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UNDER SURVEILLANCE PART 2: the NAACP and working with other agencies

This week’s cover story about Greensboro police surveillance of activists is long, so long in fact that we had to cut two entire sections out to make it fit. Here they are in full:
NAACP
The civil rights organization has worked closely with the Beloved Community Center and Latin King leader Jorge Cornell over the years, but a request on the NAACP turned up a minimal amount of criminal intelligence.
One of the few mentions came from former Captain Charles Cherry, who alleged that, “Councilman Matheny in a August 23, 2010 e-mail directed the GPD to look for ways to charge NAACP members, because the citizens complained to Mr. Matheny.” Cherry, who says he was fired from the department for helping officers file complaints of discrimination, also claimed in the same message that Chief Miller intimidated an NAACP member. (more…)

UNDER SURVEILLANCE: How Greensboro police monitor activists

Officers Steven Kory Flowers (left) and Rob Finch (right)

Officers Steven Kory Flowers (left) and Rob Finch (right)

From Yes Weekly!

By Eric Ginsberg

Anyone who has ever been involved in grassroots organizing, a social movement or activism has probably wondered at least once, if not frequently, about if they are being watched. Though police surveillance is no secret — uniformed officers regularly videotape legal protests, for example — what happens with the intelligence is usually a mystery to the public. (more…)

Yates Defendants Protest Court, Avoid Jail Time

raidFrom News and Observer

BY TAMMY GRUBB

HILLSBOROUGH — Seven people arrested in connection with a police raid on the Yates Motor Co. building last fall will avoid jail time if they stay out of trouble. An arrest warrant is out for the eighth after she failed to show for court.

Judge Charles Anderson awarded four deferred prosecution verdicts and three prayers for judgment Monday for charges filed in the Nov. 13 occupation of the vacant car dealership building on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. (more…)

Pack The Courtroom this Monday, Jan. 30th!

All the folks who were arrested at the Yates Building occupation have court this coming Monday, Jan 30th at 9am. Come out to the Hillsborough Courthouse to show your support for them and to take a stand against the police raid.

The DA’s office wants to close the court cases on Monday. They want to quiet the outraged voices that have come from so many different corners of our communities. Come out and show them that we won’t be intimidated, that we will fight the city government’s attempts to suppress political speech and action. Come out and show them that no matter what happens in the courtroom, we won’t stop organizing against the violent police–we won’t stop organizing for community control.

For autonomy and dignity.

Breaking and Entering a New World: Video, Photos, and Article on the Chrysler Occupation

A new report from Crimethinc tells the story of the occupation of a derelict building in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on November 12-13, 2011, drawing on accounts from a wide range of participants. While anarchists and corporate media have circulated news of this action far and wide, the experiences shared inside the building have remained a sort of black box. This report opens up that box, just as the occupiers opened up the building, to reveal a world of possibility. You can read more and see a related video here.

Crowd Marches from Police HQ to Town Hall

(from capitalist press)

CHAPEL HILL — Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt briefly recessed tonight’s Town Council meeting after angry protesters jeered a council decision to put off apologies to two journalists detained in the Nov. 13 occupation of the Yates Motor Co. downtown.

Council member Laurin Easthom had proposed apologizing to News & Observer staff writer Katelyn Ferral and freelance journalist Josh Davis, who were handcuffed and told to lie on the ground when police moved in to evict squatters from the vacant car dealership.

“We are not elected to be bureaucrats; we are elected to be leaders of the community,” Easthom said. “The detaining of these reporters is wrong.”

But a majority of council members wanted to wait. They voted to refer to town staff both Easthom’s petition and a citizen’s petition from Chapel Hill resident Jim Neal seeking an independent review of the Nov. 13 incident, in which police officers armed with assault weapons charged seven protesters with misdemeanor breaking and entering. A new police review board is scheduled to meet next month and will also review the incident.

“Gathering information is the most important thing we can do right now,” council member Penny Rich said.

Kleinschmidt assured the packed Town Hall crowd that he sympathized with the goals of Occupy Chapel Hill, in which some of the squatters participate. The building takeover, organized by a group that described itself as “autonomous anti-capitalist occupiers,” was not an Occupy-sanctioned event

“I have a great appreciation for the work Occupy does,” Kleinschmidt told the hecklers. “Maybe some of you don’t know who your mayor is.”

The meeting resumed after about five minutes to consider other matters.

 

Chapel Hill Police Department Has Long History Of Violence

This excerpt is being reprinted to illustrate the systematic nature of police violence and racism in Chapel Hill. It has been erroneously stated that this is the first time an incident like this one has happened in Chapel Hill . We hope by bringing this past incident to light we can move forward as a community to end police violence and fight the coming police state.

from LOCKDOWN AMERICA: police and prisons in the age of crisis

By Christian Parenti

One of the most infamous SWAT “fishing expeditions” was “Operation Ready-Rock,” launched in November 1990 by the Chapel Hill police. (more…)

Police Raid Occupied Building with Guns Drawn, 8 Arrests

Taken from Trianarchy

At aproximately 430 pm, one of the largest coordinated police actions in recent Chapel Hill/Carrboro history took place in downtown. After shutting off both ends of Franklin St. and establishing a perimeter around the building, a several dozen police with guns drawn raided the 10,000 square foot Chrysler building at 419 W. Franklin St. Both Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police participated, as well as the fire department.

(more…)

THIS BUILDING IS OURS! Chapel Hill Anarchists Occupy Downtown Building

From Trianarchy

In the midst of the first general strike to hit the US since 1946, a group of comrades occupied a vacant building in downtown Oakland, CA. Before being brutally evicted and attacked by cops, they taped up in the window a large banner declaring, “Occupy Everything…”

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Last night, at about 8pm, a group of about 50 – 75 people occupied the 10,000 square foot Chrysler Building on the main street of downtown Chapel Hill. Notorious for having an owner who hates the city and has bad relations with the City Council, the giant building has sat empty for ten years. It is empty no longer. (more…)