#BREAKING Trial Update

Jury posed a question to the court asking for a better definition of reasonable doubt before resuming deliberations.

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Update from the courthouse, video by Hampshire Student R.S.

The Deal of a Lifetime

The Deal of a Lifetime

Ayyub Abdul-Alim, Ludlow Jail [Michelle Williams |michelle.williams@masslive.com]


[Vanessa Lynch | @drvonskillet]

Throughout the trial the Prosecution has done their best to ensure that mention of FBI involvement is kept to the bare minimum, going as far as to exclude witnesses.

In his own defense on Friday afternoon Ayyub testified that several people were aware of the FBI harassment. When he first received a call offering him the chance to become an informant, he immediately went to his State Representative Ben Swan to file a complaint. Friday afternoon Representative Swan was inside the courthouse waiting to testify as a witness but on the grounds that it could be hearsay for the Representative to testify because there was no way to verify his statement, the prosecution objected to his presence in the courtroom. The judge ruled in favor of the objection, and the Jury never got the chance to hear his testimony.

It’s an interesting note because this testimony would have confirmed Ayyub’s Friday testimony (and previous testimonies) that the FBI contacted him several months before his arrest and he filed complaints about their harassment. This information would be crucial to a jury deciding whether or not this arrest was entrapment. One has to wonder what reason the court has for not allowing influential leaders to speak for the defense. One also has to wonder just who is seeing justice if testimonies are not allowed from elected State Officials.

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Monday, April 14
Day 3 of Trial Begins
8:30 am
50 State Street
Springfield Court
Wear Blue
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Justice for Ayyub on Valley Free Radio

Justice for Ayyub on Valley Free Radio

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Justice for Ayyub organizers on the Bread & Roses Show this afternoon on Valley Free Radio (103.3) to talk about Ayyub’s upcoming trial this Thursday and the impact of Islamophobia, FBI informants and entrapment on our local communities.

Speakers
Ellen Arise for Social Justice
Sheldon @Shelxander
Vanessa @drvonskillet
Camila
Paij & Paki, Bread & Roses

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One Nation Under Surveillance

A One-Day Conference about Building Networks of Solidarity In Defiance of NSA Spying & the Erosion of Democratic Rights.

Vanessa Lynch/Zorlu
@drvonskillet

Clean Up The Mines

Clean Up The Mines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeXcTb43ixc via

The radiation from these mines is everywhere.
It is in our air, our water, our food and our land.
It is accumulating in our bodies and permanently altering our human DNA chain. It has caused the people of the northern plains to have the highest cancer rates in the country.
-A Call to Action

The Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act…

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Stop the Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant

Statement from Chikako Nishiyama, city official from Fukushima: First is the English translation with introduction of my blog.

Stop the Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant

Statement from Chikako Nishiyama, city official from Fukushima: First is the English translation with introduction of my blog.

Islamophobia, Racism, Surveillance and Empire

Islamophobia, Racism, Surveillance and Empire

Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia and Empire, photo by @DaveWoodsome

Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia and Empire, photo by @DaveWoodsome

Over 100 people came out on Thursday night to take part in a panel and discussion entitled, “Islamophobia, Racism, Surveillance and Empire”. The talk was organized by the UMASS Amherst branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) but boasted an impressive group of student co-sponsors including the Graduate Employee…

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