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No execution i akiller’s name is DuPont
By Stephen Millies
Dave Schultz was murdered by oneof the richest men on the planet: JohnEleuthere DuPont. Nancy Schultz, Dave’spartner, witnessed the Jan. 26, 1996, kill-ing of the father of their two children. After pumping three bullets into Schul-tz — who won a gold medal in wrestlingat the 1984 Olympics — DuPont retreatedto his mansion. It’s a replica of PresidentJames Madison’s Montpelier house builton a Virginia slave plantation.DuPont was known to be heavily armed. He used to drive a tank aroundhis 800-acre Delaware County, Pa., estate west of Philadelphia.Did police shoot their way into DuPont’smansion? Did they drop a bomb on it, likethey did on the MOVE house in Philadel-phia’s Black community on May 13, 1985,killing six children and seven adults?No. Cops don’t do things like that toa parasite with a $250 million fortune.They patiently waited two days beforetricking the great-great-grandson of E. I.DuPont to come outside.Delaware County District Attorney Pat-rick Meehan immediately ruled out thedeath penalty, saying there was “no ag-gravating circumstance” in the case. (New York Times, March 13, 1996)That was a smart career move for theRepublican Meehan, who has just beenelected to Congress.Three months before he murdered DaveSchultz, DuPont pointed a machine gunat Dan Chaid, one of the wrestlers train-ing on the millionaire’s estate. Newtown
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Georgia prison strike
Prisoners demand ‘our human rights’
By Dianne MathiowetzAtlanta
According to reports from family mem- bers and prisoner rights advocates, thou-sands of incarcerated men throughoutGeorgia engaged in a coordinated strikestarting Dec. 9. They refused to go to work or participate in other assignments or ac-tivities, but stayed in their cells, calling it a“lockdown for liberty.”Using unauthorized cell phones, theprisoners have been able to organizeamong themselves and to communicate with news media and supporters. What is so extraordinary about this ac-tion besides its statewide character is itsunity among the prisoners — Black, Latino, white, Muslims, Christians, Rastafarians —to achieve their central demand to be treat-ed as human beings, not slaves or animals.The Georgia Department of Correctionshas refused to provide any informationto date but did release a short statementon Dec. 9 claiming that no job action hadtaken place and nothing unusual was hap-pening. However, the DOC acknowledgedthat based on the “rumor” of a strike, war-dens at four facilities had ordered a gener-al “lockdown” of the institution to preventany disruption. A lockdown means that allprisoners are conned to their cells andno visitors or phone calls are allowed.Inmate families and community or-ganizers such as Elaine Brown, a formerleader of the Black Panther Party andlongtime prisoner rights activist, have re-ceived numerous phone calls recountinginstances of violence and intimidation by prison guards and ofcials in response tothis peaceful protest. At Augusta State Prison, at least sixprisoners were dragged from their cellsand beaten, resulting in broken ribs andother serious injuries. At Telfair State Prison, guards ram-paged through the cells, destroying per-sonal property while searching for contra- band cell phones. At Macon State Prison, the prison au-thorities rst shut off the heat as tempera-tures dropped below freezing and then, onthe second day of the strike, also cut off the hot water. An unknown number of prisoners have been taken to isolation or “the hole” at the various facilities.Georgia, having the fth largest U.S.prison population, has more than 100prisons, work camps and other detentioncenters. It is estimated that one in 13 adultGeorgians are under some sort of legalcontrol by the state — in prison or jail, onparole or out on bond with charges pend-ing, or under some sort of court or correc-tional supervision.In a message sent from a prisoner onday 3 of the strike, he urged, “Don’t GiveUp Now! On Monday, when the doors (tothe cells — DM) open, close them. Do NotGo To Work.”Prior to the strike, the prisoners issued astatement outlining nine specic demands:•
A living wage for work:
In violationof the 13th Amendment to the Constitu-tion prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, the DOC demands prisoners work for free.•
For thegreat majority of prisoners, the DOCdenies all opportunities for education beyond the GED, despite the benet to both prisoners and society.•
Decent health care:
In violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibitionagainst cruel and unusual punishments,the DOC denies adequate medical careto prisoners, charges excessive fees forthe most minimal care and is responsi- ble for extraordinary pain and suffering.•
