Dear Tumblr Left:
Reblog this. Spread it around on yr other social media sites. This story needs to be spread as widely as possible. Joel Bitar is an American activist who got arrested - along with 1100 other activists - during actions at the Toronto G20 summit in 2010. He and two other activists are facing extradition to Canada to face dozens of charges of property damage racking up to over $500,000; Joel alone faces 26 charges and will face an extradition hearing in March.
The extradition of a protester for property damage is almost unprecedented in the histories of both the United States and Canada. Considering that state repression has been ratcheted ever higher in both countries over the past several years, this latest development comes with little surprise. Governments claim that property damage somehow endangers the lives of citizens, all the while their police and military forces brutalize and kill people at home and abroad that they deem undesirable—non-citizens. As long as there are states—and international summits of states—there will be protest and revolt by the non-citizens of the world. We are in solidarity with Joel Bitar—who is a friend, a son, a nephew, a Palestine solidarity activist, a co-worker, a prospective nursing student, and a real person whose life cannot be categorized so easily into the familiar tropes. The US and Canadian governments want to call him a criminal, and eventually, an inmate. We fight this legal process and will support Joel throughout this predicament. Joel’s case may be unique, but state repression is not. We are in solidarity with all comrades who face state repression, especially those in jail from G20 protest charges in Canada and the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resisters here in the US.
- Support Joel Bitar, Toronto G20 State Repression Goes International With the Arrest and Request for Extradition of American Activist
Article by Natasha Lennard at Salon
Seriously. Reblog this. Make sure people know about this story.
Friend of a friend and all-around solid dude. Solidarity, brother.