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(en) Canada, Vancouver, Anarchist Sentenced to Jail for Attempting to Stop Deportation

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 17 Dec 2004 10:42:53 +0100 (CET)


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On December 8, in B.C. Supreme Court, Justin Goodman was sentenced to 90
days in jail for his role in an anti-deportation action at Vancouver
Airport almost 2 years ago. Previously, Justin had been convicted of
"assault on a peace officer" and "assisting escape from lawful custody"
(an additional charge of "obstruction" was stayed).
In sentencing Justin to the full 90 days recommended by the Crown
Prosecutor, the Judge cited the "deterence" & "denunciation" principles of
the Criminal Code of Canada: in other words, acts of solidarity and
sympathy must be "denounced" and "detered" through the imposition of
criminal sanctions serious enough to cause others to think twice before
engaging in similar acts of decency. The Judge also said, with a straight
face, that violations of the "rule of law" undermine "legitimate social
protest."

At the adjournment of court, most people remained sitting when the
Sheriffs ordered everyone to stand. A few of Justin's comrades shouted
messages of support as he was led away.

Many people went to the Vancouver Airport that day to stop the deportation
of Iranian refugee Kobra Nateghi and her young adult son, Hassan,
including Kobra's family and other members of Vancouver's progressive
Iranian community, members of the Anti-Poverty Committee and local
anarchists. Justin is paying the price for an action that, although
ultimately unsuccessful in preventing Kobra and Hassan from being deported
(after fleeing from the Airport and going into hiding, Kobra's Lawyer
"advised" her to turn herself in to the immigration authorities), inspired
many of us by demonstrating that when poor and marginalized people are
under attack by the state, we have a responsibility to defend them
(according to a recent article in a local youth magazine, members of
Vancouver's Iranian community have not heard from Kobra in over a year).

The Canadian state, while simultaneously trying to subjugate the
indigenous population and their legitimate resistance to settler
colonialism, imprisons, harasses and deports those victims of imperialism
from abroad who are fleeing violence, war and poverty. People from Arab
and Middle Eastern countries like Algeria, Iran and Palestine are paying
the heaviest price as Canada plays its loyal role in the "war on terror"
(sic). For example, another woman, feminist and former Iranian student
activist Haleh Sabah, was deported from Vancouver last week (and promptly
arrested and imprisoned in Tehran airport's "Revolutionary Court" upon
arriving in Iran - she faces years in jail). And 5 Muslim and Arab men
are being detained indefinitely in maximum-security prisons on so-called
"security certificates" unable to see family and friends and, in some
cases, even their lawyers (the Supreme Court of Canada ruled last week
that this type of creeping fascism is "constitutional").

You can support Justin in the following ways:

1. Write Justin a letter (please don't send anything else, including
money, postage stamps, or even stationary - also, write/type your letter
on plain, white paper and don't use recycled paper, such as the back of a
leaflet, as it may get rejected by prison staff for "security" reasons):

Justin Raymond Goodman (CS# 05645338)
c/o Fraser Regional Correctional Centre (Unit 1D)
PO Box 1500
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Canada V2X 7G3

(all correspondence to prisoners is subject to review and possible
censoring by prison staff so don't write anything that you wouldn't want a
cop to read).

2. While inside prison, Justin needs money to buy stamps, stationary,
phone cards, extra food, etc. so if you have money to spare, please make a
donation. This can be done in one of two ways:

a.) You can send a cheque (certified cheques are better - and essential
for those living outside Canada - than personal cheques as the latter have
a 10 day "hold" placed on them) or money order directly to the prison
mailing address above; make the cheque/money order payable to "Justin
Raymond Goodman" and write his inmate number (CS# 05645338) on the
cheque/M.O.

b.) Send the cheque/M.O. to us at the following address (again, make the
cheque/M.O. payable to "Justin Raymond Goodman"):

Justin Goodman Support Fund
c/o Purple Thistle
975 Vernon Drive,
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6A 3P2


For background information on this case, please go to the following links:

http://resist.ca/story/2003/1/22/8492/09639
http://resist.ca/story/2003/1/23/95848/2978
http://resist.ca/story/2004/11/2/18449/1907
http://resist.ca/story/2004/11/15/202152/24

(For further information, email blackandred@resist.ca).


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