Police/Legal/Prisons

Protesters show up at UK Embassy after arrest of Julian Assange

On the 11th of April, British police "forcibly removed" and arrested Julian Assange on an extradition warrant from the United Snakes after the government of Ecuador cravenly gave them a green light. That afternoon, protesters showed up at UK embassies all over the world. One of the protests was here in DC. Protesters are demanding that Assange (of Wikileaks) be released and NOT be extradicted to the US.

Video-the protest in front of the UK Embassy 1 min 40 sec

Black Lives Matter DCMPD 1st District Protest FullHD 60p

Video of Speakers at the April 4 Protest in front of the 1st District DCMPD headquarters YouTube Link

From the Press release:

 

Black Lives Matter protests child detentions, Stop and Frisk at MPD's 1D headquarters

On the 5th of April, Black Lives Matter showed up outside MPD's First Division headquarters at 1st and M sts SW. They were there to protest the normalization of Black kids as young as 11 being subject to arbitrary detention, Stop and Frisk, and being handcuffed. MPD claims these are isolated incidents, Black Lives Matter says otherwise and has the testimony and accounts by parents to back it up.

Video-reading out demands in front of MPD 2 min 47 sec

Nobody Is Above the Law Rally Lafayette Park Full Video

#ReleaseTheReport protest at the White House, Washington DC

YouTube Livestream Link
Speakers include:

Rochelle Rice - National Anthem

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10)

CAP (Neera Tanden, President)

PFAW (Diallo Brooks, Senior Director of Outreach and Public Engagement)

Common Cause (Marilyn Carpinteyro, Vice President of Programs and Strategy)

Democracy 21 (Fred Wertheimer, President)

CREW (Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director)

Chelsea Manning's lawyers file "grumbles motion" for release

Grand jury resistor Chelsea Manning is being held in solitary confinement for refusing to testify to a grand jury presumably investigating Assange and Wikileaks. On Monday, April 1, her attorneys filed what is known as a "grumbles" motion for her release. This is a motion to show that no amount of incarceration can induce the defendent to testify. Since grand jury holds are required to be "probative" and not "punitive," if the judge agrees Chelsea will never talk, he has to release her.

Senate Votes on Puerto Rico Disaster Aid and Emergency Food Assistance

The Senate agreed to vote next week on disaster relief legislation that includes $600 million in emergency food assistance for Puerto Rico. In recent days, a turbulent exchange between President Trump and Congressional leadership exploded over whether or not Puerto Rico disaster aid monies should be included in Senate legislation.

Chelsea Manning being held in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

Update April 4: Cheslea FINALLY out of solitary, "released" into general population at Trusdale Detention Center. Keep the pressure on, let's get her released from jail entirely!

URGENT: On March 23, ChelseaResists! reported that Chelsea Manning (jailed for resisting a grand jury that appears to be investigation Assange and Wikileaks) has been held in "Administrative Segregation" or solitary confinemnt since she arrived at the William G Trusdale Adult Detention Center on March 8. She is held in her cell 22 hours a day, no doubt to increase the pressure on her to submit to the grand jury and throw her comrades under the bus. Chelsea has sworn not to cooperate no matter how much damage she gets from this abuse.

Alexandria jail REFUSES to allow Code Pink to visit Chelsea Manning

On the 9th of March, Code Pink tried to visit Chelsea Manning at the Alexandria, VA "Adult Detention Center" at 2001 Mill Road near the Eisenhower Ave Metro station. Guards claimed she could not have ANY visitors until she was "fully processed in" up to 72 hours later. There is a good chance this is a lie, as it was not the policy at the nearby Arlington County Jail in Feb 2017.

Video: Jail refuses to allow Code Pink to visit 3 min 4 sec

News2Share photo of Code Pink outside the jail where Chelsea Manning is being in effect held hostage for testimony she is refusing to give.

Chelsea Manning HELD for refusing to speak to grand jury

On the 8th of March, Chelsea Manning was held and taken into custody after appearing in Federal court for a contempt hearing after refusing to speak to a grand jury the previous day. She stated that she does not believe in or accept this secret process that "tends to favor the government" while speaking before the hearing. Several supporters were able to get inside the courthouse to support her prior to entering the closed hearing.

Video-Chelsea Manning notes these secretive hearings "favor the government" before entering the courthouse

Federal court denies Chelsea Manning's motion to quash grand jury subpeona as protesters rally outside

On the 5th of March, a Federal court in Alexandria, VA denied Chelsea Manning's motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for which almost all details have been kept under seal. Chelsea reported a very large number of government attorneys were present at the hearing. Outside, protesters including several previous grand jury resistors stood in solidarity with her.

Video-Chelsea speaks outside the courthouse 5 min 58 sec

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