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(en) US, NYC, The RAT #3 (page 5) - freedom for political prisoners!

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Date Sun, 10 Apr 2005 07:55:07 +0200 (CEST)

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Support David ----- David Segal, a 19-year-old anarchist, was arrested in
January for allegedly starting a fire in a Bronx Army recruiting station.
He faces five to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of the fire.
The Army recruiting center where David was arrested is part of an old strip
mall about seven miles from Manhattan College. Inside, soldiers in fancy
uniforms try to entice young kids to join them, through telemarketing and
tabling in poor neighborhoods and high schools.
At about 3:30 a.m. on January 31, two transit cops claim they saw Segal
crouched in front of the center. According to police reports, David was
wearing latex gloves and carrying a backpack. The glass window panel on the
door had been broken and a hammer had been left nearby.

The officers claim there was a small fire just inside the
door. Although the damage from the fire was reported as
nothing more than a small hole in their stupid carpet, the
charges of `arson' carry a minimum sentence of 5-20 years.
Hours later, a pack of federal agents descended on Dav-
id's Manhattan College dorm room, milling about and
asking students what they knew. They reported that he
was a political activist with strong opinions, but "he didn't
seem like a person who might do what they said he did."
The reaction was similar in his hometown of Litchfield, CT,
where students and staff at Litchfield High fondly reminisced
about the classmate voted "most likely to rebel for the hell of
rebelling." He was known as a politically charged, outspo-
ken student who enjoyed standing against popular opinion.
People there remember him as an intelligent kid with a
bright future who wrote for the school newspaper. Short-
ly after 9/11 he published a harangue opposing the Pledge
of Allegiance. "He created a huge stir in the school, "
said a former teacher. "He was very left-wing to say the
least, but always had the information to back it up. "
That didn't change when Segal arrived at Manhat-
tan College, a small Catholic school in the Bronx. Dav-
id was a political activist on a campus where poli-
tics is of little concern to a majority of students.
Manhattan College students care more about nights on the
town and sports. "If Segal wanted a political environment, he
could have enrolled in a college in Manhattan," declared one
incredibly insightful student.
David started a zine, `The Radical Jasper', that addressed
topics such as political dissent, the presidential elec-
tion, and gender identity. Administrators tried to sup-
press it by claiming that they had received complaints
that it included profanity. David fought for his right to
free-speech and continued to distribute the zine despite
an administrative investigation, turning to students and
professors who supported his position through petition.
Manhattan College put him on suspension after
his arrest. He faces five to 20 years in federal pris-
on if convicted for setting fire to the Army center.
The excessive nature of the sentence David faces shows the
lengths to which the government is willing to go to intimi-
date and demonize anti-war dissent in all forms.
All of us, regardless of our theoretical or tactical differences,
should stand with David, supporting a fellow activist and
spirited speaker of unpopular ideas. To ignore his situation
is to throw him to the wolves, allowing the government to
be that much more aggressive against all of us. David's freedom is
being threatened, and our unity and support is absolutely vital.
To get involved or to lend financial support, contact:
Kansas Mutual Aid
PO Box 442438
Lawrence, KS 66044
Local support will be forthcoming as Davids's legal, monetary,
and other needs become clearer.
Check nyc.indymedia.org for updates.

Solidarity for Brendon Walsh
A man opposed to the war in Iraq will spend the next
five years in federal prison for throwing a Molotov cock-
tail through the window of a local armed forces recruit-
ing station in Vestal, NY, near Binghamton. After serv-
ing 5 years behind bars, Brendan Walsh of Endwell, will
be supervised for 3 years. He was recently sentenced in
Federal Court. Walsh had pleaded guilty to a charge of
attempting to damage or destroy a building by arson.
In April of 2003, he threw a Molotov cocktail through
the window of the recruiting station on the Vestal Park-
way. He was also charged with attempted destruction of
communication lines utilized by the U.S. Armed Forces,
which carried a maximum sentence of 10 years. Detec-
tives say Broome Security's work with surveillance video
was crucial in their investigation.
Brendon's Friend says:
I know this kid, in fact, I was best friends with him. He
was arrested at my house and I talk to him via telephone
on a regular basis. He is currently in Syracuse in a hold-
ing facility where he is teaching GED classes, and he is
working on attending Ohio State University via corre-
spondance courses.
To contact him in support
please mail all correspondance to:
Brendon Walsh
Jeremy Shirvan
2714 wIlliam St
Endwell, NY 13760-5822

Get Involved! Prisoner Support and Prison Abolition Projects in NYC:
New York City Books Through Bars
sending much-needed reading material to prison-
ers for education and entertainment
Critical Resistance New York
building an international movement to end the
prison industrial complex by challenging the belief
that caging and controlling people makes us safe
New York Friends of Jeff Luers
providing monetary, legal, and social support for
politcal prisoner Jeff Luers

Prison Moratorium Project

calling for an end to prison expansion and mass incarceration and for
restoration of the communities devasted by the criminal injustice system
New York City Jericho Movement working towards winning amnesty and freedom
for political prisoners and gaining recognition of the fact that politcal
prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the US, despite the government's
continued denial - www.jerichony.org
The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign - supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners
and prisoners of war who have been imprisoned for their political convictions
and activities in the cause of Puerto Rico's ongoing struggle for indepence
and the right the self-determination

New York Free Mumia Coalition
organizing for the freedom of political prisoner
Mumia Abu-Jamal
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