The Daily GRRR! - October 10th, 2014 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio

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(The image is of community guards now posted at the school in Ayotzinapa where the abducted student teachers were studying)

Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio, on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Friday October 10th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

The clip that kicked off the show is from Mumia Abu-Jamal with his comments on his Goddard Commencement Speech. And in another “Mumia Law”, following the apparent mental anguish his commencement address caused for families of slain police officers, Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to create legislation that would allow court injunctions to block "conduct which perpetuates the continuing effects of the crime on the victim." Check prisonradio.org for more of Mumia’s podcasts.

Today’s feature is most of an interview from the Prison Radio show on 93.3fm, CFRU in Guelph, with Sesa Media and Latanya Grant, cousin of Jermaine Carby; a Black man murdered by a police officer while unarmed in Brampton on September 24th 2014

Now we will start with today’s headlines:

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HEADLINES for October 10th, 2014
1. Northwest Territories RCMP Charged Twice With Contempt In Past Month
2. Vindictive City Targets Municipal Employee Protestors
3. Coroner Rules Lac-Mégantic Disaster Violent and Avoidable
4. Small Victories in Battle Over Line 9
5. Tar Sands Tankers In The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
6. Conclusion: End Migrant Detentions and Deportations
7. 7000 Palestinians Held Prisoners By Israel
8. Major #BlockTheBoat Action Announced
9. Mass Graves Found In Region Where Indigenous Students Abducted
10. Moonlighting Cops Profiles, Kills Black Youth

1. Northwest Territories’ RCMP Charged Twice With Contempt In Past Month
A month after failing to arrest a man who tried to turn himself in on anti-racist action assault charges, the RCMP of the Northwest Territories have again been charged by a judge for contempt.

This time around, the judgehas laid the charges after the mounties failed to get 2 prisoners to court on time. While the cops blame a broken plane, and an auto-reply email, the judge says they did not try hard enough to get the inmates to court on time. The sentence for contempt ranges from a fine to jail time, but it is unclear how “the RCMP” would serve jail time.

2. Vindictive City Targets Municipal Employee Protestors
Following up on a story we reported on in August, another 13 Montreal city employees have been indicted on charges including unlawful assembly, mischief, and assault following a protest and ransacking of city hall on August 18th.

There are now 57 workers facing charges, with the first 44 having their trial set for November 27th. 6 firefighters involved in the protests have been fired, with all other facing charges also facing penalties at work, ranging from one week to six-month unpaid suspensions.

The protests were sparked by proposed legislation, Bill 3, which seeks to reform municipal pensions, forcing workers to pay more into the plan to make up for deficits.
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3. Coroner Rules Lac-Mégantic Disaster Violent and Avoidable
The recently submitted coroners report from each of the 47 deaths resulting from the fracked oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic in July 2013 stated that "This is a violent death. This death was preventable, or avoidable."

Quebec Coroner Martin Clavet attached a series of recommendations within each report writing ““It seems essential to me to make the following recommendations for a better protection of human life”.

Among the recommendations, written in french, also note that trains carrying dangerous goods should not be left unattended on mainlines, and that better understanding of the factors that make trains roll away should better inform how many brakes should be applied on heavy trains to keep them from rolling away.

Earlier this summer, neo-liberal policies of greed, deregulation and self-regulation were blamed for the corporate crime.

4.Small Victories in Battle Over Line 9
Citing the impact of public pressure and direct action, Rising Tide Toronto claimed a small victory after the National Energy Board denied the enbridge pipeline company their request to cancel over 100 integrity digs on the controversial, and long-delayed line 9 project, the NEB made another decision which will delay the project by at least further 90 days.

On Monday, the NEB denied enbridge’s request for a Leave To Operate permit, noting the companies failure to adequately meet the conditions of their approval order - namely installing valves on either side of all major water crossings. Enbridge had submitted the request for the LTO saying they had done enough new installations, and that they were entitled to a different interpretation of “major water crossing”.

