they are insolated from the targetted community by the saftey of the rules of social work and law that makes you see things people as a case or file as oppossed to seeing them like humans.

So how to interced and create room for discussion. The simplest way is to discuss what is at hand and the problems with the OIPRD. I interced by pointing out that even if the OIPRD is really neutral, despite the fact that half of the OIPRD is ex-cops it has no teeth and can only make recommendations, its up to the chief of police to implement the reccomendations, making it relativley toothless and leaving the police to punish the police, furthermore as a point of clarification, I would like to know how many times the chief of police has refused to implement there recommendations, at this point in time i was not given an answer. Given the fact that the facilitator took great pains to point out that the police are diffrent then other employees like a librarian, and is an issue of governance not employment, the police kept on argueing that it was a dispute between employer and employee, and only the chief should punish them.

After the break when we came back the subject was once again changed to perception, and the bootlickers kept on talking about the good role that TAVIS plays in there community, and how amazing it is that they play with the youth and hang out and shoot hoops and other such knowledge.

To those who dont know in theory TAVIS is the anti gang unit, sent to racialized communties as a special taskforce. There role in racial profiling, targetting minorities, jacking people etc. is very well known. As a side note Guns and Gangs, which TAVIs falls under is in charge of political prosecutions such as the G20, my current charges and many others, the G20 cop that was in the room, was the head of the TAVIS programs she was talking about. TAVIS is also known for intimidating and threatening community organizors who refuse to work with police, accept police funding via charities that say you must work with police, and try to solve problems of poverty etc. on a community basis. At this point a community legal person started talking about all the bullshit that TAVIS pulls nameing off stuff very legally, and how its not a metter of perception but fact (i am seriously paraphracing this for a matter of time) Another person speaks about how there are problems with the police but they always tell there youth to show there ID etc. Still he is forced to lament the fact that the police will not always meet them halfway. The discussion shifts back to getting people to talk to the police and implementing this local resolution bullshit. One person brings up the fact that there is no statistical data to show that this is the only or best method or good or bad so its unscientific to focus on this method at the expense of all others.(eg. formal complaints etc.) Which forces the meeting to be called to order as this rational explanation is bood down by the police and others.

At this point i go into research mode, and call people, study stuff re read what i know and come to the conclusion that this forum iis not a community forum, nor is it about the complaints process, but rather a way to justify the new nicer face of targetting policing and repression of minorities, poor people and indigenous people. Those who have good relations with TAVIS are the people who allow the police in marginalized communities to control and patrol, and the state funding for programs have nothing to do with helping kids but everything to do with collecting information, encouraging collaboration, setting up a network of people who are friends of the police and feed them information at the expense of there community.Political organizor who are interested in alternative are to be isolated, intimidated or pressurred into silence.

The problem with this forum is that its purpose, as well as the purpose of the toothless IPRD, is to legitimize an illegitimate process and instill faith in the system. The issue of accountability of police, which can only be achieved by true community accountability, which gives the community a direct say in policing, as well as the power to enforce there will politically. Without political power and the ability to determine there own destiny, recognizing the heredtirary rights of the indigenous peoples whose land this is, all these nice sounding words are bullshit, even if they are co oped from progressives.

The next day the presentation started (well i was late) with an Anishnabek Police officer saying not much of anything other then everything is hunkey dorey. This is followwed by Dr. Webb Addressing the issue brought up in the break up group that there is no data around the affectivness of the local solutions. He then says (and apparently my face turns red at this point) that “accross the pond in Northern Ireland” these solutions have been tried and work. He then goes on to talk about accountability and forums and surveys making it sound all nice and good. At this point in time i start texting people for data and statistics on the PSNI, its early in the morning so i get no response, i drink a cup of water to relax go back in and hes talking about all the successes of the pSNI in community policing, I wait for the question period, and i ask “given the fact that this summer has been full of attacks on Catholics in Northern Ireland, with the blessing of the police, that there has been a growing number of selective arrests, targetted policing, collusion esp during organge marches, and more and more people see the PSNI as a continuation of the RUC, cant one state that this model of policing has failed. If this is not the case then why is there a growing hatred against the PSNI, making policing the major example (except for the return of internment)used by Republicans as proof that the Good Friday Accords have only entrenched British occupation.Why would we want to replicate an exiperiment that has failed so miserably here esp. since it is obviously an example of counter insurgency, not peace time policing.(i also added something about the fact that 80% of PSNI Specialists are RUC who cover up and practise shoot to kill”

