Archive | January, 2013

On the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday banners across Ontario dropped in Support of The POW’s and The People of Short Strand

31 Jan

On january 30th, the anniversary of British paratroopers murdering 14 civilians in Derry Marching against internment and for basic human rights in Northern Ireland, People across Ontario dropped banners and held signs across the 401 in support of Irish Political Prisoners and demanding an end to loyalist/PSNI collusion in Short Strand and other place in the Occupied North.

Banners were dropped in London, Kitchener, Waterloo and two in Toronto, one in the east and one in the west end. Slogans included “Free Marian Price, British Death Squads Out of Ireland, and Support The Irish Pows”

One banner in Toronto which stated ‘”From Ireland to Turtle island (the indigenous name for the territory known as KKKanada) Resist Colonization” was carried around all over Toronto until eventually being dropped at King and Jamesion.

There were no serious issues with Police except in Kitchener where police officers clark, and poulin approached people who were holding a banner above the 401 on the sidewalk and harrassed them. When approached by police the police liason stated that they were not breaking the law, why they were there and what they were doing.

The police then said the reason they were there is because someone called them and they wanted to know more about Northern Irish Politics so they can tell people what is going on(what bullshit, as if the Colonialist KKKanadian State really wants to tell people whats going on in Ireland). The officer then stated that he was German and ignorant to the issues, and tried to get peoples names and engage in conversation, which people did not give, nor did they engage. Officers then continued to observe the activists who continued to hold the banner until rush hour ended.

All in all todays actions were successful,and positive.

RIP Kelsey

30 Jan

Its sad when you hear that someone you know is dead, its horrifying when you find out that not only were they murdered but that there body was brutally dismembered. Kelsey was loved by many downtown and her death is a tragedy. This tradegy is made worst by the way in which she was died. We live in a sick society when such brutal and barbaric things can be done to young women, especialy one as nice and funny as Kelsey.
If there was any justice the person who did this would be shot, and his family would be made to pay for the bullets.

Statement of Anti Colonialist Working Group on The Death of Dolours Price and Continued internment of Marian Price!!!

26 Jan

On Jan 23rd Ireland lost one of their most brave and heroic fighters IRA Volunteer Dolours Price. Anti Colonialist Working Group send their condolences to the Price family and the Irish people for this great loss. In this sad time we send our sympathy to the family, friends and comrades of this great woman who has always remained true to the principles of Irish Republicans despite all the attacks on herself and her family.

We particularly send our condolences to Marian Price who is still interned by the British state for the fact that she holds the same principles, and is being punished for refusing to give up these principles.

Anti Colonialist Working Group condemns the continued internment of Marian Price , despite the fact that she was granted bail, and condemns the fact that the British state is refusing to let her grieve or even attend the funeral of her sister.

Her continued internment is part of the psychological torture against Price and her whole family, who is not just punishing Marian Price but her whole family by stealing from them two daughters!!!! To deny Marian the right to be with her family in this dark time demonstrates the true nature of the British occupation which has nothing to do with law and order, or compassion but rather is based on torture, destroying families, shredding documents and ignoring courts when they dont rule in their favour.

Anti Colonialist Working Group is appalled at the level of inhumanity the Occupation is willing to sink to destroy Peoples just struggle for freedom, and demands the immediate release of Marian Price so that she can be reunited with her family.

It is obvious that this latest tactic is aimed to break Marian Price, and teach a lesson to all those who refuse to bow down to the forces of imperialism and colonialism in the occupied Six Counties. The Anti Colonialist Working Groups admires the courage of Marian Price and Salutes her determination in the face of continued torture and attacks by the British state and want her to know that the whole world is watching!!!!

Set her Free! Let her grieve! Statement from 32CSM on The Continued internment of Marian Price after her sisters death!!!

25 Jan

From 32CSM webpage

Set her Free! Let her grieve!

