Writing to Chelsea Manning (Political Prisoner Updates)

By: Friday August 23, 2013 4:08 pm

After receiving a 35-year sentence, Chelsea Manning formally came out as a transgender woman. Over at Dissenter, Kevin Gosztola calls the mainstream media to task for mistreating her, and outlines Firedoglake’s support of Manning’s gender identity.

 

#D12 Gulf Port Action, One Year Later

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 7:15 pm

One year ago today, Occupy Oakland declared a National Day of Action against Goldman-Sachs.

The action would center on the Port of Oakland, which they shut down for over two days. Solidarity actions around the country took place at other ports, at Walmart distribution centers, and Goldman-Sachs offices in New York City.

About 200 occupiers from around Texas gathered at Occupy Houston’s encampment, Tranquility Park, and from there traveled to the Port of Houston where we blockaded the main entrance. There were twenty arrests.

Two More Austin Undercover Officers Revealed in #D12 Gulf Port 7 Trial

By: Friday November 16, 2012 7:10 pm

Judge Joan Campbell’s release reveals that a total of six undercover officers were assigned to monitor Occupy Austin, but three were apparently not involved directly in the lockbox incident where undercover Austin police built lockbox devices. Made from PVC pipes and also known as sleeping dragons or dragon sleeves, lockboxes linked seven protesters together at the December 12, 2011 Port of Houston shutdown. The use of these devices resulted in these occupiers from Austin, Dallas and Houston facing felony charges instead of the misdemeanors brought against those who simply linked their arms and legs.

Austin Police Department May Drop Charges Rather Than Reveal Undercover Officers

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:49 pm

The Texas fusion center enabled Austin Police to entrap activists in Houston, but apparently it can’t help settle a dispute when that entrapment comes to light. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Austin Police Department would rather drop the charges against the Gulf Port 7 than reveal their undercover officers.

Also a Tar Sands Blockade Update.

Undercover Austin Narcotics Detective Enabled Houston Felonies: #D12 Gulf Port 7

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 3:30 pm

Why did undercover Austin Police Department Detective Shannon G. Dowell provide material support for an activist protest that resulted in them being charged with a felony in Houston?

That’s the question I want answered after speaking with Ronnie Garza, a member of Occupy Austin who faces felony charges resulting from actions at the Port of Houston on December 12, 2011. On this day, the National Port Shutdown day of action, seven activists from Austin, Dallas, and Houston blocked the main entrance into the port by laying in the road and linking arms inside lockboxes (also known as sleeping dragons), which physically linked them together so that they had to be cut apart. The use of these instruments resulted in these seven being charged with Unlawful Use of a Criminal Instrument or Device, while others who merely linked arms and legs faced lesser misdemeanor charges.

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