All posts by N.W.

Shut Corcoran Down!

A caravan of about 200 people from the Bay Area drove out to protest conditions at two of California’s state prisons in the central Valley on October 17. The caravan met up first in front of the women’s prison in Chowchilla where a roadside rally was held to draw attention to the substandard condition women face inside the facility. Much of the Caravan then continued on to the next demonstration a few hours later all the way down to the mid- state high security men’s facility in Corcoran. Corcoran has received extensive media attention in recent years for its notorious brutality. Guards have been exposed for engaging in numerous atrocities including, but not limited to, numerous murders of prisoners, setting up fights between prisoners as sport, and placing dissident prisoners in the same cell as a known prison rapist as punishment.

The Corcoran demo was also attended by about 200 activists who drove up from the Los Angeles region. People chanted “shut Corcoran down” and listened to speakers some of whom have relatives inside, including the father of Preston Tate who was murdered by Corcoran guards. The prison’s warden and other prison officials were present to observe the demonstration. Fresno Food Not Bombs served lunch.

Speak-Out: Stop Oakland Police Abuse

A speak-out about police brutality and misconduct in Oakland was held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on November 5. The speak-out was organized by the local activist group PUEBLO (People United for a Better Oakland.) Several dozen Oakland residents from many ethnic backgrounds took the microphone one after another for an hour, giving personal accounts of how they had been mistreated by the police who are out of control and apparently consider themselves above the law. In the end a bleak picture was painted of Oakland’s finest as! speaker after speaker described a force that seems to do what they want, when they want, and to whomever they want. Accountability to the community and respect for human rights are obviously not serious contenders when it comes to priorities for the department.

Mayor-elect Jerry Brown fulfilled an election promise and attended, although his address to the crowd left something to be’ desired. Ron Hampton, Director oi the National Black Officers’ Association also spoke at the end. There were approximately 200 people present.

For more information about PUEBLO, call 510) 452-2010.

Speak-Out: Stop Oakland Police Abuse

A speak-out about police brutality and misconduct in Oakland was held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on November 5. The speak-out was organized by the local activist group PUEBLO (People United for a Better Oakland.) Several dozen Oakland residents from many ethnic backgrounds took the microphone one after another for an hour, giving personal accounts of how they had been mistreated by the police who are out of control and apparently consider themselves above the law. In the end a bleak picture was painted of Oakland’s finest as! speaker after speaker described a force that seems to do what they want, when they want, and to whomever they want. Accountability to the community and respect for human rights are obviously not serious contenders when it comes to priorities for the department.

Mayor-elect Jerry Brown fulfilled an election promise and attended, although his address to the crowd left something to be’ desired. Ron Hampton, Director oi the National Black Officers’ Association also spoke at the end. There were approximately 200 people present.

For more information about PUEBLO, call 510) 452-2010.

Speak-Out: Stop Oakland Police Abuse

A speak-out about police brutality and misconduct in Oakland was held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on November 5. The speak-out was organized by the local activist group PUEBLO (People United for a Better Oakland.) Several dozen Oakland residents from many ethnic backgrounds took the microphone one after another for an hour, giving personal accounts of how they had been mistreated by the police who are out of control and apparently consider themselves above the law. In the end a bleak picture was painted of Oakland’s finest as! speaker after speaker described a force that seems to do what they want, when they want, and to whomever they want. Accountability to the community and respect for human rights are obviously not serious contenders when it comes to priorities for the department.

Mayor-elect Jerry Brown fulfilled an election promise and attended, although his address to the crowd left something to be’ desired. Ron Hampton, Director oi the National Black Officers’ Association also spoke at the end. There were approximately 200 people present.

For more information about PUEBLO, call 510) 452-2010.

Love and Rage Dissolves

Revolutionary Anarchist Newspaper

The Love and Rage newspaper and Revolutionary Anarchist Federation voted to dissolve itself during a brief conference in New York on May 23. The break-up occurred as a result of a philosophical/political split preceded by a two-year-long debate within the organization around a number of issues that proved irreconcilable. Neither side in the split will continue using the Love and Rage name.

One side is forming a new organization calling itself the Fire By Night Organizing Committee and will, at least initially, not be publishing a paper. This faction which springs largely from the New York chapter of Love and Rage wants an organization that is less explicitly anarchist and that will require greater adherence to the organization by its members than was the case with Love and Rage.

The other faction which is more Mid-west based has put out a call to form a new revolutionary anarchist group and will put out a theoretical anarchist journal, but neither of these projects have names yet. This faction wants to do a significant amount of work with Anti-Racist Action.