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Announcement :: Gender : GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare
Statement on the Threats Against the Lives of Miche DuGren and Bert Duran
19 Sep 2005
The LGBT community in Manchester, New Hampshire is under attack.
Statement on the Threats Against the Lives of
Miche DuGren and Bert Duran

The LGBT community in Manchester, New Hampshire is under attack. There have been recent death threats against and ongoing harassment of AIDS activist, Bert Duran (living with AIDS) and his partner, Miche Duran. Verbal death threats have been reported to the Manchester police by several neighbors as well as Bert and Miche. A sign, “AIDS-Infected Household”, was placed in front of their house. Despite these blatant threats, the Manchester Police Department refuses to prosecute the perpetrators and have not returned numerous phone calls.

Bert Duran outed himself earlier this year by bravely speaking out against Ryan White HIV cutbacks in the pages of the Concord, NH Monitor. PJ Fredericks and Nicole Scipione became aware of his HIV status and have been unleashing a reign of terror ever since.

The harassment must stop and the perpetrators must be brought to justice!

In these times of continued stigma and attack against people with HIV/AIDS, no one can afford to be silent about these attacks. The prevailing climate of fear in the LGBT and HIV communities grows stronger, as long as this injustice goes unpunished. A strong and organized community response can turn back the fear and harassment in Manchester, New Hampshire and everywhere.

While the pentagon spends $10 million/hr for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, money for human needs evaporates before our eyes as AIDS caseloads grow every day. As the recent abandonment of the mostly African-American poor in Louisiana demonstrates, Bush and the pentagon can drop a cruise missile on Baghdad in a matter of minutes but somehow can’t airlift bottled water. Food or medicine to thousands of oppressed people dying before our very eyes.!

The Manchester Police virtual encouragement of gross civil rights violations would not have happened if Miche and Burt were rich and privileged. They took a big risk by going public to save HIV funding in New Hampshire, now it’s time for all of us to join the Lavender Caucus of SEIU Local 1984 and show solidarity with them.
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Get a clue...
19 Sep 2005
These activists are experiencing gang stalking. Gang stalking is primarily a police based activity (upon the admission of police who called into a Toronto radio talk show on the subject). Going to the Manchester Police Department will not work because the Manchester Police Department is behind the harassment. This is vigilante based harassment sponsored by the police with the goal of "running these activists out of town."

Next, the police will spread untrue rumors about the victims with the goal of recruiting more volunteers to assist in the harassment.
Re: Statement on the Threats Against the Lives of Miche DuGren and Bert Duran
19 Sep 2005
There's also a bunch of white power boneheads in Manch Vegas. They love to do shit like this, too. Or it could be some run of the mill repressed maniac.