Punk Politics #11

So the latest in what fucking reality do we live in? Well we have sent 3000 troops, an air expeditionary wing (logistics & maintenance), PATRIOT batteries, 1 THAAD (Terminal Altitude Air Defense) and a fighter squadron to Saudi Arabia who’s actually footing the bill for all this. Wait, stop the tape! Did you just read that a foreign power is paying for American military intervention? Yes, you did. So to unpack this. Trump has actually sold military resources to include actual personnel to a foreign power as though they’re a private security force or mercenaries to a nation that is known for funding terrorism to include 9/11 and numerous crimes against humanity. The bought and sold American muscle will be protecting oil and likely drawn into an illegal war with Iran. So now the reality is that our military is no longer beholden to the Constitution or any ideas of America but actually the highest bidder. This isa frightening and bleak time we occupy. We can change this and we must! #punkvoter #bethemovement

– C Fish

Mumia update

Taken from the Mobilization 4 Mumia site

NEWS:

10.16.19

“Mumia Abu-Jamal just one step from freedom,” notes Maureen Faulkner

From the minute Mumia picked up a microphone and a pen at the age of 14, Philadelphia’s notoriously racist police department has been seeking to silence him. Just look at the FBI files- documenting that the Philadelphia PD Civil Disobedience Unit Red Squad trailed him — and the Police Chief Frank Rizzo targeted him — feeding his name to the FBI to put him on the “security index.” Mumia was literally covering community events and rallies, and writing for the Black Panther Party Paper, all this while he was still in his teens!

During the 1995 PCRA hearings, 13 yrs after Mumia’s questionable murder conviction, a Philadelphia police officer was heard by a NY Times reporter outside the courtroom saying “we should have executed him that night.”
Remember: it was Philly cops who shot Mumia. The Philly cops who brutally beat him at the scene, in the police wagon, and on the floor of the Jefferson Hospital emergency room entrance.
Joe McGill, the prosecutor on Mumia’s case, and Ed Rendell, the District Attorney at the time, worked closely with the police to frame and convict Mumia for the Dec. 9th 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

In 2020, a new hearing in Philadelphia Common Pleas could be, and should be, free from bias. Everyone knows that Mumia’s trial judge in 1981-1982 was s stone cold racist. A current sitting homicide judge on the Common Pleas Court bench has commented that Albert Sabo was “the most racist and sexist judge I have ever met.”
Here is information that has been suppressed and buried for decades and now could be available for the first time during a new trial.

  • Did DA Joe McGill pay off witnesses with favors and cash?

  • Did McGill allow the cabbie with a suspended license to keep driving? Photos of the crime scene by the Philadelphia Bulletin prove the cab driver’s car was literally not at the scene.

  • Did Joe McGill illegally remove Black jurors because of their race?

  • Did Joe McGill track and fix the outstanding cases of other key witnesses?

  • Did the DA’s office for 37 yrs withhold and suppress critical information from Mumia’s criminal defense team?

  • Did judge Albert Sabo state “I am going to help them fry the n*****” in front of Judge Richard Klein and court clerk Terry Maurer Carter?

  • Did Alfonso Giordano Philadelphia Police Commander– the highest ranking officer on the scene of officer Faulkner’s murder on Dec. 9th 1981 falsely state that Mumia confessed while he was beating him in the police van? At the time Giordano was under federal scrutiny for running gambling, extortion and payoffs and thus not used as a trial witness. He testified at pretrial hearings but was not “available” at trial. He retired the day after Mumia was found guilty, with full pay. Soon thereafter he pleaded guilty to tax evasion for the bribes taken from illegal gambling in East Division, 29 officers were convicted in just that scandal alone.

A few months ago, I got a chance to speak with Maureen Faulkner. I asked her: “What did she think was going to happen next in Mumia’s case?

She replied: “You have to go to Prison Radio’s website and listen. Judith Ritter, Mumia’s lawyer really thinks they have a chance.”

Maureen, paused, and continued. She had to admit:

“We are in a really hard spot. There is not much we can do, the way it is going…We have to fight to keep Mumia in prison as long as possible.”

Finally the tides are turning. Justice is palpable.

While Maureen Faulkner, widow of Daniel Faulkner, is being put forward as the face of the opposition in recent court proceedings, the real players behind the scenes are the Fraternal Order of Police. And they are worried. There is a lot of self-interest on the part of the 6500-member Philadelphia Police Union in toppling Larry Krasner, the popular new DA with an anti-corruption agenda.

