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    (from Mass Action Against Police Brutality)

    COURT SUPPORT- In the Trial of David Wright
    https://www.facebook.com/events/427092564381525
    Free David Wright! Drop the Charges! Pack the Courtroom!

    Wednesday-Friday 10/11-13 9am-1pm
    US Courthouse
    1 Courthouse Way
    Boston, MA
    (nearest MBTA stations: South Station-Silver Line, Red Line; Aquarium-Blue Line)

    The government has rested as they have completed calling their list of witnesses. Now David’s Defense team is has their turn. Trial proceedings continue this week, Wednesday-Friday, 9am-1pm, 5th floor, room 18.

    David Wright has been held in solitary confinement since June 2, 2015 when his home in Everett was raided by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and he was arrested under obstruction and conspiracy charges. The alleged conspiracy – plotting with Isis to behead a police officer.

    Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Rahim, was also an alleged co-conspirator. He was shot earlier that day by the same JTTF in Roslindale, MA and died from his wounds. His blood was the only blood spilt in this alleged conspiracy.

    Wright has maintained his innocence and now his trial will finally begin September 18. Mass Action Against Police Brutality stands with the family of David Wright and encourages its supporters and all lovers of democratic rights to pack the courtroom.

    This trial shines a spotlight on the questionable practices of the FBI and the Boston Police Department collaborating as the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Already the prosecutors have relied heavily on paid government informants whose testimony is unreliable to try to prove existence of a conspiracy.

    This trial sheds further light on the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Usaamah Rahim. MAAPB continues to demand that the case of Usaamah Rahim be reopened by a special prosecutor and that his killers be prosecuted.

    FREEDOM FORUM:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1598384003547140
    From Boston to St Louis: Jail the Guilty Cops!

    Thursday 10/12 7-9pm
    391 Dudley Street
    Roxbury, MA 02119
    (nearest MBTA stations: Dudley Square-Silver Line & Bus station; Roxbury Crossing-Orange Line)

    On September 15, Circuit Court Judge Timothy Wilson announced a verdict of not guilty in a jury waived trial of St Louis police officer Jason Stockley for the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Recorded audio captured Stockley saying ‘I’m gonna kill this m—–f—er’ during a car chase of Smith. Stockley then used his personal weapon to shoot Smith. Stockley claimed Smith had a gun but only Stockley’s DNA was found on the gun allegedly in Smith’s possession. This highly watched case many in the area were calling ‘Ferguson 2.0’ has indeed set off another wave of sustained protest now going into its fourth straight week.

    Police have again shown their draconian hand, arresting protestors, bystanders, reporters, clergy, elderly, politicians, and children indiscriminately. Hundreds have been arrested from the various demonstrations.

    Many questions are being posed in St. Louis that are relevant throughout the country. What will it take for there to be justice and consequences for police trampling the rights and taking the lives of the people?

    In Boston hear an update on local fights for justice including the trial of David Wright for conspiracy to behead a cop that is currently taking place in Federal district court, to the fight for justice for Terrence Coleman killed by Boston PD last October 30, 2016.

    Discuss next steps in building a nationwide movement against police brutality and racism.

    We will hear from Toni Taylor, mother of Cary Ball, Jr. who was killed by St Louis PD in 2013 about the situation unfolding in St Louis right now.

    RALLY & MARCH: Boston Takes a Knee For Justice
    https://www.facebook.com/events/683570111837094

    Sunday, October 29, 1pm
    Gathering Point:
    Massachusetts State House
    24 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02108
    (nearest MBTA Stations: Park Street- Green & Red Line; Downtown
    Crossing-Orange line)

    The silent protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem in protest to the scourge of police violence and brutality disproportionately meted out to Black people has continued to spread. It has brought a backlash against those who have joined the protest whose right to voice their views in this manner has been challenged. Kaepernick’s protest itself was in response to the tens of thousands who have been taking to the streets demanding justice throughout the country since the police murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO in 2014.

    When President Trump weighed in on the debate he simply added fuel to the fire. The message has become lost somewhat as a debate over the right to protest itself. But this was always a protest against police brutality and racism.

    On the one year anniversary of the deadly police shooting of Terrence Coleman in Boston, MA we call on all supporters of this righteous protest to join with us as we stand up to the backlash and bring the focus back to the victims of police brutality and their families.

    We are calling on the State Attorney Maura Healy to reopen the cases of police involved shootings of Terrence Coleman, Usaamah Rahim, Burrell Ramsey-White, Ross Batista, Denis Reynoso, Eurie Stamps, and all other victims of police brutality in the state of Massachusetts. We also protest in solidarity with the people of St Louis who have been taking to the streets since the acquittal of officer Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith in September.

    Immediately appoint a special prosecutor to reopen all past cases of police brutality!

    Jail all killer cops!

