Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fascist Signs Must Not Stand for 5 Minutes - New Brunswick or Any Where

Joe Xtarr worked with a team to remove the nazi signs that were hanging in New Brunswick since the day after Thanksgiving according to one Facebook user account. Please contact him through Facebook to see about a team for nazi sign removal in New Brunswick - or elsewhere - since he and his colleagues took care of it to night. I was geared up for the weather and ready to go join them but according to Joe they found only about 8 signs along George Street. He did not check the side streets so please keep an eye out anywhere in New Brunswick or any where else. If you see signs, contact Joe or you can text me 908-881-5275 to see about getting them cleaned up. You can also e-mail to cnjgdc@protonmail.com for anonymous tips and leads. That is the contact e-mail address for the Central New Jersey General Defense Committee of the IWW (International Workers of the World aka Wobblies(.

WD40 or Rubbing Alcohol could be needed
ro break down the glue.
Get a wood puddy scrape knife and throw it in your glove compartment or pack. The signs were glue adhered. The nazis were probably watching for days as everyone tried to claw them down with their finger nails. They probably were even filiming it - that would be my guess. But if you have a puddy knife handy - - zip zoot bye bye nazi sign. That's how Joe and his team took care of them.
If you see the signs and do not have time or resources to get rid of them - contact Joe - through Facebook, above - you can contact me (Bob Witanek) thru Facebook or 908-881-5275 - call / text.
That goes for anywhere else. The nazi signs have to come down as soon as they go up and if we catch them - we have to get a team to prevent them from putting them up or to remove them immediately.

They should not be permitted to by the community to post those signs. This is not to me a police issue but a community issue. You go to the cops with it and they will spend more time investigating you than the fascists.

But NJ here to forward - these signs can not stand 5 minutes! UPDATE: December 7, 2017 Univision has been in contact and they want to do a story next time these signs show up in NJ so if you see the signs, pleaese call 201-852-7716 (Bill Tipacti)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Press Release: Decarcerate the Garden State Supports Ulisses Rodriguez Family


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


DECARCERATE THE GARDEN STATE SUPPORTS Ulisses Rodriguez FAMILY

Contact: Bob Witanek 908-881-5275


Decarcerate the Garden State, a state wide NJ group opposed to mass incarceration and enslavement supports the demands of the Ulisses Rodriguez family.

According a co-founder of the group, Bob Witanek, "We make the following demands of Northern State Prison officials:

immediately inform the family of Ulisses Rodriguez of how he died and the cause of death;


immediately provide any and all information requested by the family of Ulisses Rodriguez including every detail of the whatever incidents that occurred or circumstances that occurred leading to the death of Ulisses Rodriguez;


immediately inform the family of Ulisses Rodriguez if there was a physical altercation, a fight, if paramedics were called and if resuscitation efforts were made;


immediately establish a liaison with the family of Ulisses Rodriguez to initiate the process of full disclosure of every known detail of the tragedy and every detail of the ongoing investigation by the [New Jersey Department of Corrections] and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office;


immediately establish a phone number and a contact person assigned to answer any and all calls from the family of Ulisses Rodriguez"


Decarcerate the Garden State urges its constituents to call Abutments office:at North NJ State Prison at  609-633-2596 and read to whoever answers or any answering machine the above listed demands.

According to Bob Witanek, a co-founder of Decarcerate the Garden State, whose Facebook group has over 1400 members, "It is up to the family to determine how best to move forward for a full disclosure of the incident. We are ready to support the family in whatever decisions it makes in this regard.  We are ready to do what it takes to support the family's quest for justice."

The group is rallying support for the family in its Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DecarcerateNJ

More background on the issue was published in the Newark, NJ Patch:

https://patch.com/new-jersey/newarknj/new-jersey-prisoners-family-demands-autopsy-after-sudden-death
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Related from Patch - NJ Prison Sentence is a Death Sentence for 1 in 10 NJ Incarcerated!
1 In 10 New Jersey Inmates Will Likely Die In Jail, Report Says

So when 10 catch a sentence - one is catching death!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Meeting to Launch Effort to Close ICE Essex Detention Center 10/7. 2pm Newark

Equal Rights For All Who Live Here! There is No Such Thing as an “Illegal” Human Being!


All Welcome to an Organizing meeting to Close the ICE Immigrant Detention Center at the Essex County Jail in Newark Saturday, October 7 2 PM 157 Lafayette St. Newark, NJ The Trump regime is stepping up its attacks on immigrants and all workers.