The decision by the British Injustice system to keep Marian Price incarcerated following the death of her sister Dolours is disgraceful, though not surprising given their history of anti Irish sentiment and their blatant miscarriages of justice that are recognised worldwide.
Marian Price was jailed purely and simply as a scapegoat for the British government and a sop to Unionists: Not as they’d have you think for anything relating to justice.
She was granted a pardon in 1981 and released.. This pardon which would have proved that she had been released on behalf of this and not the license system was subsequently and admittedly destroyed by the British.The ramifications of a government subverting justice systems through the systematic destruction of evidence cannot be stressed enough.This weekend we will once again take to the streets in memory of those murdered by the British army on behalf of the British government. We can once again see that 41 years on, civil rights are still a privilege for a chosen section of the community as opposed to parity for all.Marian price, like Gerry Mc Geough, like Martin Corey and countless others have been excluded from proper justice, removed and incarcerated….Interned!
We ask people to make themselves heard… It is an absolute disgrace that Marian cannot grieve her sister.. Having once again been granted bail, the bitter sectarian system once again closed ranks to ensure that they could attribute blame without trial..
Demand that Marian be released! End British injustice! End British Internment!

Rest in Peace Dolours..

Statement From The Family of Marian Price on the refusal of the British state to allow her to attend her sister Dolores’s Funeral

25 Jan

Statement from the family of Marian Price McGlinchey.

We have received news that Marian’s application for compassionate parole following the tragic death of her sister Dolours has been refused, despite her being granted bail earlier today.
Given Marian’s current health issues it is laughable that she would pose any kind of security or flight risk. We feel this decision is nothing more than a cont…inuance of a vicious and vindictive campaign on the part of the Prison Service, the Department of Justice and the British secretary of state along with M15 to destroy Marian both physically and mentally.
We would urge all right thinking people to utterly condemn this blatant breach of Marian’s fundamental human rights.

Support David Cedeno on Hungerstrike for 16 days!!!!

24 Jan

David Cedeno, imprisoned in Penatang, is carrying out a hungerstrike to demand an end to abuses by the prison system against him and others, below is a list of his demands, please write to him to show support
c/o Central North Correctional Complex
1501 Fuller Ave
Penetanguishene, ON
L9M 2H4

Requests for Justice from David Cedeño –

Systemic Provincial and Institutional Demands For All Imprisoned People –
1. Proper staffing to decrease lockdown time and restore programming
2. Availability of calling cards for imprisoned people
3. Healthier food for superjails
4. Better access to books especial in segregation
5. More access to canteen, esp hygiene for imprisoned people in segregation
…6. Avail of better footwear for all imprisoned people
7. Proper medical treatment for imprisoned people in need
8. Better grieveance processes and better complaint resolution processes

Demands Specific For All People Imprisoned at the CNCC –
1. Return to 8:30pm lockup
3. Access to existing facilities including gym, library, art room
2. Better air filtration of cells and ranges
4. Remove ban on books in segregation
5. Removal metal window blockers for segregation cells
6. Access to educational program materials for people imprisoned in segregation

Personal Demands –
1. Appeals for the misconducts received Nov 8th, Dec 2nd, Jan 9th
2. Consideration for time spent in the hole i.e. 2 for 1
3. Transferred to OCI or at least out of the CNCC
4. Proper medical treatment, i.e. follow up appts w sleep apnea specialists
5. Opportunity to have access to educational programming
6. Resolution to specific complaints filed against guards

Alex Hundert is back in the hole

23 Jan

From Alex’s Blog

Update, Jan. 22: Alex is back in the hole (in administrative segregation). The provincial adjudication from a few days ago was overruled and Alex has been declared a ‘security threat’. It is unclear if and when he will be out of solitary confinement, it could be up to 9 weeks (the remaining time left on his sentence). He is doing okay though and says hi to all.

