Updates on BLM/George Floyd Uprising defendants, and Tower Hamlets council strike

Uprising defendant news:

Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis have been granted release on bail. Pre-trial defendants who are still incarcerated include:

Samantha Shader, #83823-053, MDC Brooklyn, Metropolitan Detention Center, P.O. Box 329002, Brooklyn, NY, 11232

Margaret Channon, #49955-086, FDC SeaTac, Federal Detention Center, P.O. Box 13900, Seattle, WA 98198

Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, #70002-066, FDC Philadelphia, Federal Detention Center, PO Box 562, Philadelphia, PA 19105

A fundraiser is also running for Dylan Robinson in Minnesota, although his prison address hasn’t been made public.

In more prison-related news, the San Francisco Bay View is a long-standing piece of prison movement infrastructure which is due to be taken over by the incarcerated writer and organizer Keith “Malik” Washington on his upcoming release, and they’re currently running a fundraiser to ensure some kind of financial stability for the near future. Any donations to help keep this unique platform going, and keep getting print editions into prisoners’ hands, will be much appreciated.

Back in the UK, Tower Hamlets council staff organised through Unison will be striking against the imposition of new contracts on the 3rd, 6th and 7th. You can read more about why they’re striking here, and the new Let’s Get Rooted initiative has a bit of analysis of the situation. There’s a few ways you can support their action:

Join our socially distanced picket lines (from 8am):
We will be having socially distant picket protests at a number of locations across the borough. Come and support us at:

  • Albert Jacobs House (62 Roman Rd, E2 0PG)
  • John Onslow House (1 Ewart Place, E3 5EQ)
  • Mile End Hospital (Beaumont House, E1 4DG)
  • Mulberry Place (5 Clove Crescent, E14 1SA)
  • Poplar Idea Store (Chrisp St Market, E14 0EA)
  • Tower Hamlets Car Pound (Commercial Rd)
  • Whitechapel Idea Store (E1 1BU)

Support the strike, Defend the NHS • Friday 3 July, 11.30am via Zoom • Online Rally with Keep our NHS Public

Sign up for our rally here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friday-3rd-monday-6th-tower-rewards-strike-virtual-picket-and-rally-tickets-110797305724

You can also send them messages of solidarity through the form on their site here.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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