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This weeks show features 2 interviews. The first is with Savanah, an anarchist working on solidarity with members of the North Carolina tribe of the Almighty Latin Kings & Queens Nation. ALKQN members are facing RICO charges in Federal Court. The trial begins October 22nd, 2012. More info can be found at alkqnsupport.com
The second part of the show, we speak with Jeremy, an Anarchist who was invovled in copwatch in the South Barton Heights neighborhood in the north of Richmond, Virginia. Jeremy asserts that he faced increasing harassment and eventually imprisonment for being a vocal and visible proponent of holding cops accountable and spreading the practice of copwatching. For more about Richmond CopWatch, check out wingnutrva.org
From ALKQN Support
Tuesday, October 9th we had the pleasure of seeing our dear friends and co-defendants of the struggle. The motions hearing went as well as could be expected with small victories hear and there. There seems to have been some shake ups and confusions regarding law, being a lawyer, and doing “go work” on both sides of the bench. (more…)
From Capitalist Press
GREENSBORO — The Rev. Joseph Frierson wants to see justice served.
But justice, he said, is not what the federal government is pursuing in its racketeering case against Jorge Cornell and other local members of the Latin Kings.
“We are not saying that wrong things did not happen,” Frierson said. “But Jorge was not the root cause of that. What Jorge was doing was taking young men and women who had been battered and bruised by life’s journey and seeking to transform them into individuals that added to the quality of life.”
Frierson will be among the local clergy, attorneys and other community leaders Sunday at Bethel AME Zion Church to show their support for Cornell and discuss the injustice they said he is facing. (more…)
The publishing group Negate City just released a new pamphlet about the case against Jorge Cornell and the NC Latin Kings. If you are unfamiliar with the racist background of the Greensboro Police Department or the gang truce work of the NC Latin Kings then this pamphlet would be a good place to start. This is also a great pamphlet to make copies of and pass out to your friends and family to let them know what the federal government is trying to do to these men. You can find the zine here.
From ALKQN Support
We have less than a month before trial begins on October 15th, and we finally have a We Pay account up and running. Please consider donating any amount to help keep our legal line on, the defendants canteens full, and to help contribute to the fund for gas money and postage that is a weekly expense of doing legal defense support work. Keep checking back for a list of events we will be hosting in Greensboro leading up to the trial and for more information for showing up to the Winston-Salem Federal Courthouse on Monday, October 15th.
The Defense Coalition
From ALKQN Support
The following press statement was written by the Jorge Cornell and ALKQN Legal Defense Coalition and released through the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC.
The RICO Case Against Latin King Jorge Cornell:
Evidence Points to the “Abuse of State Power” and Revengeful Retaliation by the Greensboro Police
Several government documents have surfaced recently that reveal the failure of the U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ) to conduct an investigation into a 22-page Civil Rights complaint that was filed on behalf of Mr. Jorge Cornell by Attorney Anita Earls, a former DOJ Attorney.
Attorney Anita Earls filed the Latin King Title VI complaint with the Justice Department in October 2010. In an attempt to follow up on the complaint, Mr. Cornell’s current attorney, Michael Patrick, made a Freedom of Information Act request and was told that there were no investigative documents because no investigation was done.
The DOJ is required to investigate civil rights complaints. Since an investigation into the police misconduct alleged in the complaint could yield exculpatory evidence for Mr. Cornell and the Latin Kings, the failure to attend to the Title VI complaint is an extremely serious violation of the standards and obligatory procedures of the Department of Justice.
Instead, about a year after the Title VI letter was filed by Attorney Earls, Mr. Cornell and over a dozen other members of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN) were handed criminal indictments under the RICO Act. Ironically, the complaint in which they had entered a detailed expose of local police malpractices and violations of their First Amendment Rights occasioned further infringement on their civil rights and, evidently, retaliation by the Greensboro Police Department, backed by the U.S. Justice Department. The 36-page federal indictment by the DOJ includes among its outrageous charges: murder, with no name of a person, no body, no missing person, no weapon, no date, no place, just allegations meant to frighten and drive people away from Mr. Cornell. (more…)
We recently received news that a dear comrade and revolutionary Latin King, Gabriel Concepcion, AKA King Blaze, passed away in February. Due to internet email glitches, the news is very late in getting to us.
Blaze was a former prisoner and long time street member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN). Since his imprisonment in the mid 90′s, Blaze became a devout revolutionary. He dedicated his life to trying to transform the ALKQN into a street level revolutionary organization. He was released from prison in 2007, and became involved with organizing back in his hometown of the Bronx in New York City. He passed away at his mother’s home on February 25, 2012.
The grief of this loss is very overwhelming, as this news very recently reached us. A longer writing will surely come. But for now, we invite you to read two articles about Blaze’s work with the former Allied Resistance Network, a prisoner revolutionary organization active from 2003-2009.
In love and solidarity! Remember our dead and fight like hell for the living!
King Blaze, ¡Presente!