Democracy Now! has learned from supporters and loved ones of Angola 3 member Herman Wallace that he passed away early this morning, on Friday October 4, just three days after being released from prison in Louisiana after 42 years in solitary confinement, and shortly after the state announced it would re-indict him. Wallace was suffering from terminal liver cancer and would have turned 72 on October 13.
Upcoming Screenings of HARD TIME, about Robert King and the Angola 3, shown in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, April 17-19. Dr. Ronald Harpelle’s latest documentary film will premiere in Louisiana at: --Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on April 17th (E130 Howe Russell Hall at 7pm)
Check out WTUL news interview with David Waggoner, who has been a pioneer in developing water management strategies in New Orleans that emphasize the need to keep water within our city limits rather than using so much energy to pump it out.
On what feels like the coldest day of the year in New Orleans, members of the Congress of Day Laborers and their supporters held a 24 hour vigil in front of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office to press for their right to remain in the area. A lawsuit, Cacho v. Gusman, has been filed by a member of the Congress against Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Sheriff, whose governance of the prison has resulted in blatant racial profiling and constitutional violations, alleges the lawsuit. More to come
It's budget season, and that means intense scrutiny and heated debates in the city council chambers. In an effort to reduce the city's burgeoning jail population and deal with arrestees based on the risk they present, one program launched this spring as a pilot. Now the program is facing push back from some community members as it also struggles to obtain the funding it needs to move forward. WTUL's Zoe Sullivan has more. 7:45 min.
Mid-City Police Shootings: An Inevitable Result of the Apartheid Police State
Early this morning, the police murdered another young black man in our community. His relatives say he and his brother who was also shot, were good young men. Both worked at Mid-City Burger King restaurants. Two police officers were also shot, presumably by the men they'd pulled over in a "proactive" traffic stop, i.e.- driving while black. This comes as no surprise, and is an inevitable result of the apartheid police state we live in.
From May Day Organizing Committee:
"Every May 1st for the past 122 years anti-capitalists have commemorated the anarchist martyrs of Haymarket Square, as well as untold others who have since fallen in the struggle, by orchestrating direct actions against the ruling class. With general strikes now being called in cities across the US, May Day 2012 is looking to be the most eventful day of action since the labor movements of the pre-WWII era.
As our contribution to this monumental May Day we in New Orleans are organizing a march against capitalism. From anti-police brutality organizing and gentrification resistance, to defense of the Gulf Coast and the park occupations against financial capitalism, we take the streets for all the causes that seek our liberation from capitalist oppression. We encourage everyone to come out with banner, chants, noise makers and a passion for freedom.
The anti-capitalist march will begin after the May Day Labor March for worker's rights, which we also strongly encourage everyone to attend. The exact meeting time and place of both marches are coming soon. Stay tuned to Nola Indymedia and Nola Anarcha for updates."