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impotence of Crown Attorney Miller is cause of his vindictiveness towards myself and other activists.

25 Feb

impotence of Crown Attorney Miller is cause of his vindictiveness towards myself and other activists.

Jason Miller, Crown Attorney for Guns and Gangs has been showing his vindictiveness and hatred towards activists and organizors of the G20 since the intitial arrests of the alleged conspiracy group around g20 since the first days of peoples court cases. One only need looks at the case of Alex hudert, who is currently in the hole due to political organizing inside
to see the truth of this. Through imposing stric bail conditions aimed at stoping people from organizing, to non association conditions aimed at destroying families and ripping apart loved ones, its clear that his goal is to break the movement by arresting and criminalizing all those who oppose his agenda.

Hundert, who has a no protest conditions, was re arrested shortly after his release for speaking on a university panel, and again later re arrested for allegedly intimidating a justice official, bullshit if i ever heard it. Currently he is doing a bid in Penatanguishine for councelling to commit inditable offenses, for doing a bloody workshop on non violence resistance.

In my case, after being forced to drop my charges due to the death of my mother, as a result of stress from my arrest for conspiracy at the g20, him and his crowny continued to moniter me and to find someother way to charges me. This type of behaviour is not logical or rational but rather vindictive.

When i started my blog to talk about my experiance, i was told to take it down due to a secret publication ban aimed at silencing people talking about the infiltration, which not only was directed at those matters brought in court but rather all matters relating to the indenty and roles of the undercovers, the fact that i was targetted for this operation due to my marxist leninst ideology is clear showing that the whole operation launched two years before the g20 had nothing to do with law and order but rather everything to due with mointer what the g20 papers all criminal ideologies, Socialist, Anarchism Marxism and Maoism.

it is clear that even before i started blogging about the g20 my blog was being monitered as soon as it was started, and when i was told to take down my writings about my experiance, i would face criminal charges.

The powers that be tried every dirty trick to take down my writing but given public pressure, and the fact that it went viral the ban was thrown out in his own words “because due to the fact that the ban was broken and was so serculated, it became mute” putting me in a position where i currently am facing a jury trial in Aug and september. Through his court proceeding, at everyturn he was tried to remove the political nature of these charges and make it an issue of law and order, with it being made clear that if i bring up the political nature of this persecution to the jury i will be found in contenmpt and the trial would continue without me.

Despite this political persecution and criminalziation, aimed at making myself an example he has been powerless and impotent to stop the growth of the peoples movement and he has failed in intimidating myself or aother activists from chalenging his blatent use of the court system as a tool to silence politics or indimidate people from being political. I have still been active and will continue to be so despite threats by the state to pull my bail and thrown me in the slammer before trial (these threats have been made numerous times by lawenforcement, intelligence agencies and other lackeys of miller)

So despite his kangeroo courts, where those facing political charges cantt use politics as a defense, and despite his continued harrassment of activist attempting to portray us as thugs and hoodlums, he is impotent to stop our organzing and resistance.

The states latest attempt to criminalize, incarcerate and indimidate activists, is the recent attempt of the state to extradite a US activist to canada to face KKKanadian injustice. This, like the secret publication ban, is unpresidented in recent Canadian history, and goes to show that even after years of the protest passing the state will vindictivly hunt down and jail activists whose only crime is to resist the neo liberal capitalist attacks on peoples rights by defending the real criminals and conspiritors, the G20 who behind closed doors implementausterity, genocide and colonialisim, while criminalizing those who are defending there communities from said attacks.

Yet despite all this, no matter how mant people they arrest and incarcerate in there attempt to stop the movement they will fail. The movement is not a few “leaders and organizors” but rather a large segment of the population who is sick of being told to tighten there belt, while the rich eat caviare. Reistance is growing fromidle no more to anti austerity protests and the state with all there weapons and informers are impotent to stop the growing resistance.

US activist faces extradition to Canada in Regards to g20 related Charges

23 Feb

From The Salon

Over two years since the G20 summit in Toronto, which saw a significant amount of property damage exacted on the city, an American activist has been arrested and faces extradition to Canada.

