|10/18, 5pm: Support NW Grand Jury Resisters! Letter-writing & potluck @ MFS||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: luce guillen-givins (luceriseup.net)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:58:01 -0700 (PDT)|
Support NW Grand Jury Resisters! *What: Prisoner letter-writing & potluck *When: Thursday, October 18, 5-6:30pm *Where: Minnehaha Free Space, 3747 Minnehaha Avenue, Mpls Write a letter to one of the three Northwest grand jury resisters currently in jail, and bring a dish to share! A Seattle-based federal grand jury is investigating political activity in the Northwest, and three comrades subpoenaed to testify have refused to cooperate. They're all being held in jail on contempt of court, and could be there for months. Come to the MFS prisoner letter-writing night & potluck, and let Matt, KTeeO, and Leah know that we've got their backs! Solidarity with the grand jury resisters! Solidarity with all targets of state repression! FFI on the NW Grand Jury: http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/ *Note: Make it an anti-repression evening! After letter-writing & potluck, stick around for the 7pm event at the Free Space: The Mexico-US Solidarity Network presents "we Overcame torture": Lessons from the fight against sexual violence and State repression in Mexico with Italia Méndez of the Campaign Against Political Repression and Sexual Torture "We don't want to be heroes, but we don't want to be victims either. We are not 'the raped women.' I'm not 'Italia who was raped in Atenco.' We attempt to affect not just the discourse of the State, but that of organizations, collectives, and society regarding how to treat us." -Italia Méndez On May 3rd, 2006 members of the Other Campaign clashed with police in the town of Atenco in Mexico State. The authorities were trying to displace merchants who had always sold flowers in the town center on holidays, and the merchants appealed to an organization that, since 2001, had been defending Atenco's farmland from a proposed airport. In turn, those defending their land appealed to the Other Campaign - a newly-formed national alliance of popular organizations working from below and from the left - and thousands of Other Campaign members turned out to defend the flower merchants, effectively repelling the police. May 4th, 2006 was a different story. Hundreds of local, state and federal police swarmed Atenco with unimaginable violence, beating everyone in sight and breaking into houses without warrants. At the day's end 2 were dead (murdered by police), 207 arrested (most without formal charges), and 26 women, including Italia Méndez, were submitted to systematic sexual torture. Come hear Italia speak, as she gives testimony to the events of May 4, 2006 and explains how she and her companions have turned fear into a tool of hope and resistance. Italia Méndez is part of the Campaign Against Political Repression and Sexual Torture. Founded in 2008 by survivors of the events in Atenco, the Campaign seeks to break the silence and forgetting surrounding sexual torture as a means of social control. By denouncing the human rights abuses committed against them, they create tools for resisting the repressive strategies of the State and repairing the social fabric. Italia's presentation - we Overcame torture - will have important lessons for defenders of women's rights, autonomy, human rights, and for activists at large. Come hear how we can turn the repression of social movements into hope and resistance, and talk with others about what you can do with and for your own community. Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/353845758040355 More information: http://mexicosolidarity.org/
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