International Action Center National Peoples Campaign/Millions for Mumia
39 West 14th Street, Room 206
New York, NY 10011
email: iacenter@iacenter.org
fax: 212 633-2889

web: www.iacenter.org
www.peoplescampaign.org
phone: 212 633-6646

8/3/2000 Philadelphia
Urgent calls to Philadelphia City Officials needed to demand release of all imprisoned at RNC protest

This is a quick update on the situation in Philadelphia and on the conditions inside the Roundhouse Prison where most arrested have been jailed. There are now up to 100 demonstrating outside of the prison. 150 inside it are on a hunger strike.

For people giving their names, bail is being set. For those giving John and Jane Does as names, they're being sent to the Prison Industrial Corrections Complex across the street from Holmsberg Prison .

It is estimated that 70 have been released. On conditions inside the Roundhouse Prison, we have read and heard of reports that :

    1. For at least 10 hours yesterday, there was no food.
    2. Bathroom "privileges" were suspended for awhile.
    3. lawyers were being restricted access to clients and individuals jailed were told their lawyers had not come to see them.
    4. Lawyers weren't being told by authorities who was incarcerated at the Roundhouse.
    5. reports of police and guard violence against some prisoners.
    6. reports of 8 held in isolation, those identified as organizers and facing more serious charges.
    7. medical needs of some are not being met.
    8. a very slow arraignment process, with judges not allowing some lawyers to be present.
    9. Some bails are being set at up to $100,000 or higher.

A call has gone out for people from around the country to contact the following people:

  • Mayor John Street 215-686-2181
  • Deputy Commission Mitchell (in charge of Demonstrations) 215-686- 3364
  • Captain Fisher (head of Civil AFfairs) 215-685-3684
  • Chief Maxwell (Head of Criminal Investigations) 215-686-3362
  • Police Commissioner John Timoney 215-686-3149 or 215-686-3388
  • City Council President Ann Verna 215-686-3442 or 215-686-3412 and 3413.
  • Mayor's Chief of Staff Stuber 215-686-7508
  • Roundhouse Jail 215-686-1776 or 215-685-8574

    Demand or encourage the following:

    1. Immediate access to lawyers
    2. Speedier arraignments and release
    3. Drop the charges
    4. Not separate any individuals or put into isolation
    5. Equal treatment for all imprisoned
    6. Full access to healthcare—medicines—food and bathroom use
    7. End harassment of legal observers.

     

    International Action Center National Peoples Campaign/Millions for Mumia
    39 West 14th Street, Room 206
    New York, NY 10011
    email: iacenter@iacenter.org
    fax: 212 633-2889

web: www.iacenter.org
www.peoplescampaign.org

phone: 212 633-6646

 

 

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