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(en) US, San Francisco, The 7th Annual Anarchist Cafe, Friday, March 12, benefit for Bookfair and Sherman Austin

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Date Wed, 25 Feb 2004 21:50:01 +0100 (CET)

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From: Emma Goldman <anarchistcafe2004-A-yahoo.com>
Vegan dinner!! Performers!! DJs!! and more!! Friday * March 12,
2004 * 6pm ‘til late 225 Portrero Ave., at 16th Street San Francisco
- A benefit for The Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair and political prisoner
Sherman Austin $5 - $15 donation requested No one turned away for lack of funds
INDOOR PERFORMANCE AREA including music, guest speakers, spoken word, and poetry
VIDEO by Video Activist Network
dinner 6:30
performers indoors 7-10
video 8-9
dancing 9 ‘til midnight

all ages! kid friendly!

drug and alcohol free space.
wheelchair accessible.

Who is Sherman Austin?

Sherman Austin, a 20 year-old, black, Southern
California anarchist, was the webmaster of the site
www.raisethefist.com. He is the first person to be
charged under 18 U.S.C. 842(p), a 1997
"anti-terrorism" law authored by California Senator
Dianne Feinstein. What was Austin’s crime? He had
had offered free hosting and a link on his website to
a site called The Reclaim Guide, offering general
security culture information along with a small
portion dealing with explosives, authored by a
suburban white youth from a wealthy, conservative

On August 4, Sherman Austin was sentened to one year
in federal prison and three years probation. His
probation includes the following terms: Austin cannot
possess or access a computer of any kind without prior
approval of his probation officer; if he gets that
approval, the equipment is subject to monitoring and
to search and seizure at any time, without notice; he
must surrender his phone, DSL, electric, and satellite
bills to his probation officer; and he cannot
associate with any person or group--environmental,
social justice, political, or economic--that seeks to
change the government in any way.

Although Austin initially planned to fight the charge
and go to trial, he accepted a plea bargain after
being threatened with serving up to 20 years in jail.
Despite both the FBI and the Justice Department
agreeing on a sentence of four months in jail and four
months in community confinement, the judge increased
the sentence to set an example for future

For more information about Sherman Austin, please see:


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