URGENT: Demand safety for South Carolina prisoners during Hurricane Florence
With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas and other parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, incarcerated people are in extreme danger. While the governors of Virginia and North Carolina have relented to the demand that prisoners be evacuated, South Carolina -- a state that faces the prospect of major devastation by the storm -- has not.
Call South Carolina governor Henry McMaster: 803-734-2100
Call Legislative Liaison Dexter Lee: 803-896-1731
Many prisoners in the path of the storm have just participated in the historic August 21-September 9 prison strike, an action that galvanized widespread support across the country and constituted a major step forward in the fight against racist mass incarceration. The complete disregard shown for the lives of prisoners by the government of South Carolina is a prime example of the brutality that made the strike necessary.
Prisoners' lives are often treated with total disregard during natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Harvey last year. It is crucial that activists on the outside take up the urgent demand to evacuate incarcerated people now!
The ANSWER Coalition is on guard to organize against any moves by the U.S. government to escalate its deadly intervention in Syria. As what could be a final showdown between the government and far-right religious militias takes shape, there is a renewed danger of a staged provocation that could serve as a pretext for a dramatic widening of the U.S. bombing campaign — or worse. But the people can and must stand up to the war machine!
From the Prison Strike Media Team: ... it has been a huge success of the 2018 prison strike that the 10 points have been pushed into the national and international consciousness. The work of spreading and fighting for these demands will continue on all fronts until they are actualized ...
The struggle against racist police terror continues as the people demand justice for Botham Shem Jean and Darell Richards!
Outrage has swept the country in the wake of the shooting of Botham Shem Jean in Dallas, who was killed by Dallas Police Department officer Amber Guyger. In Sacramento, Darell Clark, a Black teenager, was killed by the Sacramento Police Department SWAT team. People have taken to the streets to protest these latest outrages.
Message from the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee on the 20th anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban Five
On behalf of the former National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee sent a message on Sept. 12, the 20th anniversary of the arrest of Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René for defending Cuba from U.S.-sponsored terrorism.
On September 8, the ANSWER Coalition joined a broad coalition of progressive groups to organize a major demonstration in Los Angeles as part of the national Rise for Climate Day of Action.
From Hood 2 La Gente: Join us in supporting organizations putting in real work for la gente de Puerto Rico, not for the government and Wall Street. From the Hood to La Gente, united we stand for Puerto Rico!
The ANSWER Coalition urges its supporters to help Ramona Africa, a tireless fighter for freedom for political prisoners, and justice and liberation for all people. We are circulating an update and appeal from the MOVE organization about her condition.
The ANSWER Coalition encourages its supporters to attend the Women's March on the Pentagon.
- Ongoing - Chicago, IL: Justice 4 Laquan | Jason Van Dyke on trial for the murder of Laquan McDonald
- September 14 - West Columbia, SC: Demand Gov. McMaster to Evacuate the Prisons
- September 16 - Washington, DC: Say No to the Catholic Church Displacing D.C. Tenants
- September 19 - Clearwater, FL: We Still Remember - A Vigil for Markeis McGlockton
- September 22 - Chicago, IL: People's Public Hearing - Lead Out Now
- September 22 - Dayton, OH: Petition Drive Against Dayton's Anti-"Panhandling" Ordinance
- September 22 - Sarasota, FL: Benefit show and potluck featuring Physical Plant + Lesa Silvermore
- September 27 - Lubbock, TX: Stop ICE in Lubbock
- September 29 - Philadelphia, PA: Stand With Ramona Africa
- September 30 - Los Angeles, CA: Feedback Sunday
- October 20 - Boise, ID: Speak Out Against the Pentagon
- October 20-21 - Washington, DC: Women's March on the Pentagon
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Pardon Whistleblower Reality Winner
On June 3, 2017, NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act for providing a media organization with a single five-page top-secret document that analyzed information about alleged Russian online intrusions into U.S. election systems.
Reality, who has been jailed without bail since her arrest, has now been sentenced to five years in prison. This is by far the longest sentence ever given in federal court for leaking information to the media. Today, she is being transferred from a small Georgia jail to a yet-unknown federal prison.
Several months before her arrest, the FBI's then-Director James Comey told President Trump that he was (in the words of a subsequent Comey memo) "eager to find leakers and would like to nail one to the door as a message." Meanwhile, politically connected and high-level government officials continue to leak without consequence, or selectively declassify material to advance their own interests.
Join Courage to Resist and a dozen other organizations in calling on President Trump, who has acknowledged Winner's treatment as "so unfair," to pardon Reality Winner or to commute her sentence to time served.
Los Angeles, California
Thursday, September 20
At California State University Los Angeles
San Francisco, California
Panel discussion on Saturday, October 13
Commemoration on Sunday, October 14
At the former Presidio Army Base
COURAGE TO RESIST ~ SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO REFUSE TO FIGHT!
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