Posts in: civil liberties & police

Drew Ridama: “I’m determined to expose the truth”

Summer/Autumn 2001

Drew Ridama is a queer liberationist and progressive educator who recently returned to Melbourne after living in London. After a number of years of focusing on his work as a teacher, Drew saw the impact of globalisation. Recognising the huge potential of the S11 protests against the WEF spurred Drew to become involved. Drew was… Read more »

Maria Mardones: “I don’t want to let go of the rage”

Summer/Autumn 2001

“When I heard about the Seattle protest against the WTO, I knew it was significant. As the protests began moving from country to country, it became clear that coordination of the Left on a global level was starting to occur. So, I was excited to hear on 3CR about planned protests against the World Economic… Read more »

Zero Tolerance for Police Brutality!

Winter/Spring 2000

In February 1999, New York City police killed Amadou Diallo in a hailstorm of 41 bullets as he reached for his wallet. Diallo’s murder made the special plainclothes squad these cops belonged to, the Street Crimes Unit, infamous around the world. Diallo died because of racism, and not just that of the four officers who… Read more »

For a mass international united front to free Mumia Abu-Jamal!

Summer/Autumn 2000

On the day Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge set a new execution date for death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, the radical Black writer resolutely declared: “This is just the next stage of the fight. We will continue the fight and we will win.” Each day counts toward achieving that goal. For now, a temporary stay of… Read more »

Stop the court lynching of freedom fighter Mumia Abu-Jamal!

Summer/Autumn 1999

On October 29, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the appeal of African American journalist, radical and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal for a new trail, thereby clearing the way for his imminent execution. This must not happen! All over the world, supporters of Abu-Jamal have long recognised that the courts framed this innocent man for the… Read more »

More Deaths In Custody: Private Prisons Profit from Misery

Summer/Autumn 1998

George Drinken died at the Port Phillip Prison in Laverton North, Victoria on 30 October 1997. The death at Port Phillip brings the total of deaths in custody in private prisons in Australia to at least 18. The position of State and Territory governments that private prisons would somehow be “better” than State prisons is… Read more »