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(en) US, Alt. media-infoshop.org, RedRed' s New Public Statement

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 6 Aug 2003 10:28:34 +0200 (CEST)

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My name is Lori Chavez, known to most as
RedRed. I am a Portland anarcha-feminist involved in autonomous
community building and support. The purpose of this letter is to recap
what happened to me while I was in Sacramento, and to ask for your
support in my still pending felony legal case. On Friday June 20th, I
came to Sacramento during a mobilization to shut down a meeting of
the ministers of agriculture, including delegates from the USDA and
the WTO. I came to take the streets and disrupt the business of
genetic mutations, worker exploitation and land misuse. The
destructive behavior of these institutions is not isolated; it is part of a
system founded on the principles of exploitation. I came to help make
the connection between the ministers of agriculture and the
abomination that is capitalism. I had been in town less than a day
when I first experienced the police state in Sacramento. While riding
my bike down a major street, I was stopped by a police officer that
demanded my ID. I refused to give it to him and stated that unless I
was being arrested that I did not have to give my ID.

Before long three more cars and two bike cops appeared. The first
question I was asked was about the "protest". I was held on the
street and grilled by these officers about what "direct actions" I was
planning on and whom I came to Sacto with. I then demanded I be
arrested or released. The police then let me leave, but warned me that
if I did anything illegal while in town I would "pay". After this, I was
under heavy observation - I know this because my police report
contained information on meetings I attended and even conversations
I had leading up to the day of action. On Sunday June 22nd, my cluster
hit the streets. The police presence was very heavy, there were
scattered incidents of property relocation and DIY murals created on
once ugly buildings, but no violence. After two hours of marching in
the hot Sacto sun, I sat down to rest and re-hydrate. It was only for a
few seconds, but long enough for my cluster to move out of sight. As
soon as I did so, 26 sheriffs on bikes swung around a corner and
pinned me to the ground. I did not resist, and I contend to this day that
I had not committed any crimes, even in the eyes of the state. I was
arrested for possession of a gas mask and taken along with four
others to a special jail they had set up for the demo. I gave my name
as Jane Doe, along with all my other comrades. Later in the evening, I
was removed by force and taken to the main jail on new charges of
felony malicious destruction of property and misdemeanors of
possession of a slingshot and possession of a gas mask and graffiti. I
was forced to give my prints and my legal name was discovered.

The sheriffs who guarded me while in Sacto County Jail were the
same ones who arrested me and worked the demo. They verbally
harassed me and attempted to intimidate me. At my first court
appearance, the court dropped my charges; when I returned to my cell
awaiting release, the police were there and re-arrested me on the
same charges. I still question the legality of this. I spent six days in
jail, and then was released on my own recognizance. I was told "they
would have me back before the night was up." The remainder of my
time in Sacto was spent in lock down. I could not leave the apartment
of my friend because of squad cars parked outside that followed me
when I went outside. I had to have an escort with me at all times.

I have had five court appearances and am still in the indictment phase
of my case. The District Attorney is dragging out my case due to lack
of evidence, but pressure from the Sacramento police department
keeps her from dropping the charges. My private investigator has
found a witness that can testify that the window was not discovered
broken until Tuesday, my arrest was two days prior. I cannot be
specific, but he was a state employee and has been since silenced
and possibly terminated. I am holding up strong and fighting back in
the face of state repression, and I need you to join with me to fight
back as well. Currently, my amazingly supportive community is
organizing a letter writing campaign and a fund raising campaign. We
are asking members of our extended community to please write
letters/emails/faxes to Sacto DA Jan Scully, demanding that my
charges be dropped due to faulty evidence, and that the persecution
of activists stop now. Also, I need to hire a more politically aware
lawyer. I need fund for this and to spread the word of my case. I am
potentially facing five years if the charges stick, and need your

I make this call for solidarity because I still want to be an active
organizer in our community, and I fear what will happen to our
movement if they continue to capture us one by one. Together, we can
resist and overcome the forces of brutality that attempt to silence us.

In solidarity,

RedRed has asked that we contact the Sacramento DA and demand
that the charges be dropped:
Sacramento D.A.
901 G St
Sacramento, CA 95814
ph: 916-874-6218
fax: 916-874-5340
email: dawebmail@saccounty.net close
the information.

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