Joel Bitar was granted bail for $500,000 and will face an extradition hearing in March, according to a release published Friday at SuppotJoel.Com:

On Thursday, February 14th, at 6 o’clock in the morning, federal marshals arrested an American activist, Joel Bitar, in his New York, NY home on a provisional arrest warrant issued by the US Attorney’s office, acting on a foreign extradition request from Canadian authorities. The complaint against Joel cites 26 counts, almost all relating to property damage that occurred during the G20 summit protests in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in June 2010.

In 2010 it was announced that extradition was being sought for three Americans on property damage charges. However, no arrests have been made until this month.

According to the release, the assistant U.S. Attorney has stated that Bitar’s charges are “extraditable offenses that endangered Canadian citizens.” As the release also notes, however, the extradition of a protester for property damage is “almost unprecedented in the histories of both the United States and Canada.”

Messages of support for Bitar from activist and anarchist circles in New York and beyond quickly spread online. “We are in solidarity with Joel Bitar — who is a friend, a son, a nephew, a Palestine solidarity activist, a co-worker, a prospective nursing student,” noted the release on his support site. Another online commenter wrote of Bitar that he “has a pure heart and true courage.” “This is terrifying,” the commenter noted.

on the so called “nuetrality” of the injustice system and the criminalization of politics!!!!

2 Nov

“The fight of the people against power is the fight of remembering against forgetting” ~ Ulrike Meinhof

One of the issues that clearly presents itself in the current political prosecution that i am facing is the attempt of the state to put my alleged disobeying of an illegal and unjust court order out of context and by doing so de politicizing the nature of my charges.

In court it is very obvious that the case the crown presents is a simple one, there was a court order, i allegedly disobeyed it, therefore I am guilty. This analysis put forward by the crown attempts to hide several key things, the most import being what was the purpose of this court order, what led to the creation of this court order, what lead to the charges that my ex co accused were facing and what was the nature of the undercover operation that lead to our original charges in the first place?

By attempting to remove this context the crown seeks to make my writing about the dirty ops committed by the state during and preceding the g20 matter into a simple issue of law and order and by doing so negating the political nature of the charges that i am facing, as well as the political nature of the incarceration of George Horton, Hundert, Hiscocks and others.
The reality of the situation is that by doing this the crown is attempting to impose a collective amnesia and blanket criminalization of context of my current charges, as well as the charges others are facing.

To the crown the fact that people were targeted for surveillance based on holding “criminal ideologies” is to be forgotten, the fact that conditions imposed on people such as not to associate with open above ground political organizations such as AW@L and SOS is to be forgotten, the nature of the infiltration and the political targeting of those who were infiltrated and criminalized is not to be discussed. Finally the crimes of the g20, which is what people were opposing in the first place is not be mentioned, since in the eyes of the crown all of this is irrelevant.

By removing this historic context it is easy for the crown to strip the political nature of the charges and make it an issue of law and order.

The courts assist in this process by claiming that they are neutral and throw out any evidence to the contrary. The courts further assist the crown in this matter by imposing there narrow definition of what is and is not permissible in the courts.

For example it is impermissible to demand that Vandenhueval (head of Political persecution branch of the OPP)explain why he was intimidating and arresting people who were talking about the dirty ops of the infiltrators before the creation of the court order which demonstrates that the court order and the courts are being used as a political tool to silence discussion around what happened but it is permissible to ask for peoples ideologies at bail hearings or deny people bail based on the politics of their friends and lovers. It is not permitted to discuss the state violence leading up to the saturday when people fought back and resisted and the impact this had on peoples feelings of safety and comfort, but it is permissible to play over and over the images of burning police cars and broken windows and the pig McQueens victim impact statement where he talks about how scared he was and his other sanctimonious bullshit is permissible.

The courts are silent on the brutalization of over 1000 people rounded up like cattle, beaten brutalized and kept in inhumane conditions, but will call people hooligans for opposing this, totally ignoring the hooliganism of the G20 leaders and the impact that the decisions that they made that weekend is now leading to further criminalization, repression and austerity at home, and war and genocide abroad.