    Central Square Cambridge, Ma Stand-Out for Whistle-Blower Reality Leigh Winner

    Central Square Cambridge, Ma Stand-Out-Free Heroic Russian Investigation Whistle-Blower Reality Leigh Winner

    5 PM – 6 PM Wednesday October 4, 2017

    We Will Not Leave Our Sister Behind-Don’t Prosecute The Canary

    Winner, a recent Air Force veteran, has been charged under the Espionage Act, a 100-year-old statute originally designed for spies and saboteurs, for allegedly giving a document vital to the public’s understanding of potential Russian interference in U.S. election systems to a news organization. She faces up ten years and a $250,000 fine. She is now scheduled for trial in Augusta, Georgia in March, 2018.

    The charge against Winner is grossly disproportionate to her alleged offense, and is designed to create a chilling effect on investigative journalism by dissuading sources from sharing information that is critical to the public interest. We are dedicated to raising public awareness of Winner’s case, as well as the U.S. government’s persistent abuse of the Espionage Act to silence its critics and stifle journalism.

    For more information-Goggle Stand With Reality or Courage To Resist (the same organization that led the fight to free Wiki-leaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning)

    Protest of Harvard University’s treatment of Wiki-leaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning!

    Hand off NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden!

    In Central Square Cambridge, Ma (the same site as we had many of our Chelsea Manning Support stand-outs) on October 4, 2017 from 5 PM to 6 PM we will have our first stand-out in defense of whistle-blower Reality Leigh Winner-The Committee For International Labor Defense (labor donated)

    National Bird – a new documentary film about the secret United States Drone Assassination Program

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7-9 pm
    Robbins Library Community Room
    700 Mass. Ave., Arlington (on the 77 and 79 bus lines)

    Why is our government killing thousands of people around the globe they can’t even identify?

    People interviewed in this film include drone operators turned whistleblowers suffering PTSD, and people on the ground in Afghanistan whose families and lives have been shattered by ongoing drone attacks After the film there will be a short discussion with suggestions of things we can do to stop this immoral and indefensible form of warfare.

    Sponsored by Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network, a task force of United for Justice with Peace, Arlington UJP, co-sponsored by Mass Peace Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Veterans For Peace-Smedley Butler Brigade.

    Resist Deportations! Defend DACA!

    September 16th
    Resist Deportations! Defend DACA!

    Hosted by Boston May Day Coalition https://www.facebook.com/bostonmdc

    Rally 1:00 PM , steps across from the Massachusetts Statehouse followed by a March to the JFK Federal Building

    Defend DACA! Extend TPS! Jail Joe Arpaio! No Ban! No Wall! Defend Transgender Rights! Resist Fascism!

    The government in Washington has stepped up attacks on migrants to levels not seen in years. Trump’s attacks on Muslim migrants were only the beginning. Deportations are accelerating. Trump is terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and has pardoned the racist ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio. He also threatens to shut down the government if a Mexican border wall is not built. He threatens the Temporary Protected Status program. This comes on top of his recent bigoted executive order against transgender troops in the US armed forces and his defense of Fascists in Charlottesville, NC. Millions of youth and decent hard working people are under attack! Trump and his cheerleaders in the U.S. Congress are leading a generalized assault on our lives, rights, and living conditions. The leading edge of this assault today is the stepped up attacks against migrants. An injury to one is an injury to all! Mobilize September 16!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/284164215401645

    Emergency Rally to oppose war in Korea

    (source: masspeaceaction)

    Emergency Rally to oppose war in Korea
    Friday September 8 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
    Park Street Station, Boston

    No Fire, No Fury – Catastrophic war is not an optionYes to Negotiations – No to Escalation

    Join us to insist that the Trump administration begin direct negotiations with no preconditions in order to create the conditions that lead to a negotiated settlement based on the common security of all countries involved.

    Local groups call for “direct talks with no preconditions” to stall the march toward war in Korea

    War in Korea is not an option or a solution to the growing and increasingly dangerous confrontation over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The immediate need is to reduce the growing tension caused by the tit-for-tat responses consisting of North Korea’s dangerous weapons tests and provocative U.S. military maneuvers, including demonstration runs of U.S. nuclear bombers near North Korea and practice for de-capitation of the North Korean government.

    Media accounts give a distorted picture of the confrontation by leaving out key pieces of the story, such as the fact that the U.S. has a first strike nuclear policy, while North Korea, for all its bellicosity should they be threatened with attack, has disavowed a preemptive strike against the U.S. or its allies. Also forgotten is that a comprehensive solution was negotiated way back in the Clinton Administration but the G.W. Bush Administration immediately trashed it and named North Korea a part of the “axis of evil”.

    A negotiated settlement remains within reach, but it can only be reached if the Trump administration engages in direct talks with no preconditions. What’s needed is not new sanctions, but the negotiation of a Freeze for a Freeze, ending North Korea’s tests in return for an end to U.S. threats and military exercises.

    Organized by Massachusetts Peace Action, Democratic Socialists of America, American Friends Service Committee, Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade, and United for Justice with Peace

    Information:

    Massachusetts Peace Action * info(AT)masspeaceaction.org * 617-354-2169
    American Friends Service Committee Peace & Economic Security Program * pshannon@afsc.org * 617-623-5288

    www.masspeaceaction.org

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