Stop Mass Incarceration Network - General Meeting
Stop Mass Incarceration Network - New York City
Monday, March 4th Meeting, 7:00 PM
The Riverside Church, 120th & Claremont Avenue, Upper Manhattan
Take #1 train to 116th or 125th Stops
(1) Summation of We Are All Still Trayvon Actions, February 26th, and Building from There
Feb 26, 2013, one year since the vigilante murder of Trayvon Martin, brought people back in the streets, hoodies up, demanding justice for Trayvon. The issuing of a call by Carl Dix to mark this day was very important in people seeing the need to not wait for justice in the courts, but to keep up the demand that George Zimmerman be tried and locked up for murdering Trayvon. Carl’s call resulted in people taking action in several cities. Without this call, protests on this level might not have happened.
This activity by SMIN was a defining factor and reveals the beginning national network we to build greater resistance against mass incarceration, racial profiling and criminalization of our young people, and police brutality and murder, as well generating larger national debate.
(2) Update and Discussion of All Upcoming Court Dates and Demanding ALL Charges Be Dropped.
While we have achieved an important victory in the dismissing of charges in the latest Brooklyn stop-and-frisk trial that involved Carl Dix, Rev. Luis Barrios, Gbenga Akinnagbe, and Morgan Rhodewalt, we must continue to wage a concerted battle to the system's punitive measures against our struggle against the racist, immoral policy of stop-and-frisk. Our campaign against stop-and-frisk struck a raw nerve with the powers-that-be, and they are striking back. We will continue to expose this, and mobilize greater numbers of people to stand with the New Freedom Fighters.
The cases of Noche Diaz will also be coming up in the next few months; and in one trial he faces a total of 4 and half years. This cannot stand. This young revolutionary, and role model, must be defended for politically standing up to brutal police attacks on the people.
Tuesday March 12: 9:30 am Trial, Brooklyn: Noche Diaz, Randy Credico, Matt Swaye, Christina Gonzalez, Nick Malinowsky, John Hector, Robert Parsons. Brooklyn Criminal Court, 120 Schermerhorn.
Wednesday March 20: 8:45 am rally 9:30 am trial. Noche Diaz trial for observing police beat and arrest Jeffeth James. [Video here.] Bronx Criminal Court.
Monday April 8: 9:30 am Trial, Queens: Queens Criminal Court 125-01 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens. Noche Diaz, John Hector, Elaine Brower, Richie Marini, Matt Swaye, Christina Gonzalez, Greg Allen, Ribka Getachew, Calvin Barnwell. [See more here.]
Tuesday April 23: 8:45 am rally 9:30 am trial. Noche Diaz trial for observing police arrests in Harlem. Bronx Criminal Court.
(3) Bear Witness Project.
We put out a call for the Bear Witness Project: This is a project that requires outreach into the community, and to make links with peoples' experiences with mass incarceration, solitary confinement and tortuous conditions in prison.
(4) National Conference Call: Tuesday, March 5th at 9:00 EST -
Summing up We Are All Still Trayvon actions nationwide. You are invited!
Dial: 1-(832) 551-5100 and enter the passcode 249283 followed by # key.
If conference is not in session, system will put you on hold until the moderator arrives.
Stop Mass Incarceration Network
c/o P.O. Box 941 Knickerbocker Station
New York, NY 10002-0900