It is very clear to those that look and examine this evidence that the system is not apolitical, neither are the courts, nor the police or the elite that they serve. The point of my charges is to further silence, criminalize and intimidate those who have a political agenda, or are resisting the state attack on the collective consciousness of the peoples of this territory.

in the face of this criminalization of politics and attempt to intimidate people politically there can only be one solution…………RESISTANCE TO THE CRiMiNALIZATION OF OUR POLITICS AND ATTACK ON OUR COLLECTIVE MEMORY!!!!!!!
Those in the political sphere, Liberals, Conservatives and social democrats will tell us that political persecution and PROFUNCT (the plan to round up all the communists and sympathisers in case of any instability) is a thing of the past, we are told that colonialism and genocide against the indigenous peoples of this territory and abroad was a mistake of the past, we are told that findings of the MCdonald commission into dirty tricks and wrong doings of the RCMP was something of the 1960’s and seventies and we are now in the 21 century and all of this is over, yet if one looks around one sees that this is a lie aimed at the continuation of imposing criminalization of dissent here and war and nation wrecking abroad.

We are told that we live in a democracy and must do all we can to defend these democratic principles held up by our so called apolitical courts and system and if we only hide our politics and play along everything will be ok.

Where is the democracy in the assassination of Dudley George, what good is this democracy when Alex, Mandy and others are in jail for simply doing workshops? What does this democracy mean to children dieing in abysmal conditions on forced reservation without school supplies or the basic necessity of life? im sure those who are being murdered in iraq and afghanistan and palestine are happy that colonialism is “a thing of the past” and the bombs dropping on them and the soldiers stealing there right to determine there own destiny are there to spread this joy of democracy.

The attempt of the state to push this line, where our comrades who died in the 60’s and 70’s are co opted as heros who helped make the world a better place, yet those of us today who are engaging in similar struggles are criminals and hooligans is not accidental. it is an attempt to impose there political will through criminalizing opposition, silencing dissent and imposing a collective amnesia on the peoples of this territory so they can continue doing what they have always done, kill, murder and colonize other nations here and abroad for resourses and wealth and maintain political power and control through force at home.

For this to happened it is important for them to dress up the present political persecution as a battle against law breakers, hooligans and criminals, as opposed to a political battle.
I refuse to play along with this and refuse to be silent about what the pigs have done during the G20 not because the injustice against me is the worst thing in the world, but because if i am silent i am one more person who puts his head in the sand and pretends that everything is all kittens and flowers while those in power continue to carry on there agenda of capitalist exploitation and imperialism.

As such In court I will reject the notion of fighting only in their parameters they set and instead will set my own. My charges dont exist in a vaccum but rather are a result of the political attacks of the state on those who dissent, they are political charges and as such can only be fought politically in there proper historical context!!!!!!!

Court today…..the political prosecution continues!!!!!

31 Oct

Today Oct. 31st. the crown decided to continue to proceed with my charges by inditement for allegedly breaking the publication ban on the g20 undercover dirty ops, by writing about my experience with the infiltration despite widespread opposition and the blatent way in which the courts are being used to criminalize political dissent.

The day began with the police refusing to let us bring a red flag in the building because flags, as political symbols are not allowed in the courthouse. Ironically they were handing out poppies in the court, a symbol of glorification of Anglo American imperialism and no one seems to have a problem with the Canadian Flag or Union Jack, symbols of colonialism in the court house, nor is there any issue with the Queens emblem and image being hung in the court house.
The police presence for my hearing was intense, further attempting to present me as a hooligan and criminal.

When i went up in front of the judge I stated that this was not a criminal case but rather a case of selective persecution of activists and stated that the crown was using the courts to criminalize dissent and as a political tool and that my charges should be dropped immediately.

The Court ruled that my next Judicial Pretrial is Nov. 16th at 10 am in the Superior court which will be open to the public. At this hearing I will conduct myself as I always do, politically and principled further elaborating the need to resist the state using the courts as a tool to criminalize peoples politics.

