civil liberties & police

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 »

Dita Sari is free! Mumia Abu Jamal must be free!

Winter/Spring 1999

The release of Dita is a vindication the continued and uninterrupted struggle of the Indonesian working class. Another is needed: with the deck stacked against him, freedom for Mumia can only be won through massive, irresistible public pressure on his behalf. Now is the time to act!

No justice, No peace Letty Scott: The story of a fighter

Winter/Spring 1999

Letty Scott is a fighter. Her husband allegedly hung himself at Berrimah Prison in the Northern Territory on 5 July 1985. For the last decade-and-a-half, Letty has used her anger to campaign for the reopening of his case to expose the truth surrounding his death.

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 »

Exclusive: FSB talks with Victorian Koori Elder, Liz Hoffman

Summer/Autumn 1994

Elizabeth Hoffman, is chair of the Yorta Yorta Clans Group. She shared insights into the hidden history of the Indigenous peoples of the continent’s south-east. Like so many other such histories, it is about the murderous onslaught of the white invaders and of the struggle of the people to survive.

Real Rape Law Campaign Gathers Momentum

September – December 1990

Rape is a largely unreported crime. And, given the myriad obstacles which a rape victim must endure, it is hardly surprising that many women decide not to notify the police. As a starting point, the law needs to be changed to mitigate the rape victim’s trauma from simply reporting the crime.