**Please note times: 5:00 PST, 6:00 MST, 7:00 CST, 8:00 EST**
On Thursday February 4th, supporters across the country will host a conversation with Ohio death row inmate Keith LaMar. On the 4th, Keith is looking forward to discussing Tamir Rice and the absence of police accountability in America. This will be an opportunity to ask him questions, and discuss how to take action on his own situation. Join a public gathering, or call in on your own.
During the call, questions can be communicated to Keith by posting them below in the comment section, or sending them via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call-in number: 641-715-3580, access code: 583063
About Keith LaMar:
Keith is a man fighting for his life, falsely accused of the murder of fellow inmates during the 1993 Lucasville (Ohio) prison uprising. He has spent the last 22 years locked in a cage, most of it in solitary confinement. Keith has never given up his struggle for truth and justice, and most recently, bravely fought and won a hunger strike to keep access to his books and music.
The Ohio prison system has systematically made Keith’s life unbearable. They have locked him away from contact with other prisoners, deprived him of the privileges afforded to other death row inmates, and kept him in constantly stressful living conditions. Keith lacks the proper representation and funds to combat this endless abuse and to prove his innocence.
The Campaign for Justice for Keith LaMar intends to fight side by side with Keith and asks others to join us. Keith will be calling in from the supermax penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. All are welcome to join the call, listen in, ask questions, and show their solidarity.
More info at:
Facebook: Justice for Keith LaMar
Documentary on Keith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4uEvMJR4Rc&feature=iv&src_vid=cRvVIJC5E3o&annotation_id=annotation_1111416057
Black and Brown people in the United States live in a brutal police state, subject to terror, incarceration, violence, or death on a daily basis. We have seen inspiring resistance, from Black Lives Matter to the heroic fight back by Latino youth against ICE. How can we build and strengthen this movement? What will it take to win?
Join these Black Liberation Movement veterans, community organizers, and activists for a community discussion:
•Pam Africa – of the MOVE Organization, Millions for Mumia Abu Jamal
•Lamont Lilly – Vice Presidential candidate of Workers World Party
•Chairman Fred Hampton Jr – of the Prisoners of Concience Committe/Black Panther Party Cubs
•Dorothy Pinkney – wife of Michigan political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney
•Daphne Jackson – Chicago community freedom fighter (and other speakers fighting the U.S. raids and deportations of migrants and other people’s struggles TBA)
The event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Workers World Party Chicago
(312) 620-2305 ChicagoWWP@gmail.com
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Keith Schmitz of Grassroots Northshore describes the bill currently in the WI State legislature allowing for the privatization of public water systems. He also discusses what people can do to try and stop this measure.
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The Wisconsin Water Takeover bill passed committee on Thursday, January 28, so now the Bill goes to the Senate floor for a full vote. The earliest possible vote is February the 9th. We all have work to do.
Continue to call and email members of the Senate (Click link below for contact information)! Continue to respond by sharing information, talking with people and posting comments in public forums! The Senators below are the most likely to be persuaded, so write to them – especially if you are in their districts. If you know people in their districts, urge them to write. It really matters!
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Tampa, FL – Tampa anti-war activist Jessica Schwartz says a family member handed her an FBI agent’s card. The card was stuck in the front door of the family home and belonged to FBI Special Agent A. Brett Fears.
Schwartz found another card stuck in a car window on the driveway and she says, “My brother let me know the FBI left a message on our home phone asking me to contact FBI Special Agent Fears for an interview. I have no intention of speaking to the FBI, but I did contact the Committee to Stop FBI Repression and a lawyer.”
Schwartz is a leader in the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR)-Tampa, one of the most active local groups in the country. Schwartz travels to the court dates of Palestinian icon Rasmea Odeh in other cities, and leads local solidarity rallies. She recently spoke about Rasmea Odeh to 70 people at a protest in Miami to close Guantanamo prison.
The U.S. government is targeting 68-year-old Rasmea Odeh because of her lifelong support for Palestine. After living and organizing in Chicago for 20 years, Odeh is awaiting an appeal decision. Odeh’s case is also linked directly to the Anti-war 23.
The FBI raided 23 anti-war and international solidarity activists in September of 2010. The subpoenas to a grand jury in Chicago claimed to be investigating “material support for terrorism” in Colombia and Palestine. The Anti-war 23 refused to appear at the witch hunt, and a new movement against political repression was born with the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.
In the course of the 2010 FBI raids, the FBI lost a file that contained, among other things, interrogation questions for members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). The file became public and it revealed the FBI’s political agenda. Young activists like Schwartz joined the FRSO despite the repression.
Political repression is not a new phenomenon in Tampa either. Tampa is where Professor Sami Al-Arian went on hunger strike against one of the first cases of political repression under the Bush administration. FBI and Homeland Security harassment of Muslims, Arab Americans and anti-war activists is particularly notorious in Tampa, with police bragging about it following the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Schwartz underscored, “Nothing good can come out of talking to the FBI. They are the political police. They are not going to help you or our movements for peace and justice. Their job is to serve and protect the rich and powerful. So don’t talk to them, just say, ‘No thanks.’ Then hang up, close the door, or walk away.”
“Know Your Rights,” by the National Lawyers Guild: https://www.nlg.org/resource/know-your-rights