Pipeline Picket At RBC This Saturday

23 Jan

JOIN US AT RBC UPTOWN WATERLOO @ 12:30PM TO PICKET A SIGNIFICANT INVESTOR
IN ENBRIDGE INC.
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> NO TAR SANDS, NO PIPELINES, NO LINE 9!
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https://www.facebook.com/events/328815927227374/328817410560559/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity
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> Allies in the U.S. North-East have called for a day of cross-border
action against Eastern tar sands pipelines and we are responding with a “No
Line 9!” block at the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Rally for Rights and
Democracy (https://www.facebook.com/events/489963847693178/).
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> Enbridge Inc is planning to pump toxic tar sands bitumen through 40
year-old Line 9 meant for conventional crude by as early as next year. The
use of the pipeline will result in 300,000 barrels of increased flow of
bitumen to chemical valley, located on Aamjiwnaang First Nation lands,
declared the most polluted place in North America by the World Health
Organization. From chemical valley to Montreal, Line 9 passes within 50 km
of an estimated 9.1 million people, including 99 towns and 18 First Nation
communities, and runs directly through the Haldimand Tract on unceded
Haudenosaunee territory. In fact, it was the same type of pipeline that
spilled tar sands dilbit into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan two and a
half years ago. People got sick and the site is still being cleaned up.
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> Tar sands expansion will also speed up global warming which means more
extreme weather, the melting of ice caps, the loss of low-lying land, and
eventually a threat to human existence on the planet.
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> Please take action with us now, and declare that tar sands, the most
destructive industrial project in the world, will not pass through the
Waterloo Region South of Cambridge, and will not cross the Grand River in
Ayr.

Political Prisoner Alex Hundert, Live from the Hole:Resistance to the colonialist dungeon!!!!

21 Jan

Live from the Hole: Resistance to the Colonial Dungeon
January 20, 2013
Update: Alex has been moved back to general population.

January 18

Yesterday I was found guilty of inciting a disturbance likely to endanger the security of the institution, for my role in the protest and direct action that occurred on January 12th on Unit 5 at the CNCC. Once again I have been labelled as a ringleader. Since the incident I have been on the segregation unit here, in solitary confinement, more commonly known as ‘the hole.’ The protest was against the ongoing degradation of our living conditions here, which was a culmination of dissent after a week where we had been locked down for all or part of every single day. The direct action was to take back half an hour of our day; several months ago our nightly lockup was moved from 8:30 to 6:30 PM. That extra half hour is valuable to imprisoned people, as after 6 PM is the only time that many people can call their families—phone rates can be prohibitively expensive during the day, which is also when many of our family members are at work or at school. The existing policy is one that discriminates against poor people, who are already disproportionately targeted for imprisonment. The action consisted of all of the people on most of the cell blocks on Unit 5 refusing to lock up in their cells at 6:30 PM as per the regular routine. The confrontation occurred on cell block 9A, when the guards were met with defiance from all of the people imprisoned there who refused to move when ordered. The sergeant arrived and the spokesperson informed the white shirt that there were units in lockup in protest of all that has been taken away from us lately–from access to our cells during the day, to the two hours every evening–we were finally taking something back. Even having been informed that our intention was to voluntarily return to our cells at 7 PM, at ten to 7, fifty to sixty guards were brought onto the range to force us into our cells. Despite our spokesperson explicitly saying that we were not interested in escalation, ours was to be a peaceful protest, the sergeant decided that it was worth risking the safety of imprisoned people as well as corrections officers in order to ensure that the guards finished their shifts on time. Management had told me that despite appearances, the reason we lost the 2 hours, though having to do with “shift alignment,” was not as a result of the funding cuts causing cutbacks on staffing. While claiming it has nothing to do with austerity, no other explanation has been provided. When the guards stormed the cell block, one imprisoned person was assaulted and taken down to the floor, where he was kneed repeatedly before being handcuffed and taken off the unit. He too is now in the hole, just a few cells down from mine, waiting to be taken to the hospital for x-rays.