Random thoughts of Mandy Hiscocks in Vanier Correctional Centre

24 Oct

random musings – september
Published by mandyon Mon, 2012-10-22 07:43mandy’s blog
september 8, 2012

laundry day!

on this unit we’re issued clothes, bedding and towels on arrival and they’re ours to keep for the duration of our stay. twice a week we have the opportunity to wash them – everything except the blankets, which are exchanged once a month. laundry days for my wing (C) are tuesdays and saturdays, and this is how it works: we line up our laundry bags along a wall in the common room, and shortly after breakfast a guard calls “LAUNDRY!” over the loudspeaker. there are four washers and four driers so we work through the line four at a time, with switchovers happening every 45 minutes or so. the laundry room is in the basement. a guard at the desk keeps track of who comes down, and two laundry workers (inmates) supervise the process. this is to make sure people aren’t washing blankets or pillows, or using cold water or short cycles or half-load settings (as always, Vanier doesn’t care about conserving water or energy), or using shampoo. Tide is available off canteen, and Bounce sheets, but jail issue detergent is available for those who need it.

this is all very different from Unit 2. on maximum security dirty clothes, towels and bedding are replaced with clean ones on a not-always-regular schedule. “clothing exchange” happens twice a week (well it’s supposed to but doesn’t always, due to delays, shortages or the guards not feeling like monitoring it) during one of the daily lockups. the guard opens the hatch in your cell door, you throw out your dirty items, one range worker picks them up while another takes your order and then brings you back clean stuff. (you have to hope they’ve got what you need because otherwise you end up with nothing or stuff that doesn’t fit – unlike Unit 4 with its well-stocked room down in the basement, Unit 2 often runs out). the only thing you don’t throw out the hatch is underwear – that gets washed in the sink along with socks. there are never enough socks for a clean pair every day unless you hand wash them. if it’d been a while since the last clothing exchange i’d wash my t-shirts in the sink, too. it’s not ideal because there’s nowhere in the cell to hang them properly and not all guards let you dry them over the upper tier railing. as well when i left Unit 2 Tide was no longer available off canteen for inmates there – why? nobody knows – so we were all forced to use shampoo or soap or body wash. apparently there used to be laundry facilities on maximum security until a piece of metal went missing from one of the machines. there used to be access to bathtubs, too, until one inmate tried to drown another (so the story goes, anyway). so no more bathtubs on Unit 2, and the dirty laundry all gets tossed into a cart and wheeled over to Maplehurst, where it’s washed by the guys. suckers.

september 10, 2012

i just came back from a “professional visit” with a lawyer. because these visits are in a room with no glass divider separating us and the lawyer’s allowed to bring stuff in, there’s always a strip-search afterwards. this time i got the cranky guard. i was being friendly – i’m in a particularly good mood these days, i guess i still high thanks to my newfound freedoms and privileges – so her snarky, disdainful manner and her unprovoked rudeness really offended me. now why is that? i’ve grown a pretty thick skin in here, it’s been awhile since i’ve cared about being treated like dirt for no reason – i adjusted to that pretty quickly, actually – so why do i feel so unfairly disrespected now? Unit 4 must be getting to me. . .

i always used to wonder why people from Unit 3 and 4 would chat with guards and each other on our way down the hall to a visit, while those of us from maximum security were completely silent and stared straight ahead. now i’m starting to understand. i’m getting used to the guards being around (not behind glass) and while it was weird and uncomfortable at first, i’m getting used to them making conversation. they talk to us more because we’re in the same space. when they come onto the wing they don’t have to have a guard on backup, radio at the ready, eyes locked on them at all times. they don’t pat us down before we go to yard. generally speaking, the procedures here don’t make it seem like we’re always being suspected of something, like we’re always on the verge of violence.

i didn’t really notice how the atmosphere on Unit 2 was affecting me until i came here, like a weight that i couldn’t really feel until it was lifted.

even now i find that i can’t really put my finger on what exactly makes this unit so different. the interactions with the guards are part of it – but that can’t be all. when i try to explain it to people on the outside the differences sound small and a bit silly: the window opens! we’re allowed to have tape! i can stay up until 9pm! even though i never watch them, there are movies in the basement! they don’t lock the cleaning solution away! see what i mean? but put them all together and they do make a difference in how i feel: i feel more like a person. more like a person and less like an annoyance, or worse, a potential threat that has to be kept in check at all times. i’ve always wondered why prisoners fight so hard, to the point of hunger striking and rioting at huge risk to themselves, for things that seem insignificant in the context of the huge injustice that is incarceration. now i think i get it: the little things affect how we see ourselves. every right, every small freedom that’s taken away, strips us of a little more of our dignity; every one that’s granted or restored brings a little of it back.

september 11, 2012

today we had a moment of silence for 9/11. i was trapped in the common room when they called it over the loudspeaker so i just had to stand there fuming. when it was over, i crankily said “so we’ll be having another one now, for all the people the Americans kill?” – that was met by confused stares all around. i wish i’d had this poem handy.

