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TWO ACTIONS ON MARCH 20, 2004

ARLINGTON SOUTH

 9 AM .to 4 P.M.

Veterans for Peace, The Fort Myers Social Action Committee and other volunteers will be erecting 564 white two foot crosses with the names and ages of each American soldier who has lost his/her life in Iraq. If the numbers go up between now and then we have more crosses ready to erect. The following week the display will be erected at Bonita Beach and the weekend of March 20, the one year anniversary of the declairation of war on Iraq, Arlington South will be erected in Naples.

 We are doing this action during Spring Break with the hopes of getting the attention of thousands of young people who flock to the beaches at this time of the year. Posters will be erected outlining the cost of the Iraqi war, and the deaths of Iraqi civilians and combatants. This will not be a religious ceremony as the soldiers were of different religions. The only symbol the crosses will represent is death.

The purpose of Arlington South is to :

Recognize and mourn for the 550 American soldiers and their families who have suffered this tragedy;

To inform and remind the general public of the terrible cost in human lives lost in this illegal war:

And to demonstrate our support of our troops by demanding that the administration BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW...ALIVE.

For more info please contact John Riccio, (239) 649-6863 jfriccio38@yahoo.com

THE WORLD STILL SAYS NO TO WAR
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 4:00-6:00 PM

Collier County Government Center (Corner US 41 & Airport Road), Naples, FL 34112 March 20, 2004the one year anniversary of the U.S. bombing and invasion of Iraqwill be a Global Day of Action against War and Occupation. On that day millions around the globe will take to the streets to say YES to peace and NO to pre-emptive war and occupation. Joining with growing numbers of military families and soldiers, we will call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and Bushs militaristic foreign policies. JOIN US in Naples to demonstrate our solidarity with the International Community. We say YES to peace and NO to war and occupation! Bring signs and banners.
MARCH 20 MOBILIZING LEAFLET

U.S. TAX DAY: NO MONEY FOR WAR DEMONSTRATION
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 4:30-6:00 PM
U.S. Post Office, 1200 Goodlette Road N., Naples, FL 34102
Over fifty percent of our federal tax dollars go to war preparations; post 9-11 increases make us less, not more secure. Join us to protest the misappropriation of our tax dollars toward the military and war. Bring signs and banners to protest the Iraqi war and occupation that the Pentagon estimates has cost U.S. taxpayers 96 billion dollars as of January 2004 and is costing U.S. taxpayers over 200 million dollars dailythis is in addition to the record $400 billion U.S. military budget for Fiscal Year 2004. Dont pay for war flyers will be available for leafleting.




URGENT CALL TO ACTION: FTAA Protesters Brutalized in Miami!

Direct Action Contingency, Miami , 11.23.2003 02:47


Our legal team estimates more than 250 arrests. People have become political prisoners and are being held in jail. More than 50 of them were arrested while holding a peaceful vigil outside the jail in solidarity with those inside. They were surrounded by riot police and ordered to disperse. As they did, police opened fire and blocked the streets preventing many from leaving.

We are now receiving reports from people being released or calling from jail that there is excessive brutality, sexual assault and torture going on inside. People of color, Queer and transgender prisoners are particularly being targeted. There is a confirmed report of one Latino man arrested along with 62 others outside Miami-Dade County Jail Friday, who is currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit for an injury he received after being beaten in the head with night stick by an arresting officer.

CALL TO ACTION!
CALL TO ACTION!


This week thousands of protestors came to Miami to oppose the FTAA. The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas is an international trade agreement that aims to extend corporate control throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Prior to the mass action there was a calculated campaign on the part of the police to intimidate and harass protestors. One officer characterized this campaign by saying "You can beat the rap, but not the ride".

As we feared, our protests were met by a massive show of state repression, backed by $8.5 million in US Government funding. Miami Police Commissioner John Timoney oversaw a massive, paramilitary assault on our constitutional and human rightS.

Protestors were attacked by police wielding batons, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber, wooden, and plastic bullets and other chemical agents. Over 100 protestors were treated for injuries; 12 were hospitalized. Police dispersed large groups of peaceful protestors with tear gas, pepper spray and open fire.

Small groups leaving the protests were harassed, arrested and beaten. This campaign of fear and intimidation culminated in the closure and militarization of downtown Miami. There were confirmed reports of military tanks patrolling the streets after dark on Thursday night.

Our legal team estimates more than 250 arrests. People have become political prisoners and are being held in jail. More than 50 of them were arrested while holding a peaceful vigil outside the jail in solidarity with those inside. They were surrounded by riot police and ordered to disperse. As they did, police opened fire and blocked the streets preventing many from leaving.

We are now receiving reports from people being released or calling from jail that there is excessive brutality, sexual assault and torture going on inside. People of color, Queer and transgender prisoners are particularly being targeted. There is a confirmed report of one Latino man arrested along with 62 others outside Miami-Dade County Jail Friday, who is currently hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit for an injury he received after being beaten in the head with night stick by an arresting officer.