Early this fall, in a groundbreaking development, Krasner filed a brief in Superior Court (see sidebar) agreeing that a new evidentiary hearing should be held in Mumia’s case by the Philadelphia Common Pleas court. “The Commonwealth does not oppose defendant’s motion for a remand to the PCRA court for defedant to present newly-discovered evidence.”
This PCRA hearing would evaluate the evidence found in the six previously undisclosed banker boxes from Storage Room 17, that Larry Krasner found after taking office and turned over to the defense. Maureen Faulkner tried to file an objection to the seeking removal of Krasner’s office. But just last week, her pro se application to intervention in the Superior Court Appeal was denied. (see sidebar)

10-4-19 FOP breakfast Rally for Maureen, John “Jack” O’Neil, Esq. Staff attorney for the IBEW Electrical Workers Union. He is volunteering to assist Maureen. He also ran against Krassner and placed a distant sixth. Note that the “trades unions” in Philadelphia share with the FOP a notoriously racist history. The motto of both the IBEW and Lodge 5 – could easily be “protect upper middle class white jobs, at the expense of people of color.” Note Krasner has identified and gone after a key lynch pin to the problem of mass incarceration: “police overtime” which is fed by the churning of false arrests in poor communities. (see the 39th District scandal, and others).

Fast forward to October of 2019,“Mumia Abu-Jamal is just one step away from Freedom”, Maureen announced at her press conference at the DA’s office at 3 Penn Square in Philadelphia.

Things are changing. Grassroots organizing popularly elected a progressive District Attorney Larry Krassner who is willing to hold the police and former district attorneys accountable. It has been 37 years, and we are closer to justice than we have been since the 1995 PCRA hearing. The courts may be slow to follow, but there is no way to go back. We are on the path to freedom.

You have been there, making it happen, each and every single step. Thank you.

We all must remember that the Philadelphia police have been violent and racist and corrupt for decades. They have a lot to lose if Mumia wins — because when Mumia wins, the forces that support Black dignity and freedom are winning.

Let us not misunderstand the depth of racism – throughout the police department in Philadelphia. Here is a picture of the brand new (this month) acting Police Chief Christine Coulter. Here she is wearing an LAPD t-shirt mocking the beating of Rodney King. “LAPD “We treat you like a King”. She did not resign when this photo surfaced.

John McNesby, the FOP Lodge 5 President, is deeply invested in continuing the brutal power that the Philly police department enjoyed in the past. At the FOP Lodge Five Event in April he tells his brother officers: “Krasner is going after cops instead of keeping this city safe…We have so many officers on the do-not-call list, we could invade Cuba”. This was a riff on the line by former Mayor and Police Chief Frank Rizzo that “We could invade Cuba and win”. The “do not call list” includes officers designated by the DA’s office as not available to testify at trial because they have been caught by the courts “test-a-lying” or they have been indicted.

The scandals regarding police corruption are splashed across the Philadelphia Inquirer’s front page each and every single week. This week another African-American man was exonerated after proving police falsification of evidence. Willie Veasy’s return to his family after 27 years of bondage was the 10th so far this year.

Mumia Abu-Jamal will follow Willie Veasey out of imprisonment. But only because thousands of you have stood by him and committed to this fight for justice. We still have work to do, we still need every one of you to make sure that justice is done and Mumia comes home.

Join all of us. It is time to move this forward towards justice and freedom and bring Mumia home.
Cuando luchamos ganamos!

When we fight, we win!

Noelle Hanrahan, P.I.
Prison Radio

Punk Politics # 10

Now El Trump is sounding like a 3rd world dictator following a suggestion from Falwell the Insane. It goes that Trump is owed an extra 2 years because people checked his power and legitimacy. Ya got me fucked up. Some dismiss this as bluster. I honestly think these psychopaths are serious. It’s very disturbing and telling that the celebrity wing of Christianity upholds Trump who is literally the least Christian (in the simple sense of a Christ following idea) president of the past 40 years. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the ever growing list of evidence that he has bad morals. I do find this more a threat than bravado based on Trump’s flagrant disinterest in the rule of law. This next year and a half is gonna be interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised to see alt-right goons at the polls for some old fashioned voter intimidation.

-C Fish

#punkvoter

Punk Politics #9

This one’s for the anarchists. So to define real quick. Anarchism is a complete absence of centralized government. So there would be no cops, no borders, no nation, no military or politicians from local municipalities all the up to the president. Now, I like this idea. Why then, are there so many who claim anarchism holding hands with socialists and communists or feeling the Bern. All of these believe in a strong central government which is clearly the opposite of anarchism. And if you’re an anarchist and helping build a stronger state then you are commiting suicide because somewhere down the line your beliefs will run afoul of the state apparatus. Sure, on a personal level you may have friends who march at protests with you that veer red instead of black, but ideologically when everyone truly understands what each view is about, it draws a line in the sand. Anarchism is allowing all to simply live by natural law. Don’t hurt people and don’t tale their stuff. Beyond that, do and say whatever the hell ya want. The 2 main parties and the socialists aren’t just gonna let ya live how ya feel most free. Socialism is statism and therefore not compatible with anarchism.