@ @ @

someone just came walking around the unit with a couple of guards – i think it was a health and safety inspection. i looked up at the ceiling where they were pointing as one of them said “yeah, that’s bad.” black mould – lots of it! NICE.

september 12, 2012

i used the Access: Defence phone today. Access: Defence is a teleconferencing system that allows lawyers (and only lawyers) to call us here at the jail. they book a time slot of either 15 or 35 minutes, a guard informs us by giving us a Teleconference Appointment Sheet, and at the scheduled time we go to the Access: Defence phone, pick up the receiver and dial in our code. it’s a good system. the regular phones on the unit are often in high demand and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to make a legal call at a pre-determined time. there’s also the complication of all outgoing calls being collect and only working if you’re calling a landline. it can be really difficult to catch lawyers at the office! finally, there’s a “secure” option that makes the call confidential (not sure if i 100% believe that, but that’s what they say) whereas the regular phones are tapped.

i’ve been wondering lately what those phone taps involve, exactly. how many, if any, of our conversations are actually listened to? there are a lot of phones here and they are in use for a large part of the day – i can’t imagine they’re all being monitored. so i’m guessing they’re being recorded and played back selectively. which begs the question, who else is given access to them? and how long are they kept? hmm… sketchy. i should look into this.

september 15, 2012

i realize that i still haven’t described my new surrounding to you. i’ll try to do that now.

you enter Unit 4 from the hallway that leads to Unit 2 and 3, the visiting area, and Admissions and Discharge (A +D), you can either go upstairs or downstairs, Unit 4 is not wheelchair accessible. let’s go upstairs first, since it’s where i spend most of my time.

on your left, right inside the door, is the nurse’s station. at the top of the stairs in the rotunda, and as you enter it you’re looking at a team of guards sitting at a desk at the opposite wall. to your left along the wall there are four phones and four stools, to your right as well. upon arrival we were told that the rotunda is the guards space – we are not to enter it without permission. this means that every time we want to use the phone we have to get a guard’s attention and ask (this is a bit of a pain in the ass, but it does prevent the line jumping and bullying that happens on Unit 2 where the guards don’t give a shit who is or isn’t getting a turn). behind the guard desk is the bubble, in which yet another guard works the door, announces things over the loudspeaker, and – i assume – watches what the cameras are picking up.

so that’s the rotunda. it’s where we get personal and cleaning supplies, hand in request forms, ask questions.

okay. so now walk past the row of phones on your left, and on to C-D side. had you gone to the right you’d be entering A-B side. but don’t bother, the layout is exactly the same. Vanier likes symmetry.

now you are in C-D common space. there’s a mailbox, a sink, a tv, movable tables and chairs, a box of board games, and two bulletin boards covered with colouring book pictures from inmates long gone.

if you walk straight ahead you’ll pass C-wing’s washroom (toilets, showers, a tub, shitty mirrors, and way too many sinks) on your way to the wing itself. C-wing is a long hallway with 13 single rooms on either side. it sticks out form the common area, heading north. had you turned left at the entrance to C-side/D-side, you would has passed by an identical washroom and a cleaning closet before entering D-wing’s identical hallway, which jets out to the west. across the rotunda on A-B side the wings point south and east, so that they all branch out at 90 degrees from each other. it’s all quite orderly.

the capacity is 104 inmates, but i’ve never seen that many people. i don’t think my wing has ever been more that three quarters full which is good, because it can get pretty loud in here at times. one last thing: the wings are actually referred to as alpha, bravo, charlie and delta. i’m not kidding.

so that’s the upstairs. now let’s go to the basement! go out the rotunda, down the steps, past the nurses station and the main door and the door to the yard, down some more steps. a guard sitting at the basement desk will direct you to where you need to go. off of the main area there is an office for people to meet one on one (for example with a social worker, or a rep from Elizabeth Fry, or a treatment centre, and so on). there’s also the library, the laundry room, storage rooms, inmate and staff washrooms, and some staff offices. the main area has some tables, and some stools bolted to the floor. but most of it is empty space that can be used for fitness classes or weekend movie screenings. two hallways stretch out from this area, they have larger rooms that are used for programs or yoga or to store extra library books in.

