Solidarity from Chiapas with California prisoners hunger strike

From the United States, the heart of the empire that imposes its laws on the entire planet, thousands of voices of the most scorned and forgotten people are now being raised to show millions of men and women what dignity really is.

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, July 30, 2013

The 30,000 prisoners who have launched a hunger strike in the prisons of California in the United States are our brothers and sisters. All these men and women who refuse to be silent, who are right to rebel, who defend their dignity by defying a powerful government to which the European governments have bowed down, deserve the respect and admiration of the whole world.


Dismiss Charges Against Bradley Allen

By Watsonville Brown Berets

Dear Supporter of Bradley Allen,

We are asking you to write one email and make one phone call… two actions that will not take more than 5 minutes of your time. Bradley has his next court date on Thursday, March 29th.

For more information on Bradley’s case, listen to a three minute news piece by KPFA Radio:

Call Santa Cruz District Attorney Bob Lee on Tuesday, March 27 or Wednesday, March 28 from 9AM – 4PM and leave this brief message.
His number is: (831) 454-2400

“Hello my name is _________ and I am a resident of _________County. Please drop all charges against Bradley Allen on March 29 at his next hearing. Thank you.”


Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony: Conspiracy to Make Media

[ Bradley Allen and Alex Darocy ]

Bradley Allen is a collective member in El Enemigo Común. In February of 2006, he created, and maintains the site to this day.

SANTA CRUZ, CA — District Attorney Bob Lee has embarked on a full frontal assault against independent media in Santa Cruz by including four regular contributors to the independent news website amongst the eleven people charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the occupation of a vacant bank building on November 30th, 2011. District Attorney Lee apparently believes it is his duty to dictate how events such as the occupation of the vacant bank at 75 River Street should be reported on by the media, and if he does not approve of the coverage, then journalists risk the DA bringing charges against them.


Mexican Solidarity Statement for Occupy Oakland


A few days ago, we sent out this letter inviting comrades in Mexico to join our campaign in solidarity with the Occupy Oakland movement, in California, USA. On November 20th, the Oakland Commune celebrated its one-month birthday, and in the past few weeks this movement has emerged as an important site of autonomous resistance and organization, in a city emblematic with a strong legacy of militancy and anti-capitalist activism. After the first attempt by the police to evict the camp on October 25, thousands took to the streets marching in protest and the police responded with brutal repression, using “chemical weapons” against the protesters. On October 26th, following a second march, at the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland 3,000 people approved a call for a General Strike on November 2nd. The Oakland General Strike on November 2nd (the first in the city since 1946) was an overwhelming success, blockading the Port of Oakland, with more than 50,000 people participating. Since then, the Occupy Oakland movement continues to resist, alongside related movements throughout the world, and we are very concerned by the possibility of another eviction attempt and more repression in the coming days. For these reasons, we feel it is extremely important to send this message of solidarity to our comrades on the Other Side of the border, to show our support.

Saludos rebeldes,
jóvenes en resistencia alternativa


The People of Watsonville 1 — Picking the Colonizers’ Vegetable

By David Bacon
Watsonville, CA 11/19/10

The California coast, from Davenport south through Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Castroville, is brussels sprouts country. Most of this vegetable in north America comes from these fields, although a growing harvest now takes place in Baja California, in northern Mexico.

In both California and Baja California, the vast majority of the people who harvest brussels sprouts, like those who pick other crops, are Mexican. In Baja they’re migrants from the states of southern Mexico. In California, they’re immigrant workers who’ve crossed the border to labor in these fields. On a cold November day, this crew of Mexican migrant workers picks brussels sprouts on a ranch outside of Watsonville.