The ending of the DACA program means 800,000 young people will be facing the deportation machinery, some beginning as soon March of next year. This past week Trump’s ICE agents began massive sweeps targeting so called ‘sanctuary “ cities Like Newark.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ice-arrests-nearly-500-immigrants-160303060.html

But what kind of sanctuary city is Newark when we have one of Trump’s immigrant jails right in our community? The Essex County facility, and those like it around the country such as in neighboring Hudson County, are key parts of the machinery Trump needs to carry our plans to deport DACA youth and his broader efforts to ramp up deportations and terrorize all workers. The Essex County facility, and those around the county, need to be shutdown NOW! All are invited to this organizing meeting to strategize on how to close the ICE facility and build a broader fight back to defend immigrants and all workers For more information call Jay Arena at 504-520-9521

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bill Maher and the Thin Brown Wall.

It's frustrating to see this unfold as it has. It is indeed a teachable moment. Unfortunately, there are no abolitionists allowed on these global platforms to teach the underlining lesson. Legalized slavery and the 13TH amendment is either an unknown factor in their mind or simply not on the conversational priority lists. An astonishing thing to consider regarding people acutely aware they are currently standing in the heart of a nation that has more people in cages than at any time in the known history of mankind on planet earth. Hell. Louisiana alone is known as the prison capital of the world. in California incarceration is almost $80,000 a year per person. More than a year at Harvard. The national average is closer to $40,000 per inmate. Now multiply that by 2.4 million yearly. Add another 12 million times $25,000 for jails and from a view in space you can see human bodies pulsing dollars and cents in 6X9 transistor slots.
Still not feeling nuthin huh? Maybe it's the lead and chlorine diet mixed with SSRI systemic synapse restructuring efforts. IDK... justa guess.
Breakdown: A white man accepted as an ally, with the ear and eye's of millions, decided to make a big feaking joke out of slavery while talking to a senator in public. Referring to himself (the globe-trotting, footsie playing multimillionaire progressive white liberal) as a house slave when asked to volunteer in political fieldwork. Using his ... intimate "friendliness and familiarity" as a get out of deep shit free card.
Steve Harvey made a similar error. The re-vitiligo doesn't fool me. Same school of thought.
Let me point out something an abolitionist would catch. While he was telling that jokey joke about crimes against humanity, some governors mansions and even the white house at times has used or is using prison slave labor solely for economic reasons. The Clinton's used house slaves in Arkansas. I mean if you really want some stereotypes, there are field slaves out picking cotton in Angola prisons or potatoes in Idaho prisons now. Whole foods had access to a whole plantation worth tens of millions in revenue. They didn't see nothin wrong with a little trump and crime.
There are class action lawsuits in high courts right now against rampant slave labor use. Behind these bars across the nation, in places like Rikers and Tutweiler, suffering and exploitation is beyond a nightmare.
This past week alone I've reported on 3 different rape cases where SRO's LEO's and CO's are sociopaths. Women and children are being abused in ways that would challenge any poets commitment to being a narrator of the times. And you got jokes?
This isn't past history. Go to the governor's mansion and you might find a house slave working in the kitchen or offering white-gloved services today.
Maybe... the senator has seen them personally and was taken aback because Billy boy doesn't fit the description.
Ask the Clinton's what they know bout dat. I mean how else would those murderers get their freedom one day right? In the eye's of our oppressors, this is a great opportunity for formerly bad people to do something good with their lives. We should be thanking them. Like the other busted bill, O'really said. White House slaves had it real good ya'll.
I can't even get into the racism and stupidity involved with the video below and the line of questioning by the fallacy driven fake newsagent.
Slavery is a very sensitive topic of discussion these days. Talk about it enough and you begin to recognize it when you see it again. Maybe that is the problem and the solution.
I don't know Bill Maher. I don't like or GAF about him. This isn't just about one asinine white guy any more than Kalief Browder's story was just about Rikers.
You know... I bet I can relate with Ava DuVernay right about now. She said it loud and clear. From slave to criminal with one amendment.
Everyone loved it. She was a media darling. People played it everywhere and talked. Then, in less than a year folks consciously forgot what you were talking about and went back to living the lie. Maybe you did too. IDK. Denial is definitely an easy escape route.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sussex county judges and officials complicit in aiding even rewarding sexual predators, must be stopped