He responded by saying that he was working in the Six Counties during the troubles, and he understands and he doesnt want to talk about what is happening today over there but that the problem is biggotted cops who arent educated, and if they payed them more they magically would stopping being biggotted. He then continued to say that those people who mascarade as republicans are really criminals and no one wants a unified Ireland. We then broke out into break up sessions and given that i went for a ciggerrette i entered when there was someone attacking a professional and trying to talk over them. It was my time to re introduce myself, i gave my first part of my fake name and WEBB winked at me and let me know that I wasnt the only one who did research last night at which point i said obviously this is not my real name, and im not gonna give you my real name given my history with the police, but I have started one the first youth drop in centres in Canada, have worked creating drug prevention programs in the city of Startofrd, the Meth capital of north America, have started free food and programs to get youth off of drugs in Guelph have been program co ordinator at Inuvik Youth Centre dealing with issues of addictions and a bunch of other shit that i did, including some of the current stuff like dealing with drugs as a social issue etc. and my work speaks for itself or some other shit like that. After the introduction the strangle hold has been broken and more and more people talked aboutdiffrent ideas that were silenced before. The TAVIS cop came back and mentioned that he was just policing a pipeline protest (one i was suppose to attend) and actually explaining the issue. His demenor changed compleately and backed up most of the suggestions. When the facilitator didnt want to read my comment on addressing power imbalences by not having cops come to a meeting on police complaints carrying guns, the whole group asked that it be read. Yet there was lots of discussion on how as leaders in our community we need to go back and say how our voices are heard I felt un comfortable, and the facilitators, several times didnt write what people were saying or altered it, yet people were talking. At the get back together session alot became obvious the agenda was aleeady set as were the resolutions people walked out of the room in disgust, one facilitator yelled at his group to shut up when the IPRD rep. started to change the working groups suggestions, and there were countelles other examples of how this process was a fraud, the IPRD was shown to many for what it was, as we were told by one presentor WE MUST BELIEVE IN THE SYSTEM, as people voices were excluded and many community members left in disgust.

i myself was pretty pissed off, yet when trying to explain why i couldnt I knew from the begining this meeting was a fraud, i knew from the begining that KKKanada was built on genocide and has sent officers to train in isreal and learn from the IDF, there was no new surpirise to me, in fact given the response from people in some ways it was a success because the process exposed itself. As I was leaving one person said if they put ten percent of what was said in the report this will be amazing yet i think that a facilitator that wont read a comment about people bringing guns to a meeting on police complaints then they will have no problem leaving things out of a report, to be totally honest maybe my anger was because at one point in time despite all i knew I thought that during the fight, it would mean something. Still I told myself exposing them was a possative victory. it wasnt till I got back to my community dealing with the problems we face every day that I realized what a waste of time this is. The report is coming out in Feb. giving them enough time to edit and make nice, but one peace of satisfaction I have is that they wanted us to go back and sell this as a solution, instead what people are telling there communities is how the system can never work!!!!!

Successful march against cuts to Start up benefits end with occupation of police station!!!!

24 Nov

On Saturday Nov. 24th Poverty Makes us sick, with support from Alliance Against Poverty and The Spot Collective held a rally and march to highlight how the Liberal cuts to Community Start Up and Maintance program further encourgages violence against wimmin. Lead by wimmin and trans folx this rally aimed to highlight the violence marginalized wimmin face as a result of austerity implemented by the state. Nov. 25th being the international day of Violence against wimmin.