there. that’s the grand tour. I hope you feel a bit more oriented in my little world now. 🙂

september 27, 2012

i was just informed that some incoming mail has been sent to security, “just to make sure it’s okay for you to have it.” intriguing! apparently it was from somebody doing research into prison-related issues who wants to speak with me about Vanier. yes, i can see how that is a security concern.

last week it was a copy of the Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar that was deemed inappropriate and withheld.

the whole situation with the mail is outrageous, when you think about it. a stranger opens it, reads it, then decides whether or not to interfere with the delivery of all or part of it. on the road that’s a criminal offence! there are real problems with this system – other than the obvious ones, i mean. sometimes letters that are sent to security don’t make it back for quite some time, for one thing. more importantly, although the policy states that if mail is withheld the inmate has to be notified, their idea of “notification” is usually completely uninformative: “withheld: letter. Date: 27 Sep/2012.” great, no name, no address, no reason. . .thanks. sometimes we aren’t notified at all – i have a feeling that happens quite a lot. i’m a bit excited, and a bit scared, to think of all the stuff i don’t know about accumulating in my property bag.

the other really bothersome thing is that jail keeps a log of the names and addresses of everyone who writes to me and everyone i write to. does that creep you out? it should.

september 28, 2012

this is my new favourite jail snack: eat two servings of canned pineapples but save the juice. separate the tops and bottoms of two raisin bran muffins. crumble the bottoms into the juice and let them soak while you eat the tops. eat the mush slowly with a spoon.

i actually get quite excited when i can make this.

i need to get out more.

october 6, 2012

i have a lot to be thankful for.

i thank the Earth, who continues to feed, clothe and shelter us – even though we treat her terribly and don’t deserve it.

i thank all the Indigenous People of Turtle Island, whose land has been and continues to be taken by force, coercion and deceit; but who are still willing to discuss how we can share and live well together. i thank them for believing, against all evidence, that the rest of us are capable of it.

i thank the rebels, the radicals and the revolutionaries past, present and future for fighting for justice and freedom and for giving me hope and inspiration.

i thank those who have struggled and continue to struggle against prisons and for the rights of prisoners, from inside and outside the walls. without them our daily lives in here would be much, much worse.

and i thank my family and my community, my friends and my allies, for teaching me about love and courage and solidarity, and for all their support.

Confrontation in the courts, confrontation in the streets, call for court support Oct. 31st

18 Oct

Press Conference and Rally outside Superior Court 8:30 am (361 University) Bring balaclavas bandanas and Flags

Court 9:30 361 University.

On Halloween I once again must present myself in front of a kangaroo court to answer for my crime of exposing the dirty tricks of the pigs and their system through writing about the undercover operation and infiltration at the G20. Once again, the courts will want me to grovel in front of the picture of her majesty, the queen of murders and butchers and behave according to their standards while the crown will slander and criminalize me.

Many former comrades who now are cogs in this system feel that I should tone down the political nature of my charges and behave accordingly. These people who have reached reasonable accommodation with this system forget the brutal and criminal nature of the criminal justice system and how it used as an instrument to humiliate , denigrate and criminalize poor people and activists.

The court symbolizes everything that is wrong with society and their can be no compromise with an institution that has thrown heros such as Mandy Hiscocks, George Horton, Alex Hundert and other political people in jail while at the same time heaping honors on the real criminals, police used as paramilitary forces to silence dissent and attack anyone who resists there anti human polices of austerity and criminalization.

our tactics in the court, as in the street must be one of direct confrontation with the system. There is no bargaining with a system that is perpetrating genocide here or abroad, nor is there any deal that can be made with a system that locks our comrades in cages, spies on us, humiliates and criminalize us because we are political.

