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Announcement: Globalization
Ana Nogueira is free, but other reporters remain in prison. Please call
DEMOCRACY NOW! SPECIAL ALERT

[The following is a message written by Democracy Now! producer Ana
Nogueira
who was arrested Friday evening while covering the FTAA protests in
Miami.
We thank the listeners and viewers who responded to our action alert
last
night and called officials demanding her release. She was released
early
Saturday morning. For full coverage on the FTAA protests tune into
Democracy Now!]

Early this morning I was sitting in a jail cell in Miami, cold, hungry
and
trying to ignore the cockroaches crawling on the floor of the cell. My
clothes had been taken away from me and thrown out because they reeked
of
pepper spray.

I was arrested because I had not embedded myself with the Police
Department
before doing my job of covering the protests for the nationally
syndicated
public radio and tv program Democracy Now! Instead, I was swept up late
Friday afternoon with about 70 others as we tried to obey an order to
disperse from an "unlawful" jail solidarity rally.

Mine is not an isolated case. Four other independent reporters were
arrested
with me and three of them remain in jail: Jeanette Lee and Michael
Medow,
both of Michigan Independent Media Center, as well as an IMC reporter
who
goes by the name of Winter. Todd Price, a Madison, WI, journalist who
was
formerly the executive director of community television station WYOU,
was
arrested with me but has been released.

In addition, Justin Lipson of the NYC IMC Video Team was arrested on
Thursday and is being held on a $10,000 bond. Police smashed his camera
and
have charged him with two felonies. Miami New Times staff writer
Celeste
Fraser Delgado was also arrested on Thursday while trying to interview
protesters. Her purse and press credentials were left at the scene of
her
arrest.

I am out now thanks entirely to the pressure that Democracy Now!
supporters
and staff put on the jail to release me. If not for all the emails and
phone
calls the police received demanding my immediate release, I would still
be
there. However, I am still facing charges and will most likely have to
return to Miami to appear in court.

I thank everyone who stood up for the right of independent media today
and
contacted the jail urging them to release me. But there is more we need
to
do. Our colleagues in Miami are receiving disturbing reports of ongoing
abuse of prisoners inside the jail, including severe beatings, being
held in
a cold room with no toilet, getting cold-showered every two hours.
People of
color and transgender people feel that they were specifically targeted.
We
must all act now to demand that the torture stop and all charges
against the
journalists be dropped.

Please, tell everyone you possibly can to call the numbers below to
demand
the release of Jeanette Lee, Michael Medow, Winter, and Justin Lipson,
the
dropping of all charges against journalists, and the fair treatment of
all
prisoners.

-- Ana Nogueira, Democracy Now! producer

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ACTION:

Call/Email These Authorities:

Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK)
305-470-7636 or 305-470-7600 (Press 2 for TGK, then 7 for booking or 9
for
shift commander)

The Joint Task Force on Law Enforcement
Major Role (cell): 305-216-6594

FTAA Miami Unified Command Joint Information Center
Phone: 305-579-6420

Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas
mayor (at) miamidade.gov

City of Miami Mayor Manuel A. Diaz
Telephone: 305-250-5300
E-mail: mannydiaz (at) ci.miami.fl.us
Janet Lopez, Director Office of Communications
Phone: 305-416-1036
Pager:305-312-2981

Comments

Great, now this one guy you have focused on is free. Can you start working on the hundreds of others who apparently weren't deserving of three posts each on this board?