An end to cruel and unusualpunishment:
In further violation of the Eighth Amendment, the DOC isresponsible for cruel prisoner punish-ments for minor infractions of rules.•
Decent living conditions:
Georgiaprisoners are conned in overcrowded,substandard conditions, with little heatin winter and oppressive heat in summer.•
Vegetables andfruit are in short supply in DOC facili-ties while starches and fatty foods areplentiful.•
Vocational and self-improvementopportunities:
The DOC has strippedits facilities of all opportunities forskills training, self-improvement andproper exercise.•
Access to families:
The DOC has dis-connected thousands of prisoners fromtheir families by imposing excessivetelephone charges and innumerable barriers to visitation.•
Just parole decisions:
The ParoleBoard capriciously and regularly deniesparole to the majority of prisonersdespite evidence of eligibility.The conditions that have caused thesemen to take such a courageous action areduplicated in prisons and jails across theU.S. News about their historic strike has been censored with next to no coveragethroughout Georgia. The New York Timesdid print information about the strike fol-lowing calls by prisoners to the newspa-per (Dec. 12).Solidarity is needed to ensure the safety of the prisoners and the improvement of their conditions. Calls to the followingGeorgia prisons are encouraged, demand-ing no retaliation or reprisals and fullcompliance with the prisoners’ demands.
Sources for this article also include the Black Agenda Report and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The strike continues as of Dec. 14.To sign a petition of support, go toiacenter.org and look in the Action Alerts & Report-Backs section.
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By Monica Moorehead
The New Orleans Police Departmentis known for carrying out heinous acts of racist brutality, especially within the Afri-can-American and other oppressed com-munities. In the aftermath of HurricaneKatrina in 2005, which all too painfully ex-posed broken levees in the predominantly Black Ninth Ward, many police shootingsof unarmed Black residents took place aspeople were desperately trying to escapeand survive ooded New Orleans. An untold number of these residentslost their lives during these senselessshootings. Few police and few of the armed white vigilantes who shot and killed theseresidents are likely to ever be brought to justice for these crimes against humanity.Given this history, it was somewhat un-usual that some of these NOPD killingscame to light — four years after they took place. One was the case of Henry Glover,a 31-year-old Black man who was shot inthe back on Sept. 2, 2005, by police ofcerDavid Warren. The ofcer claimed thatGlover had a weapon when he shot him.Henry was barely alive when his brother,King, agged down a Black motorist, Wil-liam Tanner, in an attempt to get Henry to a hospital.They asked the police to help them. Thecops handcuffed and then beat King Glov-er and Tanner. Meanwhile, Henry Glover bled to death in the back seat of Tanner’scar. Once Glover died, one of the cops burned his body and the car beyond recog-nition. In early 2009, the Nation magazine broke the story of the charred body andthe car being found. This discovery helpedto lead to federal indictments against veNOPD ofcers on various charges.On Dec. 9 a New Orleans jury found Warren guilty of violating Glover’s civilrights along with manslaughter. Two oth-er ofcers were found guilty of burningTanner’s car and attempted cover-up of the killing. Two other ofcers were com-pletely acquitted. While some may feelthat some justice was served in this case,Henry Glover’s aunt, Rebecca Glover,stated that the ofcers should have beenconvicted for the murder of her nephew. Warren will most certainly serve less timein prison for the manslaughter conviction.The case of Henry Glover brings to mindthe cases of the fatal police shootings of other unarmed Black men like Sean Bell,Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo and many others. In these cases and countless more,none of the killer cops were charged withmurder, much less convicted of murder.Some of these police would not have beenput on trial even for manslaughter if there weren’t some level of mass organizingfrom the oppressed communities andtheir political allies.Under capitalism, the police are a re-pressive force not subject to the samelaws that oppress the workers and the op-pressed. Cops can get away with murder because they are protected by the samelaws that protect the private property and prots of the bosses and bankers.The only way to get rid of police brutality is to get rid of the entire capitalist system,root and branch. That will take a socialistrevolution.