[act-ma] FW: SIGN ON TO KEEP CHUCK TURNER ON BOSTON CITY COUNCIL AND OUT OF JAIL, and Come Out to Support Chuck Dec 1!

Kevin Heaton kevwsc at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 24 10:17:23 PST 2010




  


    
  
  
     

    

    SUPPORT CHUCK TURNER!

            Sign the ONLINE PETITIONS, and come to the Dec 1 SUPPORT
            RALLY!

          
    go to iacboston.org/chucktcouncilpetition.html
              to 

              Tell the Boston City Council to KEEP CHUCK ON THE COUNCIL
              FOR HIS FULL ELECTED TERM!go to iacboston.org/chucktjudgepetition.html
              to 

              Tell U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to KEEP CHUCK
              OUT OF JAIL!
    Come Out on December 1 for a rally for Chuck at 2:15 in
          front of City Hall and at 3 PM to pack Boston City Council
          Chambers to support Chuck when the City Council is scheduled
          to vote.

          

        To make a donation to help retire the $180,000 debt
          owed by his campaign to Chuck and his wife Terri for the
          maintenance of the District 7 office in Roxbury, go to the
          contributions page at chuckturner.us
        

      
    
    On Oct 29 a predominantly white and suburban federal jury falsely
    found African-American Boston City Councilor guilty of one count of
    attempted extortion and three counts of lying to the FBI.  The
    community has shown its unwavering support for Chuck, voting for
    him, packing the trial and turning out hundreds strong at a rally on
    October 30 at the District 7 office in Roxbury. saying "We Stand
    with Chuck Turner. Chuck is Innocent! The verdict is the crime!"

    

    In that rally and in a statement on November 1, Chuck appealed to
    supporters to write to the City Council requesting them not to
    remove him, and to write to Judge Woodlock telling him not to put
    Chuck in jail. In it he said:

    

    "Dear Supporters,

    

    All Councilors received an email from Council President Ross saying
    that he will schedule a Council meeting to take place on December 1,
    2010 at 3 p.m. after the Council meeting to vote on the issue of my
    removal from the Council. Since I believe I should have the right to
    stay on the City Council until the completion of my term, I would
    urge you to send letters to the Councilors urging that they vote
    against any motion to remove me from the Council.  If they follow
    your request and Judge Woodlock agrees to put me on probation, then
    there would not seem to be anything blocking me from completing my
    term on the Council.

    

    If you prefer letters, please send to Councilor Name, City Hall,
    Boston 02201.

    

    I also urge you to send to my City Hall office (Chuck Turner, City
    Hall, Boston 02201) letters addressed to Judge Woodlock expressing
    the reasons why you think I should be put on probation rather than
    spend time in jail. The total time I receive could be 35 years.

    

    Sincerely,

    

    Chuck"

    

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    The text of the online petitions follow:

    

    
        
              Chuck Turner City Council Petition

              
             http://www.iacboston.org/chucktcouncilpetition.html

                

                Tell the Boston City Council you want Chuck Turner to
                serve out the full term for which the people of Roxbury
                elected him to represent them.
              Please tell the
                      Boston City Council, with copies to President
                      Obama, Attorney General Holder, Congressional
                      leaders, the Massachusetts Congressional
                      Delegation, Governor Deval Patrick, the U.N.
                      Secretary General Ban and the media that you want
                      Chuck Turner to serve the full term to which the
                      people of Roxbury and his district elected him. 

                      YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW, before the
                      Boston City Council votes on Chuck Turner's status
                      on the Council on December 1! Your presence is
                      also needed in City Council Chambers, Boston City
                      Hall, on December 1 at 3 PM to support Chuck!

                    
              Sample text (you
                      will be able to edit it online):

                    
              To: Members of the Boston
                    City Council

                    cc: President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric
                    Holder, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional
                    leaders, the Massachusetts congressional delegation,
                    Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Thomas Menino, U.N.
                    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the NAACP, the ACLU,
                    the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the New York
                    Times,  the Associated Press 

                    

                    I am writing to appeal to you to allow City
                    Councilor Chuck Turner to complete the term to which
                    the people of Roxbury and District 7 elected him to
                    represent them. Since his election in 1999, Chuck
                    Turner has gone beyond the call of duty in
                    representing his constituents and serving their
                    needs. He alone among Boston politicians has
                    maintained a full-time office in Roxbury at his own
                    expense to serve the residents of the community. He
                    has devoted his life to community leadership and
                    service. The Boston City Council should take no
                    action to remove the chosen representative of the
                    people of Roxbury and District 7. 

