Punk Politics Impeachment Edition

So Trump has been impeached and there’s quite the range of emotions going around. Let’s break it on down. The Democrats “yay he’s gone!” He has been impeached which makes him eligible for a Senate trial. He’s still president and still eligible to run.

The Republicans “He’s not impeached… snowflakes.” Actually he is impeached, see my above explanation to the Democrats. Republicans again “He shouldn’t be impeached!” In a way you’re right as this bag of smashed assholes shouldn’t have even been able to be the nominee for a myriad of reasons.

Leftists “Ain’t nothin gonna happen.” You’re probably right actually for so many reasons.

Anarchists “we agree with the leftists” and that’s the camp I’m in. This dystopian hellscape will continue because much of the populace is too in love with their major parties and colonial mindset to have any real change beyon what tyrant we have each 4 years.

-C Fish

Punk Politics # 15

Let’s talk about Turkey and genocide, ya know the 2 things that make up Thanksgiving. What you may have missed during the impeachment noise. Lindsey Graham on behalf of America stated that America is not recognizing the Armenian genocide. Wait, what the fuck? You heard right. So after we have cleared the way for Turkey to commit a Kurdish genocide; Erdogan’s goon squad beat down American citizens on our own fucking soil 18 months ago for protesting his visit and Trump calls him a “very good friend” they get a pass on their previous genocide. Honesty I’m not the least bit surprised. It’s not like America has owned up to the indigenous genocide. Well that “good friend” has been invited back to the white house for a press conference in which he showed a “surreal” propaganda video painting the Kurds as terrorists. Also Erdogan said that he is keeping the S400 missile system whoch will likely be deployed against the Kurds. I’m guessing that after all this the 2 leaders went to make out and compare genocides and systematic racism.

– C Fish

Punk Politics #14

#punkvoter update. Okay we’re about a year out from the election. Couple things. None of these assholes are gonna save us. It is important to leverage our power of the ballot box to at least attempt to get the least problematic individuals into the government structure. I’m not gonna tell you how to vote but I will tell you what I think. We should vote. And we shouldn’t keep voting for these major parties. It isn’t hopeless. It’s a matter of taking their power. We the people gave it to them which means it’s our to transfer to whomever we wish. Even if you can’t stomach any presidential options there are ballot measures that matter and you can just pick a 3rd party option as a middle finger to the establishment or write in. To spread awareness we have been making #punkvoter memes. Feel free to steal and post them. We need to remember that we are the power. The government isnpaid by is which makes them our employees.

Punk Politics #13

The KXL pipeline spilled 383000 gallons of oil onto North Dakota wetlands. The exact shit the indigenous water protectors told us would fuckin happen. Too many were stuck in a colonized mindset lambasting and doubting all who were #NODAPL and #NOKXL. So to fully unpack of where to lay blame. The Obama administration initially broke the treaties that allowed these lines to run through tribal lands that serve as preserves for natural resources including waterways. The Army Corps of Engineers actually argued against the pipelines which held up the black snake’s progress until Trump came in and disrespectfully ignored them. And now there’s poison leaking all over the wetlands. As it rains the oil will make its way to the rivers and also further bleed black into the soil. So on top of all of the brutality committed against the water protectors now the North Dakota landscape has been irreparably damaged. It’s a continuation of manifest destiny.

-C Fish

Punk Politics #12

On the white washing of revolutionaries to declaw their message and meaning. Time to dispel these white lies. To talk about 2 specifically that mainstream culture watered down and fed us false idols of. Martin Luther King who we are taught is just this peaceful minister and “I have a dream” is the whole of his gospel. Well to just pass him and the civil rights movement off as that while Malcolm X and the Panthers are villanized is to tell the black community to know their place. To be docile and not uppity. He recanted the famed speech and scarily fortelling the reality in which we currently find ourselves. Link below

Second is Bob Marley. We’re constantly fed imagery of Bob is this popt smoking reggae man and misinformed white kids think rasta is an excuse to have dreads and get high. Bob was a revolutionary, practically anarcho. Rasta was a fight against Babylon which is the power and wealth held by the few (1%ers). Essentially the belief system of MOVE. The white right hand has gone to great lengths to ensure no one gets hip to these ideas by lying to white America and fetishizing the less challenging aspects of black power movements.

-C Fish

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

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