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Transgender woman arrested in Baltimore forced to stay in male holding cell

A transgender woman arrested during the Baltimore protests this week is being held in a male holding cell and forced to wear a revealing thermal top, according to her lawyer.

Astrid Munn, a criminal defense attorney with the law firm Seddiq Law, told Mashable that she represents the 30-year-old protester, who has identified as a woman since she was 14.

Munn, who didn’t want to name the woman out of concern for her safety, said police initially booked her client as a woman but that when her client was transferred to Baltimore’s central booking facilities, officials discovered she had been assigned male at birth.

Officials then forced the woman to remove her bra and hand it over to officials, and she was forced to wear the semi-transparent shirt that reveals the outline of her nipples, the lawyer said.

“In every respect, she’s a woman,” Munn said. “She stood in stark contrast to the [men] in the jail.”

She added that officers and detainees in Baltimore’s central booking facility bullied her client, and that the commissioner told her client, “you don’t look like a man,” when she was being assigned bail.

Mirriam Seddiq, who heads up the law firm Munn works for, said officials seemed unconcerned that the woman had been “harassed” and was being held in an inappropriate location.

“They were like ‘too bad’,” said Seddiq.

The woman’s bail was originally set at $75,000, but was pushed up to $100,000 shortly thereafter, though she was charged with fourth-degree burglary, a misdemeanor. She earns about $300 a week in a salon and is also on public assistance.

The woman was near a clothing store on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the midst of Monday night’s riots, when looting began. According to Munn, the woman was recording video on her phone during Monday’s chaos when police swooped her up in a mass arrest of 14 people.

Baltimore police have arrested 235 people since Monday night, according to city officials. Maryland law requires arrestees to receive a court hearing within 24 hours of their arrest, but the majority of those 235 did not received one in that time frame.

On Thursday morning, nearly 200 people were freed after a local criminal defense attorney filed a Habeas Corpus petition. But dozens of others still remain in the city’s jails.

Mexico’s disappeared students




It is nearly four weeks since police in the town of Iguala in Mexico’s impoverished southern state of Guerrero violently attacked a group of some 80 young student teachers leaving at least six dead, 17 wounded and 43 “disappeared.”

The students, from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School, had been protesting against state cuts to their college and raising funds for a demonstration in Mexico City marking the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, which left hundreds of students and civilians dead in one of the worst atrocities of modern Mexican history.

Now the massacre of the normalistas (as the youth studying to be rural teachers are known) in Iguala marks a new historic crime, provoking mass public outrage, angry demonstrations and student strikes across Mexico.

The precise fate of the 43 disappeared students is still uncertain. Some fellow students who managed to escape reported that the police turned them over to a local drug cartel known as Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors). Alejandro Solalinde, a Mexican priest active in human rights issues, said this week that witnesses had come forward who testified that the gangsters burned at least some of the students alive.

The horrific episode has exposed how, under the cover of a so-called “war on drugs,” state institutions and security forces have been taken over by and integrated with the drug cartels. The process is described by Mexicans with terms like narcopolitica and narcoestado, in which all of the bourgeois parties, from the right to the so-called left, are implicated.

The massacre has also underscored the rising inequality and savage violence that have gone hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.” This process has steadily deepened over the past three decades, culminating in the “Pact for Mexico” introduced by the current PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) president, Enrique Peña Nieto, with the backing of all the other major parties.

This package includes measures aimed at wiping out some of the last remaining gains from the Mexican Revolution of a century ago in order to make the country more attractive to foreign capitalist investors. Among them are an energy “reform” that opens up the state-owned PEMEX oil monopoly to privatization and foreign ownership, as well as labor “reforms” designed to introduce greater “flexibility” in terms of the exploitation and firing of workers.

The first plank of this reactionary capitalist program to be introduced, however, was an education measure directed at scapegoating and punishing teachers, while ignoring the abysmal infrastructure and deep-going social problems that underlie the crisis in public education. Signed into law last month, it is aimed at subordinating education to the needs of private profit and big business.

The normalistas, Mexico’s idealistic future teachers, were among the most militant opponents of this kind of capitalist “reform.” It is hardly a coincidence that they were targeted for unspeakable violence.

The massacre in Iguala is not an isolated incident. Since the so-called drug war was launched in 2006 under Peña Nieto’s predecessor, President Felipe Calderón, an estimated 130,000 Mexicans have lost their lives, while, according to the government’s own figures, 22,322 “disappeared” remain missing.

Just last June, in the town Tlatlaya, Mexican troops summarily executed 21 unarmed civilians, including a 15-year-old girl, a massacre that the government unsuccessfully attempted to cover up.

These methods are clearly not just a matter of a war on drugs, but grow inevitably out of a society characterized by unsustainable levels of inequality. Mexico is the most unequal of the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with the richest 10 percent of the population having an average income almost 30 times as high as the bottom 10 percent. While Mexico is home to the world’s second richest man, Carlos Slim, and at least 15 other billionaires, approximately half of its population lives in poverty. The country’s minimum wage has not been increased since 1976, losing 77 percent of its purchasing power in the meantime.

Official politics is entirely subordinated to the interests of a new oligarchy and the privileged sections of the upper middle class closest to it. All of the parties are implicated in the bloody events in Guerrero, most immediately the supposedly left bourgeois parties around which various pseudo-socialist organizations have gravitated.

Members of the PRD (Democratic Revolutionary Party), founded by Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, held both the governorship of Guerrero and the mayor’s office in Iguala. The PRD mayor, Jose Luis Abarca, has since gone into hiding with his wife, who is the sister of one of the main leaders of the United Warriors drug gang.

