Speak out against FBI raids & Grand Jury Repression in Oregon and Washington

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is circulating the following statement on FBI raids and grand jury repression in Portland, Oregon and in Olympia & Seattle in Washington.

We urge all progressive organizations to sign on to this statement. To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please send an email to: nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com.

Current signers can be seen at our website: http://www.stopfbi.net/

Thank you,


Tell PNC Bank to Negotiate Immediately with Yin Wong to Stop Foreclosure

Yin Wong is a 64 year old disabled woman fighting eviction in San Francisco. She’s lived in her home since 2001 and never missed a mortgage payment. Her payments were automatically deducted from her bank account and sent to the lender. Originally, her mortgage was with National City Bank, then PNC (Pittsburgh National Corporation) bought National City lock stock and barrel in 2008 but no one ever told Yin to change where her payments were to be sent. The first notice she ever got was a November 2009  foreclosure notice from PNC accompanied by a returned payment from First National. She tried to pay, but they refused her payment. With the help of community organizations and now Occupy, she’s been fighting ever since. Now she’s scheduled to be evicted this coming Wednesday.

Could this have something to do with the fact that with the new high-tech boom, San Francisco real estate prices have started to rise again? We don’t know, but we’re asking people to call PNC at the numbers and with the message below:

* PNC CEO James E. Rohr right now at 412-762-2294 (may transfer to
Executive Complaint Office voicemail) or 412-963-6133 (home)
* PNC Bank President William Demchak at 917-348-1173 (cell)
* PNC Senior Vice President Thomas Hyland at 212-527-3938
* PNC Bank Vice President of Corporate Communications Fred Solomon at

“Please negotiate immediately with San Francisco resident Yin Wong and her daughter Wai Cheung (PNC mortgage customer loan #0002043106) about how to keep their family in their Bayview home. After PNC purchased their mortgage loan from National City Mortgage, they received no notification of the purchase so their EFT payment didn’t make it to PNC, which rapidly foreclosed on their home and has tried several times to evict them. They have always been prepared to pay their mortgage, so please negotiate with them and settle this matter fairly.”

For updated information see: http://occupytheauctions.org/wordpress/?cat=108


‘Inside the Money Machine’ by Minnie Bruce Pratt


This is poetry for the “immense majority’—for those who work for a living, out of the house or at home, from the laundromat to the classroom, from the blue-collar construction sites to the white-collar desk jobs.

These fresh, gritty and passionate poems are about the people who survive and resist inside “the money machine” of the 21st -century capitalism: those who’ve looked for work and not found it, who’ve held a job but wanted more out of life, who believe a better world is still possible.

Inspired by the poetic prose of the Communist Manifesto, Inside the Money Machine draws its power from Pratt’s own working life and grass-roots organizing, and the struggles of neighbors, co-workers, political activists and loved ones.

In the tradition of the socially-engaged poetry of Muriel Rukeyser and Langston Hughes, Nazim Hikmet of Turkey and pablo Neruda of Chile, these poems speak to the unfinished work of this moment in history, in a way that poetry seldom does.

Inside the Money Machine urges: ‘Let us follow ourselves into a present not ruled by the past.’
Praise for Inside the Money Machine:

“Minnie Bruce Pratt peels away at capitalism, ‘the money machine,’ which is also the war machine. ‘Inside the Money Machine’ is stunning anti-capitalist poetics in action.”
–Don Mee Choi, author of The Morning News Is Exciting
“Minnie Bruce Pratt so compellingly identifies the tough times ‘Inside the Money Machine.” This book of poems is also hope, guiding us toward dignity, self-respect and clarity.”
–Rigoberto González
“This is gritty new work by one of North America’s best poets. Each poem reveals the sweat and labor of the many who are trying to get by in this tough, new world where big corporations and Wall Street are sucking all of our humanity dry. These poems are the voices of ourselves crying out.”
–M.L. Liebler, poet & editor of Working Words: Punching the Clock & Kicking Out the Jams
“An utterly riveting book of poems and a necessary book to read. Pratt’s scrutiny is constantly keen and inviting, and shifts deftly and humanely between reportage and lyricism. I realize these poems are all true. Pratt’s imagination is true.”
–Michael Burkard
Inside the Money Machine

Is available from:

Carolina Wren Press
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-560-2738
Fax: 919-560-2759



Peace activist Cindy Sheehan to Join Rosa Aurora Freijanes, Wife of Cuban 5 Hero, Fernando Gonzalez, in Tijuana Mexico

In this long struggle for the freedom of the Cuban 5 their relatives have tirelessly traveled around the world to raise awareness about the case of their loved ones.On Friday August 17 Rosa Aurora Freijanes wife of Fernando Gonzalez will be speaking on behalf of all the families of the Five in Tijuana Mexico. Those attending will be coming from both sides of the border to hear a message denouncing the injustice and what they are doing to bring the Cuban 5 back to their homeland.

Program includes:     

  • Keynote speaker: Rosa Aurora Freijanes
  • Cindy Sheehan, U.S. Peace Activist
  • Update of the case and the international campaign for the freedom of the Cuban 5

Friday August 17, 6pm

 Hotel Palacio Azteca

Blvd. Cuauhtémoc Sur # 213

Colonia Dávila, Tijuana México

This event is part of the U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference from August 15-19, 2012.

For more information for the Cuban 5 event call: 510-219-0092.

For more information about the Labor Conference call: 619-829-7130


WI BOPM Joins Clinic Defense in Charlotte, NC

WI BOPM joined members of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood July 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina to defend the Family Reproductive Health clinic against right-wing extremists.

See photos here: http://tinyurl.com/cscj5u7

To support clinic defenses and more information: http://now.org/ and http://feminist.org/

At Family Reproductive Health clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina July 27, 2012.