Tuesday, January 26, 2010
by Sharon Danann
Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network
Peoples Fightback Center
When we were last in court in support of Rebecca Whitby, she was given a continuance with a pre-trial in mid-Feb. and a trial date in late Feb. Amazingly, a misdemeanor assault charge came seemingly out of nowhere and was abruptly scheduled for trial this coming Friday, 1/29/10. The time as before is 9:00 am and the place as before is the 19th floor of the Justice Center, 1200 Ontario at Lakeside, Cleveland.
As you recall, the charges Rebecca is facing all stem from a horrifically brutal incident last April in which the younger Rebecca was beaten by police in her own home and finally tasered into seizures and unconsciousness in the police car. Her mother, also named Rebecca Whitby, used her body to try to shield her daughter from some of the blows. The Grand Jury found nothing to charge them with. However, immediately after the family filed a report with the Police Dept.'s Office of Professional Standards, a warrant was issued for the younger Rebecca's arrest. This is a clear case of "You will not hold us accountable" on the part of the police. It is about the fact that the family said, "This was wrong." The Whitbys today, any of us tomorrow.
At the last hearing Judge Stuart Friedman made a series of biased comments about "community activists" in an effort to divide the family and intimidate the supporters. The family is not divided and we are not intimidated. We will be there in strength on Friday and at all future hearings.
Monday, January 11, 2010
The current global economic crisis? Here in America dissembling economists call it a "recession." Some Guy, uh... that would be me, calls the similar conditions that prevailed when FDR was president and millions of workers were demanding a New Deal from him The Lesser Depression of the 1930s. Either way, "depression / recession," the Japanese have a word for it (see below). By my lights there is none better, in any language. I would only add, "...and the neoliberal capitalists you rode in on!"
PORTE MENTAUX - Ah ça ira
Edith Piaf- Le ça ira (ca. 1953)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
in back of the McDonald’s parking lot
- Jobs or Income NOW!
- A Moratorium on Layoffs, Foreclosures & Evictions!
- No Cutoffs for People on Public Assistance!
- Fund Peoples Needs, Not War and Greed!