Down the hall from me in the other direction is another imprisoned person who is fighting back against the injustice of this institution. David Cedeño, 29, is on day 12 of a hunger strike. While my contact with him has been very limited by the circumstances of the segregation unit, I can say that his demands include proper medical treatment, the opportunity to continue with highschool coursework, resolution regarding a complaint he filed against a guard, and consideration for all the time he has spent in segregation as a result of incidents related to those complaints. Cedeño has underlined concerns about the way the jail is run, and emphasises that his related demands are more important than those concerning himself. He recognises that the combination of this facility’s size and systematic [inaudible] results in a pervasive pattern of unaccountability and indifference while coming from a minority of the staff, running unchecked with no available effective grievance process. He has been disregarded by management, by the folks at Offender Issues, also known as the “Client Conflict Resolution Unit” who told him his hunger strike is an internal issue with this facility, and by the always useless provincial Ombudsman’s Office, who said that it isn’t their problem. I heard a sergeant tell him that his concerns can only be addressed by the Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Why the Superintendent did not address them–I would think that she would at least meet with him–I don’t know. If the way this facility is run is any indication, perhaps it is due to incompetence, or maybe it’s just another instance of institutional indifference. Cedeño’s demands for the broader facility include better quality food, better air filtration, the ability for imprisoned people to purchase and use phone calling cards which might make calls affordable, access to existing facilities such as the gym and library, and improvements to the conditions in segregation. He has not eaten a thing in 10 days. The institution’s negligence in this case, I would think, is verging on criminal. Cedeño lives with sleep apnea and requires a machine to breathe at night. The jail’s unwillingness to responsibly accommodate his life-threatening condition is what led to conflict with the guards in the first place, and in turn the circumstances he now finds himself in. Given that, perhaps he’s being naive in thinking that even a hunger strike is capable of breaking through such systemic injustice. I would prefer to think of him as courageous and principled. To the extent that I have been able to speak with him, he wanted to make it clear that the stand he is taking is not just for himself but for all imprisoned people in here. Rarely have I witnessed such a spirit of resistance here in the state’s darkest of dungeons.

While I do want people to know that I have been unscathed by my time in segregation, my mind, heart, and spirit remain strong, this place—the hole—is truly quite horrendous. The hallway is filled with cries of rage, anguish, and pain, and the near-constant sound of people tapping on the doors of their cells. To even talk to the person directly across the hall, we have to yell through the cracks between the iron door and its frame, people’s faces visible only through a window about 4 inches wide and often partially or totally covered with a metal screen on the exterior; by yelling to each other, the words barely audible, it merely contributes to the noise. I try not to be troubled by the overwhelming racket, remembering always that I am in solidarity with those imprisoned people whose last recourse is to scream and bang on the door. If I were not aware of how unpleasant it is for other people in this very frightening place, I would join them in their protest. It is clear that this segregation unit largely imprisons people living with severe mental health issues, suffering from having to live with them in prison. My heart wrenches from some of the things I have seen and heard in the week I have been here. While in truth many of the guards on this unit treat most people with a reasonable degree of care and decency, no amount of care could make up for these intrinsically utterly indecent conditions. My cell is covered with graffiti, some of violent and nasty, some of it pained and laden with hopelessness, and stains also cover the walls.

