Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The S&D site will be updated soon

We have underutilized this media site and have been inconsistent with news, article and updates.

We are going to revamp the web page so that anyone finding us here or looking for material wont wonder if we really exist.

We do exist and we have been busy!

So check back in mid-October and you will find a new look.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

National Days of Action Against Racism & Fascism

Monday August 2nd
5-6pm
Protest & Picket Against
SB 1070 Copy Cat
Legislation in Michigan
Capital Building
Lansing, MI - Corner of Michigan & Capitol


The State of Arizona recently passed Bill SB 1070, which tasks local police departments with asking for proof of residency if they have reasonable cause to suspect someone is an undocumented immigrant. What this really means is that you will be asked for papers if you are brown or have an accent.. This is racial profiling, and a copy cat version of this legislation has been introduced in Michigan by Representative Kim Meltzer. This threat to working people in Michigan cannot go unanswered and will not be ignored. Join us in Protesting this Racist Legislation!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

National Days of Action Against Racism & Fascism

Saturday July 31st
2-5pm
Anti Fascist BBQ & Concert
w DJ Ruckus, P.h.I.l.t.h.y., The Amature,
J Young the General & Guests
@NorthStar 106 Lathrop St. Lansing, MI 48912

Please Join us for a day of food and music celebrating anti-racist and anti-fascist organizing. Explicitly neo-nazi and fascist activity has exploded in Michigan in the last few years and is positioning itself within the anti-immigrant and tea party activities. They cannot be ignored and should be confronted wherever they appear. This concert and BBQ will be highlighting past local struggles against fascists and racists. It will also continue conversations on how we can confront and defeat the fascists & racists active in Michigan. Food will be provided but feel free to bring a dish to pass. No Alcohol.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I.C.E. Raids in Lansing, Michigan


****************please forward****************

ICE Arrests Tonight In Lansing, Michigan 6-29-10

As of 10pm on Tuesday 6-29-10, it has been confirmed from a reliable source that at least one person has been picked up in Lansing, Michigan by (ICE) Immigration Customs Enforcement. It is unknown where there are now or what it was for but they are being detained by ICE.


There may be more arrests that have happened, anyone with reliable and trusted information about other arrests should be in contact: nhiin.lansing@gmail.com


It is unclear if further arrests will happen. if you know anyone that may find this information useful, please contact them immediately. This is a time for us all to be as calm as possible and to do what we can. We should also base things we say or email to other people on what we know and not on hunches or rumors. We are not trying to cause panic with this email but to get the word out. When we know more, so will you.


Update:

It appears that three workers were snatched by ICE while at their worksite. More soon…

Oakland and Los Angeles group, Raider Nation. Message on the Struggle for Justice and Against the Police Murder of Oscar Grant



COMMUNIQUÉ: MANSLAUGHTER IS NOT ENOUGH! IT’S MURDER OR NOTHING!

The most likely outcome of the trial of Johannes Mehserle, the BART cop who murdered Oscar Grant on the morning of January 1st 2009, is a manslaughter conviction. Why is this likely? Because convicting Mehserle of manslaughter is the best way for the state to protect itself by sacrificing one of its own. To the police, manslaughter simply means: be careful when you kill. To the people, manslaughter means: you got a conviction, what more do you want? Or in other words: don’t riot, don’t rebel, no public outcry necessary.


On the other hand, a murder conviction would not be tolerated by the police and their unions, and even the most opportunistic of political leaders see a murder conviction as tying their hands in the future: they need the police, and police need to be able to kill.

Not that it matters what the state or its leaders think about murder: white supremacy and cop culture will ensure that Mehserle won’t get what's coming to him. We have already seen both in the disgusting jury selection process, which yielded a jury which includes three relatives of police officers but not one single Black person. And Michael Rains feeds on this, deploying an ingenious out-of-court strategy of defaming Oscar Grant and manipulating public opinion by leaking selective information to the press—a press which eats it up like an organic delicacy.

And if Mehserle is convicted of manslaughter, the arguments being put forward in his defense suggest that this will not even be “voluntary” manslaughter. Rather, it will be “involuntary,” allegedly the result of a tragic mistake of judgment, where a 9-pound Sig is mistaken for a 3-pound Taser.

Involuntary manslaughter in California carries a determinate sentence ranging from 2 to four years. Mehserle’s race, his former profession, the teary-eyed stories of his youth, and his lack of a criminal record, will all be presented to guarantee the lowest possible sentence (and we wouldn't want to guarantee that will even be as much as 2 years).

2 short years for cold-blooded murder of Oscar Grant.