While environmental defence notes that “Enbridge is being cagey about telling the public which rivers have valves, and which do not,” Waterloo Region’s Climate Change Containment Unit has said “there is a valve only on one side of the Grand River.” A statement released by a network of grassroots activists reads:

“While the delay and the NEB’s conditions are small victories for the No Line 9 movement, we maintain that a few additional valves or digs will not make this pipeline safe to transport toxic materials. Indeed, many of the 13,000 problems Enbridge has identified in this pipeline are not being addressed.

“Moreover, no level of safety precautions will mitigate the damages that will result from Line 9 transporting Tar Sands dilbit or Bakken fracked crude. This would enable the expansion of the Tar Sands in Northern Alberta which poisons downstream communities and contributes to catastrophic climate change. It would also help mass-fracking continue in North Dakota, which uses millions of gallons of water and 40,000 gallons of carcinigens and toxins for each fracturing job.

While we will claim this small victory for the people versus Big Oil and colluding governments, we also pledge to continue fighting this dirty project until it is cancelled outright.

No Line 9. Shut down the Tar Sands. People Before Profit.”

To sign the petition demanding the NEB respect the ongoing Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s legal appeal of line 9 click here: http://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/demand-the-neb-respect-indigenous-rights...

5. Tar Sands Tankers In The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
The Council of Canadians is reporting that 1 tanker ship carrying tar sands crude made its way from Sorel-Tracey in Quebec to Sardinia, Italy, the first in a series of shipments that are planned through the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River. A second tar sands tanker is expected to arrive in Sorel on October 12th for loading.

The CoC argues that Transport Canada and the quebec government have given the green light for these shipments without “thorough environmental assessment, public consultation and free, prior and informed consent of indigenous communities and municipalities. The Council of Canadians opposes these shipments because of the risk they pose to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin”

The CoC report adds that “Every day, energy giant Suncor transports bitumen via CN Rail from Alberta to a storage space in Quebec operated by Kildair Services,” and that we don’t need to look beyond this weeks train explosion in Sasketchewan or the Lac-Megantic disaster to know oil-by rail is not safe.

The CoC notes a Bloc Quebecois MP brought up the lack of an emergency response plan just days before the first shipment departed, but the ship was allowed to sail regardless, and that the tanker was twice as wide as the restrictions for ships in the St. Lawrence.

6. Conclusion: End Migrant Detentions and Deportations
As the inquest looking into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez wrapped up in vancouver last week, migrant justice organiser Harsha Walia released an article on themainlander.com detailing 10 ‘key facts’ about the inquest, and making a pointed conclusion.

We encourage listeners to read the whole article on the webpage and we wanted to share Harsha’s concluding statement:

The notion of a more ‘humane prison’ with more staffing (i.e increased management and control of detainees) and better services detracts from the critical question of why an increased number of migrants are being detained and deported, and does nothing to challenge the federal government’s plans of prison expansion (and by extension, prison populations). Although critical, appropriate mental health assessments, for example, would not change the underlying reason for Lucia’s anxiety: her detention and deportation.

When detached from an abolitionist and decarceration analysis, prison reform strategies actually, as former political prisoner Angela Davis argues, “render the prison more impermeable to change.” Therefore advocating for detention reform strategies through this inquest must be consistent within the ultimate vision towards ending migrant detentions and deportations.

7. 7000 Palestinians Held Prisoners By Israel

A release from the Palestinian Prisoner Society notes that as of October 1st, 7000 Palestinians are being held prisoner in Israeli jails, with nearly 250 children, 1500 sick, and 500 people held without charge among them. The report also shows all but 17 of the prisoners are males, with 32 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council held captive as well.

The Palestinian prisoner solidarity network samidoun notes the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs saying “the situation of prisoners’ health requires urgent intervention at an international level… the continued detention of a number of sick prisoners can be regarded as their execution and deliberate murder.”

