From: "Brian Hill" <•••@••.•••> Subject: US Presidential Caucus announcement/invitation/demonstration, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan 12 Date: Thu, 30 Dec 1999 22:54:51 -0800 !GREEN RAUCOUS IN THE IOWA CAUCUS! National Jobs & Environmental Day of Action -- Earth in the Balance Des Moines, Iowa -- Wednesday, January 12, 2000 (time and place to be announced) Special Guests: David Brower and the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment - www.asje.org Members of organized labor, environmental groups, clergy, farmers, indigenous peoples, small businesses, recyclers, students, elected officials, party activists, and more, are converging in Iowa – home of the nation's first presidential contest -- to demand that the presidential candidates begin addressing the most pressing issues of our time -- PROTECTING THE PLANET AND OUR LIVELIHOODS. An unprecedented alliance of labor/environmental/religious/indigenous/farm leaders recently came together in Seattle to protest the undemocratic WTO and its assault on farmers, workers and the environment. Some of these same leaders and organizations are now planning a major PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION in Des Moines, Iowa, for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12. The demonstration will be held near Vice President Al Gore's Campaign Headquarters in downtown Des Moines. After the rally, demonstrators will caravan to the campaign headquarters of other candidates. This is a nonpartisan event, and we will be addressing all the major candidates competing in Iowa, Democrat and Republican. Our message to the candidates is simple: not enough is being done by our government to protect small family farms, workers and the environment. We want a contract with the presidential candidates to set our nation on a sustainable path that protects locally-owned businesses, family farmers and the environment. These issues are not receiving the attention they deserve in the presidential campaign, and we demand a national dialogue. Any and all organizations and activists committed to this goal are welcome. Bundle up for the cold weather (the event will be held outside), and bring your family and friends. Also bring your props, costumes, signs, banners, and energy and ideas. If you can't travel to Iowa, but want to support the demonstration, you can ENDORSE THIS EVENT by adding your organization's name to the list of groups that endorse the goals of the demonstration. This list will be distributed to the media. SIMPLY REPLY TO THIS EMAIL and we will sign your group on (please keep your message brief -- all we need is the name of your organization and a message saying, "Sign us on"). You can also help by FORWARDING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT to anyone and everyone you know in the environmental, farm, labor, small business and religious communities. The presidential candidates are struggling for every vote they can get in Iowa, a state where retail politics still thrives, and where the candidates must respond to the will of the voters. This is a rare opportunity for us to send a powerful message to our political leaders as we enter the new millennium. [SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY -- PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES: Anyone who can come to Iowa for a few days before or after the demonstration will have an opportunity to participate in the statewide-televised January 8 Democratic and January 15 Republican presidential debates taking place in Des Moines. While few, if any, of us will be able to get inside the hall (it only seats 200), most of the action will be taking place outside. The influx of national media into Iowa during that week will create numerous opportunities for us to advance our cause. We'll need to stay flexible and seize whatever opportunities present themselves, but we'll definitely be planning some sort of formalized press events around the debates (at which participating groups will have an opportunity to distribute their materials to the media). We will also want to have a large presence (with signs and banners) for the media outside the debate hall.] NFPA has some funds available to assist with car travel for those in need. NFPA will also assist as many activists as possible with housing, and we will shuttle people to and from the airport (but we'll need details on your itinerary). For more information on the "RAUCOUS IN THE CAUCUS," or to endorse the demonstration, please contact the National Forest Protection Alliance through John Talberth [•••@••.••• or 505-986-1163], Jake Kreilick [•••@••.••• or 406-829-6353] or Tom Weis [515-265-8266]. **************************************************************************** Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 13:12:11 EST From: Refuse & Resist! <•••@••.•••> To: Multiple recipients of list <•••@••.•••> Subject: Mumia/Letter to the Movement December 17, 1999 A Letter to the Movement: THE NEXT CRITICAL PERIOD IN THE BATTLE TO SAVE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL The new millennium will usher in some CRUCIAL MONTHS IN THE BATTLE TO SAVE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL. Now more than ever, our energies and efforts in organizing for him must be both more intense and more carefully implemented. The early months of 2000 are those in which we must build and mobilize public expression, during the run-up to a critical ruling by the Federal District court that may happen as early as March. This court ruling, by Federal District Judge William H. Yohn, Jr., may determine whether or not Mumia receives an "evidentiary hearing" to reopen the factual record in his case, or whether all future appeals will be based on the court record of the "hanging judge" Albert Sabo. Judge Sabo found every prosecution witness to be truthful, found every defense witness to be untruthful, and barred the admission of witnesses and documents critical to Mumia’s defense. <snip> THE MASS MOVEMENTS DO SHAPE COURT DECISIONS. Legal pundits would have us believe that everything is decided by judges. But history shows that the courts are greatly affected by voices and actions of the people. This is particularly true in high profile political cases that concentrate broader issues being fought out in society. Remember how mass actions and the bus boycott forced the courts to rule against segregation in Montgomery Appeals courts overturned the Chicago 7 convictions and the conviction of Panther leader Huey P. Newton, in part because the whole world was watching. And the movement against the war in Vietnam impelled an emergency ruling by the Supreme Court to allow publication of the Pentagon Papers. It is during the early months of 2000 that the government will be "taking the temperature of society" on this case, and making the decision of how much they will be forced to give ground. OUR MOVEMENT FOR MUMIA HAS ACHIEVED MUCH over the last year. The Oakland teach-ins, the Rage Against