Free Carwil James!

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BERKELEY – 8 people were arrested after the concert/riot on Friday night in support of the 66 (or more) arrested folks at Wheeler Hall earlier that morning. Not to speak for any individuals involved or simply present at the riot, it should be clarified that it’s unclear who actually participated in property destruction, people were arrested leaving the scene not during any acts of vandalism. As such, any charges at this point seems to be a part of a witch hunt; not every person of the 80 people marching that night damaged something. Despite any property destruction, the march was supporting the individuals arrested that morning under unjust conditions, so people’s presence shouldn’t equate to being complicit. People are rightfully outraged by the administration’s actions at Wheeler Hall (both on November 20th and December 11th).

Some people have created a support website for one of the arrested individuals at the riot, Carwil James. This is from the website:

Carwil James and 7 other people were arbitrarily arrested on Friday following a rally, concert, and march at UC Berkeley. They were there in solidarity with those arrested that morning during a violent police crack-down inside of Wheeler Hall. Everyone there was supporting affordable and accessible higher education.

Carwil is currently in jail and has an arraignment hearing on Tuesday. It is uncertain what he will actually be charged with but the current charges are very serious and may lead to a long and expensive trial.

FREE CARWIL!

carwilCarwil James and 7 other people were arbitrarily arrested on Friday following a rally, concert, and march at UC Berkeley. They were there in solidarity with those arrested that morning during a violent police crack-down inside of Wheeler Hall. Everyone there was supporting affordable and accessible higher education.

Carwil is currently in jail and has an arraignment hearing on Tuesday. It is uncertain what he will actually be charged with but the current charges are very serious and may lead to a long and expensive trial.

What you can do to help get Carwil out of jail and keep him out:

1) Attend his arraignment hearing this Tuesday at 2:00PM in Oakland.

2) Donate to his legal fees: his bail is currently $135,000 and we need to raise $25,000 for legal expenses.

3) Lend to Carwil’s bail money fund

4) Sign up for updates

Much of what is said here can be said of the other individuals arrested. Here is the information we have so far about people’s arraignments (so please come, be present, and support these folks):

Zachary Bowin – ?

Angela Miller – 12/15/09, 9a, Dept. 112, Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (source: Inmate Locator)

Julia Litmancleper – ?

John Friesen – 12/14/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (source: Inmate Locator)

Donnell Allen – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (source: Inmate Locator)

David Morse – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. ?, Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (Source: David)

Laura Thatcher – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (source: Inmate Locator)

Carwil James – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (source: Inmate Locator)

(the date/time is their arraignment)

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8 Responses to “Free Carwil James!”

  1. a Says:

    the student struggle is also an anti-prison struggle:
    -because prisons get expanded while colleges get budget cuts
    -because when people try to resist these policies, they get PUT in prison!

    the student struggle is connected to the society around it, and if it fails to recognize this, it will fail…

    DESTROY ALL PRISONS.

  2. Student Protestor Says:

    FREE ALL OF THE BERKELEY 8!

    We need a site for all of them, not just a few individuals.
    Solidarity with all of the arrested.

  3. Jenny Says:

    Sure, get Carwil out. But why prioritize just one guy when 7 others were arrested with him? No one’s plight should be elevated above anyone else’s.

    Please show solidarity with not only the several hundred who’ve been arrested so far in this struggle, but ALL political prisoners.

    Tear down the walls of ALL prisons!

  4. Free Carwil James! « UC Rebel Radio Says:

    […] Free Carwil James! BERKELEY – 8 people were arrested after the concert/riot on Friday night in support of the 66 (or more) arrested folks at Wheeler Hall earlier that morning. Not to speak for any individuals involved or simply present at the riot, it should be clarified that it’s unclear who actually participated in property destruction, people were arrested leaving the scene not during any acts of vandalism. As such, any charges at this point seems to be a part of a witch hunt; not every person of the 80 people marching that night damaged something. Despite any property destruction, the march was supporting the individuals arrested that morning under unjust conditions, so people’s presence shouldn’t equate to being complicit. People are rightfully outraged by the administration’s actions at Wheeler Hall (both on November 20th and December 11th). Read the rest of the article. […]

  5. The rest of the arraignments. Says:

    All the arraignments are at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Downtown Oakland. It’s at 661 Washington Street (@ 7th), Oakland 94607. All 8 are in Dept. 112.

    Zacheri Bowin – 12/14/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378689
    Angela Miller – 12/15/09, 9a, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378685
    Julia Litmanclepr – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378660
    John Friesen – 12/14/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378619
    Donnell Allen – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378688
    David Morse – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378647
    Laura Thatcher – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378646
    Carwil James – 12/15/09, 2p, Dept. 112, Case Number 09378687

  6. Jose Marquez Says:

    laura thatcher is a dear friend of mine. i’m still deeply outraged about this whole situation. i had a chance to visit laura in jail. it was an extremely sad sight. i want to remind everyone to check out ouruniversity.wordpress.com, uc davis’ student blog on the movement.

  7. becca.book Says:

    FREE ANGELA MILLER!
    Her trial is in about 4 hours and 42 minutes.
    Please you guys, go support my friend and former room mate and your colleague who was supporting a better education system and future for us all. I am in Berlin and I can’t.
    Show your solidarity!
    This simply CANNOT go on any longer!!!!!

  8. h Says:

    TO those arrested:
    Do not be afraid. Being in jail can be scary. Being threatened with serious charges can be scary.

    But I have been through this type of thing before, you will be okay, I promise. Hang in there!

    And everyone else: show your support BOTH for these arrestees during their ordeal AND by continuing the occupations struggle to create a new UC that isn’t run for profit by CEOs while students are forced to make cuts and pay more!

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