Community Meeting re: Toronto South Detention Centre

We will be attending a community meeting on Thursday February 26th regarding the conditions of the Toronto South Detention Centre.

We of course believe that all forms of detention are cruel and tortuous. There are some local community members who are enraged at the two recent deaths in the detention centre, one from an overdose and the other a suicide. There has also been a recent lockdown of the centre for seven days straight.

The detention centre has been labelled as a state-of-the-art health care unit. We all know that is far from the truth. Local community members want people to know that the two deaths and horrible conditions are not going unnoticed. We fully endorse the commitment of local communities to challenge the Ontario/Canadian prison systems.

Please come out and meet with us and many concerned individuals to talk about what we can all do to support those on the inside. 

Thursday February 26th @ 5:30pm
526 Richmond St. E.
Toronto, ON
(Richmond and Parliament)

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Global Week of Action Against the AETA

Starting this past Sunday, Feb 8th 2015, there is a week of talks, workshops, film viewings, protests, etc. to educate the public about federal US laws that specifically target animal advocates whose work attempts to stop a person or company from profiting from the use of nonhuman animals (which could include nearly all types of non-reformist activism, from protests to liberatory actions).

The only events happening in Canada are in Vancouver, and the closest events to Toronto are happening in NYC. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be involved. Earth First! has tons of resources on the AETA for you to read, and you can support Kevin Johnson by writing him a letter. He was targeted by the AETA. For more info on Kevin’s support network check out his site here http://supportkevinandtyler.com/

His mailing address:
KEVIN JOHNSON 47353-424
MCC Chicago
Metropolitan Correctional Center
71 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

For all of the info on the Global Week of Action Against the AETA visit Earth First! http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2015/02/08/global-week-of-action-against-the-animal-enterprise-terrorism-act/

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Rotating Radio Radicals – Interview with one of our members!

Claire was interviewed by Vic on Rotating Radio Radicals.

She had a lot to say! She talked about organizing in Toronto, her roots in the animal rights community, prisoner support work, the projects ABC are currently working on, and how much she hates talking to the public.

Enjoy! https://soundcloud.com/rotatingradicals/toronto-anarchist-black-cross-why-prisoner-solidarity-work-builds-resilient-communities

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Anti-fascist, Jason Hammond sentenced to 41 months for action against white supremacists.

Originally posted on Sacramento Prisoner Support:

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http://freejasonhammond.blogspot.com/

I write this statement after pleading guilty to state charges against me for my participation in an organized direct action taken against a group of white supremacists in May of 2012. I would like to share my thoughts about this action. First, major thanks and love to my friends and family who have supported me, for my amazing partner who kept me sane, my band for letting loose and my lawyer Sara Garber who has been ridiculously helpful in fighting this case with me.

While Chicago was in rebellion against the western military super-alliance NATO summit in 2012, a small group of racists organized their own ‘white nationalist economic summit’ in the nearby suburb of Tinley Park. They booked a restaurant to hold a luncheon under the guise of the “Illinois European Heritage Association.” For over six months this event was promoted on Stormfront.org, a very popular online forum…

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Journalist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months, his allocution/sentencing statement

Originally posted on Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

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On 1/22 journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, and to pay $890K in restitution

https://freebarrettbrown.org/

Barrett Brown’s allocution / sentencing statement

Good afternoon, Your Honor.

The allocution I give today is going to be a bit different from the sort that usually concludes a sentencing hearing, because this is an unusual case touching upon unusual issues. It is also a very public case, not only in the sense that it has been followed closely by the public, but also in the sense that it has implications for the public, and even in the sense that the public has played a major role, because, of course, the great majority of the funds for my legal defense was donated by the public. And so now I have three duties that I must carry out. I must express my regret, but I must also express my gratitude. And…

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Next Letter Writing Night – Feb 1st- Supporting the Cleveland 4

Date: Sunday February 1st
Time: 6pm-9pm
Where: Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham St (Bathurst and Bloor)

We’re switching this up a little bit. Due to some conflicts with schedules we will be hosting our next letter writing night on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1st 2015. This is the first Sunday of February. That means there will be no event in January.

