Friday, February 17, 2012

Jericho Amnesty Movement meetings Sat and Sunday at SCL

The Jericho Amnesty Movement to free all political prisoners will be
having its national meeting here in Los Angeles this weekend. There
are two major public activities associated with this, both held at
the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, 6120
S. Vermont Avenue between Slauson and Gage in south LA.

Saturday evening from 7-9:00 PM there is a cultural-political event
featuring Danza Cuauhtemoc, theater by Jihad Abdulmumit, national
co-chair of Jericho and a former political prisoner, Son Real
(afro-mexicano jarocho music), Puerto Rican slam poet Hector Rivera,
a former grand jury resister, and rap/hip-hop from Black Guerrilla
Nation and the Black Riders Liberation Party. There will also be a
tasty dinner for an additional donation. This is a fundraiser for
Jericho locally and nationally.

Sunday, February 19 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, also at the Southern CA
Library, 6120 S. Vermont, there is a regional gathering, with the
participation of national members of Jericho, focusing on building
California and West Coast campaigns to free political prisoners,
particularly those being held in this state and region, such as
Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald of the Black Panther Party, Hugo "Yogi"
Pinell, one-time member of the San Quentin, an Afro-Nicaraguan held
in solitary for decades and recently part of the SHU prisoners'
hunger strike, General T.A.C.O. of the Black Riders, still forced to
wear a 21st century slave shackle (ankle GPS device) and facing
return to state prison at any point, Patrice Lumumba Ford, framed up
by Homeland Security, the new COINTELPRO, Joyanna Zachar, political
prisoner of the Green Scare repression of radical environmentalists,
and others. Nationally Jericho includes such important former
political prisoners as Ed Mead, a member of the George Jackson
Brigade and founder while in prison of Men Against Sexism to combat
prison rape; Ashanti Alston, "Anarchist Panther" and former BLA
political prisoner/POW; Ray Luc Levasseur of the Ohio 7, Laura
Whitehorn, one of the Resistance Conspiracy defendants who led
AIDS-education peer counseling while incarcerated, and many others.
Don't miss this important opportunity to engage with the key movement
uniting struggles to free particular individuals such as Mumia
Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier and others with the current day struggles
against the prison-industrial complex and for a new world.

In addition, on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4:00 PM, members of national
Jericho and the local chapter of Jericho Amnesty Movement will
participate in a Black History-themed General Assembly of Occupy Los
Angeles on the west steps of City Hall (Spring between First and
Temple). All are welcome. (That's the last GA on the west steps;
starting Monday 2/20, the General Assembly will move to Pershing
Square so that many of the occupiers who were arrested during the
eviction, and who have been restricted from getting near City Hall,
will be able to participate again.)

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