2 short years for permanently traumatizing Grant's friends who witnessed the murder.

2 short years of taking one for the team and ensuring that the genocidal system of policing and imprisonment in California can go unchecked, unrestricted, unquestioned.

For Mehserle’s 2 short years we have 2 short words: FUCK THAT.


We fully expect and hope that Oakland will respond to a manslaughter conviction as it would respond to an acquittal: with an expression of creative rage that transforms our political landscape beyond all possible recognition.

With love and rage, we’ll see you in the streets,

RAIDER NATION COLLECTIVE, Oakland and Los Angeles

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3906 Stands in Solidarity with the Detained G20 Protesters

I am writing on behalf of CUPE 3906, representing over 3000 academic
workers at McMaster University, to condemn the arrest, detention and
abuse of 900 G20 protesters.

Reports from the Movement Defense Committee?s Summit Legal Support
Project indicate that protesters are given incorrect information about
the bail process and denied timely access to counsel and release.
Meanwhile, those peacefully protesting the detention are subject to
police assault and illegal detention.

G20 Protesters are standing up for values of justice, equality, and
rights for working class people, indigenous people and the
environment. The unprecedented, violent response of the Harper
government, the Toronto Police, and the Integrated Security Unit marks
an attack on all of our democratic rights. It is a clear program of
intimidation, silencing and assault on people of conscience who oppose
the neoliberal agenda of the G20 leaders.

CUPE 3906 calls upon the government to ensure that courts and crown
attorneys act to enforce constitutional rights, to end of the program
of police violence and intimidation against G20 protesters and their
families and to hold accountable those officers and elected officials
responsible for this attack on democracy.

CUPE 3906 stands in solidarity with the detained G20 protesters in
their fight for release, fair representation, and justice.

In solidarity,
Mary Ellen Campbell
President, CUPE 3906
http://www.cupe3906.org/archives/1547

All Out Against Police Brutality and in Solidarity with the Toronto 900!

All out against police brutality and in solidarity with the Toronto 900!
A protest outside police headquarters in every city!

June 30, 2010 in Hamilton
5:00pm at Hamilton Police Headquarters
155 King William Street

June 30, 2010 in Ottawa
5:30pm at Ottawa Police Headquarters
474 Elgin Street

June 30, 2010 in London
6:00 pm at London Police Headquarters
601 Dundas St (Dundas and Adelaide)

June 30, 2010 in Windsor
6:00pm at Windsor Police Headquarters
150 Goyeau Street

THURSDAY, JULY 1st, NOON in MONTREAL (organized by CLAC)
*** new starting point: Square St-Louis ***
(St-Denis & Rue du Square St-Louis, métro Sherbrooke)

July 1, Toronto (organized by CAPP)
5:30 - Queens Park (in front of the legislature)


The events of the past week in Toronto have been unprecedented in Canadian history. Over 900 people were arrested, the biggest mass arrests ever in Canada, for daring to protest against the destructive policies of the G20.

Protesters and local residents were subjected to violent baton attacks, snatch squads, tear gas and rubber bullets. Sleeping people have been pulled from their homes at gunpoint in the middle of the night. Many have been beaten. People who have been arrested have been strip-searched and held in cages, facing long delays in obtaining legal support. We have heard numerous accounts of sexual abuse by police from women who were arrested. Journalists have been punched, arrested and had their equipment broken.

On the streets of Toronto, the mask of “liberal democracy” has slipped off and the police reminded us of the State's willingness to use blatant violence against its own population in the face of popular dissent. And thanks to citizen journalists, the alternative media and even some in the corporate media, the truth of what happened in Toronto is slowly emerging.

In order to make sure that the actions of the police state are fully exposed, we must keep up the pressure on the police and the government.

We must also publicly demonstrate our solidarity with all those arrested so that they are released as quickly as possible and charges are dropped against all those caught up in the net of the police state.

In Toronto, solidarity rallies outside detention centres and police stations are already taking place. But just as police forces from across the province converged on Toronto for the G20, so our resistance must spread out from the epicentre of oppression to every corner of the province.

Common Cause thus calls on all those concerned to take the fight back across the province and across the country.

Starting this Wednesday, June 30, we are calling for solidarity rallies outside police headquarters in as many cities as possible.

Our message will be clear:

Free the Toronto 900!

Fight back against the police state! We are putting you under surveillance!

Build the resistance against the G20! Build the resistance against austerity!

Build the general strike!

Common Cause
www.linchpin.ca

To add your rally to the list or to send pictures from rallies, please email us at commoncauseontario@gmail.com Media may also use the same email address to contact us. Check our website for regular updates on rallies in your city.