                    

                    Mr. Turner's prosecution must be seen as part of a
                    national campaign to oust African-American elected
                    officials by demonizing them and prosecuting them,
                    whether in congressional hearings or in the courts.
                    In reality, these officials are singled out for who
                    they are, for the disenfranchisement of the
                    communities they represent, and for their outspoken
                    ideas and points of view. The Boston City Council
                    need not and should not lend itself to being any
                    part of this ugly conspiracy.

                  
              At a time of massive budget
                    cutbacks and economic crisis, the people of Roxbury
                    must not be deprived of their leader and their
                    voice. 

                  
              Do not remove Chuck Turner
                    from the Boston City Council. 

                  
              Sincerely,

                    (your signature here)

                    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

                       
                  
            
              Chuck Turner Judge Woodlock Petition
              http://www.iacenter.org/chucktjudgepetition.html

              

              Tell U.S. District
                      Judge Douglas P. Woodlock that Chuck Turner does
                      not belong in jail.
              Please tell U.S.
                      District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, with copies to
                      the Boston City Council, Mayor Menino, President
                      Obama, Attorney General Holder, Congressional
                      leaders, the Massachusetts Congressional
                      Delegation, Governor Deval Patrick, the U.N.
                      Secretary General Ban and the media that Chuck
                      Turner does not belong in jail. 

                    
              YOUR EMERGENCY
                      ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!
            Sample Text (you will be able to edit
              it online):

              

              To: Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock, Judge, U.S. District Court,
              Boston

              cc: Boston City Council, Mayor Thomas Menino, President
              Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Congressional
              Black Caucus, Congressional leaders, the Massachusetts
              congressional delegation, Gov. Deval Patrick, U.N.
              Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the NAACP, the ACLU, the
              Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the New York Times, the
              Associated Press 

              

              I am writing to appeal to you not to sentence Boston City
              Councilor Chuck Turner to jail time, but instead to allow
              him to continue to serve the community and complete the
              term to which the people of Roxbury and District 7 elected
              him to represent them. Since his election in 1999, Chuck
              Turner has gone beyond the call of duty in representing
              his constituents and serving their needs. He alone among
              Boston politicians has maintained a full-time office in
              Roxbury at his own expense to serve the residents of the
              community. He has devoted his life to community leadership
              and service. Councilor Turner does not belong in jail. 

              

              Mr. Turner's prosecution must be seen as part of a
              national campaign to oust African-American elected
              officials by demonizing them and prosecuting them, whether
              in congressional hearings or in the courts. In reality,
              these officials are singled out for who they are, for the
              disenfranchisement of the communities they represent, and
              for their outspoken ideas and points of view.

              

              At a time of massive budget
                  cutbacks and economic crisis, the people of Roxbury
                  must not be deprived of their leader and their voice.  

          
              Do not send Chuck Turner to
                jail! Allow him to serve the people of Boston by
                completing his term on the Boston City Council. 

                

                Sincerely,

                (your signature here)

                 
            ------------------------------------------

          http://www.iacboston.org/chucktcouncilpetition.html

                  http://www.iacenter.org/chucktjudgepetition.html
          

          
              Community

                defends City Councilor Chuck Turner
              By

                Frank Neisser 

                InternationalAction Center, Boston

              
              Nov
                3, 2010

              
              On Oct. 29 a predominantly
                white and suburban federal jury falsely found
                African-American Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner
                guilty of one count of attempted extortion and three
                counts of lying to the FBI.
              
                
                  
                    
                      
                      

                        Chuck Turner at Oct. 30 rally

                        in Roxbury, Mass.
                      photo:

                        Steve Kirschbaum
                    
                  
                
