A Statement About the Subpoena in Asheville

[Declaración sobre la citación en Asheville en Español abajo]

Asheville Anti Racism was recently alerted to the existence of an investigation being conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security on November 4, 2019. Riseup.net received a subpoena requesting any and all records/information related to names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, IP addresses, MAC addresses, payment information for the following email: ashevilleantiracism@riseup.net

Riseup responded to the request on October 21, 2019 indicating that they do not keep records of the information that was requested and that they planned on notifying the account by email after one week of the existence of the subpoena.

ICE is a threat to our communities, regardless of whether you are a citizen or not. We maintain the position that ICE should be abolished and will continue to push back against this investigation. There are no individuals named in this subpoena and we do not know the reason for this request. With the knowledge of the existence of the investigation we bring you a reminder to not talk to agents of law enforcement. Please take care in the ways that you discuss this investigation as to not endanger yourselves or others: Speculation, gossip, and rumors can only harm yourself and you communities. We do want people to not feel afraid to continue to work together, to act, and to stand up for their ideals for a world without borders. Please take time to make sure you have access to an attorney, and to refresh yourselves on your legal rights, security culture and technological security practices.

If you need access to more resources to a lawyer or if you are approached by an agent, please send an email to AshevilleAntiRepression@riseup.net

Reminder that we are not lawyers, and cannot offer any legal advice. Additionally, please do not disclose sensitive information in an email to us. We will connect you with an attorney so you can confidentially discuss the details of your situation.

https://es.crimethinc.com/2017/08/24/when-the-police-knock-on-your-door-your-rights-and-options-a-legal-guide-and-poster

 

On December 6 there will be a a workshop and discussion about building community resiliancy in the face of state repression hosted by BRABC & NC Resists.

 

Declaración sobre la citación en Asheville

El 4 de noviembre, 2019, Asheville Anti Racism fue alertado de la existencia de una investigación llevada a cabo por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement) y el Departamento de Seguridad Interior (DHS, Department of Homeland Security). Riseup.net recibió una citación solicitando todos los registros e información relacionados a nombres, direcciones, números telefónicos, direcciones de correo electrónico, direcciones IP, direcciones MAC, e información de pagos asociados con el siguiente correo electrónico: ashevilleantiracism@riseup.net.

El 21 de octubre, 2019, Riseup respondió a la petición, señalando que no mantiene registros de la información solicitada y que planeaba notificar a la cuenta, por correo electrónico, de la existencia de la citación después de 8 días.

ICE es una amenaza a nuestras comunidades, cualquiera que sea su estatus de ciudadanía. Mantenemos la posición de que ICE se debe abolir y vamos a seguir resistiendo esta investigación. Esta citación no nombra a ningún individual y desconocemos la razón de la solicitud. Con el conocimiento de la existencia de esta investigación, le recordamos a usted que no hable con lxs oficiales de las fuerzas del orden.

Por favor, tenga cuidado con las maneras en que habla de esta investigación para no poner en peligro a si mismx o a otrxs. La especulación, el chisme y los rumores sólo les pueden lastimar a usted y a sus comunidades. No queremos que el pueblo tenga miedo a seguir trabajando juntos, actuando, y luchando por sus ideales y por un mundo sin fronteras. Por favor tómese el tiempo de asegurarse que tenga acceso a un/a abogadx y de recordarse de sus derechos legales, cultura de seguridad y prácticas de seguridad informática.

Si necesita acceso a más recursos, a un/a abogadx, o si se le acerca un agente, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a AshevilleAntiRepression@riseup.net.

Acuérdese que no somos abogadxs y no podemos ofrecer asesoría legal. Además, por favor no nos divulgue información sensible por correo electrónico. Le conectaremos con un/a abogadx para que pueda discutir confidencialmente los detalles de su situación.

https://es.crimethinc.com/2017/08/24/when-the-police-knock-on-your-door-your-rights-and-options-a-legal-guide-and-poster

El 6 de diciembre habrá un taller y discusión sobre la construcción de la resiliencia comunitaria ante la represión del estado, organizado por BRABC y NC Resiste (NC Resists).

July Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Come on down to Firestorm in Asheville from 5-7pm for our monthly political prisoner letter writing night, where we write to prisoners with upcoming birthdays or facing repression. This month, one receiver of our letters is Nina Droz Franco. From NYC ABC:

Nina Alejandra Droz Franco was arrested by the Puerto Rico Police as she sat on the street to block a line of riot cops during disturbances that followed a 2017 May Day march. Later that day, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) took over the investigation. On May 2nd, she was transferred to federal custody and charged with damaging or attempting to damage by means of fire a building engaged in activity affecting interstate commerce. Specifically, she was accused of trying to set fire to the Banco Popular building, which was the target of rage for hundreds of protesters who smashed its glass windows and wrote on its walls. Droz Franco initially pled not guilty, but on July 12 changed her plea after reaching a non-cooperating agreement with the prosecution that recommended a sentence of three years and one month in prison, while her attorney argued for two years. On June 12th, 2018, she was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of probation.

