Thursday, March 30, 2006

Press Conference For Hearing to Quash Grand Jury

Press Conference


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Following our hearing, the Judge stated that she understood the argument's of my attorney as well as the Assistant US Attorney and we are currently awaiting her decision. For more information about this case, please visit joshwolf.net/grandjury/

Latest Grand Jury Update

Latest Grand Jury Update


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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Another Update on the Grand Jury

Videoblog coming later tonight: Stay tuned... until then, here's our press release. Wish me luck guys!

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2006

Lawyers Group Attempts To Halt Federal Grand Jury
Contact Carlos Villarreal at 415-285-5067 x 10 or Jose Luis Fuentes at 510-839-1200 x 207

The National Lawyers Guild and attorneys with Oakland-based Siegel & Yee have filed a motion to quash a federal grand jury convened earlier this year. A press conference will take place at 9 a.m. on the steps of the San Francisco Federal Building (450 Golden Gate) to be followed by the hearing on the matter at 10 a.m. in Federal District Court. The Grand Jury has attempted to subpoena an independent journalist’s videotape of a Mission District protest that occurred on July 8th of 2005.

The motion, filed in response to the grand jury, states that the subpoena should be quashed because the target, independent journalist and educator Josh Wolf, is a member of the media and because the federal government is abusing its grand jury powers to benefit a local San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) investigation.

Records revealed in the motion to quash show that the SFPD, led by Inspector Lea W. Militello, solicited the help of the FBI, and that FBI Agent Scott A. Merriam agreed that his agency would be “assisting.”

“There are already criminal investigations and prosecutions in state court arising from last summer’s protest and there are no charges pending relating to federal crimes,” said Attorney Jose Luis Fuentes. “The federal government appears to be using the broad powers of a grand jury to gather information for the SFPD in violation of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. This grand jury has nothing to do with legitimate, federal, criminal investigations.”

The July 8th protest was in response to the G-8 Summit held in Scotland that spurred protests across the globe. A handful of activists were arrested and later charged with minor offenses. The protest garnered media attention at the time because a San Francisco Police Officer was injured on the scene, though no one was ever charged with assaulting that Officer.

Information compiled by the Grand Jury Resistance Project (GJRP), a coalition which provides support and education on politically motivated attacks by government, shows that grand juries are currently being used against environmental and animal rights activists, as well as groups that have historically struggled for self-determination, like the Black Panther Party, frequently based on information from years, and in some cases decades, ago. GJRP reports that in the past year, at least 54 individuals have been subpoenaed and/or indicted in Denver, Eugene, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Tampa, FL, and Trenton, NJ.

“We believe that there is a political agenda at play here and we are concerned first that the FBI is involved, again, in such matters, and second that the San Francisco Police Department may be working with them,” said Carlos Villarreal, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area chapter.

Mr. Wolf and his attorneys will be commenting at the press conference Thursday morning. The motion to quash and other information can be found at http://joshwolf.net/grandjury/ or www.nlgsf.org.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

March 20th: San Francisco Anti-War Demonstration

March 20th Anti-War Demonstration

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On March 20th at 7AM a visual + dramatic takeover of a central downtown intersection agaisnt the continuing U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and US torturing people in Guantanimo, Iraq, Afghanistan and all around the world was held. This video documents this demonstration using music from the Brass Liberation Orchestra and Anti-Flag's song, Emigre to chronicle the event.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

What I've been up to for the past couple months

Update: This press release was timed to coincide with an article in the East Bay Express, whose reporter Kara Platoni, writes about the station:
What does a smart but tiny television station do when it realizes nobody's watching? It reinvents itself by taking on a second life in an entirely different medium.

This month, the Peralta Community Colleges cable station, formerly known as PCTV, is officially redubbing itself "peralta.TV" and launching its new, matching Web site. Rather than fiddling with the cable box or waiting for the show they like to come on at 10 p.m. on a Friday, viewers can simply download shows for free.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Josh Wolf
Outreach Director
peralta.TV
900 Fallon St.
Oakland, CA 94607
E-mail: inthecity@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://peralta.tv

The New Evolution at PCTV: peralta.TV
Now Available Throughout the World *

Oakland, CA – March 15, 2006 – For over 20 years, PCTV has delivered unique, informative and educational programming to the East Bay community. Today, that quality programming is now available to anyone with an internet connection; in recognition of this exciting new direction, the Peralta Community College District has launched a new website and adopted the moniker peralta.TV.

The new website for peralta.TV (http://peralta.tv) is built-on the CivicSpace Labs engine and offers a plethora of interactive and dynamic features: a community calendar showcasing the various events happening at the Peralta Colleges and throughout the greater Bay Area, interactive text-based blogs that will allow visitors to help shape and inspire the future of peralta.TV, and the most exciting development, a series of videoblogs that will provide on-demand access of our original programming to anyone in the world.

Peralta.TV is currently offering four unique and exciting original programs with a fifth due to launch next month. Talkback, the award-winning program that dares to discuss the issues affecting the lives of young adults in the bay area is gearing up for the premiere of its third season on April 7th. Windows to the World, peralta.TV’s very own music video program featuring music from around the world is in pre-production for its first full season, and Rites of Passage and Sierra at Large both recently wrapped up their inaugural season and are preparing to top last year’s critical success. Additionally, peralta.TV will be launching a brand new show in April focused on capturing all of the exciting events at each of the four campuses which make up the Peralta Community College District.

Synonymous with vidcasts, vlogs and video Podcasts, each show will offer it’s own videoblog utilizing a cross-platform flash video interface provided by audioblog.com along with two distinct RSS feeds that are both compatible with the video iPod. The first feed will mirror the short-form, small-screen content offered in flash, and the second feed will provide a full-screen higher-quality feed of each complete episode for users who prefer the traditional television experience.

In developing the station as a muti-platform presence available both on cable television and online, peralta.TV hopes to further realize its mission to create and acquire programs that foster critical awareness both within the East Bay Area and beyond. By creating a dialogue with the surrounding community peralta.TV seeks to move beyond the conventional norms presented in mainstream television; to instigate and educate; and to enhance teaching and learning as part of the educational mission of the Peralta Community College District and its four colleges, College of Alameda, Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland and Berkeley Community College.

Peralta.TV can be seen on Comcast cable on Channel 27 in Alameda and Berkeley and on Channel 28 in Oakland, Emeryville and Piedmont. In the near future, visitors to the peralta.TV website will also be able to tune into a live-stream which is currently in development with our media-hosting partner Monkeybrains.