One of the things about this segregation unit that troubles me most is the policy that I understand to have been very recently implemented. Even on LOAP, which stands for Loss of All Privileges, people imprisoned here have traditionally been entitled to a bible or Qur’an—scripture, as the Chaplain calls it—now, however, the policy is that even for people not on LOAP, no books other than scripture are allowed. On the cart which we’ll pass on the way back to our cells from the showers, which we are supposed to get every other day, there are books we are able to select from and have one in our cells. However, there are no books on the cart other than bibles and evangelical Christian books of various sorts. What atheist, non-Christian Indigenous people, or any people of non-Abrahamic faiths are supposed to read is unclear. Perhaps they are just supposed to suffer. As a person registered in the system as Jewish, I’m obviously entitled to a bible. As a person with a religious studies degree I can actually find interest in any religious text. I have been fine. But my concern regarding access to books for imprisoned people has never been about me. And in the hole, I can not imagine a place where a good book could do more good for a person than here. The implication of this policy in practice, that the only books available to people are evangelising Christian books, is the perfect, almost cliched example of the way that the prison functions as a colonising institution. This tactic normalises the hegemony of Christianity while hegemonising its normalization. The other person from my range who was thrown in the hole for the protest on Unit 5, is a non-Christian, Oji-Cree Indigenous person from Fort Hope First Nation. He is stuck either reading a book that is designed to convert people to Christianity, or the bible, or nothing. This, given the circumstances, is a direct and explicit violent act of colonialism. Needless to say this should not be permitted. A few months ago before this new policy was in place, another person I know who has recently discovered Indigenous heritage, was put in the hole on LOAP. When he asked for a bible, he was told that he was not entitled to one because he had been attending the daily smudge ceremonies provided through the Native Institutional Liaison Office. That denial was a racist form of punitive discrimination, and also a gross colonial, settler ignorance that fails to recognise that government institutions, from schools to prisons, have for more than 200 years been institutions of violence to Christianise Indigenous people and that many Indigenous people are of both Indigenous and Christian faith and yet to force a person to choose between them is itself yet another act of colonial violence. What happened to that person as far as I know could be an isolated incident, but it is not the only incident of racism against Indigenous people that I am aware of in the prison, and also part of a broader societal pattern of settler ignorance manifesting as colonial violence. The situation my friend from Fort Hope currently finds himself facing is itself systemic and institutional. This needs to be stopped, and the policy needs to change. In this place, in the hole, we should be allowed to read to preserve our sanity. Here, like in all parts of this institution, imprisoned people should have access to reading material, because books have the power to repair people’s spirits, expand their minds, and to change their lives.

Colonialism is not something that is experienced only by Indigenous people. This Western culture and its institutions colonise many minds and bodies in many ways. For example, the prison system violently enforces the binary gender paradigm, one of this culture’s primary components, an act of colonial violence against trans people. Disablism is a dis-abling of people with de-normalised bodily or mental health needs, is another face of colonialism, one that hegemonises a particular mode of productive functionalism that peripheralises anyone who does not conform, and it is seen viciously in the prison system, particularly in segregation units like this one. The disproportionate presence in this place by people disabled by inadequate cultural and structural support for their mental health needs, and the horrible state of existence for them here in the hole, literally screams out, signalling a dire need to build better grassroots mental health support in our communities, as well as build a total and holistic resistance against all the many faces of colonialism. As I have said, don’t worry about me, I have remained well in here. Remarkably, as I have written, I have rarely felt such a spirit of resistance as here in this dungeon. I am inspired and honoured to be imprisoned alongside people like David Cedeño, my friend from Fort Hope, and many others who are constantly smashing their cages with unrelenting rage against this unjust institution in solidarity against the colonial system

Cross Province Banner Drop in Support of Irish POWS and The People of Short Strand On The Anniversary of Bloody Sunday!!!

20 Jan

Wed January 30th Across Ontario

On January 30th, The anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when 14 people were brutally murdered by British paratroopers in Derry, KW Anti Colonialist Working Group and others are calling on people across Ontario to Drop Banners Along The 401 and other major highways and visible places across the Province In Support of Irish POWS and the People of Short Strand who are under siege by loyalist mobs. This is a simple and easy way to let Britain know that people in other countries are watching the crimes that they are still perpetrating and showing support!!If The highway doesn’t go through your city major roads, malls and other places are also acceptable.

Free Marian Price And Martin Corey!!!!!

Support The POWS!!!

End PSNI/Loyalist Collusion!!!!