Opinion:
Sussex County superior court judge James McGovern released ex Newton police officer on bail last week, after multiple incidents and vast prior history of this man endangering the welfare of his children, while simultaneously preying on your children.  This man showed his genitals to your teenage children during traffic stops, all of which evidence can be seen by asking Newton PD for an OPRA request of the footage.  Almost equally profane is how the courts handled their scumbag insider buddy cop.  He was released on bail and was on paid leave while they investigated.  While out on bail for his first offence, he molested another minor in Burger king.  Even amid NJ bail reform, people at risk of offending while on bail, or who have proven they will re-offend should be locked away forever.  It disgusts me the way the prosecutor and judges were so eager to let this man back  with his young children, or worse back in the community with yours.  Call judge McGovern's office and express your feelings, I know I'm not alone. 973-579-0680 (judges phone)

http://www.nj.com/sussex-county/index.ssf/2017/04/ex-newton_cop_accused_in_sex_assault_getting_out_o.html

cops name : Jason Miller

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lisa Davis Sees Something and Says Something About NJ Transit Incarcerating Acts Toward Riders While Total Negligence Toward There Safety


 Yesterday, Lisa Davis, a well known Newark freedom fighter and activist, core member of Peoples Organization for Progress, NJ organizer for Black is Black Coalition and seeker of justice for the unjustly incarcerated was herself had cops called on her, always an implied threat of unjustified incarceration.

For what you ask?  For walkingTHROUGH the the waiting area in Newark Penn Station – while Black – and when asked to show her passenger ticket, questioning the policy – and she had transit cops called on her - AFTER presenting her monthly pass (which she pays $170 per month for.)"

She was there to document the signs now posted by NJ Transit in Penn Station saying that you can be ARRESTED and criminally PROSECUTED and removed from the station for sitting in their waiting area in one of their “rinky” waiting rooms for over an hour.

Lisa Davis is a regular – daily – user of mass transit and is in the train stations and port authority ALL THE TIME!  In fact, on September 9, 2016, I joined Lisa to purchase smoothies in one of the Newark Penn Station shops.

So yesterday, after being harassed in this way – Lisa Davis pointed out the priorities of NJ Transit.  She takes us to a train station and shows us steps covered with snow a full 24 hours after the Stella winter storm made its way through Newark.  Lisa states that earlier today – the platform itself – was covered with snow – creating a hazard in the dangerous setting where high speed trains regularly pass through and where people in all stages of life need to safely on board and depart from passenger train cars.
This kind of work – documenting these repressive stop and frisk type policies in Penn Station Newark is decarcerating work and I salute Lisa Davis in boldly standing up against these repressive policies.

Arresting weary passengers who get to the station more than an hour before their train for trying to take a load off their wary bones is just one more measure of the system’s repressive war on impoverished and working class residents and travelers.

Hats off to Lisa!

Here is her Decarcerating Street Reporting – Real News – Exposing the carceral apparatus and the role of NJ Transit in the low intensity warfare against the impoverished and working people.

The decscriptions of these videos – which were originally Facebook Live videos are taken from Lisa description on her own Facebook wall:

Part 1


PART I. NJ Transit Abuses. The NJ Transit police were called on me today (3/15/17) for attempting to walk through their waiting room in Newark, Penn Station. I questioned why I had to show a ticket to just walk across the waiting room. I couldn't believe it. But even after I showed the ticket, the police were still called. But the irony of this is that NJ Transit has mounds of snow and ice at their train platforms, at least in one Black community and sees nothing wrong with that. They don't see that as dangerous. Please see part II of this video called NJ Transit, Dangerous Steps.


Part 2


Part II, New Jersey Transit. Dangerous Steps 3/15/17. I recorded this video approximately two hours after the video of the police being called on me for simply attempting to walk across the NJ Transit waiting room in Newark, Penn Station. (Please see part I of this video where I was able to record the entire incident.) These steps are concrete. I had to walk up them earlier this morning to catch a train. They have ice and snow covered all around this train station. And they have loads of snow and ice on the train platform. The majority of the people who catch the train at this station are Black and Latino, so you know they don't rate for anything with NJ Transit.



Thank you Lisa Davis for this top notch expose on the decay of infrastructure including public transit.  I am hoping that this blog can include much more of this kind of street reporting to bring the revolutionary side of the issues to the forefront.  If you can gather this kind of information and write this kind of commentary – contact Decarc@DecarcerateNJ.org and we will set you up as a Decarca-Reporter.