              
              The case was based on an
                undercover sting operation and a cooperating witness who
                had passed bribes for years, and who himself declared
                Turner to be innocent in interviews in the Boston Globe.
                The witness condemned the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s
                office, saying he thought they were conducting a
                corruption investigation, but that he had been used to
                bring down two strong progressive African-American
                politicians, Turner and State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson,
                while no one else was touched. He only testified against
                Turner under threat of being jailed for contempt of
                court if he didn’t.
              This guilty verdict is a
                reflection of an alarming, expanding racist conspiracy
                to oust African-American elected officials by demonizing
                them in congressional hearings or in the courts with
                various charges of ethics violations, especially
                corruption. In reality, these officials are singled out
                for who they are, for the disenfranchised communities
                they represent and in some instances, like Turner’s, for
                their radical politics.
              More than 200 community
                residents, activists and supporters expressed their
                total solidarity with Turner at a rally in front of his
                district office in Roxbury on Oct. 30, saying, “We stand
                with Chuck Turner! Say no to FBI/U.S. racist frame-up!
                Chuck is innocent! U.S. government guilty! The verdict
                is the crime!” Roxbury is a predominantly Black
                community in Boston.
              The jury never got to hear
                from more than 80 witnesses who were prepared to testify
                to Turner’s selfless service to the community, asking
                nothing for himself.
              For every day of the
                councilor’s two-week-long trial his supporters packed
                the court room, forcing the U.S. District Court to
                provide a second courtroom for the overflow. Beginning
                with Turner’s arrest two years ago the community has
                understood this attack to be a political one on the
                entire African-American community and its right of
                self-determination to choose its own leaders.
              Supporters poured out by the
                hundreds in rally after rally. Former U.S. Attorney
                General Ramsey Clark, founder of the International
                Action Center, came to Boston on Dec. 17 and stood next
                to Turner and condemned the nationwide pattern by the
                U.S. Attorney’s offices and the FBI of going after
                elected officials of color and progressive officials to
                remove them from office based on a political agenda.
              An online petition demanding
                all the politically motivated prosecutions of
                progressive politicians and politicians of color be
                dropped and that the prosecutors be prosecuted has
                generated over 35,000 e-mail messages to Obama
                administration officials and congressional leaders.
                Support for Turner could not have been clearer than in
                the 2009 City Council race, in which he won re-election
                with more than 60 percent of the vote.
              Strongly refusing to
                  compromise his politics
              At the Oct. 30 rally, Turner
                began the program by thanking his supporters and saying
                it was their support that gave him strength and serenity
                from the beginning.
              Turner specifically recognized
                the Boston Workers Alliance and the Boston School Bus
                Union as being the core of his support throughout. He
                spoke from the School Bus Union sound truck, which had
                led many motorcades through the community in support of
                him.
              Turner blamed U.S. Attorney
                Michael Sullivan and the FBI for his frame-up. He
                expressed his excitement at the progress the
                African-American community has made in electing more
                people of color to at-large positions on the City
                Council. He spoke of having organized all of his life
                for the liberation of African-American people. He spoke
                of the corruption of a system that was built by unpaid
                slave labor in both the North and the South, and cited
                the fact that the prison industrial complex is the
                fastest growing industry in today’s economy.
              Turner invoked Shay’s
                Rebellion against bankers’ control of the U.S.
                government in the late 1700s, saying that the U.S.
                Constitution has been illegal from the start and
                protects only the rich and the banks. He called for a
                new people’s movement to build economic democracy for
                working people of all races and backgrounds. The crowd
                was also addressed by Minister Rodney X of the Nation of
                Islam and by longtime African-American City Councilor
                Charles Yancey.
              Yancey called Turner “our
                leader” and equated the FBI attack on him to earlier FBI
                attacks on W.E.B. DuBois, Malcolm X and Martin Luther
                King. Cultural expressions of solidarity were provided
                by The Foundation and Gabrilla Ballard.
              Love and support for Turner
                runs so deep in the Roxbury community that the Boston
                Globe was forced to cover the rally with a picture and a
                full account showing the depth of community support for
                him. The Globe also printed a separate article
                interviewing person after person from the community
                saying they knew the councilor to be a selfless
                dedicated servant of the people, who, alone among city
                councilors, has maintained a district office in the
                heart of Roxbury, paying the expenses out of his own
                pocket.
              But the agenda of the real,
                racist rulers of the Boston establishment could be seen
                in the Boston Globe Oct. 30 editorial on the verdict. It
                revealed what they revile him for — that he dares to
                speak truth to power, pointing the finger at the Boston
                Police chief for the crimes of the police in the
                community, daring to say that U.S. soldiers had been
                guilty of the rape of Iraqi women, and telling his
                constituents the truth that the corporate rulers don’t
                want them to hear.
              Turner’s supporters are
                determined to conduct a broad and tireless campaign to
                see that he not spend a single day in jail. Turner is
                urging supporters to write letters to Federal District
                Judge Douglas P. Woodlock asking that he be put on
                probation rather than spend time in jail, so that he can
                continue his work as a city councilor. These letters
                should be sent to City Councilor Chuck Turner, Boston
                City Hall, One City Hall Square, Boston MA 02201.
              He is also asking supporters
                to write to Boston City Council President Michael Ross
                and the members of the Boston City Council at the same
                address, and ask them to delay any vote on Turner’s
                continued tenure on the Boston City Council until after
                he is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 25. Further
                information can be found at supportchuckturner.com.
             
      

    

  


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