If for whatever reason you are not able to join us, please write to Nina:
Nina Droz Franco #50427-069
FCI Tallahassee
501 Capital Circle, NE
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Trouble #20

Friday, March 1st + Sunday, March 3rd: Trouble #18 (ACAB) + Letter Writing

Friday, March 1st is the first Friday of the month and therefore the Trouble Showing at Firestorm Books and Coffee in Asheville, NC. Episode 18, entitled ACAB (for All Cops Are Bastards) airs at 6:30pm and will be followed by a little over an hour of discussion. Preview the episode here.

Then, on Sunday March 3rd, as the 1st Sunday of the month, BRABC will hold it’s Political Prisoner letter writing event, again at Firestorm. The event begins at 5pm, letter writing materials including stamps, prisoners names and stories, addresses and help in writing. If you’ve never written someone a letter or someone in prison in particular, no worries. It’s a nice social time. The event runs from 5pm to 7:30pm.

Trouble #17: Mad Worlds

This coming Friday (Dec 7) at Firestorm, join BRABC at Firestorm Books & Coffee​ from 6:30 til 8pm for a screening of the final Trouble (by Sub.Media​) of the year! We’ll watch the mini-documentary and chat about radical approaches to mental health under capitalism. A good way to start your Friday night. Mental Health in…

December Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Sunday, December 2nd, as in the first Sunday of every month, we meet at Firestorm to write letters to prisoners facing repression or whose birthdays are coming up soon. Join us, no experience necessary, we provide addresses and stationary and can talk about the cases of folks we’re writing to. Come and write letters to…

Workshop on tech security and preventing doxxing

Saturday, Nov 17th @ 4:00pm Abolishing Your Selfie: Managing One’s Online Presence Blue Ridge Anachist Black Cross continues its ongoing series of tech security workshops, this time with a focus on “doxxing.” Come learn what doxxing is and what you can do to keep it from happening from you. Participants will weigh the pros and…

Trouble #16: The J20 Conspiracy Case

Join BRABC for our monthly showing of TROUBLE by sub.Media, a serialized short-documentary series of interest to anarchists and the liberation minded.  This month we’ll feature the latest episode on the J20 case, over 200 people arrested and facing up to 80 years in prison for protests during the inauguration of Donald J. Trump on…

June 11, 2018: A Day Against Oblivion

“June 11th is an international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners. A spark in the eternal night of state repression. A day set aside for honoring those who have been stolen from us. On this day, we share in songs, events, and actions to celebrate our captured comrades and loved ones. In years past, June 11th celebrations have been international and wide-ranging – from potlucks with friends to various inspiring attacks; fundraising benefits and prisoner letter writing nights to all of the untold and unknown ways we keep the flame alive.”

Read the June 11th 2018 callout here:
https://june11.noblogs.org/post/2018/04/07/june-11-2018-a-day-against-oblivion/

Join us at 6:00PM on Monday, June 11th, in West Asheville Park for a potluck bbq in honor of our imprisoned comrades.

Vegan and GF options will be provided!

 

The Heat is On: Update on Week 1 of Operation Push!

One week ago prison rebels across Florida launched Operation PUSH. Their demands were simple: end prison slavery and price gouging, restore access to parole, and put an end to the brutal conditions they are subjected to daily.

Information has been slow to trickle out due to intense repression and communication blackouts, but we know there has been strike participation at 15+ prisons, and we know that support on the outside is growing, with 150+ organizations endorsing the action and major solidarity actions in Florida occurring at various locations, including a 5-hour long occupation of the DOC office in Tallahassee.

The repression is already starting to come down: people being thrown into solitary confinement; being threatened with violence; being bribed to end their action and inform on other strike organizers; being transferred to new facilities to disburse strike activity throughout the system and isolate people.

One disturbing feature of this repression is DOC’s focus on identifying specific groups coordinating support on the outside such as the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and IWOC and disrupting prisoners’ communication with these groups.
Prison organizers who correspond with these groups are being targeted for having their “security threat level” increased–a practice that translates into greater isolation and harsher conditions of confinement. One prisoner was told point blank, “As long as you communicate with these people you’re always going to be labelled a security threat and you’re always going to be put under investigation.”

Communication has been curtailed so severely that it’s hard to know how much of an economic impact the strike has had so far; we do know that in some cases scab labor has been brought in to keep facilities running. This state of uncertainty is a strategy prison administrators use to sap organizing energy. As IWOC recently wrote, “a common theme among report backs is the attempt to sever communication in order to create the perception of inactivity and break the spirits of those participating in the strike.”

But strikers won’t be fooled so easily, and neither will we. We will keep showing up because those on the inside are putting it all on the line, and we are in absolute solidarity with their courageous acts of resistance.

NOW IS THE TIME TO STEP UP OUR SUPPORT!

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