We will be learning about and writing to The Cleveland 4.

They are four Occupy Cleveland activists— Brandon, Skelly, Connor, and Doug, who were accused of plotting a series of bombings. However, the real story is that FBI informants and undercover agents had a heavy hand in creating the alleged plot, produced the explosives, and coerced the four into participating. For more information, visit http://cleveland4solidarity.org/

Accessibility: This child-friendly event is FREE and a vegan meal will be provided. Beit Zatoun is two steps from street level and washrooms are located in the basement. A mobile ramp is available for the entrance stairs. If you have any questions about the space, or if you have a safety concern please email us – torontoblackcross (at) gmail.com

Thanks as always to Beit Zatoun for their generous support in letting us host letter nights in their space!

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WHAT?!!? Eric McDavid was released today!

We are so happy!! Sending so much love to Eric and his loved ones.

It is with bursting hearts that we write to tell you some amazing news. Today, January 8, Eric was ordered released from prison. It has been almost 9 years exactly since he was arrested in Auburn, CA, on January 13,2006.

Eric’s projected release date - until today - was February of 2023.

Get the full scoop from Sacramento Prisoner Support site.

Eric McDavid was released today!.

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“Mountie takes aboriginal woman home from jail cell to pursue relationship”.

We cant’ find the correct words to express the anger we feel towards the police, specifically related to their treatment of indigenous peoples in Canada, and even more so, indigenous women. No wonder there has been no inquiry for the murdered and missing indigenous women. RAGE.

“The senior officer in the detachment first said “it wasn’t right” for Theriault to take the woman out of custody but finally said: “You arrested her, you can do whatever the f–k you want to do.”

Read more here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/mountie-takes-aboriginal-woman-home-from-jail-cell-to-pursue-relationship-1.2893487

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THE CUBAN 5 HAVE BEEN FREED!

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We’re a little late to posting this, but we were so happy to learn that the remaining Cuban 5 have been freed!

Originally posted on Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

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National Committee To Free The Cuban Five
Tues, December 17, 2014
THE CUBAN FIVE ARE FREE!!!

This morning, breaking news on all news agencies says that our three
brothers, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, and Antonio Guerrero are
free!!! According to the news, Alan Gross is flying back to the United
States now, and President Obama will be speaking at about noon today,
Eastern time, to announce that and further developments. INCREDIBLE NEWS!
This is a very short notice, just to let everyone know of this GREAT GREAT
VICTORY! Stay tuned for more details! This victory is possible because of
the years of struggle of the strength and determination of our brothers
Gerardo, Antonio, Ramon, Fernando and Rene, and all the Cuban people, the
struggle of people in the United States and around the world, of all the
efforts to demand justice and freedom for the Cuban FIVE! The National

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Annual Holiday Card Writing Party! Sunday November 30th!

Send some love through the walls this season! Join us for a night of conversation, tasty vegan snacks and card-writing for dozens of prisoners across North America.

We will be sending cards to a lot of people. For a list of who we’re writing to, check out NYC ABC’s excellent Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War: http://nycabc.wordpress.com/guide/

Date and time:
Sunday November 30th, 6pm-9pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St near Bathurst and Bloor
Free!

Accessibility info: The entrance into Beit Zatoun has two steps, a small landing, and one step up to the front door. Once inside, there are two steps to get up to the main space. A fold out ramp can be provided. The bathroom is in the basement, which requires navigation of a steep staircase – with a handrail.
Vegan food, and refreshments provided. Child care will be available, advanced notice for childcare is not required, but will help us to provide age appropriate activities.
During the event, if you are at all uncomfortable in the space, organizers will be around to talk with you, if needed.

If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact us at torontoblackcross@gmail.com

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