The Rally started with stacey speaking about how community start up has helped her in the past and how the cuts will definatly have a violent affect on her. Britt from The Spot Collective spoke about needing community start up when she was pregnant and the devestating effects it would have had on her if this program was not there. S. from AAP spoke about how the attacks on social programs are a direct attack on wimmin who because the reality is that marginalized wimmin and single mothers feel the brunt of austerity.

A member of Anti Colonialist Working Group then spoke about the violence that British state is perpetrating on Republican wimmin and families in the occupied six counties. The case of Marian Price, who has spent almost 600 days in isolation, half of that time in a mens jail, is a perfect example of how the colonialist British state is the perpetratot of violence against wimmin who refuse the colonialist yoke.

After speeches people took to the streets chanting solgans against the cuts and john Milloy, minister of Social Services aka minister of misery.

The March then proceeded to the new “terrorist proof’ courthouse downtown Kitchener where someone from the Justice for Ashley Smith Campaighn talked about the Murder of Ashley Smith through the use of isolation at Grand Valley institute, where screws sat back and did nothing while she hung herself under there watchful eyes. As well this speaker also Spoke about the sexual assualt committed by guards on inmate at The GVI and how the court is a symbol and tool of perpetrating violence against wimmin.

The March then proceeded to the police station where protestors occupied the lobby, kept ringing the “liberty Bell” and chanted slogans against the police being used as a tool to implement austerity and a force to brutalize indigenous people, marginalized communities and poor people.

The police kept trying to remove people whith little succuess until they started to forcefully remove people and threaten mass arrest. Outside, where police was on horses veronica and stacey talked about the need to resist and how the police was being used to silence legitimate dissent. one anti poverty activist then spoke about an intimidating phone call that was recieved very late at night by police with the purpose of intimidation.

Two detectives then got in the face of one activist demanding that he go inside to talk about how protestors traumatized people at a previous action (a bunch of bullshit) the two detectives got into his face but other people backed him up and did not allow the detectives to implement there policy of intimidation and politically targetting. After they left they returned to ask if i would like to tealk to them to which the answer is obvious…..NO.

As the cuts are implemeted and poor people are under attack more and more people will resist. Today was just one example of how poor and marginalized communities will no longer suffer in silence.

save the community start up benifits and Maintanence program Rally Tommorrow Nov. 24th

24 Nov

Save the
Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit
Rally and March
Saturday November 24, 2012; 3pm, Kitchener City Hall

November 25th marks the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’. In the lead up to this day we will gather to protest a government that is making life much more dangerous for women and trans-people in this province.

BACKGROUND:

This year’s Ontario budget included a cut to a vital Social Assistance benefit known as the Community Start-Up and Maintenance (CSUMB).

The CSUMB is the only government benefit available to anyone on assistance who is transitioning out of a shelter or institution, or trying to get new housing.

It is the only benefit available to women and trans-people on assistance who are trying to leave violent situations.

This cut will increase the levels of violence against women and children in this province who will be forced to choose between homelessness and staying in a dangerous environment.

For more information on the CSUMB visit:
wellesleyinstitute.com/publication/the-real-cost-of-cutting-csumb/
ocap.ca
incomesecurity.org/
povertymakesussick.wordpress.com

Free Market (clothes, coats, toys, housewares) 1:30–3pm
Rally with music and speakers begins at 3pm
Including speakers from We Remember Ashley Smith

For details, or to become involved in the event contact:
ianhstumpf@gmail.com

Learn more about the CSUMB visit povertymakesussick.wordpress.com and ocap.ca
Join the Poverty Makes us Sick email list by contacting forspecialdiet@gmail.com
Twitter: @kwpmus #RaisetheRates, #SaveCSUMB