[Hpn] Fwd: update

Coalition on Homelessness, SF coh@sfo.com
Fri, 04 Aug 2000 08:48:48 -0700

>Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 05:35:54 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Andrew Rose <affirmingandy@yahoo.com>
>Subject: update
>Cc: jowaxman@seas.upenn.edu
>To: talk@quiet.org
>X-Original-Envelope-From: affirmingandy@yahoo.com
>R2K Legal Update, 8:40 AM, August 4th
>Police are harassing, shoving, and threatening released
>activists in Franklin park, asking for 'permits' to gather in
>the park in the daytime. 
>"This is inhuman."
>R2K Legal Update, 7:15 AM, August 4th  
>Demonstrators continue to demand medical treatment, access to
>lawyers, access to phones, and timely release as constitutional
>violations persist in Philadelphia jails.
>Outside, solidarity actions are happening, with rallies planned
>at Franklin Park at 12 noon and 7 p.m.  Activists also plan to
>collect signatures for a petition demanding the release of
>jailed demonstrators.
>Arrestees have now been held for over 60 hours without
>arraignment, some without phone calls or contact with their
>lawyers.  Detainees report missing paperwork, and arraignments
>with incomplete or slipshod records.  Philadephia continues to
>restrict R2K lawyers, allowing only a total of three access to
>all six detention sites. 
>R2K Legal has documented 381 confirmed arrests, not including
>members of the Int'l Action Center and School of Americas Watch
>(15 more).  Additionally, there are people we have not heard
>from (we estimate up to 30), but due to restrictions on
>protester's access to telephones, there is really no way to
>tell.  Of these people, approximately 60 have accepted "Release
>on Own Recognizance" or "Signed On Bail".  Solidarity remains
>strong, with protesters coming to consensus on and communicating
>their demands.  While not everyone still imprisoned is
>participating, most are.
>Guards, police, and administrators continue to attack protestors
>in jail, seeking to demoralize and divide.  There has been one
>sexual assault, by a female officer who pulled and twisted a
>prisoner's penis.  One released activist reports men have been
>dragged face down through a 'trash trough' containing refuse,
>spittle, and urine.  Arrestees have been verbally abused,
>punched, kicked, thrown against walls, bloodied, dragged naked
>across floors.
>Outside pressure on the Philadelphia Health Commission has been
>effective at improving medical conditions.  Diabetics,
>epileptics, and asthmatics continue to be denied medication.
>Trauma and psychological stress are evident.  Released prisoners
>consistently report beatings during arrest and beatings in jail,
>with highest charges pressed on those most damaged.  Supporters
>are asked to phone Mayor John Street at 215.686.2181 and demand
>release of these political prisoners.
>Prosecuters have set unreasonably high bail for demonstrators:
>from $15,000 to $30,000 for most.  Two individuals have bail of
>$1,000,000, an amount typically reserved for serial killers, not
>puppet makers.  "I consider this a civil rights catastrophe of
>the first order," R2K legal counsel Ron McGuire stated.
>Solidarity tactics include singing, chanting, story telling,
>puppet making, along with a 150-person-strong hunger strike.
>Some have been on hunger strike for as long as 56 hours.  Three
>men have fasted without water for 28 hours.
>R2K Legal is currently seeking legal redress, including a writ
>of habeus corpus and a possible temporary restraining order
>against particularly violent officers.
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