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G8/G20 Communique: Legal and civil liberties update

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Salut Rebellions, as you all are getting ready for Saturday's HUGE Civil Liberties demo in Toronto -- Saturday July 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm at Queen's Park -- know that people in cities as far away as Vancouver and Halifax will be marching with you!

Check out this G20 song here: http://ridethetempo.com/2010/06/23/listendownloadthe-usual-suspects-with-dave-parkinson-the-g20-song-the-official-song-of-the-summit/

Below I have compiled some notes concerning legal and civil liberty issues:

1: Canadian Civil Liberties Call Out:

Did you see or experience civil liberties violations during the G20? You have until Friday July 16, 2010 to launch a complaint with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

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2: G20 Court Update from Harsha W (July 12, 2010):

"Sixth and Seventh person (of the 17) just out on bail!!! The bail conditions, though, are outrageous including house arrest, no access to wirless devices and more. One denied bail so far, no one left behind!"

More info on those arrested is contained within this article by the Toronto Star: Delays are excruciating for parents of G20 accused.

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3: Update on Jaggi Singh:

Activist Jaggi Singh has been released on bail under the condition that he not attend any more protests until his case is dealt with. Charges stemming from the G20 Summit protests include criminal conspiracy, mischief, obstruction of justice and obstructing police.

"I personally find the no-protest and no-organizing (protests) conditions to be humiliating," Singh said Monday evening after being freed on $75,000 surety and $10,000 bail. "It's so patently unconstitutional." -- Singh.

He faces charges of criminal conspiracy, mischief, obstructing police and obstructing justice.

Singh is allowed to return to his home in Montreal, but must refrain from using cellphones.

Singh turned himself in to police on July 6. He is due back in court July 23 for a pre-trial scheduling hearing.

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4: Support the Toronto Community Mobiliation Network's Legal Fund:

Please contribute to the legal defence fund.  Ways to donate:

--Transfer funds to:
OPIRG York
transit number 00646
institution number 842
account number 3542240
Use your online bank account or contact your bank directly to transfer funds. Please put "G20 legal defence" in the memo.

--Write a cheque
Cheques (payable to OPIRG York, with 'G20 legal defence' on the subject line) can be mailed to:
OPIRG York / Toronto Community Mobilization Network
360A Bloor Street W
PO Box 68557
Toronto, ON M5S 1X0

--Donate by PayPal
Make sure to put 'G20 legal defence' in the "Add special instructions for the Merchant" section. Donation link is above.

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5: 2 Free Our Friends Fundraisers:

1: Event Free Our Friends! A G20 Legal Defence Fundraiser (Day One)

Start Time: Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 9:00pm

End Time: Friday, July 23, 2010 at 1:00am

Where: The Central 603 Markham Street (just South of Bloor, just West of Bathurst)

Show solidarity with G20 political prisoners by dancing yr face off and donating some cash in exchange for some solid musical love.

ALL proceeds at the door go to legal funds for G20 legal defence (including for our friend Illogik, who is performing), and we'll also have some raffles and other goodies for you to throw money at. every last dime will go to paying legal bills.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5-10 sliding scale

featuring:

HUSH MONEY: http://everyoneisdoomed.org/hushmoney/

ILLOGIK: http://www.myspace.com/testtheirlogik

and more bands TBA!

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2: Event: Free Our Friends! A G20 Legal Defence Fundraiser (Day Two)

Start Time: Friday, July 23 at 8:00pm

End Time: Friday, July 23 at 11:30pm

Where: Bike Pirates http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1292+Bloor+Street+West%2C+Toronto%2C+ON

- Music by Sarit Cantor, Byron, Abstract Random and Alludere
- Speakers TBA
- Cupcakes and other goodies for sale. Yum!

All proceeds from the door will go to the G20 Legal Defense Fund:

[This is part of a two-day fundraising effort - info on Thursday's event can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?%21%2Fevent.php%3Feid=131793366859215#!/event.php?eid=131793366859215&ref=ts]

Thanks to the folks at Bike Pirates for hosting this event.

6: G20 People's Investigation

The Toronto Community Mobilization Network (TCMN) is calling on the public to come forward with photos, video, and eye witness accounts of police violence against civilians during the G20 summits in Toronto.

"This evidence will be used to ensure that there are consequences for all those who beat and injured people, and for the masterminds who conspired to plan and give orders for the widespread police violence and repression that was experienced by thousands on the streets."

Can you identify these violent thugs?

Look at the images here. If you can identify one of these police officers, please email [email protected]

Did you come in contact with the police or witnessed a police violence incident?

Please fill out this form and share widely with friends and networks. We know that 1,090 people were arrested and at least 275 were charged and are hoping to gain accounts of everyone of those as well as the intense violence that took place that did not result in formal arrests.

Do you have photographs of Police Violence?

You can share images through two ways:

--Email pictures to [email protected] (Will not be shared unless you give us permission to do so)

--If you've uploaded images on Flickr, please tag them #G20PoliceViolence

Do you have videos of Police Violence?

You can share images through two ways:

--Email videos or links to videos to [email protected] (Will not be shared unless you give us permission to do so)

--If you've uploaded images on YouTube, please tag them #G20PoliceViolence

If you would like to stay in touch, please add your email address to the mailing list (Scroll down on the tool bar to the right)

*Here are some videos you should see:
http://www.youtube.com/user/torontomobilize#grid/user/20DF3A28F9C558E6

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7: Investigation into police hiding their name tags during G20 protests

Police are investigating themselves as critics fear individual police deliberately removed their required name tags to skirt accountability.

Quote:  Missing name tags could lend themselves to protecting police misconduct, potentially keeping people from identifying individual officers when filing complaints, said Nathalie Des Rosiers, of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

"It raises the prospect that rogue police officers who decided to protect themselves individually and prefer not to be identified knew that they were breaking the law - and that's a problem," she said.

Before the summit, Des Rosiers said, the association wrote to Police Chief Bill Blair with its concerns that officers might remove their name tags and badge numbers. The practice was condemned when several officers did it during the London G20 summit in 2009.

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Now I just want to take a second to thank everyone who has been involved so far in the G20 Summit protests. You all rawk! See ya Saturday on the streets! QP @ 1:30 p.m.!

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