FROM THE HONORABLE CYNTHIA McKINNEY:
“We don’t need any grounds. We’re the United States.” Watch this experience, at the border, by two Canadian citizens coming to the US to go shopping.
Prison time for activist over green jobs banner? We’re not making this up.
Despite the Gulf disaster, no one from BP has been arrested and sent to jail. Despite safety violations at coal mines, no one from Massey Energy has been handcuffed. But today I write to inform you that one of America’s best global warming activists is probably facing several months of jail. He’s been convicted by a D.C. jury, and now he awaits sentencing. Why? Because he peacefully dropped two banners on Capitol Hill that said: “GREEN JOBS NOW” and “GET TO WORK.”
I’m not joking. Ted Glick of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network was convicted by a jury May 13th of peacefully dropping the banners inside the U.S. Senate Hart Office Building last September. The DC U.S. Attorney’s office clearly had decided to make an “example” of Ted because of his previous two – count’em, two — convictions related to peaceful acts of climate civil disobedience. Can you believe it? You can see a three-minute video of Ted’s September “crime” at http://www.itsgettinghotinhere.org/2009/09/09/wind-energy-assembly-line.
Now Ted is facing up to three years in jail. Based on the judge’s comments last week, it really does appear that he will be incarcerated for at least a month or two.
So here’s what you can do:
First, please write a respectful but firm snail-mail letter to Judge Frederick H. Weisberg telling him why you think Ted should not go to jail. The judge’s address is below. Just type something up, print it and mail it off. Explain why only a suspended sentence is fair especially given all the real injustices out there on global warming. There is reason to believe that that a large number of thoughtful, well-reasoned letters to the judge could bring leniency.
Second, take an action right now that will help create a world where global warming is no longer such a threat and people like Ted won’t have to drop banners and get arrested in the first place! Join the “Windmills Not Oil Spills” campaign and sign a petition to stop new offshore drilling in America at http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/template/index_va.cfm.
Thanks for your support, your activism, and your prayers as CCAN fights to keep a morally innocent staff member out of jail during this time of great global crisis.
Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Here’s the judge’s address:
Judge Frederick H. Weisberg, DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Please keep in mind:
The letters should be respectful. Among the topics you could write about are these:
-Your knowledge of or experiences with Ted;
-The urgency of the climate issue and the need to pressure our government to take action on it;
-Your views on what would be a justice-based approach by the legal system toward nonviolent actions of the kind Ted took part in.
Please let other people know about this campaign. And it would be helpful if you could send us a copy of your letter to Judge Weisberg, or if you could let us know that you have sent a letter. You can email Ted at email@example.com, or you could send by regular mail to his attention at CCAN, P.O. Box 11138, Takoma Park, Md. 20912.
3. And this happens all too often in Black and Brown encounters with the police. Now, one more precious life is stolen:
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010, 5:19 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 16 May 2010, 8:44 AM EDT
By AMY LANGE & ROOP RAJ
DETROIT – A family in Detroit mourns the loss of a seven-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed by police during a raid. The death of Aiyana Jones is making national headlines, and there are currently many questions. How could something like this happen? What went on inside an east side Detroit home early Sunday morning?
Relatives of Aiyana met with attorney Geoffrey Fieger on Monday and re-created the scene for his investigators. The girl was sleeping on a couch around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 16 when officers with the Detroit Police Special Response Team threw a flash grenade through the window and an officer went inside, allegedly scuffled with her grandmother and then his gun went off. Aiyana was hit in the neck.
Police were there looking for 34-year-old Chauncey Owens, suspected but not yet charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jerean Blake on Friday. Owens is the fiancee of Aiyana’s aunt, Lakrystal Sanders. He was arrested in the upstairs flat.
Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee says Detroit Police are handing their investigation over to Michigan State Police.
“We need an independent eye so, that from a community confidence standpoint, whatever findings are turned over to the prosecutor the community can have confidence that this was an independent investigation,” he said.
Godbee says a thorough review of police tactics and procedures is underway.
The television show “The First 48” on A&E had been on scene with homicide investigators at Friday’s shooting. “The First 48” videographers were also at the scene at the east side Detroit home. Detroit Police have given “The First 48” access to their investigations for several seasons. There is no financial component to the deal, and Detroit Police say their videographers did not go inside the flat and had no impact on their operation.
“‘The First 48,’ they were there. We’re in the process of acquiring the footage so we can assess it, but we don’t have that concern at this time,” Godbee said.
The Coalition Against Police Brutality demonstrated outside an event where Attorney General Eric Holder was speaking, hoping to get the attention of the federal government.
“We want him to hear us. We want him to hear the pain of the people. We want him to hear about the young girl that was killed,” said Ron Scott with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality.
We understand the officer involved in this shooting is a 14 year veteran and has been on the Special Response Team for about six or seven years. He was involved in a police shooting one other time. It involved a barricaded gunman. That person fired at police and they returned fire. He was cleared of any wrongdoing in that case.
Meanwhile, Aiyana’s family has decided to take legal action against the Detroit Police Department. Their attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, says he has seen video of the raid and it goes against what police say happened Sunday morning.
This is what police say happened between the officer and the girl’s grandmother: “Exactly what happened next is a matter still under investigation, but it appears the officer and the woman had some level of physical contact,” said Godbee.
“That statement is a complete and utter falsehood,” said Fieger.
The attorney is armed with at least two lawsuits that will be unveiled Tuesday and says he saw video tape from an unnamed source that shows a flash-bang grenade-type device was thrown into a window.
“And then within milliseconds of throwing that, firing a shot from outside the home while the Special Response Team was on the porch,” Fieger said.
The bullet that killed Aiyana, Fieger says, was fired before officers entered the home according to the video he saw. His case says there is a cover up by the Detroit Police Department.
Fieger also says the tape shows Aiyana’s body being removed by officers quickly.
“You see her being carried out by one officer, and it’s not like she’s a human being. She’s out of that house faster than you would have expected,” said Fieger.
Detroit Police late Monday said if Fieger does have video evidence, he should pass it along to the Michigan State Police for their investigation. Meanwhile, he is asking the department to tell what happened and leave the grandmother out of it.
“I would like the disclosure of how and why police officers came together in an attempt to blame a grandmother, who had nothing to do with anything for the death of a little girl,” Fieger said.
So, there will be two lawsuits, one state and one federal, coming from Fieger’s office against the police department. There will also be a lawsuit from the grandmother for being arrested on that night.
The family will be at Fieger’s Southfield office Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. where they will be holding a news conference with their lawyer talking about Aiyana and her untimely death.
Remember, silence is the deadliest weapon of mass destruction.
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Silence is the deadliest weapon of mass destruction.