Updaete from Lisa Davis, March 18:

NJ TRANSIT - RIDING THE TRAINS WHILE BLACK. Let's play a game. Can you guess which one is in the Black Community and which us in the White community. All these pictures were taken during the morning commute and the trains stop at both these stations. These stations are one stop away from each other, on the same line, and are just one minute away from each other. Really gives meaning to the wrong side of the tracks, doesn't it? These pictures are worth a thousand words, which means I'll be writing more.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Newark VD (Vacancy Decontrol) / Rent Control Loophole On Mayor's Desk



The following note from Eric Martindale arrived in my in box from the Peoples Organization for Progress.  I pasted the letter into the group Decarcerate the Garden State on March 4.  Now it seems the measure being protested by the referenced petition has been passed by the Newark Council and is headed for possible adoption.
Sent: Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:16 AM
Subject: Please email to POP contacts --- urgent action on NEWARK RENT CONTROL
Please forward this to all of your residents and email contacts
1. Sign the Change.org petition regarding the proposed bad changes to the Newark Rent Control Ordinance
2. Please call the city council members. Emails are good, calls are better
Demand that they stop these harmful changes to Rent Control.
MAYOR & COUNCIL MEMBERS
PHONE
EMAIL
Mayor Ras J. Baraka
973-733-6400
rasjbaraka@yahoo.com
Salimu Taylor, Mayor's Assistant

taylorsa@ci.newark.nj.us
Council President Mildred Crump
973-733-8043
crumpm@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins
973-733-5870
chaneyfieldg@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilman Anibal Ramos
973-733-5136
ramosa@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilman Augusto Amador
973-733-6571
amadora@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilman John Sharpe James
973-733-3753
jamesjoh@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilman Luis Quintana
973-733-5882
quintanal@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilman Joseph McCallum
973-733-6427
mccallumjo@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilman Eddie Osborne
973-733-3794
osbornee@ci.newark.nj.us
Councilman Carlos Gonzalez
973-733-6425
gonzalezc@ci.newark.nj.us
3. PLEASE ATTEND the special Newark City Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00. There will be a public hearing on the proposed Rent Control Ordinance. This has been designed as a morning meeting so that landlords, their lawyers, and their agents will be there in large numbers, while tenants are working. Everyone who can come, its important.
4. YouTube Presentation, March 1, 2017, on rent control
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5RstjUKVhk
For more information, please see www.newarktenantsunited.org

This sequence of events led to a discussion at tonight's POP meeting.

It was lamented that council members that are members, supporters and have received support from POP in the past were favorable toward this measure.

POP intends to write to Ras Baraka to state opposition. Lawrence Hamm lamented that POP had not played a more direct role speaking out against this at council meetings.

That - he said - is the kind of work POP needs to be doing.

I pointed out that POP had sent the letter out that I posted earlier.

To Jim Brash;s credit he DID take it to Ras Baraka over twitter and the mayor actually engaged Jim - but his tact was to point out that Jim is not a Newark resident.

Jimmy Brash - proponent of the Black Caucus of the Green Party simply suggested to Ras Baraka to listen to his constituency on the matter.

POP voted to send a letter to Ras Baraka opposing this measure.

Baba Zayid spoke up that Newark had voted to keep the money out of Newark - but that this shows that the money is coming in nonetheless - and decisions are being made in favor of the landlords and developers - over the tenants.

To its credit - POP had at least sent the letter out - which led to my posting it and Jim challenging Baraka over it on Twitter.

POP has a pretty consistent full court press organization on many issues but as a volunteer organization it is not staffed up to be able to fully handle the load of defending the people from the multi faceted attacks ever incoming.

Larry Addams pointed out that coordination of retirees and those out of work (or not working during the day) could get people to the 10 am during the week meetings - like the one where this landlord measure was passed.

Lawrence Hamm was not optimistic - he believes that Ras Baraka will end up signing it.


I personally would like to urge folks to contact Ras Baraka and urge him to veto this measure.  He can say he needs more time to study the matter.  While the Mayor can point out that I personally do not abide in Newark as he did with Jimmy Brash, I did attend a POP meeting which represents at least a significant constituency in Newark and am confident from their reaction to the council vote at tonight's meeting that a Baraka veto of this measure is in the best interests of the people of Newark.

The information to contact him is above.  You can also tweet him at:


@rasjbaraka