Israel imprisons about 0.001% of the Palestinian population, while here in canada , the canadian government imprisons around 0.002% of the Indigenous population.

8. Major #BlockTheBoat Action Announced
Continuing the actions against Israeli shipping company ZIM the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign has identified another opportunity to #BlockTheBoat and bring continued international and economic pressure on Israeli Companies and corps that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

As reported by Al-Akhbar english, one organiser, who for privacy concerns goes by his twitter handle @violentFanon says of the call for action in Oakland on October 25th:
“These protests in Oakland are demonstrating to Israel that, at a minimum, they will pay the price of economic isolation for their repeated violations of international law and human rights. A strong showing on October 25th could mean an end to all Zim arrivals at the Port of Oakland.”

In a show of solidarity for the Palestinian people all but 1 of the dock workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (Local 10) present at the september 27th #BlockTheBoat action, respected the Palestinian peoples’s call to Boycott Apartheid Israel, and refused to work on the ZIM ship. Each day that a container ship is blocked from unloading in port costs the company 50,000$.

9. Mass Graves Found In Region Where Indigenous Students Abducted
Its been 2 weeks since 43 student teachers went missing after protests in Guerrero, a corrupt state in the southwest of Mexico, and authorities have now said it was “probable” that some of the 28 bodies found in mass graves are those of the students.

22 local police and 12 others have been arrested in connection with the incident which is an act of terrorism aimed at the indigenous and autonomous communities in the region. 6 people were killed in the september 26th protests which ended with police repression and the disappearance of the 43 student teachers.

On wednesday, protests and vigils were held around the world with thousands of masked and silent Zapatistas marching in San Cristobal, and machete wielding womyn marching in other mexican cities. A well attended vigil also took place in montreal denouncing the state terrorism and calling for #JusticeForAyotzinapa

10. Moonlighting Cops Profiles, Kills Black Youth
Vonderrit Myers Jr. a black 18 year old man was killed wednesday night by a police officer in Shaw Missouri, 17 kilometres from Ferguson, where unarmed Micheal Brown was killed in August.

While contradictory reports have emerged from the police, witnesses, and family members, what is not at question is that a white cop, saw 3 black youths walking down a sidewalk, deemed them suspicions and chased them. He also fired 17 shots at Myers, 8 of which struck the youth, who the cop claims shot at him first.

Torontoist writer Desmond Cole storifyied his reaction on twitter to the press conference from the cops where cheif pig called Myers a suspect 12 times in two minutes.

In reaction to the killing, residents flooded the streets, smashing cops vehicles and burning the american flag.

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You are listening to Waves Through Walls edition of The Daily GRRR! Today is October 10th, 2014, my name is Dan Kellar and we are now moving into the feature portion of our broadcast.

Today’s feature is most of an interview from the Prison Radio show on 93.3fm, CFRU in Guelph, with Sesa Media and Latanya Grant, cousin of Jermaine Carby; a Black man murdered by a peel police officer while unarmed in Brampton on September 24th 2014. Witnesses say at least 4 shots were fired by the cop and that Jermaine had his hands up at the time he was shot. There Will be a March calling for #JusticeForJermaine on Sunday October 12th starting at 3:30pm from Queen and Kennedy to Brampton City Hall
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That was most of an interview from the Prison Radio show on 93.3fm, CFRU in Guelph, with Sesa Media and Latanya Grant, cousin of Jermaine Carby; a Black man murdered by a peel police officer while unarmed in Brampton on September 24th 2014.
There Will be a March calling for #JusticeForJermaine on Sunday October 12th starting at 3:30pm from Queen and Kennedy to Brampton City Hall

This has been the The Daily GRRR! for October 10th, 2014. We are on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo region, and http://soundfm.ca on the web. Check out all our past shows and other Grand River Media Collective work on our webpage http://grandrivermc.ca

The Daily GRRR! is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

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