From: Wright, Deborah
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:09 AM
To: ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Fw: Rally & Press Conf. to Free the Bronx 120
Sisters & Brothers,
Tomorrow, Wednesday 10/19 at 5:30pm, the families and supporters of the Bronx 120 will be holding a rally and press conference in front of the federal courthouse at 200 pearl street. 120 young men who were swept up in the most massive gang raid in New York City’s history. Many of those arrested’s only crime was to be “associated” with suspected gang members.
I hope you all can make it! Please email or text me to rsvp!
On April 27, 2016, over 700 NYPD and federal officers, using military-grade equipment, executed the largest mass raid in NYC history, in Eastchester Gardens in the Bronx. 120 people were arrested and indicted on the basis of ‘conspiracy charges.’ The NYPD and the feds are using conspiracy charges and social media monitoring to indict whole social networks. Some of the men indicted have already been acquitted for the charges on a state level, but under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), they are being charged on a federal level for conspiring to commit the crime. The use of RICO in Black and Brown communities is a continuation of strategies, such as COINTELPRO, the street sweep and stop-and-frisk, used to terrorize communities of color and perpetuate mass incarceration. The newly appointed police commissioner James O’Neill oversaw the arrests of the Bronx 120, and we can be certain that under his regime that these mass raids and kidnapping of young, black men will continue.
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