the Machine concerts, the N.Y. Town Hall Rally, the West Coast Longshoremen’s work stoppage, the April 24 mobilizations, the Evergreen State College commencement address, 95 arrested in civil disobedience at the Liberty Bell, Mumia 911, and Mumia Awareness Week, have set Mumia’s case before millions. But let us not kid ourselves. We still need to build the broadest movement possible in order to counter an opposition that remains powerful, dangerous, well-organized and poised to kill Mumia. <snip> EVERYONE CAN TAKE ACTION. Already planned are dozens of programs, actions, newspaper ads, and mobilizations to give collective voice to our cry for justice (see attached list). The actions of every individual count. Mumia’s lawyer, Leonard Weinglass, has already received over 15,000 letters to Judge Yohn on Mumia’s behalf. Couldn’t we collect 100,000 such letters by the time of the hearing? Virtually everyone has access to some professional or social grouping. Can’t we all take this case in our schools, churches, professional associations, unions, and even our friends and families. Can’t we take advantage of public events and commemorations such as the Martin Luther King weekend to raise Mumia’s case? Can’t we poster Mumia’s image everywhere? With the year 2000 being an election year, shouldn’t the candidates be hounded with this issue. Pennsylvania Governor Ridge has now signed 179 death warrants, 106 for African-Americans in state that is 10% Black. Shouldn’t he be branded everywhere as "Governor Death"? WE ALL HAVE MUCH AT STAKE in preserving Mumia’s life and voice. The movement for Mumia has become a focus for many other movements that are working to shake our peoples free from patterns of oppression that ravage us today: the epidemic of police brutality concentrated in Black and Latino communities, the burgeoning prison-industrial complex, the ready-use of a death penalty that is likely to place nearly 4,000 people on death row by the end the year 2000. We dare not lose Mumia’s voice and life. Every day of our movement’s past work has been indispensable to where we are now in the struggle to save Mumia. The next few months, leading up to the Federal District court’s decision on an evidentiary hearing and whether Sabo’s record will be allowed to stand, must feature our best efforts, our strongest measures, our most creative energies. Signed: Pam Africa, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal Safiya Bukhari, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (New York) Ron Daniels, Center for Constitutional Rights Angela Davis, University of California-Santa Cruz Ossie Davis Martín Espada, poet Herman Ferguson, New African Liberation Front Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University Frances Goldin, literary agent C. Clark Kissinger, Refuse & Resist! Jeff Mackler, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (Northern California) Bob Mandel, Oakland Education Association Manning Marable, Black Radical Congress Robert Meeropol, Rosenberg Fund for Children Monica Moorehead, Millions for Mumia/IAC Joan Parkin, Campaign to End the Death Penalty Marcus Rediker, Western PA Committee to Free Mumia (Pittsburgh) Muhjah Shakir, The Jericho Amnesty Movement. Al Sharpton, National Action Network Mark Taylor, Academics for Mumia Abu-Jamal Michael Warren, attorney Steve Wiser, Bruderhof communities Julia Wright, International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (Paris) Major Winter-Spring Events for Mumia: January--Amnesty International publishes pamphlet on the Mumia case Jan 12--union delegation from Europe in Washington, DC Jan 15-17--MLK commemorations; bring Mumia into these February 18-19--the National Emergency Conference for Mumia Week of February 23--annual national student/youth day for Mumia February 28--Civil Disobedience action in Washington and San Francisco February-March--Educators for Mumia ad in the New York Times April 1-8--Mumia Awareness Week, tied to anniversary of MLK assassination April--publication of Mumia’s new book "All Things Censored" April 29--Rosenberg Fund for Children program in Berkeley; Mumia component April 30--Rally for Mumia in the Paramount Theater of Madison Square Garden (do not publicize until further notice) Day of Mumia’s first court appearance--Mass convergence on Philadelphia Many of these events provide the opportunity for teach-ins, forums, video showings, special collections for the legal defense, car caravans, mass postering and distribution of leaflets. *********************** Refuse & Resist! 305 Madison Ave., Suite 1166 NY, NY 10165 http://mojo.calyx.net/~refuse refuse @calyx.com ************************ Refuse the politics of cruelty! Unleash a spirit of resistance! Become a card-carrying member of Refuse & Resist! ************************************************************************** Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 04:24:12 -0600 To: •••@••.•••, •••@••.••• From: Mark Douglas Whitaker <•••@••.•••> Subject: National Conference on Civil Disobedience National Conference on Civil Disobedience January 22nd - 23rd, 2000 American University Washington, DC Civil Disobedience is an old and effective technique of resistance and protest which has helped lead many oppressed groups to lasting freedom. Today, forms of civil disobedience are being used by many different groups for a variety of liberation struggles around the world. It has become timely, important, and necessary to learn from each other's struggles while keeping in mind the lessons of those who have fought before us. The National Conference on Civil Disobedience envisions coordinating a dialogue between many different activist groups and providing every activist with a multitude of tools to take home, share, and utilize effectively. The National Conference on Civil Disobedience is geared towards the activist. It is run by activists who adhere to a strict non-profit, non-corporate policy ethic. All workshop hosts are only accepting reimbursement for travel expenses. A full report of our expenses is available for participants after the conference. Because we wish to make the conference accessible to everyone, the cost is kept at the lowest possible rate and scholarships are available for extenuating circumstances. More info at: http://www.infoshop.org/nccd/ -- Chuck Munson Mid-Atlantic Infoshop http://www.infoshop.org/ Leonard Peltier Freedom Month Executive Clemency For Peltier! http://www.freepeltier.org/lpfreedommonth.html Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Now! http://www.infoshop.org/gulag/mumia_idx.html **************************************************** Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 15:07:28 -0500 To: •••@••.••• From: Gary Gallon <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: cj#1044,rn> Brian Hill: WHAT IT FELT LIKE IN SEATTLE Dear Friends, Time to prepare meetings and events for the Free Trade of the Americas meeting in Quebec City, June 2000. 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