Meanwhile, MORENA (Movement for National Renovation), the party founded by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is also deeply implicated. López Obrador, the former Mexico City mayor and PRD presidential candidate, founded MORENO after leaving the PRD on what he said were “the best of terms.” He backed Abarca’s candidacy for mayor of Iguala on the advice of the latter’s close friend, Lázaro Mazón Alonso, the former Iguala mayor who was dismissed recently from his post as Guerrero secretary of health. Mazón, a MORENA candidate for governor of the state, declared recently that he could “not answer for his friends.”

Notably silent on the Iguala massacre is the Obama administration in Washington. US imperialism has major interests in Mexico, which is the United States’ third-largest trading partner. Mexico provides US corporations with a huge army of cheap labor employed in the maquiladora assembly plants, auto production and other industries directed to the US market. US finance and oil corporations are eagerly awaiting the privatization of the Mexican oil industry and the profit opportunities this will open up.

Washington is also deeply implicated in the bloody repression in Mexico, supplying some $2 billion in arms aid to the country under the so-called Merida Initiative, while training security forces and sending US “advisors” across the border. It is entirely possible that the cops involved in the Iguala massacre were trained and armed by the US, and by no means excluded that the aid found its way into the hands of the United Warriors gang as well.

In the weeks since the massacre, the only official statements from Washington have been to warn American tourists to stay away from protests over the disappeared normalistas. This silence is a clear expression of direct complicity in the violent suppression of the struggles of the Mexican working class.

For workers, students and youth in the US, the Iguala massacre must be taken as a serious warning. The same murderous methods will be employed against mass struggles north of the Rio Grande as well.

Joined in a common process of production that takes place across the militarized US-Mexican border, and with millions of Mexican workers employed in the US itself, there is a powerful objective basis for the unification of the US and Mexican working class in a common struggle against a common class enemy. What is required is the building of a new revolutionary leadership based on the socialist and internationalist program of Trotskyism, embodied in the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Bill Van Auken

Text Source:- http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/10/22/pers-o22.html

Von der Gewalt vor der wir täglich stehen, ist der Grund des Widerstandes.

Wer Menschen in den Knast steckt, weil sie zu wenig Geld für ein Ticket haben. Flüchtlinge abschiebt und sich freiwillig vor den Menschenverachtendem Pulk stellt, um ihn u.a auch mit Physischer Gewalt zu verteidigen. Menschen nach Hautfarbe kontrolliert, bei Gewalt in den eigenen Reihen weg schaut und berechtigten Protest mit Schlagstöcken erwiedert.

Lebt und pflegt diese Ausgrenzungs Gesellschaft.

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Canada: Jennifer Pawluck convicted for posting photo of anti-police graffiti online

via the Canadian scum press

A woman who posted a photo of graffiti depicting a senior Montreal police officer with a bullet in his head has received a suspended sentence. Jennifer Pawluck was found guilty in April of criminal harassment for snapping a photo of the street art and uploading it to Instagram in 2013.
The judge agreed with a joint suggestion that the 22-year-old Pawluck be given a suspended sentence, 18 months probation and 100 hours community service. She is forbidden from using Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for one year except to send private messages. Pawluck is also prohibited from posting anything about police or anyone associated with the judicial system.Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere, a high-profile spokesman, told the court that knowledge the graffiti was being shared shook him, scared his children and forced his wife to take a leave from work.

Fuck Ian Lafreniere and the Montreal police, solidarity and complicity with Jennifer!

From Bryan Pfeifer:

Today is the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; there are still tens of thousands of mostly Black people displaced across the U.S., and many poor people in New Orleans are still suffering in the wake of Katrina – and because of U.S. government, banking and corporate racist indifference and neglect.

We’re also on the eve of a possibly historical low-wage worker strike. At the same time, the Pentagon, the White House and their Wall Street bosses are on the verge of bombing and invading Syria in an attempt to steal that nation’s and the regions resources and for geopolitical control.

MONEY FOR KATRINA VICTIMS & LOW-WAGE WORKERS, NOT A WAR ON SYRIA!!

If you repress something, nature is going to take revenge on you. And remember, you cannot fight with nature. You can will nature, not by fighting with it but by being with it. You can persuade nature to be with you and help you. And nature is very compassionate. But once you start fighting, you are bound to lose. Nature is vast and you are very tiny. It is like a wave fighting with the ocean, a small leaf fighting with the whole tree—it is stupid! The wave can win, but not against the ocean—with the ocean.
—  Osho
The surprising thing…

…isn’t that black people in Baltimore are rioting, but that it took them that long, after being denied justice, after the brutality in the face of peaceful protest, to say that they were done with it, this isn’t working.

…isn’t that black people are “rioting”, but that they took this long to get to “rioting”.

…isn’t that the police are engaging with SWAT weaponry and tear gas to stop unarmed protesters, but the protesters are still unarmed, in a country where the right to bear arms is literally the second-most-important thing in their Constitution.

…isn’t that the police are engaging in the tactics of brutal repression, but they’re actually willing to do it while their families aren’t under heavy guard in a central police depot.

You know, it’s been decades since our last Communist insurgency, but from what I understand, our rank-and-file police families are still hosted in police quarters, within the police compound, partially because 1) it makes it easy to transfer them when needed and 2) you know, if they couldn’t get to the cops, they’d get to the cop’s wife and kids.

I’m saying it, but I’d be surprised others aren’t thinking it, or haven’t been thinking about it already.

If you go to see ‘Catching Fire’ this weekend, don’t miss the opportunity to remind everyone that the Capitol cut food stamps for the hungry while giving corporate welfare to the rich, that the police ruthlessly suppress all dissent against the Capitol, and that the 'Hunger Games’ is actually based on our current situation.
—  Via US Uncut