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G8/G20 Communique: Alex Hundert community update and press release

| October 4, 2010

Alex Hundert Community Update and Press Release
 
Court Update: Alex Hundert bail hearing on Oct 6-8 as Crown seeks to
revoke his bail

 
Wednesday Oct 6th, possibly Oct 7 and Oct 8 at 10 a.m.
Courtoom 411, Scarborough Courthouse, 1911 Eglinton East
 
* To the Crown and OPP who seem to be confused: this is not a call for a
public demonstration *
 
G20 defendant Alex Hundert appears in court on Wednesday October 6, 2010 for a
bail hearing.

He has been behind bars since September 17th for an alleged breach of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration. The police and Crown have made the preposterous claim that Alex's two public speaking events on university campuses in Kitchener and Toronto are public demonstrations. The Crown is also seeking to revoke Alex's bail entirely and keep him behind bars until trial.
 
On Wednesday Oct 6th, Alex will appear in the Scarborough Courthouse, and it is possible he is released that afternoon if he wins on the breach charge, if not then the s.524 hearing continues through until October 8th.
 
For friends and allies who would like to attend to show support and a friendly face, please do; however note this call is NOT a request for massive court solidarity. Instead, we would like to strongly encourage allies to continue to stand alongside the ongoing movements and daily struggles in our city.
 
In particular, we would like to ask that people attend "Sisters and Brothers in Solidarity -- A Walk for Justice, for Missing and Murdered Native Women" on Monday October 4, 2010, starting at 4:30 p.m. in Queen's Park.

The list of missing and murdered women grows as Indigenous women continue to struggle against racism, colonization, and sexism in order to drawn attention to the daily and systemic violence in their lives. Watch the Youtube video: http://bit.ly/ctV1zr
 
We would also like to encourage you to continue to show solidarity with Justicia for Migrant Workers with the recent work-place related deaths of two Jamaican agricultural workers Ralston White and Paul Roach and the inspiring farmworker response. Please attend their "Pilgrimage to Freedom: Breaking the Chains of Indentureship" from Leamington to Windsor on October 10 at 7 a.m. Click here for more details on how to support:
http://www.justicia4migrantworkers.org/march.html
 
The most recent attempt to silence Alex, as well as the series of arrests this week including of a well-known Indigenous rights activist, is a strong indication of the police's intent to criminalize ideas, dissent, and effective community organizing. We insist that all remaining G20 defendants behind bars be released immediately, that all G20-related charges be dropped, and that all prison walls and border walls and apartheid walls be torn down. We will not be defeated by their attacks; our communities, our visions, our solidarities are stronger than their repression. Free the People, Defend the Land!
 
For more information or questions, contact his support committee through
hwalia8@gmail.com or jonah.hundert@gmail.com or AW@L through
antiwar@peaceculture.org
 
For further background information on Alex's arrest and the numerous attempts by the police and Crown to throw him back in jail, read this press release: http://g20.torontomobilize.org/node/504
 
 
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AW@L PRESS RELEASE: Jailed G20 defendant Alex Hundert appears in court to
fight breach charge laid by Crown and OPP for speaking on university panels.
 
G20 defendant Alex Hundert is appearing in Scarborough court on October 6 over the allegation that he breached his existing bail condition to not participate in a public demonstration. Hundert was arrested on September 17th after speaking at a panel discussion at Ryerson University. He has remained in jail since his arrest.
 
The alleged breach is based on Hundert's participation as an invited panelist at two university campus forums, titled "Strengthening OurResolve: Movement Building and Ongoing Resistance to the G20 Agenda." Hundert is facing politically-motivated conspiracy and counselling charges in relation to the Toronto G8/G20 protests, and is targeted as a member of the community group AW@L and Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance.
 
According to Rachel Avery, member of AW@L and a music student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo "Alex's re-arrest is entirely unreasonable. This is yet another strong indication of the police's intent to criminalize dissent and community organizing that challenges the ideologies and systems of capitalist exploitation, colonial assimilation, environmental destruction, and oppression."
 
The ongoing G20 arrests have shown a targeting of Indigenous activists, as evident in the ongoing incarceration of Ryan Rainville of the Sackimay Nation and the recent arrest of a local Indigenous activist on trumped up G20 charges.

This targeting is not new as First Nations continue to fight ongoing destruction and theft of their lands. Currently, the Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishinabe (Grassy Narrows) community is engaged in a blockade to protect their right to manage their land. The Ministry of Natural Resources had disallowed the community from undertaking back-road repair work to facilitate their ongoing use of their traditional territory. In response, women from the community have set up a blockade to keep the Ministry off their land until they can finish the repairs.
 
Other G20 defendants remain in jail, punished by the criminal justice system for being poor and unable to afford exorbitant bail, while some face the malicious implementation of repressive immigration and deportation policies as a means of stifling their dissent.
 
"Our movements will not be silenced. We dare to dream of a world with freedom, justice, and equality; without tanks and prisons and borders and other oppressive institutions that steal sustenance from the world's majority. We will continue to organize against the G8 and G20 leaders andtheir corporate villains that pillage the earth with industrial projects and profit from war," continues Avery.

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