Camilo's Case Updates: New Judge, Letters, Petition

Dear Friend and Supporter of Camilo Viveiros,

We wanted to update you on an important news item. We learned this week that Camilo’s case has been reassigned to a new judge: William Mazzola.

The trial is still scheduled to being Oct. 27th, and we do not know how the change of judge is likely to influence the trial itself.

Support letters are still needed! Please sign 2 letters, one addressed “To Whom it May Concern” and the other addressed to “Honorable Judge Mazzola” and send them to:

Friends of Camilo,
P.O. Box 23169,
Providence, RI 02903.

Letters are particularly effective when they come from organizations, so please reach out to your local union, place of worship, civil liberties proponents, anti-globalization/antipoverty activists, environmental groups and housing/community organizations. Any organizational contacts in Philadelphia are particularly important. Contact us if we can help.

While we believe letters will have the greatest impact on the judge, we realize that not every person we reach out to will write a letter.

Therefore, we have decided to also collect petitions. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, a great band, kicked off the petition drive by taking the petition to Keep Camilo Free to 5 cities in New England! (We thank them for their support & encourage you to catch their great shows!) The petition should be available for downloading from the website soon, but you can always email camiloboston@yahoo.com if you would like it emailed to you sooner. The same goes for updated flyers.

Finally, for those in Boston on Saturday, October 11th, join the Boston Friends of Camilo at community outreach/update meeting at 4 pm at the Community Church of Boston, 556 Boylston St. Food will be provided, and there will be time to chat and socialize.

Please contact us with any questions, and thank you for all you’re doing to support Camilo!

With love and solidarity,

Boston Friends of Camilo
camiloboston@yahoo.com

More info: http://www.friendsofcamilo.org

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Camilo Viveiros Jr.. a social justice activist who resides in New England, has been singled out and villainized by the most powerful law enforcement official in Philly, police commissioner Timoney. The Philly Commissioner of police testified against Camilo Viveiros at his pretrial on August 9th.

Camilo went to the Institute for Social Ecology for two summers and has made visits back to this area to keep in touch with other activists.

He has worked with Vermont activists in the mid 90's going up to Canada to stop the creation of a Hydro Quebec dam on Innu land. He participated in a non-violent blockade and was arrested with Vermonters defending the sovereignty of the Innu people from ecological genocide.

Through the years Camille has co-founded a variety of grassroots social justice groups ranging from Empty the Shelters in Oakland to Homes not Jails in Boston to community coalitions to stop incinerators, stop the construction of an outfall pipe on indigenous land , end the use of chain gangs etc. etc.

The Commissioners attempt to put Camille behind bars is a clear attack on the continually growing momentum of large direct action demonstrations.

Camille has been committed to the use of civil disobedience for years. Putting an end to the movement means that our opposition will want to scare people off by marginalizing people like Camilo.

Camille has always believed that the power of the people lay in passionate activists successfully building the support of ordinary people.

This situation is no different. He recognizes that the City of Philly has sent a clear message to the core of long time activists who came to Philly. What needs to be done now is to broaden our support. Any community organization that looks into it's history, has to acknowledge that there was a time when authorities attempted to marginalize and in fact criminalize their activities: religious freedom, women's ability to vote, the emancipation of people of color from slavery, labors' protection of working people, "disabled" peoples' access to public buildings etc. All those movements have gone through times when their activists where painted as villains and violent trouble makers.

We need to reach out to community members and remind them of the past and invite their contemporary solidarity.