A message from the Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement:
Sisters and Brothers,
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DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST ANDY & BRYAN!
We are appealing to you in an effort to help us get bogus charges dropped against Bryan G. Pfeifer, a WI BOPM organizer and an independent journalist, and Andy Andre (Legal Name: Ljubomir Andrijasevic), a longtime progressive political activist.
Both Bryan and Andy were arrested August 26 while protesting Scott Walker’s appearance at Messmer school in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee. Both were charged with one municipal citation each of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer.
Unable to keep a group of orderly protesters out of Walker’s view because they were on private property, Milwaukee police officers at the site, created an incident in effort to disperse the group: the police violently shoved several protesters and barged through a closed gate into a homeowner’s back yard despite her clear and loud objections. Andy and several protesters questioned officer’s actions and asked for an explanation. Instead, the police decided to handcuff Andy who then questioned the reason for the arrest, but did not resist. Another officer “assisted” in the handcuffing by violently bending and injuring Andy’s wrist as he screamed in pain. Andy was then marched through the neighborhood to one of police vans, searched and transported to the 5th district police station where he was issued the bogus citation.
Bryan was also in the backyard protesting the illegal invasion of the homeowner’s property by the police and, as a journalist, recording and photographing the events that were transpiring including the arrest and police brutality against Andy. After Andy was placed in the police van and transported out of the area by the Milwaukee police, Bryan, in full view of dozens of police and hundreds of protesters and neighborhood residents, worked with protesters in calling the 5th district police station to inquire about Andy’s status. At the end of the protest, as Bryan was standing and conversing with other protesters about traveling to the police station to inquire about Andy, he was surrounded by multiple police officers, handcuffed and escorted to a police vehicle which transported him to the 5th district station where he was given a citation. While in the back of the police vehicle, Bryan was asked by an officer-who was never given any information by Bryan where he has resided-whether he still lived in Detroit, a city he had previously lived and worked in.
Andy and Bryan are fighting these bogus charges because they are an attempt to put a chill on the entire progressive political movement in Wisconsin and beyond. These charges are also an attempt to stop those fighting police harassment and brutality, union-busting and other austerity measures on poor and working people. We will not be silenced! We will not allow our constitutional rights to be taken away!
The WI BOPM thanks the labor-student-community supporters who are already helping on this campaign. We still need your help and many others. A victory in this campaign will be a victory for everyone in the progressive movement. If you can help with fundraisers or other activities please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or: 313-559-7074.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Contact Milwaukee City Attorney Grant Langley NOW to demand that the charges against Andy and Bryan be dropped immediately. NOTE: Andre’s legal name is: Ljubomir Andrijasevic.
Milwaukee City Attorney
200 E. Wells Street
800 City Hall
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3653
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More information on the campaign will be forthcoming. If need be, we will be asking supporters to pack the court.
An Injury To One Is An Injury To All!
In unity, solidarity & struggle,
Join the national call-in day on September 29 to
President Obama at 202-456-1111 and
Attorney General Holder at 202-514-2001,
Demand: “Drop the charges against Carlos Montes.”
Across the country, activists and defenders of human rights are mobilizing to support Carlos Montes as he appears for a
Preliminary hearing at the LA County Superior Courthouse Dept. 56
210 West Temple St. Los Angeles on
Thursday, September 29 at 8:00 am.
Contact us and let us know how your calls went: info@stopFBI.net
On May 17, under the direction of the FBI, LA Sheriffs brandishing automatic weapons broke down Montes’ door at 5:00am and ransacked his home, seizing meeting notes and writings covering over 40 years of activism in the Chicano, immigrant rights, labor and anti-war movements. Carlos Montes is charged with 6 felony counts for weapons possession, threatening 18 years in prison – essentially a life sentence.
Carlos Montes is directly connected to the Midwest 23 through working to organize the mass protest at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Montes’ name appeared on the FBI search warrant for the Anti-War Committee office in Minneapolis one year ago on September 24 during the raids. While under arrest, the FBI attempted to question Carlos about his political activism and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. We demand all charges be dropped and the political repression end now.
Please take the following steps to the support Carlos Montes and the 23 Midwest activists facing FBI repression:
- Sign the national petition supporting Carlos Montes
- Sign the Pledge to Resist FBI and Grand Jury Repression
- Join a local support committee of the CSFR or organize one in your town
- Donate to the legal defense fund
National Conference November 5: