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News :: Gender : GLBT/Queer : Human Rights : Race
Updates: ARA Member Still In Custody, Funds URGENTLY NEEDED for Bail Fund
06 Dec 2005
Jason Robbins is still being held in Chester County Jail in
Westchester, PA on $10,000 bail.
Updates: ARA Member Still In Custody, Funds URGENTLY NEEDED for Bail Fund

PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE WIDELY! WATCH FOR UPDATES SOON!

Jason Robbins is still being held in Chester County Jail in
Westchester, PA on $10,000 bail. Activists on the outside have already
raised the thousand dollars normally necessary to bail him out through
the services of a bondsmen, however the credit company is demanding
that his parents be involved in his release. This is despite the fact
that activists have both the credit, property, and funds to bond him
out. Jason is 26 years old.

Members of Anti-Racist Action and Anarchist Black Cross are calling on
individuals to contribute to a fund being readied for his bail and
legal defense. Anyone able to contribute is urged to contact Tom
Keenan from North Jersey ARA (609-468-9562, tompkeenan (at) gmail.com from
North Jersey ARA), Kane from Philly Anarchist Black Cross
(908-319-5394, jgp (at) riseup.net), or Matt from Shoelacetown Anarchist
Black Cross (201-696-6390, shoelacetownabc (at) hushmail.com)

We are calling for an immediate and continuous phone jam of all public
officials related to Jason's illegal arrest and incarceration. See the
end of this statement for demands and telephone numbers.

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Three members of Philadelphia Anti-Racist Action were arrested on
Sunday at a peaceful demonstration in support of
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender rights and reproductive freedom in
Phoenixville, PA. One of the arrested was badly beaten by police and
had to be hospitalized. The remaining two arrestees were charged with
violating a provision of the USA PATRIOT Act pertaining to supplying
identification to law enforcement personnel and later released.

The demonstration took place outside the home of two organizers with
the notorious queer-bashing and anti-reproductive freedom
organization, Repent America, whose members regularly harass and
intimidate members of the L/G/B/T community and disrupt events such as
AIDS fundraisers and pride festivals. Repent America has known links
to the White Rose Society, who advocate for and support the bombing of
abortion clinics. The leader of the group, Michael Macarvage, is
quoted as saying:

"It's the government's job to enforce God's law and to uphold his law,
and the Bible talks about how [homosexuals] are to be put to death.
The wages of sin is death. But I want to make [it] clear that I'm not
advocating the [independent] killing of homosexuals. I'm saying that
the government's duty is to uphold God's law. I know that's harsh, but
we have all broken the law, God's law, and we need to be held
accountable." (Philadelphia City Paper, Jesus Geek Superstar, February
3- 9, 2005)

The legality of home demonstrations has been clearly established
through various precedents, but police forcibly ended the gathering,
arresting the three individuals, severely injuring one of them. A
similar demonstration took place earlier in the day in a neighboring
town, and although police were present, it proceeded without any
incident whatsoever.

Despite the fact that the individuals were peacefully attempting to
call attention to the Repent America organizers' attempts to incite
violence against queer and transgender individuals and terrorize their
communities, they have been charged with violating a provision of the
USA PATRIOT Act, ostensibly a set of anti-terrorist laws, which have
instead been used to target nonviolent political activists. By using
the USA PATRIOT Act against such activists, law enforcement personnel
are attempting to equate peaceful protest, and even dissent itself,
with terrorism. This has a chilling effect on individuals' willingness
to publicly disagree with government policy, or even with
organizations such as Repent America, which regularly attempt to
incite violence against women and queers.

The misuse of the USA PATRIOT Act is only one tactic used by law
enforcement agencies in the war against dissent. The injured protester
had been violently thrown to the ground and then slammed into the side
of a car before being taken away. He was charged with aggravated
assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and reckless
endangerment; none of the four charges relate to the original
justification for his arrest: refusing to supply ID. As of this
writing, the arrestee is being held on $10,000 bail. Currently
activists on the outside have raised the thousand dollars normally
necessary to bail him out through the services of a bondsmen, however
the credit company in an absurd act of heteronormativity is demanding
that his parents be involved in his release. This is despite the fact
that activists have both the credit, property, and funds to bond him
out. Jason is 26 years old.

Members of Anti-Racist Action and Anarchist Black Cross are calling on
individuals to contribute to a fund being readied for his legal
defense. Anyone able to contribute is urged to contact Tom Keenan from
North Jersey ARA (609-468-9562, tompkeenan (at) gmail.com from North Jersey
ARA), Kane from Philly Anarchist Black Cross (908-319-5394,
jgp (at) riseup.net), or Matt from Shoelacetown Anarchist Black Cross
(201-696-6390, shoelacetownabc (at) hushmail.com)

PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE WIDELY! WATCH FOR UPDATES SOON!

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PHONE JAM THE OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ILLEGAL ARREST!
CALL AND DEMAND JASON'S IMMEDIATE RELEASE WITHOUT CHARGES!

Anti-Racist Action is calling for an immediate and continuous phone
jam of all public officials related to Jason's illegal arrest and
incarceration.

We are making these demands on the following public officials – be
sure to mention them.
Call, be angry, be firm, but be legal.

(1)Jason's immediate release.
(2)The dropping of all charges.
(3)A public apology for Jason's needless injury during his illegal
arrest by Officer Fagley.
(4)An affirmation by the municipalities involved that home
demonstrations are protected legal speech.

Mayor Frances Jacobs, East Pikeland Township
610.933.1770

Chief of Police James Franciscus, East Pikeland Township
Office: (610) 935-0606
Home: (610) 518-0328

Joseph W. Carroll, Chester County District Attorney
Phone: 610-344-6801
Fax: 610-344-5905
Email: http://dsf.chesco.org/da/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=617382

We are also asking people to call the jail and the Sheriff's
Department to ensure that Jason is safe, receiving access to
vegetarian foods and any medical attention needed for his injuries.
During these calls we ask that you be exceedingly polite as these
people have direct control over Jason's safety and health.

Chester County Jail Number
610-793-1510

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn B. Welsh
610-344-6850
Direct line: 610-344-6855

Chief Deputy James Moyer: 610-344-6854

Captain Joseph A. Carbo Jr: 610-344-5461

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Re: Updates: ARA Member Still In Custody, Funds URGENTLY NEEDED for Bail Fund
07 Dec 2005
I can't in good conscience contribute bail money unless I know the specifics of what the person was doing when he was arrested.
Re: Updates: ARA Member Still In Custody, Funds URGENTLY NEEDED for Bail Fund
07 Dec 2005
Jack, you forget that the state is not exactly an infailible entity. It is certainly possible, in fact common, for a person to never have actually committed the crime they are charged with. Following the logic, your point is irrelevent.
come on Jack (and everyone like him)
07 Dec 2005
"The legality of home demonstrations has been clearly established
through various precedents, but police forcibly ended the gathering,
arresting the three individuals, severely injuring one of them. A
similar demonstration took place earlier in the day in a neighboring
town, and although police were present, it proceeded without any
incident whatsoever."

Besides, it doesnt really matter what he was doing, whatever he was doing was in the name of confronting someone who promotes violence against an oppressed community. He was also sent to the hospital by the cops, I think no matter what he deserves our support.
Re: Updates: ARA Member Still In Custody, Funds URGENTLY NEEDED for Bail Fund
08 Dec 2005
Your logic is that of a child. And if either of you two dare to pull off your black hoods and be a little less chickenshit I will discuss this with you in person.
Re: Updates: ARA Member Still In Custody, Funds URGENTLY NEEDED for Bail Fund
08 Dec 2005
You guys are still pansies for protesting at a persons home no matter how gay the so called oppressed minority is.