People have also been denied access to attorneys, visitation rights, vegetarian or vegan food, and access to essential medication and medical attention.

We call on people from around the globe to take action immediately to support our sisters and brothers who are being unfairly arrested and brutalized. We are calling for three immediate actions:

1) Call, fax, email elected officials with the demands listed below. Contact information below.

2) Money is urgently needed to get people out of jail. They are making everyone post between $100 - $5000 I in bail. We are working with bail bondsmen, but this is not enough. Send money to cover legal and jail-support expenses including: bail, getting people rides back home and other legal costs. Please send money to:

Online donations are possible at:
 http://www.unitedforpeace.org/ftaadonate

You can also mail a check or money order to:

United for Peace and Justice/FTAA Fund
P.O. Box 607
Times Square Station
New York, NY 10108
[Please specify "Legal Fund" in the memo field]

3) Global Day of Action on Monday at any time and any appropriate location. This could be US Embassies, Departments of Justice or FBI offices.

THESE ARE OUR DEMANDS:

a. Drop all charges.
b. Release all political prisoners.
c. Meet basic human needs: no more brutality, provide appropriate food, access to medicine and medical attention, warm clothing.
d. Provide access to attorneys and visitation rights.
e. Provide equitable treatment to all prisoners.
f. Do not share information collected with the INS.
g. Fire Chief Timoney

Many thanks for your support. It is urgently needed.

To send a free fax:
 http://www.citizen.org/fax/background.cfm?ID=245&source=19

PLEASE CALL AND WRITE:

MANUEL A. DIAZ, Mayor, City of Miami
305.250.5300
305.375.5071
 mayor@miamidade.gov OR  mannydiaz@ci.miami.fl.us

ALEX PENELAS, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
305.829.9336 home
305.375.5071 office
Chief of Staff: Francois Illas
 Fillas@ci.miami.fl.us

KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE
State Attorney
305.547.0100

JOHN TIMONEY
Chief of Police
305.673.7925
305.579.6565

OTHER NUMBERS:

Local media has been grossly biased in their coverage. While this is somewhat to be expected, the following are numbers that people can call to voice frustration.

CBS4: 305.639.4551, 305.639.4601, 305.639.4426
WPLG channel 10: 305.576.6397
WSUN Fox: 954.524.0388 (Rosh Lowe)

Miami Jail Information: To track people in the system try:

 http://www.miami-dadeclerk.com

Miami-Dade Jail (felonies)
Facility Supervisor: Captain E. Cambridge
Address: 1320 NW 13 Street Miami, FL. 33125
Facility Phone: 786.263.4100

Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (misdemeanors)
Facility Supervisor: Captain M. Fernandez
Address: 7000 NW 41 Street Miami, Fl. 33166
Facility Phone: 305.470.7600


Carlos Alvarez, Director of Metropolitan Sheriff Department
Miami-Dade Police Department
9105 Northwest 25th Street
Miami, FL 33172-1500 USA
Telephone: 305.471.2100
Fax: 305.471.2163


OTHER CONTACT NUMBERS OF CITY OFFICIALS:

ALEJANDRO VILARELLO
City Attorney
305.416.1800

JOHNNY WINTON, Miami City Commissioner
305.858.7344 home
305.250.5333 office
E-mail:  jwinton@ci.miami.fl.us

KATY SORENSON, Miami Dade County Commissioner
305.375.5218
305.378.6677

Commissioner Angel Gonzalez
E-mail:  agonzalez@ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: 305.250.5430

Commissioner Joe M. Sanchez, District 3
E-mail:  jsanchez@ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: 305.250.5380

Commissioner Tomas P. Regalado, District 4
E-mail:  tr@ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: 305.250.5420

Commissioner Arthur Teele, Jr., District 5
E-mail:  artteele@ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: 305.250.5390

City Manager Joe Arriola
E-mail:  jarriola@ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: 305.250.5400

City Attorney Alejandro Vilarello
E-mail:  law@ci.miami.fl.us
Telephone: 305.416.1800

City Attorney's Office
444 SW 2nd Avenue, Suite 945
Miami, Florida 33130



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Please, please, give financial support!
Brandee, 11.23.2003 10:03
I just got out last night, i was cuffed for 20 hours, held for 30. MANY of us are still locked up with no bond posted. The legal line is out of money to accept collect calls from jail. PLEASE give what you can, please!
Support Legal Action Now
SOS, 11.23.2003 10:38
The reprehensible, illegal, and unconstitutional behavior of the Miami Police and Correctional Officers must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. All available resources and volunteers are needed to support the legal representation and advocacy of all arrestees and detainees and especially everyone that was injured as a result of the Police Misconduct and Criminal Conduct in serious or severely injuring many demonstrators through the illegal and immoral use of so-called non-lethal weapons such as rubber bullets, stun guns (tasers), and anti-personnel chemical weapons. Justice must be served on the Police.