Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Prisoner Support: Every Moment A Crisis, Every Moment A Gift

Pontiac Correctional Center.  Photo by Rachel Allshiny

Pontiac Correctional Center. Photo by Rachel Allshiny

by Rachel Allshiny

From Suicide Girls Blog

Working on prisoner support is one of the most exhausting, transformative, frustrating, vital, tedious, rewarding, messy, wonderful things I have ever done.

When someone is in prison, every moment is a crisis. Even when a specific problem or situation is resolved, there remains an overwhelming survival mentality, which affects those inside and their supporters alike. I move from crisis to crisis every day; meanwhile the prisoners I am not actively engaged in supporting at any given minute hover in my peripheral vision, imploring they not be forgotten. None are ever forgotten, of course, but the need to prioritize presents me with difficult decisions about how to use my time and resources daily.

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E-bulletin August 2013

IN THIS E-BULLETIN CHELSEA MANNING SENTENCED TO 35 YEARS IN PRISON ARRESTS AT HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI DAY ACTIONS ACROSS THE U.S. GERMAN BOMBER BASE SHUT BY BLOCKADERS MANNING SUPPORTERS ARRESTED YOUR LETTERS NEEDED TO SUPPORT ACTIVISTS IN PRISON Chelsea Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison More than three years after the arrest and torturous […]

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Manning supporters arrested at L.A. federal building

photo by Mike Wisniewski

photo by Mike Wisniewski

On August 28, the Los Angeles Catholic Worker had a solidarity arrest action for Pvt. Chelsea Manning at the downtown federal building. Community members David Omondi, Barbara Robinson and Jeff Dietrich chained and handcuffed themselves together and attempted to block the main entrance. They were arrested and charged with two misdemeanors: Failure to disperse and Blocking an entrance.

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Chelsea Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

1170715_613704655340311_2144614211_nby Jack Cohen-Joppa

More than three years after the arrest and torturous imprisonment of PFC Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning for revealing thousands of classified State Department cables and war incident reports from Iraq and Afghanistan via WikiLeaks, the 25-year-old army enlistee was convicted of 20 separate offenses at court martial this summer. On August 21, the military judge, Col. Denise Lind, sentenced the former intelligence analyst to serve 35 years in a military prison. Manning’s pay and allowances were forfeited, rank was reduced to Private E-1 and the whistleblower is to be dishonorably discharged.

In the first major break from quiet decorum in the compact military courtroom, supporters called out, “We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley!” as Manning was hustled out by guards.

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One NATO 5 defendant deported to Poland; second placed in solitary confinement

from the NATO 5 support blog

Sabi Senakiewicz

Sabi Senakiewicz. NATO 5 Support photo.

Sebastian “Sabi” Senakiewicz of the NATO 5 has been deported to his native Poland after spending several weeks in immigration detention. Last November, Sabi took a non-cooperating plea deal to charges of falsely making a terrorist threat after being targeted by two undercover Chicago cops who had infiltrated activist groups in Chicago. He ultimately completed a 4-month boot camp sentence to execute his sentence with the understanding that he would be deported afterwards since he does not have U.S. citizenship.

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~ from the Irwin County Detention Center, by Michael Walli

Michael Walli and the other two members of the Transform Now Plowshares joined with supporters for street theater in downtown Knoxville before walking to court for the beginning of their trial.  May 6, 2013.  Photo by Felice Cohen-Joppa

Michael Walli with supporters during street theater in downtown Knoxville before the beginning of the Transform Now Plowshares trial. May 6, 2013. Photo by Felice Cohen-Joppa

ELEVATING THE HOST

Four times our corners of ninety
The circle of charity embracing all
Is unbroken with 360
In leap year take a mind leap
Make your election sure
To the House of Bread
Christmas comes full circle
When our foursquare
New Jerusalem comes down from Heaven
Santa Maria sank at Christmas
In the depths of humility Her Soul
Magnified the Glory of The Lord
Who casts down the mighty
From their thrones
And exalts the lowly
She never went back to the Old World
She chastises not a born again Scrooge
She abides at the Cross

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German bomber base shut down by ambitious “rhythm beats bombs” blockaders

Photo: IKV Pax Christi

by John LaForge, Nukewatch

BÜCHEL AIR FORCE BASE, Germany — Over 750 people converged here at the country’s largest air base – although U.S. bases at Spangdahlem and Ramstein are far bigger — to condemn the retention of 20 U.S. nuclear weapons, in open violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and in a show of popular rebellion 150 hearty war resisters blockaded all nine base entrances for 24 hours. It was the first time in 16 years of resistance to the base’s use of U.S. H-bombs by Germany’s Tornado jet bombers that the compound had been completely closed to traffic by a protest.

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Arrests at Hiroshima & Nagasaki Day actions across the U.S.

LOCKHEED MARTIN, PENNSYLVANIA

August 6, 2011 photo by Rich Conti

August 6, 2011 photo by Rich Conti

Peace and anti-nuclear activists demonstrated at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on August 6, the date in 1945 that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.  After a commemoration which included music, litany, bell-tolling and a ceremony of memory and hope with incense, water and ashes, six people attempted to deliver photos of the aftermath of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Lockheed Martin management.

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