-C Fish

Punk Politics #8

Urgent message to our politicians and presidential hopefuls. FUCK YOUR CLASSISM! This means Trump and the Clintonoids. This also means Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Yes ma’am you are the exact same as the limousine Liberals and Republicans who want is to sit down and shut up. “Cheap seats”? Girl, you got us fucked up! Who do you think voted for ya. It was people in the so called cheap seats who believed in your railing against corruption. Clearly you just put on an act. These politricksters are all the same. They administrate from the gilded towers. This isn’t representation, it’s oppression. There’s nothing new about this deal and they only use the working class. Do not be fooled! #punkvoter

-C Fish

Punk Politics #7

Some unpacking here. The last SOTU shows What’s wrong with these party lines. Pelosi is getting treated like some saint because she threw shade at Trump. The reality is they both suck. Pelosi and Feinstein were the 1 percenters calling cops on punk shows in the 80’s. Hell, Diane was the mayor leading the beef patrolnto beat up kids trying to have a good time. And Trump is just the penultimate 1 percenter running the circus. None of them are our friends. They are the limo riding enemy of the poor and working class. They all have zero interest in us except for how rich we can make them by consistently voting them in and converting tax dollars into the wealth they suck upward.

C-Fish

Punk Voter 2.0 (Punk Politics special edition)

So it’s 2019. It’s time we start talking about voting if you aren’t already. So I’m starting a version of Punk Voter. Below you’ll some decent memes. Feel free to use them to start a conversation in your local scenes about voting. I know, we all talk about burning down city hall and fighting fascists in the streets. But we need to look to sustainable long term answers to this crisis situation. And if you’re saying “Fish it’s still over a year till the election” well trust me that the fascists are planning, so we should be too. #punkvoter

– C Fish

Punk Politics #6

So I keep seeing articles about fentanyl laced cocaine. First pro tip is don’t do coke. But that isn’t really the issue here. So to break it down. Drug dealers and cartels ARE NOT lacing your coke with something that can kill you instantly. Because they are a business and dead customers don’t pay out. “Who then would do this” you may ask. Well, during prohibition our own government was putting poison laced bottles of whiskey on the black market and our own government put crack in the hoods to begin with. So likely it’s our own tax fed parasites likely trying to drum up fear to keep the drug war raging or mistrust of the Mexican cartels to justify clamping down on the border. It makes sense as it’s not the first time the good ol’ U.S.A. has ensured the death of substance enjoying citizens. So try and get crack that isn’t from the CIA and stay safe.

Punk Politics #5

Gun control started in the 1960’s it was not about public safety. It was about racism. It was about the white man trying to keep the blacks in line as they were deeply afraid of the Black Panthers in California. And afraid of MOVE in Philadelphia. Responsible black citizens who aremd themselves in self defense of societal racism was the spark of gun control. The operative word in the argument is control. I’m not on the side of the NRA, I am on the side of the people who should have means to defend themselves in a society where the government beast becomes increasingly unreasonable.

https://www.history.com/news/black-panthers-gun-control-nra-support-mulford-act?fbclid=IwAR0QAmtj3Lm4t2xflWR_soHg6qkqnVH6dS0rVJ4TRApDcBvzRdE4Hf_mdRw

Punk Politics #3

The thirteenth amendment has been in the news a lot recently. The text of it reads “Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” To break it down Lincoln was a fraud as slavery was not abolished. Allocation of slavery or involuntary servitude is still the same demon that the white man vhad visited upon blacks and Irish in this country. And subjecting the continuously mushrooming prison population to this practice actually victimizes the same groups in a sense. Being that our prisons are filled with people of color and disenfranchised whites who are all seen with the same racist and classiest contempt. Therefore not only is the U.S. the prison house of nations but also the plantation still stands. As though this isn’t bad enough we export our plantations under the name Free Trade Zone (FTZ) to exploit POC in third world countries. I’ve seen one and it kinda looked like a concentration camp. To clear up any ambiguity, America has no fucking interest in ending slavery and this will continue until this country engages in a number of ethical practices that would require a certain level of ethics and human interest. All who defend this amendment without demand of edit and those who wish to abolish it are nothing more than overseers and house boys.

 

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