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Write to Josh Williams!

Write to Josh Williams!

By Anti-State STL on 2015/12/16

josh williams 2Josh was transferred today to the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He will be held there for an undetermined amount of time before being transferred to a more long term facility.

Josh has expressed that he would like to receive letters, so please take a moment to drop him a line to help him remember he’s not alone and to help him acclimate to his new surroundings.

If you would like to donate to Josh’s commissary, please write to him and ask him to send you a deposit slip to send checks or money orders, or make an account at Access Corrections to send money electronically.

Write to Josh:

Josh Williams #1292002
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

*As always, please remember that all incoming letters are read by prison staff. Never write to anyone in prison about anything illegal or potentially incriminating.


Gangs of the State: Police and the Hierarchy of Violence


Gangs of the State: Police and the Hierarchy of Violence

Police can only be abolished by a movement which has correctly identified and been equipped with the tools to dismantle the hierarchy of violence.

View on http://www.truth-out.org

Sundiata Acoli, Man Who Murdered State Trooper, To Be Released On Parole

Murder suspect Clark Edward Squire of the Black Panthers is

AP – Posted: 09/29/2014 12:55 pm EDT Updated: 09/29/2014 12:59 pm

A man convicted in the shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper in a crime that still provokes strong emotion among law enforcement more than 40 years later was ordered released on parole by a state appeals court Monday.

Sundiata Acoli was known as Clark Edward Squire when he was convicted of the 1973 slaying of state trooper Werner Foerster during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Now in his mid-70s, he was denied parole most recently in 2011, but the appellate judges reversed that ruling Monday.

In a 28-page opinion, the panel wrote that the parole board ignored evidence favorable to Acoli and gave undue consideration to past events such as a probation violation that occurred decades earlier.
One of the three people in the car when it was stopped was Joanne Chesimard, who also was convicted of Foerster’s slaying, but eventually escaped to Cuba and is now known as Assata Shakur. Last year, state and federal authorities announced a $2 million reward for information leading to her capture, and the FBI made her the first woman on its list of most wanted terrorist.


African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest 16th Annual Africa Day Business Forum


Join the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest for our 16th Annual Africa Day Business Forum, an informative and entertaining all-day event to learn about the different business, investment, and trade opportunities between Africa and the Pacific Northwest!

The Africa Day Business Forum is an all-day event. This year’s theme is “Wake Up to the New Africa: business and investment opportunities” and will include Business Forums, Panel Discussions, Lunch, Dinner, and an Auction with local African entertainment. There will also be opportunities to hear and network with over 200 attendees from businesses, government representatives, and Africa dignitaries.

Business Forum topics include:
– Overview of US – Africa trade relations past, present and future
– Trade and investment opportunities in Africa
– Initiating bilateral trade relationships with Africa from the Pacific Northwest
– Ways to finance exporting ventures to Africa
– Regulations and restrictions of doing business in Africa
– The usefulness of the private sector in development in Africa
– Role of the transportation sector in the development of Africa
– Pacific Northwest business success stories
– Empowering women in business in Africa
– The role of information technology in Africa
– The importance of agriculture in African development

Saturday, November 8, 2014
8:00am 10:00pm

The Motif Hotel (former Red Lion Hotel)
1415 5th Avenue
Seattle WA 98101

Please contact us with any questions at:
(206) 256-6139

Registration Closes October 15, 2014


Legacy of Christopher Dorner case: rekindled distrust, resentment of police

0304-APOLICSBIAS-lapd_full_600 Members of the LAPD stood guard as a crowd gathered after a police pursuit involving bank robbery suspects in South Los Angeles last September.Mel Melcon/Los Angeles TIMES/AP/File

When ex-cop Christopher Dorner pursued his fatal vendetta against Los Angeles Police Department, his cause resonated with some in the black community. Why has the old rift between police and minorities been so hard to heal?

One strange, sad, but telling aspect of the recent manhunt forChristopher Dorner, the fired Los Angeles cop who pursued a fatal vendetta against the city police department, is that many African-Americans in Los Angeles and elsewhere cheered him on via Twitterand Facebook and in public online forums.

“Some people have been putting extraordinarily vile things on websites and e-mailing vile things to the police department in support of this guy,” says Comdr. Andrew Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Apparently swayed by Mr. Dorner’s grievances against the department, which he posted online in a “manifesto” accusing the LAPD of racial bias, corruption, and injustice, many of the e-mail senders held up Dorner, who was black, as a kind of hero for striking back at the police – never mind that he killed four people and injured several others before his campaign of targeted assassinations ended in a fiery showdown with authorities.

The e-mail comments pouring into the LAPD, says Smith, were rife with vitriol and “reprehensible things about the police.”

What is going on here? After all, much has changed at the LAPD since the 1991 videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King triggered the deepest examination of police racism and brutality in US history – in Los Angeles and other cities across the country.

The list of reforms would grow for years: cultural sensitivity training, community policing, overhauls of officer recruitment and training, new videotaping protections, and citizen oversight boards.

“There have been major strides in improving police departments across the country in the past 30 years,” says sociologist Ronald Weitzer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”You’ll still find pockets [of corruption] – New Orleans is still quite problematic – but there’s clearly progress.”