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(en) US, ANARCHIST PEOPLE OF COLOR (APOC) TARGETED AT RNC PROTESTS 1 September, 2004

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Date Thu, 2 Sep 2004 09:30:03 +0200 (CEST)


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For the past several days the New York Police Department has used
heavy-handed tactics to harass, intimidate, and arrest predominantly
non-violent protestors. Unfortunately, but not atypically, non-Caucasian
dissenters are suffering the worst consequences.
On Sunday, August 29th, one of the many people arrested was charged with two
felony charges and bail that was set at $200,000. This person of color has
the highest bail so far and supporters need to raise $20,000 in order to
get him released. Other white activists arrested during this action were
given minor charges. There is a fund set up at www.foodnotbombs.net for
bail and commissary for this brother.

The Poor People’s March For Our Lives took place the next day, August 30th.
This march was organized by people of color for better living conditions.
Many participators were immigrants, disabled people and many others who
faced great risk by being arrested. The end of the march turned into a
police riot when they attempted to violently cage the non-violent people of
New York marching through their own streets. This is another example of
the racist nature of the police state.

A nineteen year old African-American, Jamal Holiday, was arrested after an
undercover officer on an unmarked scooter rammed into a crowd of protesters
and a fight ensued, leaving the undercover officer wounded. The brother was
picked up the next day at a protest because he fit a description and was
wearing similar clothes as the suspect. He is spending his 20th birthday in
jail under circumstantial evidence.

All the persons arrested are being taken to Pier 57. This place is known
for being ridden with asbestos and other chemicals, leaving many arrestees
with chemical burns and other health problems. Many locals call the place
the “Toxic Guantanamo on the Hudson.”

If the detention situation is similar to the Miami Model of the November
FTAA protests, then we know that the people of color in prison will be
targeted, singled out, and tortured severely and repeatedly. We need your
help and together we will stand in solidarity with our fellow comrades.

The news media, both mainstream and progressive, can tend to alienate,
tokenize, misrepresent, or completely ignore what people of color have to
say and what we do in our communities. We are putting out this bulletin in
order to vocalize our concerns.

At this point, we have identified six APOC affinity members who’ve been
arrested. The process is still being established, but if you are willing
to donate funds for bail and/or fines, please got to
http://www.illegalvoices.org/apoc and click on the Paypal icon to make a
secure donation. Please e-mail apocfund@yahoo.com with questions.
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WWW.ILLEGALVOICES.ORG/APOC
PEOPLE OF COLOR
SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
NEW YORK CITY, NY


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