Victory in my case will not be won in the courts but rather in the streets, from the public outcry of the absurdity and stupidity of my charges which stem from the crowns desire to teach me a lesson.

i can assure all the lackeys of the state that no matter what they throw at me I will still resist and with my heart full of contempt and hatred at the bourgeoise courts of injustice i can assure them that no matter what the outcome of this case is itis the courts who will learn a lesson. That lesson is that My politics are based on principles and convictions and even after these charges are dealt with I will not a good citizen sitting quietly while the state is imposing a policy of criminalization at home and nation wrecking abroad, but will continue to fight , organize and resist.

My politics is the politics of confrontation, only by struggle do we advance and in the face of adversity and an inhumane court system I will continue to fight in the courts and in the streets. I ask you to join me!!!

The Red Flag Will Triumph!!!!!!
Victory belongs to the people!!!!!

Mandy Hiscocks reflections on g20 arrestees from inside Vanier Centre For womans Corrections

11 Oct

the wheels of “justice”, grinding on.
Published by mandyon Mon, 2012-10-08 16:21mandy’s blog

it’s october. the leaves are turning, the nights are getting clod and i have only 8 weeks left in this sentence.

the organizing against the 2010 G20 summit has been part of my life in some form or other since the fall of 2008. it’s hard to believe this part of my life is coming to a close, and at the same time it’s hard to believe it’s taken so long – it’s been almost 2.5 years since my arrest. oh, the wheels of “justice”, grinding on.

and i’m one of the lucky ones!

as i start to wrap up my life as a prisoner and turn my mind to life on the outside i’m thinking a lot about other folks who still find themselves in the grip of the state.

for over two years now people arrested for their (alleged) participation in the protests against the G20 have had to put their lives on hold while people in suits and odd-looking pretentious robes discuss their fate. this limbo has been different for different people but has generally meant some combination of detention, house arrest, restrictive bail conditions including separation from their community due to forced relocation and/or non-association, loss of employment, interruption of schooling, massive expense and strain on relationships.

some people’s charges have been dealt with. many of the “guilty” are still serving sentences in jail or conditional sentences in the community, or are on probation (which can be very restrictive and can last for years). the “innocent” are picking up the pieces with no help, or apology, or compensation from the system that wrongly accused them. the” presumed innocent” – and what a joke that is – continue to wait.

one of these is a woman from vancouver known to me only as activist x. it’s very difficult to be facing charges that are so far away, and the incredibly broad and isolating non-association conditions she’s been living under have made things even harder for her. please take a moment to see if there is anything you can do to help – she urgently needs our support. information is on this website and on facebook – vancouver g20 support.

there are also a couple of people from montreal awaiting trial but i have no information about them. if anyone does, could you send it my way?

last month i wrote about the upcoming trials (and tribulations?) of Julian Ichim and Dan Keller. julian had his preliminary inquiry on september 18th, which resulted in indictment, so he will be proceeding to trial (as far as i know the date is yet to be announced).

George Horton was sentenced in september and is currently imprisoned at the don jail in toronto. information about him and his case can be found here and on facebook at abc peterborough. i hear he will be putting out a statement soon. if you’d like to write him the address is: george john horton, toronto jail, 550 gerrard st e, toronto ontario, 4M 1X6.

Alex Hundert’s statement to the court is now posted, and he continues to blog from central north correctional centre. you can write to him at: alexander hundert, central north correctional centre. 1501 fuller ave., penetanguishene, on. L9M 2H4.

finally, please check out this recent update on the situation of Kelly Pflug-Beck, (update on health), who is in prison here at vanier. we’ve been kept apart since she arrived due to extreme paranoia in the upper echelons of this institution, so i only know what i hear from the outside. at this time you shouldn’t expect to get a response from Kelly (in fact it’s probably best never to just assume that someone in jail will write you back) but if you’d like to drop her a line she can be reached at: Kelly Pflug-Beck, vanier centre for women, 655 martin street, box 1040, milton, on, L9T 5E6.

from the very beginning it’s been extremely difficult to find out about all the different people dealing with G20 related charges. despite what the crown and the cops dearly love to believe, we’re actually not all part of some nefarious, centralized, quasi-terrorist organization. shocker, i know. so if you have any information about other people who are trying to raise awareness about their case, please do pass it on.

as always, i thank you for your support and hope that you’ll extend it to these folks and other prisoners as well.

cheers, mandy 🙂